There were no changes in the state capital budget that was released Tuesday by Governor Sean Parnell’s office. A total of $2.26 billion dollars was set aside for local projects for next year’s budget.
Projects in House District 6 will cost a total of $55.5 million. Six Valdez projects are included is the budget. The most notable is the Valdez Small Boat Harbor project is in line for $1 million. As far as regional projects, Copper Valley Electric Association is getting over $4 million for its Allison Creek project.
Over $73 million will be allocated for projects in House District 39. The Copper River Valley project receiving the most money is the Copper River Native Association’s regional multidisciplinary combined facility. The project is scheduled to receive $2 million.
House District 35 is in line for over $56 million. Four Whittier projects made the list. Two-point-five million dollars is going toward maintenance and operations for the Whittier Tunnel. Cordova is receiving one million dollars toward the construction of its Community Center.For a more detailed look at project in the Prince William Sound and the Copper River Valley for to the links below:
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The first shipment of Copper River salmon has arrived in Seattle. The Alaska Airlines plane carrying the shipment came into Sea-Tac Airport this morning with kings and sockeyes from Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods, and Copper River Seasfoods. Four more Alaska Airlines flights are scheduled to make shipments from Cordova to Seattle.
The Copper Chef Cook-off will also takes place. Seattle’s top chef will have 30 minutes to create the best salmon recipe. Among the competitors this year is three-time defending champion Pat Donahue. The winner will be announced later today.
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Two members of the Valdez Torpedoes Swim Club are going from swimming in the Alaska cold to swimming in the California sunshine. Gretchen Snelders and Grace Keller’s performances from the Alaska Junior Olympics, two weeks ago, have earned spots on the Alaska State Team.
“It a big deal,” Valdez Torpedoes coach Leo Overduyn said. “We’re lucky that we have two recipients from a small community the size of Valdez. It’s a great honor for the kids.”
Swimmers are selected for based on their performances in every event they competed. The top 30 swimmers in the state are selected for the team with four from each age group. Snelders is in the 10 & under group. Keller is in the 11 & 12 age group.
The team will compete against teams in the Western Zone. The zone includes Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Overduyn, who has previously coached the Utah State Team at the event, knows how big of an opportunity his swimmers have. “It’s an outstanding opportunity for them to swim,” Overduyn said. “They get to see the big picture of that. “
If the swimmers do well, they have the possibility of qualifying for the U.S. Junior National Championships. The Western Zone Championships takes place August 7th-10th in Roseville, California.
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A familiar face will be dealing with Valdez issues for District 6 Representative Eric Feige. Former Prince William Sound Community College president Doug Desorcie recently joined the Chickaloon Republican’s staff and will handle issues in Valdez and along the Richardson Highway south of the Klutina River.
Desorcie has been a resident of Valdez since 1992. He held various positions at P-Dub before becoming president in 2006. He was dismissed from his position last year. Desorcie was recently replaced by Jacob Ng of the Perralta Community College District in California.
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