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 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...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 28, 2015 

Snow last weekend was heaviest of the season

Despite last weekend's snowstorm, Valdez is lagging behind and not living up to its reputation as the snow capital of North America. While the National Weather Service is struggling to provide online...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 28, 2015 

Lawmakers grapple with deficits and voter mandates

The Alaska Legislature begins its first full week of work Monday after an intense start to the new session. The state has a new governor, Bill Walker. And his State of the State and State of the...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    January 28, 2015 

Digging up Augustine's top-heavy legacy

Augustine Volcano sits alone, a 4,000-foot pyramid on its own island in Cook Inlet. Like many volcanoes, it has a tendency to become top heavy. When gravity acts on Augustine's over-steepened dome,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 21, 2015

Lisa Stroh resigns from Petersburg post

Lisa Stroh, the former superintendent of Valdez City Schools, has left her post in Petersburg before finishing her first year at the job. Stroh, who left her position as superintendent of Valdez City...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 21, 2015

Drug testing policy up for public scrutiny

A date has been set for officials and the public to review the school district's current drug testing policy. This Thursday, a panel organized by Jim Nygaard, superintendent of Valdez City Schools, will convene to take a closer look at the districts...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 21, 2015

New harbor project going full steam ahead

After 15 years of behind the scenes efforts, the dream of a new boat harbor in Valdez is becoming a reality. Sometimes reality hurts. The Valdez City Council held a work session Tuesday night before...

 
 Main News    January 21, 2015

News Briefs

Qaniq Challenge A total of 31 skiers hit the ski trails last weekend for the city sponsored Qaniq Challenge, a two-day race on two different trails with a big purse and small amount of snow. Top finishers in the women's and men's divisions in the 35...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 21, 2015

Big questions weigh down on the Legislature

The big question to answer during the first days of the Legislature: How low will oil prices go? Plunging prices have contributed to massive budget deficits that cuts alone can't erase. Alaska has billions of dollars in its constitutional budget...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    January 21, 2015

Tidal stresses and giant earthquakes

A scientist once noticed a connection between the stress that tides inflict on the planet and the number of small earthquakes that happen in some areas when that pressure is greatest. She saw a...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 14, 2015

Qaniq Challenge not weather dependent director says

A city-sponsored ski challenge will take place in Valdez this week, no matter what the weather conditions are. So says Darryl Verfaillie, the city's parks and recreation director. "It's rain or shine,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 14, 2015

New credit card policy passed by school board

The board of education on Monday passed a policy to govern how school employees use credit cards. The move comes on the heels of a finding by the district’s auditors who said that former superintendent Lisa Stroh had double-dipped when she took...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 14, 2015

Drug testing policy at schools to be reviewed by panel

Drug testing of students attending Valdez City Schools is not a dead issue. District superintendent Jim Nygaard is hoping to hold a panel discussion on the district's existing drug testing policy. "The best I could hope for would be a community...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 14, 2015

Permanent Fund Dividend eyed for constitutional protection

An Anchorage lawmaker is proposing a constitutional amendment to further protect the Alaska Permanent Fund and the dividend that most Alaskans receiving simply for living here. The proposal, from Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski, was among the...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    January 14, 2015

Far-out science at giant gathering on Earth and space

Following a press conference at the enormous fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, an unusual sound was heard in a room of reporters: Applause. Writers and videographers...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 7, 2015

Mushers ready for Copper Basin 300 this Saturday

One of Alaska's most challenging sled dog races is slated to begin in Glennallen this week. No it's not the Iditarod, but mushers that are able to complete the challenge of the Copper Basin 300 can chalk up their race experience to qualify for the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 7, 2015

Fuel spill cleanup on highway continuing for awhile

Clean up efforts for the December 9 fuel spill on the Richardson Highway will be ongoing for some time DEC officials said Monday. Drivers can expect delays during daylight hours around Mile 48 for...

 
 Main News    January 7, 2015

News Briefs

Ski trail closing Ski trails from Mineral Creek Rd and the entire upper canyon will be closed this Friday and Saturday according to the Valdez Dept. of Parks and Recreation according to a press...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 7, 2015

First Valdez baby of 2015 born Saturday

Jennifer and Nate Smith are not just proud new parents. Their son, Nash Burza Smith, has the distinction of being the first baby born in Valdez in 2015. The baby's father says Buzra is a family name...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    January 7, 2015

Two tales of dynamic Alaska tundra

As pungent eucalyptus trees soaked up inches of California rain, a few researchers inside San Francisco's Moscone Center spoke of the treeless third of Alaska at the 2014 fall meeting of the American...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 7, 2015

Travel to Valdez discouraged by police department

Police are advising motorists and would-be road travelers to Valdez to just stay home if at all possible. Using the online based Nixle program which the department uses to communicate with people who have signed up on its website for information by e...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 31, 2014

Fuel truck rollover did not spill oil

A Crowley fuel truck rolled over serval times before coming to rest in a ditch at 10 Mile last week. Authorities say there was no associated fuel spill from the wreck, which occurred Monday, Dec. 22 i...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 31, 2014

Using mice to track human migration to Alaska

The Valdez Museum is acting as a middleman for an unusual research project that asks people to donate the ears of house mice to track migration to Alaska. House mice, of the species mus muculus, are...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 31, 2014

Changes announced for Governor's meet and greet

Organizers of Saturday’s Meet and Greet for Gov. Bill Walker and first lady Donna Walker are encouraging everyone in Valdez to come shake hands with the first family. The event will take place Saturday, January 3, from 1-3 p.m. at Gilson Middle...

 

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