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Construction workers preparing to pour concrete where the new arch will be placed next week.

Road Work

Intermittent road and lane closures will continue into at least next week according to the City of Valdez.

"The second week of October the Richardson Highway in front of Totem Inn will be closed for 3-4 days for the installation of the arch," the city's website says. " For the safety of workers preparing the welcome arch installation site, a temporary advisory speed reduction to 10 mph is in effect along the Richardson Highway from Pioneer Drive to Meals Avenue. This advisory speed reduction remains in place until work is complete."

Voter deadline

(AP) A state election official said Friday that Alaska will not change its voter registration deadline amid concerns raised by two U.S. senators about Alaska's deadline and that of several other states falling on a holiday weekend.

Carol Thompson, with Alaska's Division of Elections, said by email that division offices will be open the weekend of Oct. 8 and 9 to help voters. Alaska also has an online voter registration system and allows people to submit applications by mail, fax or email.

The registration deadline is Sunday, Oct. 9 - 30 days before the general election. Oct. 10 is a federal holiday, with no postal service. The 30-day requirement is set out in state law, Thompson said.

Richards hired

(AP) Former Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards has signed another contract with the state, this time to provide legal advice on "fiscal and other related matters."

The contract began Aug. 1 and ends Dec. 31. Costs are not to exceed $10,000.

This contract is separate from one signed in July under which Richards is to provide oil and gas consultation. That contract also runs through year's end and is for up to $50,000.

Richards resigned as attorney general in June.

Kaci Schroeder, an assistant attorney general, says Richards will be available to answer questions from the governor's office on fiscal matters.


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