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Weather forces change to new Alaska governor's inauguration

Poor weather in a tiny Inupiat Eskimo community on Alaska's western coast forced Monday's inauguration of new Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy to be moved just hours before the ceremony. Dunleavy had said he...

 

Major earthquake brings damage and chaos to Anchorage, MatSu

Valdez shook – but remained largely undamaged – by the 7.2 earthquake that that rocked through Anchorage and the Matsu Valley this morning at 8:29 a.m. While minor damage was reported throughout Valdez – broken glass in retail outlets and other...

 

Anxiety and uncertainty for state employees asked to resign

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker said Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy's request for resignations from a swath of state employees is "creating anxiety and uncertainty" for workers in nonpolitical roles. Walker said...

 

Cyberattack that held city's info for ransom in final recovery phase

City officials said it is in the final phases of recovering its information technology infrastructure that was held ransom by cyber-criminals after a late July attack. The unnamed attackers demanded four Bitcoin (a type of cyber currency with a...

 

Trump acted outside power in offshore drilling ban reversal lawsuit alleges

ANCHORAGE - President Donald Trump exceeded his power when he signed an executive order reversing a ban on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, an attorney argued in federal...

 

City introduces new assistant city manager and parks leader

The City of Valdez last week announced two new administrators to fill the roles of assistant city manager and director of Parks & Recreation. The news release from public information officer Allie...

 

Dunleavy wins in race for Alaska governor in unofficial results

Mike Dunleavy will be Alaska's new governor. Before Tuesday's election, Dunleavy said he felt his chances were good, enjoying the support of President Donald Trump. Dunleavy, age 57, a fiscal...

 

Free energy credit for households and businesses

An energy credit once open only for households can now be granted to businesses. The yearly energy credit the City of Valdez has granted to households each year was extended to some businesses thanks...

 

News briefs

Shaker rocks interior (AP) An earthquake has shaken several communities in Alaska's interior region, but no damage has been reported. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the magnitude 5.3 earthquake...

 

Guilty plea entered on oil pollution charge from February crash

The driver of the oil tanker that crashed into a ditch and caused a large spill in Valdez last February has pleaded guilty to a single charge of oil pollution. The Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conser...

 

Gov. Bill Walker suspended campaign for re-election

JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker suspended his re-election bid Friday, three days after the sudden resignation of his lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture...

 

Guest opinion:

Last week proved - once again - that anything can happen in Alaska politics, and not just once in less than a week, but twice. It did similarly in 2014 and 1990, too. It began with Gov. Bill Walker announcing the resignation of now-former Lt. Gov....

 

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...

 

Guest opinion:

When Justin Schneider received a plea deal that allowed him to avoid jail time in a sexually motivated assault case that shocked Alaskans, many were justifiably outraged. The punishment didn't fit the crime, and the leniency of the sentence was...

 
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What's Happening About Town

Transportation needs meeting The Valdez Senior Center is hosting a public meeting Thursday Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. to take public input on transportation needs in Valdez. Participants will work with Valdez Senior Center staff to create a prioritized...

 

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...

 

News briefs

Yellow warehouse possibilities How should the City of Valdez redevelop the old yellow warehouse down by the Kelsey Dock? City officials are holding a Town Hall meeting Thursday night to try to answer...

 
 Events   

What's Happening About Town

Women Infants Children The WIC supplemental nutrition program will be providing services to pregnant women, post-partum mothers, infants and children up to age 5 that meet income guidelines on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11, at the Pu...

 
 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...

 

News briefs

Register to vote! Anyone who plans to vote in the upcoming Nov. 6 elections needs to be properly registered by this Sunday according to the Alaska Div. of Elections. "Eligible Alaska voters have until...

 

Guest opinion

Some problems aren't measurable in numbers. This isn't to say that there aren't plenty of numbers that tell us how serious a problem suicide is in Alaska: At more than 22 suicides per 100,000 residents, Alaska's suicide rate is almost twice the U.S....

 
 Events   

What's Happening About Town

Women Infants Children The WIC supplemental nutrition program will be providing services to pregnant women, post-partum mothers, infants and children up to age 5 that meet income guidelines on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11, at the...

 

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....

 

Free flu shots coming to Valdez early next month

It's flu shot season, but the pinch of a shot doesn't have to also hurt your wallet. Free flu shots will be available to everyone in Valdez over the age of six months - thanks to the town's annual...

 

Buccaneer Scoreboard

Cross Country Running Regionals: (Coach Mel Koontz) 9/22/18 Region VI Championships Saturday was filled with exciting races at Birch Hill Recreational Area in Fairbanks. The rain from the last few days gifted the runners with giant puddles and muddy...

 

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