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August 9, 2017

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The Pioneers of Alaska stole the show Sunday during the parade, one of the final highlights of Gold Rush Days. While the giant fiber glass salmon appears spawned out, members of Igloos 7 and 8 appeared bright and fresh during the event.

Rain minimal

Valdez received .66 inches of rain between July 31 and Aug. 6.

The town experienced blue bird skies over the weekend, making for great weather for Gold Rush Days and the fishing derbies.

The total rainfall between Jan 1 - Aug 6 stood at 25.14 as of Saturday according to Eric Cooper, who monitors precipitation in Valdez for the Valdez Avalanche Center on behalf of the National Weather Service.

Forest service

Mayor Ruth Knight cut the ribbon Saturday, ceremonially opening the new exhibits and interpretive features at the Crooked Creek Information Site, which is run by the US Forest Service.

Known locally as the Salmon Turnaround, the site is owned by the City of Valdez and leased to the Forest Service as part of the Chugach Forest Service.

The new exhibits highlight "..the important resources of the Chugach National Forest and the incredible watchable wildlife opportunities of Crooked Creek Information Site and the Valdez area," according to the Forest Service.

Road closures

Road work on the Glacier Stream Bridge and at milepost 16 on the Richardson Highway are causing minor traffic delays for road travelers in and out of Valdez.

Going further up the highway, Alaska Dept. of Transportation is warning of an overnight closure at milepost 235 at Ruby Creek Bridge.

"The Richardson Highway at Ruby Creek Bridge, milepost 235, will be closed from 7:00 PM on August 10 through 7:00 AM on August 11, 2017," DOT said in a press release last week. "Crews will be removing a large pipe from the roadway and must close the road due to safety concerns. Travelers are advised to avoid the area during the closure."

DOT says the work is part of a flood mitigation project that will replace the bridge and lower the elevation of the creek.

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Can-Can girls - a hallmark of Gold Rush Days - escorted the hoosegow down Egan Dr Sunday during the parade. The hard working Can-Can girls manned the hoosegow all week, arresting Gold Rush scofflaws and making numerous personal appearances.

Work is expected to be complete before the end of August.

Guns and self harm

(AP) A new six-year study on guns in Alaska shows the state has one of the top rates of gun deaths and injuries in the U.S.

Deborah Hull-Jilly, the public health expert who coordinated the study, said the main reason for gun deaths in Alaska is suicide. But the study left unclear whether the presence of firearms contributes to Alaska's suicides, or if other factors are causing the high rate.


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