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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...

 

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Driver pleads not guilty on oil pollution charge The driver of a tanker truck that overturned on the Richardson Highway at Dayville Rd. last February has pleaded not guilty to a charge of oil...

 

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...

 

Weight room at GMS to get a big makeover with new equipment, redesign

Student athletes will benefit from a revamped weight room at the middle school according to backers. The board of education on Monday approved an expenditure of $21,450 to revamp the weight room, which the superintendent, Shawn Arnold, said was...

 

Sharpest jabs at tame debate aimed at Republican candidate for governor

JUNEAU - Some of the sharpest jabs during a relatively tame debate Thursday featuring the major candidates for governor in Alaska were aimed at Republican nominee Mike Dunleavy. The conservative former state senator said later that his rivals,...

 

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...

 

North to Alaska from Greenland - via New Jersey

Leaving cloven hoofprints from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, more than 3,500 muskoxen live in Alaska. All of those shaggy, curly-horned beasts came from one group...

 

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...

 

Watchdog group takes aim at Alaska's stance on campaign signs on roads

ANCHORAGE: The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska has filed a lawsuit in response to a recent crackdown of campaign signs. An independent expenditure group supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy and Alaska resident Eric...

 

Tapir's jaw an "incredibly rare" find

Thanks to her six-year-old grandson, Janet Klein of Homer recently hosted a few interesting house guests. Five experts on ancient creatures slept in Klein's Homer house last month as they searched loc...

 

Incumbents rule the day in primary race for Alaska House and Senate

Incumbents ruled the primary elections in Valdez. Rep. George Rauscher won the Republican nomination Tuesday in the race for District 12 in the Alaska House. He will face challenger Bill Johnson (D-Delta) in the November general election. Rauscher...

 

Youngster from Valdez is the one to beat to win first prize in the silver derby

An eight-year old is still in the lead - and a contender - to win $10,000. With less than two weeks left in the Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies, only time will tell if Aksel Hutchinson, age...

 

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...

 

Franklin, Alaska: Population 0

Floating down the Fortymile River, we saw a cut in the green hills that hinted of a creek. My canoeing partner and neighbor, Ian Carlson, age 13, wanted to see a ghost town. The map told us one should...

 

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...

 

Northern snowshoe hares eat lots of dirt a study confirms

The evidence is in: Snowshoe hares near Wiseman eat lots of dirt. "I have thousands and thousands of photos of hares eating soil in this one little spot," said Donna DiFolco, a biologist and...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    August 8, 2018

Absentee voting in the primary elections began Monday at city hall

Voting in the upcoming primary election will not be curtailed by the recent cyberattack against the city's infrastructure. That is the word from Allie Ferko, the city's public information officer, who is also the deputy city clerk and an election off...

 

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...

 

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