The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

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Associated Press 

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Will Andrew Goldstein kiss and tell after spending a buck to help raise funds for the Friends of the Valdez Animal Shelter? Goldstein and his son stopped at the booth during the city-sponsored 4th of July celebrations Monday.

Fiber project

Copper Valley Telecom's fiber project is moving operations according to Tabitha Gregory, the cooperative's chief customer relations officer.

The move came Tuesday.

"Copper Valley Telecom announces that its Fiber for the Future project will move into the neighborhoods east of the Barney Meyring Park Strip," she said in an email last week. "CVT is replacing copper telephone lines with Fiber Optic Lines throughout Valdez during summer of 2016."

Gregory can be reached at 835-7763 or tgregory@cvtc.org.

New AG

(AP) Gov. Bill Walker has appointed an Anchorage lawyer as Alaska's top attorney.

Walker named Jahna Lindemuth a week ago Tuesday as his new attorney general. She will begin in early August.

Walker's office says Lindemuth is the second woman to be appointed to the post, and was among four finalists for the job. The first was Grace Schaible, who served between 1987 and 1989 under the administration of then-Gov. Steve Cowper.

Walker says Lindemuth is highly regarded in legal circles for her "strong work ethic, professional demeanor, and compassion for Alaskans."

Walker's office says Lindemuth has extensive experience in commercial litigation, administrative management and appellate work. Born and raised in Anchorage, Lindemuth is a partner in the law firm, Dorsey & Whitney, and heads the company's Anchorage office.

PFD cut

(AP) Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, Alaska's governor on Wednesday cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state's oil wealth, but he kept enough money in place to award everyone a $1,000 payout.

Gov. Bill Walker's administration said the checks had to be reduced in order to save the program.

The veto "preserves that ability to provide a check to every citizen in this state forever," his budget director, Pat Pitney, said.

If nothing was done, Walker said the Alaska Permanent Fund - worth about $52 billion - would have been depleted in four years.

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Nine Buddhist monks visited Valdez last week, and blessed a number of devotees who came to Mai Thai Restaurant to feed the nine men and receive blessings. It was the second time in a week that Buddhist monks have visited Valdez - a rare occurrence.

Missile defense

(AP) The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Alaska Aerospace Corp. a more than $80 million contract to test weapons for the U.S. Army.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported that the Missile Defense Agency on Thursday announced it had chosen AAC to support flight tests for the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, an anti-ballistic weapons system. There are currently two THAAD systems in Texas and another in Guam.

AAC operates the state-owned PSCA facility at Narrow Cape formerly known as the Kodiak Launch Complex.

AAC officials say they will likely begin preparing the complex in as little as two weeks. Flight tests are scheduled to begin in 2017.

 

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