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 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 13, 2017 

High honor is coming to Valdez man for civilian services during WWII

A Valdez man is about to joins the ranks of such lofty world figures such as Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa and Frank Sinatra. This Friday, David Kennedy will be posthumously presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, and you are invited to see...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 13, 2017 

High scores in science and English for Valdez students in PEAK testing

Valdez students did better on Alaska's new standardized tests than the statewide average in language arts and science - but math scores were low and no one is yet sure why or what it means. The result...

 

Revenue is the likely focus of special session plans for October

Lack of cash in the state's coffers are going to be the focus of a special session called by Gov. Bill Walker. Walker said in a statement last week that he plans to convene the session Oct. 23 in...

 

Bomb squad's robot gets a moniker and five-year old wins name-game

Tactical Urban Grunt. TUG for short. That is the new name of the robot used by the Valdez Police Dept.'s bomb squad. TUG got his new moniker thanks to a contest for kids sponsored by Valdez police. "We liked the name," said Bart Hinkle, Valdez...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 30, 2017

Competitors for governor's seat are testing the waters early this year

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is already facing some stiff competition in his bid for reelection. Walker officially announced his reelection candidacy a week ago Monday, when he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott filed candidate paperwork with the state Division...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 30, 2017

Marijuana onsite consumption rules up for public comment in Alaska

Regulators are giving Alaskans a say on the latest proposal that - if passed - will allow retail marijuana outlets to provide customers with an area to consume legal marijuana products on site. State regulators with the Marijuana Control Board...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 30, 2017

Revenue is the likely focus of special session plans for October

Lack of cash in the state's coffers are going to be the focus of a special session called by Gov. Bill Walker. Walker said in a statement last week that he plans to convene the session Oct. 23 in...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 30, 2017

Bomb squad's robot gets a moniker and five-year old wins name-game

Tactical Urban Grunt. TUG for short. That is the new name of the robot used by the Valdez Police Dept.'s bomb squad. TUG got his new moniker thanks to a contest for kids sponsored by Valdez police. "We liked the name," said Bart Hinkle, Valdez...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 24, 2017

Second Bill from Valdez to run for second term as governor

He's survived massive budget deficits, an uncooperative legislature and a cancer diagnosis - and now he is poised to face another great challenge - a second run governor. Yes, it's official. Walker...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 24, 2017

Budget policy statement for 2018 approved by city council

City officials are gearing up for budget approval season and passed the administration's budget policy statement. "It captured a lot of the things we had in there and a path foreword," for city department heads to craft their budget for next year...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 9, 2017

Governor signs oil revenue bill at Petro Star refinery last Monday

Gov. Bill Walker and wife Donna made a visit home to Valdez earlier this week, meeting with community leaders, marching in Sunday's Gold Rush Days parade - and a signing of Senate Bill 30. Walker signed the bill into law Monday at the Petro Star...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 2, 2017

Bear put down by police after was found injured by a collision

An injured brown bear was put down by police last week, but it is unlikely it was the same animal that was shot but not killed at the Gold Fields in early July. Bart Hinkle, Valdez police chief, said Monday that the bear put down by police near the...

 
 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...

 

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