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 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 

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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...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 23, 2014 

Kids and pinks like peas in a pod

Organizers say there is nothing better than the happy shout of a child with a fish on their line and Saturday there was plenty of hooting and hollering both from shore and from boats in Port Valdez....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 23, 2014 

Stranded hikers rescued by National Guard helicopter

Five unprepared hikers were rescued from a mountain ledge in the Mineral Creek area last Thursday after spending the night on the peak. The five hikers, four men and one woman, were unable to get off...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 16, 2014

Ready, set, vote: Election season is here

Candidates and issues in the upcoming statewide elections are saturating online advertising and TV, but the quieter and gentler Valdez municipal elections are just around the corner. Elections for mayor, three city council seats and three school...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 16, 2014

Fireweed 400 rolled in under heavy cloud cover

It's typical for the weather to act strange in Alaska, especially in the Valdez. During last week's Fireweed 400, it seems as though someone was playing with the switch that controlled the rain and su...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 16, 2014

Tracking salmon to their birth streams

Strontium is a trace element and mineral people use to make glow-in-the-dark paints and toothpaste for sensitive teeth. In research for his college degree, Sean Brennan used strontium's unique qualities to track salmon in an Alaska river. At...

 
 Main News    July 16, 2014

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New pastor tends small flock in Valdez Glennallen faithful also served by volunteer for Seventh Day Adventists A new pastor has been quietly tending a small flock of believers in Valdez. "I came to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 9, 2014

Big bucks allocated in city's midyear budget adjustment

The city budget got a $13.469 million boost Monday after the city manager presented the mid-year budget adjustment to the council. The city council sets its budget before the end of the year on an annual basis, but it is based on projected revenues....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 9, 2014

Police flummoxed by nuisance marmot

Valdez police are on the lookout for a fugitive from justice that has made off with thousands of dollars in city-owned property. The suspect is described as having short brown hair with gray streaks...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 9, 2014

On your mark: Fireweed 400 rolling to town

There will be no changes in this year's Fireweed 400, which will be rolling into Valdez this weekend. Ben Ball has taken over as race director for the event and he is no stranger the race. Before...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 9, 2014

Capsized boat prompts rescue by Coasties

The US Coast Guard is investigating why a seiner tipped over in the waters outside the small boat harbor in Valdez. "We'll know more once the boat is out of the water," said Lt. Allie Ferko of the US...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 9, 2014

North Pole anglers topped derby last week

Two North Pole anglers hit the leader board during the week of the 4th of July, winning first and second place for the week's standings in the Valdez Halibut Derby. Steve Huisman of North Pole, reeled in a 158.2 pound halibut aboard the Otter Dodger...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 9, 2014

The mystery of 53 dead caribou in the Alaska Range

Forty-two years ago, an Army helicopter pilot flying over a tundra plateau saw a group of caribou. Thinking something looked weird, he circled for a closer look. The animals, dozens of them, were dead...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 2, 2014

New harbor funding decisions looming

Plans for the new small boat harbor in Valdez are moving ahead and city administration is preparing to present funding options to elected officials next week. City manager John Hozey said he is looking to present three different funding options to...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 2, 2014

New Port Commander takes the helm at MSU

Port Valdez has a new Port Commander. The US Coast Guard held a traditional Change of Command ceremony at the Valdez Civic Center Friday. The emotionally charged event saw Commander Joseph T. Lally re...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 2, 2014

Sparrows in Alaska sleep little during migration

Each fall, white-crowned sparrows hop off branches in Alaska and begin journeys toward California, Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas. On their trip of several weeks, flying mostly at night, the tiny songbirds may cut back on their sleep by two-third...

 
 Main News    July 2, 2014

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Food bank for kids The Valdez Food Bank announced last month that it will be providing free snacks to needy youngsters this summer. "In an effort to help feed hungry children throughout the summer...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 25, 2014

Bicyclist hit by distracted driver Thursday

A local lawyer's dream of cycling in next month's Fireweed 400 was dashed after he was hit by a car Thursday evening while out for a ride. Eric Auten, looking a little worse for wear Friday, said...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 25, 2014

Itemized work on gas line confidential

The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act has left the building. The 2008 legislation backed by former Gov. Sarah Palin that awarded TransCanada an exclusive license and state-funded backing to study the feasibility of marketing Alaska’s vast natural gas...

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 25, 2014

Two hundred pound halibut raises the bar

The first halibut exceeding two-hundred pounds in the 2014 derby season was weighed in last week. Scott Hebig of Wasilla won bragging rights – and some extra dough – after bringing in a 203.6 pound flatfish a week ago Monday. In addition to...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    June 25, 2014

Number of Alaska glaciers is everchanging

A glaciologist once wrote that the number of glaciers in Alaska "is estimated at (greater than) 100,000." That fuzzy number, perhaps written in passive voice for a reason, might be correct. But it...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 18, 2014

John Devens passed away in Copper Valley home

A Valdez icon died last week. John Devens, age 74, was reportedly found dead Friday at his home in the Copper Valley. According to the Associated Press, he is survived by his son John Devens and daughter-in-law, Terry; his daughter Jerilyn Devens;...

 

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