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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 17, 2018 

How the Valdez Star Facebook page got hijacked

This is a cautionary story about how a Facebook business page can be hijacked – we know because it happened to us. If you own a business page on Facebook take heed: anyone who is assigned what is...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 17, 2018 

It was 151 years ago today Alaska became a US Territory

Alaska Day is a state holiday that catches many people by surprise. Some Alaskans - particularly in Valdez - are only made aware of it when they need to do business with a city or state office, only to find out it is closed because of Alaska Day. So...

 

Short jail sentences now eligible for monitoring instead

Some lawbreakers that would usually go to jail may now be eligible to serve their sentences through electronic monitoring, thanks to a new agreement. Dean Williams, Alaska's commissioner of the Dept....

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    October 3, 2018

Salmon hatchery under attack by outside interests

Special interests are seeking an order that if approved would require the local salmon hatchery to destroy millions of fertilized salmon eggs incubating for release into the wild this spring. Mike...

 

Travelers left hanging as AMHS announces "gap" in service for Sound

Ferry travelers from Prince William Sound are being asked to "plan ahead" after the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced a service gap in mid-November that will run through early December....

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

First responders held meet and greet at post office Saturday

Emergency responders set out to meet the people they serve – an idea that was spawned by a new postage stamp. EMTs, firefighters from the Valdez and Alyeska fire departments, members of the US...

 

Weight room at GMS to get a big makeover with new equipment, redesign

Student athletes will benefit from a revamped weight room at the middle school according to backers. The board of education on Monday approved an expenditure of $21,450 to revamp the weight room, which the superintendent, Shawn Arnold, said was...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Elementary school access will be ready when school begins Monday

The elementary school has a very large check list to prepare for the first day of school this year. In addition to making sure classrooms have enough desks and the cafeteria is ready to serve meals, school officials are anxious to make sure that...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 8, 2018

Absentee voting in the primary elections began Monday at city hall

Voting in the upcoming primary election will not be curtailed by the recent cyberattack against the city's infrastructure. That is the word from Allie Ferko, the city's public information officer, who is also the deputy city clerk and an election off...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    July 25, 2018

New superintendent taking the reins this year at Valdez City Schools

The new school year will bring with it a new top administrator. Shawn Arnold, who comes to Valdez by way of Nome, is settling into his new office at the school district office as the countdown begins...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    July 18, 2018

Register to vote this week if you want to cast ballot in the August Primary

Anyone hoping to cast a ballot in the August 21 primary elections must be registered to vote by this Sunday according to the Lt. Governor’s office. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s office issued a press release Monday reminding Alaskans about the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Obituaries    July 11, 2018

Community comes together to support the family of Kade Comer McPheters

How do you say a final goodbye to a five-year old boy? In Valdez, you invite the community down to Ruth Pond to do a little fishing – and share his favorite snacks; pull up a lawn chair and wear...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 27, 2018

Exploding gas can on go-cart blamed for burn injuries on two riders

A Sunday ride in a go-cart turned sinister when two young people were critically injured after a gasoline can exploded on a go-cart they were riding. Relatives say Valdez man Nathan Long, age 19, and...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 20, 2018

Colon cancer the focus of mayor's swim from Allison Point to old Sea Otter

Our new mayor is hoping to bring attention to colon cancer– and is urging anyone with possible symptoms, hereditary factors, or is over the age of 50, to get screened. To bring awareness of the dise...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 13, 2018

High standards: Legal marijuana store set to receive state license renewal

Alaska's first legal retail marijuana store cleared one more hurdle in its quest to renew its state license. Herbal Outfitters, located on Fairbanks St. in Valdez, was the first retailer to receive a...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 6, 2018

Primary candidates for upcoming elections set in bid to become a lawmaker

The upcoming primary election got competitive. While Friday's news that Mark Begich, the former US Senator and Anchorage mayor, was entering the governor's race as a Democrat dominated headlines, the race also widened for the Alaska Senate and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Events   

Fishing, acting, writing, yoga, rock climbing – Valdez is busy these days

There is something for just about everyone happening in Valdez in the coming days. The Valdez Rock and Flow Festival is set to begin this Friday – a three-day affair featuring rock climbing and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Events   

Library reopened its doors Monday at its home building on Fairbanks St.

Library services are again available at the facility's home building. The Valdez Consortium Library reopened its doors for a quiet Grand Opening Monday after it was forced to relocate services during...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    May 30, 2018

Taxes on real property set at 20 mills for all Valdez property owners

Valdez property owners will again be taxed at a rate of 20 mills for the 2018 tax year. The rate has remained at 20 mills since the 2013 tax year. The move comes after the Valdez City Council approved the rate during its regular May 15 meeting. The...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Open House: Sen. Shower to make first official visit to Valdez this Sunday

Valdez constituents will get their first chance to meet their State Senator on home turf later this week. Sen. Mike Shower, who represents Valdez in Senate District E, will host an open house this...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 23, 2018

Taking the oath: new mayor and council members sworn into office

The new mayor and city council members were sworn into office last week. Deputy city clerk Allie Ferko administered the oath of office to Jeremy O'Neil and then the newly elected city council members May 15 as the council gaveled in for its first...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 16, 2018

End-of-life service group looking for volunteers to help to jumpstart program

A new group in Valdez is working to consolidate aid and services for the chronically ill or those in need of hospice care – and is turning to the community for manpower. “It’s getting underway, we are in the process of getting volunteers,...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 9, 2018

O'Neil elected to be mayor of Valdez during the May 2 municipal elections

A newcomer to local politics was elected mayor of Valdez during the town's municipal elections. Jeremy O'Neil – who is the administrator of the local hospital, Providence Valdez Medical Center - was...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    May 2, 2018

Some emergency food distributions in Valdez cut

One of the food programs for the needy will ceased operating in Valdez last month according the outgoing president of the local food bank. TEFAP - The Emergency Food Assistance Program – which distributes federal aid such as frozen meat – and...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    April 25, 2018

Meet the Candidates forum set for this Saturday at council chambers

Voters in Valdez will go to the polls this Tuesday to elect a new mayor, three council members and two school board members. This Saturday, there will be a Meet the Candidates forum at the city council chambers where voters can get to know candidates...

 

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