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 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 18, 2017

Snowfall snarled Valdez traffic during first big snowstorm of the season

Valdez is still behind its historic snow averages for January, despite the snowstorm that began Friday and continued through Monday. Forty inches of snow fell on the town as of early Monday morning, with additional snowfall coming down throughout...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 18, 2017

Rifts remain as Alaska legislators see urgency in budget work

JUNEAU - Alaska legislators agree on the need to address the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit. But rifts remain over how best to do that, with divisions forming over taxes, how much to keep...

 
 Main News    January 18, 2017

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Play auditions Ever wanted to give acting a try? The drama department at Prince Williams Sound College is holding auditions for its upcoming play - and it is open to everyone in Valdez who is over the age of 16. Auditions will be held next Tuesday,...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    January 18, 2017

An open letter to deep Interior cold weather

Hello old friend. I thought you were dead. Sorry, but remember last year, when you didn't show up? It was the first recorded winter in Fairbanks when the thermometer at the airport didn't register...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 11, 2017 

Winter-based activities take front and center this winter season

Sporting events, winter safety events and classes and numerous other outdoor activities will be coming to Valdez in the coming weeks and months. While Valdez is a well-known destination for extreme skiers and snowboarders, there are many organized...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    Main News    January 11, 2017 

Money matters weight heavy on Gov. Walker's shoulders in 2017

JUNEAU: Alaska's first independent governor enters the second half of his term with unfinished business: resolving the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit. It's not quite what the onetime mayor of rural Valdez had in mind when he campaigned fo...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 11, 2017 

Weekend winds caused scattered damage throughout Valdez

Valdez is famous for its snow, but high winds are also a common weather problem year round - and last week saw plenty of it. The town had warning of the coming weather. The city's public information...

 
 Main News    January 11, 2017 

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Power meetings Copper Valley Electric Association is telling its members to mark their calendars for this year's annual membership meeting. "The 2017 meetings will be held in May, instead of April," CVEA said on its website. "The Copper Basin meeting...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 4, 2017

City clerk to act as city manager until new hire is ready

It's out with the old and in with the new for the city's top administrator position. Sheri Pierce, the longtime city clerk, was appointed acting city manager by the Valdez City Council late last month...

 
 Main News    January 4, 2017

Union challenges job cuts to Gov. Walker's next fiscal budget

(AP) A union representing nearly 8,000 state employees has filed a complaint against Gov. Bill Walker and his administration for an alleged violation of contract. The Alaska State Employees Association filed the class-action grievance last week in...

 
 Main News    January 4, 2017

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Back to school Valdez students are slated to return to classes this week after the traditional two-week winter break during the Christmas season. School officially reopens for classes this Thursday, Jan. 5. Educators return to school today, one day b...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    January 4, 2017

Newest proposal for city land acquisition is on the council's table

City administration's quest to buy land for a possible new fire station is making progress. The Valdez City Council was presented with new findings Tuesday night after it directed city administration...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Main News    January 4, 2017

The rigors of research in the cold of the Far North

Rod Boertje knew it was getting cold when the Park Service took the dogs inside. Boertje, then a graduate student in wildlife biology at the University of Alaska, was doing a study on caribou in Denali National Park in the early 1980s. Park rangers,...

 
 Main News    December 21, 2016

Second-graders write to Santa Claus - and they have questions

Mrs. Colbi Johns' class Dear Santa Claus, I am a big fan of you and I love you. I want a kindle please. I've been good at school. Are there big candy canes? Your Friend, Rhory Dear Santa Claus, Can I...

 
 Main News    December 21, 2016

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Buc skiing Great snow conditions and great competition defined the first Nordic town race of the season. Eric Auten dominated the community racers division using classic technique in the 7k event and...

 
 Main News    December 21, 2016

Blame wages and turtle doves: '12 Days' now costs $34,363

(AP) The slow recovery of the U.S. economy is continuing to keep the cost of Christmas - or at least the gifts listed in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" - from spiraling out of control. The price of...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    December 14, 2016

City manager position opens in Valdez after Ragsdale resigns

Valdez is in search of a new city manager - again. The move comes after Dennis Ragsdale, the current city manager, tendered his resignation to the Valdez City Council last week after a tough three-part city manager review. The city council accepted...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    December 14, 2016

Mountain sports report brings clarity to developing Valdez assets

The city has its work cut out if it hopes to become a premier mountain recreation destination. That is the word from a report presented last week to the Valdez City Council and Economic...

 
 Main News    December 14, 2016

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Minimum wage (AP) Alaska's minimum wage will rise by a nickel, to $9.80 an hour, beginning Jan. 1. Voters in 2014 approved increasing the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour. Under the measure, the...

 
 Main News    December 14, 2016

Petroleum cleanup guidelines update eyed by state regulators

(AP) Alaska officials are working to revise decades-old protocols to be used in the event of petroleum-based spills. The state's Department of Environmental Conservation met in November to discuss an overhaul of the agency's regulations for cleaning...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    December 7, 2016

Mountain recreation development report sheds light on projects

A long anticipated report that compares the merits and drawbacks to three competing projects to develop mountain recreation in Valdez has been published. The report, commissioned by the council in...

 
 By BOB SALSBERG    Main News    December 7, 2016

Pot use not always okay with employers even though it's legal

Changing marijuana laws aren't necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace. For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states like Alaska where recreational marijuana use is...

 
 By VALDEZ STAR STAFF    Main News    December 7, 2016

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Head on crash Keystone Canyon was shut down to road traffic last week after a head-on collision occurred during a blizzard. The one-hour shutdown occurred Thursday afternoon after police say an SUV...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    December 7, 2016

To Alaska and then some for Yukon lynx tracked by researchers

A lynx that roamed more than 200 miles from Kluane Lake in the Yukon Territory to near Chitina is still being tracked across the Alaska landscape, thanks to a curious couple living off the Edgerton Hi...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    November 30, 2016

Negotiations approved by council to buy land for new city facilities

City council is dubious about administration's proposal that would add almost 15 new acres of land to the city's holdings - but gave a firm thumbs up for negotiations to proceed on purchasing at...

 

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