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 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 27, 2014 

Drug testing discussions open with school board

The new school year begins for most Valdez students this Tuesday, September 2 but Gilson Middle School is not the only new topic of discussion for the board of education. At Monday night's regularly...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 27, 2014 

Fireworks will be legalized for some holidays

The Valdez City Council approved a first reading of the city’s code revisions for health and safety regulations a week ago Monday, which is usually a mundane affair. This section, which changes city laws and covers everything from abandoned...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 20, 2014

Mayor's seat will see head to head race in election

Valdez voters will have to make a choice between two mayoral candidates when polls open this October 7. “For mayor, we do have a race,” said Sheri Pierce, city clerk. Valdez men Larry Weaver and Rich Long both returned completed petitions to the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 20, 2014

Security camera at city hall helps nab burglar

The fire department’s security was not so hot last week. Valdez police discovered an unreported theft at the fire department that was uncovered during a police investigation into a not-so routine auto theft. In an unrelated case the same day, a Gle...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 13, 2014

New middle school nearing completion manger says

The new middle school reached "substantial completion" at the end of July and the building is on track to open for school September 2. "Today, the movers started moving furniture in," Ron Rozak, the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 6, 2014

Pool of candidates for local office slim

People in Valdez have shown little interest in running for elected offices in the October municipal elections. “Right now we have only one petition that has been picked up and returned,” Sheri Pierce, the city clerk, said to the Valdez City...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 6, 2014

Home schooled students can get district support

Parents of home schooled students in Valdez will be given new local options for delivering education to their children this school year. Jim Nygaard, superintendent of Valdez City Schools, is holding a second of a series of meetings with these...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 6, 2014

From the Editor's Desk:

The statewide primary elections are two weeks away and Valdez voters will be asked to elect a House Representative in the newly formed District 9. Republicans have a choice of three candidates to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 30, 2014

Electronic surveillance: coming to Gilson Middle School

Smile. You might be on camera. That is the word from Valdez City Schools as the board of education prepares to scrap its old policy that forbade the taking of any and all secret video on district property and replaced it with three pages of rules...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 23, 2014

Popular energy credit from city funded

The Valdez City Council unanimously approved funding to continue its popular energy credit program which pays $550 yearly towards energy bills for Valdez households. The move came Monday night during its regular meeting when the council was asked to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 23, 2014

New faces needed to run for city elections

The race to fill seats for elected office for mayor, city council and school board is wide open a week after the filing period opened for potential candidates to toss their names in the hat. As of Monday of this week, only one candidate had picked...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 23, 2014

Stranded hikers rescued by National Guard helicopter

Five unprepared hikers were rescued from a mountain ledge in the Mineral Creek area last Thursday after spending the night on the peak. The five hikers, four men and one woman, were unable to get off...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 16, 2014

Ready, set, vote: Election season is here

Candidates and issues in the upcoming statewide elections are saturating online advertising and TV, but the quieter and gentler Valdez municipal elections are just around the corner. Elections for mayor, three city council seats and three school...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 9, 2014

Big bucks allocated in city's midyear budget adjustment

The city budget got a $13.469 million boost Monday after the city manager presented the mid-year budget adjustment to the council. The city council sets its budget before the end of the year on an annual basis, but it is based on projected revenues....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 9, 2014

Police flummoxed by nuisance marmot

Valdez police are on the lookout for a fugitive from justice that has made off with thousands of dollars in city-owned property. The suspect is described as having short brown hair with gray streaks...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 9, 2014

Capsized boat prompts rescue by Coasties

The US Coast Guard is investigating why a seiner tipped over in the waters outside the small boat harbor in Valdez. "We'll know more once the boat is out of the water," said Lt. Allie Ferko of the US...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 2, 2014

New harbor funding decisions looming

Plans for the new small boat harbor in Valdez are moving ahead and city administration is preparing to present funding options to elected officials next week. City manager John Hozey said he is looking to present three different funding options to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 25, 2014

Bicyclist hit by distracted driver Thursday

A local lawyer's dream of cycling in next month's Fireweed 400 was dashed after he was hit by a car Thursday evening while out for a ride. Eric Auten, looking a little worse for wear Friday, said...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 25, 2014

Itemized work on gas line confidential

The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act has left the building. The 2008 legislation backed by former Gov. Sarah Palin that awarded TransCanada an exclusive license and state-funded backing to study the feasibility of marketing Alaska’s vast natural gas...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 18, 2014

John Devens passed away in Copper Valley home

A Valdez icon died last week. John Devens, age 74, was reportedly found dead Friday at his home in the Copper Valley. According to the Associated Press, he is survived by his son John Devens and daughter-in-law, Terry; his daughter Jerilyn Devens;...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 18, 2014

Hydro project breaks ground at Allison Creek site

Copper Valley Electric Association, CVEA, says ground work is underway for the long-planned Allison Creek Hydroelectric project. The project has been in the planning stages for several years and is...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 18, 2014

Mail used to send drugs to Valdez police say

Valdez police say a Valdez man is behind bars after receiving anonymous tips that he had been selling illegal drugs he’d been receiving through the US mail. Last Thursday, police say they arrested Thomas “Tommy” Watson, age 33, who is now...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 18, 2014

Security zone warning issued to Valdez boaters

The US Coast Guard is spreading the word that all boaters must stay out of the security zone surrounding the Valdez Marine Terminal in Port Valdez. Fines for breaching the zone can cost hundreds of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 11, 2014

Billions at stake in latest oil property tax ruling

The value of TAPS – the Trans Alaska Pipeline System – is worth $10.2 billion. That is the current assessed value according to SARB, the State Assessment Review Board, which hears state property tax assessment appeals. This is good news for the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 11, 2014

Melissa Reese named new elementary principal

Melissa Reese is the new principal of Hermon Hutchens Elementary School. The longtime educator and administrator with Valdez City Schools was offered the job in late May in a second round of candidate interviews. "I'm really excited," Reese told the...

 

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