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 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...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    April 17, 2013

School record broken at mini-meet

Last week, the Valdez Native Youth Olympics team had a strong presence at the Valdez School Board meeting after athletes, officials and boosters heard its school district funding was in jeopardy. The...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    April 3, 2013

Moving ahead: Visitors bureau names new head

Valdez man Jeremy Miner has been named as the new head of the Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau (VCVB.) For the last two years, the organization has been run with a skeleton crew at the direction of its volunteer board. The VCBC board chose...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Events   

High 5 triathlon hits high note

Sergei Wegner is a veteran when it comes to the Copper Valley High Five Triathlon. The 16 year-old has been racing in the event since he was only 6 years-old. That experience paid off last weekend when he won the teen solo category in the event. “I...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    August 1, 2012

New cold storage facility at VFDA

The Valdez Fisheries Development Association (VFDA) isn’t giving commercial businesses in the Prince William Sound the cold shoulder when it comes to its new cold storage facility. VFDA unveiled the new 55 by 180 foot cold storage addition...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Events   

Fireweed 400 champs repeat victories

The tenth annual Fireweed 400 brought 650 racers to Valdez from around the world last weekend to compete in several different bicycle race categories. But, the winner’s circles in the solo division...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Events   

Fireweed 400 turns 10 years old

If you ask Bob Voris what his job was in the very first Fireweed 400 back in 2003, he would tell you he had the loneliest job of the race - a turnaround official. The retired teacher from Eagle River said that after the start, he had to drive to...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Events   

Snow and rain greet challenge racers

No pea soup fog or delays held up this year’s Valdez Summit to Sound Challenge. Instead, ninety racers from Valdez and out-of-town were met with good’ ole fashioned Valdez weather -complete with b...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Events   

Adventure race readies Sunday’s challenge

The Prince William Sound’s adventure race got off to a slow start in its inaugural year last spring. Pea-sea soup fog in Thompson Pass delayed the Valdez Summit to Sound Challenge and forced officials to eliminate a portion of the four-legged race....

 

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