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Senate appointee nominated by governor rejected by republican senators

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker initially stood by his nominee to fill the vacant Alaska Senate seat Tuesday amid calls from Senate Republicans for him to reconsider his position, setting up a confirmation...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    February 14, 2018 

Snow is below average for this time of the year but it's still mid-February

The legendary snows of Valdez are lagging behind what were once typical for the area at this time of year – but there is still plenty of winter weather ahead. Late Sunday night and early Monday morning’s snow fall dropped 17.5 inches of snow –...

 

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Nordic skiing Due to race cancellations last week, the Valdez Buccaneers hosted an impromptu town race. Seven community members - skiing both classic and skate Nordic styles – turned out for the las...

 

Tribute: Danny Sparrell

Time stopped for many across Valdez Tuesday evening as friends and former colleagues of Dan Sparrell took part in "A Toast for One Helluva Guy." Danny, as most called him, died at his home in...

 

Call it big bucks or small potatoes – Alaskans file for their share of the PFD

Over two hundred thousand Alaskans have applied for this coming year's Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend according to the Alaska Dept. of Revenue – that was after the application window had been open for 37 days. Tuesday morning, the revenue...

 

Earthquake and tsunami warning: mysterious and difficult to define

What's this? Another aftershock? That's hundreds now, each more faint than the last. Sorry, I guess I've moved on. I should pay more attention, given that you - a 7.9 deep in the seafloor not far from...

 

Lawsuits say the latest lease sales in Petroleum Reserve were not legal

ANCHORAGE - Two lawsuits filed Friday claim the federal government conducted petroleum lease sales without proper environmental review in a part of northern Alaska known for its wildlife. The Bureau of Land Management on Dec. 14 conducted the...

 

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Berth 5 spill Alyeska reported a crude oil spill Saturday at Berth 5 at the Valdez Marine Terminal. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said the spill of crude oil appeared to be...

 

May Day! Clerk's office is already preparing for May 1 municipal elections

Election season is opening in Valdez – and hopefuls looking to run for mayor, city council or school board can get an early start. "I will begin accepting petitions for office beginning on February 15," said Sheri Pierce, city clerk for Valdez....

 

Help wanted: superintendent spot still open after candidate declines offer

The board of education was sent back to the drawing board last week in its search for a new superintendent. After a round of in person interviews, the board had offered the superintendent’s position to Dr. Randy Trani of Corbett, Oregon – who...

 

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Get fit Dozens of people signed up for Healthier Valdez last Saturday – the program formerly known as Healthier You. The program is being run by Prince William Sound College this year, where it was...

 

Drill baby: Alaska's congressional delegation backs off from blanket opening

Alaska's all-Republican congressional delegation three weeks ago praised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke after he announced nearly all federal waters off the state's coast could be offered for oil and gas drilling. But after further consideration, U.S....

 

Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, where the climate has changed

Two things happened on top of the world last month. In Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), on January 22 the sun topped the horizon for the first time since mid-November. The day before that, January 21, was...

 

Earthquake and tsunami warning rattled nerves just after midnight Tuesday

Many slept right through it, while others ran for cover after a long-lasting earthquake rattled shelves and nerves just after midnight early Tuesday morning. The earthquake was centered in the Gulf of...

 

Multibillion-dollar deficit haunts Alaska four years into governor's term

JUNEAU - In his fourth year in office, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is looking for a major win on an issue that has vexed him throughout much of his term: tackling the state's multibillion-dollar deficit. Speaking before a joint session of the Alaska Legi...

 

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Senate seat (AP) Republican state Rep. George Rauscher is among the finalists to replace Wasilla Sen. Mike Dunleavy in the Alaska Senate. Republicans from Dunleavy's district met Monday to winnow down...

 

Public and Legal Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE VALDEZ MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL ARCHIVE ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS – ONE VACANCY One vacancy exists on the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive Association (VMHA) Board of Directors due to term expiration. Museum Board members are...

 

Reward of $1,000 offered for information leading to arrest in local gun heist

Valdez police are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in last week’s burglary of South Central Hardware – where approximately two dozen firearms were reportedly stolen. “We are still seeking information,” Police...

 

Resignation leaves Valdez without representation in the State Senate

Valdez has no senate representation in the Alaska Legislature as lawmakers return to Juneau for the first session of the 30th legislature following the resignation of Mike Dunleavy, who quit his elect...

 

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Legal pot (AP) Three Alaska lawmakers joined forces to rewrite a resolution pertaining to the separation of federal marijuana regulations and the state's legal pot industry. Democrat state Rep. David Guttenberg of Fairbanks, Independent state Rep....

 

Report on climate change outlines likely downsides and possible benefits

ANCHORAGE - Climate change in Alaska has the potential to create serious physical and mental health problems for Alaskans, according to a new report from state health officials. Melting permafrost that damages infrastructure, increased wildfire smoke...

 

Image of Porcupine herd travels cross country, reminiscent of bison herds

There are no photographs of bison spilling by the thousands across the Great Plains. By the time cameras came along, most of the bison were gone. John Wright of Fairbanks believes he has an Alaska...

 

Public and Legal notices

PUBLIC NOTICE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 2018 DOWNTOWN BEAUTIFICATION MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM The City of Valdez is now accepting applications for the 2018 Downtown Beautification Matching Grant Program. The Beautification Matching Grant Program...

 

Marijuana store to remain open despite recent federal policy shift

It's business as usual for Alaska's first legal retail marijuana outlet – despite a recent announcement from Washington that the Trump administration intends change its enforcement of federal...

 

Shortlist of names for new superintendent of Valdez City Schools announced

A shortlist of candidates to lead Valdez City Schools was announced Tuesday morning by the consulting firm hired by the school district to help aid in its search for a new leader. Mr. Patrick Mayor of Wrangle is the only Alaskan named after...

 

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