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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    July 20, 2016 

First marijuana cultivation license approved by city council

The city's first marijuana cultivation license application was approved by the Valdez City Council - clearing the way for Alaskan Greenery to receive a state license to legally grow pot. Last March,...

 
 By MARK THIESSEN    Main News    July 20, 2016 

Montague Island rubbish removed by Gulf of Alaska Keeper

ANCHORAGE - Beachcombing is serious business for Chris Pallister, and he needed help sorting the haul this year. Pallister is president of the Gulf of Alaska Keeper, which annually helps clean marine debris off Alaska beaches. This year, the group...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    July 20, 2016 

A ghost town on the Tanana River

COS JACKET - On a canoe trip down the lower Tanana River, we've scrambled up a sandy bank to explore a place that is less populated now than it was a century ago. No one, in fact, lives at Cos Jacket...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    July 13, 2016

Black mold in city hall is driving fire department changes

Black mold found in the walls of the fire department is driving a push to re-evaluate city hall. Fire chief George Keeney told the Valdez City Council Monday that two types of black mold - one of...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    July 13, 2016

Gov. Walker pushes budget agenda as special session begins

State legislators met Monday for their fifth special session in two years, with Gov. Bill Walker saying they need to finish the work of addressing Alaska's gaping budget deficit. But Walker's agenda could face an uphill battle, given that proposals...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    July 13, 2016

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Old town tour A virtual tour of Old Town Valdez is available courtesy of friendly folks at the Valdez Museum. The museum released an app for cell phones and other mobile devices that will guide users...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    July 6, 2016

Agendas for council and commission meetings get new format

People who use the city's website to access information on city council and commission meetings will see a big change to the format. Before meetings for city council and the city's various...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    July 6, 2016

Car takes polar bear plunge into Mineral Creek Monday

A holiday hike turned into a river rescue for a car Monday. The saga began shortly after noon on the Fourth of July after Valdez man Mustafa Kaymak, age 31, decided to go out for a walk on Mineral...

 
 By STAFF    Main News    July 6, 2016

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Fiber project Copper Valley Telecom's fiber project is moving operations according to Tabitha Gregory, the cooperative's chief customer relations officer. The move came Tuesday. "Copper Valley...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    July 6, 2016

Sheefish a shiny surprise on interior river paddling trip

ZITZIANA RIVER - Fishing at the spot where this long, squiggly stream mixes with a floury channel of the Tanana River, Alison Beamer feels a thump. Line squeals from her spinning reel as a creature...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 29, 2016

Two familiar faces leaving Gov. Walker's administration

Familiar faces with strong Valdez ties are leaving Gov. Bill Walker's cabinet. Acting Natural Resources Commissioner Marty Rutherford - who grew up in Valdez, the daughter of the late John and Jeanette Kelsey - is retiring as acting commissioner for...

 
 Main News    June 29, 2016

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Fire follow up Victims of the fire that destroyed two mobile homes at Valdez Mobilie Home Park two weeks ago say they are slowly getting back on their feet and are grateful for the help received by...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 29, 2016

No moose reported by Army explorer of old

LOWER TANANA RIVER - On a day like this 121 years ago, a hungry U.S. Army explorer passed here at the mouth of Fish Creek, where clear water collides with the cloudy Tanana. Henry Allen did not stop...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 22, 2016

Fire at trailer park guts mobile homes early Friday morning

Social media in Valdez sprang into action to help the families displaced last week after a fire gutted two mobile homes and a damaged a third. Accounts to aid those displace have appeared at the...

 
 Main News    June 22, 2016

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Flood worries The quiet pond at the foot of the Valdez Glacier jumped its banks for up to a quarter mile and the Glacier Stream became a raging torrent Saturday after a lake on the Glacier lost a plug...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 22, 2016

Summer solstice doesn't mean maximum warmth

A person might think that since we get our maximum sunlight on the summer solstice (on or about June 21), we should also get our peak warmth then. The sun's calling the shots, right? Not entirely, said former Alaskan Martha Shulski, author of "The...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    June 15, 2016

Campaign begins to thwart Crowley's exit from tanker escort contract

Two maritime unions with 250 Alaska jobs at stake have begun a campaign to stop the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline from switching to a nonunion company for escorting oil tankers safely out of Prince William Sound, where the Exxon Valdez...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 15, 2016

Local group will manage state park facilities around Valdez area

A local recreation group will operate five popular state-owned recreational sites in the Valdez area after a round of budget cuts threatened to shutter the popular recreational spots. Levitation 49...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 15, 2016

Foam on the water a sign of life and death

While sitting in the front of a canoe on a twisty Alaska creek, my daughter asked to steer closer to the riverbank. She wanted to grab some suds. There, caught in the elbows of fallen trees, were...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 8, 2016

Woman dies after raft overturns in Keystone Canyon tragedy

A bluebird day of rafting turned to tragedy Saturday evening after a raft carrying six people overturned on the Lowe River in Keystone Canyon. Theresa Williams of Fairbanks, age 48, died despite the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 8, 2016

Questions linger for park residents as red tape slows progress

There are still more questions than answers surrounding the long-term fate of the dozens of mobile homes - and the dwellers - of Aleutian Village Trailer Park. City administrators held a special work session with the Valdez City Council last week to...

 
 Main News    June 8, 2016

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Bear Aware The bears are out and about in Valdez and residents and visitors alike will benefit by following bear safety precautions whether out in nature or in the middle of town. A family of brown...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 8, 2016

Much of the Arctic is lower than it was before

When botanist Janet Jorgenson first visited a patch of tundra east of Kaktovik in 1988, it was flat, dry and thick with 29 species of lichens and mosses. Now, Tapkaurak is wet, gullied and fragrant...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 1, 2016

Evictions from Aleutian Village will not be enforced this year letter says

Residents of a mobile home park that were under immanent threat of eviction were given a reprieve last week. The Aleut Corp. sent letters to mobile home owners of Aleutian Village Trailer Park...

 
 Main News    June 1, 2016

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Bear aware Valdez police issued an alert Monday cautioning people to be aware of bears. "A brown bear sow and 3 cubs have been spotted walking around in the Mineral Creek Subdivision near Porcupine St...

 

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