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The City of Valdez held a formal ribbon cutting Friday, naming its recently opened off-leash dog park to honor Shana Anderson, the town's former animal control officer. The park, located on Meals Ave. between the LDS church and the hospital, provides a fenced in setting for dogs and owners to enjoy a little off-leash time in town.
Food bank for kids
The Valdez Food Bank announced last month that it will be providing free snacks to needy youngsters this summer.
"In an effort to help feed hungry children throughout the summer the Food Bank has expanded its school-time Backpack Buddies program for kids ages kindergarten to sixth grade," food bank officials said in a press release. "Bags containing three snacks a day for seven days will be distributed weekly on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Teen Center where there are also free kids activities provided by the Valdez Parks and Recreation Department."
Parents must sign permission forms which are available at the Teen Center and the Food Bank.
Fire works safety zone established
The US Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone 200 yards around the terminus of the Valdez Spit for the 4th of July fireworks show. The city-sponsored display will require the zone be in effect from 10 - 11 p.m. this Friday according to Lt. Ben Bauman.
For boaters, the zone includes the entrance and exit to the small boat harbor, which will be closed to inbound and outbound boat traffic during that time.
Violators will be subject to being directed to leave the area, vessel boarding as well as civil or criminal penalties.
Road to McCarthy getting partially paved
(AP) A 14-mile stretch of a rugged gravel road between Chitina and McCarthy will be paved with emulsified asphalt and crushed rock in a summer project of the Alaska Department of Transportation.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the paving will be the first time any of the 60-mile road through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve gets such a firm surface.
Transportation department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says the new surface will help decrease future maintenance costs and reduce dust kicked up by vehicles.
The work is expected to start in early July. The $1.6 million cost comes from federal funding left over from 2012 road repair work.
McCarthy Lodge owner Neil Darish says McCarthy residents expressed apprehension about the project at a recent DOT meeting in the community.
Iditarod registration opens Saturday
(AP) Organizers of the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race say dozens of mushers are expected to be entered in the 2015 race on Saturday, the opening day of registration.
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The Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau had a Kite and Fun Fest Saturday at the Kelsey Dock. The sunshine and light breeze made for a great day, which also featured a kite building workshop and the resulting fun for all ages.
Organizers say between 45 and 50 mushers are expected at the opening. Registration is scheduled to be held between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Iditarod Trail Committee headquarters in Wasilla.
The last day to sign up for the race is Dec. 1.
Other events at headquarters Saturday include the yearly volunteer appreciation picnic.
The world's most famous sled dog race begins with a ceremonial start in Anchorage on the first Saturday of every March, followed the next day by the competitive portion that begins in Willow.
The 2015 race is scheduled to start March 7.