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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 30, 2016 

Negotiations approved by council to buy land for new city facilities

City council is dubious about administration's proposal that would add almost 15 new acres of land to the city's holdings - but gave a firm thumbs up for negotiations to proceed on purchasing at...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events    

Community comes together during the Christmas season

It may be the age of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and many families will spend time more time together on Facebook than real face time, but many great Valdez Christmas traditions are thriving in 2016....

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 23, 2016

$53 million city budget up for first of two public readings

The city's 2017 budget was set for the first of two public readings Tuesday night. The proposed budget, prepared by Brian Carlson, the city's finance director, was $53,334,314 - a whopping $44,345,314 million less than last year's budget. The...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 23, 2016

Land purchase for new infrastructure up for discussion by city council

Does the city need a new fire house? More storage? More land? That is the question the Valdez City Council was tasked to discuss Tuesday night after the Valdez Star went to press. City administration...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 16, 2016

Diesel spill at Paxson Lake is second for oil hauling trucking firm

A tanker truck hauling diesel overturned near Paxson Lake Saturday, the second such incident on the Richardson Highway in less than a month. Responders determined that 276 gallons of ultra-low sulfur...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 16, 2016

Black mold issues in city hall may force some departments off site

Black mold in city hall could force some city departments to temporarily move operations out of city hall according to a preliminary report to city council. The report, authored by Todd Wegner, the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 9, 2016

Free energy credit: coming to a utility bill near you

Registration is open at City Hall for the city's popular energy assistance program. It is not a needs-based program or a charity, but is does pay a one-time $550 credit towards energy bills for all eligible Valdez households. Registration is open...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Defending champion Lady Bucs heading to state tourney as favorites

The Lady Buccaneers are heading to Anchorage this week as defending state volleyball champions after taking the regional title last week. Valdez will see its first action Thursday at 11:30 a.m. - and...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 2, 2016

First legal pot sale in Alaska took place in Valdez Saturday

Michael Holcombe of Valdez made history Saturday as Alaska's first legal buyer of marijuana. Herbal Outfitters - Alaska's second store to receive a business license to legally sell pot, - was the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Tuesday elections will open at 7 a.m. at Valdez voting precincts

Following the national trend, Valdez voters are heading to the polls early this year. Voters can cast absentee ballots at city hall during regular business hours - from 8:30 am. to 5:00 p.m. - on weekdays. The polls open for elections Tuesday, Nov....

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 26, 2016

Absentee ballots can be cast between now and election day at city hall

Absentee voting began at city hall this week for Alaska House, U.S. president and two Congressional seats. Voters in Valdez can cast a ballot in person during regular business hours, 8:30 am. to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. In the race for the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Legal marijuana shop will open for business in Valdez Saturday

The State of Alaska issued its second-ever retail marijuana license in Valdez last week - and the store's manager says it will open for business this Saturday. "We will have flower product in the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 19, 2016

Energy assistance program will continue for the coming year

Valdez residents who have a residential electricity or fuel bill will receive a $550 credit again this winter after the Valdez City Council directed city administration to fund the assistance program. The move came after funding for the program was...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 19, 2016

Icy roads blamed for vehicular accidents on Richardson Highway

Icy roads are being blamed for two separate accidents that occurred Sunday at Milepost 5 on the Richardson Highway. The Valdez Police Department issued a warning in it's weekly press release stating t...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Hydro power from CVEA expands in Valdez and Copper Basin

Copper Valley Electric Association says its members are due a congratulatory note : you now own a new hydroelectric plant. The move came last Wednesday when the board president Paul Kildal flipped a c...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Law Enforcement    October 12, 2016

Clown craze comes to Valdez as concerned citizens call police

The creepy clown craze sweeping the country came to Valdez last week. Last Friday, a concerned citizen called Valdez police dispatch to report "some teens were at Safeway when they were approached by...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 12, 2016

School count underway in Valdez and so far so good officials say

Valdez City Schools is in the middle of its yearly official head count - and so far the news is good according to district superintendent Jim Nygaard. "Over all we've been doing remarkably well," Nygaard said Monday. Each year, school districts...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 5, 2016

Totem Inn soldiers on in aftermath of roof fire last month

The Totem Inn restaurant and gift shop have no firm dates to reopen after last month's devastating roof fire. While the hotel and separate bar, the Board Room, remain open for business, Mike...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    September 28, 2016

Chief Tracy Raynor takes the reigns at Valdez Fire Department

Valdez has a new fire chief. Tracy Raynor, who began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Idaho and moved up the ranks, was set to report for duty last Thursday. Raynor comes to Valdez after what...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    September 21, 2016

Bus driver had a seizure while taking students to school last week

No children were injured last week when the driver of a school bus had a seizure while driving down Copper St. Brandon Kilian and Clay Strickland - both dads who had just put their daughters on the bus - killed the engine on the bus, calmed the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Law Enforcement    September 21, 2016

Assault nets Valdez man a seven year prison sentence, two suspended

A Valdez man will spend five years in prison for throwing a knife at his girlfriend, cutting her throat and inflicting injuries that were "just short of attempted murder," according to court...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    September 14, 2016

Herbal Outfitters granted license by marijuana control board

The first retail cannabis store in Valdez has been granted a license by the state's Marijuana Control Board. So says Derek Morris, the Colorado man hired by Herbal Outfitters to manage the new...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Law Enforcement    September 14, 2016

Secret camera in women's bathroom nets little jail time for Valdez man

A Valdez man who hid a video camera in the women's bathroom across the bay will serve 30 days in jail. Judge Gregory Heath sentenced Kalvin Paulsen, age 29, to 30 days in jail with credit for time...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Law Enforcement    September 14, 2016

Man treated after his ear was nearly bitten off by partner

A Valdez women is behind bars after police allege she bit off a man's ear. Valdez police arrested Katrina Trefon, age 29, on August 29 on a single felony count of domestic assault after the defendant allegedly called police dispatch to report that a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    September 7, 2016

Pot store readies for opening pending state approval

The first retail marijuana Store in Valdez is poised to receive it state license. The Valdez city council was set to vote on the matter Tuesday during its regularly scheduled meeting. The state...

 

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