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Warm weather continues

Yes, Valdez has been exceptionally warm and wet so far this year.

As the rain poured down Tuesday morning, statistics from the National Weather Service showed January to be especially wet in 2014. As of Monday night, 7.55 inches of rain had been recorded since New Years Day, over three inches above average.

Snow is also a foot above average for January. As of Monday, Valdez had received 55.2 inches of snow, where the yearly average would normally have been 43.2 inches. The season snowfall is also above average, with 179.5 inches recorded. Last year at this time, the season total at this time was 134.4 inches. Average is 168.7 inches of snow by January 20. On Tuesday, January 14, Valdez set a new snowfall record for that date, when 12.5 inches of snow fell. The old record for that date, 11.8 inches, was set in 2002.

Forecasters say much of the Alaska mainland will continue to see above-average temperatures through this week.

The National Weather Service said Sunday that highs in the Anchorage area could potentially reach the mid-40s later in the week.

The weather service says there will likely be more rainfall in the coming week for coastal areas.

Oil tax repeal and APOC

(AP)The group behind an effort to repeal Alaska's oil tax law raised about $34,000 during the last three months of 2013.

Vote Yes-Repeal the Giveaway ended the year with nearly $23,000 on hand. Contributions during the fourth quarter included $200 from Democratic state Rep. Max Gruenberg. Senate Democratic Leader Hollis French contributed $150 in refreshments for a fundraiser.

For the campaign so far, the group reported raising more than $100,000, according to its latest filing with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, which was submitted Friday.

Meanwhile, an opposition group, Vote No on One, showed cumulative contributions of more than $1.6 million in a report filed Dec. 31. The vast majority of that came from the oil and gas industry.

The referendum - centered on the oil tax cut the Legislature passed last year - is scheduled to appear on the August primary ballot.


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