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The Valdez Fire Dept. is investigating the cause of a fire Wednesday at the Pipeline Inn. The fire was contained to one of the motel rooms where the blaze started, according to fire officials.
Dental free day
Dentist Paul Silveira will be hosting his office’s annual “free day” Thursday. For several years, Silveira’s practice has opened its doors to the uninsured and provided one free procedure, such as a filling or extraction, or an exam with cleaning. No appointments are taken for the event, which will be held April 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis according to Silveira.
April snow showers bring May??
Valdez, which saw a slow start to its snow fall this season, received an impressive 40 inches of snow in the first half of April, 2013. That is about 14 inches above average for April according to the National Weather Service. As of Monday, April 15, Valdez had recorded 366.3 inches of snow for the winter season, around 29 inches above its yearly average.
Free vaccinations next week
The Valdez Public Health Center will offer free vaccinations to all comers next week, offering a full array of vaccinations. The normal charge for most vaccinations is $28.
The limited time program will run Monday, April 22, through Thursday, April 25. Walk-in hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Shots are not just kiddie business. Adults are also encouraged to update their vaccinations for whooping cough, tetanus, among others. Seniors over age 60 are encouraged to get the shingles vaccination.
The center is located inside the Valdez Medical Clinic. More information is available at 835-4612.
Drug disposal goes permanent
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Valdez police officer Aaron Baczuk will administer the new DARE program instituted by the police department, which has not run its own program in well over a decade.
The Valdez Police Department will begin a permanent prescription drug disposal program beginning Saturday, April 27 according to Amanda Winchell.
The program is held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and is the offspring of a program held in years’ past where the police department hosted a single-day disposal program for prescription drugs that are no longer needed in the home.
While the original purpose of the program was intended to help stop drug abuse, Bill Comer, chief of police, said the permanent program in Valdez is also hoping to curb problems that are arising in water systems nationwide that are negatively effecting wildlife and the environment when hormones, and other drug ingredients are introduced to water when people dilute medications by washing them down sinks or flushing pills down toilets.
Medications will accepted anonymously, with no questions asked, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.