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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 30, 2016 

Negotiations approved by council to buy land for new city facilities

City council is dubious about administration's proposal that would add almost 15 new acres of land to the city's holdings - but gave a firm thumbs up for negotiations to proceed on purchasing at...

 
 Main News    November 30, 2016 

Should ferry system be turned over to private enterprise?

(AP) Stakeholders in a project to reimagine the Alaska Marine Highway System are preparing to pitch their plan to turn the system into a public corporation. The committee leading the Southeast...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    November 30, 2016 

To the opposite end of the Earth with a purpose

Joanna Young does not seem to fear change very much. The spunky redhead first came to Fairbanks from Egypt, where her parents were teaching English and running a school. Raised in Toronto, she knew what cold was. But this was January 2010, a...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    November 30, 2016 

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Cops get nod Valdez law enforcement was recognized by the Alaska Municipal League (AML) earlier this month in part for its innovative ALICE training program. Valdez Police Department received the AML...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 23, 2016

$53 million city budget up for first of two public readings

The city's 2017 budget was set for the first of two public readings Tuesday night. The proposed budget, prepared by Brian Carlson, the city's finance director, was $53,334,314 - a whopping $44,345,314 million less than last year's budget. The...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 23, 2016

Land purchase for new infrastructure up for discussion by city council

Does the city need a new fire house? More storage? More land? That is the question the Valdez City Council was tasked to discuss Tuesday night after the Valdez Star went to press. City administration...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    November 23, 2016

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Christmas tree The community Christmas tree will be lit this Sunday. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. according to the city's Dept. of Parks and Recreation. The mayor will start the festivities with a...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    November 23, 2016

Dividend cut by governor was indeed allowed under Alaska law

JUNEAU: A state court judge ruled a week ago Thursday that Gov. Bill Walker had the authority to reduce this year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, siding with the state in the politically charged case. Superior Court Judge William Morse's decision f...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    November 23, 2016

Alaska taking shape near Yakutat in Disenchantment Bay

The forces shaping Alaska never sleep, especially near Yakutat. I once visited the fishing town of about 800 people and many dogs. My assignment was to write about scientists studying Hubbard...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 16, 2016

Diesel spill at Paxson Lake is second for oil hauling trucking firm

A tanker truck hauling diesel overturned near Paxson Lake Saturday, the second such incident on the Richardson Highway in less than a month. Responders determined that 276 gallons of ultra-low sulfur...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 16, 2016

Black mold issues in city hall may force some departments off site

Black mold in city hall could force some city departments to temporarily move operations out of city hall according to a preliminary report to city council. The report, authored by Todd Wegner, the...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    November 16, 2016

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Waived fees GCI customers with friends or family in New Zealand will be able to call home at no charge after a deadly earthquake Monday rattled the nation's South Island. "...General Communication...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    November 16, 2016

A visit to one of Earth's great canyons in a sub

People wait years for permits to raft the Grand Canyon. Michelle Ridgway once visited a much larger canyon in Alaska, one that most people will never hear about. Zhemchug Canyon, 20 percent longer and deeper than Grand Canyon, is a t-shaped cut in...

 
 By MARK THIESSEN    Main News    November 9, 2016

Gov. Walker announced he has a "highly treatable" form of cancer

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday that he has a treatable form of prostate cancer, but said it won't prevent him from performing his duties as governor. Walker, 65, told reporters that he was...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 9, 2016

Free energy credit: coming to a utility bill near you

Registration is open at City Hall for the city's popular energy assistance program. It is not a needs-based program or a charity, but is does pay a one-time $550 credit towards energy bills for all eligible Valdez households. Registration is open...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    November 9, 2016

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Check in the mail Members of Copper Valley Telecom's cooperative will be receiving a total of $2.7 million in capital credit checks this month according to Tabitha Gregory, the cooperative's chief customer relations officer. "This amount is...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 2, 2016

First legal pot sale in Alaska took place in Valdez Saturday

Michael Holcombe of Valdez made history Saturday as Alaska's first legal buyer of marijuana. Herbal Outfitters - Alaska's second store to receive a business license to legally sell pot, - was the...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    November 2, 2016

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Big crash A compact car crashed directly into an apartment building on W. Klutina Monday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle and at least one passenger were transported to Providence Valdez Medical...

 
 Main News    November 2, 2016

Alaskans less generous with this year's free money

(AP) The Alaska Community Foundation says fewer people have decided to give up portions of their annual oil wealth check to support nonprofit organizations this year. The foundation's Pick.Click.Give. program allows Alaskans to donate some of the mon...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    November 2, 2016

Birds employ numerous winter survival strategies

Biologist Susan Sharbaugh, formerly of the Alaska Bird Observatory, once spoke about the strategies birds employ to survive in our season of darkness and cold. She talked about the flighty birds that...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 26, 2016

Absentee ballots can be cast between now and election day at city hall

Absentee voting began at city hall this week for Alaska House, U.S. president and two Congressional seats. Voters in Valdez can cast a ballot in person during regular business hours, 8:30 am. to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. In the race for the...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    October 26, 2016

Big State truck overturns and spills fuel on the Richardson Highway

Responders have collected an estimated 350 gallons of mixed fuel oil and water from a spill that occurred when a fuel trailer overturned Friday into an old channel of a river bed along the Richardson Highway, according to the state Department of...

 
 Main News    October 26, 2016

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Arch is placed The arch greeting motorists as they head into town from the Richardson Highway was installed Friday. The arch spans the Richardson Highway and is backlit with the words "Valdez,...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    October 26, 2016

Engineering adaptations to high water in vulnerable communities

After Hurricane Ike in 2008 shoved six feet of water into downtown Galveston, Texas, people there had the attention of all America. But two days later, lawyers for Lehman Brothers filed the largest ba...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 19, 2016

Energy assistance program will continue for the coming year

Valdez residents who have a residential electricity or fuel bill will receive a $550 credit again this winter after the Valdez City Council directed city administration to fund the assistance program. The move came after funding for the program was...

 

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