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Folks from the Valdez Police Dept. and local residents involved with Special Olympics hit the trails in Valdez Saturday to raise funds and awareness for the sporting organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities.
Rock climbing fest
Get out your rock climbing gear, the second Valdez Rock Climbing Festival is set to begin Friday.
Nick Weicht, the former Valdez man who was behind this year's revival of the Ice Climbing Festival, says the rock climbing event is open for all climbers of all abilities.
"If someone wants to bring their own harness and shoes, they're going up," he said Monday night.
The event will kick-off on Thompson Pass Friday evening he said. Climbers and observers can check the event's Facebook page or call 907-351-6878 for more information. There are events slated for Saturday on Worthington Glacier and Panorama Point nears the airport and the Glacier Campground Sunday.
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Phramaha Ronnarit Ruairuen, a Buddhist monk from the Wat Klong Klu temple in Bangkok, Thailand, blessed the new Thai food truck that made its debut in Valdez last week.
Auntie Yum Yum
With a distinctive name – and a distinctive personality behind it – Valdez welcomed its second Thai food option Saturday.
Moi Lindenau opened Auntie Yum Yum's - a kitchen in a portable truck – to dish up what she says is authentic Thai cuisine with genuine ingredients. The truck – which was blessed by Buddhist monks last Thursday morning - opened for business at the parking lot across the street from the Post Office on the Galena side of the street.
Auntie Yum Yum opened one day later than it had previously advertised as a Friday opening.
The truck, owners and staff are not the same or affiliated with the portable trailer kitchen offering Thai food in the same location for the past two summers.