October 26, 2011
Ski hill work continues
Volunteers, contractors and city personnel have continued work on the Salmonberry Ski Hill tow rope, despite challenges from Valdez weather. Volunteers – including members of the US Coast Guard – erected warm-up shacks at the top and bottom of the ski hill last Friday, after a large number of community members and supporters cleared the area the weekend before. A week ago Monday, John Hozey, city manager, praised the volunteer efforts to prepare the slope for adding electric service at the top and clearing and grading the slope.
Jr High Basketball Tourney huge
George H. Gilson Junior High School will host the 2011 Junior High Basketball Tournament on October 28-29, 2011. Twenty-four JV and Varsity middle school teams- with over 240 student athletes and parents - will be in Valdez for the tournament which will be held in all three Valdez City Schools gyms according to Rod Morrison, GJH principal. “This is the largest tournament in the state for middle school students,” he said in an email to the Valdez Star. “This event would not be possible without the help of the Valdez community. Please come out and join the fun as our Huskies will be competing for the title.”
Museum upgrading aviation exhibit
Valdez Star photo
The Salmonberry Ski Hill towrope is one of the new items in the city’s draft 2011 budget.
The Valdez Museum is preparing to upgrade its long-standing aviation exhibit. The firm Flutter & Wow is scheduled for a week-long visit to begin conceptualization of the upgrade. A press release on the upgrade says the firm and museum staff will work with a team of content consultants, including local aviation history buff Tom Gilson, flight enthusiast Dr. Paul Silveira, and members of the Board of Directors, Gary Minish, Ashley Waddell, and Karen Stewart. Of the project’s estimated $55,000 budget, over $28,000 has been raised to date. Major contributors to the exhibit include the Rasmuson Foundation, Valdez Museum funds earmarked for special projects, and the United Way of Valdez. Additional funding is anticipated from pending grants. The Valdez Museum is requesting feedback from its audience on opinions surrounding the content of the new exhibit.