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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...

 

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...

 

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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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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...

 
 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...

 

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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...

 

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...

 

New fire station plans are moving forward after long delay

Valdez voters may hold the future of a new fire station in their hands. City officials gathered Thursday night for a work session to discuss plans – and location – for a new fire station. The move comes two years after a new fire station was...

 

Future of building housing Old Town Valdez's exhibit creates headache

What should the city do with the yellow warehouse near the old city dock? City Council held a work session on Phase 2 of the Kelsey Dock re-development earlier this month – and the old building wher...

 

MV Fairweather put to service to Valdez, Cordova and Whittier

(AP) The crew and passengers of a fast ferry celebrated the vessel's possible last voyage in southeast Alaska over the weekend. The ferry Fairweather traveled from Skagway and Haines to Juneau on...

 

Eyewitness to the peregrine falcon's recovery

YUKON RIVER - "She's starting to wail," Chris Florian says, referring to the worrisome shriek of a peregrine falcon across the river. Florian, her biologist husband Skip Ambrose and I are sitting on...

 

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...

 

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