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JUNE 20, 2016
PORT VALDEZ DRIFT BUOY STUDY
Notice to mariners from Regional Citizens Advisory Council. A drift buoy study is taking place in Port Valdez. The study objective is to measure flow patterns at various depths within the Port. The study is funded by Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council in collaboration with the Prince William Sound Science Center.
The drifter buoys will be released on June 22nd and retrieved on July 1st. Please do not pick up the buoys. They are being monitored via GPS and need to be allowed to drift where the current takes them. Buoys that run aground, appear to be in the path of tanker traffic, or that drift inside the exclusion zone around the terminal will be retrieved and re-released. The drift buoys will be labeled PWSSC.
The buoys will have drogues attached that trail beneath them in the water, to depths of anywhere from one meter to 40 meters. Please be cautious when navigating around these drifter buoys.
For more information on this drift study, visit www.pwsrcac.org or contact Jeremy Robida at jeremy.robida@pwsrcac.org. If you have a buoy-related emergency, call 834-5040 or 834-5000.

TODAY IS SUMMER SOLSTICE

It’s the longest day of the year in Valdez!
It's also a strawberry moon (rare full moon on summer solstice- read more HERE) and a quarterly blue moon (4th full moon since spring equinox). 
CLICK HERE to see how people around the world celebrate.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHANNON MAJOR- WINNER OF THE FATHER'S DAY $50 PROSPECTOR GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Enjoy your gift card!

CALL FOR PINK SALMON COOKOFF CONTESTANTS

Celebrate Wild Alaska Pink Salmon with this opportunity for amateur and professional chefs of all types to submit original recipes for preparation of Pink Salmon and prepare those recipes for a panel of judges. Registration and recipes must be submitted by 5:00pm June 30, 2016. Registration is limited to 20 participants, so register early. Cash prizes ranging from $1,500 to $150 will be awarded for 1st‐5th Place. Registration forms may be found HERE. For more information, CLICK HERE or contact Doug Desorcie at 831-0683 ddesorcie@ci.valdez.ak.us.

JEFF LEAVERTON WINS HALIBUT HULLABALOO

Madisonville, LA
174.4 lbs. on June 16th
aboard the Dan Orion
Jeff won $1000 cash from the Valdez Fish Derbies in the Halibut Hullabaloo

SATURDAY, JULY 2nd IS PINK SALMON FESTIVAL
MONDAY, JULY 4th IS INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL

Pink Salmon Festival will include a Summer Art Contest Display & Public Voting, Pink Salmon Cook Off, Kids Pink Salmon Derby Games and Free Community Pink Salmon Fry, Independence Day #2 Movie at the Civic Center. Annual 4th of July Festivities will include an Uncle Salmon Fun Run, a Kids Decorated Bike Parade, the 4th of July Parade, new this year – a Slow Bike Race, the Fairbanks Street Block Party, Owen Johnson Memorial Kids Games, Canoe Jousting, a free Community Picnic and Live Music and much more.
Fairbanks Street Block Party Booth Information: Call Felicia Rogers at the VCVB 835-2984. Or e-mail events@valdezalaska.org.
July 4th Parade Registration: Visit the event website: ce.valdez.ak.us/july4. Or contact Doug Desorcie 831-0683.


Summer Trivia is underway! Tune into 93.3FM or 1230AM for your chance to answer questions and win.
Here are the winners so far:
Fishing- Tom Rich
Entertainment- Wendy Farlin
Sports- Meta Mettlen
Alaska Wildlife- Josh Curry
Famous Jingles- Gary Bridges
Outdoors- Tom Rich
Alaska- Amber Melhberg
Finish the Lyric- Jamie Kompkoff
Automotive- Dustin Wolfeden
CLICK HERE for rules, participating businesses and winners list

COPPER RIVER SUPERINTENDENT CHOSEN AS ALASKA'S NEXT EDUCATION COMMISSIONER
Alaska Dispatch- The Alaska Board of Education and Early Development on Thursday unanimously selected Michael Johnson of Glennallen, superintendent of the Copper River School District, as the state's next education commissioner and Gov. Bill Walker approved the appointment. READ MORE

NEW ALASKAN DINOSAUR DISCOVERY

Researchers have discovered fossilized bones of the “ancient grazer,” Ungrunaaluk kuukpikensis (oo-GREW-naluck KOOK-pik-en-sis), Alaska’s newest hydrosaur and the fourth species unique to northern Alaska. These herbivorous polar dinosaurs likely roamed in herds and used their hundreds of grinding teeth to survive on coarse vegetation. They grew to 30-feet long. It is also likely these dinosaurs were warm blooded, though that debate continues.
READ MORE
Dinosaurs on the North Slope: LEARN MORE HERE or GET COLORING PAGE
 
CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
in City Council Chambers
Tuesday – 7 pm
 
Items will include:

1. Approval of the Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement, State of Alaska Division of Forestry and the Valdez Fire Department
2. Appointments to the City of Valdez Ports and Harbor Commission
3. North Harbor Drive Sidewalk Activity Encroachment Standards Letter Report

CLICK HERE for full agenda
 
CLICK HERE to read meeting packet
 
All City Council meetings are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast live on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on www.kvakradio.com

MARMOT TROUBLE
VPD- A caller reported there was a marmot trapped in their vehicle growling at them and they wanted assistance. The Animal Control Officer responded to the scene and apprehended the aggressive animal before anyone was injured.
VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
How has the sunshine affected your productivity at work?
1) What work?  I've been "sick"
2) Energized me- I've done a ton
3) Played a lot and gotten way behind
4) I've done great but can't get anyone else to help

CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW
Your dad loves you, but if he could ask you to do one thing, which would it be?
13% - Stop borrowing tools
7% - Stop dating losers
13% - Move out
60% - Visit/call more often
7% - Get mom off my back
6/20 – Rachelle Gunion, Robin Rich, Mark Spring
6/21 – Jessilin Albright, Jenny Heckathorn
6/22 – Jeff Avery, Laura Privett
6/23 – Guy Meyer, Moria Ureda, Rob Reinhart, Kris Albright, Rebecca Jeffries, Jessica Vincent, Donna Gindle
6/24 – Brent Mosley, Bob Bujan, Monica Conger, Doreen Hodges, Rosemarie Rice
6/25 – Allen Minish, Lisa Driver, Bonnie Woods
6/26 – Bill Bryson, Karen Cummings, Eileen Russell


FEATURE PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Humpback Whale spotted on a Stan Stephen's Cruise
KVAK receives and broadcasts the Stan Stephens Captain's Log daily.  The log chronicles what was sighted on the Sound each day.
CLICK HERE to visit the Stan Stephens Cruise website
OVERALL HALIBUT LEADERS
VALDEZ FISH DERBY
  Name Hometown Weight Date Boat
1st Place David Jamison Fairbanks 253 lb May 29 Nanatuk
2nd Place Jeff Leaverton Madisonville, LA 174.4  lb June 16 Dan Orion
3rd Place Larry Bazilwich Fairbanks 150.4 lb June 11 Jaime Lynn
Current leaders are posted on ValdezFishDerbies.com
See this week's press release HERE.
 
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

Stevens Puppets will present the Legend of Sleepy Hollow next Monday, June 27th at 6pm at the Valdez Consortium Library.  Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome but space is limited, so arrive early.
This is a silly, non-scary version of the story.
SEE FLYER


SCHEDULED CONSTRUCTION
Copper Valley Telecom announces that its Fiber for the Future project will move into the neighborhoods west of Hazelet Avenue, including Egan Drive, West Pioneer, West Hanagita and areas around Hermon Hutchens Elementary School.  CVT is replacing copper telephone lines with Fiber Optic Lines throughout Valdez during summer of 2016.  For additional information, contact Tabitha Gregory at 835-7763 or tgregory@cvtc.org.

PLAN NOW TO ENTER GOLDEN ROCK AWARDS

Valdez Gold Rush Days is coming and along with it, the Golden Rock Awards.  This program is dedicated to promoting the beautification of Valdez through the fine art of gardening.  Entries are judged by the following criteria:  plant health, garden/plant maintenance, creativity, originality, and overall impression.  There are 9 categories: Beds and Borders, Container Garden, Edible Garden, Kid-Friendly, Ecofriendly Gardening, Overall Landscaping, Small Business Beautification, Large Business Beautification, and Karen Stewart Award for New Gardeners.  CLICK HERE for more information and the Nomination Form.
 
VALDEZ SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION

COED Scores - 06.15.16 Game Night 
Kekambas (13) v. Hooligans (14)
Crowley (16) v. Harris Sand & Gravel (13)
SilverBay (20) v. Hooligans (6)
Harris Sand & Gravel (15) v. Kekambas (13)
COED League Standings
SilverBay 3-0
Crowley 2-1
Harris Sand & Gravel 2-2
Hooligans 1-2
Kekambas 0-3
Two Valdez Softball Association teams - Crowley (VSA COED Team) and Northern Exposure (VSA MENS Team) - are heading to Fairbanks this weekend to play in the Midnight Sun One Pitch Tournament hosted by the Golden Heart Softball Association. The tournament begins at 10 pm on Friday. Tournament games run 24 hours, with teams playing late in the “midnight sun”. (http://goldenheartsoftball.org/site/ClientSite/article/168737)  Wish our Valdez teams luck!

Mark Your Calendars

(Tues) June 21 –  Valdez City Council Meeting

June 27 – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

July 4 – Uncle Sam Freedom Fun Runs

July 5 –  Valdez City Council Meeting

July 8-9 – Fireweed 400 Bike Race

July 19 –  Valdez City Council Meeting

July 23 – Valdez Kids’ Salmon Derby

July 23-Sept 4 – Valdez Silver Salmon Derby

July 25 – School Board Meeting

July 26 – 31 – Playground Build Week

July 29– Valdez Fish Derbies Big Prize Friday

Aug 2 –  Valdez City Council Meeting

Aug 3-7 – Valdez Gold Rush Days

Aug 8 – School Board Meeting

Aug 13 – Valdez Women’s Derby

Aug 16 –  Valdez City Council Meeting

Aug 22 – School Board Meeting

Aug 23 – School Starts

Sept 2 – Valdez Fish Derbies Big Prize Friday

Sept 5 – Labor Day Family Fun Runs

Sept 10 - KVAK End of Summer Trivia Showdown

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