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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    February 3, 2016 

Marijuana and you: City hopes for public input on proposed regs

Marijuana retail sales are coming to Valdez and city officials I'm getting ready find out what the public has to say about it. When the Valdez City Council met with the Planning and Zoning Commission...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    February 3, 2016 

Slow pace of gasline development dismaying to Gov. Walker

Gov. Bill Walker said he wants the state and the North Slope's major producers to reach agreement on key contracts and issues related to a major gas project before the end of the current legislative session. "If agreements are not reached by the end...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    February 3, 2016 

Polar bears walking a treadmill of ice

Stronger winds and thinner ice are forcing Alaska polar bears to work harder to remain in Alaska, according to scientists who have studied increased movements of both sea ice and bears. "There's an en...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    January 27, 2016

Marijuana regulation in Valdez subject of a work session

Marijuana retail sales is coming to Valdez in the near future and city government is preparing to take a look at how it will fit into the community. The Valdez city council, which is currently the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    January 27, 2016

Council pay and residential property tax cut to be on ballot

Valdez voters will be tasked with deciding whether or not to give themselves a de facto property tax break, increase terms for city council and mayor, and an advisory vote for council pay. The Valdez...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    January 27, 2016

Cook Inlet Basin amplifies earthquake shaking

Millions of people live in dimples on the Earth's surface - often near the ocean, in lowlands between mountain peaks too rugged and cold. One of these global indentations, Cook Inlet Basin, recently showed another characteristic of the planet's...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 27, 2016

Lawmakers agree to work together this legislative session

The first week of the new legislative session ended with Gov. Bill Walker and legislative leaders agreeing on a need to work together to confront the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit. Now,...

 
 Main News    January 27, 2016

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Student privacy (AP) An Anchorage legislator and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska announced plans Wednesday to support bills to extend digital privacy protections for students and employee...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    January 20, 2016

Strong language used in council statement to legislature

Act now. Be decisive. That is the message the Valdez City Council was poised to send to lawmakers Tuesday night in the form of a resolution urging the Legislature to address the state's fiscal crisis...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    January 20, 2016

Pay for sitting on council topic included during work session

Formal discussions on paying council members and the mayor for performing the duties of office is moving forward. The topic was included in a work session before Tuesday's regular council meeting. The...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 20, 2016

A look at pre-filed bills coming before lawmakers this week

While the state budget crisis is dominating headlines - a number of bills were pre-filed before the legislature opened Tuesday. Rep. Jim Colver filed a bill that will effectively eliminate the...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    January 20, 2016

The case for rallying around sea ice

The ice floating on top of the world covers pretty much the entire Arctic Ocean in midwinter. By late summer it shrinks to half that much. If trends continue, by mid-century the summer ice may take up less space than Japan. As the Arctic Ocean...

 
 By DAVID KOENIG    Main News    January 20, 2016

How low will it go? Oil keeps falling and falling - with state's economy

The price of oil keeps falling. And falling. And falling. It has to stop somewhere, right? Even after trending down for a year and a half, U.S. crude has fallen another 17 percent since the start of the year and is now probing depths not seen since...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    January 13, 2016

Eviction still a possibility for Aleutian Village residents

Buying time is critical to bringing a successful outcome for residents living at the trailer park that is threatened with closure. That is the message given to residents and owners of mobile homes...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    January 13, 2016

Should council begin receiving pay for service to city?

Should elected officials in Valdez be financially compensated for serving on the city council? Mayor Larry Weaver said he thinks they should. For over twenty years, council members in Valdez have...

 
 Main News    January 13, 2016

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New city manager on board Valdez welcomed its new top administrator to city hall last week. Dennis Ragsdale, the city manager hired by city council in October of last year, is settling into his new...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 13, 2016

Dividends shared by Alaskans in record numbers

The manager of a program that lets people donate money from their Alaska Permanent Fund dividends to nonprofits is optimistic they'll continue giving in record numbers if the dividend's size is reduced. While any Alaskan receiving a dividend can...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    January 6, 2016

Permanent fund application period open until March 31

Alaskans began lining up for their share of the state's wealth Saturday, when the filing period for the Permanent Fund Dividend opened. The filing period opened Jan 1 and will close promptly at...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 6, 2016

One year after taking office, Gov. Walker looks ahead

Gov. Bill Walker likened his first year in office to moving into a new house that catches fire on move-in day, with low oil prices fueling a massive state budget deficit. But he said his biggest...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 6, 2016

Medicaid sees 7,700 Alaskans enrolled since September expansion

About 7,700 people have enrolled in an expanded Medicaid program launched by the state on Sept. 1 to cover more lower-income Alaskans, a state health department official said. The agency appears on...

 
 Main News    January 6, 2016

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More DOT cuts A number of area road maintenance facilities may only open seasonally or shut down completely in the coming years. The move comes as a cost cutting measure to address Alaska's fiscal crisis. The maintenance station on Thompson Pass is...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    January 6, 2016

Impressions of a place far from everywhere - even for Alaska

ST. MATTHEW ISLAND - I'm resting on a mattress of tundra plants that are growing more than 200 miles from the nearest Alaska village. While I have snuck away here to my own private ridge top, eight other people, all scientists, are somewhere on this...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    December 23, 2015

Holiday hours vary all over Valdez this Christmas

Christmas is coming - and a number of businesses and services will be closing early Christmas Eve and will not be available at all on the holiday itself. Don't forget the cranberries, because the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    December 23, 2015

Rough landing: helicopter loses power during liftoff

Pilot skill and training is being credited for the lack of injuries in last Wednesday's rough helicopter landing in Valdez. "He (the pilot) did a really good job," said Leigh Coates, the chief pilot...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    December 23, 2015

Alaska income tax: a closer look at Gov's proposal

If Gov. Bill Walker gets his way, Alaskans will be chipping in to help reduce the state's estimated $3.5 billion budget deficit. Walker has proposed sweeping changes, including instituting an income...

 

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