March 20, 2013 | Vol. 25 edition 12

News Briefs

Earthquake remembrance

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Shidner
Isaac Clubb and Trevor Hawkins during February’s statewide FIRST LEGO League competition in Fairbanks.

A remembrance in honor of the victim’s of the 1964 earthquake is being organized by the Pioneers of Alaska, Valdez Igloo according to Jim Gifford, the group’s secretary.

“We would greatly appreciate if you would pass along this information to the public,” he said in an email. “Join the Pioneers of Alaska for a moment of silence, a prayer and the reading of names of those we lost during the earthquake.

2013 marks the 49th anniversary of the largest earthquake recorded in North America, which was centered in Valdez. The remembrance will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 27, at the Kelsey Dock.

Robo-Huskies take 1st prize

The “Valdez Robo-Huskies” from Valdez City Schools won a first-place trophy for robot performance against 28 teams at the statewide FIRST LEGO League competition in Fairbanks. The “Valdez Robo-Huskies” team included Josh Porritt, Trevor Hawkins, Isaac Clubb, Colton Prevost, Robert Shidner and coach, Cynthia Shidner. The team practiced afterschool and on weekends from the first week of September to the first week of February.

The Valdez LEGO robotics team began in August, 2011 when then third-grader Hunter O’Brien wrote a persuasive letter to the Hermon Hutchens Elementary School principal, Chris Bennett. This March, April and May, students in grades 3-5 will be able to participate in three-week long afterschool LEGO robotics workshops to learn how to design and program robots.

SHHH! Librarian convention coming

If the crowd at the Civic Center seems unusually quiet this week, it’s because 151 librarians from around the state are convening in Valdez for Alaska Library Association’s annual conference. The conference runs March 21-24 according to Mollie Good, head librarian at the Valdez Consortium Library.

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