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 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 19, 2017 

Chickens: commission to move forward to allowing yard fowl

Chicken lovers rejoice: a move by city officials to allow keeping fowl in residential neighborhoods is moving forward according to a report to the city's planning and zoning commissioners. Lisa Von Bargen, head of the city's economic development...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    April 19, 2017 

Oil revenue projections up for coming year but state still in a fix

JUNEAU - A forecast calling for higher-than-expected revenue this year and next will help Alaska's fiscal situation, but it doesn't eliminate the need for a comprehensive plan to address Alaska's multibillion-dollar deficit, the state revenue...

 
 Main News    April 19, 2017 

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Fiber optics Copper Valley Telecom - CVT- announced last week that it will resume its fiber optics upgrade project next month. Last summer, CVT began the massive project in the subdivisions in town by...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 12, 2017

Liquor license protest will be contingent on sale according to council

The paws of Three Bears Corporation are being held to the fire. The Valdez City Council - which had announced it would protest the renewal of a package liquor store license held in Valdez by the Alaskan warehouse grocery chain - voted last week to...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    April 12, 2017

Alaska session expected to run long with big issues pending

JUNEAU,- Alaska legislative leaders on Friday said they plan to work beyond the voter-approved 90-day session limit because the state budget and elements of a deficit-reduction plan are unresolved....

 
 Main News    April 12, 2017

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Pot put off (AP) Alaska marijuana regulators have delayed discussion about onsite use until next month. The board was to consider Wednesday whether to move forward with proposed rules for allowing retail pot customers to consume their purchases on...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 12, 2017

Help for needy kids

Summer fun for kids is essential, and the city's parks and recreation department knows that not all families can afford the nominal fees the city charges for its programs and other activities. With this in mind, scholarships for kids under the age...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    April 5, 2017

Some cry fowl at public hearing held by P & Z regarding chickens

Chickens are stirring the pot in Valdez. The city's Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing in March to take testimony from Valdez residents on whether or not it will recommend the city council pass an ordinance that would allow people...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 5, 2017

Marijuana proponents make their views known around town

No on Prop 1 signs are peppering lawns, snow banks and buildings throughout Valdez. Proposition 1, a ballot measure that will be put to Valdez voters in the May 2 municipal elections, asks voters to repeal city zoning ordinances that were enacted...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 5, 2017

Group looks for volunteers, employees for outdoors this summer

The snow is melting, and many folks are itching to get outdoors and get a jump on summer. Organizers with Levitation 49 - the public service group that began managing some of the state's campgrounds...

 
 Main News    April 5, 2017

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Feast fundraiser The annual scholarship fundraiser for Prince William Sound College will be held this Saturday - and organizers say it will be a first - despite the fact it has held scholarship...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    April 5, 2017

Winter cyclist blazes an 1,800-mile trail in 1800 mile adventure

On a sunny afternoon in Nome, Jeff Oatley stepped off his fat bike. That day, for the first time since before the Super Bowl, he had nowhere to ride tomorrow. On March 7, Oatley, with his wife Heather Best (who rode a few hundred miles of choice trai...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 29, 2017

Snow does not dampen spirits during earthquake remembrance

A little snow did not stop several dozen people from gathering Monday to remember those who died as a result of the Good Friday Earthquake of 1964. The words "It was not a snow day," was said...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 29, 2017

Liquor license held by Three Bears will be contested by City of Valdez

City authorities are not backing the renewal of an inactive package liquor license held by the owners of a defunct warehouse grocery chain. The City of Valdez says it plans to protest the renewal of the license held by Three Bears. According to...

 
 Main News    March 29, 2017

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Register now The deadline to update or register to vote in May 2 municipal elections is looming large. In order to cast a valid ballot in the municipal elections, a voter must be registered with a...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    March 29, 2017

A look back: Feet on the ground right after Alaska's big one

(Editor's note: this column first appeared in 2014, for the 50th anniversary of the great quake.) On March 27, 1964, California geologist George Plafker was attending a research conference in Seattle...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 22, 2017

Earthquake Remembrance is slated for Monday on the city dock

Everyone is welcome to join the 53-year remembrance Monday, to honor those who died as a result of the Great Earthquake of 1964. "Join the Pioneers of Alaska to remember those lost," organizers said...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 22, 2017

Candidates for city council, school board, finalized last week

The names of candidates seeking election to the city council and board of education was finalized by the clerk's office last week. Doug Davies, Lon Needles (incumbent), Carl Hedman, Ron Ruff, Sue Elle...

 
 Main News    March 22, 2017

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Tsunami alert Valdez is one of the many communities that will test tsunami warning capabilities next week according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "The National Weather...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    March 22, 2017

Squirrels somehow predict Spruce seed bonanza

Stan Boutin has climbed more than 5,000 spruce trees in the last 30 years. He's fallen only once, and he has often returned to the forest floor knowing if a ball of twigs and moss contained newborn red squirrel pups. Over the years, those squirrels...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 15, 2017

VHS basketball teams heading to state championships next week

Fans of Buccaneer basketball, rejoice. Both the girls and boys teams will be heading to Anchorage next week for the state championships. The Lady Buccaneers took the top spot during the Region III...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 15, 2017

Marijuana retailer fighting ballot measure to outlaw sales locally

Alaska's only continuously-open retail marijuana outlet is preparing to fight against an upcoming ballot measure that - if passed - will force its doors to close. Herbal Outfitters is passes out...

 
 Main News    March 15, 2017

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Mayor's Cup The Mayor's Cup - the 200 mile snowmachine race that pays out $10,000 to winners - will feature a first-ever 100-mile snowbike race this year. Registration for the races - including the pro, semi-pro, vets, women's, snow bike and vintage...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    March 15, 2017

Far-north mallards thriving on the edge in sub-zero temperatures

With dogs' breath fogging the 30-below zero air at their knees, 71 Iditarod mushers steamed their way down the frozen Chena River in Fairbanks on March 6. Upstream, just a few miles behind them, 500 d...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 8, 2017

Few takers on the ballot far in the upcoming municipal elections

The deadline to file a petition to run for a seat on city council and the board of education is 5 p.m. Thursday - and as of Monday, there have been few takers for the job. There is a thirty-day...

 

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