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 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 20, 2015 

Shrimp from Port Valdez good eating watchdog group says

A watchdog group recently confirmed what a large number of shrimpers already knew: shrimp caught in Port Valdez are good eating. And safe too according a report commissioned by Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council. The report wa...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 20, 2015 

New city manager search begins on June 1

Representatives of the firm hired by the Valdez City Council to help find a new city manager are coming to Valdez in June. On May 4, council members approved a $26,875 contract with executive...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 20, 2015 

News briefs

Rock climbing fest Get out your rock climbing gear, the second Valdez Rock Climbing Festival is set to begin Friday. Nick Weicht, the former Valdez man who was behind this year's revival of the Ice Cl...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    May 20, 2015 

Anatomy of the worst fire year for Alaska

In a gorgeous warm May this year, we have not yet sniffed the bitter scent of flaming spruce. When we do, many of us will think back to a year that still haunts us. In summer 2004, a Vermont-sized patch of Alaska burned in wildfires. That hazy...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 13, 2015

Drug testing policy revision passed by school board

Valdez students suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school will face new rules after the board of education passed a second reading of its newly crafted policy. BP 5131.6 was quietly and unanimously passed by the board durin...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 13, 2015

Council certifies Tuesday's municipal election results

Ryan McCune, Lon Needles and Lea Cockerham won seats on the Valdez City Council Tuesday night. The three candidates will take the oath of office this Monday during the regular city council meeting. Th...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 13, 2015

F/V Perry moved from museum site for dismantling

A long-time fixture on Egan Dr. was moved out of public view Saturday. Well, the portions of it that could withstand the move. The F/V Perry, a 1930s kit boat that has stood tall in front of the...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    May 13, 2015

Seventeen trillion wingbeats over Alaska

And they are here. Sluggish mosquitoes, sprung from the leaves where they overwintered. Moths and butterflies flitting the fields and south-facing slopes. Beetles skittering along in pinstripe-grooved exoskeletons. How many insects are stirring on...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 6, 2015

Council certifies Tuesday's municipal election results

Ryan McCune, Lon Needles and Lea Cockerham won seats on the Valdez City Council Tuesday night. The official results were certified by the sitting city council during a special meeting held noon Wednesday. Latecomer John Hozey - the former city...

 
 Main News    May 6, 2015

News Briefs

Fly-in this week The Valdez Fly-In and Airshow begins this Friday and will run through Sunday. "The event attracts pilots from all over Alaska and the lower 48," the event's website says. "The three...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 6, 2015

Search for new city manager well underway

An executive search firm has been hired by the city to help it recruit a new city manager. The move came Monday night when the Valdez City Council voted unanimously to approve a contract with Slavin Management Consultants – an executive recruitment...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 6, 2015

Check the box and write in Hozey for council?

The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) opened an investigation last week to find the identity of the person or persons who paid to mail out election flyers urging voters to elect the former city...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    May 6, 2015

Artwork found at ancient house site, a possible first

At the edge of a spruce forest in Interior Alaska, archaeologists have unearthed bone pendants that might be the first examples of artwork in northern North America. During the last two summers,...

 
 Main News    April 29, 2015

City Council Candidates Bios

Council candidates talk platform before election With the municipal elections slated for this Tuesday, the nine candidates running for city council were offered the opportunity to talk to voters. This week, we are publishing brief biographies and a s...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 29, 2015

McCune and Needles clear winners Tuesday

Ryan McCune (396 votes) and Lon Needles (291 votes) were clear winners for city council seats in Tuesday’s municipal elections. Candidate H. Lea Cockerham was ahead for the third open seat with 246 votes. However, Greg Davis trailed Cockerham by...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 29, 2015

New city manager hiring process moving ahead

The city council fired the city manager a week ago Monday – so how will they a hire a new one and who will be in charge until a permanent administrator is hired? Those were the questions council...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 29, 2015

Drug test policy at school revised and passed Monday

The board of education further amended its revised board policy proposal and the administrative rules on how the school district will test students suspected of drug abuse while at school. The board passed a first reading of BP 5131.6(a) and its...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    April 29, 2015

Spectacled eiders on the planet are now gathered amid sea ice

Like flecks of pepper on chowder, all of the spectacled eiders on the planet are now gathered amid sea ice and steaming open leads in the Bering Sea. "It's a mass of life in this desolate area," said...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 22, 2015

Help wanted: city manager position vacant in Valdez

Valdez is looking for a new city manager. The move came Monday night after the city council met in executive session to evaluate the city manager. “Yes, late last night following an executive...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 22, 2015

Snow geese grace Valdez with an unexpected visit

Valdez bird watchers welcomed a rare visitor to the area last week: snow geese. "This is not common," Bob Benda, the retired biology professor from Prince William Sound and noted bird authority said M...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 22, 2015

New harbor groundbreaking ceremony this Friday

A ceremonial ground-breaking for the new boat harbor is set for Friday. “Because of the space available we are just going to do remarks” by city officials, Allie Hendrickson, the city’s deputy city clerk said in an email to the Valdez Star....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 22, 2015

CVEA says goodbye to CEO Robert Wilkinson

Copper Valley Electric Association's annual membership meeting set a record. According to its spokeswoman, Sharon Crisp, 181 Valdez co-op members attending last Thursday's meeting, with a total of...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    April 22, 2015

Serpentine Hot Springs and early Alaskans

Skiing across the raw, open landscape of the Seward Peninsula a few weeks ago, my friends and I dreamed of getting out of a big wind and into the tub at Serpentine Hot Springs. Though none of us had been there, we all recognized the Serpentine...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 15, 2015

Current school drug test policy changes coming

Revisions to the school district's existing student drug testing policy are still under review. The board of education had been slated to vote on revisions to the board policy (BP) and administrative rules (AR) as a first reading Monday night during...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 15, 2015

Exotic pet room will expand and get makeover

Big changes are coming to the Valdez Animal Shelter – and its new management wants you to get involved. In addition to fresh paint and the usual spring cleaning, Rich Long, the new animal control...

 

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