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 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 4, 2017

New fire station one step closer to reality with city's land purchase

A new fire station is closer to becoming a reality, but questions remain after city council conditionally approved a contract to purchase Gavora property. The resolution authorizing the deal states a purchase price of $975,000. "I feel its the best...

 

Finding far-north lynx den full of kittens is part of cycle study

In her study of one of the farthest north lynx populations in North America this summer, Claire Montgomerie used her ears. While looking at the satellite tracker a female lynx was wearing,...

 

Oil traffic returns to Port Valdez Tuesday after mishap across the bay

Emergency responders sprang into action Thursday morning after a pressure test went wrong, and a sheen of oil began to spread from the terminal. "The cause is under investigation, but early...

 

Energy credit applications for Valdez residents available Oct. 2

All Valdez households that pay a fuel or electric bill will be eligible to receive a $550 credit towards their winter bill - but the deadline to apply has been moved up to Dec. 15. In years' past, the deadline to apply for the energy credit was the...

 

Alaska Gov. Walker proposes head tax to boost state revenue

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Bill Walker's latest proposal for closing the gap between state revenue and spending is a limited tax on payroll wages and self-employment income. Walker, an independent, is calling the proposal a modified "head tax." The matter...

 

Prehistoric reptile one mile above McCarthy rediscovered

In 1963, 23-year-old geologist David Whistler sat down for lunch on a rocky hilltop one mile above Kennicott Glacier. With one hand on his sandwich and the other on his miner's pick, he flipped over...

 

Dr Cullen steps up from board member to president of AAFP

A local doctor has been elected president of one of the top organizations representing family practice physicians. After serving on its board for since November of 2014, Dr John Cullen, age 55, has been elected president of the American Academy of...

 

Civilian flyer from WWII awarded Congressional Gold Medal

The widow WWII civilian flyer received his Congressional Gold Medal Friday. David Kennedy was posthumously awarded the coveted honor by members of the local and statewide Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in a...

 

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Flu shots Free flu shots will be available to all people in Valdez for one night next month. A mass inoculation clinic is planned for October 24 according to Allie Ferko, the city's public...

 

Carol Alley

Carol Patricia Alley, age 84, passed away on July 1, 2017 - six weeks short of her 66th Anniversary. She was born in Bishop, Calif. on August 31, 1932. She married Roy Alley on August 24, 1951. Carol homesteaded 160 acres in Kenny Lake in May 1960...

 

Hurricanes and far north sea ice correlation debated by scientists

Speaking at a conference in coastal Texas last fall, a researcher from Florida mentioned with relief that her home was 13 feet above sea level. That seemed curious to me, a middle Alaskan living at...

 

High honor is coming to Valdez man for civilian services during WWII

A Valdez man is about to joins the ranks of such lofty world figures such as Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa and Frank Sinatra. This Friday, David Kennedy will be posthumously presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, and you are invited to see...

 

High scores in science and English for Valdez students in PEAK testing

Valdez students did better on Alaska's new standardized tests than the statewide average in language arts and science - but math scores were low and no one is yet sure why or what it means. The result...

 

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Meeting canceled The board of education canceled its regularly scheduled second meeting in September. The move came during Monday night's meeting at the suggestion of board president Joe Prax. A lack...

 

Credit check company hacked and your personal info may be at risk

SAN FRANCISCO - Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of...

 

Police and Fire reports

(Any charges reported in this press release are merely accusations and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) 09/04 Traffic Complaint: Alaska State Troopers requested assistance with a speeding vehicle that was headed to Valdez...

 

Revenue is the likely focus of special session plans for October

Lack of cash in the state's coffers are going to be the focus of a special session called by Gov. Bill Walker. Walker said in a statement last week that he plans to convene the session Oct. 23 in...

 

Bomb squad's robot gets a moniker and five-year old wins name-game

Tactical Urban Grunt. TUG for short. That is the new name of the robot used by the Valdez Police Dept.'s bomb squad. TUG got his new moniker thanks to a contest for kids sponsored by Valdez police. "We liked the name," said Bart Hinkle, Valdez...

 

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Hiker dead The body of a hiker reported missing within the Wrangle-St. Elias National Park early last month has been found according to the National Park Service. On Wednesday, August 30th, On August...

 

Big bucks handed out Sunday as the Valdez Fish Derbies season ends

It came as no surprise Sunday when a certain Valdez woman became richer by $15,000. Earlier this season, Frieda Wiley caught a 374 pound - setting a new Valdez Halibut Derby record and setting the...

 

North Korea blast lights up Alaska seismometers though not quake-like

On Saturday night, Matt Gardine was at home outside Fairbanks playing with his daughter when his phone beeped. As the seismologist on call with the Alaska Earthquake Center, Gardine's duty was to get information out about detectable earthquakes...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 30, 2017

Competitors for governor's seat are testing the waters early this year

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is already facing some stiff competition in his bid for reelection. Walker officially announced his reelection candidacy a week ago Monday, when he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott filed candidate paperwork with the state Division...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 30, 2017

Marijuana onsite consumption rules up for public comment in Alaska

Regulators are giving Alaskans a say on the latest proposal that - if passed - will allow retail marijuana outlets to provide customers with an area to consume legal marijuana products on site. State regulators with the Marijuana Control Board...

 

News Briefs

Hotel fire Emergency responders were fast on the scene last Wednesday when smoke was reported at the Best Western Hotel on N. Harbor Dr. The fire alarm originated in the northwest wing of the hotel,...

 

Anglers are hitting the shores as the derbies end this Sunday at noon

With only a few days left to try to catch the biggest silver salmon of the season, anglers are lining the shores. Last year, the top three fish in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby were caught from...

 

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