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 By STEVEN WEBER    Main News    July 11, 2018 

Running out of time: new club's leader is looking to pass the baton

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." The famous words of Steve Prefontaine, who once held the World Record in every long-distance event, have inspired a physical therapist...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Main News    July 11, 2018 

New pastor at Epiphany Church brings a wealth of diverse experiences

Kaitlin Pabo-Eulberg recently began serving as the new pastor of the Epiphany Lutheran-Episcopal Church in Valdez. Pabo-Eulberg completed her Master of Divinity in Pastoral Leadership at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran...

 

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Trooper kills man (AP) A Copper Center man died after he was shot by at least one Alaska State Trooper. The Department of Public Safety did not immediately release how many troopers were involved or...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    July 11, 2018 

Cold months make people think things are the same as they always were

Just outside my window here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, workers are drilling into the asphalt of a parking lot using a truck-mounted rig. They twist a hollow bit 25 feet into the ground...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Main News    July 4, 2018

Need a Lyft? Network ride sharing service is now a transportation option

A major ridesharing service is coming to town. Valdez woman Kerra Apolo, who also works as an Advocate for Victims of Violence, just started driving for Lyft this week. Apolo states that her reason fo...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Main News    July 4, 2018

Switcharoo at the food bank is helping both volunteers and the clients

Two changes at the organization that distributes food to the needy go together like peas and carrots. The Valdez Food Bank switched its distribution day to Saturday morning (from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.) to accommodate its board of directors, which recently...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    July 4, 2018

It's time for Alaska's mosquitoes to shine, though victims may disagree

Here are some tips to avoid mosquitoes this summer: First, wear light-colored clothing. Second, bathe more often in an attempt to be as odorless as possible. Third, avoid exhaling while in the woods....

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 27, 2018

Exploding gas can on go-cart blamed for burn injuries on two riders

A Sunday ride in a go-cart turned sinister when two young people were critically injured after a gasoline can exploded on a go-cart they were riding. Relatives say Valdez man Nathan Long, age 19, and...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    June 27, 2018

Gov. Walker and first lady Donna busy last week during visit to Valdez

The governor is not taking anything for granted as he wraps up his first term in office and runs for reelection. First lady Donna Walker and Bill – as he is known around his hometown - drove to Valdez last Friday after weather forced the...

 

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Food bank The Valdez Food Bank has changed the day it distributes free food. The food bank will be open from 10 a.m. until noon to distribute groceries on Saturdays only according to board member...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 27, 2018

Boreal owls perform by daylight in Far North despite their nocturnal nature

Just beneath the owl box, hung 20 feet up the stem of a balsam poplar, the backyard barbeque continued late into the evening. Despite the thwap of badminton birdies and the chirp of human voices, the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 20, 2018

Colon cancer the focus of mayor's swim from Allison Point to old Sea Otter

Our new mayor is hoping to bring attention to colon cancer– and is urging anyone with possible symptoms, hereditary factors, or is over the age of 50, to get screened. To bring awareness of the dise...

 

Fingers point at third-party vendor as cause of May's false tsunami alert

JUNEAU- A third-party vendor is being blamed for a mistaken tsunami alert broadcast on Alaska TV and radio stations last month. Dennis Bookey, co-chair of the Alaska State Emergency Communications Committee, said that this and similar incidents sugge...

 

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Red run closed (AP) State wildlife officials have ordered a shutdown of sport fishing for Copper River salmon, citing low salmon counts. Mark Somerville is a biologist with the Alaska Department of...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 13, 2018

High standards: Legal marijuana store set to receive state license renewal

Alaska's first legal retail marijuana store cleared one more hurdle in its quest to renew its state license. Herbal Outfitters, located on Fairbanks St. in Valdez, was the first retailer to receive a...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    June 13, 2018

ANWR drilling will benefit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge construction

The Interior Department announced Thursday it will spend $4 million on construction to support petroleum drilling within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a release announced $50 million in U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

 

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Coastie rescue Emergency responders, including a Good Samaritan vessel, rescued three people from a vessel near Port Valdez Thursday. They were experiencing a medical crisis on the water. U.S. Coast...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 13, 2018

Running circles around the land of no night and too much light

All of a sudden, we are again the land of no night. Summer happens every year, but it is always a surprise. Maybe because winter is the normal state of middle Alaska, with a white ground surface...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 6, 2018

Primary candidates for upcoming elections set in bid to become a lawmaker

The upcoming primary election got competitive. While Friday's news that Mark Begich, the former US Senator and Anchorage mayor, was entering the governor's race as a Democrat dominated headlines, the race also widened for the Alaska Senate and...

 

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What a blast Blasting operations are set to begin to support the ongoing construction of the new small boat harbor. "Blasting operations will occur for short periods of time between the hours of 6:00...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 30, 2018

Taxes on real property set at 20 mills for all Valdez property owners

Valdez property owners will again be taxed at a rate of 20 mills for the 2018 tax year. The rate has remained at 20 mills since the 2013 tax year. The move comes after the Valdez City Council approved the rate during its regular May 15 meeting. The...

 

Bloody battle against Japanese soldiers on Alaska soil ended 75 years ago

ANCHORAGE - William Roy Dover's memory of the World War II battle is as sharp as it was 75 years ago, even though it's been long forgotten by most everyone else. His first sergeant rousted him from...

 

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Pringle crunched The tent-like structure that for several years sheltered events on the Kelsey Dock has been dismantled and will be replaced with a permanent structure. Affectionately called the Pring...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 23, 2018

Taking the oath: new mayor and council members sworn into office

The new mayor and city council members were sworn into office last week. Deputy city clerk Allie Ferko administered the oath of office to Jeremy O'Neil and then the newly elected city council members May 15 as the council gaveled in for its first...

 

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Torpedoes hit it The Torpedoes Swim Club had a stellar season according to boosters. The club's swim report for the season says: In 2018 the team sent one swimmer to the Senior Championship meet in...

 

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