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 By TONY GORMAN    Main News    April 18, 2018 

Records fell last week in Valdez at the Native Youth Olympics mini-meet

Record performances last weekend by Ben Kompkoff and Evan Alexander record highlighted the Valdez NYO Mini-Meet. The two athletes set or tied records during the two-day event that determines who...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    April 18, 2018 

Avalanche Center in Valdez quietly brings data and information year round

Winter activities are a fixture on Thompson Pass – which many consider the premier area to recreate outside of Valdez – and so are avalanches. This winter, more enthusiasts skied, snowmachined,...

 

Fat bike bash brought over 100 racers to Valdez and its vertical challenges

Last week's Chugach Fat Bike Bash was a big hit with enthusiasts and spectators alike. In its third edition, the Valdez Adventure Alliance-hosted event attracted riders from Alaska and other parts of...

 

Native Youth Olympics will feature mini-meet in Valdez later this week

The Valdez Native Youth Olympics team is alive and kicking this season. The team has been practicing for the last several weeks in preparations of the Valdez Mini-Meet and the State Meet the...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    April 4, 2018

Fat Bike Bash returns to Valdez this week, showcasing a growing sport

The Valdez Adventure Alliance started the Chugach Fat Bike Bash a couple of years ago to showcase fat bike riding, the great outdoors offered by Valdez, and Executive Director and Co-Founder Lee Hart'...

 

200-mile race course challenges racers from Valdez and other Alaska cities

Casey Boylan was a huge winner in this year's Mayors Cup snow machine race. The Anchorage snowmachine rider raced to a 3.35.44 time to finish first in the Pro Class. At the awards ceremony at the...

 

DMV office in Valdez will remain open after Becky Tetz retires in 2018

For many people, the Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office is one of their least favorite places to go. From taking a driver's test, renewing a license, registering vehicles: the experience can be quite taxing. In Valdez, Becky Tetz made sure that...

 

Tillie Wonder honored with dedication of pocket plaza in her name

Tillie Wonder is a woman who has lived up to her name - and she is now formally recognized in Valdez after city officials, friends and family and admirers gathered to dedicate the Tillie Wonder...

 

Alyeska celebrates fortieth anniversary of Trans-Alaska Pipeline

It's been 40 years since men and women spent three blistery winters and blazing summers constructing one of Alaska's biggest assets. Since then, 17 billion barrels of oil have traveled from Prudhoe...

 
 By TONY GORMAN    Main News    July 26, 2017

CVEA updates Valdez City Council at work session

The Valdez City Council got a glimpse of what Copper Valley Electric Association is working on during a work session last week. The newly-constructed Allison Creek Hydro Project and the improvements...

 
 By TONY GORMAN    Main News    July 5, 2017

Stakeholders visit Edison Chouest, the upcoming SERVS contractor

A change of guard is coming to Prince William Sound. Next year, SERVS, a branch of Alyeska Pipeline Service, will switch contractors to aid in the business of moving oil from Port Valdez. Crowley Marine will be exiting and Edison Chouest will take...

 
 By TONY GORMAN    Main News    June 21, 2017

Ice-dammed lake likely to burst and flood downstream of glacier

Watch for flooding when downstream of the Valdez Glacier. That is the word from the City of Valdez, which issued a potential flood warning Monday morning. Officials are keeping a close eye on the area around the Valdez Glacier following a potential...

 
 By TONY GORMAN    Main News    June 21, 2017

Woody Woodgate named new principal of Valdez High School

A college teacher is going back to high school. Woody Woodgate - the regional director of adult basic education at Prince William Sound College - will be the new principal at Valdez High School. The news came last week when the board of education...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    June 7, 2017

Relay for Life raises over $20,000 to support American Cancer Society

Darth Vader joined the rebellion - in hopes of bringing lights of hope to a dark subject. He was part of the 14th Annual American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The theme was Join the Rebellion and...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    May 10, 2017

Spill drill training in Cordova kicks off week of RCAC board meeting

The group tasked with monitoring oil traffic on the waters of Prince William Sound was busy last week. Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council kicked off its week in Cordova with a...

 

Fiber optic internet service upgrade coming to CVT customers

When it comes to internet service in Valdez, it’s out with old and in with the new. Copper Valley Telecom (CVT) announced that it will begin connecting customers to its fiber optic cable network that was put in place during last summer's...

 

Sister Marie says bon voyage to Valdez

She's not your typical nun. Sister Marie Brend, whose career in the Last Frontier spanned 44 years, ended her Alaska adventure last week after serving 21 years in Valdez. Last Wednesday, an ice cream...

 

Kick-off celebration held for new hydro project

Copper Valley Electric Association held a kick-off celebration for its future hydroelectric project a week ago Tuesday, despite the fact its contractors have been working on it for the last several...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 30, 2014

Grass subs for snow in GCI Speed Tour for youth

Dozens of Valdez youngsters converged on Barney Meyering Parkstrip last Wednesday, running, crawling and expending positive energy - with the help of a small handful of world-class Nordic skiers....

 
 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...

 

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