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 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 28, 2015 

Kidnap, attempted murder trial delayed in Valdez

The trial of a Valdez man accused of kidnap and attempted murder for a 2013 incident was slated to begin Monday. Alaska Courtview, the state website that tracks court activity later listed the date as "calendared in error." The actual date of the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 28, 2015 

Drug test policy review team is seeking input

A public meeting held to review the school district's existing student drug testing policy heavily focused on current prevention efforts and was light on discussion of the actual policy. The meeting, with a panel that included the district's...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 28, 2015 

Snow last weekend was heaviest of the season

Despite last weekend's snowstorm, Valdez is lagging behind and not living up to its reputation as the snow capital of North America. While the National Weather Service is struggling to provide online...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 21, 2015

Lisa Stroh resigns from Petersburg post

Lisa Stroh, the former superintendent of Valdez City Schools, has left her post in Petersburg before finishing her first year at the job. Stroh, who left her position as superintendent of Valdez City...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 21, 2015

Drug testing policy up for public scrutiny

A date has been set for officials and the public to review the school district's current drug testing policy. This Thursday, a panel organized by Jim Nygaard, superintendent of Valdez City Schools, will convene to take a closer look at the districts...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 21, 2015

New harbor project going full steam ahead

After 15 years of behind the scenes efforts, the dream of a new boat harbor in Valdez is becoming a reality. Sometimes reality hurts. The Valdez City Council held a work session Tuesday night before...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 14, 2015

Qaniq Challenge not weather dependent director says

A city-sponsored ski challenge will take place in Valdez this week, no matter what the weather conditions are. So says Darryl Verfaillie, the city's parks and recreation director. "It's rain or shine,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 14, 2015

New credit card policy passed by school board

The board of education on Monday passed a policy to govern how school employees use credit cards. The move comes on the heels of a finding by the district’s auditors who said that former superintendent Lisa Stroh had double-dipped when she took...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 14, 2015

Drug testing policy at schools to be reviewed by panel

Drug testing of students attending Valdez City Schools is not a dead issue. District superintendent Jim Nygaard is hoping to hold a panel discussion on the district's existing drug testing policy. "The best I could hope for would be a community...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 7, 2015

Mushers ready for Copper Basin 300 this Saturday

One of Alaska's most challenging sled dog races is slated to begin in Glennallen this week. No it's not the Iditarod, but mushers that are able to complete the challenge of the Copper Basin 300 can chalk up their race experience to qualify for the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 7, 2015

Fuel spill cleanup on highway continuing for awhile

Clean up efforts for the December 9 fuel spill on the Richardson Highway will be ongoing for some time DEC officials said Monday. Drivers can expect delays during daylight hours around Mile 48 for...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 7, 2015

First Valdez baby of 2015 born Saturday

Jennifer and Nate Smith are not just proud new parents. Their son, Nash Burza Smith, has the distinction of being the first baby born in Valdez in 2015. The baby's father says Buzra is a family name...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 7, 2015

Travel to Valdez discouraged by police department

Police are advising motorists and would-be road travelers to Valdez to just stay home if at all possible. Using the online based Nixle program which the department uses to communicate with people who have signed up on its website for information by e...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 31, 2014

Fuel truck rollover did not spill oil

A Crowley fuel truck rolled over serval times before coming to rest in a ditch at 10 Mile last week. Authorities say there was no associated fuel spill from the wreck, which occurred Monday, Dec. 22 i...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 31, 2014

Using mice to track human migration to Alaska

The Valdez Museum is acting as a middleman for an unusual research project that asks people to donate the ears of house mice to track migration to Alaska. House mice, of the species mus muculus, are...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 31, 2014

Changes announced for Governor's meet and greet

Organizers of Saturday’s Meet and Greet for Gov. Bill Walker and first lady Donna Walker are encouraging everyone in Valdez to come shake hands with the first family. The event will take place Saturday, January 3, from 1-3 p.m. at Gilson Middle...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 17, 2014

Tanker truck spills over 4000 gallons of diesel

Clean up efforts have been ongoing since late last week after a tanker trailer overturned on the north side of Thompson Pass on the Richardson Highway, spilling over 4000 gallons of diesel. The...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 10, 2014

Controversial drug policy indefinitely postponed Monday

The board of education indefinitely postponed voting on the proposal that would have drug tested students in school activities. The policy, if passed during Monday night's meeting, would have gone...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 10, 2014

Angel Tree fulfills Christmas wishes

In 1843 Charles Dickens wrote "...it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices." That is the premise behind the Angel Tree. The timeless philosophy plucked from the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 3, 2014

No fish: city won't proceed with purchase proposal

A proposal floated by city administration that would have led to a city purchase of the fiberglass fish that stands sentinel over the remains of the old Three Bears property on Egan Dr. was put on...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 3, 2014

From the editor's desk

School officials used Supreme Court rulings that basically said its okay to drug test students in school activities to justify its latest scheme to invade the privacy of students and parents alike. It also cited Supreme Court rulings that prohibit...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 3, 2014

Double dip by former super troubles school board

School district auditors said the former superintendent took both per diem pay and used a district credit card to pay for a $50 meal while on school business, a serious no-no for public employees. While the amount of money involved may seem small,...

 
 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...

 

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