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Photo courtesy Valdez Ski Team

This season's Buccaneer ski team.

Buc skiing

Great snow conditions and great competition defined the first Nordic town race of the season.

Eric Auten dominated the community racers division using classic technique in the 7k event and was overall winner. VHS senior Rylee Norris finished first in the high school division with an outstanding classic race. Norris was followed closely by junior Ben Swanson who also had a strong classic.

All racers made great efforts, and showed great energy and enthusiasm in the freestyle event - and finished!

Much appreciated donations totaling $100 were made to assist the team in purchasing wax. Special thanks to Parks & Rec and Marcie Robertson for the perfect grooming and constant support.

The team wishes to sincerely thank all community racers. Fresh new faces motivate us all to try our hardest and, in the process, get stronger each race. The next town race will be on December 31, starting at 10:30 at Cato Bridge. Registration at 10:15. All town races are freestyle - your choice of techniques.

Wrestlers at state

Alisa Heller wrestled a tough tournament, finishing 4th in the state at 120 pounds, according to Buccaneer coach Tyler Thompson.

"Even though Alisa had her sights set on a gold medal she had an amazing senior season here in Valdez and I am honored to have coached her," he said in an email Monday. "Orion Heller went 2-2 on the weekend and coming up just shy of the placing rounds. Orion has his sights set high on the podium for next year and is eager to get back in the room during the off season."

On the move

The finance department for the City of Valdez has moved its operations to the airport building according to the public information officer, Allie Ferko.

"All staff phone numbers remain the same," the press release issued by Ferko stated.

Valdez Star photo

Christmas may be over, but check your post office box often - packages are still being processed all day long.

Employees moved include the finance director, comptroller, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and property tax clerk/payroll clerks.

The move comes as city administrators grapple with space shortages inside of city hall, combined with a need to remediate mold issues in the old section of the building.


(AP) Alaska's unemployment rate for November stood at 6.8 percent.

State and federal labor statistics show the seasonally adjusted, preliminary rate compares to a revised rate of 6.9 percent for October. The unemployment rate in November 2015 was 6.6 percent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate last month was 4.6 percent.


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