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 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 6, 2017 

Richardson Highway reopens but conditions remain poor

UPDATE FROM ADOT The Richardson Highway, near Valdez, is now open from mile 12-55. Travelers are advised that driving conditions are very difficult. Heavy snow, mixed with rain, is causing ice to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 6, 2017 

Newspaper will take a Christmas vacation the week of December 25

School children are not the only people who look forward to a Christmas break - so does the staff at the Valdez Star. The weekly newspaper's last 2017 edition will publish Dec. 20; the regular weekly...

 

Package delivery volume explodes, but Postal Service is still in the red

There are few institutions serving Valdez that are more important than the U.S. Postal Service - and few that are more financially beleaguered. Judging by the volume of parcels delivered daily to Valdez it would be difficult to tell that the Postal...

 

Angel Tree is a way to bring Christmas cheer to needy Valdez families

Santa's helpers have set up the Angel Tree at the Valdez post office in hopes that the community will help Santa. The Angel Tree is supported by Santa's Workshop - disguised as Sheila Jordan - with...

 

Branding and Revisioning: Valdez looks to project a new image

What three words best describe Valdez? This and many other questions are at the forefront of the minds of those who have been working behind the scenes in the city's revisioning process. And they are...

 

Pioneers to host program highlighting the genealogy of Territorial Reps

Valdez has always been a player in Alaska politics - and that legacy stretches all the way back to it's days as a territory. Some of the men and women who make up the modern Pioneers of Alaska in Vald...

 

State champions: Lady Bucs win state title for the eleventh time

from the 2015 title team) were ready and poised. The Bucs pounced early, dispatching the Nikiski Bulldogs 3-1, winning 25-14, 11-25, 25-13, 25-12. Next was the defending state champs; Mt. Edgecumbe Braves. Again the Bucs stayed focused and put away...

 

Commissioner for DOT visits Valdez on a good will mission

Alaska Dept. of Transportation Commission Marc Luiken visited Valdez last week. "I had asked Ryan and Jason if we could just go out and visit people out in the field," he said. "I really just wanted to go out and talk to folks in our maintenance...

 

Clocks fall back - for certain - the Sunday morning at 2 a.m.

There was plenty of egg on the face of the Valdez Star editorial staff last week when a story on the front page reminded readers to turn back the clocks ran one week ahead of schedule. For the record, daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2...

 

Gaining traction: be prepared for winter roads is the best policy

"We can't deny it," ADOT said in an email this week sent by spokeswoman Meadow Baily. "For much of the state, winter is here." ADOT is reminding drivers to be prepared before hitting Alaska's unpredictable road conditions and offered four basic...

 

Massive flu shot drill coming to Valdez this Tuesday evening

It's October in Valdez, and that means it is time for the annual flu shot drill. This year's mass inoculation event will occur this Tuesday, October 24. Flu vaccines will be administered free of...

 

Alaska Day gives state and city offices a day off but what is it?

Alaska Day is a state holiday that catches many people by surprise. Some Alaskans - particularly in Valdez - are only made aware of it when they need to do business with a city or state office, only to find out it is closed because of Alaska Day. So...

 

Big bucks at stake as city begins rounds of 2018 budget work sessions

Big bucks - and how to spend it - are at the forefront this month as the City Council begins the grueling round of budget works sessions. At stake are the budgets for each city department, as well as funding for future big ticket budget items such as...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 4, 2017

Duck Flats crash caught by dash cam by incoming vehicle

Video of a car crashing into the Duck Flats last Wednesday is making the rounds on Facebook. A dash cam installed in the vehicle driven by Steve Revis, who was driving into town from 10 Mile last...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 4, 2017

New fire station one step closer to reality with city's land purchase

A new fire station is closer to becoming a reality, but questions remain after city council conditionally approved a contract to purchase Gavora property. The resolution authorizing the deal states a purchase price of $975,000. "I feel its the best...

 

Oil traffic returns to Port Valdez Tuesday after mishap across the bay

Emergency responders sprang into action Thursday morning after a pressure test went wrong, and a sheen of oil began to spread from the terminal. "The cause is under investigation, but early...

 

Energy credit applications for Valdez residents available Oct. 2

All Valdez households that pay a fuel or electric bill will be eligible to receive a $550 credit towards their winter bill - but the deadline to apply has been moved up to Dec. 15. In years' past, the deadline to apply for the energy credit was the...

 

Dr Cullen steps up from board member to president of AAFP

A local doctor has been elected president of one of the top organizations representing family practice physicians. After serving on its board for since November of 2014, Dr John Cullen, age 55, has been elected president of the American Academy of...

 

Civilian flyer from WWII awarded Congressional Gold Medal

The widow WWII civilian flyer received his Congressional Gold Medal Friday. David Kennedy was posthumously awarded the coveted honor by members of the local and statewide Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in a...

 

High honor is coming to Valdez man for civilian services during WWII

A Valdez man is about to joins the ranks of such lofty world figures such as Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa and Frank Sinatra. This Friday, David Kennedy will be posthumously presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, and you are invited to see...

 

High scores in science and English for Valdez students in PEAK testing

Valdez students did better on Alaska's new standardized tests than the statewide average in language arts and science - but math scores were low and no one is yet sure why or what it means. The result...

 

Revenue is the likely focus of special session plans for October

Lack of cash in the state's coffers are going to be the focus of a special session called by Gov. Bill Walker. Walker said in a statement last week that he plans to convene the session Oct. 23 in...

 

Bomb squad's robot gets a moniker and five-year old wins name-game

Tactical Urban Grunt. TUG for short. That is the new name of the robot used by the Valdez Police Dept.'s bomb squad. TUG got his new moniker thanks to a contest for kids sponsored by Valdez police. "We liked the name," said Bart Hinkle, Valdez...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 30, 2017

Competitors for governor's seat are testing the waters early this year

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is already facing some stiff competition in his bid for reelection. Walker officially announced his reelection candidacy a week ago Monday, when he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott filed candidate paperwork with the state Division...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 30, 2017

Marijuana onsite consumption rules up for public comment in Alaska

Regulators are giving Alaskans a say on the latest proposal that - if passed - will allow retail marijuana outlets to provide customers with an area to consume legal marijuana products on site. State regulators with the Marijuana Control Board...

 

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