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 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 20, 2014 

Mayor's seat will see head to head race in election

Valdez voters will have to make a choice between two mayoral candidates when polls open this October 7. “For mayor, we do have a race,” said Sheri Pierce, city clerk. Valdez men Larry Weaver and Rich Long both returned completed petitions to the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 20, 2014 

Security camera at city hall helps nab burglar

The fire department’s security was not so hot last week. Valdez police discovered an unreported theft at the fire department that was uncovered during a police investigation into a not-so routine auto theft. In an unrelated case the same day, a Gle...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    August 20, 2014 

Sister Marie says bon voyage to Valdez

She's not your typical nun. Sister Marie Brend, whose career in the Last Frontier spanned 44 years, ended her Alaska adventure last week after serving 21 years in Valdez. Last Wednesday, an ice cream...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 20, 2014 

Timing is everything when it comes to fishing

Anglers are having to fish a bit harder for silvers than normal, but some big fish have been brought into Port Valdez. And we found out this week that timing can be the key to winning in the Valdez Derby. Randy Main of Anchorage reeled in a 17.08...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    August 20, 2014 

High-tech bird decoy fools flycatchers

Julie Hagelin needed a fake bird. She found one in an unexpected place. The biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is studying the mysterious olive-sided flycatcher, known for its pierci...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 13, 2014

Women's derby crowns Valdez woman Queen

Valdez angler Barb Lyons, aboard the "Lyons Den," had been out fishing Friday to scout for silvers for Saturday's Women's Derby. The fish were large and plentiful early in the day, but the catch...

 
 Main News    August 13, 2014

Interest in mayor and council elections grows

Larry weaver, Jim Shirrell, Rich Long and Alex Woolf are thinking about running for mayor. All four Valdez men have picked up petitions from the city clerk’s office for the upcoming elections. In fact, Shirrell and Long also picked up petitions to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 13, 2014

New middle school nearing completion manger says

The new middle school reached "substantial completion" at the end of July and the building is on track to open for school September 2. "Today, the movers started moving furniture in," Ron Rozak, the...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    August 13, 2014

An archaeologist's field guide to coffee cans

The year is 1905. You are a prospector in Alaska relaxing in your cabin after a chilly day of working the tailings pile. Craving a cup, you pull a tin of coffee off the shelf. Though you can't...

 
 By Craig Richards    Main News    August 13, 2014

Yes Vote on proposition 1 good for Alaska

At the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate I took the Vote Yes side supporting repeal of SB21. I thought the matter closed until Governor Parnell addressed my arguments on a local radio show. It was implied I suggested more oil production is bad, an...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 6, 2014

Pool of candidates for local office slim

People in Valdez have shown little interest in running for elected offices in the October municipal elections. “Right now we have only one petition that has been picked up and returned,” Sheri Pierce, the city clerk, said to the Valdez City...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    August 6, 2014

Kick-off celebration held for new hydro project

Copper Valley Electric Association held a kick-off celebration for its future hydroelectric project a week ago Tuesday, despite the fact its contractors have been working on it for the last several...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 6, 2014

Home schooled students can get district support

Parents of home schooled students in Valdez will be given new local options for delivering education to their children this school year. Jim Nygaard, superintendent of Valdez City Schools, is holding a second of a series of meetings with these...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 6, 2014

From the Editor's Desk:

The statewide primary elections are two weeks away and Valdez voters will be asked to elect a House Representative in the newly formed District 9. Republicans have a choice of three candidates to...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 6, 2014

Women say Fish On!

Put down your purse and pick up your pixies, it’s time for the Women’s Silver Salmon Derby! The theme of this year’s Women’s Derby is “Fairy Tales” and there will be a costume contest Friday. Early registration or pre-registration is at...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    August 6, 2014

Late summer arrives in the boreal forest

It's early August, 118 miles from the Arctic Circle. Time for a walk to work. The last time I wrote about hiking through the North Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, summer was a puppy...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 30, 2014

Electronic surveillance: coming to Gilson Middle School

Smile. You might be on camera. That is the word from Valdez City Schools as the board of education prepares to scrap its old policy that forbade the taking of any and all secret video on district property and replaced it with three pages of rules...

 
 By Bill Comer    Main News    July 30, 2014

Police make parents aware of action plan

Over the past several years our country has seen a dramatic increase in school violence and school shootings. As I read through expert analysis of these horrific events it became apparent to me that our community can do more to protect our children....

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 30, 2014

Grass subs for snow in GCI Speed Tour for youth

Dozens of Valdez youngsters converged on Barney Meyering Parkstrip last Wednesday, running, crawling and expending positive energy - with the help of a small handful of world-class Nordic skiers....

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 30, 2014

Tracks across Greenland ice - 60 years apart

On top of an ice body more than two miles thick, Chris Polashenski last summer hoped to find a candy wrapper that might have fallen from Carl Benson's pocket 60 years ago. As he repeated the Alaska...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 30, 2014

New Zealander tops Silver Salmon Derby in Valdez

The silver salmon are returning to Valdez slowly but surely. The first week of the silver derby was slow at first, with very few fish weighed in. That all changed on Big Prize Friday. The fishing picked up and some nice size fish were brought to the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 23, 2014

Popular energy credit from city funded

The Valdez City Council unanimously approved funding to continue its popular energy credit program which pays $550 yearly towards energy bills for Valdez households. The move came Monday night during its regular meeting when the council was asked to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 23, 2014

New faces needed to run for city elections

The race to fill seats for elected office for mayor, city council and school board is wide open a week after the filing period opened for potential candidates to toss their names in the hat. As of Monday of this week, only one candidate had picked...

 
 Main News    July 23, 2014

News Briefs

Seventeen billionth barrel of oil The 17 billionth barrel of Alaskan North Slope crude started down the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) to Valdez last Saturday. "This is an operational milestone a...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 23, 2014

Silver salmon season is officially here

While the kids were slaying the pink salmon Saturday, halibut fishing in Valdez hit a high point with two anglers breaking into the overall standings. Jeff Maurer of Elysburg, Penn. caught a 171.4 pound halibut Thursday from aboard the Dawn Treader...

 

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