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This Tuesday, March 24, marks the 26th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The tanker spilled an estimated 11 million gallons of crude oil after running aground on Bligh Reef. The incident changed the industry and how oil tankers operate from Port Valdez forever. The tanker was scrapped in India in 2012.

Earthquake Remembrance

Fifty-one years after Valdez changed forever, survivors and descendants of the 1964 earthquake are planning its yearly memorial.

The event, organized by the Pioneers of Alaska, called the "Earthquake Remembrance" will be held at the Kelsey Dock, named for the late John Kelsey.

Organizer Jim Gifford said the event will feature a moment of silence, a prayer and the reading of names of those we lost during the earthquake.

It occurred on Good Friday, March 27, 1964 and is the largest earthquake ever to hit North America.

The epicenter of the 9.2 earthquake was only 45 miles west of Valdez and 14 miles under the earth's crust. Statewide, 115 people died, including 31 people in Valdez. The nearby village of Chenega saw the deaths of 23 of the 68 people who lived there.

The remembrance will be held at the Kelsey Dock, Friday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m.

Mayors Cup

Pro-class winners

First place Casey Boylan of Anchorage, Final 4.08.59; Second place Brad George of Wasilla, Final 4.15.32; Third place Nick Petito of Anchorage, Final 4.31.31.

Semi-pro winners

First place Troy Conlon of Fairbanks, Final 3.24.59; second place Hunter Burgess of Wasilla, Final 3.29.03; third place Travis Kunkle of Fairbanks, Final 3.30.17.

Women's class

First place Sarah Herrin of Kenai, Final 2.12.54; second place Nichole Springer of Wasilla, Final 2.19.11.

Vintage class

First place Tony Petito of Wasilla; second place George Ingebo of Valdez; Charles Balzarini of Eagle River.

Governor's disclosure

(AP) Gov. Bill Walker and his wife each reported income of between $100,000 and $200,000 from the sale of their law firm.

The information is included on the financial disclosure Walker filed Sunday. The report, required for certain public officials, allows for a range to be given for income and gifts. It states that the firm was sold Dec. 1, the day that Walker took office.

The Walkers each reported between $200,000 and $500,000 in capital gains on the sale of business properties.

Photo courtesy PWSCC

Catch the latest presentation from the drama department of Prince William Sound Community College – Lisa D'Amour's "Detroit" - this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Stars (L-R) Robert Covington, Heidi Franke, Meg McKinney and Dawson Moore, live at the Valdez Civic Center.

Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang said by email that the Walkers' Bootlegger Cove LLC owned what she called the prime downtown property that housed the firm and another business condo. She said the capital gains are from the sale of those units. Bootlegger Cove has since dissolved.

The Walkers maintain interests in other real estate, according to the report.

The report also lists rental income and dividends for the couple last year.

The Walkers each reported non-passive income of between $200,000 and $500,000 from the firm in 2013. Jang said that refers to the Walkers' income from the law firm, Walker Richards LLC, of which Walker and his wife, Donna, were the sole owners. A major client was the city of Valdez.

Craig Richards, whom Walker appointed to be his attorney general, had been a partner in the firm. The report lists Richards in a section for close economic associations. The report states that Richards did not have an ownership interest in the firm but derived income from it.


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