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 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 22, 2017 

Earthquake Remembrance is slated for Monday on the city dock

Everyone is welcome to join the 53-year remembrance Monday, to honor those who died as a result of the Great Earthquake of 1964. "Join the Pioneers of Alaska to remember those lost," organizers said...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 22, 2017 

Candidates for city council, school board, finalized last week

The names of candidates seeking election to the city council and board of education was finalized by the clerk's office last week. Doug Davies, Lon Needles (incumbent), Carl Hedman, Ron Ruff, Sue Elle...

 
 Main News    March 22, 2017 

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Tsunami alert Valdez is one of the many communities that will test tsunami warning capabilities next week according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "The National Weather...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 22, 2017 

Squirrels somehow predict Spruce seed bonanza

Stan Boutin has climbed more than 5,000 spruce trees in the last 30 years. He's fallen only once, and he has often returned to the forest floor knowing if a ball of twigs and moss contained newborn red squirrel pups. Over the years, those squirrels...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 15, 2017

VHS basketball teams heading to state championships next week

Fans of Buccaneer basketball, rejoice. Both the girls and boys teams will be heading to Anchorage next week for the state championships. The Lady Buccaneers took the top spot during the Region III...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 15, 2017

Marijuana retailer fighting ballot measure to outlaw sales locally

Alaska's only continuously-open retail marijuana outlet is preparing to fight against an upcoming ballot measure that - if passed - will force its doors to close. Herbal Outfitters is passes out...

 
 Main News    March 15, 2017

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Mayor's Cup The Mayor's Cup - the 200 mile snowmachine race that pays out $10,000 to winners - will feature a first-ever 100-mile snowbike race this year. Registration for the races - including the pro, semi-pro, vets, women's, snow bike and vintage...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    March 15, 2017

Far-north mallards thriving on the edge in sub-zero temperatures

With dogs' breath fogging the 30-below zero air at their knees, 71 Iditarod mushers steamed their way down the frozen Chena River in Fairbanks on March 6. Upstream, just a few miles behind them, 500 d...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 8, 2017

Few takers on the ballot far in the upcoming municipal elections

The deadline to file a petition to run for a seat on city council and the board of education is 5 p.m. Thursday - and as of Monday, there have been few takers for the job. There is a thirty-day...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 8, 2017

Winds damage windows, rattle nerves and travel plans

High winds in Valdez the past two weeks did more than fray nerves and bring on the wind chill. Reports of windows in homes and cars shattering due to flying debris began last week as winds that...

 
 Main News    March 8, 2017

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Fire hits home A fire damaged a home at Valdez Mobile Home Park Friday - leaving a family of three in need. The city's public information office said Monday that at "7:08 p.m. Friday, Valdez Fire and Police Dispatch received a report of a fire in a...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 8, 2017

Far-north lake trout living in mystery in Arctic Coastal Plain

In early March up on the frozen Arctic Coastal Plain, as the wind sculpts snow into drifts, it's hard to tell northern lakes from surrounding tundra. But lurking deep beneath that flat white world are toothy predators as long as your arm. In pools...

 
 Main News    March 1, 2017

Marijuana laws in Alaska won't change despite federal enforcement

(AP) A representative for the Alaska attorney general's office said a change in how the federal government enforces its own marijuana laws would not affect state marijuana laws. Alaska's law...

 
 Main News    March 1, 2017

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Road closure The City of Valdez says Fairbanks Dr will be closed Saturday to facilitate a ski race. The road closure we "between City Hall and the Library" on March 4. The closure will run between 8...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 1, 2017

Underage party leads to two adult arrests and one summons

Two Valdez men have been arrested and charged with various allegations related to an underage party that police say occurred last month at a home on Cottonwood Dr. David Sapp, age 54, and Lawrence D. Ashouwak, age 22, have both been arrested after a...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 1, 2017

Are more tropical days and nights in Alaska's future?

By the end of this century, Alaskans may be enjoying tropical evening breezes for about a week each year. That's an increase from the almost zero such nights we currently savor. But it could happen, according to a graduate student who has tightened...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 22, 2017

Shrinking population still concerns city officials in Valdez

The number of people living in Valdez continues to shrink according to state - and city - estimates. Last January, the State of Alaska notified city officials that its population estimate for Valdez is 3,939 people - 72 less than last year. While...

 
 By TINA OREM    Main News    February 22, 2017

Phony tax collection emails up by 400 percent inspector says

Last summer, Cindy Hockenberry decided she'd had it with threatening phone calls claiming she was behind on her taxes. "One day - I'm not kidding you - I got called three times," she said. Sometimes...

 
 Main News    February 22, 2017

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Mold update Health concerns surrounding reports of mold in the old section of city hall and specifically at the fire department are currently under control according to Jason Miles, the engineer who...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    February 22, 2017

Are we living in a warm peak between ice ages?

As another major rainstorm hit California in February, downtown San Francisco surpassed its normal rain total for an entire year. Reservoirs in the high country were spilling over. So ended a five-year drought in the state that some people attributed...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 16, 2017

Marijuana ban will be lone proposition on this May's ballot

Have you ever wanted to run for an elected position in city government? If so, now is the time to begin the process to run for a seat on the city council or board of education because Valdez is...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    February 16, 2017

Income tax and use of Permanent Fund earnings in Alaska House bill

JUNEAU - A fiscal plan proposed by Alaska House leaders Friday would reinstitute a personal state income tax for the first time in decades and use earnings from Alaska's oil-wealth fund to help pay for government. It's not the first bill this session...

 
 Main News    February 16, 2017

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Ice climbing Get out your axes and gear and climb the ice. That is word from Levitation 49, the group sponsoring this week's Ice Climbing Festival. Registration for the events is slated to begin Frida...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    February 16, 2017

Cold War inspired first launch from Poker Flat in Alaska

When they launch, the four rockets now pointed northward from Poker Flat Research Range will add to the 345 that have arced over northern Alaska during the past 48 years. Recently, Chuck Deehr remembered number one. Deehr is a retired space...

 
 Main News    February 16, 2017

Ice climbing conditions dangerous

Levitation 49 regrets to announce ice climbing activities this weekend Feb. 17 - 20 have been cancelled. At this time, thin ice with intermittent open water makes it inadvisable to attempt to cross the Lowe River to reach climbs at Bridal Veil and...

 

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