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 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 26, 2014 

Drug testing policy passes first reading

The board of education voted Monday night to pass a controversial policy that will mandate drug testing for all students in grades 6-12 that participate in school activities – despite overwhelming...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 26, 2014 

Old Three Bears property in sites of city officials

What about the fish? That is the question the Valdez City Council was poised to address Tuesday night, as it considered a proposal by city administration that the municipality buy the old Three Bears...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 26, 2014 

Transition committee for Walker included Valdez leaders

A number of community leaders from Valdez were asked to serve on governor-elect Bill Walker's transition committee that met for a large conference in Anchorage last weekend. "It was a really good experience," Bill Comer, Valdez police chief, said in...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    November 26, 2014 

Snow-starved Alaska not the normal state

During the first 21 days of November 2014, no recordable snow fell in Anchorage, Juneau or Fairbanks. Over an unusual swath of the state, the ground was frozen, dusty and brown. Even extreme parts of Alaska were in a snow drought. "No manual...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 19, 2014

Bill Walker declared winner of governor's race

Bill Walker will be Alaska's next governor. Walker, along with running mate Bryron Mallott, will be sworn into office Dec. 1. After weeks of election uncertainty, Gov. Sean Parnell conceded the race...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 19, 2014

No injuries in alcohol related crash

A Valdez woman walked away from a single-vehicle rollover last week that police say was alcohol related. "It was a one vehicle accident," Valdez Police Chief Bill Comer said in an interview Monday,...

 
 Main News    November 19, 2014

News Briefs

Ferry system delays new rules for kids (AP) The Alaska state ferry system is delaying implementation of a new policy that would require child passengers to be accompanied by authorized adults. State transportation department officials say numerous...

 
 By New Rozell    Main News    November 19, 2014

Villager's remains lead to 1918 flu breakthrough

The revival of the virus responsible for the 1918 Spanish flu, the killer of millions of people, was the end of a long journey for Johan Hultin. Hultin, age 90, twice retrieved samples of the virus from the lungs of flu victims preserved by...

 
 By Jan Whalen    Main News    November 19, 2014

New pastor installed at Epiphany Church

Bishop Shelly Wickstrom installed Pastor Christina Mauntel at Epiphany Lutheran and Episcopal Church on Sunday. Pastor Christina was ordained in September at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

Fire guts mobile home Sunday night

Smoke detectors are getting the credit for awaking – and saving - the occupants of a mobile home that caught on fire Sunday night. "It was pretty nasty," George Keeney, Valdez Fire Chief, said in an interview Monday. "It got the house." The mobile...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

Governor's race is still too close to call

Who will be governor of Alaska for the next four years? While the Div. of Elections is not poised to certify the election until its target date of Nov. 28, Valdez favorite Bill Walker, running...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

The check is in the mail according to CVT

Copper Valley Telecom is disbursing $1,831,500 in capital credits to its membership this week. That's 5,199 checks going out this week to customers with land-line service with the cooperative....

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    November 12, 2014

Northern lab cranked out the quirky and creative

"Rectal Temperature of the Working Sled Dog." "Cleaning and Sterilization of Bunny Boots." "Comparative Sweat Rates of Eskimos and Caucasians Under Controlled Conditions." These are some of the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

Drug testing for student activities hearing nears

The proposed drug testing policy for student activities will get its first reading during the Nov. 24 school board meeting. "I asked that our agenda be light at the next meeting," board president Joe Prax during Monday night's regular meeting. "I...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 5, 2014

Results for election still unknown to all

While the robocalls have stopped and the nonstop barrage of political campaigning halted, it is still unknown to all who will be Alaska's next governor. This is because there are thousands of ballots...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 5, 2014

Free energy coming to Valdez households

Registration opened this week for the city's popular energy assistance program. It is not a needs-based program or a charity, but is does pay a one-time $550 credit towards energy bills for all eligible Valdez households. Registration opened...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 5, 2014

Domino effect: city meetings shuffled around

A large number of city officials will be out of town the week of Nov. 17, which set off a chain reaction regarding public meetings. The city council is mandated to meet twice a month, and it normally meets the first and third and Monday each month....

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    November 5, 2014

Twenty weeks through the heart of Alaska

"It is a very remarkable fact that a region under a civilized government for more than a century should remain so completely unknown as the vast territory drained by the Copper, Tanana and Koyukuk...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 29, 2014

Cop stars in marijuana legalization commercial

The quest to legalize marijuana in Alaska and regulate it like alcohol gained a high profile advocate in recent weeks. Jess Gondek, a ten-year veteran with the Valdez Police Dept., has been appearing...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 29, 2014

Mudslinging ends Tuesday after general elections

Robocalls, excessive junk mail and incessant political advertising will abate next week after Tuesday's general elections. After months of mudslinging, voters will be able to decide who will be...

 
 By RACHEL D ORO    Main News    October 29, 2014

Group exposes voting histories of Alaska residents

ANCHORAGE-Scores of Alaska voters have received letters and emails that detail whether the recipients and people they know voted in recent elections. The messages from an elusive group calling itself the Alaska State Voter Program say the lists will...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 29, 2014

A green way to deal with carbon dioxide

Last week, I wrote about a thought experiment proposed by Fairbanks scientist Jim Beget. He suggests raining down crystals of a compound that captures carbon dioxide onto a frigid plateau in...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 22, 2014

Tough round of meetings facing new council

A new mayor and a new council member were sworn into office Monday night, and the group will face a challenging – and time consuming – round of upcoming meetings in the coming weeks. "The new...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 22, 2014

Fierce defender of Valdez passes the gavel

City government said goodbye to one of its staunchest supporters Monday night when Mayor Dave Cobb passed the gavel to the newly elected mayor, Larry Weaver. "My official last duty will be to take a break," Cobb joked Monday night after Weaver was sw...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 22, 2014

A cool idea for locking up carbon dioxide

Jim Beget spends much of his time digging for clues from long ago, like when a volcanic island might have collapsed into the sea, sending giant waves to distant shores. He will soon engage in debate on a contemporary question: before carbon dioxide...

 

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