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 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 4, 2015 

Hidden camera in bathroom leads to arrest

A Valdez man turned himself in to Valdez police earlier this month after a warrant for his arrest was issued alleging he hid a camera in the ladies room at his workplace. Kalvin Paulsen Jr, age 28, turned himself into Valdez police February on a...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 4, 2015 

No candidates filed yet for municipal elections

The list of candidates running for the board of education and city council this May is empty. "Nobody's picked up any packets yet," City clerk Sheri Pierce said in an interview Monday afternoon. "They better start doing that." Midway into the filing...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 4, 2015 

Colver hosting meet and greet

Rep. Jim Colver, who represents Valdez and District 9 in the Alaska House, will host a meet and greet at the Legislative Information Office this week. Colver will be out and about in the area in the...

 
 Main News    March 4, 2015 

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Alyeska awarded Alyeska Pipeline Service Company was recognized by the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) last week for its leadership role in sustaining ocean resources. According to a press release,...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 4, 2015 

Denali air still pristine, with a few specks

Fairbanks's air turns bitter every winter as we fill it with wood smoke and other things, but just down the road Denali National Park has the clearest air measured among America's monitored national...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 25, 2015

Guilty: Jury convicts Huff of kidnap, murder attempt

A Valdez jury convicted Nicholas Huff, age 29, on 16 out of 24 charges, including kidnap and attempted murder. Huff was accused of abducting and then shooting at a former girlfriend in April of 2012,...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    February 25, 2015

Competing gaslines still exclude Valdez for now

The big news at the Capitol this past week was Gov. Bill Walker's gas line proposal, one that some legislators fear will create an atmosphere of uncertainty over efforts to bring Alaska's gas to market. The state has been pursuing a major liquefied...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 25, 2015

Wild Razzberry right blend of zingy

If life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or if you are Karen Ables, you add it to a high-end loose leaf tea. Then you open a new café and that is the short story of the Wild Razzberry, a new café that opened its doors for business last week....

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    February 25, 2015

The continued mystery of the Denali Gap

North America's highest mountain should be a volcano. Denali sits about 60 miles above where the Pacific Plate grinds beneath the North American plate, as do Iliamna, Redoubt and Augustine. If you...

 
 Main News    February 25, 2015

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Drug policy review committee meets The committee formed to review the school district's current drug testing policy was slated to have its first meeting Tuesday afternoon according to Rod Morrison, pr...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 18, 2015

Legalized pot questions prompt city fact sheet

The City of Valdez has posted a marijuana fact sheet on its website’s homepage. While voters passed Measure 2, which legalized possession of marijuana and called for state lawmakers to regulate it like alcohol, questions linger due to the...

 
 Main News    February 18, 2015

News Briefs

Plane crashes outside Glennallen last week (AP) Alaska State Troopers say a pilot has survived the crash of a small plane near Glennallen. Troopers say they were notified a week ago Monday by Copper Valley Air that one of the company's planes, a 1955...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    February 18, 2015

A yearly flood into the Gulf of Alaska

Satellite data has confirmed that the amount of freshwater released into the Gulf of Alaska from streams and rivers in Alaska and northern Canada is about 1.5 times what the Mississippi River dumps...

 
 By MOLLY DISCHNER    Main News    February 18, 2015

Time for change: lawmakers mull dumping daylight savings

A state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would exempt Alaska from daylight saving time, a measure that its sponsor said would be good for the health of state residents. The bill, from Sen....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 18, 2015

Case for Space: museum needs more room

The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive says it needs more room. To look at options, the museum has created a committee to take a realistic look at the institution's needs while it operates out of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 11, 2015

High winds almost blew Valdez away last week

Last week's windstorms caused widespread damage throughout town. Wind gusts clocked up to 96 miles per hour by the National Weather Service Friday shredded roofs, moved dumpsters down city streets...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    February 11, 2015

Budget woes not only issue concerning lawmakers

The budget continues to be a major focus for state lawmakers, who will be delving into Gov. Bill Walker's spending proposal for next year. Walker released details of his 2016 budget on Thursday. Even...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 11, 2015

Attempted murder, kidnap trial continues this week

The attempted murder and kidnap trial of a Valdez man moved into its second week Monday. Defendant Nicholas Huff is facing a jury in an attempt to mitigate and disprove over 20 criminal charges relating to allegations that he kidnapped a former...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    February 11, 2015

Spectacled eider biology still a mystery

Like flecks of pepper on chowder, all of the spectacled eiders on the planet are now gathered amid sea ice and steaming open leads in the Bering Sea. "It's a mass of life in this desolate area," said...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 4, 2015

Kidnap and murder attempt trial begins in Valdez

The jury trial of a Valdez man accused of a second degree murder attempt, kidnapping and several related charges, was set to begin last Tuesday. Nicholas Huff, age 29, was transported to the jail in Valdez Saturday according to Valdez police. Chief...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 4, 2015

Discipline was not harassment city manager says

The Valdez city manager published a memorandum of record with the Valdez City Council, clearing the city's director of Parks and Recreation of ethics violations following an in-house investigation. Last September, a group of former parks employees...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 4, 2015

Elections will be May instead of October this year

People in Valdez are usually thinking about fishing poles when the month of May rolls around, but this year, civic minded people in Valdez might also be thinking about municipal elections when the...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    February 4, 2015

The demise of Scotch Cap lighthouse

In spring of 1946, five men stationed at the Scotch Cap lighthouse had reasons to be happy. World War II was over. They had survived. Their lonely Coast Guard assignment on Unimak Island would be...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 28, 2015

Kidnap, attempted murder trial delayed in Valdez

The trial of a Valdez man accused of kidnap and attempted murder for a 2013 incident was slated to begin Monday. Alaska Courtview, the state website that tracks court activity later listed the date as "calendared in error." The actual date of the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 28, 2015

Drug test policy review team is seeking input

A public meeting held to review the school district's existing student drug testing policy heavily focused on current prevention efforts and was light on discussion of the actual policy. The meeting, with a panel that included the district's...

 

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