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 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 20, 2017 

Ferry reformers seeking public input, ideas on improving system

The ferry system is broken - but reformers say the public is the key to fixing it. That was the word in Valdez last week when committee members of the reform project hosted a luncheon for business leaders Thursday, just hours ahead of a public input...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 20, 2017 

New hotel with pool and buffet will replace the old Totem Inn

It's out with the old and in with the new at the Totem Inn. Co-owners Connie Ballow and Mike Williams are having a big fire sale at the site where the Totem restaurant served Valdez breakfast, lunch...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 20, 2017 

Dog partner enhances hike across Alaska like no human being can

I suspected my brief dogless period was coming to an end when my wife and daughter were looking at puppies on the internet. We had a few months earlier lost Poops, a Labrador retriever mix, to a...

 

The fishing is top notch as halibut, coho and lingcod take the bait

Tim Stadtmiller of Fairbanks is still leading the Valdez Halibut Derby with the 266.6 pound fish he caught June 19 aboard the "Dan Orion." Daniel Schmitz of Wasilla is currently holding onto second pl...

 

Public and legal notices

City of Valdez Invitation to Bid Date: July 19, 2017 Project: Valdez Glacier Stream Training Dike and Riprap Revetment Project Number: 17-310-8065 / Contract Number: 1319 This project includes, but is not necessarily limited to: Construct a 2200’...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 12, 2017

Loader theft + loaded weapon = loads of legal troubles for one woman

Imagine driving home late on the Fourth of July and seeing your front loader being operated by a strange woman as you both head up the highway. That is what happened to Rick Wade last week. Valdez police say Wade called law enforcement after...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 12, 2017

$1 million price for land okayed by council but still not a done deal

A new fire station moved an inch closer to reality last week when the Valdez City Council gave a reluctant thumbs up to proceed with a $1 million land purchase - but it is still far from a done deal. Council members voted 4-2 in favor of directing...

 

Derby season brings bounty of seafood to the dinner table this year

Huge hauls of halibut, lingcod, rockfish and even silver salmon are being laid out on the docks at the Valdez harbor. Fair weather this past week allowed anglers to get to the fishing grounds past Hinchinbrook Island and the fish seemed to be...

 

News briefs

To the rescue Rescue services are in high demand in the Valdez area this season. Experts say inexperience and unpreparedness contribute to the high number of people who venture into the backcountry...

 
 By Ned rozell    Main News    July 12, 2017

Mosquitos and biting bugs keep human populations sparse

JIM RIVER - On this cobble bar north of the Arctic Circle, it is a fine day. The sky is a sheet of blue, a breeze wraps us with clean air, a sandpiper mom shrieks over her hatchlings. They are...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 5, 2017

Wounded brown bear causes concern after it was shot at ball field

State and local wildlife officials were on the trail of a wounded brown bear Sunday night and into Monday morning after the bruin was shot by a worried camper. "Reports indicated that the bear was...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    July 5, 2017

Everything is alive here on the path of the trans-Alaska pipeline

(This summer series is documenting Rozell's walk along the trans-Alaska pipeline, 20 years after making the first trek with his dog, Jane) YUKON RIVER - It's high summer, past the solstice....

 
 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...

 

News Briefs

Fireweed 400 For the thirteenth year in a row, cyclist in the Fireweed 400 will be rolling into town this Saturday. Billed as the Race Across Alaska, the 400K race also features several shorter races...

 
 By KEVIN BAIRD    Main News    June 28, 2017

40th anniversary: TAPS celebrations mark Alaska's milestone landmark

FAIRBANKS (AP) The work and effort put into completing the Trans Alaska Pipeline System and its constant maintenance is an embodiment of Alaska grit, Alyeska Pipeline President Tom Barrett said. A...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 28, 2017

Appraisal of land where Aleutian Village sits discussed in city report

The land where Aleutian Village sits has an appraisal - and some might consider it a bargain. The unimproved value of the land is $15,963 per acre according to a report submitted to the Valdez City Council by Elke Doom, the city manager. This could...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    June 28, 2017

Visiting home and taking a break from 800-mile hike along pipeline

(This summer series is documenting Rozell's walk along the trans-Alaska pipeline, 20 years after making the first trek with his dog, Jane) FAIRBANKS - I left my home here to begin a hike along the...

 

Halibut sport fishing is hot as anglers look to hook the big one

Lupe Gonzales of Clint, Texas reeled in a 158 pound halibut on June 20 to get on the leader board in the Valdez Halibut Derby. Gonzales lives in Texas but fished Alaska when he was stationed in...

 

Public and legal notices

Uber Tubers, Inc. is making application for a new Public Convenience Restaurant eating place AS: 04.11.400G liquor license, doing business as The Potato located at 255 N. Harbor Dr. Valdez, AK 99686. Interested persons should submit written comment...

 
 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 Lee Revis    Main News    June 21, 2017

Rock climbing fest ads flow arts to its lineup of events this year

Rock on Valdez - that is the word from a local event planning group that works to get people outdoors. The annual Rock Climbing Fest - organized by Levitation 49 - has changed its name this year to...

 
 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 Ned Rozell    Main News    June 21, 2017

Remote pathway far from the highway is most isolated along pipeline

(This summer series is documenting Rozell's walk along the trans-Alaska pipeline, 20 years after making the first trek with his dog, Jane) GOLD RUN CREEK - This clear waterway running through boreal s...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 21, 2017

Security zone warning issued to Valdez boaters

The US Coast Guard is spreading the word that all boaters must stay out of the security zone surrounding the Valdez Marine Terminal in Port Valdez. Fines for breaching the zone can cost hundreds of dollars for first offences committed by recreational...

 

That's a wrap: 25th Theatre Conference brings the house down

With the past Saturday night’s Gala, the 25th Last Frontier Theatre Conference has come to a celebratory end. Another full week of seminars, workshops, evening shows in the Civic Center auditorium. The readings of new works in The Play Lab...

 

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