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 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 18, 2018 

Voting absentee and other important information for the May 1 elections

The municipal elections are coming in less than two weeks, and elections officials in Valdez are in high gear, spreading the word what voters can expect on election day and ways they can vote if they cannot make it to the polls on May 1. This year,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 18, 2018 

Accused hit and run killer indicted for both manslaughter and murder

The man accused in the death of Valdez woman Chellsie Hoffman has been indicted by the Palmer grand jury. Ero Victor Walli, age 46, was originally charged with felony manslaughter, failure to stop...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 11, 2018

Hit and run by drunk driver leaves family and community in mourning

Mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend. An asset to the community and a credit to her family. She described herself as mom and entrepreneur on social media. On early Sunday morning Chellsie (Curry)...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 11, 2018

Manslaughter and felony charge for failure to stop levied against Valdez man

A former Crowley manager is charged with manslaughter after police alleged that he hit and then ran over a young Valdez woman early Sunday morning, then fled the scene of the crime. Chellsie (Curry) Hoffman died after witnesses say Walli hit and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 4, 2018

Oil spill response transition from Crowley and Edison Chouest moves ahead

Oil spill response in Port Valdez will be faster and more efficient beginning this summer according to Alyeska. The company is fully poised to transition from its long-time oil spill response contractor, Crowley Marine, to the new guys on the block,...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 28, 2018

Deadlines loom this week for property tax appeals, the PFD, and voting

March madness does not end with basketball – it also brings hard and fast deadlines to fatten your wallet and have your say in the upcoming municipal elections. The deadline to apply for the Permane...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 21, 2018

Three candidates to vie for mayor's seat in upcoming elections

The final list of candidates vying for mayor, city council and school board was finalized last week for the next municipal elections. Council members Jim Shirrell and Darren Reese will compete against each other and newcomer Jeremy O’Neil for a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 21, 2018

Stolen Bobcat loader was taken to avoid paying cab fare to the hospital

A Washington man was behind bars last week after he was accused of stealing a loader from a local hotel and driving it back and forth to the hospital to avoid paying cab fare. Levi Jones, age 22, was arrested by Valdez police Friday, charged with a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 21, 2018

City Hall, state offices will be closed Monday for Seward's Day

A holiday many Alaskans forget about is coming this Monday. Seward's Day, a uniquely Alaskan state holiday, is this Monday, March 26. But unless you have business with the city or a handful of state...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 14, 2018

Pool of candidates running for elected office expanded this week

A number of potential candidates have come forward to take out or file petitions to run for vacancies that are coming up this May for the municipal elections. As of Tuesday morning, March 13, council members Jim Shirrell and Darren Reese have...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 14, 2018

Large swath of Mineral Creek ski trail system to come under city ownership

The ski trails on Mineral Creek are coming under city ownership. Last month, the Valdez City Council unanimously passed a resolution to purchase 120 acres of land it has leased from the University of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 7, 2018

No candidates for city offices had completed petitions as of Tuesday morning

It's one week before the deadline to file a petition to run for city office in the upcoming municipal elections, and as of Tuesday morning, no hopefuls had returned completed paperwork to the city...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 7, 2018

Nome superintendent hired by education board to lead Valdez City Schools

Valdez City Schools has a new superintendent. The board of education has negotiated a contract to hire Shawn Arnold, current superintendent of Nome Public Schools, to lead the district beginning July 1. According to his biography, Arnold has been...

 

Crash of oil tanker at Dayville Road intersection prompts massive response

The driver of the semi truck towing two full trailers of diesel a week ago Tuesday was able to walk away from the crash at the intersection of Dayville Road and the Richardson Highway. The incident...

 

Military exercises brought hundreds of personnel to town last week

Satellites with nuclear materials falling from the sky, pending disaster from the Grain Silos on the floating dock - and one real oil spill incident - are just some of the scenarios that played out in...

 
 By Lee Revis    Events   

Hundreds of troops and responders set to drill in Valdez for two weeks

Hundreds of air and army troops from Alaska’s National Guard have been shuttling into Valdez in anticipation in the 2018 Arctic Eagle exercise. The statewide exercise began officially Tuesday and runs through March 8 according to Lt. Colonel...

 

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...

 

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