Snow damage reports needed
City officials in Valdez are still seeking damage assessment surveys from residents and business owners. The surveys will be used to seek state aid for those in Valdez that suffered structural or other damages due to heavy snow loads in December and January. State aid will only be made available to those that have unsuccessfully applied for Small Bussiness Administration (SBA) loans before this Friday, March, 30. Contact Valdez City Hall or the SBA directly for more information.
THC says nothing new
The Harbor Café, commonly known as THC, has been purchased by Valdez businessman Neil Dees and reopened its doors last week. Dees claims there is nothing new to report regarding the popular eatery’s offerings. The menu, chef and prices are all the same he says.
PFD dealine looming
The deadline to file for the great cash giveaway Alaskans – the yearly Permanent Fund Dividend - is looming and several state agencies are warning the handful of eligible residents that have not yet filed to do so before midnight Saturday. A press release from the Valdez Legislation Information Office advises “Paper applications must be post-marked by March 31, and online applications must be received by the PFD Division by 11:59 pm, March 31. File online: www.pfd.alaska.gov .”
Gas utility coming to Cordova
A hard-piped gas utility under the ownership of the Alaska Intrastate Gas Company (AIGC) is coming to Cordova, with construction expected to begin September, 2012 according to Frank Avezac, AIGC chairman. The project is moving forward despite a failed proposition in the Cordova elections that would have sold some four acres of city-owned land to AIGC . The company is seeking other land deals for the project according to Avezac, who was unsuccessful in persuading Valdez officials to authorize city bonding for a similar project in Valdez in 2007. Avezac said bonding for the project will include backing by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and private funding.
Education funding, energy top legislative agenda
(AP) Oil taxes and education funding are among the remaining priorities for House and Senate leaders as the Legislature enters its final month. As of Monday, 20 days remained in the 90-day session.
Oil taxes, a major point of contention last session, have continued to dominate the conversation in Juneau. The Senate Finance Committee is working on an oil tax bill and with time winding down, the House Resources committee plans to begin holding overview hearings on the issue, to get members up to speed.
One of the big unknowns: Will the Legislature go into overtime? House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski says that's hard to answer until the House sees what the Senate sends over on oil taxes.