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 By LEE REVIS    Obituaries    July 11, 2018 

Community comes together to support the family of Kade Comer McPheters

How do you say a final goodbye to a five-year old boy? In Valdez, you invite the community down to Ruth Pond to do a little fishing – and share his favorite snacks; pull up a lawn chair and wear...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 27, 2018

Exploding gas can on go-cart blamed for burn injuries on two riders

A Sunday ride in a go-cart turned sinister when two young people were critically injured after a gasoline can exploded on a go-cart they were riding. Relatives say Valdez man Nathan Long, age 19, and...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 20, 2018

Colon cancer the focus of mayor's swim from Allison Point to old Sea Otter

Our new mayor is hoping to bring attention to colon cancer– and is urging anyone with possible symptoms, hereditary factors, or is over the age of 50, to get screened. To bring awareness of the dise...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 13, 2018

High standards: Legal marijuana store set to receive state license renewal

Alaska's first legal retail marijuana store cleared one more hurdle in its quest to renew its state license. Herbal Outfitters, located on Fairbanks St. in Valdez, was the first retailer to receive a...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 6, 2018

Primary candidates for upcoming elections set in bid to become a lawmaker

The upcoming primary election got competitive. While Friday's news that Mark Begich, the former US Senator and Anchorage mayor, was entering the governor's race as a Democrat dominated headlines, the race also widened for the Alaska Senate and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Events   

Fishing, acting, writing, yoga, rock climbing – Valdez is busy these days

There is something for just about everyone happening in Valdez in the coming days. The Valdez Rock and Flow Festival is set to begin this Friday – a three-day affair featuring rock climbing and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Events   

Library reopened its doors Monday at its home building on Fairbanks St.

Library services are again available at the facility's home building. The Valdez Consortium Library reopened its doors for a quiet Grand Opening Monday after it was forced to relocate services during...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 30, 2018

Taxes on real property set at 20 mills for all Valdez property owners

Valdez property owners will again be taxed at a rate of 20 mills for the 2018 tax year. The rate has remained at 20 mills since the 2013 tax year. The move comes after the Valdez City Council approved the rate during its regular May 15 meeting. The...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Open House: Sen. Shower to make first official visit to Valdez this Sunday

Valdez constituents will get their first chance to meet their State Senator on home turf later this week. Sen. Mike Shower, who represents Valdez in Senate District E, will host an open house this...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 23, 2018

Taking the oath: new mayor and council members sworn into office

The new mayor and city council members were sworn into office last week. Deputy city clerk Allie Ferko administered the oath of office to Jeremy O'Neil and then the newly elected city council members May 15 as the council gaveled in for its first...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 16, 2018

End-of-life service group looking for volunteers to help to jumpstart program

A new group in Valdez is working to consolidate aid and services for the chronically ill or those in need of hospice care – and is turning to the community for manpower. “It’s getting underway, we are in the process of getting volunteers,...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 9, 2018

O'Neil elected to be mayor of Valdez during the May 2 municipal elections

A newcomer to local politics was elected mayor of Valdez during the town's municipal elections. Jeremy O'Neil – who is the administrator of the local hospital, Providence Valdez Medical Center - was...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 2, 2018

Some emergency food distributions in Valdez cut

One of the food programs for the needy will ceased operating in Valdez last month according the outgoing president of the local food bank. TEFAP - The Emergency Food Assistance Program – which distributes federal aid such as frozen meat – and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 25, 2018

Meet the Candidates forum set for this Saturday at council chambers

Voters in Valdez will go to the polls this Tuesday to elect a new mayor, three council members and two school board members. This Saturday, there will be a Meet the Candidates forum at the city council chambers where voters can get to know candidates...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 18, 2018

Voting absentee and other important information for the May 1 elections

The municipal elections are coming in less than two weeks, and elections officials in Valdez are in high gear, spreading the word what voters can expect on election day and ways they can vote if they cannot make it to the polls on May 1. This year,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 18, 2018

Accused hit and run killer indicted for both manslaughter and murder

The man accused in the death of Valdez woman Chellsie Hoffman has been indicted by the Palmer grand jury. Ero Victor Walli, age 46, was originally charged with felony manslaughter, failure to stop...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 11, 2018

Hit and run by drunk driver leaves family and community in mourning

Mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend. An asset to the community and a credit to her family. She described herself as mom and entrepreneur on social media. On early Sunday morning Chellsie (Curry)...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 11, 2018

Manslaughter and felony charge for failure to stop levied against Valdez man

A former Crowley manager is charged with manslaughter after police alleged that he hit and then ran over a young Valdez woman early Sunday morning, then fled the scene of the crime. Chellsie (Curry) Hoffman died after witnesses say Walli hit and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 4, 2018

Oil spill response transition from Crowley and Edison Chouest moves ahead

Oil spill response in Port Valdez will be faster and more efficient beginning this summer according to Alyeska. The company is fully poised to transition from its long-time oil spill response contractor, Crowley Marine, to the new guys on the block,...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 28, 2018

Deadlines loom this week for property tax appeals, the PFD, and voting

March madness does not end with basketball – it also brings hard and fast deadlines to fatten your wallet and have your say in the upcoming municipal elections. The deadline to apply for the Permane...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 21, 2018

Three candidates to vie for mayor's seat in upcoming elections

The final list of candidates vying for mayor, city council and school board was finalized last week for the next municipal elections. Council members Jim Shirrell and Darren Reese will compete against each other and newcomer Jeremy O’Neil for a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 21, 2018

Stolen Bobcat loader was taken to avoid paying cab fare to the hospital

A Washington man was behind bars last week after he was accused of stealing a loader from a local hotel and driving it back and forth to the hospital to avoid paying cab fare. Levi Jones, age 22, was arrested by Valdez police Friday, charged with a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 21, 2018

City Hall, state offices will be closed Monday for Seward's Day

A holiday many Alaskans forget about is coming this Monday. Seward's Day, a uniquely Alaskan state holiday, is this Monday, March 26. But unless you have business with the city or a handful of state...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 14, 2018

Pool of candidates running for elected office expanded this week

A number of potential candidates have come forward to take out or file petitions to run for vacancies that are coming up this May for the municipal elections. As of Tuesday morning, March 13, council members Jim Shirrell and Darren Reese have...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 14, 2018

Large swath of Mineral Creek ski trail system to come under city ownership

The ski trails on Mineral Creek are coming under city ownership. Last month, the Valdez City Council unanimously passed a resolution to purchase 120 acres of land it has leased from the University of...

 

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