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 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 15, 2014 

Review of city's personnel regulations is coming

An independent third-party review of the city's human resources regulations is coming to city hall after a council discussion a week ago Monday. The move came at the behest of council members Dennis Fleming and Ruth Knight, who asked that council...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 15, 2014 

Dates not set for student drug testing hearings

The board of education did not set a date for public hearings or a firm time for a first reading of the proposed drug testing policy that has been proposed by the superintendent. "We're going to aim...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 15, 2014 

Flu drill moves to elementary school this year

Free flu shots will available to the public this Saturday. Instead of the annual city-wide flu shot drills that have been held in the evenings at the hospital for several years running, this year free flu shots will be made available to the public...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 15, 2014 

Northern Alaska joins the cryosphere

It's mid-October, 118 miles from the Arctic Circle. Time for a walk to work. Since I last wrote about my three-mile commute through the raindrops of August, the 1,100 acres of boreal forest between...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 8, 2014

Weaver elected mayor with popular vote Tuesday

Larry Weaver was elected mayor of Valdez by popular vote Tuesday night after the final count in the municipal elections. Weaver bested opponent Rich Long after all 768 ballots were counted Tuesday....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 8, 2014

Bill Walker's bio omitted from official election pamphlet

Independent governor candidate Bill Walker's name is on the ballot, but his biography and photo are nowhere to be found in the state's official election pamphlet. The Division of Elections neglected t...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 8, 2014

Council passes 2012 compromise for oil properties

A purposeful move was made by the Valdez City Council Monday to address the ongoing dispute between municipalities, the State of Alaska and oil producers regarding the taxable value of TAPS, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. In early 2012, the Valdez...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 8, 2014

Fire on the mountain near the Yukon River

A smoking mountain near the Yukon River not far from Eagle is, after further study, still a puzzle. People first noticed acrid smoke in September 2012. The mountain has been steaming ever since, even...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 1, 2014

Guilty verdict rendered in 2013 stabbing case

A Valdez Superior Court jury convicted Robert Goldstein, age 36, on assault and drug charges last week, dismissing testimony by the defendant he acted in self-defense when he stabbed his victim outsid...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    October 1, 2014

Elections are Tuesday for mayor, council and school board

Two very important issues are on the ballot for Tuesday's municipal elections. Valdez voters will elect a new mayor, Rich Long or Larry Weaver, and decide whether or not the city will bond up to $20...

 
 By Charlotte Westing    Main News    October 1, 2014

Don't be a ninny and shoot a nannie

Road system mountain goat hunts are generally very popular due to their relative convenience and affordability. However, these hunts are challenging to manage because they generally have a small...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    October 1, 2014

Why was interior Alaska green during the last ice age?

During our planet's most recent cold period, a slab of ice smothered Manhattan. Canada looked like Antarctica but with no protruding mountains. When the last glacial maximum peaked about 20,000 years ago, most of the continent - from the Arctic...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 24, 2014

Drug testing discussions get go-ahead by school board

The board of education gave the superintendent the nod to proceed with bringing a drug testing program to the public and the board Monday night. The thumbs up came from board members Dr. Kathy Todd, D...

 
 Main News    September 24, 2014

News Briefs

Shakers rock Valdez Valdez residents were abuzz Thursday morning when a 6.25 magnitude earthquake was felt throughout the area. The Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer originally pegged the shaker at...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 24, 2014

Design of new boat harbor approved by council

A new boat harbor in Valdez came one step closer to reality after the Valdez City Council voted in favor of moving forward by approving a plan to design the project. The first phase of development plans for the new harbor was approved a week ago...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 24, 2014

Airways welcome news director to KCHU

There is a fresh voice delivering news in Valdez after KCHU public radio welcomed Marcia Lynn to its staff. Lynn took over the position of news director at the station a week ago Monday. "It's a unique opportunity," Lynn said in an interview at the s...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    September 24, 2014

Minto earthquakes then, now and tomorrow

MINTO - Sarah Silas, 89, smiled as she remembered an earthquake that shook her village more than 60 years ago. The floor of her cabin swayed so that her young son staggered away from her. "My...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 17, 2014

Ethics violations alleged against parks director

A group of former employees with the city's Dept. of Parks and Recreation are asking that the department's director and the recreation supervisor be placed on leave pending an investigation into...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 17, 2014

Fireworks get a holiday under city code revision

There were no sparks Monday night when the Valdez City Council approved updates and revisions to the Peace and Welfare section of the municipal code, which includes a section that allows private citizens to use fireworks around specified holidays....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 17, 2014

Power pole wiped out during high water

The Lowe River moved its banks about 60 feet just after midnight Sunday morning, causing a power outage after it took out a Copper Valley Electric Association power pole. Ironically, the pole that...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    September 17, 2014

Maverick red aspens in a world of gold leaf intrigue scientists

Will Lentz, a reader from Fairbanks, asks a question that flares every fall: why do some aspens turn red? A few scientists from Fort Collins, Colorado, pondered that subject in the late 1970s....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 10, 2014

Stabbing case lingering in court one year later

The court case against a Valdez man accused of stabbing another man seven times outside of a bar in the late summer of 2013 is still winding its way through court. A calendar call in the case of the State of Alaska vs. Robert Goldstein is set for...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 10, 2014

Drug testing at schools further discussed by board

Discussions on whether or not Valdez City Schools should begin drug testing students moved ahead Monday night during the board of education's regular meeting. The push comes from Superintendent Jim...

 
 Main News    September 10, 2014

News Briefs

Super offered three year contract Jim Nygaard, superintendent of Valdez City Schools, took a step closer to securing a long-term contract with the district. The board of education on Monday tasked...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    September 10, 2014

Land of Extremes: Arctic Circle a place like no other

Slicing through the top quarter of the Alaska map, the Arctic Circle marks the boundary of perpetual light. North of the line, the sun won't set on summer solstice. But somehow the breezy, treeless...

 

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