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Pioneer scientist determined aurora height over Alaska

"Professor Fuller Drops Dead in Garden." So reads the headline in the Farthest-North Collegian newspaper of June 1, 1935. In the story, an unnamed writer described how the wife of the only physics...

 

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End of the year The Valdez Star will not publish a newspaper the week of December 27. The one-week break is part of the newspaper's annual Christmas vacation. The newspaper will publish December 20 an...

 

Ferry system needs to solve labor problems and increase ticket price

(AP) A report by an Alaska regional development organization indicated that the success of the state ferry service could hinge on repairing the troubled relationship between its management and labor force. The report by Alaska's Southeast Conference...

 

Branding and Revisioning: Valdez looks to project a new image

What three words best describe Valdez? This and many other questions are at the forefront of the minds of those who have been working behind the scenes in the city's revisioning process. And they are...

 

Fox-trapping biologist retires after career in removing invasive species

On Halloween 2017, Alaskan Steve Ebbert, 56, retired from his job as an invasive species biologist. His longtime mission of removing arctic foxes and other human-introduced species from the Aleutian...

 

Pioneers to host program highlighting the genealogy of Territorial Reps

Valdez has always been a player in Alaska politics - and that legacy stretches all the way back to it's days as a territory. Some of the men and women who make up the modern Pioneers of Alaska in Vald...

 

Gasline agreement with China holds no guarantees for development

ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska took a major step toward realizing a long-sought pipeline to move natural gas from the North Slope to Asia, siding with interests from China after major oil companies stepped back from the project. The agreement...

 

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Tuition hiked (AP) Tuition hikes have been approved for University of Alaska campuses - including Prince William Sound College in Valdez. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the UA Board of...

 

State champions: Lady Bucs win state title for the eleventh time

from the 2015 title team) were ready and poised. The Bucs pounced early, dispatching the Nikiski Bulldogs 3-1, winning 25-14, 11-25, 25-13, 25-12. Next was the defending state champs; Mt. Edgecumbe Braves. Again the Bucs stayed focused and put away...

 

Police and Fire reports

(Any charges reported in this press release are merely accusations and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) 11/06 Burglar Alarm – An alarm company called to report that a burglar alarm at a local business had been set off. The...

 

Climate change and Alaska: Gov. Walker creates special team

JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is creating a special team to recommend ways to address climate change, saying Alaska, an Arctic state with vast coastlines, is on front lines. An initial action plan...

 

DMV office in Valdez will remain open after Becky Tetz retires in 2018

For many people, the Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office is one of their least favorite places to go. From taking a driver's test, renewing a license, registering vehicles: the experience can be quite taxing. In Valdez, Becky Tetz made sure that...

 

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Thanksgiving The Valdez Food Bank will distribute special Thanksgiving boxes to those in need next Thursday, Nov. 16. "Once again the Valdez Food Bank will be distributing boxes containing a turkey...

 

Commissioner for DOT visits Valdez on a good will mission

Alaska Dept. of Transportation Commission Marc Luiken visited Valdez last week. "I had asked Ryan and Jason if we could just go out and visit people out in the field," he said. "I really just wanted to go out and talk to folks in our maintenance...

 

Clocks fall back - for certain - the Sunday morning at 2 a.m.

There was plenty of egg on the face of the Valdez Star editorial staff last week when a story on the front page reminded readers to turn back the clocks ran one week ahead of schedule. For the record, daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2...

 

Gaining traction: be prepared for winter roads is the best policy

"We can't deny it," ADOT said in an email this week sent by spokeswoman Meadow Baily. "For much of the state, winter is here." ADOT is reminding drivers to be prepared before hitting Alaska's unpredictable road conditions and offered four basic...

 

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Big dump A large side dump truck turned over on its side Sunday - narrowly missing a potentially disastrous plunge into the Duck Flats. Valdez police dispatch received a call reporting the accident...

 

Biographer profiles scientist-explorer of northeast Alaska

In the early 1990s, Janet Collins was hiking in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge when she saw "Camp 163" labeled on her map. Intrigued, she later looked up Camp 163 in Donald Orth's Dictionary of A...

 

Scammers target boaters with phony government look-alike warnings

A new scam is targeting boat owners looking to save a little time online, but it's costing them hundreds of dollars: Websites offering documentation renewal services for a fee. These websites lure boaters with the appearance and convenience of an...

 

Tillie Wonder honored with dedication of pocket plaza in her name

Tillie Wonder is a woman who has lived up to her name - and she is now formally recognized in Valdez after city officials, friends and family and admirers gathered to dedicate the Tillie Wonder...

 

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First snow Valdez received an inch of snow between Saturday and Sunday - the first of the season. Termination dust on the mountain peaks surrounding Valdez has been creeping down from the tops since...

 

Massive flu shot drill coming to Valdez this Tuesday evening

It's October in Valdez, and that means it is time for the annual flu shot drill. This year's mass inoculation event will occur this Tuesday, October 24. Flu vaccines will be administered free of...

 

Alaska Day gives state and city offices a day off but what is it?

Alaska Day is a state holiday that catches many people by surprise. Some Alaskans - particularly in Valdez - are only made aware of it when they need to do business with a city or state office, only to find out it is closed because of Alaska Day. So...

 

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Looking back Gov. Bill Walker and first lady Donna graced the stage last week during the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive's Relocation Roadhouse Dinner. The museum fundraiser honored past city...

 

Wolves are cagy and reluctant with things that are unknown

The wolf tracks appeared as they always do, as a surprise. On a day between fall and winter, with the leaves fallen and browning but the ground not yet hard, I was walking with my dog and an a.m. radio. We were descending a four-wheeler trail on a...

 

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