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 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 26, 2017 

Minimal flooding this year after ice damn breaks on Valdez Glacier

Seasonal flooding of the Glacier Stream was minimal this year - though the city and other government agencies were on high alert. In late June, the City of Valdez issued an alert through its public information office, warning area users that an ice...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 20, 2017

Ferry reformers seeking public input, ideas on improving system

The ferry system is broken - but reformers say the public is the key to fixing it. That was the word in Valdez last week when committee members of the reform project hosted a luncheon for business leaders Thursday, just hours ahead of a public input...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 20, 2017

New hotel with pool and buffet will replace the old Totem Inn

It's out with the old and in with the new at the Totem Inn. Co-owners Connie Ballow and Mike Williams are having a big fire sale at the site where the Totem restaurant served Valdez breakfast, lunch...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 12, 2017

Loader theft + loaded weapon = loads of legal troubles for one woman

Imagine driving home late on the Fourth of July and seeing your front loader being operated by a strange woman as you both head up the highway. That is what happened to Rick Wade last week. Valdez police say Wade called law enforcement after...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 12, 2017

$1 million price for land okayed by council but still not a done deal

A new fire station moved an inch closer to reality last week when the Valdez City Council gave a reluctant thumbs up to proceed with a $1 million land purchase - but it is still far from a done deal. Council members voted 4-2 in favor of directing...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 5, 2017

Wounded brown bear causes concern after it was shot at ball field

State and local wildlife officials were on the trail of a wounded brown bear Sunday night and into Monday morning after the bruin was shot by a worried camper. "Reports indicated that the bear was...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 28, 2017

Appraisal of land where Aleutian Village sits discussed in city report

The land where Aleutian Village sits has an appraisal - and some might consider it a bargain. The unimproved value of the land is $15,963 per acre according to a report submitted to the Valdez City Council by Elke Doom, the city manager. This could...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 21, 2017

Rock climbing fest ads flow arts to its lineup of events this year

Rock on Valdez - that is the word from a local event planning group that works to get people outdoors. The annual Rock Climbing Fest - organized by Levitation 49 - has changed its name this year to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 21, 2017

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 dollars for first offences committed by recreational...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 14, 2017

New fire station plans move forward slowly as land purchase delayed

Plans to buy land for a new fire station are on hold. "We're not in a hurry to do this," council member Darren Reese said a week ago Tuesday before the Valdez City Council postponed its vote that...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 7, 2017

Delinquent property taxes may lead to foreclosure by the city

Pay up or face foreclosure. That is the word from the city's finance department, which is poised and ready to seek court ordered foreclosures on a number of properties within the city limits that have unpaid taxes, some dating back as far as the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 31, 2017

Bomb threat faxed to Napa store one of several across the US

A Valdez business received a bomb threat Monday - one of several reported across the country. "Good Morning, I'll be brief," a fax sent to the Napa Auto Parts store in Valdez reads. "I installed...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 24, 2017

Flood mitigation of Glacier Stream receives some federal funding

Funding to help offset the costs of dealing with flooding will soon fill the city's coffers. The funding - is from the Watershed Protection Program, run by the Dept. of Agriculture - will add over...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 24, 2017

Cruise ship docks

Helicopters took to the air, kayakers put oar to water and vendors took to the street Monday as Valdez welcomed a rare visitor to its shores - a cruise ship. The MS EUROPA - billed as the "most...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 17, 2017

Property tax mill rate expected to remain at 20 mill rate

The Valdez City Council was set to approve this year’s property tax assessment at 20 mills during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The rate has remained at 20 mills since the 2013 tax year. The City of Valdez notes that the 20 mill rate is...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 10, 2017

Pot ban defeated in Tuesday's municipal elections in Valdez

Valdez voters solidly rejected the proposed ban on commercial marijuana last week. Proposition 1 - the citizen's initiative that would have banned commercial marijuana within the city limits - was soundly defeated during Tuesday's municipal...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 3, 2017

Pot ban defeated in Tuesday's municipal elections in Valdez

Proposition 1 - the citizen's initiative that would have banned commercial marijuana within the city limits was soundly defeated during Tuesday's municipal elections. There were 1009 votes against...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 26, 2017

Elections

Polls will open at 7 a.m. sharp this Tuesday for the municipal elections. Voters will be casting ballots for three city council seats, four school board seats and deciding whether or not to outlaw commercial marijuana within the city limits. Polls...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 26, 2017

Trespasser at elementary school has domestic assault record

A Valdez man trespassed from Hermon Hutchens Elementary School last week for suspicious behavior was unarmed according to police. Joshua Terrell, age 37, was allegedly seen wandering around the periphery of the school's gym during a fifth-grade...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 19, 2017

Chickens: commission to move forward to allowing yard fowl

Chicken lovers rejoice: a move by city officials to allow keeping fowl in residential neighborhoods is moving forward according to a report to the city's planning and zoning commissioners. Lisa Von Bargen, head of the city's economic development...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 12, 2017

Liquor license protest will be contingent on sale according to council

The paws of Three Bears Corporation are being held to the fire. The Valdez City Council - which had announced it would protest the renewal of a package liquor store license held in Valdez by the Alaskan warehouse grocery chain - voted last week to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 12, 2017

Help for needy kids

Summer fun for kids is essential, and the city's parks and recreation department knows that not all families can afford the nominal fees the city charges for its programs and other activities. With this in mind, scholarships for kids under the age...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    April 5, 2017

Some cry fowl at public hearing held by P & Z regarding chickens

Chickens are stirring the pot in Valdez. The city's Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing in March to take testimony from Valdez residents on whether or not it will recommend the city council pass an ordinance that would allow people...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 5, 2017

Marijuana proponents make their views known around town

No on Prop 1 signs are peppering lawns, snow banks and buildings throughout Valdez. Proposition 1, a ballot measure that will be put to Valdez voters in the May 2 municipal elections, asks voters to repeal city zoning ordinances that were enacted...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 5, 2017

Group looks for volunteers, employees for outdoors this summer

The snow is melting, and many folks are itching to get outdoors and get a jump on summer. Organizers with Levitation 49 - the public service group that began managing some of the state's campgrounds...

 

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