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 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 21, 2018

Three candidates to vie for mayor's seat in upcoming elections

The final list of candidates vying for mayor, city council and school board was finalized last week for the next municipal elections. Council members Jim Shirrell and Darren Reese will compete against each other and newcomer Jeremy O’Neil for a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 21, 2018

Stolen Bobcat loader was taken to avoid paying cab fare to the hospital

A Washington man was behind bars last week after he was accused of stealing a loader from a local hotel and driving it back and forth to the hospital to avoid paying cab fare. Levi Jones, age 22, was arrested by Valdez police Friday, charged with a...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    March 21, 2018

City Hall, state offices will be closed Monday for Seward's Day

A holiday many Alaskans forget about is coming this Monday. Seward's Day, a uniquely Alaskan state holiday, is this Monday, March 26. But unless you have business with the city or a handful of state...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 14, 2018

Pool of candidates running for elected office expanded this week

A number of potential candidates have come forward to take out or file petitions to run for vacancies that are coming up this May for the municipal elections. As of Tuesday morning, March 13, council members Jim Shirrell and Darren Reese have...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 14, 2018

Large swath of Mineral Creek ski trail system to come under city ownership

The ski trails on Mineral Creek are coming under city ownership. Last month, the Valdez City Council unanimously passed a resolution to purchase 120 acres of land it has leased from the University of...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 7, 2018

No candidates for city offices had completed petitions as of Tuesday morning

It's one week before the deadline to file a petition to run for city office in the upcoming municipal elections, and as of Tuesday morning, no hopefuls had returned completed paperwork to the city...

 
 By Lee Revis    Main News    March 7, 2018

Nome superintendent hired by education board to lead Valdez City Schools

Valdez City Schools has a new superintendent. The board of education has negotiated a contract to hire Shawn Arnold, current superintendent of Nome Public Schools, to lead the district beginning July 1. According to his biography, Arnold has been...

 

Crash of oil tanker at Dayville Road intersection prompts massive response

The driver of the semi truck towing two full trailers of diesel a week ago Tuesday was able to walk away from the crash at the intersection of Dayville Road and the Richardson Highway. The incident...

 

Military exercises brought hundreds of personnel to town last week

Satellites with nuclear materials falling from the sky, pending disaster from the Grain Silos on the floating dock - and one real oil spill incident - are just some of the scenarios that played out in...

 
 By Lee Revis    Events   

Hundreds of troops and responders set to drill in Valdez for two weeks

Hundreds of air and army troops from Alaska’s National Guard have been shuttling into Valdez in anticipation in the 2018 Arctic Eagle exercise. The statewide exercise began officially Tuesday and runs through March 8 according to Lt. Colonel...

 

Snow is below average for this time of the year but it's still mid-February

The legendary snows of Valdez are lagging behind what were once typical for the area at this time of year – but there is still plenty of winter weather ahead. Late Sunday night and early Monday morning’s snow fall dropped 17.5 inches of snow ...

 

Call it big bucks or small potatoes – Alaskans file for their share of the PFD

Over two hundred thousand Alaskans have applied for this coming year's Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend according to the Alaska Dept. of Revenue – that was after the application window had been open for 37 days. Tuesday morning, the revenue...

 

May Day! Clerk's office is already preparing for May 1 municipal elections

Election season is opening in Valdez – and hopefuls looking to run for mayor, city council or school board can get an early start. "I will begin accepting petitions for office beginning on February 15," said Sheri Pierce, city clerk for Valdez....

 

Help wanted: superintendent spot still open after candidate declines offer

The board of education was sent back to the drawing board last week in its search for a new superintendent. After a round of in person interviews, the board had offered the superintendent’s position to Dr. Randy Trani of Corbett, Oregon – who...

 

Earthquake and tsunami warning rattled nerves just after midnight Tuesday

Many slept right through it, while others ran for cover after a long-lasting earthquake rattled shelves and nerves just after midnight early Tuesday morning. The earthquake was centered in the Gulf of...

 

Reward of $1,000 offered for information leading to arrest in local gun heist

Valdez police are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in last week’s burglary of South Central Hardware – where approximately two dozen firearms were reportedly stolen. “We are still seeking information,” Police...

 

Resignation leaves Valdez without representation in the State Senate

Valdez has no senate representation in the Alaska Legislature as lawmakers return to Juneau for the first session of the 30th legislature following the resignation of Mike Dunleavy, who quit his elect...

 

Marijuana store to remain open despite recent federal policy shift

It's business as usual for Alaska's first legal retail marijuana outlet – despite a recent announcement from Washington that the Trump administration intends change its enforcement of federal...

 

Shortlist of names for new superintendent of Valdez City Schools announced

A shortlist of candidates to lead Valdez City Schools was announced Tuesday morning by the consulting firm hired by the school district to help aid in its search for a new leader. Mr. Patrick Mayor of Wrangle is the only Alaskan named after...

 

Holiday hours vary all over Valdez in the days before Christmas

Christmas is coming this Monday - and a number of businesses and services will be closing early or not be open at all on Christmas Eve, a Sunday. Don't forget the cranberries, because the local...

 

Big wet snows and rain that brought avalanche and brought heat wave

Fresh produce and dairy were scarce - but Valdez survived last week's avalanche largely unscathed. Alaska Dept. of Transportation (ADOT) announced that it re-opened the Richardson Highway for travel at about 5:30 p.m. last Thursday after a massive...

 

Old scams snag new victims as holiday season swings into gear

No, you still cannot pay fines with gift cards - and that bearer of bad news that called you asking for money to save your grandchild from peril is a crook. "I think some folks just don't hear about...

 

Legislative Information Office reopens for upcoming Legislative session

The Legislative Information Office (LIO) in Valdez opened its doors this week, according to Tony Gorman, who was recently hired to run the Valdez office in the state building on Meals Ave. Sharon Lawrence, who ran the office for many years, is...

 

Richardson Highway reopens but conditions remain poor

UPDATE FROM ADOT The Richardson Highway, near Valdez, is now open from mile 12-55. Travelers are advised that driving conditions are very difficult. Heavy snow, mixed with rain, is causing ice to...

 

Newspaper will take a Christmas vacation the week of December 25

School children are not the only people who look forward to a Christmas break - so does the staff at the Valdez Star. The weekly newspaper's last 2017 edition will publish Dec. 20; the regular weekly...

 

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