Holiday hours vary all over Valdez this Christmas
The newspaper will take a holiday break and will see you in 2016
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The Valdez Star will be closed for the holidays, as most businesses in Valdez.
Christmas is coming - and a number of businesses and services will be closing early Christmas Eve and will not be available at all on the holiday itself.
Don't forget the cranberries, because the local grocery store closes early on Christmas Eve this year. Safeway will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will not be open at all on Christmas.
Don't forget to make sure all of your prescription needs are taken care of for the holidays!
The post office - which is processing record numbers of packages this year - is keeping regular hours the day before each coming holiday.
"We're normal hours on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve," Post Master Jeff Avery said Tuesday morning.
The post offices closes at 5 p.m. weekdays. It will be closed for Christmas and New Year's Day. It will be open on Saturday, December 26 and Saturday, January 2.
"We open both Saturdays," Avery said. "Normal hours."
The post office is only open for two hours on Saturdays, 10 a.m. until noon.
The banks will close early on Christmas Eve and are closed for the next two consecutive Fridays.
The drive-through at First National Bank Alaska closes at 1 p.m. this Thursday, Christmas Eve, and will be closed Christmas day. Wells Fargo will close at 2 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Both banks will have normal hours on New Year's Eve and be closed for the holiday.
The Valdez Star will be closed at noon Wednesday, December 23 and will reopen Jan. 4. The next edition of the newspaper will be January 6.
City hall will close early Christmas Eve.
"City Hall will close at noon on 12/24 and all day 12/25," the city's website says.
Regular emergency services, such as police and fire protection, will remain open.
While garbage pickup will not be available on the actual holidays, the city is making provisions for the extra refuse that always comes with Christmas.
"Additional dumpsters will be placed in the elementary school parking lot and the W. Hanagita snow dump for those needing to dispose of holiday household trash," the city said.
City Hall will keep regular window service hours on New Year's Eve, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
This is important to know because it is also the last day that Valdez residents can sign up for the $550 energy credit, which is available to all households in Valdez with either a fuel bill or electric service.
If you haven't already signed up, bring your ID and a utility bill with your name on to city hall during regular hours to sign up for the credit; it is not income based and is open all Valdez households.
And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. See you in 2016!