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 By NED ROZELL    Main News    May 23, 2018

Making a new map of Denali, the highest mountain in America

A Fairbanks scientist recently made an intricate new map of Denali while crisscrossing its summit a few times in a single-engine airplane. His top-of-the-continent measurement was within a few feet of a GPS reading done a few years ago, using a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 16, 2018

End-of-life service group looking for volunteers to help to jumpstart program

A new group in Valdez is working to consolidate aid and services for the chronically ill or those in need of hospice care – and is turning to the community for manpower. “It’s getting underway, we are in the process of getting volunteers,...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    May 16, 2018

Raffle with PFD funds to pay for education legislation passed by lawmakers

JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers ended the extended legislative session early Sunday after passing state spending plans and a flurry of other bills in the waning hours. Despite running long, the session lacked the drama of the past several years, which...

 

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Airplane crash A student pilot died Saturday when the Piper PA 28-180 he was flying solo crashed near Whittier. The Associated Press reports the unidentified student was flying the aircraft to Valdez...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    May 16, 2018

False tsunami message mistakenly broadcast Friday to many across Alaska

Many Alaska residents were mistakenly warned on TV and on the radio Friday morning of a tsunami threat along the West Coast of the United States, from San Diego to Alaska's Aleutian islands. The...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    May 16, 2018

Chasing the sun from New York to Alaska in a single day's journey burns a lot of fuel

When I left my sister's house in Brooklyn, I was 4,200 miles from my home. That's a long way, but I slept in my Fairbanks bed before the next sunrise. Enabling this incredible time travel are modern j...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 9, 2018

O'Neil elected to be mayor of Valdez during the May 2 municipal elections

A newcomer to local politics was elected mayor of Valdez during the town's municipal elections. Jeremy O'Neil – who is the administrator of the local hospital, Providence Valdez Medical Center - was...

 

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CVEA winners Copper Valley Electric Association held its annual Valdez meeting May 1. CVEA spokeswoman Sharon Crisp says 188 people attended the Valdez meeting. The annual meeting for Copper Basin...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 2, 2018

Some emergency food distributions in Valdez cut

One of the food programs for the needy will ceased operating in Valdez last month according the outgoing president of the local food bank. TEFAP - The Emergency Food Assistance Program – which distributes federal aid such as frozen meat – and...

 

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Sex abuse (AP) An Alaska man accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl believes he should go to prison. Steven Varnes, of Healy, was arraigned on three counts of felony second-degree...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 25, 2018

Meet the Candidates forum set for this Saturday at council chambers

Voters in Valdez will go to the polls this Tuesday to elect a new mayor, three council members and two school board members. This Saturday, there will be a Meet the Candidates forum at the city council chambers where voters can get to know candidates...

 

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Fiber optics expands Copper Valley Telecom announced last week it will begin to bring its fiber optic line to Valdez businesses in the central district this summer. It also announced that the...

 

Raffle tied to dividend would fund education endowment under new proposal

JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature already is cutting into the amount of the yearly oil-wealth fund check given to residents to help pay for state government. Now, lawmakers are looking at other ways...

 

Obituary - Betty Conley

Former Valdez woman Betty Conley died March 29, at her home in Arvada, Colorado. She was born April 22, 1930 to John Michael and Mary Blanch, with an older brother and sister. Betty grew up in the poorer 4th ward in the small town of Dunkirk. Her...

 

Police and Fire reports

(Any charges reported in this press release are merely accusations and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) 04/16 Welfare Check – VPD received a request for a welfare check on two young children at a residential daycare....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 18, 2018

Voting absentee and other important information for the May 1 elections

The municipal elections are coming in less than two weeks, and elections officials in Valdez are in high gear, spreading the word what voters can expect on election day and ways they can vote if they cannot make it to the polls on May 1. This year,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 18, 2018

Accused hit and run killer indicted for both manslaughter and murder

The man accused in the death of Valdez woman Chellsie Hoffman has been indicted by the Palmer grand jury. Ero Victor Walli, age 46, was originally charged with felony manslaughter, failure to stop...

 

Records fell last week in Valdez at the Native Youth Olympics mini-meet

Record performances last weekend by Ben Kompkoff and Evan Alexander record highlighted the Valdez NYO Mini-Meet. The two athletes set or tied records during the two-day event that determines who...

 

Avalanche Center in Valdez quietly brings data and information year round

Winter activities are a fixture on Thompson Pass – which many consider the premier area to recreate outside of Valdez – and so are avalanches. This winter, more enthusiasts skied, snowmachined,...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    April 18, 2018

Alaska hot springs are spread out far and wide across the state

KANUTI HOT SPRINGS - After a few hours of skiing through deep snow, Forest Wagner and I smelled a tuna sandwich. We knew we were closing in on warm pools of water. From the frozen Kanuti River, we mov...

 

Public and Legal notices

City of Valdez Invitation to Bid Date: April 12, 2018 Project: Seven Building Roof Replacements Project Number: 16-310-1130 / Contract Number: 1379 This project includes, but is not necessarily limited to: Demolish the existing roofs on 5 buildings...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 11, 2018

Hit and run by drunk driver leaves family and community in mourning

Mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend. An asset to the community and a credit to her family. She described herself as mom and entrepreneur on social media. On early Sunday morning Chellsie (Curry)...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 11, 2018

Manslaughter and felony charge for failure to stop levied against Valdez man

A former Crowley manager is charged with manslaughter after police alleged that he hit and then ran over a young Valdez woman early Sunday morning, then fled the scene of the crime. Chellsie (Curry) Hoffman died after witnesses say Walli hit and...

 

Fat bike bash brought over 100 racers to Valdez and its vertical challenges

Last week's Chugach Fat Bike Bash was a big hit with enthusiasts and spectators alike. In its third edition, the Valdez Adventure Alliance-hosted event attracted riders from Alaska and other parts of...

 

Native Youth Olympics will feature mini-meet in Valdez later this week

The Valdez Native Youth Olympics team is alive and kicking this season. The team has been practicing for the last several weeks in preparations of the Valdez Mini-Meet and the State Meet the...

 

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