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 By NED ROZELL    Main News    August 16, 2017 

Hike across Alaska ends with after-dinner bear encounter - from afar

A few days ago, Cora the dog and I walked across a footbridge spanning a natural moat flowing through northern tundra plants. There, we reached mile 0 of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the finish of a...

 
 By STAFF    Main News    August 16, 2017 

News briefs

Alcohol suspected Valdez police say alcohol was a likely factor in a conspicuous rollover on the Duck Flats early Sunday. The name of the driver is being withheld pending lab results. The one-vehicle...

 

Record set in Valdez Halibut Derby Sunday with 374 flat fish

Frieda Wiley wasn't even supposed to go fishing Sunday. When her husband had a cancellation on his charter boat, she got the opportunity to go. Now the 374 pound halibut she reeled in stands a good chance of winning $15,000 in the Halibut Derby -...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 9, 2017

Governor signs oil revenue bill at Petro Star refinery last Monday

Gov. Bill Walker and wife Donna made a visit home to Valdez earlier this week, meeting with community leaders, marching in Sunday's Gold Rush Days parade - and a signing of Senate Bill 30. Walker signed the bill into law Monday at the Petro Star...

 

News Briefs

Rain minimal Valdez received .66 inches of rain between July 31 and Aug. 6. The town experienced blue bird skies over the weekend, making for great weather for Gold Rush Days and the fishing derbies....

 
 By New Rozell    Main News    August 9, 2017

Five-month trek along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline nears the end

SAGAVANIRKTOK RIVER - August, here so soon. And we just passed trans-Alaska oil pipeline mile 100, which means that distance remains on our summer hike from Valdez to Prudhoe Bay. My dog Cora and I st...

 

Police and Fire reports

(Any charges reported in this press release are merely accusations and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) 07/31 Welfare Check: A report of a woman screaming was received, but the caller reported that no one was screaming at...

 

Public and Legal Notices

CITY OF VALDEZ, ALASKA RESOLUTION NO. 17-31 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VALDEZ, ALASKA AUTHORIZING THE SALE BY SEALED BID OF LOT 11, BLOCK 7, ROBE RIVER SUBDIVISION WHEREAS, the City of Valdez is the owner of the following...

 

Alyeska celebrates fortieth anniversary of Trans-Alaska Pipeline

It's been 40 years since men and women spent three blistery winters and blazing summers constructing one of Alaska's biggest assets. Since then, 17 billion barrels of oil have traveled from Prudhoe...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 2, 2017

Bear put down by police after was found injured by a collision

An injured brown bear was put down by police last week, but it is unlikely it was the same animal that was shot but not killed at the Gold Fields in early July. Bart Hinkle, Valdez police chief, said Monday that the bear put down by police near the...

 

Derby actions gets hot as August action brings Cohos to Valdez

The Silver Salmon Derby is in high gear - and people from Valdez are leading the charge. In addition to winning the first place daily prize and being the new third-overall leader, Crista Andersen of Valdez won Big Prize Friday -and took home $500...

 

ATIGUN RIVER - Goodbye, red squirrels.

On our summer-long hike along the path of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, this morning my dog Cora and I left the last tangle of boreal forest along America's highway system. We walked away from a...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 26, 2017

Minimal flooding this year after ice damn breaks on Valdez Glacier

Seasonal flooding of the Glacier Stream was minimal this year - though the city and other government agencies were on high alert. In late June, the City of Valdez issued an alert through its public information office, warning area users that an ice...

 
 By TONY GORMAN    Main News    July 26, 2017

CVEA updates Valdez City Council at work session

The Valdez City Council got a glimpse of what Copper Valley Electric Association is working on during a work session last week. The newly-constructed Allison Creek Hydro Project and the improvements...

 

News Briefs

Rain stats Valdez received a scant .20 inches of rain last week, July 16 -July 23, according to Eric Cooper of the Valdez Avalanche Center. In total, Valdez has had 23.16 inches of rain since Jan. 1....

 

Record set in kids pink salmon derby as race for silver salmon begins

The Valdez Silver Salmon derby began Saturday and the largest fish weighed as of Monday morning was a 12.42 pound silver salmon caught by Weston Branshaw of Valdez aboard the "High Mark." Amid the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 20, 2017

Ferry reformers seeking public input, ideas on improving system

The ferry system is broken - but reformers say the public is the key to fixing it. That was the word in Valdez last week when committee members of the reform project hosted a luncheon for business leaders Thursday, just hours ahead of a public input...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 20, 2017

New hotel with pool and buffet will replace the old Totem Inn

It's out with the old and in with the new at the Totem Inn. Co-owners Connie Ballow and Mike Williams are having a big fire sale at the site where the Totem restaurant served Valdez breakfast, lunch...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    July 20, 2017

Dog partner enhances hike across Alaska like no human being can

I suspected my brief dogless period was coming to an end when my wife and daughter were looking at puppies on the internet. We had a few months earlier lost Poops, a Labrador retriever mix, to a...

 

The fishing is top notch as halibut, coho and lingcod take the bait

Tim Stadtmiller of Fairbanks is still leading the Valdez Halibut Derby with the 266.6 pound fish he caught June 19 aboard the "Dan Orion." Daniel Schmitz of Wasilla is currently holding onto second pl...

 

Public and legal notices

City of Valdez Invitation to Bid Date: July 19, 2017 Project: Valdez Glacier Stream Training Dike and Riprap Revetment Project Number: 17-310-8065 / Contract Number: 1319 This project includes, but is not necessarily limited to: Construct a 2200’...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 12, 2017

Loader theft + loaded weapon = loads of legal troubles for one woman

Imagine driving home late on the Fourth of July and seeing your front loader being operated by a strange woman as you both head up the highway. That is what happened to Rick Wade last week. Valdez police say Wade called law enforcement after...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    July 12, 2017

$1 million price for land okayed by council but still not a done deal

A new fire station moved an inch closer to reality last week when the Valdez City Council gave a reluctant thumbs up to proceed with a $1 million land purchase - but it is still far from a done deal. Council members voted 4-2 in favor of directing...

 

Derby season brings bounty of seafood to the dinner table this year

Huge hauls of halibut, lingcod, rockfish and even silver salmon are being laid out on the docks at the Valdez harbor. Fair weather this past week allowed anglers to get to the fishing grounds past Hinchinbrook Island and the fish seemed to be...

 

News briefs

To the rescue Rescue services are in high demand in the Valdez area this season. Experts say inexperience and unpreparedness contribute to the high number of people who venture into the backcountry...

 

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