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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    September 21, 2016 

Bus driver had a seizure while taking students to school last week

No children were injured last week when the driver of a school bus had a seizure while driving down Copper St. Brandon Kilian and Clay Strickland - both dads who had just put their daughters on the bus - killed the engine on the bus, calmed the...

 
 By CITY OF VALDEZ    Main News    September 21, 2016 

Fire starts at Totem Inn restaurant's kitchen late Saturday night

Valdez Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a structure fire at the Totem Inn late Saturday evening. At approximately 11:48 p.m. Saturday, Valdez Fire and Police Dispatch received...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    September 21, 2016 

Senators file lawsuit over Walker's permanent fund veto

Gov. Bill Walker illegally vetoed Alaska Permanent Fund earnings that were required to be transferred to dividends, a lawsuit filed Friday by a state senator and two former state senators claims. Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, Walker in June c...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    September 21, 2016 

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Help pick memorial The City of Valdez and a committee formed with the Valdez Museum are seeking public input into a proposed memorial to the victims of the 1964 earthquake. Models of the proposed memo...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    September 14, 2016

Herbal Outfitters granted license by marijuana control board

The first retail cannabis store in Valdez has been granted a license by the state's Marijuana Control Board. So says Derek Morris, the Colorado man hired by Herbal Outfitters to manage the new...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    September 14, 2016

Arctic waters should be in lease plan business and labor groups say

ANCHORAGE: Business and labor groups launched a campaign Monday to include Arctic waters in the next federal five-year offshore oil leasing plan. The 20 groups, mostly based in Alaska, want the Obama administration to retain a Beaufort Sea lease...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    September 14, 2016

The Pleistocene sounds of the season up north

UAF FARM FIELDS: Gliding in with their wings folded like paper airplanes, nine Canada geese drop their paddle feet and prepare to land in a corner of this cleared plain. On this early fall day, the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    September 7, 2016

Pot store readies for opening pending state approval

The first retail marijuana Store in Valdez is poised to receive it state license. The Valdez city council was set to vote on the matter Tuesday during its regularly scheduled meeting. The state...

 
 Main News    September 7, 2016

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Game not feed (AP) Wildlife troopers are reminding people who have been advertising wild game as dog food that the practice is illegal. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that authorities notice...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    September 7, 2016

Rabies endures with help of the arctic fox

Rabies is a death sentence for any animal. Experts have wondered how a virus survives when it kills all the creatures it infects. "We don't have a really good answer to that," said UAF's Karsten Hueffer. "It probably has to do with the long...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 31, 2016

Boat crashes into barge Wednesday night injuring captain

A Valdez man is seeing red after the boat he was captaining crashed into a barge at the SERVS dock. "The Coast Guard responded to a 37-foot recreational vessel that collided with a response barge...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 31, 2016

Council votes to pay itself in second ordinance reading last week

The Valdez City Council voted to institute a stipend for attending regular council meetings. The move came a week ago Tuesday during a second reading of the ordinance. Council members Chris Moulton, Lon Needles and the mayor, Ruth Knight, voted...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    August 31, 2016

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Food bank closure The Valdez Food Bank will not open next week for its regularly scheduled Thursday distribution according to Lana Gheen. "The Food Bank will be closed September 8 due to a volunteer...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    August 31, 2016

Exotic ticks found on Alaska dogs, Alaskans

While Alaskans have long endured dense mosquitoes and frigid air, we've always had the absence of venomous snakes and dog ticks. But the latter may be establishing themselves here. Ticks that infest red squirrels, snowshoe hares and a variety of bird...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 24, 2016

Rauscher beats Colver for House seat after cut-throat race

Partisan politics won over compromise in last Tuesday's primary election. George Rauscher won the race for the Republican nomination to represent District 9 - which includes Valdez - in the Alaska...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    August 24, 2016

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Glacier stream Emergency levee work in the Old Town area earlier this month has helped re-direct gushing waters from the Glacier Stream away from the dirt roads that loop around the area. However,...

 
 By ASSOCIATED PRESS    Main News    August 24, 2016

Gasline to Nikiski project seeks public input on new reports

The public now has access to new reports detailing the work involved in creating Alaska's proposed liquefied natural gas project. Project managers submitted the resource reports to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last month. The reports are...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Main News    August 24, 2016

Silvers weighed-in are getting bigger as countdown begins

Anglers are scrambling to catch the big one - and the $15,000 cash prize - before the fish derby season ends. With less than two weeks left in the Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies, the...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    August 24, 2016

The state of the state, 110 years ago according to Brooks

Alfred Brooks was a geologist who traveled thousands of miles in Alaska and left his name on the state's northernmost mountain range. Twenty years before his death in 1924, he also left behind a summary of what Alaska was like more than one century...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 17, 2016

Arch welcoming motorists to Valdez will span the Richardson Highway

Love it or hate it, the arch that will greet motorists as they drive into Valdez will be erected next week, weather permitting. "Placed just west of Chitina Ave over the Richardson highway will be a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 17, 2016

Pay for council up for second reading and passage next week

The Valdez City Council is poised to pass a new ordinance granting compensation for council members and the mayor when they attend regular meetings. The move came at the city council's first August meeting, and passed by a vote of 4-2. Mayor Ruth...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    August 17, 2016

Elephant Point and forests on ice

For all the descriptive Alaska place names out there - like the Grand Canyon, the Wall of China and the three Death Valleys - there are some that make you wonder. Elephant Point is just south of the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 10, 2016

Help with primary election voting is just a phone call away

Election officials are encouraging everyone to get out and vote in the primary elections this Tuesday, Aug. 16. Statewide, voters will be selecting party candidates for State House and some State...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 10, 2016

Gov. Walker visits Valdez to talk turkey about budget

Gov. Bill Walker reiterated his message Monday that Alaska is heading straight towards a financial disaster due to inaction on part of the legislature. "If we don't change our ways we're going to hit...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    August 10, 2016

Flood control project keeps Fairbanks quietly dry

MOOSE CREEK DAM - For thirteen consecutive days, four plates of steel in a framework of concrete quietly saved Fairbanks. Heavy rains in the basin of the Chena River, the waterway that spawned...

 

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