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Valdez Star Staff and the Associated Press


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New city manager Dennis Ragsdale, front right, meets Edie Sorensen, top left, last week. Interim city manager Robert Jean, seen sitting, will be leaving Valdez and passing the baton to Ragsdale.

New city manager on board

Valdez welcomed its new top administrator to city hall last week.

Dennis Ragsdale, the city manager hired by city council in October of last year, is settling into his new office, and is working hand in hand with Robert Jean, who has been acting city manager for six months.

Ragsdale was the acting city manager in St. Cloud at the time he was hired to come to Valdez.

Ragsdale was welcomed to city government Tuesday and was introduced to the public by Mayor Larry Weaver during the last Valdez City Council meeting.

"I've enjoyed the first few days getting familiar with staff," Ragsdale said during the city manager's report. He said he looked forward to working with council and implementing city goals.

"I love it here," he said. "I love it more everyday."

Pipeline stats

The company that runs the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the Valdez Marine Terminal said 168,484,318 barrels of crude oil moved through the system in 2015.

The data was released Dec. 21.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company said the reliability of the pipeline (TAPS) was at 100 percent for November. It averaged 99.4 percent for 2015 as a whole.

The company also said it averaged 557,120 barrels daily. A barrel of oil is made up of 42 gallons.

Photo courtesy TAPS

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is 800 miles long and runs from Prudhoe Bay to Port Valdez.

Judges reseated

(AP) Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Craig Stowers has reappointed the four presiding judges for each of the state's judicial districts.

They are Superior Court judges Trevor Stephens for the First Judicial District, which includes southeast Alaska; Paul Roetman, who grew up in Valdez, for the Second Judicial District covering parts of northern and western Alaska; William Morse for the Third Judicial District in south-central, which includes Valdez; and Michael MacDonald for the Fourth Judicial District, which includes the Interior and parts of southwest Alaska.

Presiding judges hold administrative responsibilities in addition to their judicial duties.


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