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 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 14, 2018 

Snow is below average for this time of the year but it's still mid-February

The legendary snows of Valdez are lagging behind what were once typical for the area at this time of year – but there is still plenty of winter weather ahead. Late Sunday night and early Monday morning’s snow fall dropped 17.5 inches of snow –...

 

Call it big bucks or small potatoes – Alaskans file for their share of the PFD

Over two hundred thousand Alaskans have applied for this coming year's Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend according to the Alaska Dept. of Revenue – that was after the application window had been open for 37 days. Tuesday morning, the revenue...

 

May Day! Clerk's office is already preparing for May 1 municipal elections

Election season is opening in Valdez – and hopefuls looking to run for mayor, city council or school board can get an early start. "I will begin accepting petitions for office beginning on February 15," said Sheri Pierce, city clerk for Valdez....

 

Help wanted: superintendent spot still open after candidate declines offer

The board of education was sent back to the drawing board last week in its search for a new superintendent. After a round of in person interviews, the board had offered the superintendent’s position to Dr. Randy Trani of Corbett, Oregon – who...

 

Earthquake and tsunami warning rattled nerves just after midnight Tuesday

Many slept right through it, while others ran for cover after a long-lasting earthquake rattled shelves and nerves just after midnight early Tuesday morning. The earthquake was centered in the Gulf of...

 

Reward of $1,000 offered for information leading to arrest in local gun heist

Valdez police are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in last week’s burglary of South Central Hardware – where approximately two dozen firearms were reportedly stolen. “We are still seeking information,” Police...

 

Resignation leaves Valdez without representation in the State Senate

Valdez has no senate representation in the Alaska Legislature as lawmakers return to Juneau for the first session of the 30th legislature following the resignation of Mike Dunleavy, who quit his elect...

 

Marijuana store to remain open despite recent federal policy shift

It's business as usual for Alaska's first legal retail marijuana outlet – despite a recent announcement from Washington that the Trump administration intends change its enforcement of federal...

 

Shortlist of names for new superintendent of Valdez City Schools announced

A shortlist of candidates to lead Valdez City Schools was announced Tuesday morning by the consulting firm hired by the school district to help aid in its search for a new leader. Mr. Patrick Mayor of Wrangle is the only Alaskan named after...

 

Holiday hours vary all over Valdez in the days before Christmas

Christmas is coming this Monday - and a number of businesses and services will be closing early or not be open at all on Christmas Eve, a Sunday. Don't forget the cranberries, because the local...

 

Big wet snows and rain that brought avalanche and brought heat wave

Fresh produce and dairy were scarce - but Valdez survived last week's avalanche largely unscathed. Alaska Dept. of Transportation (ADOT) announced that it re-opened the Richardson Highway for travel at about 5:30 p.m. last Thursday after a massive...

 

Old scams snag new victims as holiday season swings into gear

No, you still cannot pay fines with gift cards - and that bearer of bad news that called you asking for money to save your grandchild from peril is a crook. "I think some folks just don't hear about...

 

Legislative Information Office reopens for upcoming Legislative session

The Legislative Information Office (LIO) in Valdez opened its doors this week, according to Tony Gorman, who was recently hired to run the Valdez office in the state building on Meals Ave. Sharon Lawrence, who ran the office for many years, is...

 

Richardson Highway reopens but conditions remain poor

UPDATE FROM ADOT The Richardson Highway, near Valdez, is now open from mile 12-55. Travelers are advised that driving conditions are very difficult. Heavy snow, mixed with rain, is causing ice to...

 

Newspaper will take a Christmas vacation the week of December 25

School children are not the only people who look forward to a Christmas break - so does the staff at the Valdez Star. The weekly newspaper's last 2017 edition will publish Dec. 20; the regular weekly...

 

Package delivery volume explodes, but Postal Service is still in the red

There are few institutions serving Valdez that are more important than the U.S. Postal Service - and few that are more financially beleaguered. Judging by the volume of parcels delivered daily to Valdez it would be difficult to tell that the Postal...

 

Angel Tree is a way to bring Christmas cheer to needy Valdez families

Santa's helpers have set up the Angel Tree at the Valdez post office in hopes that the community will help Santa. The Angel Tree is supported by Santa's Workshop - disguised as Sheila Jordan - with...

 

Branding and Revisioning: Valdez looks to project a new image

What three words best describe Valdez? This and many other questions are at the forefront of the minds of those who have been working behind the scenes in the city's revisioning process. And they are...

 

Pioneers to host program highlighting the genealogy of Territorial Reps

Valdez has always been a player in Alaska politics - and that legacy stretches all the way back to it's days as a territory. Some of the men and women who make up the modern Pioneers of Alaska in Vald...

 

State champions: Lady Bucs win state title for the eleventh time

from the 2015 title team) were ready and poised. The Bucs pounced early, dispatching the Nikiski Bulldogs 3-1, winning 25-14, 11-25, 25-13, 25-12. Next was the defending state champs; Mt. Edgecumbe Braves. Again the Bucs stayed focused and put away...

 

Commissioner for DOT visits Valdez on a good will mission

Alaska Dept. of Transportation Commission Marc Luiken visited Valdez last week. "I had asked Ryan and Jason if we could just go out and visit people out in the field," he said. "I really just wanted to go out and talk to folks in our maintenance...

 

Clocks fall back - for certain - the Sunday morning at 2 a.m.

There was plenty of egg on the face of the Valdez Star editorial staff last week when a story on the front page reminded readers to turn back the clocks ran one week ahead of schedule. For the record, daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2...

 

Gaining traction: be prepared for winter roads is the best policy

"We can't deny it," ADOT said in an email this week sent by spokeswoman Meadow Baily. "For much of the state, winter is here." ADOT is reminding drivers to be prepared before hitting Alaska's unpredictable road conditions and offered four basic...

 

Massive flu shot drill coming to Valdez this Tuesday evening

It's October in Valdez, and that means it is time for the annual flu shot drill. This year's mass inoculation event will occur this Tuesday, October 24. Flu vaccines will be administered free of...

 

Alaska Day gives state and city offices a day off but what is it?

Alaska Day is a state holiday that catches many people by surprise. Some Alaskans - particularly in Valdez - are only made aware of it when they need to do business with a city or state office, only to find out it is closed because of Alaska Day. So...

 

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