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 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 16, 2017 

Marijuana ban will be lone proposition on this May's ballot

Have you ever wanted to run for an elected position in city government? If so, now is the time to begin the process to run for a seat on the city council or board of education because Valdez is...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    February 16, 2017 

Income tax and use of Permanent Fund earnings in Alaska House bill

JUNEAU - A fiscal plan proposed by Alaska House leaders Friday would reinstitute a personal state income tax for the first time in decades and use earnings from Alaska's oil-wealth fund to help pay for government. It's not the first bill this session...

 
 Main News    February 16, 2017 

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Ice climbing Get out your axes and gear and climb the ice. That is word from Levitation 49, the group sponsoring this week's Ice Climbing Festival. Registration for the events is slated to begin Frida...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    February 16, 2017 

Cold War inspired first launch from Poker Flat in Alaska

When they launch, the four rockets now pointed northward from Poker Flat Research Range will add to the 345 that have arced over northern Alaska during the past 48 years. Recently, Chuck Deehr remembered number one. Deehr is a retired space...

 
 Main News    February 16, 2017 

Ice climbing conditions dangerous

Levitation 49 regrets to announce ice climbing activities this weekend Feb. 17 - 20 have been cancelled. At this time, thin ice with intermittent open water makes it inadvisable to attempt to cross the Lowe River to reach climbs at Bridal Veil and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 8, 2017

Cash to spruce up downtown businesses available with a city grant

A city-run program designed to encourage downtown businesses and building owners to upgrade and improve the esthetics of their properties is once again ready to dish out some cash. Applications for the 2017 Downtown Beautification Matching Grant...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    February 8, 2017

Outcry about crime in Alaska spurs changes to last year's reforms

JUNEAU-The Alaska Senate, amid public outcry about crime in the state, is eyeing changes to sweeping criminal justice legislation passed last year. North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill, who sponsored the new law, said several areas have emerged...

 
 Main News    February 8, 2017

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LIO is open The Legislative Information Office (LIO) in Valdez is open during regular business hours at the State Building on Meals Ave. Sharon Lawrence, a long-time staffer of the office, says the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 8, 2017

Elks Tournament starts Thursday morning with lots of hoop action

Valdez is winding up for the highly anticipated Elk's Tournament - a long-running basketball tradition. The action starts at the Valdez High School gym early Thursday morning, when the girls team from...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    February 8, 2017

Sleuthing the site of a century-old earthquake in the north

The second-largest earthquake on the planet in 1904 happened somewhere in Alaska. It could have been St. Michael, Rampart, Fairbanks, Coldfoot or a place called Sunrise on the Kenai Peninsula. People felt the magnitude 7.3 at each place. If an...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 1, 2017

Overdose claims life of woman famous for daring cat rescue in 2014

A young woman who became a folk hero to animal lovers has become a victim to Alaska's opioid crisis. Kristana Clark, age 25, died in Glennallen on January 16, after troopers say she allegedly died of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 1, 2017

Keeping it clean: group begins campaign to respect Thompson Pass

A group active in year-round outdoor activities is beginning a campaign to urge backcountry visitors to Thompson Pass to clean up after themselves - and respect others while enjoying the great outdoor...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    February 1, 2017

Hiring freeze reconsidered, tweaked by Gov. Walkers office

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker's office has tweaked its policy on state agency hiring restrictions, shifting decision-making authority from Walker's chief of staff to state commissioners. John Hozey, a deputy chief of staff to Walker, said in an...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    February 1, 2017

Lack of sea ice and Lower 48 weather are interconnected

Last month, villagers in Savoonga landed a bowhead whale. Before 2017, in every January people can remember, sea ice surrounded St. Lawrence Island, locking it in for the winter. Boat-launching and...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 25, 2017

Walker spoke to Alaskans in the State of the State address

JUNEAU- Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Wednesday urged lawmakers to end the bickering and get down to the serious business of resolving the state's budget crisis, challenging them to put forth a plan if they don't like what he's proposed. Walker said...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 25, 2017

Fire guts family home but town rallies to show its support

A family was left out in the cold after their home burned down Thursday, but warm-hearted people are again going the extra mile to ensure they know Valdez is home. The city's public information...

 
 Main News    January 25, 2017

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Town skiing Pete Toye, coach of the Buccaneer ski team, helped the high school skiers host the third of its open freestyle skiing competitions that is open to all skiers, the Town Series. "As always,...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    January 25, 2017

Scientists try to mitigate methane - from cows

Many creatures, including you and me, emit methane from time to time. Microbes within our guts break down one substance and turn it into another, making methane in the process. Northern lakes and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 18, 2017

Snowfall snarled Valdez traffic during first big snowstorm of the season

Valdez is still behind its historic snow averages for January, despite the snowstorm that began Friday and continued through Monday. Forty inches of snow fell on the town as of early Monday morning, with additional snowfall coming down throughout...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 18, 2017

Rifts remain as Alaska legislators see urgency in budget work

JUNEAU - Alaska legislators agree on the need to address the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit. But rifts remain over how best to do that, with divisions forming over taxes, how much to keep...

 
 Main News    January 18, 2017

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Play auditions Ever wanted to give acting a try? The drama department at Prince Williams Sound College is holding auditions for its upcoming play - and it is open to everyone in Valdez who is over the age of 16. Auditions will be held next Tuesday,...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    January 18, 2017

An open letter to deep Interior cold weather

Hello old friend. I thought you were dead. Sorry, but remember last year, when you didn't show up? It was the first recorded winter in Fairbanks when the thermometer at the airport didn't register...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 11, 2017

Winter-based activities take front and center this winter season

Sporting events, winter safety events and classes and numerous other outdoor activities will be coming to Valdez in the coming weeks and months. While Valdez is a well-known destination for extreme skiers and snowboarders, there are many organized...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 11, 2017

Money matters weight heavy on Gov. Walker's shoulders in 2017

JUNEAU: Alaska's first independent governor enters the second half of his term with unfinished business: resolving the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit. It's not quite what the onetime mayor of rural Valdez had in mind when he campaigned fo...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 11, 2017

Weekend winds caused scattered damage throughout Valdez

Valdez is famous for its snow, but high winds are also a common weather problem year round - and last week saw plenty of it. The town had warning of the coming weather. The city's public information...

 

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