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 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 26, 2014 

Drug testing policy passes first reading

The board of education voted Monday night to pass a controversial policy that will mandate drug testing for all students in grades 6-12 that participate in school activities – despite overwhelming...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 26, 2014 

Old Three Bears property in sites of city officials

What about the fish? That is the question the Valdez City Council was poised to address Tuesday night, as it considered a proposal by city administration that the municipality buy the old Three Bears...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 26, 2014 

Transition committee for Walker included Valdez leaders

A number of community leaders from Valdez were asked to serve on governor-elect Bill Walker's transition committee that met for a large conference in Anchorage last weekend. "It was a really good experience," Bill Comer, Valdez police chief, said in...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 19, 2014

Bill Walker declared winner of governor's race

Bill Walker will be Alaska's next governor. Walker, along with running mate Bryron Mallott, will be sworn into office Dec. 1. After weeks of election uncertainty, Gov. Sean Parnell conceded the race...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 19, 2014

No injuries in alcohol related crash

A Valdez woman walked away from a single-vehicle rollover last week that police say was alcohol related. "It was a one vehicle accident," Valdez Police Chief Bill Comer said in an interview Monday,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

Fire guts mobile home Sunday night

Smoke detectors are getting the credit for awaking – and saving - the occupants of a mobile home that caught on fire Sunday night. "It was pretty nasty," George Keeney, Valdez Fire Chief, said in an interview Monday. "It got the house." The mobile...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

Governor's race is still too close to call

Who will be governor of Alaska for the next four years? While the Div. of Elections is not poised to certify the election until its target date of Nov. 28, Valdez favorite Bill Walker, running...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

The check is in the mail according to CVT

Copper Valley Telecom is disbursing $1,831,500 in capital credits to its membership this week. That's 5,199 checks going out this week to customers with land-line service with the cooperative....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

Drug testing for student activities hearing nears

The proposed drug testing policy for student activities will get its first reading during the Nov. 24 school board meeting. "I asked that our agenda be light at the next meeting," board president Joe Prax during Monday night's regular meeting. "I...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 5, 2014

Results for election still unknown to all

While the robocalls have stopped and the nonstop barrage of political campaigning halted, it is still unknown to all who will be Alaska's next governor. This is because there are thousands of ballots...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 5, 2014

Free energy coming to Valdez households

Registration opened this week 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 opened...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 5, 2014

Domino effect: city meetings shuffled around

A large number of city officials will be out of town the week of Nov. 17, which set off a chain reaction regarding public meetings. The city council is mandated to meet twice a month, and it normally meets the first and third and Monday each month....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 29, 2014

Cop stars in marijuana legalization commercial

The quest to legalize marijuana in Alaska and regulate it like alcohol gained a high profile advocate in recent weeks. Jess Gondek, a ten-year veteran with the Valdez Police Dept., has been appearing...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 29, 2014

Mudslinging ends Tuesday after general elections

Robocalls, excessive junk mail and incessant political advertising will abate next week after Tuesday's general elections. After months of mudslinging, voters will be able to decide who will be...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 22, 2014

Tough round of meetings facing new council

A new mayor and a new council member were sworn into office Monday night, and the group will face a challenging – and time consuming – round of upcoming meetings in the coming weeks. "The new...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 22, 2014

Fierce defender of Valdez passes the gavel

City government said goodbye to one of its staunchest supporters Monday night when Mayor Dave Cobb passed the gavel to the newly elected mayor, Larry Weaver. "My official last duty will be to take a break," Cobb joked Monday night after Weaver was sw...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 22, 2014

Archway design for Egan Dr. nears completion

Design plans for enhancements to Egan Dr. are moving towards completion. Monday night, the council approved an amendment, at a cost of $53,000, to the design that will bring the project to 100...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 15, 2014

Review of city's personnel regulations is coming

An independent third-party review of the city's human resources regulations is coming to city hall after a council discussion a week ago Monday. The move came at the behest of council members Dennis Fleming and Ruth Knight, who asked that council...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 15, 2014

Dates not set for student drug testing hearings

The board of education did not set a date for public hearings or a firm time for a first reading of the proposed drug testing policy that has been proposed by the superintendent. "We're going to aim...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 15, 2014

Flu drill moves to elementary school this year

Free flu shots will available to the public this Saturday. Instead of the annual city-wide flu shot drills that have been held in the evenings at the hospital for several years running, this year free flu shots will be made available to the public...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 8, 2014

Weaver elected mayor with popular vote Tuesday

Larry Weaver was elected mayor of Valdez by popular vote Tuesday night after the final count in the municipal elections. Weaver bested opponent Rich Long after all 768 ballots were counted Tuesday....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 8, 2014

Bill Walker's bio omitted from official election pamphlet

Independent governor candidate Bill Walker's name is on the ballot, but his biography and photo are nowhere to be found in the state's official election pamphlet. The Division of Elections neglected t...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 8, 2014

Council passes 2012 compromise for oil properties

A purposeful move was made by the Valdez City Council Monday to address the ongoing dispute between municipalities, the State of Alaska and oil producers regarding the taxable value of TAPS, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. In early 2012, the Valdez...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 1, 2014

Guilty verdict rendered in 2013 stabbing case

A Valdez Superior Court jury convicted Robert Goldstein, age 36, on assault and drug charges last week, dismissing testimony by the defendant he acted in self-defense when he stabbed his victim outsid...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 1, 2014

Elections are Tuesday for mayor, council and school board

Two very important issues are on the ballot for Tuesday's municipal elections. Valdez voters will elect a new mayor, Rich Long or Larry Weaver, and decide whether or not the city will bond up to $20...

 

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