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Erica Shirk was sworn in as a member of the board of education Monday night. She replaces Bill Comer, who resigned last month.
Shirk voted in as school board member
The Board of Education elected nominee Erica Shirk to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Bill Comer Monday night.
The board, which is tasked with filling vacancies within its ranks, elected Shirk after four rounds of voting.
Shirk was one of five candidates who submitted a letter of interest to fill the vacancy. She will serve on the board until the next municipal elections this coming May.
Other candidates were: Sonya Ash-Selanoff, Christy Franklin, Shannon Groundwater, and Theresa Randall.
The board voted four times, with the first two rounds resulting in a three-way tie between Shirk, Franklin and Ash-Selanoff.
Comer resigned his seat - won in a regular municipal election - after accepting an appointment by Gov. Bill Walker to become Alaska's Deputy Public Safety Commissioner.
A local playwright's works will come to the Valdez stage this weekend.
The drama department at Prince William Sound College is presenting the one-act plays by Dawson Moore this Friday and Saturday. The production is co-directed by Robert Covington and Moore. It features actors Covington, Angelique Echols, Gabrielle Franklin, Zane Hodgkins, Sydney Jenkins, Hannah Wassel, and James Wilder.
According to Moore, the plays were all originally created in the Alaska Overnighters, a program he produced in Anchorage since 2002. In the Overnighters, playwrights are given a topic and then write a new short play in ten hours.
November 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Valdez Civic Center.
New Permanent Fund model gets nod from Wall Street
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The Lady Buccaneers in action Friday, taking on Eielson during its triumphant run at the Region III championships, hosted by Valdez. The team begins its quest for a state title in Anchorage this week.
(AP) The credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has awarded good marks to Gov. Bill Walker's proposed changes to how the Alaska Permanent Fund is used.
The Juneau Empire reported that on Monday the agency called the changes a "favorable development" in as it is a more sustainable model for Alaska's general fund.
Attorney General Craig Richards called the new Permanent Fund system a "sovereign wealth model" which would involve putting the state's petroleum production taxes into the permanent fund along with half of the state's resource royalties.
Spun-off earnings, potentially around $3.3 billion a year, would go to the state general fund to help pay for the costs of government.
S&P says the new model is a step in the right direction, but is not risk-free as it assumes a high rate of return for the fund.