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 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 29, 2014 

Cop stars in marijuana legalization commercial

The quest to legalize marijuana in Alaska and regulate it like alcohol gained a high profile advocate in recent weeks. Jess Gondek, a ten-year veteran with the Valdez Police Dept., has been appearing...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 29, 2014 

Mudslinging ends Tuesday after general elections

Robocalls, excessive junk mail and incessant political advertising will abate next week after Tuesday's general elections. After months of mudslinging, voters will be able to decide who will be...

 
 By RACHEL D ORO    Main News    October 29, 2014 

Group exposes voting histories of Alaska residents

ANCHORAGE-Scores of Alaska voters have received letters and emails that detail whether the recipients and people they know voted in recent elections. The messages from an elusive group calling itself the Alaska State Voter Program say the lists will...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 29, 2014 

A green way to deal with carbon dioxide

Last week, I wrote about a thought experiment proposed by Fairbanks scientist Jim Beget. He suggests raining down crystals of a compound that captures carbon dioxide onto a frigid plateau in...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 22, 2014

Tough round of meetings facing new council

A new mayor and a new council member were sworn into office Monday night, and the group will face a challenging – and time consuming – round of upcoming meetings in the coming weeks. "The new...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 22, 2014

Fierce defender of Valdez passes the gavel

City government said goodbye to one of its staunchest supporters Monday night when Mayor Dave Cobb passed the gavel to the newly elected mayor, Larry Weaver. "My official last duty will be to take a break," Cobb joked Monday night after Weaver was sw...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 22, 2014

A cool idea for locking up carbon dioxide

Jim Beget spends much of his time digging for clues from long ago, like when a volcanic island might have collapsed into the sea, sending giant waves to distant shores. He will soon engage in debate on a contemporary question: before carbon dioxide...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 22, 2014

Archway design for Egan Dr. nears completion

Design plans for enhancements to Egan Dr. are moving towards completion. Monday night, the council approved an amendment, at a cost of $53,000, to the design that will bring the project to 100...

 
 Main News    October 22, 2014

News Briefs

Parnell plans for possible Ebola outbreak (AP) Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska is at low risk for Ebola infections but he says the risk is real and the state is taking steps to be prepared. Parnell...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 15, 2014

Review of city's personnel regulations is coming

An independent third-party review of the city's human resources regulations is coming to city hall after a council discussion a week ago Monday. The move came at the behest of council members Dennis Fleming and Ruth Knight, who asked that council...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 15, 2014

Dates not set for student drug testing hearings

The board of education did not set a date for public hearings or a firm time for a first reading of the proposed drug testing policy that has been proposed by the superintendent. "We're going to aim...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 15, 2014

Flu drill moves to elementary school this year

Free flu shots will available to the public this Saturday. Instead of the annual city-wide flu shot drills that have been held in the evenings at the hospital for several years running, this year free flu shots will be made available to the public...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 15, 2014

Northern Alaska joins the cryosphere

It's mid-October, 118 miles from the Arctic Circle. Time for a walk to work. Since I last wrote about my three-mile commute through the raindrops of August, the 1,100 acres of boreal forest between...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 8, 2014

Weaver elected mayor with popular vote Tuesday

Larry Weaver was elected mayor of Valdez by popular vote Tuesday night after the final count in the municipal elections. Weaver bested opponent Rich Long after all 768 ballots were counted Tuesday....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 8, 2014

Bill Walker's bio omitted from official election pamphlet

Independent governor candidate Bill Walker's name is on the ballot, but his biography and photo are nowhere to be found in the state's official election pamphlet. The Division of Elections neglected t...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 8, 2014

Council passes 2012 compromise for oil properties

A purposeful move was made by the Valdez City Council Monday to address the ongoing dispute between municipalities, the State of Alaska and oil producers regarding the taxable value of TAPS, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. In early 2012, the Valdez...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 8, 2014

Fire on the mountain near the Yukon River

A smoking mountain near the Yukon River not far from Eagle is, after further study, still a puzzle. People first noticed acrid smoke in September 2012. The mountain has been steaming ever since, even...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 1, 2014

Guilty verdict rendered in 2013 stabbing case

A Valdez Superior Court jury convicted Robert Goldstein, age 36, on assault and drug charges last week, dismissing testimony by the defendant he acted in self-defense when he stabbed his victim outsid...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 1, 2014

Elections are Tuesday for mayor, council and school board

Two very important issues are on the ballot for Tuesday's municipal elections. Valdez voters will elect a new mayor, Rich Long or Larry Weaver, and decide whether or not the city will bond up to $20...

 
 By Charlotte Westing    Main News    October 1, 2014

Don't be a ninny and shoot a nannie

Road system mountain goat hunts are generally very popular due to their relative convenience and affordability. However, these hunts are challenging to manage because they generally have a small...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 1, 2014

Why was interior Alaska green during the last ice age?

During our planet's most recent cold period, a slab of ice smothered Manhattan. Canada looked like Antarctica but with no protruding mountains. When the last glacial maximum peaked about 20,000 years ago, most of the continent - from the Arctic...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 24, 2014

Drug testing discussions get go-ahead by school board

The board of education gave the superintendent the nod to proceed with bringing a drug testing program to the public and the board Monday night. The thumbs up came from board members Dr. Kathy Todd, D...

 
 Main News    September 24, 2014

News Briefs

Shakers rock Valdez Valdez residents were abuzz Thursday morning when a 6.25 magnitude earthquake was felt throughout the area. The Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer originally pegged the shaker at...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 24, 2014

Design of new boat harbor approved by council

A new boat harbor in Valdez came one step closer to reality after the Valdez City Council voted in favor of moving forward by approving a plan to design the project. The first phase of development plans for the new harbor was approved a week ago...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 24, 2014

Airways welcome news director to KCHU

There is a fresh voice delivering news in Valdez after KCHU public radio welcomed Marcia Lynn to its staff. Lynn took over the position of news director at the station a week ago Monday. "It's a unique opportunity," Lynn said in an interview at the s...

 

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