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 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 13, 2017 

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...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 13, 2017 

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...

 

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Meeting canceled The board of education canceled its regularly scheduled second meeting in September. The move came during Monday night's meeting at the suggestion of board president Joe Prax. A lack...

 

Credit check company hacked and your personal info may be at risk

SAN FRANCISCO - Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of...

 

Police and Fire reports

(Any charges reported in this press release are merely accusations and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) 09/04 Traffic Complaint: Alaska State Troopers requested assistance with a speeding vehicle that was headed to Valdez...

 

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...

 

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Hiker dead The body of a hiker reported missing within the Wrangle-St. Elias National Park early last month has been found according to the National Park Service. On Wednesday, August 30th, On August...

 

Big bucks handed out Sunday as the Valdez Fish Derbies season ends

It came as no surprise Sunday when a certain Valdez woman became richer by $15,000. Earlier this season, Frieda Wiley caught a 374 pound - setting a new Valdez Halibut Derby record and setting the...

 

North Korea blast lights up Alaska seismometers though not quake-like

On Saturday night, Matt Gardine was at home outside Fairbanks playing with his daughter when his phone beeped. As the seismologist on call with the Alaska Earthquake Center, Gardine's duty was to get information out about detectable earthquakes...

 
 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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Hotel fire Emergency responders were fast on the scene last Wednesday when smoke was reported at the Best Western Hotel on N. Harbor Dr. The fire alarm originated in the northwest wing of the hotel,...

 

Anglers are hitting the shores as the derbies end this Sunday at noon

With only a few days left to try to catch the biggest silver salmon of the season, anglers are lining the shores. Last year, the top three fish in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby were caught from...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 30, 2017

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...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 30, 2017

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 24, 2017

Second Bill from Valdez to run for second term as governor

He's survived massive budget deficits, an uncooperative legislature and a cancer diagnosis - and now he is poised to face another great challenge - a second run governor. Yes, it's official. Walker...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 24, 2017

Budget policy statement for 2018 approved by city council

City officials are gearing up for budget approval season and passed the administration's budget policy statement. "It captured a lot of the things we had in there and a path foreword," for city department heads to craft their budget for next year...

 

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Assault alleged An Arizona man is behind bars in Valdez after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female acquaintance in her sleep. James Paul Lewis of Wellington, Arizona was arrested by Valdez police...

 

Silver salmon derby wide open during the last two weeks of season

With less than two weeks left in the Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies, only time will tell if the leaders will hold on to win the $15,000 first place prize. Frieda Wiley caught a 374.0 pound...

 

Polar bears of the past survived warmth according to some scientists

An ancient jawbone has led scientists to believe that polar bears survived a period thousands of years ago that was warmer than today. Sandra Talbot of the USGS Alaska Science Center in Anchorage was one of 14 scientists who teamed to write a paper...

 

Hike across Alaska ends with after-dinner bear encounter - from afar

A few days ago, Cora the dog and I walked across a footbridge spanning a natural moat flowing through northern tundra plants. There, we reached mile 0 of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the finish of a...

 
 By STAFF    Main News    August 16, 2017

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Alcohol suspected Valdez police say alcohol was a likely factor in a conspicuous rollover on the Duck Flats early Sunday. The name of the driver is being withheld pending lab results. The one-vehicle...

 

Record set in Valdez Halibut Derby Sunday with 374 flat fish

Frieda Wiley wasn't even supposed to go fishing Sunday. When her husband had a cancellation on his charter boat, she got the opportunity to go. Now the 374 pound halibut she reeled in stands a good chance of winning $15,000 in the Halibut Derby -...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 9, 2017

Governor signs oil revenue bill at Petro Star refinery last Monday

Gov. Bill Walker and wife Donna made a visit home to Valdez earlier this week, meeting with community leaders, marching in Sunday's Gold Rush Days parade - and a signing of Senate Bill 30. Walker signed the bill into law Monday at the Petro Star...

 

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