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 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 10, 2014 

Stabbing case lingering in court one year later

The court case against a Valdez man accused of stabbing another man seven times outside of a bar in the late summer of 2013 is still winding its way through court. A calendar call in the case of the State of Alaska vs. Robert Goldstein is set for...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 10, 2014 

Drug testing at schools further discussed by board

Discussions on whether or not Valdez City Schools should begin drug testing students moved ahead Monday night during the board of education's regular meeting. The push comes from Superintendent Jim...

 
 Main News    September 10, 2014 

News Briefs

Super offered three year contract Jim Nygaard, superintendent of Valdez City Schools, took a step closer to securing a long-term contract with the district. The board of education on Monday tasked...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    September 10, 2014 

Land of Extremes: Arctic Circle a place like no other

Slicing through the top quarter of the Alaska map, the Arctic Circle marks the boundary of perpetual light. North of the line, the sun won't set on summer solstice. But somehow the breezy, treeless...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 3, 2014

Unity Ticket forms with Walker and Mallott joining forces

Bill Walker's independent campaign bid to become Alaska's next governor and the democratic candidate Byron Mallott ended days of speculation Monday night when the candidates confirmed that the two camps would make the unprecedented move to join...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 3, 2014

Deadline looming to update your voter registration

The deadline to update or register to vote in the upcoming municipal elections is coming fast. September 7, a Sunday, is the last day voters can register or update their registration if they want to cast a ballot in the October 7 municipal elections....

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    September 3, 2014

Beautification grant program passes city muster

Beautification can be an ugly word to many Valdez business owners, but the city council unanimously approved a resolution a week ago Monday to help private enterprise improve the esthetics of downtown properties. "This is an important part of the...

 
 Main News    September 3, 2014

News Briefs

Popular swan euthanized after it was hit by truck An adult swan that regularly raised a family with its mate in a pond at Milepost 6.5 along the Richardson Highway was euthanized in Anchorage Friday...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    September 3, 2014

Ernest Leffingwell, scientist with a fan club

One hundred years ago, a group of men sailed to the northern coast of Alaska to find a land mass rumored to protrude from the Arctic Ocean. They did not find the land. After wintering in the north...

 
 By Valdez fish Derbies    Main News    September 3, 2014

Smallest halibut in derby history wins $15,000 prize

History was made in this year's Valdez Fish Derbies. Amanda Towne of Valdez owns the distinction of being the only Women's Silver Salmon Derby winner to also win the $15,000 cash prize in the silver...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 27, 2014

Drug testing discussions open with school board

The new school year begins for most Valdez students this Tuesday, September 2 but Gilson Middle School is not the only new topic of discussion for the board of education. At Monday night's regularly...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 27, 2014

Fireworks will be legalized for some holidays

The Valdez City Council approved a first reading of the city’s code revisions for health and safety regulations a week ago Monday, which is usually a mundane affair. This section, which changes city laws and covers everything from abandoned...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 27, 2014

Final day of fish derbies is this Sunday

With less than a week left in the Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies, it would seem that there's a good chance of the leaders being knocked off the board in the halibut and silver salmon...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    August 27, 2014

Why don't hibernating bears get osteoporosis?

Bears have the right idea. Don't fight the cold; just shut 'er down for six months and emerge when it's warmer. Why didn't we think of that? For one thing, our bones would wither. We'd all get...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 20, 2014

Mayor's seat will see head to head race in election

Valdez voters will have to make a choice between two mayoral candidates when polls open this October 7. “For mayor, we do have a race,” said Sheri Pierce, city clerk. Valdez men Larry Weaver and Rich Long both returned completed petitions to the...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 20, 2014

Security camera at city hall helps nab burglar

The fire department’s security was not so hot last week. Valdez police discovered an unreported theft at the fire department that was uncovered during a police investigation into a not-so routine auto theft. In an unrelated case the same day, a Gle...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    August 20, 2014

Sister Marie says bon voyage to Valdez

She's not your typical nun. Sister Marie Brend, whose career in the Last Frontier spanned 44 years, ended her Alaska adventure last week after serving 21 years in Valdez. Last Wednesday, an ice cream...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 20, 2014

Timing is everything when it comes to fishing

Anglers are having to fish a bit harder for silvers than normal, but some big fish have been brought into Port Valdez. And we found out this week that timing can be the key to winning in the Valdez Derby. Randy Main of Anchorage reeled in a 17.08...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    August 20, 2014

High-tech bird decoy fools flycatchers

Julie Hagelin needed a fake bird. She found one in an unexpected place. The biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is studying the mysterious olive-sided flycatcher, known for its pierci...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Main News    August 13, 2014

Women's derby crowns Valdez woman Queen

Valdez angler Barb Lyons, aboard the "Lyons Den," had been out fishing Friday to scout for silvers for Saturday's Women's Derby. The fish were large and plentiful early in the day, but the catch...

 
 Main News    August 13, 2014

Interest in mayor and council elections grows

Larry weaver, Jim Shirrell, Rich Long and Alex Woolf are thinking about running for mayor. All four Valdez men have picked up petitions from the city clerk’s office for the upcoming elections. In fact, Shirrell and Long also picked up petitions to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 13, 2014

New middle school nearing completion manger says

The new middle school reached "substantial completion" at the end of July and the building is on track to open for school September 2. "Today, the movers started moving furniture in," Ron Rozak, the...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    August 13, 2014

An archaeologist's field guide to coffee cans

The year is 1905. You are a prospector in Alaska relaxing in your cabin after a chilly day of working the tailings pile. Craving a cup, you pull a tin of coffee off the shelf. Though you can't...

 
 By Craig Richards    Main News    August 13, 2014

Yes Vote on proposition 1 good for Alaska

At the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate I took the Vote Yes side supporting repeal of SB21. I thought the matter closed until Governor Parnell addressed my arguments on a local radio show. It was implied I suggested more oil production is bad, an...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    August 6, 2014

Pool of candidates for local office slim

People in Valdez have shown little interest in running for elected offices in the October municipal elections. “Right now we have only one petition that has been picked up and returned,” Sheri Pierce, the city clerk, said to the Valdez City...

 

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