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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 15, 2017 

VHS basketball teams heading to state championships next week

Fans of Buccaneer basketball, rejoice. Both the girls and boys teams will be heading to Anchorage next week for the state championships. The Lady Buccaneers took the top spot during the Region III...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 15, 2017 

Marijuana retailer fighting ballot measure to outlaw sales locally

Alaska's only continuously-open retail marijuana outlet is preparing to fight against an upcoming ballot measure that - if passed - will force its doors to close. Herbal Outfitters is passes out...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 8, 2017

Few takers on the ballot far in the upcoming municipal elections

The deadline to file a petition to run for a seat on city council and the board of education is 5 p.m. Thursday - and as of Monday, there have been few takers for the job. There is a thirty-day...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 8, 2017

Winds damage windows, rattle nerves and travel plans

High winds in Valdez the past two weeks did more than fray nerves and bring on the wind chill. Reports of windows in homes and cars shattering due to flying debris began last week as winds that...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 1, 2017

Underage party leads to two adult arrests and one summons

Two Valdez men have been arrested and charged with various allegations related to an underage party that police say occurred last month at a home on Cottonwood Dr. David Sapp, age 54, and Lawrence D. Ashouwak, age 22, have both been arrested after a...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 22, 2017

Shrinking population still concerns city officials in Valdez

The number of people living in Valdez continues to shrink according to state - and city - estimates. Last January, the State of Alaska notified city officials that its population estimate for Valdez is 3,939 people - 72 less than last year. While...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 16, 2017

Marijuana ban will be lone proposition on this May's ballot

Have you ever wanted to run for an elected position in city government? If so, now is the time to begin the process to run for a seat on the city council or board of education because Valdez is...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 8, 2017

Cash to spruce up downtown businesses available with a city grant

A city-run program designed to encourage downtown businesses and building owners to upgrade and improve the esthetics of their properties is once again ready to dish out some cash. Applications for the 2017 Downtown Beautification Matching Grant...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 8, 2017

Elks Tournament starts Thursday morning with lots of hoop action

Valdez is winding up for the highly anticipated Elk's Tournament - a long-running basketball tradition. The action starts at the Valdez High School gym early Thursday morning, when the girls team from...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 1, 2017

Overdose claims life of woman famous for daring cat rescue in 2014

A young woman who became a folk hero to animal lovers has become a victim to Alaska's opioid crisis. Kristana Clark, age 25, died in Glennallen on January 16, after troopers say she allegedly died of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 1, 2017

Keeping it clean: group begins campaign to respect Thompson Pass

A group active in year-round outdoor activities is beginning a campaign to urge backcountry visitors to Thompson Pass to clean up after themselves - and respect others while enjoying the great outdoor...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 25, 2017

Fire guts family home but town rallies to show its support

A family was left out in the cold after their home burned down Thursday, but warm-hearted people are again going the extra mile to ensure they know Valdez is home. The city's public information...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 18, 2017

Snowfall snarled Valdez traffic during first big snowstorm of the season

Valdez is still behind its historic snow averages for January, despite the snowstorm that began Friday and continued through Monday. Forty inches of snow fell on the town as of early Monday morning, with additional snowfall coming down throughout...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 11, 2017

Winter-based activities take front and center this winter season

Sporting events, winter safety events and classes and numerous other outdoor activities will be coming to Valdez in the coming weeks and months. While Valdez is a well-known destination for extreme skiers and snowboarders, there are many organized...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 11, 2017

Weekend winds caused scattered damage throughout Valdez

Valdez is famous for its snow, but high winds are also a common weather problem year round - and last week saw plenty of it. The town had warning of the coming weather. The city's public information...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 4, 2017

City clerk to act as city manager until new hire is ready

It's out with the old and in with the new for the city's top administrator position. Sheri Pierce, the longtime city clerk, was appointed acting city manager by the Valdez City Council late last month...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 4, 2017

Newest proposal for city land acquisition is on the council's table

City administration's quest to buy land for a possible new fire station is making progress. The Valdez City Council was presented with new findings Tuesday night after it directed city administration...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    December 14, 2016

City manager position opens in Valdez after Ragsdale resigns

Valdez is in search of a new city manager - again. The move comes after Dennis Ragsdale, the current city manager, tendered his resignation to the Valdez City Council last week after a tough three-part city manager review. The city council accepted...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    December 14, 2016

Mountain sports report brings clarity to developing Valdez assets

The city has its work cut out if it hopes to become a premier mountain recreation destination. That is the word from a report presented last week to the Valdez City Council and Economic...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    December 7, 2016

Mountain recreation development report sheds light on projects

A long anticipated report that compares the merits and drawbacks to three competing projects to develop mountain recreation in Valdez has been published. The report, commissioned by the council in...

 
 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...

 

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