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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 20, 2018 

Colon cancer the focus of mayor's swim from Allison Point to old Sea Otter

Our new mayor is hoping to bring attention to colon cancer– and is urging anyone with possible symptoms, hereditary factors, or is over the age of 50, to get screened. To bring awareness of the dise...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    June 20, 2018 

Fingers point at third-party vendor as cause of May's false tsunami alert

JUNEAU- A third-party vendor is being blamed for a mistaken tsunami alert broadcast on Alaska TV and radio stations last month. Dennis Bookey, co-chair of the Alaska State Emergency Communications Committee, said that this and similar incidents sugge...

 

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Red run closed (AP) State wildlife officials have ordered a shutdown of sport fishing for Copper River salmon, citing low salmon counts. Mark Somerville is a biologist with the Alaska Department of...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 13, 2018

High standards: Legal marijuana store set to receive state license renewal

Alaska's first legal retail marijuana store cleared one more hurdle in its quest to renew its state license. Herbal Outfitters, located on Fairbanks St. in Valdez, was the first retailer to receive a...

 
 By DAN JOLING    Main News    June 13, 2018

ANWR drilling will benefit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge construction

The Interior Department announced Thursday it will spend $4 million on construction to support petroleum drilling within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a release announced $50 million in U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

 

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Coastie rescue Emergency responders, including a Good Samaritan vessel, rescued three people from a vessel near Port Valdez Thursday. They were experiencing a medical crisis on the water. U.S. Coast...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 13, 2018

Running circles around the land of no night and too much light

All of a sudden, we are again the land of no night. Summer happens every year, but it is always a surprise. Maybe because winter is the normal state of middle Alaska, with a white ground surface...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 6, 2018

Primary candidates for upcoming elections set in bid to become a lawmaker

The upcoming primary election got competitive. While Friday's news that Mark Begich, the former US Senator and Anchorage mayor, was entering the governor's race as a Democrat dominated headlines, the race also widened for the Alaska Senate and...

 

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What a blast Blasting operations are set to begin to support the ongoing construction of the new small boat harbor. "Blasting operations will occur for short periods of time between the hours of 6:00...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 30, 2018

Taxes on real property set at 20 mills for all Valdez property owners

Valdez property owners will again be taxed at a rate of 20 mills for the 2018 tax year. The rate has remained at 20 mills since the 2013 tax year. The move comes after the Valdez City Council approved the rate during its regular May 15 meeting. The...

 

Bloody battle against Japanese soldiers on Alaska soil ended 75 years ago

ANCHORAGE - William Roy Dover's memory of the World War II battle is as sharp as it was 75 years ago, even though it's been long forgotten by most everyone else. His first sergeant rousted him from...

 

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Pringle crunched The tent-like structure that for several years sheltered events on the Kelsey Dock has been dismantled and will be replaced with a permanent structure. Affectionately called the Pring...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 23, 2018

Taking the oath: new mayor and council members sworn into office

The new mayor and city council members were sworn into office last week. Deputy city clerk Allie Ferko administered the oath of office to Jeremy O'Neil and then the newly elected city council members May 15 as the council gaveled in for its first...

 

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Torpedoes hit it The Torpedoes Swim Club had a stellar season according to boosters. The club's swim report for the season says: In 2018 the team sent one swimmer to the Senior Championship meet in...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    May 23, 2018

Making a new map of Denali, the highest mountain in America

A Fairbanks scientist recently made an intricate new map of Denali while crisscrossing its summit a few times in a single-engine airplane. His top-of-the-continent measurement was within a few feet of a GPS reading done a few years ago, using a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 16, 2018

End-of-life service group looking for volunteers to help to jumpstart program

A new group in Valdez is working to consolidate aid and services for the chronically ill or those in need of hospice care – and is turning to the community for manpower. “It’s getting underway, we are in the process of getting volunteers,”...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    May 16, 2018

Raffle with PFD funds to pay for education legislation passed by lawmakers

JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers ended the extended legislative session early Sunday after passing state spending plans and a flurry of other bills in the waning hours. Despite running long, the session lacked the drama of the past several years, which...

 

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Airplane crash A student pilot died Saturday when the Piper PA 28-180 he was flying solo crashed near Whittier. The Associated Press reports the unidentified student was flying the aircraft to Valdez...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    May 16, 2018

False tsunami message mistakenly broadcast Friday to many across Alaska

Many Alaska residents were mistakenly warned on TV and on the radio Friday morning of a tsunami threat along the West Coast of the United States, from San Diego to Alaska's Aleutian islands. The...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    May 16, 2018

Chasing the sun from New York to Alaska in a single day's journey burns a lot of fuel

When I left my sister's house in Brooklyn, I was 4,200 miles from my home. That's a long way, but I slept in my Fairbanks bed before the next sunrise. Enabling this incredible time travel are modern j...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 9, 2018

O'Neil elected to be mayor of Valdez during the May 2 municipal elections

A newcomer to local politics was elected mayor of Valdez during the town's municipal elections. Jeremy O'Neil – who is the administrator of the local hospital, Providence Valdez Medical Center - was...

 

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CVEA winners Copper Valley Electric Association held its annual Valdez meeting May 1. CVEA spokeswoman Sharon Crisp says 188 people attended the Valdez meeting. The annual meeting for Copper Basin...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 2, 2018

Some emergency food distributions in Valdez cut

One of the food programs for the needy will ceased operating in Valdez last month according the outgoing president of the local food bank. TEFAP - The Emergency Food Assistance Program – which distributes federal aid such as frozen meat – and...

 

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Sex abuse (AP) An Alaska man accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl believes he should go to prison. Steven Varnes, of Healy, was arraigned on three counts of felony second-degree...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 25, 2018

Meet the Candidates forum set for this Saturday at council chambers

Voters in Valdez will go to the polls this Tuesday to elect a new mayor, three council members and two school board members. This Saturday, there will be a Meet the Candidates forum at the city council chambers where voters can get to know candidates...

 

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