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Access through Old Town and the roads that loop to and from the Richardson Highway remain blocked as the Glacier Stream cuts new channels across the dirt roads

Glacier stream

Emergency levee work in the Old Town area earlier this month has helped re-direct gushing waters from the Glacier Stream away from the dirt roads that loop around the area. However, waters from the stream continue to block the complete loop around the area.

Last July, the Valdez City Council freed up emergency funds for flood issues that have plagued portions of Valdez from not only the Glacier Stream, but the Lowe River in the 10-mile area.

Glacial melt from warmer temperatures and heavy rains have contributed to the ongoing flood issues throughout Valdez.

Last Monday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Seward and stated that it would keep a close eye on both Valdez and Cordova.

Death a suicide

Valdez police say a 61-year-old man shot himself and died at the Glacier Campground last Friday morning.

"At approximately 8:08 a.m. Friday, Valdez Police and Fire Dispatch received a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Valdez Glacier Campground off Airport Road," said a press release from Allie Ferko, public information officer for the City of Valdez. "Emergency medical personnel and multiple police officers responded to the scene and found a 61-year old male unresponsive at his camp site."

Police say the investigation was completed and next of kin notified.

Russell Claude Hilton, of Gold Beach, Oregon, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Responders attempted advanced life support measures; however the man was declared deceased at the scene and transported by ambulance to Providence Valdez Medical Center," Ferko said. "Valdez police officers conducted a preliminary death investigation and found no indication of foul play. The State of Alaska Medical Examiner's office will conduct an autopsy. The firearm used at the scene was recovered by Valdez police."

Bucs 2-0

The Buccaneers began a football winning streak this week when the home team won its second game in a row, beating the visiting Seward Seahawks 26-14.

Friday night's game was the second of four home games slated for Valdez this season.

Zach Howard was a standout according to the coach, Steve Radotich, who also praised the efforts of the rest of the team.

The Buccaneers will travel to the Mat-Su Valley this weekend to take on Redington, with Eielson following the first weekend in September.

"You can't take them too lightly," Radotich said.

Arch coming

Work on Pioneer Drive has been completed and has been open for traffic according to the City of Valdez.

"All roadways and business driveways are open," the city said in a press release Monday. " Some shoulder work along Egan continues this week."

Work on the arch that will welcome visitors is now slated for September.

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The Buccaneers won their second game in a row Saturday when the home team beat the visiting Seward Seahawks.

"Street lights are scheduled to be installed the last two weeks in September," the city said. "Prep work has begun for the arch and expect installation around mid September."

Final paving for the patches along the south side of Egan is scheduled for this weekend and corner plazas and planters along Egan are nearly complete.


(AP) Alaska's unemployment rate stayed at 6.7 percent last month, unchanged from June.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 4.9 percent, which the state labor department says is also unchanged from a month earlier.


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