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 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

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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

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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...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 3, 2014

Unity Ticket forms with Walker and Mallott joining forces

Bill Walker's independent campaign bid to become Alaska's next governor and the democratic candidate Byron Mallott ended days of speculation Monday night when the candidates confirmed that the two camps would make the unprecedented move to join...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 3, 2014

Deadline looming to update your voter registration

The deadline to update or register to vote in the upcoming municipal elections is coming fast. September 7, a Sunday, is the last day voters can register or update their registration if they want to cast a ballot in the October 7 municipal elections....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 3, 2014

Beautification grant program passes city muster

Beautification can be an ugly word to many Valdez business owners, but the city council unanimously approved a resolution a week ago Monday to help private enterprise improve the esthetics of downtown properties. "This is an important part of the...

 
 Main News    September 3, 2014

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Popular swan euthanized after it was hit by truck An adult swan that regularly raised a family with its mate in a pond at Milepost 6.5 along the Richardson Highway was euthanized in Anchorage Friday...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    September 3, 2014

Ernest Leffingwell, scientist with a fan club

One hundred years ago, a group of men sailed to the northern coast of Alaska to find a land mass rumored to protrude from the Arctic Ocean. They did not find the land. After wintering in the north...

 
 By Valdez fish Derbies    Main News    September 3, 2014

Smallest halibut in derby history wins $15,000 prize

History was made in this year's Valdez Fish Derbies. Amanda Towne of Valdez owns the distinction of being the only Women's Silver Salmon Derby winner to also win the $15,000 cash prize in the silver...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 27, 2014

Drug testing discussions open with school board

The new school year begins for most Valdez students this Tuesday, September 2 but Gilson Middle School is not the only new topic of discussion for the board of education. At Monday night's regularly...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 27, 2014

Fireworks will be legalized for some holidays

The Valdez City Council approved a first reading of the city’s code revisions for health and safety regulations a week ago Monday, which is usually a mundane affair. This section, which changes city laws and covers everything from abandoned...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 27, 2014

Final day of fish derbies is this Sunday

With less than a week left in the Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies, it would seem that there's a good chance of the leaders being knocked off the board in the halibut and silver salmon...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    August 27, 2014

Why don't hibernating bears get osteoporosis?

Bears have the right idea. Don't fight the cold; just shut 'er down for six months and emerge when it's warmer. Why didn't we think of that? For one thing, our bones would wither. We'd all get...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 20, 2014

Mayor's seat will see head to head race in election

Valdez voters will have to make a choice between two mayoral candidates when polls open this October 7. “For mayor, we do have a race,” said Sheri Pierce, city clerk. Valdez men Larry Weaver and Rich Long both returned completed petitions to the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 20, 2014

Security camera at city hall helps nab burglar

The fire department’s security was not so hot last week. Valdez police discovered an unreported theft at the fire department that was uncovered during a police investigation into a not-so routine auto theft. In an unrelated case the same day, a Gle...

 

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