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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...

 

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 LEE REVIS    Main News    July 25, 2018

New superintendent taking the reins this year at Valdez City Schools

The new school year will bring with it a new top administrator. Shawn Arnold, who comes to Valdez by way of Nome, is settling into his new office at the school district office as the countdown begins...

 

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Unemployment rate (AP) Recent figures indicate Alaska's unemployment rate improved slightly last month. The Juneau Empire reports numbers from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    July 25, 2018

Alaska's biggest river never seems to stop flowing

It's midsummer, a good time to slip a canoe onto the Yukon River. I start at the river town of Eagle, population 85, and will finish in Circle, population 104. Circle is about 170 twisting miles downr...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    July 18, 2018

Register to vote this week if you want to cast ballot in the August Primary

Anyone hoping to cast a ballot in the August 21 primary elections must be registered to vote by this Sunday according to the Lt. Governor’s office. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s office issued a press release Monday reminding Alaskans about the...

 

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 NED ROZELL    Main News    July 18, 2018

Parting a sea of Fortymile caribou

Floating down the Fortymile River, we heard the roar of a rapid just ahead. At the same time, we noticed the caribou, about 50 of them, clustered on a cliffside near the water. It was too late to...

 

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...

 

New pastor at Epiphany Church brings a wealth of diverse experiences

Kaitlin Pabo-Eulberg recently began serving as the new pastor of the Epiphany Lutheran-Episcopal Church in Valdez. Pabo-Eulberg completed her Master of Divinity in Pastoral Leadership at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran...

 

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Trooper kills man (AP) A Copper Center man died after he was shot by at least one Alaska State Trooper. The Department of Public Safety did not immediately release how many troopers were involved or...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    July 11, 2018

Cold months make people think things are the same as they always were

Just outside my window here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, workers are drilling into the asphalt of a parking lot using a truck-mounted rig. They twist a hollow bit 25 feet into the ground...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Main News    July 4, 2018

Need a Lyft? Network ride sharing service is now a transportation option

A major ridesharing service is coming to town. Valdez woman Kerra Apolo, who also works as an Advocate for Victims of Violence, just started driving for Lyft this week. Apolo states that her reason fo...

 
 By STEVEN WEBER    Main News    July 4, 2018

Switcharoo at the food bank is helping both volunteers and the clients

Two changes at the organization that distributes food to the needy go together like peas and carrots. The Valdez Food Bank switched its distribution day to Saturday morning (from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.) to accommodate its board of directors, which recently...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    July 4, 2018

It's time for Alaska's mosquitoes to shine, though victims may disagree

Here are some tips to avoid mosquitoes this summer: First, wear light-colored clothing. Second, bathe more often in an attempt to be as odorless as possible. Third, avoid exhaling while in the woods....

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 27, 2018

Exploding gas can on go-cart blamed for burn injuries on two riders

A Sunday ride in a go-cart turned sinister when two young people were critically injured after a gasoline can exploded on a go-cart they were riding. Relatives say Valdez man Nathan Long, age 19, and...

 
 By Tony Gorman    Main News    June 27, 2018

Gov. Walker and first lady Donna busy last week during visit to Valdez

The governor is not taking anything for granted as he wraps up his first term in office and runs for reelection. First lady Donna Walker and Bill – as he is known around his hometown - drove to Valdez last Friday after weather forced the...

 

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Food bank The Valdez Food Bank has changed the day it distributes free food. The food bank will be open from 10 a.m. until noon to distribute groceries on Saturdays only according to board member...

 
 By NED ROZELL    Main News    June 27, 2018

Boreal owls perform by daylight in Far North despite their nocturnal nature

Just beneath the owl box, hung 20 feet up the stem of a balsam poplar, the backyard barbeque continued late into the evening. Despite the thwap of badminton birdies and the chirp of human voices, the...

 
 By LEE REVIS    Main News    June 20, 2018

Colon cancer the focus of mayor's swim from Allison Point to old Sea Otter

Our new mayor is hoping to bring attention to colon cancer– and is urging anyone with possible symptoms, hereditary factors, or is over the age of 50, to get screened. To bring awareness of the dise...

 

Fingers point at third-party vendor as cause of May's false tsunami alert

JUNEAU- A third-party vendor is being blamed for a mistaken tsunami alert broadcast on Alaska TV and radio stations last month. Dennis Bookey, co-chair of the Alaska State Emergency Communications Committee, said that this and similar incidents sugge...

 

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Red run closed (AP) State wildlife officials have ordered a shutdown of sport fishing for Copper River salmon, citing low salmon counts. Mark Somerville is a biologist with the Alaska Department of...

 

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