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Vacationing school children play atop one of the towering snow storage piles on the Barney Meyring Parkstrip in Valdez during a small break between snowstorms.
December snowfall high
Over eight feet of snow has fallen in Valdez in the month of December according to the National Weather Service. As of Tuesday morning, Dec. 20 an impressive 97.2 inches of snowfall was recorded. In all, Valdez has received 14.5 feet of snow this winter season, with no end in sight. On average, Valdez receives 8 feet of snow for the entire season in the last week before Christmas.
Energy assistance deadline nears
City Manager John Hozey says the deadline is nearing for Valdez residents to sign up for their share of the $550 energy subsidy each household in Valdez is entitled to receive. The program closes for registration Dec.30, at 5 p.m.
“Anyone that hasn’t signed up for that program please get to city hall to do so,” Hozey said Monday night. “Once it closes, it’s closed.”
The program is not an income or needs based subsidy, but acts as a sort of proxy tax rebate for households within the city limits. To qualify, applicants must live in Valdez, provide a current electric or fuel bill or both, and identification with matching address. Only one subsidy per household is permitted and the $550 can be applied to CVEA electric bills, one of the two fuel providers in Valdez or split evenly between CVEA and one fuel provider. Checks go out to energy providers in mid-February.
Begich holds Frankenfish hearings
(AP) A U.S. Senate subcommittee chaired by Alaska Sen. Mark Begich will hold a hearing Thursday morning on genetically engineered fish and their environmental risks. Begich's office says in a press release that the hearing in Washington, D.C., will seek information on risks to wild fish stocks, fisheries, and aquatic ecosystems if genetically engineered fish escape from pens.
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Valdez High School celebrated the debut of its new bleachers last week with free admission to the Endowment Games against its traditional rivals, the Cordova Wolverines.
Begich is chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard.
Witnesses invited to the subcommittee include Ron Stotish, president and chief executive officer of AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Begich's office says the company proposes to grow engineered salmon in Panama and import them to the United States, and that the company has plans to eventually grow the fish in this country.
VHS gym bleachers installed
The long-delayed installation of new bleachers in the Valdez High School gymnasium was celebrated by Buccaneers and their fans last weekend with free admission to the Endowment Games. The Bucs hosted the Cordova Wolverines in the season basketball opener, with a refurbished gym floor and seating.