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New fire station plans are moving forward after long delay

Valdez voters may hold the future of a new fire station in their hands. City officials gathered Thursday night for a work session to discuss plans – and location – for a new fire station. The move comes two years after a new fire station was...

 

Future of building housing Old Town Valdez's exhibit creates headache

What should the city do with the yellow warehouse near the old city dock? City Council held a work session on Phase 2 of the Kelsey Dock re-development earlier this month – and the old building wher...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Events   

Summit on the Outdoors held for third year by Valdez Adventure Alliance

The Valdez Adventure Alliance last week successfully hosted its third summit in Valdez Confluence: Summit on the Outdoors. The event, which ran Sept. 12-13 and attracted leadership from as far away as Washington, DC, appears to have tapped into a...

 

Just what is the difference between civil and criminal?

Civil and criminal are two legal terms that oftentimes get used incorrectly. Knowing the difference and how each can provide justice is important. The famous football player OJ Simpson, who was found not guilty of murder in a criminal court in 1995,...

 

Employees at Alyeska left in limbo until November after word on layoffs

The company that runs the pipeline is reducing its workforce by ten percent. Tom Barrett, president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (APSC) sent a letter to Governor Bill Walker, State Legislators and Commissioners on Sept. 4, informing them of Al...

 

Hot air balloon pilot with high hopes is new executive director at VCVB

Don Edwards has taken over as the new executive director of the Valdez Convention and Visitor Bureau – and he comes here with many positive plans for the community. When he was introduced to the...

 

Misdemeanor charge pending for driver of tanker truck that overturned

The driver of a tanker truck that spilled over 2,000 gallons of diesel after it crashed on the Richardson Highway off of Dayville Road last February is facing a misdemeanor charge of oil pollution....

 

How to successfully make your voice heard for change in local government

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, "If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in Democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the...

 

Bottoms up: bars must stop all booze consumption by 2 a.m. cutoff time

The days of barhopping all night are over in Valdez. With a vote of 5-1 last Wednesday, the Valdez City Council rolled back the hours booze can be served on licensed premises from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. If...

 

Funny bunny float brought humor to a very hare-y Valdez dilemma

A long time ago in a little town by the sea, someone let loose with some domestic bunnies. Since then, the bunnies have gone feral and have bred like – well – rabbits, and the swelling...

 

Prices for medical procedures will be posted so patients can see the cost

Patients in Alaska will be able to see how much it will cost to receive medical care before actually visiting a doctor, clinic or hospital next year, thanks to new legislation signed into law earlier this month by the governor. On August 6, Governor...

 

Illegal election signs vex candidates for District 9 Alaska House seat

Illegal campaign signs are giving District 9 candidates the blues. On July 18, the Valdez Star published an article on campaign signs - and their legality - along Alaska's highways. A recent road...

 

Bars will close at 2 a.m. if new ordinance passes second reading next week

The Valdez City Council voted 4-2 to move the time that bars can remain open from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. A second reading of the ordinance is calendared for the next city council meeting, Wednesday, August...

 

Cyberattack on city's IT Infrastructure still holding data hostage

The cyberattack on the city's IT infrastructure is still disabling portions of the city's operations, while a number of functions are back online. City of Valdez data was breached two weeks ago and...

 

Report raises eyebrows as small amounts of lead show up on water tests from city supply

Lead levels in the water have been slowly increasing over the last decade in Valdez – but do not panic and buy bottled water. Bottled water is allowed to contain up to 5 parts of lead per billion particles. The most recent test of the town’s...

 

Hacked by cybercriminals: city website downed by ransomware

Electronic data owned by the City of Valdez is infected with ransomware and day to day functions are being conducted the old-fashioned way – with paper and pens. Officials held an emergency meeting Monday night to inform city council and department...

 

Three-year standstill on Aleutian Village has left residents in limbo

Almost three years after a threatened mass eviction, residents of a mobile home park are still waiting for answers. "There are two people who are interested in becoming involved in buying the...

 

Emergency petition to halt VFDA pink salmon egg-take increase was denied

A planned increase in the number of pink eggs harvested and later released as fry will go ahead this season. On July 18, the Valdez Star ran a story regarding Kenai River Sportfishing Association's...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Events   

First-ever chainsaw carving championships in Valdez currently underway

The sawdust is flying and the smell of machine oil is in the air, as a unique artform and its best artists compete down by the old city dock. The town is currently hosting the third Alaska Cup...

 

Last call: Council moves to bump up closing time for all bars in Valdez

Local watering holes will be forced to end the party early under a newly proposed ordinance. Alcohol is currently allowed to be sold in Valdez as late as 5 a.m. However, the Valdez City Council is in the process of making a substantial change to its...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Events   

Town photo of everyone in Valdez will be part of Gold Rush Days 2018

Break out your garters and dust off your boas – Gold Rush Days begin next week. The world-famous celebration will take place in Valdez August 1 -5 and will include a group photo of the whole town – a cherished event which has not happened in...

 

Kenai challenges pink salmon egg-take numbers at Solomon Gulch Hatchery

The Solomon Gulch Hatchery - the largest pink salmon hatchery in North America - recently came under scrutiny from the Kenai River Sport Fishing Association. The association filed an emergency...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Events   

Fireweed 400 and shorter bicycle races rolled into Valdez Saturday

One of the toughest two-wheel races in the country rolled into town Saturday. That's when hundreds of bicyclists made the trek from Sheep Mountain to Valdez. The first to arrive were those competing...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Events   

Cruise ships returning to Port Valdez during the summer of next year

Cruise ships will be docking in Valdez next summer. Last week, the City of Valdez announced that two major cruise lines will be makes stops in Valdez during the Summer of 2019. Viking Ocean Cruises will be making eight stops in Port of Valdez during...

 

Running out of time: new club's leader is looking to pass the baton

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." The famous words of Steve Prefontaine, who once held the World Record in every long-distance event, have inspired a physical therapist...

 

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