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 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 16, 2014 

Ready, set, vote: Election season is here

Candidates and issues in the upcoming statewide elections are saturating online advertising and TV, but the quieter and gentler Valdez municipal elections are just around the corner. Elections for mayor, three city council seats and three school...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 16, 2014 

Fireweed 400 rolled in under heavy cloud cover

It's typical for the weather to act strange in Alaska, especially in the Valdez. During last week's Fireweed 400, it seems as though someone was playing with the switch that controlled the rain and su...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 16, 2014 

Tracking salmon to their birth streams

Strontium is a trace element and mineral people use to make glow-in-the-dark paints and toothpaste for sensitive teeth. In research for his college degree, Sean Brennan used strontium's unique qualities to track salmon in an Alaska river. At...

 
 Main News    July 16, 2014 

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New pastor tends small flock in Valdez Glennallen faithful also served by volunteer for Seventh Day Adventists A new pastor has been quietly tending a small flock of believers in Valdez. "I came to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 9, 2014

Big bucks allocated in city's midyear budget adjustment

The city budget got a $13.469 million boost Monday after the city manager presented the mid-year budget adjustment to the council. The city council sets its budget before the end of the year on an annual basis, but it is based on projected revenues....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 9, 2014

Police flummoxed by nuisance marmot

Valdez police are on the lookout for a fugitive from justice that has made off with thousands of dollars in city-owned property. The suspect is described as having short brown hair with gray streaks...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 9, 2014

On your mark: Fireweed 400 rolling to town

There will be no changes in this year's Fireweed 400, which will be rolling into Valdez this weekend. Ben Ball has taken over as race director for the event and he is no stranger the race. Before...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 9, 2014

Capsized boat prompts rescue by Coasties

The US Coast Guard is investigating why a seiner tipped over in the waters outside the small boat harbor in Valdez. "We'll know more once the boat is out of the water," said Lt. Allie Ferko of the US...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    July 9, 2014

North Pole anglers topped derby last week

Two North Pole anglers hit the leader board during the week of the 4th of July, winning first and second place for the week's standings in the Valdez Halibut Derby. Steve Huisman of North Pole, reeled in a 158.2 pound halibut aboard the Otter Dodger...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 9, 2014

The mystery of 53 dead caribou in the Alaska Range

Forty-two years ago, an Army helicopter pilot flying over a tundra plateau saw a group of caribou. Thinking something looked weird, he circled for a closer look. The animals, dozens of them, were dead...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 2, 2014

New harbor funding decisions looming

Plans for the new small boat harbor in Valdez are moving ahead and city administration is preparing to present funding options to elected officials next week. City manager John Hozey said he is looking to present three different funding options to...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    July 2, 2014

New Port Commander takes the helm at MSU

Port Valdez has a new Port Commander. The US Coast Guard held a traditional Change of Command ceremony at the Valdez Civic Center Friday. The emotionally charged event saw Commander Joseph T. Lally re...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 2, 2014

Sparrows in Alaska sleep little during migration

Each fall, white-crowned sparrows hop off branches in Alaska and begin journeys toward California, Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas. On their trip of several weeks, flying mostly at night, the tiny songbirds may cut back on their sleep by two-third...

 
 Main News    July 2, 2014

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Food bank for kids The Valdez Food Bank announced last month that it will be providing free snacks to needy youngsters this summer. "In an effort to help feed hungry children throughout the summer...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 25, 2014

Bicyclist hit by distracted driver Thursday

A local lawyer's dream of cycling in next month's Fireweed 400 was dashed after he was hit by a car Thursday evening while out for a ride. Eric Auten, looking a little worse for wear Friday, said...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 25, 2014

Itemized work on gas line confidential

The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act has left the building. The 2008 legislation backed by former Gov. Sarah Palin that awarded TransCanada an exclusive license and state-funded backing to study the feasibility of marketing Alaska’s vast natural gas...

 
 By From Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    June 25, 2014

Two hundred pound halibut raises the bar

The first halibut exceeding two-hundred pounds in the 2014 derby season was weighed in last week. Scott Hebig of Wasilla won bragging rights – and some extra dough – after bringing in a 203.6 pound flatfish a week ago Monday. In addition to...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    June 25, 2014

Number of Alaska glaciers is everchanging

A glaciologist once wrote that the number of glaciers in Alaska "is estimated at (greater than) 100,000." That fuzzy number, perhaps written in passive voice for a reason, might be correct. But it...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 18, 2014

John Devens passed away in Copper Valley home

A Valdez icon died last week. John Devens, age 74, was reportedly found dead Friday at his home in the Copper Valley. According to the Associated Press, he is survived by his son John Devens and daughter-in-law, Terry; his daughter Jerilyn Devens;...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 18, 2014

Hydro project breaks ground at Allison Creek site

Copper Valley Electric Association, CVEA, says ground work is underway for the long-planned Allison Creek Hydroelectric project. The project has been in the planning stages for several years and is...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 18, 2014

Mail used to send drugs to Valdez police say

Valdez police say a Valdez man is behind bars after receiving anonymous tips that he had been selling illegal drugs he’d been receiving through the US mail. Last Thursday, police say they arrested Thomas “Tommy” Watson, age 33, who is now...

 
 By Ron Holmstrom    Main News    June 18, 2014

Theatre Conference ends on high note yet again

The twenty-second edition of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference has ended with most participants hoping to return next year. After a full week of day and night workshops, play readings and evening performances, most were weary but happy. Although...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 18, 2014

Security zone warning issued to Valdez boaters

The US Coast Guard is spreading the word that all boaters must stay out of the security zone surrounding the Valdez Marine Terminal in Port Valdez. Fines for breaching the zone can cost hundreds of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 11, 2014

Billions at stake in latest oil property tax ruling

The value of TAPS – the Trans Alaska Pipeline System – is worth $10.2 billion. That is the current assessed value according to SARB, the State Assessment Review Board, which hears state property tax assessment appeals. This is good news for the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 11, 2014

Melissa Reese named new elementary principal

Melissa Reese is the new principal of Hermon Hutchens Elementary School. The longtime educator and administrator with Valdez City Schools was offered the job in late May in a second round of candidate interviews. "I'm really excited," Reese told the...

 

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