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 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 6, 2017 

Richardson Highway reopens but conditions remain poor

UPDATE FROM ADOT The Richardson Highway, near Valdez, is now open from mile 12-55. Travelers are advised that driving conditions are very difficult. Heavy snow, mixed with rain, is causing ice to...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    December 6, 2017 

Newspaper will take a Christmas vacation the week of December 25

School children are not the only people who look forward to a Christmas break - so does the staff at the Valdez Star. The weekly newspaper's last 2017 edition will publish Dec. 20; the regular weekly...

 

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Rain and snow Yes - that was a lot of snow and rain. The Alaska Avalanche Information Center reports that 15 inches of snow fell in Valdez last week - the bulk of which fell Dec. 3-4. The town...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    December 6, 2017 

Skiers, snowmachiners help improve snow models for scientists

Snow falling silently on Alaska's mountains will in a few months transform into a medium for migrating salmon, and so much more. "That snowflake that falls on the mountain now is water that flows in...

 

Package delivery volume explodes, but Postal Service is still in the red

There are few institutions serving Valdez that are more important than the U.S. Postal Service - and few that are more financially beleaguered. Judging by the volume of parcels delivered daily to Valdez it would be difficult to tell that the Postal...

 

Gasline deal with China touted by Gov. Walker is not assured deal

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday touted the benefits a major liquefied natural gas project would bring to Alaska, though the project, which the state is pursuing with Chinese partners, is far from assured. Walker, speaking in Anchorage, told...

 

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Bazaar time Get ready to shop, Valdez: the annual Christmas Bazaar is this Saturday. The Valdez Emblem Club #514 Christmas bazaar is December 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. according to organizer Agnes...

 

Angel Tree is a way to bring Christmas cheer to needy Valdez families

Santa's helpers have set up the Angel Tree at the Valdez post office in hopes that the community will help Santa. The Angel Tree is supported by Santa's Workshop - disguised as Sheila Jordan - with...

 

Pioneer scientist determined aurora height over Alaska

"Professor Fuller Drops Dead in Garden." So reads the headline in the Farthest-North Collegian newspaper of June 1, 1935. In the story, an unnamed writer described how the wife of the only physics...

 

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End of the year The Valdez Star will not publish a newspaper the week of December 27. The one-week break is part of the newspaper's annual Christmas vacation. The newspaper will publish December 20 an...

 

Ferry system needs to solve labor problems and increase ticket price

(AP) A report by an Alaska regional development organization indicated that the success of the state ferry service could hinge on repairing the troubled relationship between its management and labor force. The report by Alaska's Southeast Conference...

 

Branding and Revisioning: Valdez looks to project a new image

What three words best describe Valdez? This and many other questions are at the forefront of the minds of those who have been working behind the scenes in the city's revisioning process. And they are...

 

Fox-trapping biologist retires after career in removing invasive species

On Halloween 2017, Alaskan Steve Ebbert, 56, retired from his job as an invasive species biologist. His longtime mission of removing arctic foxes and other human-introduced species from the Aleutian...

 

Pioneers to host program highlighting the genealogy of Territorial Reps

Valdez has always been a player in Alaska politics - and that legacy stretches all the way back to it's days as a territory. Some of the men and women who make up the modern Pioneers of Alaska in Vald...

 

Gasline agreement with China holds no guarantees for development

ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska took a major step toward realizing a long-sought pipeline to move natural gas from the North Slope to Asia, siding with interests from China after major oil companies stepped back from the project. The agreement...

 

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Tuition hiked (AP) Tuition hikes have been approved for University of Alaska campuses - including Prince William Sound College in Valdez. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the UA Board of...

 

State champions: Lady Bucs win state title for the eleventh time

from the 2015 title team) were ready and poised. The Bucs pounced early, dispatching the Nikiski Bulldogs 3-1, winning 25-14, 11-25, 25-13, 25-12. Next was the defending state champs; Mt. Edgecumbe Braves. Again the Bucs stayed focused and put away...

 

Police and Fire reports

(Any charges reported in this press release are merely accusations and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) 11/06 Burglar Alarm – An alarm company called to report that a burglar alarm at a local business had been set off. The...

 

Climate change and Alaska: Gov. Walker creates special team

JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is creating a special team to recommend ways to address climate change, saying Alaska, an Arctic state with vast coastlines, is on front lines. An initial action plan...

 

DMV office in Valdez will remain open after Becky Tetz retires in 2018

For many people, the Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office is one of their least favorite places to go. From taking a driver's test, renewing a license, registering vehicles: the experience can be quite taxing. In Valdez, Becky Tetz made sure that...

 

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Thanksgiving The Valdez Food Bank will distribute special Thanksgiving boxes to those in need next Thursday, Nov. 16. "Once again the Valdez Food Bank will be distributing boxes containing a turkey...

 

Commissioner for DOT visits Valdez on a good will mission

Alaska Dept. of Transportation Commission Marc Luiken visited Valdez last week. "I had asked Ryan and Jason if we could just go out and visit people out in the field," he said. "I really just wanted to go out and talk to folks in our maintenance...

 

Clocks fall back - for certain - the Sunday morning at 2 a.m.

There was plenty of egg on the face of the Valdez Star editorial staff last week when a story on the front page reminded readers to turn back the clocks ran one week ahead of schedule. For the record, daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2...

 

Gaining traction: be prepared for winter roads is the best policy

"We can't deny it," ADOT said in an email this week sent by spokeswoman Meadow Baily. "For much of the state, winter is here." ADOT is reminding drivers to be prepared before hitting Alaska's unpredictable road conditions and offered four basic...

 

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Big dump A large side dump truck turned over on its side Sunday - narrowly missing a potentially disastrous plunge into the Duck Flats. Valdez police dispatch received a call reporting the accident...

 

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