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Congratulations 2017 Graduates

Congratulations 2017 Graduates Prince William Sound College Associate of Arts: • Craig Thomas Bailer • Holli Marie Francis Barlow • Ashley Lynn Briggs • Shawnda Christine Gallup • Holly...

 

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Fly-in record A new world record was set in Valdez last weekend when Frank Knapp landed a "Lil' Cub" airplane, and came to a complete stop at 10 feet, five inches. The record-breaking feat occurred...

 

Five ways to become a smaller target for ransomware hackers

This weekend's global online extortion attack reinforces the need for businesses and other large organizations to update their computer operating systems and security software, cybersecurity experts said. But experts point out that ordinary computer...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 17, 2017 

Property tax mill rate expected to remain at 20 mill rate

The Valdez City Council was set to approve this year’s property tax assessment at 20 mills during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The rate has remained at 20 mills since the 2013 tax year. The City of Valdez notes that the 20 mill rate is...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    May 17, 2017 

Lots of quiet time in the Big Lonely on 800-mile hike

(This summer series is documenting Rozell's walk along the trans-Alaska pipeline, 20 years after making the first trek with his dog, Jane) I walked around the chain-link fence of Pump Station 12 of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 10, 2017

Pot ban defeated in Tuesday's municipal elections in Valdez

Valdez voters solidly rejected the proposed ban on commercial marijuana last week. Proposition 1 - the citizen's initiative that would have banned commercial marijuana within the city limits - was soundly defeated during Tuesday's municipal...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    May 10, 2017

Spill drill training in Cordova kicks off week of RCAC board meeting

The group tasked with monitoring oil traffic on the waters of Prince William Sound was busy last week. Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council kicked off its week in Cordova with a...

 
 By For the Star    Main News    May 10, 2017

Electric cooperative held annual membership meetings for consumers

Copper Valley Electric Association (CVEA) said approximately 250 people signed in Thursday night to attend the cooperative's annual membership meeting in Valdez. The Glennallen meeting attracting over 300 members earlier in the week. The cooperative...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    May 10, 2017

First steps from Valdez, in the snow and mountains

PORT VALDEZ--We have launched on the pipeline hike version 2.0, 20 years after the first time. I'm now sitting on the muscled root of a Sitka spruce by the pleasant rush of a creek. A bald eagle shrie...

 

Earthquake monitoring in Alaska threatened by too many cuts

(AP) Funding cuts from a wide variety of sources are raising the risk that Alaska may lose constant earthquake monitoring and analysis performed by the Alaska Regional Seismic Network, officials have said. Staffing at the agency is down to 14...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 3, 2017

Pot ban defeated in Tuesday's municipal elections in Valdez

Proposition 1 - the citizen's initiative that would have banned commercial marijuana within the city limits was soundly defeated during Tuesday's municipal elections. There were 1009 votes against...

 

Experts: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order for arctic

President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling isn't likely to reach its goals anytime soon, but instead will kick off a years-long review and legal battle. Many...

 

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Water pressure Experiencing low water pressure in town? If so, chances are you are it is due to the fact the city is shutting down its water tank near the Mineral Creek Trail entrance. The tank was...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    May 3, 2017

Revisiting a dream, 20 years after an historic Alaska walk

Twenty years ago, I was 34 when I walked away from a chain-link fence near Port Valdez and headed east. Those were the first steps on a summer-long trip across Alaska. In a few days, I will begin to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 26, 2017

Elections

Polls will open at 7 a.m. sharp this Tuesday for the municipal elections. Voters will be casting ballots for three city council seats, four school board seats and deciding whether or not to outlaw commercial marijuana within the city limits. Polls...

 

Fiber optic internet service upgrade coming to CVT customers

When it comes to internet service in Valdez, it’s out with old and in with the new. Copper Valley Telecom (CVT) announced that it will begin connecting customers to its fiber optic cable network that was put in place during last summer's...

 

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Music Fest best Valdez hosted 475 students last week from 16 schools during the Aurora Music Festival. Students participated in Mass and Honor Bands and Choirs which culminated in a finale concert on...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 26, 2017

Trespasser at elementary school has domestic assault record

A Valdez man trespassed from Hermon Hutchens Elementary School last week for suspicious behavior was unarmed according to police. Joshua Terrell, age 37, was allegedly seen wandering around the periphery of the school's gym during a fifth-grade...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    April 26, 2017

Tundra swans take months to cross the continent researchers find

Skiing to work over a persistent spring snowpack, I looked up to see a large white bird flapping gracefully over the spruce tops. A few gentle honks confirmed it was a tundra swan. After a long...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 19, 2017

Chickens: commission to move forward to allowing yard fowl

Chicken lovers rejoice: a move by city officials to allow keeping fowl in residential neighborhoods is moving forward according to a report to the city's planning and zoning commissioners. Lisa Von Bargen, head of the city's economic development...

 

Oil revenue projections up for coming year but state still in a fix

JUNEAU - A forecast calling for higher-than-expected revenue this year and next will help Alaska's fiscal situation, but it doesn't eliminate the need for a comprehensive plan to address Alaska's multibillion-dollar deficit, the state revenue...

 

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Fiber optics Copper Valley Telecom - CVT- announced last week that it will resume its fiber optics upgrade project next month. Last summer, CVT began the massive project in the subdivisions in town by...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 12, 2017

Liquor license protest will be contingent on sale according to council

The paws of Three Bears Corporation are being held to the fire. The Valdez City Council - which had announced it would protest the renewal of a package liquor store license held in Valdez by the Alaskan warehouse grocery chain - voted last week to...

 

Alaska session expected to run long with big issues pending

JUNEAU,- Alaska legislative leaders on Friday said they plan to work beyond the voter-approved 90-day session limit because the state budget and elements of a deficit-reduction plan are unresolved....

 

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Pot put off (AP) Alaska marijuana regulators have delayed discussion about onsite use until next month. The board was to consider Wednesday whether to move forward with proposed rules for allowing retail pot customers to consume their purchases on...

 

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