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 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 9, 2014 

Cuts at high school challenged for next year

The proposed $15,804,694 budget for Valdez City Schools in FY 15 may be balanced but it is off kilter according to critics. A handful of teachers testified during the board of education's second budget hearing Saturday that the proposed structure of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 9, 2014 

April showers bring May elections in 2015

Municipal elections in Valdez will fall back to spring in 2015. The Valdez City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night that changes the city’s municipal elections to the first Tuesday in May from its current calendar, which is the...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    April 9, 2014 

Native Youth Olympics prepares for mini-meet

The Valdez Native Youth Olympics team is up and kicking again. The team has a new look not only with its participants, but with the coaches. Lea Cockerham returns to the team after a year away. He...

 
 Main News    April 9, 2014 

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Economic doings The Valdez City Council approved the formation of an economic diversification commission during its regular meeting Monday night as part of its long-term efforts to improve the city's...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    April 9, 2014 

Summer comes early in the far north

TOOLIK FIELD STATION -- Despite a wind that makes today's minus 14 degrees Fahrenheit feel like minus 39, a worker at this research camp in blue-white hills north of the Brooks Range has proclaimed...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 2, 2014

Stroh will finish school year in Valdez

Valdez City Schools has yet another job opening for the coming school year: temporary superintendent. The move comes after a special meeting Monday night where the board voted to replace outgoing superintendent Lisa Stroh with a temporary one-year...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 2, 2014

Teenager pleads guilty to exploiting minor

A Valdez teenager is heading for prison after pleading guilty to a single felony charge of unlawfully exploiting a miner – making child porn. Charging documents say Jacob Devens, age 18, attempted to blackmail a 14-year-old Oklahoma girl into...

 
 By Valdez Star staff    Main News    April 2, 2014

Drill brought hundreds to Valdez

Valdez – and numerous visiting emergency responders – collectively heaved a huge sigh of relief Monday at the end of Alaska Shield, the four-day multiagency emergency drill held not only in...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    April 2, 2014

A springtime journey on the arctic coastal plain

Cold water the color of iced tea wets the boots of Chris Arp as he yanks a power auger from the hole he just drilled in this quiet lake, a few miles from his office at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A whiff of sulfur - a sign there's not much ox...

 
 Main News    April 2, 2014

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Classic on thin ice The tripod on the Tanana River is on thin ice. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/xO2gLR) there's only about a week left to buy tickets for Alaska's largest guess...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 26, 2014

A look back at day of 1964 earthquake

It was Good Friday, 1964. Folks went about their daily business in the early evening. Easter was just around the corner and many enjoyed a day off from the usual routine. The SS Chena was offloading...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 26, 2014

Superintendent contract upheld for now

The board of education voted Monday night to release superintendent from the second half of a two-year contract with the district – if she secures employment outside the district. Dr. Lisa Stroh, who took the helm of Valdez City Schools last...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 26, 2014

Snowman record attempt fell short

Valdez was short 187 snowmen in Friday's attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most snowmen built in one hour. Over 240 people registered with Parks & Rec Friday afternoon to...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 26, 2014

Trees awaken from long winter's nap

POKER CREEK - On this south-facing hillside bathed in spring sunshine, trees are swelling like hot dogs. "They're all a little thicker than they were last week," Jessie Young says of the birch, aspen...

 
 By The Associated Press    Main News    March 19, 2014

First Associated Press story on Exxon Valdez Oil Spill reprinted

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Early on March 24, 1989, Dean Fosdick, the Alaska bureau chief of The Associated Press, was awakened around 5:30 a.m. by a phone call. The caller had a tip that a tanker had run...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 19, 2014

Earthquake anniversary will see big drill

March 27 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 earthquake. The anniversary date is usually passed quietly in Valdez; survivors of the quake, the largest ever recorded in North America, typically gather to remember those that perished and...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    March 19, 2014

Mayor's Cup wet and wild this year

Sloppy conditions didn't stop 35 racers from competing in this year's Mayor's Cup, a 200-mile endurance snowmachine race. Members of the Valdez Snowmachine Club and crews from the city of Valdez...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 19, 2014

On the track of the wolverine

As I skied on a frozen river, a hairy creature trotted toward me. When the wolverine spotted me, it popped up in the air like an antelope, landed like a cat, and bounced away into the high country of the Wrangell Mountains. Nicknamed the devil bear,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 12, 2014

Bad blood runs in school district relations

The superintendent of Valdez City Schools has applied for a job with the Petersburg school district, the principal of Valdez High School has tendered her resignation and the relationship between the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 12, 2014

Weather service cuts coming Monday

Changes in the Valdez office of the National Weather that were announced early 2013 are coming next week. Beginning Monday, the organization's Valdez office will shrink to one employee according to Dwight Tribble, the visiting weather official...

 
 Main News    March 12, 2014

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Real tsunami warning test Emergency responders in Valdez are embarking on a media blitz in an effort to spread the word to Valdez residents that a real test of the citywide tsunami warning siren will be occurring during the upcoming Alaska Shield...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 12, 2014

Dinosaur hunters make big discovery of small meat-eater

Seventy million years ago, the baddest predator on top of the world was a pygmy tyrannosaur about half the size of Tyrannosaurus rex. The creature became known to the world in mid-March 2014, when Tex...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 5, 2014

Bullying, irregularities claims dog Jacob Ng

The president of Prince William Sound Community College (PWSCC) abruptly resigned from his Valdez post Friday after complaints surfaced alleging harassment, bullying and irregularities at the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 5, 2014

Sex abuse charges filed against Valdez man

Valdez police have arrested a 45-year-old man who is accused of four counts of first degree sexual of a minor and one count in the second degree. Douglas Evans was being held in Valdez jail without bail since Sunday after the victim revealed to a...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    March 5, 2014

Lyons retiring after coaching 31 years in district

It's 2:15 p.m. at the Hermon Hutchens Elementary School gym. Gilson Middle School students have been using it for PE classes during the construction of the new school. The cavernous gym is quiet and teacher Barb Lyons is taking a breather during a...

 

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