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 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 16, 2014

Fireweed 400 rolled in under heavy cloud cover

It's typical for the weather to act strange in Alaska, especially in the Valdez. During last week's Fireweed 400, it seems as though someone was playing with the switch that controlled the rain and su...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 9, 2014

On your mark: Fireweed 400 rolling to town

There will be no changes in this year's Fireweed 400, which will be rolling into Valdez this weekend. Ben Ball has taken over as race director for the event and he is no stranger the race. Before...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 2, 2014

New Port Commander takes the helm at MSU

Port Valdez has a new Port Commander. The US Coast Guard held a traditional Change of Command ceremony at the Valdez Civic Center Friday. The emotionally charged event saw Commander Joseph T. Lally re...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    June 4, 2014

Fire department responds to report of water

Sixty tenants of a Valdez apartment complex spent a couple of night in hotels after a sprinkler head malfunctioned in the building. A week ago Tuesday, the Valdez Fire Department responded to an...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    May 28, 2014

Buccaneers end season on high note

The Buccaneers Track and Field team may have put away their running shoes for the year, but not before setting a number of school records, personal bests and plenty of lessons learned. Junior Patrick Stanton had the best finish of the Valdez High...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    May 21, 2014

Its back to school for Port Commander

The US Coast Guard Port Commander will be going from the head of the Valdez Marine Safety Unit to the head of the classroom later this summer. Commander Benjamin Hawkins announced earlier this month at the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    May 21, 2014

Class of 2014 stands tall at graduation ceremony

Forty-nine seniors closed chapters in their young lives and immediately began another one by receiving their diplomas among friends and family Wednesday night. When Carl Hedman, Jr. was just a baby, he spent most of his time in the hospital due a hea...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    April 30, 2014

Small Valdez team rocks NYO state meet

The Valdez Native Youth Olympics team was a smaller than past teams, but some of its experience members made big statements in Anchorage last week at the state meet. Over 2,000 athletes competed in the two-day event. “It was a good meet,” Valdez...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    April 16, 2014

Alaska High Kick record set for VHS

Nick Devens kicked his way into the record books last weekend and senior Shoney Ridderbush put on a grand finale at the Valdez Native Youth Olympics Mini-Meet. The NYO meet featured athletes from...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    April 9, 2014

Native Youth Olympics prepares for mini-meet

The Valdez Native Youth Olympics team is up and kicking again. The team has a new look not only with its participants, but with the coaches. Lea Cockerham returns to the team after a year away. He...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    March 19, 2014

Mayor's Cup wet and wild this year

Sloppy conditions didn't stop 35 racers from competing in this year's Mayor's Cup, a 200-mile endurance snowmachine race. Members of the Valdez Snowmachine Club and crews from the city of Valdez...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    March 5, 2014

Lyons retiring after coaching 31 years in district

It's 2:15 p.m. at the Hermon Hutchens Elementary School gym. Gilson Middle School students have been using it for PE classes during the construction of the new school. The cavernous gym is quiet and teacher Barb Lyons is taking a breather during a...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    January 15, 2014

CB 300 crowns Moore champ again

Musher Allen Moore continues rewrite the history books in the sled dog race world. The Two Rivers musher's team held off close competitor Nicolas Petit Monday afternoon to win his fifth title in the Copper Basin 300. After crossing the finish line...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    January 8, 2014

Cross-country skiers ready for Invite

The Valdez Town Series Ski Races are more than an opportunity for the local ski community to get in some competitive Nordic skiing on the town's finest trails while the snow is still fresh. For the...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    December 31, 2013

Turning around Valdez visitor industry

Valdez Convention and Visitor Bureau executive director Jeremy Miner said he's tired of hearing negatives about Valdez from visitors after he read some of those comments during the VCVB's Annual Membership Meeting. "Our job is to grow awareness,"...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    December 31, 2013

VHS readies for 2014 basketball season

Last year, Valdez High School made a huge step forward with the boys' basketball team under the guidance of Ron Langseth. The Buccaneers finished runners-up in the Aurora Conference and qualified for...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    December 18, 2013

Wrestlers break records at state tourney

The senior duo of Austin Rake and Isaac Deaton showed why they have been the cornerstones of the Buccaneer wrestling team during the state's biggest stage. Both wrote their names in the record book la...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    August 7, 2013

High 5 Triathlon changed course in 2013

The weather was typical, but the construction site wasn’t. The rain poured down in on Saturday at the start of the Copper Valley Telecom High 5 Triathlon. That was not surprise for over 50 races...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 10, 2013

Fireweed 400 rolling into Valdez Saturday

In its 11th year running, the Fireweed 400 this weekend will be more like an obstacle course rather than a bike race from Sheep Mountain to Valdez and back. This year, construction on the Glenn...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 3, 2013

Mountain Adventure tough for bushwackers

Going into this year’s Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic, organizers had an idea of what to expect from the trail. For the second year in a three-cycle, the event’s route from Thompson Pass to McCarthy proved to be one of the most difficult in...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    June 26, 2013

Dipnetters happy after slow season start

The dipnet fishery in the Chitina Sub-district is thriving despite a slow start to the season. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, ADF&G, waters are still high in the area, but appear to be going down. Hot temperatures and melting...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    June 26, 2013

Harbormaster resigns after three months on job

For the second time this year, the City of Valdez is looking to hire a new harbormaster. Last Friday, Robert Trextor abruptly resigned from the post after only three months on the job of overseeing th...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    June 26, 2013

Wilderness race sees Valdez contestants

Valdez Police officers Kalin King and Chris Shumate were looking for excitement this summer and decided to compete in an adventure race. As they were looking around Alaska for challenging events, they considered competing in the Yukon River Quest; a...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    June 12, 2013

Valdez Relay for Life raises $35,000

The tenth installment of the Valdez Relay for Life was colorful. Teams and individuals didn’t just walk the traditional track in the effort to raise money for cancer research under the umbrella of the American Cancer Society; this year, some...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    May 29, 2013

Forty-four seniors don caps and gowns

When the Valdez High Scholl Class of 2013 picked Adam Sharrai as this year’s commencement speaker, they expected one last quiz before they were done with school for good. The academic decathlon coac...

 

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