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 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...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 3, 2016

Motorcyclist reported missing found dead in crash

A man on a motorcycle who was reported missing in route to Valdez was found dead by searchers Sunday. Christian Cumbie, age 39, was reported missing by family after failing to arrive in Valdez a week...

 
 By STAFF AND    Main News    August 3, 2016

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Boat explosion A 62-year old man is recovering in Seattle after suffering major burns in an explosion on a vessel Thursday. The public information office of the City of Valdez says the police and fire...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    August 3, 2016

Party for election night won't be on Alaska's dime

JUNEAU: It's an election night tradition in Alaska: jubilant candidates followed by chanting, sign-waving supporters parade into a cavernous convention hall, shaking hands and taking their turn at the makeshift TV sets dotting what is known as...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    August 3, 2016

Tight evidence for what killed St. Paul mammoths

Using the tiniest of clues, scientists have determined what probably killed the mammoths of St. Paul Island - thirst. "It looks like climate did them in," said Matthew Wooller, the UAF scientist who in 2013 went to St. Paul as part of a diverse team...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    July 27, 2016

Glacier Stream emergency declaration frees up funds

An emergency was declared in Valdez last week after the Valdez City Council met in a special meeting to address ongoing threats from the Glacier Stream. "Warm weather at higher elevations is causing...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    July 27, 2016

Discovering the hidden universe at Fairbanks bug camp

OUTSIDE THE UA MUSEUM OF THE NORTH - "Look, it's a crab spider eating a moth!" says Declan Griswold, an 8-year-old who points to a rose bush. "You're right, it's a true spider, an orb weaver, just...

 
 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...

 

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