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This season's wacky weather in Valdez has exasperated road conditions all winter, and potholes have turned cauldron-size in some areas, including the ever slopping intersection of Pioneer Dr. and Meals Ave. Traffic cones warning of wet paint were placed in some of the deeper voids Monday. Stay tuned...

Drug policy review committee meets

The committee formed to review the school district's current drug testing policy was slated to have its first meeting Tuesday afternoon according to Rod Morrison, principal of Gilson Middle School and committee head.

The policy, which calls for teachers to be trained to spot possible student drug abuse and testing for students staff suspect may be using, came under the spotlight during discussions on a failed random drug testing policy that had been proposed earlier in the school year.

Fed's cash for roads hold steady

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City and state crews moved as much water as it did snow Monday after a wet front moved in brining several inches of snow and rain.

Transportation projects are being put on hold, or remain in limbo, as the state of Alaska deals with the fallout of declining oil prices and the changing priorities of a new administration.

But other projects, such as the $25 million Brotherhood Bridge replacement project in Juneau, continue to be paid for by a federal government fund that has been very friendly to Alaska over the years.

Figures compiled by The Associated Press show the total amount of money available to states from the Federal Highway Trust Fund has declined 3.5 percent during the five-year period ending in 2013. Only Alaska and New York didn't see drops.

Alaska got $545 million that year, and the total grows to about $990 million when all funding sources are added in, including earmarks.


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