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 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 17, 2014 

Ethics violations alleged against parks director

A group of former employees with the city's Dept. of Parks and Recreation are asking that the department's director and the recreation supervisor be placed on leave pending an investigation into...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 17, 2014 

Fireworks get a holiday under city code revision

There were no sparks Monday night when the Valdez City Council approved updates and revisions to the Peace and Welfare section of the municipal code, which includes a section that allows private citizens to use fireworks around specified holidays....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 17, 2014 

Power pole wiped out during high water

The Lowe River moved its banks about 60 feet just after midnight Sunday morning, causing a power outage after it took out a Copper Valley Electric Association power pole. Ironically, the pole that...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 10, 2014

Stabbing case lingering in court one year later

The court case against a Valdez man accused of stabbing another man seven times outside of a bar in the late summer of 2013 is still winding its way through court. A calendar call in the case of the State of Alaska vs. Robert Goldstein is set for...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 10, 2014

Drug testing at schools further discussed by board

Discussions on whether or not Valdez City Schools should begin drug testing students moved ahead Monday night during the board of education's regular meeting. The push comes from Superintendent Jim...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 3, 2014

Unity Ticket forms with Walker and Mallott joining forces

Bill Walker's independent campaign bid to become Alaska's next governor and the democratic candidate Byron Mallott ended days of speculation Monday night when the candidates confirmed that the two camps would make the unprecedented move to join...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 3, 2014

Deadline looming to update your voter registration

The deadline to update or register to vote in the upcoming municipal elections is coming fast. September 7, a Sunday, is the last day voters can register or update their registration if they want to cast a ballot in the October 7 municipal elections....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 3, 2014

Beautification grant program passes city muster

Beautification can be an ugly word to many Valdez business owners, but the city council unanimously approved a resolution a week ago Monday to help private enterprise improve the esthetics of downtown properties. "This is an important part of the...

 
 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...

 

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