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Fees for using school property scrutinized

Administration for Valdez City Schools will track the usage of district buildings and other areas frequently used by the public in the coming year.

The move comes after a work session held by the board of education Monday night that was held at the behest of district superintendent Jim Nygaard, who said inequities in how user groups are charged fees – or sometimes not charged at all - must be addressed.

Nygaard told the board he hopes to bring statistics regarding usage for one year back to the board in 2016 in hopes of shoring up the district's policy.

Museum input

The Valdez Museum is looking for input on its quest to build a new museum facility.

Patty Relay, executive director of the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, said the board of directors and staff are inviting community stakeholders to bring ideas to the table this Monday and Tuesday, August 17 – 18. The museum and the public will meet with Alchemy Design, a firm the board hired last July to assist with assessing the museum's needs for expansion – a Master Interpretive Plan or MIP.

"The Master Interpretive Plan (MIP) is the first step in the pre-planning process that will guide the Valdez Museum's future," Relay said in a press release. "The MIP will help to define the museum's interpretive needs, which will then determine the feasibility of building a new facility, or refurbishing and/or expanding an existing building."

Fire season second worst year recorded

Photo courtesy Bob Benda

The highly successful brown bear sow that roams a large territory from Dayville Road to the outlying subdivision along the Richardson Highway is quietly raising four cubs this season.

(AP) Officials say the Alaska fire season this year has seen more than 5 million acres burned and is likely to become the second largest wildfire season on record.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported on Friday wildfires passed the 5-million-acre mark - or about 7,900 square miles - and by Sunday that number had already risen by more than 56 square miles.

This summer's total is only 13,000 acres sort of the acreage burned in 1957 - the second biggest season ever recorded.

Fires remain active in dry areas of the western Interior, southwest Alaska and the Seward Peninsula despite rain in most of the state.

Beyond Alaska's fires, fire managers are expecting a request for help with blazes in the Lower 48 as fires blaze across many states.


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