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 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 29, 2015 

Gov. Walker to attend Gold Rush parade Sunday

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Rep. Jim Colver will host an open house in Valdez this Sunday. Angela Stephl, legislative aid to Colver, said the two elected officials will host the open house at the Valdez Civic Center this Sunday, August 2, from 1-2 p....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 29, 2015 

Homeschool program in Valdez offers highest allotment

The homeschool program in Valdez pays the highest allotment to pay for education students at home – despite what you may read in the newspaper. The board of education for Valdez City Schools got a good laugh Monday night at its regular meeting...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 29, 2015 

Exotic pet habitat expansion underway at animal shelter

Did you know parrots and turtles can live to be over sixty years old? So can koi and goldfish. Oh, and those cute little creatures can grow to be over three feet long. Iguanas can grow to over six...

 
 By Lee Revos    Main News    July 29, 2015 

News Briefs

Coast Guard responds to distressed boat A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Valdez responded to a 30-foot fishing vessel taking on water near Valdez, Monday according to a press release issued by the...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 29, 2015 

Red-backed voles climb into scientific literature

A few years ago, Link Olson wanted students in his mammalogy class to see one of the neatest little creatures in Alaska, the northern flying squirrel. He baited a few live traps with peanut butter rolled in oats and placed them in spruce trees. When...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 22, 2015

Interim city manager takes helm in Valdez

The new interim city manager made a quiet debut in Valdez Monday. With a warm handshake and friendly smile, Jean circulated through the city council chambers Monday night before taking a seat in the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 22, 2015

APOC fine a recommendation – not final Verfaillie says

Darryl Verfaillie, who was investigated by the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) for violating campaign regulations, say he has not actually been fined by the watch dog group. "To be clear – I have not been fined anything to date," Vefaillie...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 22, 2015

Marijuana in Valdez: council looks at local laws

A special work session held to discuss local marijuana regulation was held in Valdez Monday night. By consensus, council decided to make the council itself the local regulatory body and it is expected that an ordinance will be brought up for a vote...

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 22, 2015

Silver salmon derby opens while pinks take a bow

Salmon took center stage in Valdez last weekend. The silver salmon derby opened for competition and youngsters from far and wide lined the shores Saturday for the eighth annual pink salmon derby for...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 22, 2015

Alaska's wildfires and the changing boreal forest

In late July, more than 300 wildfires are burning in Alaska. With burned acreage totals one month ahead of the historic 2004 fire season, summer 2015 is again the year of the wildfire. Many scientists are not surprised. In papers written a few years...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 15, 2015

Fine imposed for write-in election mailer

A community leader in Valdez is being fined by the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) after the state's election watchdog agency found he violated two provisions governing state rules regarding...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 15, 2015

Halibut weighing 253.8 pounds takes the lead

The biggest halibut of the 2015 Valdez Halibut Derby season was caught on a jig Friday. Fred Hyder of Willow was fishing on the "Jaime Lynn" with a group of friends from Tennessee and Kentucky when...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 15, 2015

Security zone warning issued to Valdez boaters

The US Coast Guard is spreading the word that all boaters – recreational and commercial - must stay out of the security zone surrounding the Valdez Marine Terminal in Port Valdez. This includes a 200-foot security zone around all oil tankers, the...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 15, 2015

Northern woods filled with potential drug possibilities

Saplings of the Alaska paper birch tree produce a sticky resin on new branches that discourages snowshoe hares from eating them. Some scientists think that such chemical defenses might be useful drugs and a natural resource for Alaskans to tap. Tom...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 8, 2015

Prince William Sound College still community friendly

Prince William Sound College is dropping community from its name only according to its president, Dan O'Connor. The move comes one year after the board of regents for the University of Alaska...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 8, 2015

Interim city manager hired by city council

Robert Jean of University Place, Washington will be the interim city manager in Valdez beginning July 20. The Valdez City Council approved a six-month contract with Jean during its regular meeting Monday night. On June 30, the council held a special...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 8, 2015

Ling cod a bonus during Halibut Derby season

The first of July was a wonderful day of fishing for Marlin Gogowich of Stoney Plain, Canada. Gogowich reeled in a trophy-size ling cod weighing 57.4 pounds on the opening day for ling cod in Prince...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 8, 2015

Willow rose hosts insect drama within its beauty

From the more-you-look-the-more-you-see file, I present the willow rose. The willow rose is lovely, green, and unexpected, its whirled petals gracing the top of Alaska willows like the most delicate blossom in the cooler of a flower shop. But this...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 1, 2015

Some services will be closed July 3

Check your prescription medications and get your business with government offices done early this week: many in Valdez will be taking July 3 off as a holiday. It is common for civil servants to...

 
 By For the Star    Main News    July 1, 2015

Ferry system's upcoming schedule up for review

The public is invited to comment on the new ferry schedule. The announcement came last week from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The Valdez Star has received numerous...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 1, 2015

Halibut derby winners are nabbing large fish

Scott Widdison of Meridian, Idaho reeled in a 194.2 pound halibut June 22 aboard the "Jaime Lynn" to take the lead in the Valdez Halibut Derby. Jeffrey Gropp of Berlin, Wisconsin is currently in second-place overall with the 170.2 pound flat fish he...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 1, 2015

Water fountains in the tundra spawn theories

While tight-roping on tussock heads in a bog off the Chandalar River, two companions and I heard a waterfall. Strange. Looking through binoculars, we saw a knee-high fountain of clear water in the tundra. The flow was as thick as your leg. We...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 24, 2015

High waters in Valdez raise concerns around town

Flood watchers in Valdez have had their hands full the past weeks as local waterways rise and fall. The Glacier Stream raised concerns last week when a channel that normally runs low ran high,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 24, 2015

Dry conditions has police chief rethinking July 4th fireworks

Bill Comer is hoping for rain. And lots of it. Comer, Valdez police chief, is responsible for suspending Fourth of July fireworks for private citizens in the event weather conditions are creating a fire danger. With recent wildfires raging across...

 
 By Ron Holmstrom    Main News    June 24, 2015

Wrap-Up for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference

It seems like the Last Frontier Theatre Conference has really hit its stride for this 23rd edition. Regardless of whatever minor emergencies (if any) may have occurred behind the scenes, the program...

 

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