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APRIL 18, 2016
It's Spring!

VHS MUSIC STUDENTS ROCK AURORA MUSIC FESTIVAL
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Valdez High School musicians returned from the annual Aurora Music Festival last weekend with great experiences and several  honors.  The Aurora Music Festival is a gathering of 15 high schools from the Alaska road system and Cordova and Unalaska—all small schools with big hearts for music.
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VALDEZ ROAD CONSTRUCTION PLANS FOR SUMMER INCLUDE DELAYS AND DETOURS

Expect construction on East Pioneer Drive during summer 2016.  The construction area will include East Pioneer Drive between the Richardson Highway and Meals, as well as the intersection of Meals and Pioneer.
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LOCAL RUNNER TO SIGN BLACK HILLS STATE UNIVERSITY CONTRACT

Zoe Langseth will be signing her National Letter of Intent to run Track and Field at Black Hills State University.  Black Hills is a NCAA DII School in South Dakota.  The brief ceremony will take place at 3:30 today, Monday April 18th,  before track practice.  The public is invited to join Zoe for this event.


Jillian Fleming eyes up a free-throw at Hooping for Spring Tournament in Valdez

STRANDED SKIERS UNINJURED AFTER FOUR DAYS ON ALASKA GLACIER
Weather.com- Two experienced skiers and outdoor enthusiasts were rescued after spending four days in a snow cave on Alaska’s Harding Ice Field.
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BOOTHS AVAILABLE FOR THE VALDEZ FLY-IN

It's that time to look up, look wide, look far as the pilots are coming.  The 13th annual Valdez Fly-In and Air Show will be held May 6,7 and 8th at the Valdez airport. This is a true spectator event with aerobatics, a STOL Competition, Flour Bombing, a Balloon Bust and more.  There also will be activities for the kids and vendors galore. If you would like to reserve a vendor booth or Volunteer for the event please contact Doug Desorcie at 831-0683. 

KVAK GATHERING CANDIDATE SURVEYS FOR VALDEZ MUNICIPAL ELECTION

Be sure to check your KVAK E-News in the coming weeks to learn more about candidates in the upcoming Valdez Municipal Election. Election day is Tuesday, May 3rd.

SOME AMERICANS WOULD PREFER AN IRS TATTOO TO PAYING TAXES
NBC News- As tax season ramps up, a new survey shows that some Americans would rather scrub the toilets at Chipotle than hand over a portion of their salary to the Internal Revenue Service.
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UNRELENTING WINTER WARMTH COULD HERALD ALASKA’S FUTURE
Climatecentral.com - The first 100 days of 2016 were record warm for many spots around Alaska, continuing a pattern of warmth that looks to continue for at least the next few months.
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MORE MOOSE ON THE LOOSE IN A WARMER ALASKA

BBC- Rising temperatures and longer summers have helped the iconic Alaskan moose conquer vast new stretches of frozen tundra according to a new study.
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THIS FRIDAY IS

The Prospector is inviting customers into the store Friday to pick up a free mini bag of Jelly Bellies in celebration of National Jelly Bean day. Customers are also invited in enter a drawing for 10 pounds of Jelly Bellies
Click for Jelly Belly Coloring Pages, Fun Facts, and Art Gallery.

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT HOSTS "FOOD FOR THOUGHT"

This Thursday, April 21st, 12:10 - 12:50pm in the Superintendent's Conference Room of the District Office
Meeting topics will include active shooter drills, pilot programs, legislative impacts and budget status/reserves. Parents invited to attend. 
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APRIL EDITION OF COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELORS PODCAST NOW AVAILABLE
Helping build your child's self-esteem

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast on kvakradio.com.
 
CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
in City Council Chambers
Tuesday – 7 pm
*There will be a work session regarding Aleutian Village at 5:30pm*

 
Items will include:
1. Approval of Sponsorship of the World Extreme Ski and Snowboard Championships (WESSC) in the Amount of $125,000 Cash and $25,000 In-Kind Services
2.  Approval of Multiple Change Orders to Dawson Construction for the Gilson Middle School Project in the Amount of $82,541.89
3.  Approval of Contract to Polar North Construction for the Airport Door Upgrades Project in the Amount of $166,200

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.
VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
In honor of National Jelly Bean Day on Friday, 
What's your favorite jelly bean flavor?
1. Root Beer
2. Buttered Popcorn
3. Very Cherry
4. Vanilla
5. Mix 'Em Up

CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW
Do you support the bill to allow concealed carry on University of Alaska campuses? 
53% - Yes
47% -  No
4/18 – Beth Duffy, Sergio Arciniega, Melanie Botulinski, Carolyn Kendall, Gianna Giusti, Nicole Harris
4/19 – Theresa Fickes, Chandra Erickson, Kathryn Peltier, Phil Merioles
4/20 – Kalin Woods, Trish Carver, Maureen Radotich, Ken Montgomery, Tristian Smith
4/21 – Lori Salors, Norman Rogers
4/22 – Chad Blood, Jerid Hesseling, Karen Frye
4/23 – Ryan Compehos, Diane Adams, Breanna Odencrans
4/24 – Don Disney
CHILD FIND SCREENING NEXT WEEK
APRIL 25th - 29th

The Valdez City Schools and Infant Learning Program will be holding FREE child screening for children up to five years old.  If you have concerns about speech, vision, hearing, motor skills, learning skills or overall development, call for an appointment.  
Birth - Three Years Old: 835-4323
Three to Five Years Old: 834-4713
Click to See Flyer
 
PROSPECTOR BOOT & SHOE SALE
  

All Boots and Shoes - 20% Off
All Carhartt - 20% Off
Sale runs through this Sunday

DALA CONCERT THIS WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, April 20th, 7pm at the Valdez Civic Center
Hear KVAK's interview with DALA HERE
The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. Get your ticket today at Rogue’s Garden or Harbor Landing General Store or at the door the night of the show. $20 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and military.  Dala are equally entertaining between songs, and telling funny and down to earth stories that make each show unique. 


CONTINUE STRONG

WEEK 12 CHALLENGE: Go to your final weigh-in at the H&FC so you can be eligible for HY program prizes and claim you FINISHED Healthier You 2016!  Then set NEW goals to maintain healthy habits and sign the K-TWO pledge.

EVENT: 5K Spring Surprise Finale Run
This Saturday, April 23rd, Registration: 10am, Race: 10:30am at the Teen Center
Finish Healthier You with a Fun Run and Finale event, where we recognize each other’s success and distribute prizes. 
Healthier You Finale: 12pm at the Teen Center

VALDEZ CITY SCHOOLS JOB POSTINGS

Applications available online (CLICK HERE) or at the district office.
ELEMENTARY TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTOR 
Qualifications include: Strong background in technology, Experience with both PC and Apple Platforms, Strong knowledge of computer networking, Technology Endorsement or equivalent.  CLICK HERE for job description. Position closes noon, April 27th. 
.5 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 
Qualifications include: Speech/Language Pathologist Certificate “C” Teaching Certificate, Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology, and Five years or more school-based experience.  CLICK HERE for job description.  Position closes noon, April 26th.  

VALDEZ LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION UNDER WAY
  
Sat 4/23 @ HHES Gym 2-4pm
Registration and 
Skills Clinic for Coach Pitch and Up

VALDEZ CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU HIRING

TRAVEL SHOW & EVENTS COORDINATOR POSITION
Responsibilities will include providing information about the brand Valdez, tourism products and VCVB member services. This person will also generate sales opportunities for VCVB business members. CLICK HERE for information on job responsibilities, requirements and compensation.  Any questions, call or email Laurine at 835-2984 or lregan@valdezalaska.org.
VISITORS INFORMATION CENTER TOURISM AMBASSADOR
There are several seasonal, part-time positions for Tourism Ambassador available.  Duties will include assisting visitors by providing information, maintaining the appearance of displays and managing front desk.  Stop by the Visitors Center for an application.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

Mark Your Calendars

(Wed) Apr 20 – Valdez Arts Council: Dala
Apr 28 – GMS Track at Teeland Invitational (Wasilla)
Apr 30 - PWSC Commencement
May 3 - Valdez Municipal Elections
May 6-8 – Valdez Fly-In
May 9 – GMS Spring Music Concert
May 10 – GMS Living Was 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 21 – Valdez MS Track Invite
May 26 – Last Day of School
May 21-Sept 4 – Valdez Halibut Derby
May 31 – VAC Annual Picnic
June 10-19 – Valdez Halibut Hullabaloo

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