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

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

News Briefs


CVT unveils new network system

Copper Valley Telecom said last week that is has activated a new state-of-the-art network electronics system which will expand capacity, create efficiencies, and allow greater compatibility with interconnecting carriers.

"The system we're turning on is one of the most significant network improvements our company has made in recent history," said Dave Dengel, CVTC's Chief Executive Officer. "It sets us up to deliver next generation data services for industry, government, and other telecommunications carriers for the next 15 years."

The statement came in a press release last week.

CVT says the new electronic components connect with the company's extensive fiber optic lines.

"These components are what brings the fiber optic line to life," said Gary Farrell, Director of Engineering. "This is the fundamental core of our region's telecommunications network. Our company's DSL Internet, 4G LTE cellular, and all other traffic are transported through this network."

Farrell states that the new system will replace older electronics and will expand upon the fiber optic's capabilities.


Group wants to link PFD and voting

(AP) An initiative group is gathering signatures in an attempt to link voter registration to Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend applications.

PFD Voter Registration is trying to get a question on the ballot asking voters if they'd like registration to come automatically when they apply for their dividend from the Permanent Fund, KTUU-TV reports.

The initiative would also update home address information for those already registered to vote.

"We have a state-of-the-art system in our PFD system, so why not take advantage of that opportunity and offer up some streamline efficiencies and make it easier for Alaskans to register to vote," says Kim Reitmeier, Executive Director of the ANCSA Regional Association and co-chair of the campaign.

The group needs to get 28,500 signatures before the 2016 legislative session starts in January. If it succeeds, the question could show up on the 2016 primary election ballot or the November 2016 general election ballot, depending on when the Legislature adjourns.

Valdez Star photo

Surviving members of the Valdez High School class of 1965 had their 50-year reunion in Valdez last week. Rob Kendall, John Dewing, Barry Bracken, Donna (Dittman) Gifford, Rod Shafer, Mary (Howard) Lockwood, Ron Gilson, met at the museum annex to go over old times and check out the Old Town exhibit.

"New voters don't know where to go, they don't know how to register but most people know how to register for their PFD," Reitmeier said.


Medicaid expansion enrolls 1000 people

(AP) The Alaska health department says it has enrolled more than 1,000 people in health care coverage in the first two weeks of the newly expanded Medicaid program.

The Alaska Dispatch news reports that state officials are projecting that 20,000 low-income residents will sign up for the expanded Medicaid program in its first year. Expanded enrollment began Sept. 1 after the Alaska Supreme Court refused to temporarily block the expansion, which Gov. Bill Walker announced without approval of the Legislature.


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