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 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 15, 2015 

Current school drug test policy changes coming

Revisions to the school district's existing student drug testing policy are still under review. The board of education had been slated to vote on revisions to the board policy (BP) and administrative rules (AR) as a first reading Monday night during...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 15, 2015 

Exotic pet room will expand and get makeover

Big changes are coming to the Valdez Animal Shelter – and its new management wants you to get involved. In addition to fresh paint and the usual spring cleaning, Rich Long, the new animal control...

 
 By Coachs Notes    Main News    April 15, 2015 

NYO athletes head to state meet this week

On Saturday April 11, the Valdez Native Youth Olympics teams competed at its annual mini meet to qualify for the state competition. The Valdez High School had eight competitors. Senior Nick Devens won many events including an 88 inch jump in the One...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    April 15, 2015 

Catching a lake as it became land

If a lake drains on top of the world, will anyone hear it? Ben Jones and Chris Arp did. The Anchorage and Fairbanks-based scientists placed sensors in a bathtub-shaped lake on Alaska's northern coast...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 8, 2015

Snow a no go for Valdez this winter season

Valdez has seen its fair share of extreme winter weather in recent years; this winter's extreme will be remembered for its lack of snow. As of Monday, the Valdez Avalanche Center reported that the season's total snowfall was only 99 inches – eight...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 8, 2015

Groundbreaking for new harbor coming soon

So when will the first ground break on the new harbor construction project? Soon, according to city manager John Hozey, who would not commit to an official date during Monday night's city council...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 8, 2015

Dueling pianos centerpiece of revamped college fundraiser

Prince William Sound Community College is attempting to put the fun back into fundraising for its annual scholarship fundraiser. In a press release earlier this month, college president Daniel...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    April 8, 2015

Earthworms make a go of it in Alaska

Under its own power, an earthworm gains about 30 feet of new territory each year. But that does not help explain how worms got to Alaska. "It's almost geologically slow," Matt Bowser, said of the earthworm's locomotion. Bowser, Alaska's closest...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 1, 2015

New attraction will honor famous Valdez man

An investment group with interests in the visitor industry is proposing to build a new tourist attraction to honor a homegrown Valdez hero – Commander William Riker of the Starship Enterprise....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 1, 2015

Meet the Candidates date announced before election

Mark your calendars to meet Valdez candidates for city council. Voters will have a chance to meet and question the nine candidates for council on Thursday, April 16 at the Valdez City Council Chambers. The forum begins at 6 p.m. Nine candidates will...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 1, 2015

Painful cuts in Senate operating budget spurs testimony

Many Alaskans are unhappy with the state Senate's proposed operating budget – unhappy enough to spend Monday night testifying via teleconference at the Legislative Information Office. The Senate version of the State's operating budget for the fisca...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    April 1, 2015

Space physicist links social media with the skies

A scientist named Victor Hessler once made an aurora detector by driving two metal rods in the ground a few hundred feet apart and stringing a wire between them. When voltage changed along the wire,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 25, 2015

MRI imaging now available at Valdez hospital

The sun was shining on Valdez last Thursday when a small group of city officials gathered with the good folks at Providence Valdez Medical Center to cut the ribbon, symbolically opening the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 25, 2015

Lady Bucs take second at state championships

The Lady Buccaneers took second place in the state championships last week, coming within a hairs breadth of the top spot. Valdez went into the championships with their eye on the Barrow Whalers, but in the end it was Sitka that managed to best Valde...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 25, 2015

City Hall closed Monday for Seward's Day

A holiday many Alaskans forget about is coming up. Seward's Day, a uniquely Alaskan state holiday, is this Monday, March 30. But unless you have business with the city or a handful of state offices, you might not realize it's an official state holida...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 25, 2015

What makes a person more tolerant of the cold?

This message came from the grandfather of 5-year old Ben, who lives near Inverness, Scotland: Even in winter he will rapidly strip off and often plays in a sleeveless vest while others still have a...

 
 Main News    March 25, 2015

News Briefs

Gasline amendments for Richardson fail Rep. Jim Colver attempted Monday to amend HB 132, a bill that relates to the duties the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, AGDC, in Juneau. Twice. The...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 18, 2015

Nine candidates on ballot for city council seats

(Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition story and contains an updated candidates list.) There are no city council incumbents on the ballot for this May's municipal elections....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 18, 2015

Bootlegging charges result in hefty prison term

A Valdez judge sentenced a former Valdez woman to over six years in prison Thursday for her role in importing illegal alcohol and narcotics to the village of Tatitlek. Lori Ann Clum, also known in Valdez as Sue Johnson, was sentenced to six years...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 18, 2015

Eight year sentence for 2013 bar stabbing

A Valdez man was sentenced to over eight years in prison Thursday for stabbing another man outside of a bar. Judge Dan Schally sentenced Robert Goldstein, age 36, to eight years and 11 months in prison. Goldstein was convicted on four counts of...

 
 By Jennifer James    Main News    March 18, 2015

Ice Classic comes to Valdez for good cause

Alaska's favorite guessing game has come to Valdez. Valdez Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services teamed up with Advocates for Victims of Violence, Inc. and is offering the first annual Snow Town Ice Classic. "After almost a year in the works,...

 
 Main News    March 18, 2015

News Briefs

Earthquake Remembrance Fifty-one years after Valdez changed forever, survivors and descendants of the 1964 earthquake are planning its yearly memorial. The event, organized by the Pioneers of Alaska,...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 18, 2015

Northern trails sponging up winter rainfall

As he contemplates another long snowmachine journey, Matthew Sturm might consider packing a raincoat. Rain fell in Interior Alaska a few weeks before his trip, glazing supercooled highways and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 11, 2015

Police produce intruder response video

Valdez police have produced a video to explain the ALICE program to the public. It can be found at https://vimeo.com/120116948. ALICE, an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, is...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 11, 2015

Less than one week left to run for office

Interest in the upcoming municipal elections jumped up last week. Four candidates for Valdez City Council returned completed petitions to the city clerk’s office last week after it was revealed that there had been no petitions taken out for three...

 

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