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 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...

 
 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...

 

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