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Articles from the June 20, 2012 edition

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Werder guilty on 34 counts of assault, sex abuse

A Valdez jury convicted former Valdez man Derek Werder of 29 felony sex abuse charges and five assault charges Thursday afternoon after a trial lasting nearly two weeks. Werder was accused in August 2011 of numerous counts of sexual abuse, involving...

 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 20, 2012

City push for gasline terminus underway

The City of Valdez is moving full-steam ahead in its quest to become Alaska’s only port of choice for exporting natural gas to Asian markets. “I’m pleased with how this thing’s coming together,” Bill Walker said to the city council Monday...

 By Lee Revis    Main News    June 20, 2012

Game playing captain gets home detention

Ronald Monsen, the former tugboat captain that shocked Valdez after his safety-tug ran aground on Bligh Reef two days before Christmas in 2009 has been sentenced to six months home confinement and three years of probation. Federal prosecutors said Fr...

 By Ron Holmstrom    Events   

Twenty years of theatre conference recalled

Some veteran conference attendees were saying that this one was the best ever. Hard to argue with that, when considering that we saw the return of founder of the event and Prince William Sound...


Halibut Derby still looking for the big one

It should be no surprise that Valdez woman Bonnie Woods took the lead in the Valdez Halibut Derby last week after she hauled in a nice 179.2 pounder. “Hopefully it’s just the first one,” Woods said after her June 16 fish charter on the Dan Orio...

 By Ned Rozell    Main News    June 20, 2012

Dinosaur tracks in the Wrangell Mountains

The more Tony Fiorillo explores Alaska, the more dinosaur tracks he finds on its lonely ridge tops. The latest examples are the stone footprints of two different dinosaurs near the tiny settlement of...


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