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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 22, 2016 

Fire at trailer park guts mobile homes early Friday morning

Social media in Valdez sprang into action to help the families displaced last week after a fire gutted two mobile homes and a damaged a third. Accounts to aid those displace have appeared at the...

 
 Main News    June 22, 2016 

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Flood worries The quiet pond at the foot of the Valdez Glacier jumped its banks for up to a quarter mile and the Glacier Stream became a raging torrent Saturday after a lake on the Glacier lost a plug...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 22, 2016 

Summer solstice doesn't mean maximum warmth

A person might think that since we get our maximum sunlight on the summer solstice (on or about June 21), we should also get our peak warmth then. The sun's calling the shots, right? Not entirely, said former Alaskan Martha Shulski, author of "The...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    June 15, 2016

Campaign begins to thwart Crowley's exit from tanker escort contract

Two maritime unions with 250 Alaska jobs at stake have begun a campaign to stop the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline from switching to a nonunion company for escorting oil tankers safely out of Prince William Sound, where the Exxon Valdez...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 15, 2016

Local group will manage state park facilities around Valdez area

A local recreation group will operate five popular state-owned recreational sites in the Valdez area after a round of budget cuts threatened to shutter the popular recreational spots. Levitation 49...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 15, 2016

Foam on the water a sign of life and death

While sitting in the front of a canoe on a twisty Alaska creek, my daughter asked to steer closer to the riverbank. She wanted to grab some suds. There, caught in the elbows of fallen trees, were...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 8, 2016

Woman dies after raft overturns in Keystone Canyon tragedy

A bluebird day of rafting turned to tragedy Saturday evening after a raft carrying six people overturned on the Lowe River in Keystone Canyon. Theresa Williams of Fairbanks, age 48, died despite the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 8, 2016

Questions linger for park residents as red tape slows progress

There are still more questions than answers surrounding the long-term fate of the dozens of mobile homes - and the dwellers - of Aleutian Village Trailer Park. City administrators held a special work session with the Valdez City Council last week to...

 
 Main News    June 8, 2016

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Bear Aware The bears are out and about in Valdez and residents and visitors alike will benefit by following bear safety precautions whether out in nature or in the middle of town. A family of brown...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 8, 2016

Much of the Arctic is lower than it was before

When botanist Janet Jorgenson first visited a patch of tundra east of Kaktovik in 1988, it was flat, dry and thick with 29 species of lichens and mosses. Now, Tapkaurak is wet, gullied and fragrant...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 1, 2016

Evictions from Aleutian Village will not be enforced this year letter says

Residents of a mobile home park that were under immanent threat of eviction were given a reprieve last week. The Aleut Corp. sent letters to mobile home owners of Aleutian Village Trailer Park...

 
 Main News    June 1, 2016

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Bear aware Valdez police issued an alert Monday cautioning people to be aware of bears. "A brown bear sow and 3 cubs have been spotted walking around in the Mineral Creek Subdivision near Porcupine St...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 1, 2016

Fire breaks down and builds up boreal forest

I once wrote about how fire had ravaged more than 10 percent of Interior Alaska during two smoky summers. A wildlife biologist called me out for choosing an inadequate verb. Tom Paragi chooses words that are more positive when he looks at a burned...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 25, 2016

Anti-commercial marijuana petition backers are seeking signatures

Foes of legalized commercial marijuana have been gathering signatures for the group's citizen's initiative that could put a proposition on the ballot in the next municipal elections to ask Valdez...

 
 Main News    May 25, 2016

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Rock on Rock climbing enthusiasts will be reaching for new heights in Valdez this week as in anticipation of the Valdez Rock Climbing Festival. Organizers with Levitation 49, a non-profit group that...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    May 25, 2016

Moose flies a high-summer Alaska pest of big proportions

While boating down the Yukon River during the hottest summer recorded in Alaska (1915, when Fort Yukon reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit), missionary Hudson Stuck wrote about the wildlife that most...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 16, 2016

Marijuana zoning regulations passed by Valdez City Council Monday

Rules governing where commercial marijuana will be allowed in Valdez were finalized by the Valdez City Council Monday night. The zoning regulations, which will allow cultivation in retail outlets and...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 16, 2016

New harbor project evolves as work continues during short season

Stakeholders held a work session Monday night to take a look at the financial health of the new harbor project. In one of his last acts in public office Monday night, Mayor Larry Weaver presided over...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    May 16, 2016

Big changes on a big Alaska peninsula in the past 50 years

Larger than West Virginia, the Kenai Peninsula has the best of Alaska: coastal rainforests, two icefields, majestic deep-water fiords and a sapphire river home to the largest king salmon ever caught. It also has some of the best-documented changes...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 11, 2016

Construction season goes into high gear throughout Valdez

Construction projects in Valdez are kicking into high gear as stakeholders in the various projects in Valdez rush against the clock in Alaska's short building season. Between the hours of 9:00 a.m....

 
 Main News    May 11, 2016

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Explosion A Valdez man and his dog were injured in a propane explosion in Alpine Woods Subdivision Sunday night. "At approximately 7:14 p.m. Sunday, Valdez Police and Fire Dispatch received a report...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    May 11, 2016

Much of the Arctic is lower than it was before

When botanist Janet Jorgenson first visited a patch of tundra east of Kaktovik in 1988, it was flat, dry and thick with 29 species of lichens and mosses. Now, Tapkaurak is wet, gullied and fragrant...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 4, 2016

Coin-toss decides third council seat in municipal elections

Incumbent council member Chris Moulton will sit for another two-year term after a coin toss settled a tie with candidate Darren Reese. Preliminary election results gave Reese a two-vote lead over Moulton when the votes were tallied with absentee and...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 4, 2016

Marijuana ban petition released to organizers of ballot initiative

City officials are moving ahead with regulating commercial marijuana in Valdez at the same time a group of citizen's has begun efforts to ban it. City clerk Sheri Pierce said her offices has begun...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    May 4, 2016

Yukon River breaking up with a whimper this spring

CIRCLE - As the pilot of a chartered Cessna 206 curved in for a land-ing above the Yukon River, his passengers squinted at white river ice that clung to the south bank near town. Chocolate brown open...

 

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