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 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...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 11, 2014

Thousands raised to help cancer patients

Good hearted people in Valdez raised over $50,000 last week to help cancer patients – and help find a cure. "As of right now, its sits at $57,243," Shawnda Gallup said Monday afternoon. Gallup...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 4, 2014

Taking the community out of college

Prince William Sound Community College may be dropping the word community from its title. The pending change will come before the board of regents for the University of Alaska later this week at the behest of of UA president Pat Gamble, who said in l...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 4, 2014

New $60 million boat harbor coming to Valdez

Valdez is building a new small boat harbor, though some members of the Valdez City Council are wary. The council voted 5-1 to accept the $21 million in federal funding for the project despite the fact that a large portion of the project is currently...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 28, 2014

OMG!!City hall is on Facebook and Twitter

City Hall is jumping onto the social media bandwagon in a big way. In a report to the Valdez City Council a week ago Monday, the city's assistant city clerk, Holly Wolgamot said that social media was proving to be an effective public communications...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 28, 2014

Pipeline bombing suspect arrested by FBI

Federal prosecutors on Friday announced the arrest of a man suspected of bombing the trans-Alaska pipeline in 1978, less than a year after it began moving crude oil 800 miles from the Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. Phillip Martin Olson, 61, of Fairbanks was...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 21, 2014

Resignation sparks council debate on appointments

A recently announced resignation from the Valdez City Council is spurring debate on the council's policy on appointing vacancies. Jeremy Miner, who was elected to a two-year seat on the Valdez City Co...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 15, 2014

Robotic wave gliders gathering data in PWS

If you spot an object in the waters of Prince William Sound that closely resembles a rider-less surfboard, leave it alone. That's the word from engineers from NOAA - the National Aeronautic and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 15, 2014

Top spot still open at elementary school

The search for a new principal at Hermon Hutchens Elementary School is back to square one Or almost, according to Dr. Lisa Stroh, the outgoing superintendent of Valdez City Schools. Monday night, the board of education asked Stroh to give a recap of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 15, 2014

Art amid disaster is theme of museum exhibit

A two-year effort is bearing fruit at the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive. Two weeks ago, the exhibit "Communities, Disaster and Change" opened at the museum's Egan St location, featuring what...

 

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