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VALDEZ, Alaska – The Coast Guard will establish a temporary 200-yard safety zone around the Valdez Spit on Saturday July 4, 2015. To ensure the safety of the public viewing this year’s City of Valdez 4th of July fireworks display, as well as the safety of mariners transiting the Port during the display, the Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone encompassing the navigable waters within a 200-yard radius of the terminus of the Valdez Spit.

CLICK HERE to view full press release

The Valdez City Council will hold a work session Tuesday, June 30th beginning at 5:30 pm. Materials (resumes) for the Work Session are available on the City website. The Council has allotted 45 minutes to speak with each candidate individually via teleconference.

CLICK HERE to read candidate resumes. 

Mayor Larry Weaver will facilitate the process.  Interview times for applicants are as follows:
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM –  City Council Interview Preparation
Mr. Tony Barrett, 6:00 PM  AK Time  (10 PM, South Carolina)
Ms. Nancy Peterson 6:45 PM AK Time (7:45 PM Seattle)
Mr. Alan Sorum 7:30 PM (Mr. Sorum is in Wrangell, AK)
Mr. Robert Jean 8:15 PM AK Time  (5:00 AM, London)

Discharge of Fireworks within the City Limits of Valdez is restricted to:
10pm - Friday, July 3rd through
11:59pm - Saturday, July 4th
Valdez Municipal Code Section 9.12.070

 The Chief of Police may revoke permission where the health and safety
of a person may be endangered.

News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Search for Soviet war dead to continue in Finland
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Barrow celebrates end of successful whaling season
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Walker pulls plug on ANWR lobbying effort, promises new direction
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Federal polar bear conservation plan focuses on near-term goals
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Swedish exhibit explores Baltic Sea pollution
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North Slope coastal erosion rates are among worst in nation, USGS reports
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Swedes seek 'nature' in times of life crisis
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Nordic-Baltic-Polish 9 should boost security, think tank says
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Iceland most peaceful country in the world, study says
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Fairbanks Daily News
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Anchorage strongman does it all
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Anchorage motorcyclist dies in crash on Seward Highway
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Orthodox church gets a new old look
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Coast Guard suspends Alaska search for overboard crew member
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Motorcyclist dies after rear-ending vehicle in Anchorage
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Underwear thief gets 90 days in jail
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'Lost' couple found at Sitka circus
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Alaska's marijuana board holds first meeting, wants changes to laws
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Anchorage officially breaks low-snow record
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New title for Alaska census area named for confederate officer
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Report: Polar bears' fate tied to reversing global warming
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University of Alaska Southeast director won't take job
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Study: Polar bears could feel global warming's sting by 2025
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New USGS report: Coastal erosion threatens northern Alaska
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Mat-Su cuts price of unused ferry after years without buyer
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Towing company offers free service for Sockeye Fire victims
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Walker reduces amount available for oil tax credits
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