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MAY 2, 2016
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VALDEZ MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD THIS TUESDAY

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW THE RESULTS

This week, KVAK will send out a Special Edition E-News with the results of the Valdez Municipal Election. Check your inbox to see who will be serving Valdez.
Polling Locations
Precinct No. 1 - Valdez Teen Center
Precinct No. 2 - Valdez City Council Chambers
Precinct No. 3 - Robe River Fire Station

SUMMARY OF BALLOT PROPOSITIONS AND SAMPLE BALLOT AVAILABLE HERE


VALDEZ FLY-IN THIS WEEKEND

The 13th annual Valdez Fly-In and Air Show will be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Pioneer Field Airport.
CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE
See Flyer HERE

KVAK QUESTIONS VALDEZ MUNICIPAL ELECTION CANDIDATES

Read complete City Council / Mayor Candidate responses HERE
and
Read complete School Board Member Candidate responses HERE

VALDEZ CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Each candidate was asked the following:
What experience do you have with budgeting, investments, and finance?
SEE FULL CANDIDATE RESPONSES HERE (alphabetically by last name)

DOUG DAVIES
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My degrees are in accounting and industrial management.  As a maritime consultant I have had intense experience in contract development and administration of multi-million dollar projects.  I have always worked to deliver the product on time and at or under budget, the vast majority of the time successfully!
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DENNIS FLEMING
My experience working with budgeting and finance include managing multi million-dollar maintenance budgets while working with SERVS.  My responsibilities included establishing the budget annually and managing it throughout the fiscal year.  I was also responsible for managing projects, making sure they were completed on time and within the budget allocated.
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DAVID JONAS
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I have taken several financial based courses during college.  I manage my own small business here in town which calls for continuous detailed budgeting and tons of planning and negotiating.
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CHRIS MOULTON
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Currently, I am the Chairman of the Audit Committee and sit on the Valdez Permanent Fund Committee. I have been through multiple budget seasons with different city managers, finance directors, and council members. These experiences have greatly grown my understanding of governmental finances. 
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DARREN REESE
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My budgeting experiences start with being a production manager for Lincoln Plating Co.  I managed a zinc plating process that included annual budgeting for chemicals, employment, and equipment updates as a percentage of the total sales generated by the line.  This meant I had to track and forecast all costs to what the income would be for my lines.   READ MORE

JIM SHIRRELL
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I hold an  MBA from Atkinson Graduate School at Willamette University and have 30 years of work experience in the commercial business sector with the banking, oil and mining industries.  I have served on the Valdez Permanent Fund Committee for approximately 15 years.  Over the last 20 years have served on the Valdez City Council 5 terms that translates to 10 budgeting cycles.  READ MORE

NATE SMITH
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Nate’s professional background managing primarily firm-fixed price Federal Government contracts within the 5 to 7million dollar range will lend the insight needed to make appropriate and decisive decisions as a councilman. Under his contract management and on-site supervision these projects continually came in under budget and on time.   READ MORE

CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR
RUTH E. KNIGHT

I understand and have been involved in the budgeting process at both the city level and in schools for over 25 years in different roles. I was an elected councilperson in Valdez and Wrangell. These communities have a permanent fund investment portfolio with which I am both familiar and comfortable.  
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VALDEZ CITY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CANDIDATES

Each candidate was asked the following:
What experience do you have with budgeting, investments, and finance?
SEE FULL CANDIDATE RESPONSES HERE

MELISSA COCKERHAM
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From 1997 until 2008, I was a small business owner that set up banking relationships between business owners and Elevon information systems. These banking services included equipment sales and leasing of terminals so the business owners could accept credit and debit cards from their customers.   
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JOE PRAX
Joe Prax
As the owner of The Prospector these are issues I deal with daily and the experience ties directly to the schools. The board oversees the budget and clear financial understanding is crucial to the continued success of the schools. We are blessed with the strong support from the city for the schools, we need to make sure that these funds are used most efficiently. 
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ERICA SHIRK
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I run my family’s finances and have worked on investing our assets. Many years ago I owned a snowboard and skateboard shop in Boulder, Colorado. I helped, with partners, to run the books on that business. While at the Waldorf School in Denver, I managed a budget for the science curriculum. 
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ALAN SORUM
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VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
Which business slogan is the worst?
1) Reach out and touch someone. – AT&T
 2) We Try Harder. – Avis Rent A Car
 3) You’ll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent. – Pepsodent
 4) Lick the lid of life. – Muller Yogurt
 5) Pleasing people the world over. – Holiday Inn

CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW
If you could recommend only one old TV show to your kids, what would it be:
39% - MacGyver
32% - M.A.S.H.
3% - Hawaii Five-O
23% - Dukes of Hazzard
3% - Dallas
5/2 – Shawnda Gallup, Cara Christoffersen, Wylie Robison, Becky Ragsdale
5/3 – Steve Radotich, Sue Reiss
5/4 – Sandra Johns, Joel Brown, Megan Marchant, Traci Curry, Tim Wesenberg, Kim Cook, Christina Pace
5/5 – Sheila Spader, Kristina Brown, Michael Holcombe, Michael Papetti, Dean Blood
5/6 – Jackson Francis, Tony Beck, Raechel Gondek
Shop Prospector for Mother's Day

Lots of new items for Spring
Casual Dresses * Stylish T's * Backpacks * Bags * Purses * Bermuda Shorts * Functional and Fashionable Hats * Jackets * SUPs * Bikes * Tents * Camping Gear
Exchanges are hassle free 
Prospector Gift Certificates always fit



MASTER OF DISASTER EVENT

Activate your superhero powers and learn about tankers, oil spill response, helping wildlife during an oil spill, how sensitive sites are protected, and more  through many interactive stations!  *COST: FREE* Suitable for children and youth of all ages with an accompanying parent or guardian.  SEE FLYER
 

VHS BAND AND CHOIR SPRING CONCERT THIS TUESDAY

Tuesday, May 3
7pm at the Civic Center

Bands, Choir, Solo and Ensemble performances will be featured.




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APRIL WEATHER TOTALS FOR VALDEZ

Weather Underground
Precipitation: 2.4 inches
(average is 3.43)
High Temperature: 55 degrees
(average is 45 degrees)
Low Temperature: 30 degrees
(average is 31 degrees)

PARKS & REC IS HIRING

Click each for more information
Summer Camp Counselor
Summer Camp Coordinator and Camp Programmer

CALLING ALL PLAYGROUND ENTHUSIASTS!

Monday, May 9th is the deadline to sponsor a fence picket for the Valdez Community Playground! YOU get to pick the name, saying, business name to be included up to 20 spaces.
CLICK HERE for form and information

CITY COUNCIL MEETING WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
in City Council Chambers
Wednesday – 7 pm
 
Items will include:
1.  Certify Results of May 3, 2016 Valdez Municipal Election
2. Appointment to Providence Valdez Medical Center Health Advisory Council
3.  Approval of Exclusive Stevedoring Service Permit to North Star Terminal for the Valdez Container Terminal Dock & Marshalling Yard
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

CVT COMMMUNITY MEETING:
FIBER FOR THE FUTURE PROJECT


Tuesday, May 10th from 5-7pm
Valdez Civic Center

Copper Valley Telecom will replace copper telephone lines in Valdez’s residential areas with fiber optic line during this summer.  Construction begins in Mineral Creek Heights on May 10th
Come to our Community Reception and Informational Meeting where staff and contractor personnel will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. For more information, contact Tabitha Gregory at 835-7763 or tgregory@cvtc.org.

RUTH POND SNOWTOWN ICE CLASSIC TOWER GOES DOWN

The winner of the Parks & Recreation 2016 Snowtown Ice Classic was Ms. Tara Yunker who guessed the tower on Ruth Pond would fall on Saturday, 23 April at 3:42pm.  The actual time the tower fell was on Saturday, 23 April at 4:51pm.  Ms. Yunker will collect $1,860.00 for her guess, while the Advocates for Victims of Violence will collect $1,530.00 to go toward valuable programming.

Mark Your Calendars

(Tues) May 3 – Valdez Municipal Elections
(Tues) May 3 – VHS Band and Choir Spring Concert
(Wed) May 4 – Valdez City Council Meeting
(Fri-Sun) May 6-8 – Valdez Fly-In
May 9 – GMS Spring Music Concert
May 9 – School Board Meeting
May 10 – GMS Living Wax Museum and Invention Convention
May 12 – GMS Track Varsity Championships (Houston MS/Big Lake)
May 16 – GMS Track JV CHampionships (Palmer MS)
May 17 – Valdez High School Graduation
May 17 –  Valdez City Council Meeting
May 21 – Valdez MS Track Invite
May 21 – Community Clean-Up Day
May 21-Sept 4 – Valdez Halibut Derby
May 23 – School Board Meeting
May 26 – Last Day of School
May 27-30 – Valdez Rock Climbing Festival
May 28 – Bite Back 5K Run/Walk, 1K Kids’ Run
May 31 – VAC Annual Picnic
June 4 – Colors of Cancer Fun Run
June 7 –  Valdez City Council Meeting
June 10-19 – Valdez Halibut Hullabaloo
June 13 – School Board Meeting

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