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One of the three Little Free Libraries installed on N. Harbor Dr at the boat harbor.

Single lane

A small portion of Pioneer Dr has been reduced to one lane while workers reconstruct Clark Street, which runs between West Klutina and Pioneer Drive.

"Construction, which includes road, sidewalk, curb, and storm drain work, will begin the first week of June and is expected to run until mid-August," the City of Valdez said in a public notice posted to its website. "During this time, the road will be closed to thru traffic.

For additional information on the Clark Street construction project, please contact: Laura Langdon, City Project Manager."

Little libraries

Valdez has joined a growing nation-wide movement: Little Free Libraries.

Three Little Free Libraries have been installed at three separate locations along the Valdez Small Boat Harbor on North Harbor Dr.

"This was the brain child of Mollie Good, head librarian of the Valdez Consortium Library," said Darryl Verfaillie, head of the city's Park and Recreation, and Cultural Services.

The small boxes containing books are mounted in shelters along the sidewalk.

"The little libraries will be stocked with books all summer long and are intended to allow harbor patrons the opportunity to borrow books and/or leave books for others to enjoy," Verfaillie said.

Rain in Valdez

Valdez received less than an inch of rain last week according to Eric Cooper of the Valdez Avalanche Center.

Cooper reports that .9 inches of rain fell in Valdez between May 29 and June 4. That brings the total precipitation to 19.51 inches since January 1.

The week before, Valdez experienced a dreary 2.06 inches of rain.

Dutch Harbor Day

Governor Bill Walker ordered Alaska flags be flown at half-staff last Saturday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Dutch Harbor by Japan during World War II.

Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day is recognized every year on the anniversary of the attack, and honors the military personnel who served and died defending our country, and the Aleut people who died while imprisoned and relocated as a result of the war.

"During World War II, my father served on the Aleutian Islands with Castner's Cutthroats in the Alaska Scouts; I heard many stories about the brave soldiers who served beside him," Walker said in a prepared statement.

Walker signed an executive proclamation recognizing the 75th anniversary of the attack, and declared June 3 as Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day in Alaska.

Aleutian shaker

(AP) A magnitude 6.9 earthquake rumbled north of Alaska's Aleutian Islands Friday but did not cause a tsunami or damage structures.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake occurred at 2:24 p.m. about 127 miles (204 kilometers) northwest of Attu (at-TOO) Island near the far west end of the Aleutians.

The Alaska Earthquake Center says the moderate earthquake was at a depth of about 16 miles (26 kilometers)

Residents of Shemya (SHEM-ya) Island about 147 miles southeast of the earthquake felt the ground move.

Attu is nearly 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage.

Paris and Alaska

(AP) An Alaska Republican moderate in the U.S. Senate says the country has an obligation to help address climate change, whether it is part of the international Paris climate agreement or not.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski made her comments to reporters in Juneau on Thursday, shortly after President Donald Trump announced that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the climate accord.

In light of Trump's decision, Murkowski says she hopes the U.S. does not fall back in its efforts to address and mitigate the impacts being felt as a result of a warming climate.

Murkowski also advocated for a thoughtful approach in rewriting the federal health care law rather than trying to pass something simply so Congress can move on to other things.

Valdez Star photo

Clark Street road construction is turning the intersection with Pioneer Dr. into a single lane.


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