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 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 10, 2014 

Controversial drug policy indefinitely postponed Monday

The board of education indefinitely postponed voting on the proposal that would have drug tested students in school activities. The policy, if passed during Monday night's meeting, would have gone...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 10, 2014 

Angel Tree fulfills Christmas wishes

In 1843 Charles Dickens wrote "...it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices." That is the premise behind the Angel Tree. The timeless philosophy plucked from the...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    December 10, 2014 

How do you count Alaska's governors? It depends

Last week, Bill Walker became the 13th governor of Alaska. Or the 11th. Or 16th. Depends on how you count. As it turns out, the state of Alaska doesn't appear to have an official way of counting governors and their terms. Since statehood in 1959,...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    December 10, 2014 

Mastodons long gone from the north

A long, long time ago, a hairy elephant stomped the northland, wrecking trees and shrubs as it fed of twigs, leaves and bark. These mastodons left a few scattered teeth and bones in Alaska and the...

 
 By Ron Holmstrom    Main News    December 3, 2014

New governor sends poignant message to Valdez

Bill Walker was sworn in as governor Monday, bringing smiles – and sometimes tears – to faces in Valdez. Walker, a lifelong Alaskans, came of age in Valdez in the 1960s and has kept close ties to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 3, 2014

No fish: city won't proceed with purchase proposal

A proposal floated by city administration that would have led to a city purchase of the fiberglass fish that stands sentinel over the remains of the old Three Bears property on Egan Dr. was put on...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 3, 2014

From the editor's desk

School officials used Supreme Court rulings that basically said its okay to drug test students in school activities to justify its latest scheme to invade the privacy of students and parents alike. It also cited Supreme Court rulings that prohibit...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 3, 2014

Double dip by former super troubles school board

School district auditors said the former superintendent took both per diem pay and used a district credit card to pay for a $50 meal while on school business, a serious no-no for public employees. While the amount of money involved may seem small,...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    December 3, 2014

Alaska blackfish in a class of its own

Imagine a shallow lake north of Hughes, in the cold heart of Alaska. In frigid, sluggish water, dim blue light penetrates two feet of ice. The ice has a quarter-size hole, maintained by a stream of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 26, 2014

Drug testing policy passes first reading

The board of education voted Monday night to pass a controversial policy that will mandate drug testing for all students in grades 6-12 that participate in school activities – despite overwhelming...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 26, 2014

Old Three Bears property in sites of city officials

What about the fish? That is the question the Valdez City Council was poised to address Tuesday night, as it considered a proposal by city administration that the municipality buy the old Three Bears...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 26, 2014

Transition committee for Walker included Valdez leaders

A number of community leaders from Valdez were asked to serve on governor-elect Bill Walker's transition committee that met for a large conference in Anchorage last weekend. "It was a really good experience," Bill Comer, Valdez police chief, said in...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    November 26, 2014

Snow-starved Alaska not the normal state

During the first 21 days of November 2014, no recordable snow fell in Anchorage, Juneau or Fairbanks. Over an unusual swath of the state, the ground was frozen, dusty and brown. Even extreme parts of Alaska were in a snow drought. "No manual...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 19, 2014

Bill Walker declared winner of governor's race

Bill Walker will be Alaska's next governor. Walker, along with running mate Bryron Mallott, will be sworn into office Dec. 1. After weeks of election uncertainty, Gov. Sean Parnell conceded the race...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 19, 2014

No injuries in alcohol related crash

A Valdez woman walked away from a single-vehicle rollover last week that police say was alcohol related. "It was a one vehicle accident," Valdez Police Chief Bill Comer said in an interview Monday,...

 
 Main News    November 19, 2014

News Briefs

Ferry system delays new rules for kids (AP) The Alaska state ferry system is delaying implementation of a new policy that would require child passengers to be accompanied by authorized adults. State transportation department officials say numerous...

 
 By New Rozell    Main News    November 19, 2014

Villager's remains lead to 1918 flu breakthrough

The revival of the virus responsible for the 1918 Spanish flu, the killer of millions of people, was the end of a long journey for Johan Hultin. Hultin, age 90, twice retrieved samples of the virus from the lungs of flu victims preserved by...

 
 By Jan Whalen    Main News    November 19, 2014

New pastor installed at Epiphany Church

Bishop Shelly Wickstrom installed Pastor Christina Mauntel at Epiphany Lutheran and Episcopal Church on Sunday. Pastor Christina was ordained in September at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper,...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

Fire guts mobile home Sunday night

Smoke detectors are getting the credit for awaking – and saving - the occupants of a mobile home that caught on fire Sunday night. "It was pretty nasty," George Keeney, Valdez Fire Chief, said in an interview Monday. "It got the house." The mobile...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

Governor's race is still too close to call

Who will be governor of Alaska for the next four years? While the Div. of Elections is not poised to certify the election until its target date of Nov. 28, Valdez favorite Bill Walker, running...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

The check is in the mail according to CVT

Copper Valley Telecom is disbursing $1,831,500 in capital credits to its membership this week. That's 5,199 checks going out this week to customers with land-line service with the cooperative....

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    November 12, 2014

Northern lab cranked out the quirky and creative

"Rectal Temperature of the Working Sled Dog." "Cleaning and Sterilization of Bunny Boots." "Comparative Sweat Rates of Eskimos and Caucasians Under Controlled Conditions." These are some of the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 12, 2014

Drug testing for student activities hearing nears

The proposed drug testing policy for student activities will get its first reading during the Nov. 24 school board meeting. "I asked that our agenda be light at the next meeting," board president Joe Prax during Monday night's regular meeting. "I...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 5, 2014

Results for election still unknown to all

While the robocalls have stopped and the nonstop barrage of political campaigning halted, it is still unknown to all who will be Alaska's next governor. This is because there are thousands of ballots...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    November 5, 2014

Free energy coming to Valdez households

Registration opened this week for the city's popular energy assistance program. It is not a needs-based program or a charity, but is does pay a one-time $550 credit towards energy bills for all eligible Valdez households. Registration opened...

 

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