High Tide Ramps
Photos courtesy Rod Morrison
EFFECTS OF LAST WEEK'S SUPER MOON AT HIGH TIDE
Last week's super moon caused the highest tides Valdez has seen in decades.
for larger photos
CITY OF VALDEZ BUDGET TO BE DISCUSSED AT WORK SESSION TUESDAY
The initial City of Valdez budget was presented to Council October 19th, during the first of nine workshops. The 2017 Draft Budget to be submitted Tuesday incorporates all revisions requested by Council during the budget workshops. The 2017 budget includes 36 million in General Fund expenditures (not including Capital Improvement and Maintenance Projects - See separate story). After budget revisions, the City budget includes six new positions and the elimination of four previously authorized positions. In addition to new staffing, Council directed staff to budget a one-time payment to all FTE (full time equivalent) staff reflecting a $2,000 disbursement per FTE. According to the memo from Ragsdale, "Staff estimates that an operating deficit may be reached as early as 2024, using status-quo staffing assumptions and historic rates of inflation."
to read Budget Memo
for 2017 Budget to be presented to Council Tuesday night
TAPS SETTLEMENT REVENUE ENABLES CITY TO EMPLOY AGGRESSIVE
TWO YEAR CIP AND MAINTENANCE PLAN TOTALING OVER 21 MILLION
A memo from City Manager Dennis Ragsdale explaining the 2017 budget philosophy states the "city is now free to deploy these resources (TAPS Settlements funds) to productive use, and so the 2017 Budget contains funding of an ambitious two-year Capital Project and Major Maintenance Initiative. The funds will be appropriated directly from the General Fund balance, rather than from 2017 revenues. The memo states this Capital Project and Maintenance plan will be further developed into a five-year schedule early in 2017 and will be incorporated into the 2017 budget via puget revision, and updated annually thereafter.
FOUR VHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN ALL-STATE CHOIR:
CONCERT TO BE TELEVISED THANKSGIVING DAY
Four Valdez High School musicians participated in the ASSA All-State Music Festival. Sophomore Haleigh Ficek and senior Gabrielle Franklin represented Valdez in the All-State Treble Choir. Isaac Fannin participated in the Mixed Choir and Rylee Norris played trombone in the All-State Band. The weekend culminated in a Gala Concert which will be televised at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day on GCI.
Read full story and see larger photo HERE
BUC SKIERS OPEN SEASON IN FAIRBANKS
Pete Toye- The Valdez ski team took to the road this weekend for their first race of the season at Birch Hill. The chilly temps and sparse snow made for some tough conditions, but the team was able to get in some very valuable on-snow time in a, thus-far, sparse snow year.
HELLERS HAVE SUCCESS AT LANCE SMITH TOURNAMENT
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
This past weekend the VHS wrestler competed in the annual Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament. This year Valdez had four wrestlers travel up to compete; JT Ginn, Orion Heller, Alisa Heller, and Ocean Holt.
CLICK HERE for story
Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 2016
in City Council Chambers
Public Budget Hearing - 6pm
*Read Budget Memo HERE
*See 2017 Budget HERE
General Meeting - 7 pm
Items will include:
1. Approval of the 2015 Financial Audit
2. Approval of Land Use of Tract B, USS 455 for a Police impound lot and storage
3.Approval to Proceed with Specific New Boat Harbor Construction Elements
for Agenda and Packet
All City Council meetings are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast live on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on www.kvakradio.com
GCI FOOD DRIVE
For the month of November, GCI will be collecting any and all food donations. Donations may be dropped off at GCI.
VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
Favorite Thanksgiving pie:
We don't think it belongs but it's Iam's favorite: Blueberry
to answer the Question of the Week.
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW
- Love it
- Hate it
- Never had it
11/21 – Bryan Stachura, Janese Chrystal, Sandra Crmp
11/22 – Andrea Huhndorf, Kristen Doherty
11/23 – Jim Bayer, Rachel Andersen, Carla Sparks
11/24 – Sean Hoffman, Anne Branshaw, Joel Meltzer, Linda Wakefield
11/25 – Ana Hinkle, Randall Lemieux
11/26 – Linda Fraley, LeAnne Christenson
11/27 – Sharon Lawrence, Carol Crisp
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
*6pm * FREE * Chenega Street*
next to Museum and Library
Photos with Santa, Ornament decorating, Drinks and cookies
for more information
Arctic Chiropractic: 30 Min Massage
Copper Valley Telecom: $50 Certificate
Fat Mermaid: $25 Gift Certificate
Northwind Floral: Gift Basket
Prospector: $50 Gift Card
Fr. Eric Wiseman
Radio Shack: Nano Drone
Rogue's Garden: $30 Gift Basket
Salon Eclipse: $30 in Product
Second Time Around: $30 Gift Certificate
South Central Hardware: 5’x7’ Woodland Rug
Subway: Party Platter, $48 value
Valdez Food Cache: $30 Gift Certificate
Weathered Anchor: Christmas Gift Basket ($75 value)
WELCOME BABY CYNTHIA!
Kortnie Williams welcomed Cynthia Adeline to the world on Nov 19th at 6:34am. She was 7 lbs 3 oz and 19.75 inches long.
AMHS RELEASES 2017 SUMMER SCHEDULE
(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced the release of its 2017 summer schedule. Reservations are now available for booking atFerryAlaska.com
, by calling 1-800-642-0066
, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. The AMHS summer schedule covers ferry travel from May through September.
Mark Your Calendars
(Tues) Nov 22 – Valdez City Council Meeting
(Thurs-Fri) Nov 24-25 – VCS Thanksgiving Holiday/No School
(Sun) Nov 27 – Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov 28 – School Board Meeting
Dec 2-3 – VHS Wrestling/Grace
Dec 6 – Valdez City Council Meeting
Dec 7 – Ladies Christmas Tea
Dec 7 – Cherish the Ladies Concert
Dec 12 – School Board Meeting
Dec 17 – Community Christmas Concert
Dec 21 – VCS End of Second Quarter
Dec 22 – Jan 4 – VCS Christmas Holidays/Vacation for Students
Dec 29 – VHS Basketball – ACS Pepsi Invite