The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, The Valdez Star 

News Briefs web Feb 22 2012


U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst photo

Valdez Mayor Dave Cobb presented Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, Coast Guard District 17 commander, with a proclamation of appreciation during a meeting at D17 headquarters Feb. 14. The proclamation recognized the role Coast Guard Forces Valdez played in assisting the town during January’s record snowfall.

Valdez formally thanks Coasties

Valdez showed its appreciation for the help it received from Forces Valdez – US Coast Guard personnel stationed in one of the town’s three Coast Guard units – when city officials and town residents were hard pressed to cope with over 300 inches of snow the town received by mid-January. Mayor Dave Cobb presented a Proclamation of thanks from the City of Valdez to Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, Coast Guard District 17 commander, during a meeting at D17 headquarters Feb. 14. The proclamation cites many of the Coast Guard’s contributions to the city’s efforts to clear overloaded buildings of snow, especially 600 man hours clocked in “a few days” to help clear the roof of Hermon Hutchens Elementary School, which had closed due to dangerous amounts of snow.

Salmonberry Ski Hill opens

Tony Gorman photo

District 12 Representative Eric Feige (right) met with constituents such as Jim Peasley (left) during a planned visit to the Valdez Legislative Information Office. The Saturday event was planned so Feige could meet with and listen to concerns voiced by voters in Valdez.

After months of planning, volunteer efforts and plenty of obstacles, the skiing tow rope installed at the Salmonberry Ski Hill held its grand opening last Saturday. Weather depending, the area will be opening to skiers, snowboarders and other downhill snow sports from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays according to Tabitha Swierk of the city’s Dept. of Parks and Rec. Mandatory season passes are only $10 and are available on site. Users under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent to receive a pass.

Feige visits Valdez voters

Eric Feige, District 12 Representative, made a visit to voters in Glennallen and Valdez Saturday to listen to concerns of area residents. Feige (R-Chickaloon) made the trip to the Legislative Information Offices in both towns before heading back to Juneau to resume his duties in the Alaska Legislature. Feige is in his second year of office as an elected official.


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