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 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Valdez boy wins $10,000 in the 2018 Silver Salmon Derby

There is a new rich kid in town. Eight-year-old Aksel Hutchinson won $10,000 Sunday in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby, besting much older, experienced competition. Just one day after catching a 17.28...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Eight-year old holds on to first place in the final days of Silver Salmon Derby

A Valdez youngster is holding on to first place in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby, while a California woman – and her 285.8-pound catch - is the one to beat in the remaining days of the halibut...

 
 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...

 
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Utah woman earns the title of Queen of the Silver Salmon Sisterhood

After a raucous evening at the opening of the Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby Friday night, anglers set out early Saturday morning in search of the fish that would earn them the title of Queen. "Many anglers heading out past the narrows ended up...

 
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Gold Rush Days were a blast

Parade winners Gold Rush 2018 Business category: 1) Ravn 2) PWSC 3) Valdez Senior Center Non-Business category: 1) Valdez Dilemma 2) Hoosegow 3) Queen Hazel Club/Organization: 1) Imagination Library...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Get ready to wet a line ladies, it's time for the Women's Silver Salmon Derby

Anglers will hit the waters of Port Valdez and Prince William Sound Saturday during the Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby. Saturday evening the winners will be announced, starting with 50th place and...

 
 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...

 
 By Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

California woman takes the lead in the Halibut Derby with 285 pounder

Patricia Johnson of Clovis, California got lucky on July 26, when she hooked into a 285.8 pound halibut aboard the Harvester putting her into the lead of the 2018 Valdez Halibut Derby. Doug Cranor's month-long lead has finally been broken. In an...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 By MARK THIESSEN    Events   

New harbor is home to memorial for Air National Guard crash victims

A month after the second most powerful earthquake ever was recorded, the Alaska port community of Valdez remained in ruins. A hulking Alaska National Guard cargo plane's mission April 25, 1964, was...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Events   

That's a wrap: curtain lowered down on this year's theatre conference

Dawson Moore will tell you the annual Last Frontier Theater Conference never has a theme. Moore, who is head of the drama department of Prince William Sound College and conference coordinator, every...

 
 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 Valdez Fish Derbies    Events   

Halibut derby begins and the prizes are already flowing into hands of anglers

The Valdez Halibut Derby has kicked off and anglers are already enjoying the rewards. Joanne Winney, Valdez Fish Derbies Weigh-In Clerk, said there were 11 fish weighed in the first week of the derby...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Events   

Women rule as Buccaneer track and field team ends season at state tourney

The Buccaneer track and field team brought home its fair share of medals last week after competing in the state championships. Buccaneer Kassi Howard, Su-Valley's Maya Mossanen, and Homer's Marina...

 
 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 TONY GORMAN    Events   

Native Youth Olympic athletes from Valdez shine at state meet in Anchorage

The Valdez Native Youth Olympics teams went to Anchorage last weekend to compete in the State NYO Meet at the Alaska Airlines Center. NYO athletes from Valdez returned with two personal bests and...

 
 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...

 
 By EE REVIS    Events   

Solar eclipse in Valdez will be a partial interaction of sun and moon

The first full solar eclipse to span the Lower 48 in 99 years will occur this Monday - but Alaskans will experience a partial eclipse. According to the website timanddate.com, the partial eclipse...

 
 By VALDEZ FISH DERBIES    Events   

Rain and more rain did not dampen the action for women's derby

When Chinda Heston of Valdez hooked into a 14.88 pound silver salmon she told everyone on the boat they were heading right back to Port to weigh-in for the Valdez Women's Silver Salmon Derby. Close to 600 women registered for the 2017 event, and they...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Community comes together during the Christmas season

It may be the age of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and many families will spend time more time together on Facebook than real face time, but many great Valdez Christmas traditions are thriving in 2016....

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Defending champion Lady Bucs heading to state tourney as favorites

The Lady Buccaneers are heading to Anchorage this week as defending state volleyball champions after taking the regional title last week. Valdez will see its first action Thursday at 11:30 a.m. - and...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Events   

Tuesday elections will open at 7 a.m. at Valdez voting precincts

Following the national trend, Valdez voters are heading to the polls early this year. Voters can cast absentee ballots at city hall during regular business hours - from 8:30 am. to 5:00 p.m. - on weekdays. The polls open for elections Tuesday, Nov....

 

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