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Photo courtesy PWSCC

Archers take aim during the college's first "Vegas in Valdez" tourney.

Wireless 4G LTE expanding

Copper Valley Telecom said it will expand its 4G LTE wireless network this summer, and 14 of its service areas will able to take advantage of the improved technology offering. The company says the work will be completed by mid-summer 2014.

According to CVT, wireless carriers categorize data speeds using the terms 3G, 4G, and 4G LTE, with 4G LTE representing the fastest speeds available in the industry. Last year, Copper Valley Wireless, which is owned by CVT, became the first wireless carrier in Prince William Sound and the Copper Basin to offer 4G LTE and the good results are prompting the expansion of other sites covered by the communications company.

CVT said areas that can look for 4G LTE service in 2014 are: Glennallen, Tazlina, Tolsona Ridge, Willow Mountain, Nelchina, Chistochina, Glenn-Rich (at Tok Cutoff), Silver Springs (Copper Center), Slana, Cannon Hill (Chitina), Sourdough and McCarthy (McCarthy), 7-Mile/Alpine Woods (Valdez) and Eyak River (Cordova).

College on Target

Prince William Sound Community College is going all out this year for its fourth annual "Vegas in Valdez Festival and Tournament."

The shoots hosted during the four-day affair "is already one of the largest indoor archery tournaments in Alaska, attracting novice to professional level archers from around the state," the college said last week when touting the event.

Contact the college or its website for more in information the event, held February 13-16 at the Valdez Civic Center.

A press release from PWSCC said that "This year, the full four-day event will include an evening clinic on the first day, presented by a Hoyt Professional Staff Shooter; an archery clinic trade show and display all day the next day while registration goes on and an open range is available; a two-day tournament that starts the next morning. Attendance in 2014 is expected to reach 100 competing archers."

Guard rescues snowmachiner

(AP) A Fairbanks man is recovering from a broken leg at an Anchorage hospital following a weekend snowmachine accident.

Alaska State Troopers say 32-year-old Tyrel Johnson flipped his snowmachine while riding up a mountain face and broke his leg.

KTUU TV reports the accident happened Sunday afternoon in the Hoodoo Mountains near Summit Lake.

Because the area was so remote, the Alaska Air National Guard sent a helicopter to rescue him.

Conoco Alaska profits

(AP) ConocoPhillips Alaska reported fourth quarter earnings of $555 million, up about $60 million from the previous quarter due to higher oil production.

The company attributed the increase of about 27,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day primarily to less downtime and seasonality. It said the increases were partially offset by normal field decline.

The company ended the year with about $2.2 billion in adjusted earnings, down from $2.3 billion in 2012.

ConocoPhillips Alaska is one of the North Slope's major players.

Update on scholarships

(AP) Nearly 840 students who graduated from Alaska public high schools last year received state-sponsored merit scholarships.

An annual report on the Alaska Performance Scholarship program found about 32 percent of graduates in 2013 were eligible for scholarships and about 34 percent of those used their scholarships. Roughly 38 percent of eligible 2012 graduates used theirs in the fall after graduation.

Brian Rae is assistant director of research and analysis with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. He says colleges around the country have reported seeing lower enrollments.

The report finds that eligible students receiving the highest award level were nearly as likely to attend school in-state as outside Alaska. That percentage has gone up steadily since the first awards were made under the program in 2011

Steve Revis photo

Selah Bauer of the Valdez Convention and Visitor's Bureau made a quick sweep on the mounted musk ox donated to the organization by Hermon Hutchens Elementary School. The large mount is one of several new displays going into the new home of the VCVB, located in the old Rexall building on Fairbanks St.


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