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

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Holiday hours vary all over Valdez in the days before Christmas

The newspaper will take a holiday break and will see you next in 2018


December 20, 2017

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The Valdez Post Master is encouraging everyone in Valdez to check their postal boxes often before Christmas this year.

Christmas is coming this Monday - and a number of businesses and services will be closing early or not be open at all on Christmas Eve, a Sunday.

Don't forget the cranberries, because the local grocery store closes early on Christmas Eve this year.

"We're closed Christmas Day," said Doug Johnson, a supervisor at Safeway.

The store will close early Sunday, at 6 p.m.

The store will also close early – at 10 p.m. – on New Year's Eve.

Don't forget to make sure all of your prescription needs are also taken care

of for the holidays! The store's pharmacy is not open Sundays and will also be closed on Christmas Day.

City Hall will be closed for both Christmas and New Year's Day.

According to Allie Ferko, the city's public information officer, City Hall will close at noon the Friday before both holidays, Dec. 22 and Dec. 29.

The post office will be closed this Sunday, Christmas Eve.

"Dec. 23 is like our last business day," said Susan Sanford, the Post Master of Valdez. "Christmas is on a Monday this year so we're going to be closed Christmas Eve."

In years past, postal employees often stayed at work past regular hours on Dec. 24, in an effort to get as many parcels into the hands of as many people as possible before Christmas.

The post office is usually open for two hours on Saturdays, 10 a.m. until noon.

"On the 23rd, we're going to try to keep it a little longer," Sanford said.

How much longer?

"I know they'll probably be here until four, to give out parcels," she said. "Our caller service window will be open 12 to 4, at least."

She also urged people to come pick up packages as early as possible.

"The earlier you can pick up your parcels the better," Sanford said. "Pick up your mail so we can get out more because we slowly run out of space."

She also reminded Valdez that it is not too late to be charitable.

"We do have our angel tree, too," she said. "It's doing really well."

The Angel Tree is supported by Santa's Workshop - disguised as Sheila Jordan - with the help of her employer, Copper Valley Telecom. The tree connects needy children with Christmas present donors.

It is easy to participate in the program. Simply choose an ornament on the tree, which lists the age, gender, interests and needs of a local child. The donor buys and wraps gifts, and brings them back to place under the tree.

Cash donations are also accepted to bring a little Christmas cheer to kids in need.

Speaking of kids, students in Valdez will also be on winter break beginning this week.

The last day of school in 2017 will be Wednesday, Dec. 20. Classes will resume for students Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 according to the school district's website.

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Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, so the post office will not be open that day for last minute package deliveries.

The Valdez Star will also have altered hours for the holidays.

The newspaper's business office will close early Wednesday, Dec. 20 and will not reopen until Friday, Dec. 29.

The next edition of the Valdez Star will be published Jan. 3, 2018.

Electronic communications will be checked sporadically during the short winter break.

Until then, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and happy holidays to all.


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