Have you heard the great news about the Bananabots, Super Brotatoes and Red Hot Robot Masters? These names belong to three LEGO robotics teams in Valdez, and all three teams performed extremely well at a recent “virtual” qualifying event last Saturday, December 6th at George Gilson Middle School (GGMS). It was a “virtual” event for the Bananabots from GGMS and the Super Brotatoes and Red Hot Robot Masters from Hermon Hutchens Elementary (HHES) because they competed via video conferencing along with four LEGO teams in North Slope communities. At this event, all three Valdez teams earned top honors in 3 categories: robot performance, robot design and core values/teamwork. This is the fourth year for LEGO robotics in Valdez, yet it is the first year that 30 students have been able to participate instead of being limited to 10 team members. All of the team members and coaches would like to thank the community sponsors who have allowed us to reach our current level of success and student involvement: United Way of Valdez, Copper Valley Electric Association, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Petro Star, and most importantly, the Valdez City School District. Here are some highlights from each team.
The Bananabots, an eleven person team coached by Officer Baczuk, has practiced for a number of weeks now and has overcome a variety of obstacles to include a new location and newly formed team. Team members really stepped up the quality of their practices in the weeks leading up to the tournament. They displayed a high level of cooperation, commitment, and innovation which ultimately led to them winning the robot performance competition as well as coming in first place for the overall qualifying event. The team would like to thank Mr. Morrison and Mrs. Franciosi for all of their support and efforts, as well as Mr. Langseth and the wood shop students for sharing their space with us. A big thanks to the Valdez City Schools district office and custodial staff as well!
The Super Brotatoes and Red Hot Robot Masters, coached by Erica Shirk and Cynthia Shidner, earned top awards thanks to the teamwork skills and the creative minds of both teams. Super Brotatoes won the “core values” award for their teamwork and cooperation. The Red Hot Robot Masters wowed the judges with their creative attachments in the area of robot design. Both teams would like to thank Mrs. Reese and Mr. Nygaard for their “above and beyond” support of our LEGO robotics program as well as a huge thank you to Jason Caudle for ensuring that our technology was top notch during the virtual event.
All three teams are working hard to prepare for the statewide “First LEGO League” competition in Fairbanks, which will take place on February 7th, 2015. At this event, the Valdez teams will compete against 35 LEGO robotics teams in four categories: robot design, robot performance, team “core values” and a real-life project related to this year’s theme about improving education. We are very proud of how our LEGO robotics team members have represented our community of Valdez for the fourth year in a row. Thank you again to all of the community sponsors of our teams!
SENIOR AND VETERAN TAX EXEMPTION Public notice from the City of Valdez - The FY 2015 Senior Citizen and Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption Applications and Community Purpose Exemption Applications are now available at City Hall. Qualified applicants may obtain an application from City Hall or on the City’s website. Applications must be filed with the City Clerk’s office no later than
January 15, 2015.
GMS GREAT HALLOWEEN GIVEBACK
Mrs. Haase-Bushong challenged her students to lead Gilson Middle School in the Great Halloween Giveback Challenge. As a result the students donated over 500 plus items for the Valdez Food Bank and Animal Shelter this year. Haase-Bushong's 6th grade class was the overall winner of the class competition
Noah Stanley Stark came into this world on the evening of December 1st at 10:22pm. Noah is now the brother of William “Liam” Stark. His parents are William and Erin Stark.
COAST GUARD RETRIEVES FISHING VESSEL Alaska Dispatch - The U.S. Coast Guard towed a fishing vessel with three people aboard to shore Thursday after it lost steering power and grounded in Prince William Sound.
Shortly after midnight, the Coast Guard in Anchorage received a radio report from the fishing vessel Eleon, but little information was relayed before the signal cut out, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst.
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VALDEZ RESIDENT SET TO HAVE A FILM FEATURED IN FILM FESTIVAL Alaska Dispatch – Valdez resident Dawson Moore will have his play “Six Dead Bodies” in the Anchorage International Film Festival. “Six Dead Bodies,” written by Dawson Moore and Lindsay Walker, caught the fancy of more than just a local newspaper critic. It was reprised at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez and included in “The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011.” Now it’s coming to a movie theater near you. A film of the play is on the schedule of the Anchorage International Film Festival, which opens today (Dec. 5th). Bennett re-creates the role of the truck driver, Winston, and is the director and producer as well. But he’s hoping to do more.
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VALDEZ WRESTLERS FEATURED IN FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS MINER
The Valdez High School Wrestling team recently participated in their regional tournament. A few select wrestlers from Valdez were mentioned in an article by the Daily News Miner.
KVAK NEW LOOK FOR SPORTS COVERAGE
Starting this Thursday with our Wrestling Regionals Preview show, KVAK Radio will be bringing you a new program called “Sports Shorts.” Airing multiple 1 minute spots on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, Sports Shorts will bring you previews and recaps of local games, intervies with coaches and athletes, schedules of upcoming events, and much more. Stay tuned starting this Thursday for Sports Shorts. If you have been a previous sponsor of our local sports coverage and would like to continue, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact us here at KVAK Radio, and Sports Shorts can be brought to our community, by you.
CITY BUDGET ALMOST ADOPTED FOR 2015
The City of Valdez held public hearings to discuss the 2015 City of Valdez budget. During budget hearings, the City Council largely voted to support all the budget requests in the proposal. In a couple cases, they did not fund community service organizations the amount they requested for 2015, however all received at least as much, if not more, funding than they did in 2014. Operational expenses were up, but City Manager John Hozey said the City expects to bring in less property tax revenue in 2015. The City Council will finalize the budget at their December 9th meeting.
At the end of the process, here are some basic budget numbers:
* City Operational Expenditures are up 4.54%
* Contribution to the Hospital is up 0.24%
* Contribution to Major Equipment fund is up 1.18%
* School District request is up 0.45%
* Community Service Organization requests are up 5.56%
* Major Maintenance & Capital Projects (forward funded in 2014) up by 69.1%
CITY OF VALDEZ TO SPEND 1/2 MILLION ON ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION PLANNING
The City established a new Economic Diversification Commission in 2014 and set aside a full year's budget for the program totaling $474,365. At this point the lions share of the budget will be used to hire a contractor to determine: whether a year round mountain recreation site is feasible in Valdez; Socio-Economic Baseline Indicator Data Collection and Local Visitors Statistics Data Collection. The VCVB also received additional funds for 2015 earmarked for visitor data collection. CLICK HERE to read the Economic Diversification Interim Measures Project Charter.
KVAK MOONLIGHT MADNESS WINNERS
Aveda Invigorating Relief Hand Lotion Gift Set from Salon Eclipse - Amber Mehlberg
$30 Gift Certificate to Radio Shack - Bonita Kompkoff
$50 Gift Certificate to Copper Valley Telecom - Todd Stubblefield
$30 Gift Certificate to Mike's Palace - Daryl Driver
$50 Gift Certificate to The Weathered Anchor - Celeste Ditman
$30 Gift Certificate to Harbor Landing - Magda Torres
$50 Gift Card to Prospector - Kristin Debbin
$30 worth of coupons for Subway - Victoria Korenev
$30 Gift Certificate to South Central Hardware - Rachel Harden
$30 Gift Certificate to Northwind Floral & Gifts - Charles Selanoff
$30 Gift Certificate to A Rogue's Garden - Jennie Sodergren
Gift Certificate for the Vibration Plates at Arctic Chiropractic - To be announced
Photo courtesy of the Alaska Sea Life Center
OCTOPUS LAYS THOUSANDS OF EGGS Alaska Sea Life Center – Female giant Pacific octopus “Dot” has laid thousands of eggs in the Denizens of the Deep exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Fertility of eggs cannot be determined at this time. If the eggs are fertile, dark eyes on the embryo within each egg capsule will be noticeable to both aquarists and visitors this coming spring. Hatching would then take place during summer 2015.
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CVTC RETIRES $1,831,500. IN CAPITAL CREDITS
The Board of Directors of Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative (CVTC) recently approved the 2014 general retirement of patronage capital credits concerning the remaining 70% of 1991, 35% of 1992 and 10% of the allocations for members purchasing CVTC services in 2013. A cooperative is obligated to pay the credits (all such amounts in excess of operating costs and expenses) to a capital account for each member. On a regular basis, the board reviews the financial stability of CVTC, ultimately determining if they are financially able to pay out the capital credits to our members.
ALASKA YOUTH VOTERS Medford/Somerville, MA – Youth vote experts from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) – the preeminent, non-partisan research center on youth engagement based at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service – today released in-depth analysis on youth voters in Alaska during Tuesday’s highly competitive U.S. Senate election in the state.
At 8:26pm the Fire Department was toned out for a working trailer house fire. The trailer in Space 99 is owned by Brian Cox and Jennifer Sargent. The owner did have small burns on his hand and was coated with ash. His significant other was in the smoke but did not have as much on her. They both refused any further treatment. They did say the smoke detector woke them both up. The house was destroyed all contents destroyed by the fire. On arrival the home was fully involved. The owners were out of the home.
The house #100 did receive heat. Three sets of windows were destroyed from the heat and water. No one else got hurt. The fire department had five apparatus on scene. Fifteen fire personnel. Estimated damage $10,000 items inside the trailer house and $14,000 value of the home. The fire was started by smoking in bed. Red Cross was notified and did arrive on scene to help the home owners.
Preliminary Election Results
STATE OF ALASKA - 2014 GENERAL ELECTION - NOVEMBER 4TH Unofficial Results
Picture above: Fire Department: 10-30-14 Valdez Fire Department responded to a car fire at milepost 17 on the Richardson Highway. The vehicle was extinguished, with a total loss to the vehicle. Photo courtesy of Charlie Hughey
30 THINGS ALASKANS HAVE TO EXPLAIN Movoto.com – recently did an article explaining “30 things Alaskans have to explain to Out – of – Towners.” CLICK HERE to view the page.
Pictured above: Resident of Valdez during Saturday’s Valdez Flu Shot Clinic. Photo Courtesy of Shannon Major
AVV held a vigil to remember victims of Domestic Violence as more than merely a symbolic action, but to invite people to get involved directly with the campaign against domestic violence. AVV urges people to help keep our communities focused on a very real problem, and on the need to prevent it throughout the year.
AVV ANNOUNCES WOMEN OF DISTINCTION FINALISTS
YOUNG WOMEN OF DISTINCTION NOMINEES
Marian Margaret Wamsley
Miranda Jane HaltnessCassandra Black
WOMEN OF DISTINCTION NOMINEES
Reta Ann Derifield
Pamela B. Verfaillie
FINAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS Mayor
Larry Weaver – 473
Rich Long – 242
Valdez City Council2015 Budget Hearings – Work Session Schedule
City Council Chambers
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
(Public Hearings will be followed by Work Sessions on topics as indicated)
October 22, 2014
Budget Overview – Assumptions & Challenges
Fund Review (all Funds)
October 23, 2014
Public Safety Support, Animal Control, Police
Fire, Emergency Prep
Port, Harbor, Airport
October 29, 2014
Employee Benefits Committee Recommendations
Public Works (Streets/Shop, Solid Waste)
Utilities (Water, Sewer)
October 30, 2014
Library, Parks & Rec, Civic Center, Parks Maint.
Administration, Finance, Council, Clerk, Law
Insurance, Permanent Fund, Debt Service Fund
Reserve Fund (Programs)
November 5, 2014
Community Service Organizations
Valdez City Schools
Capital Facilities (Bldg Maint., Engineering, Clinic)
Capital Facilities Fund (Community Investment Projects – CIP’s)
November 6, 2014 - Any items postponed from previous meetings
(last revised 10/3/14)
Preliminary Election Results
Preliminary Election Results - Valdez
October 7, 2014
The polls closed at 8pm Tuesday evening and it looks like Larry Weaver will be Mayor and Proposition #1 passed. Proposition #1 allows the City of Valdez to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed 20 million dollars for expansion of the harbor. The election results will be finalized on Wednesday and final vote counts will change with 80 absentee and 26 question votes to be considered. There were 3 seats for both City Council and those will be filled by the 3 candidates who ran: Nate Smith, Chris Moulton and Jim Shirrell. Likewise there were 3 seats open for School Board and the 3 candidates who ran will all be seated: Darryl Verfaillie, Bill Connell and Bill Comer.
10 SAFEST PLACES IN ALASKA Movoto.com – recently published an article on what they believe to be the “10 safest places in Alaska.” Want to know where Valdez ranked on that list? CLICK HERE to view the full article.
WEST KLUTINA INCIDENT
On the evening of September 30th the Valdez police department responded to an incident on West Klutina Street.
PUBLIC INVITED TO VIEW THE RELEASE HARBOR SEAL PUP
The Alaska SeaLife Center is excited to announce the release of a female Pacific harbor seal pup this Friday at 3:30pm at the Public Access Boat Lunch at Lowell Point Beach in Seward. “Gobi” the newborn seal pup was rescued on July 3 after being abandoned by its mother. The Alaska SeaLife Center operates a 24-hour hotline (1-888-774-SEAL) for the public to report stranded marine mammals or birds and is the only permanent marine rehabilitation center in Alaska.
UNITS RESPOND TO VESSEL FIRE
Valdez Fire, Police and the USCG responded to the report of a vessel explosion in the Small Boat Harbor last Wednesday evening. The 30-foot commercial fishing vessel had one adult onboard when it exploded at approximately 7:55pm. The cause of the incident remains under investigation and the individual on board was transported to Providence Hospital.
LAST WEEKEND’S POWER OUTAGE DUE TO HIGH WATER IN VALDEZ
High water, caused by flooding from the recent rainfall, eroded approximately 60 feet of the river bank surrounding Structure 38-7 causing it to collapse. The brief power outage which occurred late last Sunday night affected all CVEA members.
CLICK HERE for more addional information and nomination forms
HARBOR DEVELOPMENT SPENDING ON COUNCIL AGENDA TONIGHT
The City of Valdez has an agenda item on tonight’s council meeting that will approve a schematic design for a new small boat harbor in Valdez. Initially the project was expected to cost roughly 50 million dollars and be funded with 20 million federal dollars, 15 million from the State and the City of Valdez chipping in 15 million. At this time, Hozey said he anticipates the project costing upwards of 60 million dollars. The State has contributed between 7.5 million and 8 million according to Hozey, the Federal Government has agreed to contribute about 21 million dollars, and the City has 15 million available for the project. Hozey said he expects to ask the public to bond for an additional 20 million to support the project. The new harbor is expected to add an additional 140 slips. At a cost of 60 million dollars, each slip will cost roughly $428,571 to build. Hozey pointed out that the project will also provide accessible uplands for the public.
ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER WELCOMES SEA OTTER TO I.SEA.U
The adorable pup was found stranded as a newborn in Port Moller, Alaska after being entangled in a fishing net, but is now made a full recovery at the SeaLife Center. Due to the maternal care required by young others, pups this age are deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. However, visitors to the Center can watch the activities of the otter and its caregivers through viewing windows. CLICK HERE to read the entire press release.
‘SCHOLASTIC SCHOOL SUPPLY’ SCAM HITS CLASSROOMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY Delta News: Anchorage, Alaska — September 9, 2014 — Schools nationwide are reporting an increase in a supply scam centered on the company Scholastic School Supply. Consumers allege the imposter business is sending out fake invoices to schools and districts in the amount of $647.50 for a bulk purchase of text books that was never purchased or received. The only contact information on the invoices is an email address that consumers say does not respond to messages and a phone number that routes to a series of voicemail boxes. CLICK HERE to view full article
ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATIONCOMMISSION CREATED
On September 2, 2014 the Council held a work session with Administration to discuss the status of moving forward with one aspect of Economic Diversification Interim Measures – seating the Economic Diversification Commission. The Council agreed to move forward with seating the Commission and to start their scope of work. City Administration is presenting ten candidates for consideration by the Council at the meeting tonight: CANDIDATE - Category Affiliation
Dave Dengel - Utilities
Amanda Bauer - Summer Tours & Attractions
Scott Hicks - Oil & Gas
Laurine Regan - Indirectly: Accommodations/Attractions
Jim Shirrell - At Large
Ryan McCune - Winter Tours & Attractions
Mike Meadors - Oil & Gas (or Professional Services)
Colleen Stephens - Transportation (or Summer Tours & Attractions)
Keith Thomas - Contracting & Trades
Karen Ables - Food & Beverage
KIDS CLUB REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE AT HHES & KVAK
Even if your child participated in KVAK’s Kids Club program last year, parents will need to sign the registration form for the 2014-2015 school year. Members will receive:
* Birthday announced on the radio (93.3FM & 1230AM)
* Birthday card in the mail on their special day
* Welcome Packet with prizes and information about the program
* 4th & 5th Graders can participate in Monthly Community Service Recording Sessions CLICK HEREfor Kids Club Registration Form
CITY LOOKING TO PROTECT WATERFOWL
The City of Valdez has put in a letter of request to Commissioner Kemp of Alaska Department of Transportation requesting the City be allowed to install signage along the highway intended to protect waterfowl near the highway. The letter, written by City Manager John Hozey, was prompted by a citizen petition. The letter explains, “If we could receive authorization from your Department to install the signs, the City of Valdez would take responsibility for them The City is willing to purchase, install and maintain these signs”.
FISCAL NECESSITIES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
In a summary statement submitted to City Council by Lisa VonBargen, a $5,705 expenditure to buy iPads, food, advertising and name plates for the newly formed commission. Plans for the role of this commission are largely undefined, but funding for a “strategic doing” seminar and contract are being requested.
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMIT REPORT
Ever wonder how residential and commercial building looks in Valdez? The following report, put together by the City indicates permits issued for both residential and commercial building. CLICK HERE to read the full report.
11 THINGS ONLY PEOPLE FROM ALASKA WILL UNDERSTAND Movoto.com – recently posted in their blog the top eleven things that people in the lower 48 wouldn’t understand, or at least not like us Alaskans.
H.A.W.K. FINALE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
67 Hikers participated in this year’s H.A.W.K program, hiking over 330 trails in and around the Valdez area this summer. Winners were drawn by 2012’s National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis after her inspiring speech at the Valdez Library last week. The winners are as follows:
3+ Trails – Shannon Mahoney-Irish
5+ Trails – Jenessa Ables
7+ Trails – Kathy Todd
9+ Trails – Ruby Morales
The Overall Drawing Winner was Ron Langseth.
Stay tuned for details on H.A.W.K. 2.0, a winter version of the hiking program is set to launch this this year!
ALASKA POWER ASSOCIATION HOLDS 63rd ANNUAL MEETING IN VALDEZ
More than 170 people will gather in Valdez on Wednesday for three days of workshops, meetings and presentations designed to address the issues facing electric utilities in Alaska. Those in attendance will hear an update on the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project, and some insight on what is happening with Eklutna Generation Station. These are both in addition to the host of speakers on hand with ranging areas of expertise. CLICK HERE for more information on the meeting.
VALDEZ WOMAN WINS TRUCK , TOWNE HOLDS ON TO WIN SILVER DERBY
Pictured: TC Greene of Valdez with her prize
VALDEZ, Alaska – There were not many changes on the leader board the last week of the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby or the Halibut Derby in Valdez. In the Silver Salmon Derby, a contender came in late August 28th that was two tenths of a pound shy of knocking Amanda Towne out of 1st place. Towne reeled in a 17.54 pound silver during the Women’s Derby August 9th and Paul Williams of Eagle River brought in a 17.52 pound silver on August 28th. Towne owns the distinction of being the only Women’s Silver Salmon Derby winner to also win the $15,000 cash prize in the silver derby. Williams won 2nd place and $5,000 for the fish he reeled up aboard the Silly Billy II. Greg Ledsworth of Tamarac, Florida took 3rd place in the silver derby with the 17.50 pound silver he caught from shore August 25th. The Big Prize Friday $500 winner was Nathen Ward of Fairbanks who reeled in a 14.08 pound silver August 29th aboard the Mayhem.
In the Valdez Halibut Derby, it was Scott Hebig’s 203.6 pound halibut that hung on for the 1st place $15,000 cash prize. Hebig caught his 203.6 pound halibut June 20th aboard the Amanda Rose. James McQuain of Fairbanks finished 2nd in the halibut derby with a 171.6 pound halibut he caught July 25th aboard the Dawn Treader and Jeff Maurer of Elysburg, Pennsylvania took 3rd place with the 171.4 pound halibut he caught July 17th aboard the Dawn Treader. Hebig’s halibut is the smallest halibut on record to win the Valdez Derbies, with the exception of the years when the Chamber of Commerce held a target weight derby. In 2013, the winner of the $15,000 first place prize weighed in at 325 pounds. In 2014, the 1st place winner had a fish weighing 335.7 pounds; in 2013 the winner tipped the scales at 277.2.
Every derby ticket purchased in the Valdez Derbies gives the buyer a chance to win a Ford F-150 4x4 truck from Valdez Fish Derbies and Seekins Ford. This year’s winner was T.C. Greene of Valdez.The Captain’s Prize of $500 was awarded to Dave Towne of Valdez aboard the Amanda Rose for both the halibut and silver salmon derby. Judy Bartlett sold the winning Halibut Derby ticket at the weigh-in shack and won the $500 ticket seller prize. Janis Johnson and Susie Koklich sold the winning silver derby ticket at the Prospector and will split the $500 ticket seller prize.
Next year’s dates, as well as pictures and information about the 2014 winners, can be found at www.valdezfishderbies.com.
Halibut Derby – Overall Leaders
1st Scott Hebig Wasilla, AK 203.6 lbs. June 20 Amanda Rose
2nd James McQuain Fairbanks, AK 171.6 lbs. July 25 Dawn Treader
3rd Jeff Maurer Elysburg, PA 171.4 lbs. July 17 Dawn Treader
Halibut Derby – Weekly Winners – Week #15
1st Robert Meade Lodi, WI 117.6 lbs. August 27 Dan Orion
2nd Nikolay Oleynikov Alameda, CA 80.2 lbs. August 26 Dan Orion
Silver Derby – Overall Leaders
1st Amanda Towne Valdez, AK 17.54 lbs. Aug 9 Amanda Rose
2nd Paul Williams Eagle River, AK 17.52 lbs. Aug 28 Silly Billy II
3rd Greg Ledsworth Tamarac, FL 17.50 lbs. Aug 25 Shore
Pictured: David Duke with his trophy size yellow eye rockfish ANGLERS HOPE TO CATCH A BIG FISH BEFORE END OF DERBIES
VALDEZ, Alaska – With less than a week left in the Valdez Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies, it would seem that there’s a good chance of the leaders being knocked off the board in the Halibut and Silver Salmon Derbies …that is, if history is any indication.
If Scott Hebig’s 203.6 pound halibut takes 1st place in the derby, it will be the smallest halibut on record to win the Valdez Derbies, with the exception of the years when the Chamber of Commerce held a target weight derby. In 2013, the winner of the $15,000 first place prize weighed in at 325 pounds. In 2014, the 1st place winner had a fish weighing 335.7 pounds; in 2013 the winner tipped the scales at 277.2.
In the silver salmon derby, Amanda Towne’s 17.54 pound silver would be a respectable fish to win the Valdez Silver Derby, but a Valdez Women’s Silver Salmon Derby winner has never held on until the end of the derby. In 2013, the silver that took the big cash prize of $15,000 weighed in at 16.92. In 2012, the Silver Derby winner was 17.88. From 2008 through 2011, the 1st place winner weighed in at: 22.14 (2008), 22.14 (2009), 19.10 (2010) and 18.68 (2009).
The overall size of both halibut and silver salmon being brought in seems to be large this year, even though the silver fishing has been a bit slow. And anglers have brought in some sizeable ling cod and rock fish. David Duke reeled in a trophy yellow eye rockfish this past week while aboard a halibut charter CLICK HERE to read the entire press release.
DISTRICT 9 RESULTS AND CANDIDATES FOR THE VALDEZ MUNICIPIAL ELECTION FINALIZED
Results are in from the Alaska State Primary Election held last Tuesday. Nearly 3,000 voters turned out from District 9, and elected Jim Colver as the Republican Representative for House who will be running against Democratic candidate Mabel Wimmer. Wimmer ran unopposed in the Primary Election. Jim Colver beat out both the incumbent Eric Feige and George Rauscher with a total of 1,140 votes or about 39 percent.
The Valdez Municipal elections will be held Tuesday, October 7th for the positions of Mayor, City Council and Valdez City School Board. Three positions will be opening on the City Council with the term expiration of Council Members: Nate Smith, Donna Schantz and Chris Moulton. Nate Smith and Chris Moulton will both be on the ballet for an additional term along with new comer Jim Shirrell. The three expiring terms for the School Board include the current president and vice president Anita Fannin, Dawn Farmer, joins Dan Walker. Darryl Verfaillie, William Comer and Bill Connell will be on the ballet for October. The two candidates who hope to secure the position as Mayor this fall are Richard Long and Larry Weaver. CLICK HERE to view the official results from the State of Alaska Primary Election
2014 SCHOOL CLIMATE AND CONNECTEDNESS SURVEY RESULTS
Valdez students and staff participated in the yearly statewide survey, which measures how the school climate is perceived. The survey seeks to determine how connected the students feel to adults and their peers in a way that directly correlates to how they perform in school. This includes the students and staff reporting on how many times they’ve witnessed students participating in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol use. Results from students showed a significant increase in student ratings over last year in the areas of: School Safety, Peer Climate, Caring Adults, and Parent and Community Involvement. The areas of noteworthy decline over the previous year were in the categories of: High Expectations, School Leadership and Student Involvement, and Respectful Climate. The staff results showed increased ratings in every category surveyed. However, students and staff results concurred that there was a considerable increase in reports of delinquent behavior at school and during school events. Students added that this included the use of drugs and alcohol, while staff reports disagreed. CLICK HERE to read the entire report.
NO PETITIONS OUT FOR SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES WITH DEADLINE QUICKLY APPROACHING
The deadline for nominating petitions for the offices of Mayor, City Council and School Board is THIS Friday, August 15th at 5:00 p.m.. Petitions may be obtained at City Clerk's Office. The local election will be held October 7, 2014.
As of Friday, August 8, 2014 the status of candidates are as follows: Mayor
Alex Woolf - petition out
Jim Shirrell - petition out
Rich Long -petition out
Nate Smith - filed petition
Chris Moulton - petition out
Jim Shirrell - petition out
John May - petition out
Rich Long - petition out
Anna Lischka - petition out
No petitions out
To view the official notice of regular and school board election for the city of Valdez. CLICK HERE
CVEA INVITATION TO BIDDERS Bidding through August 21st
Bid packets available: Aug 11 – 21
Copper Valley Electric Association is accepting sealed bids for the sale of various vehicles and equipment. Items may be inspected at the CVEA office in Glennallen 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 11-21, 2014. Bid packets will be available at the CVEA offices in Glennallen and Valdez, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 11-21, 2014. Bid packets will also be available at www.cvea.org. Bids will only be accepted if submitted on the official bid form included in the bid packets. Bids will be accepted at either CVEA office until Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5 p.m. Bids will be opened and awarded on Friday, August 22, 2014. Items will be sold as is, where is, and with no warranty.
CVEA reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
COAST GUARD RESPONDS TO CAPSIZED VESSEL IN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND Valdez, Alaska – The Coast Guard responded to a 40-foot fishing vessel capsized in Prince William Sound, Monday, August 4, 2014. At approximately 5:00 p.m. Monday, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a report that the seine fishing vessel Auriga capsized while seeking shelter from the weather to the West of Unakwik Inlet with four people on board. The vessel was fishing in the vicinity of Eaglek Bay when a storm approached from the Southeast. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE
VALDEZ STOL COMPETITION GOES NATIONWIDE
Thirteen pilots from across the country showed off their Valdez STOL (short takeoff and landing) demonstration in a fierce competition at one of the nation’s biggest airshows. The Air Venture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin debuted the typically unique to Valdez competition to a massive audience topping over 500,000 spectators. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE STORY
ALLISON CREEK HYDRO
On the afternoon of July 29th, Copper Valley Electric took a selected group of people to the construction site of the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Plant. At the gathering Copper Valley representatives thanked the supporters and discussed the history and progress of the hydro plant construction. Speakers included CVEA Chief Executive Officer Robert Wilkinson, CVEA Board of Directors President Will Stark, and CVEA Executive Engineer John Duhamel. Also in appearance to show support of the construction were the McMillen family of McMillen LLC, a representative of Senator Mark Begich, and AEA Deputy Director Sandra Moller. Concluding the ceremony the group was shuttled to the Solomon Gulch Hydro Facility for an ending reception.
CLICK HERE for information on the Allison Creek Hydro Construction.
Click to enlarge Copper Valley Telecom 4G LTE Wireless Service Expansion in 2014
Copper Valley Telecom’s new 4G LTE wireless data service expansion project is complete and will provide data service with superfast (10-15 mpbs) speeds in the Copper Valley service area and beyond.
The new expansions, added to the 12 initial sites upgraded in 2013, include the following 4G LTE site locations: Tazlina, Tolsona Ridge, Willow Mountain, Nelchina, Chistochina, Glenn-Rich Silver Springs, Slana, Cannon Hill (Chitina) and Sourdough and McCarthy. To take advantage of the new higher speeds, customers will need to have 4G LTE-compatible handsets like the Samsung S5.
CLICK HERE to read press release from Copper Valley Telecom.
Congrats to the Northern Exposure Men's Softball Team for placing third in the Mug Shot Softball Tournament in the Valley this past weekend! Additionally, Travis McCain, Tysen Blake, and Kris Albright were selected as Tournament All Stars and Darren Caudle earned the Tournament Golden Glove award! The Northern Exposure Men's team is comprised of Valdez Softball Association players from the Crowley, Hooligans, and Northern Exposure Co-Ed teams here in Valdez.
Photo by: Jena Devlin
FREE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER TRAINING BEING OFFERED
The Valdez City School District is looking for people interested in driving students to activities and sporting events. There will be a free training course August 14th through August 19 in Valdez. In order to participate, students must have a CDL license or permit PRIOR to taking the class. This requires a DOT physical and a general knowledge test as a minimum to get the CDL permit. Those interested in beginning this process, call visit the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles to begin process. Call the District offices at 834-4701 with questions or to sign up.
WOMEN'S SILVER SALMON DERBY MARKS 10th YEAR IN VALDEZ
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Women's Silver Salmon Derby in Valdez. "Who would have thought that it would have turned into what it has", commented Derby Board Member Joe Prax. "Registration for the first year's event was held at the Prospector the first year and we expected maybe 20 to 30 participants". The first year, the store was crammed with close to 200 women. The 2nd year, registration was extended to a week-long period and an opening and closing event were held at the Civic Center. The event grew at least 100 participants a year until 2012 where attendance leveled out at just over 700 women. Valdez Fish Derbies has a simple mission, "to promote sport fishing in Valdez". Through sponsorships and ticket sales, the organization purchases marketing throughout Alaska and the Lower 48 to talk about Valdez and fishing. Valdez Fish Derbies is run by an all-volunteer board of seven community members, receives no public funding, and the weigh-in personnel as well as many of the event helpers are volunteers.
482 POUND HALIBUT Alaska Dispatch - What appears to be the largest halibut caught in the Pacific Ocean in at least a decade has been landed in the Alaska Panhandle port of Gustavus, but it will not be a world record. Seventy-seven-year-old Jack McGuire from Anaheim, Calif., lost the opportunity for the sport-fishing record book when his 482-pound halibut was shot and then harpooned before it was pulled aboard the charter boat Icy Rose.
MOORE SHOWCASED PWSCC Newsletter - PWSCC’s Dawson Moore, Theatre Department Coordinator and Community Relations Officer, has had a couple of recent successes outside of the college. First, his article on Alaska’s leading playwright, Arlitia Jones, was published in The Dramatist, the official magazine of the Dramatists Guild of America. A short film based on his play Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round, was recently shown as part of an evening of short films by Alaskans, Summer Solstice, at the Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage. Congratulations, Dawson.
THEATER CONFERENCE WRAPS UP
The 22nd Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference was another rousing success, with over 200 theatre practitioners and enthusiasts visiting Valdez for the week. Some highlights included the presentation of the Jerry Harper Service Award to Mary Helen and Stan Stephens, the latter posthumously, for their long history of supporting the Conference with a donated cruise to Shoup Glacier for all participants. The evening performances included plays from past years of the Play Lab including Jaclyn Villano’s Unanswered, We Ride and Ashley Rose Wellman’s Gravidity. Both pieces were passion projects by people first exposed to the scripts at previous conferences. Cyrano’s Theatre Company presented Alaskan playwriting icon Dick Reichman’s The Audition, and PWSCC presented Eric Coble’s Bright Ideas, with the author attending as a featured artist for the first time. The Ten-Minute Play Slam again had a new captain, this time Anchorage’s Carrie Yanagawa, and the Monologue Workshop had its best year to date. Dates for the 23rd Annual Conference are tentatively set for June 14-20, 2015.
KATIE HARRIET DEWING
December 4th, 1916 – June 25th, 2014
Katie Harriet Dewing was born on December 4, 1916 and died June 25th, 2014 in Valdez, Alaska. She was the second of 8 children and the last to pass away. She moved to Seattle in 1938 with 25 of her friends via the Northern Pacific railway. In 1941 she married George Richard Dewing in Seattle, WA. In 1954 they joined George in Valdez, Alaska. Katie willingly volunteered her time and leadership to the Valdez PTA, the Valdez Senior Citizens, the Valdez Museum, the Epiphany Lutheran Church, the Valdez Public Library, and Harborview. She is survived by daughter Gloria (Tom) McAlister of Valdez, and son John (Judy) Dewing of Bellingham, WA. She is also survived by three grandchildren, David (SunMi) McAlister, Karin (Brian) Eckman of Palmer, Richard (Sheila Jordan) McAlister of Valdez, 8 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandsons.
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NORTH PACIFIC FUEL/PETRO STAR
North Pacific Fuel is moving their office. They’re not moving far – from 201 Hazelet to 339 Hazelet. You’ll find the North Pacific Fuel Office in the green office building at the corner of Hazelet and Egan. They’re Just beside Valdez Office Supply, and beside Wells Fargo Bank. Now, that you know where they are, stop by to pay a bill, call in an order or just check out the new location. It’s time for a change. North Pacific Fuel has moved to 339 Hazelet Street. Look for their new sign and stop by between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday.
KVAK DUCK WINS AGAIN!
This July 4th marked the second annual mascot race during the Fourth of July Parade. This year had a total of ten different mascots, including last year’s winner, KVAK the Duck. After a dominant performance last year, KVAK looked to retain his title as fastest mascot for a second year in a row. This year posed tougher competition, and the biggest threat being 4G LTE Man. After having a slow start, KVAK pulled out a narrow victory over LTE Man. When asked about the slow start KVAK the Duck replied; “I just wanted to win in dramatic fashion.” With that win KVAK is still the reigning champion of all mascots and looks to get a 3-peat in next year’s competition.
On the evening of July 4th a vessel capsized in the Port of Valdez. CLICK HERE to read the US Coast Guard Press Release.
7th ANNUAL KIDS PINK SALMON DERBY July, 19th 2014
Valdez Fish Derby Weigh-in Station
FREE BBQ AND AWARDS BBQ 5pm at Dock Point
Awards at 5:30pm
LAST YEAR KIDS DERBY SUMMARY
VALDEZ, Alaska – Nearly 300 kids converged on Valdez for the 6th Annual Kids Pink Salmon Derby. More fish were weighed in this year than last but the fish were not as big as the large pinks brought in during the 2012 derby. To get in the Top 10 for Pink Salmon ever caught in the Kids Derby, the fish would have to weigh at least 6.91 pounds. This year’s top fish tipped the scales at 5.38 pounds.
Kyle Eames of Anchorage brought in the 5.38 pound pink salmon to take top honors and win the 1st place prize in the 11 to 13 age division. Jace Branshaw of Valdez won the 5 to 7 year age division with a 5.1 pound pink. Penelope Porres of Palmer took top honors in the 8 to 10 year age division and Jeni Wolter of Fairbanks garnered 1st place in the 14 to 16 age division with a 4.94 pound pink salmon. All the 1st place winners took home a Longboard skateboard from Bahama Hawks. The 2nd place winners got a skateboard from Bahama Hawks and the 3rd place winners took home a fishing pole from the Prospector.
BLASTING AT ALLISON CREEK CONSTRUCTION SITE
Copper Valley Electric Association will begin blasting activity at the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project construction site as of tomorrow, Saturday, June, 21. Blasting will be intermittent throughout the next sixty days.
Please be advised that warning sirens may be heard and blasting may be heard or felt in certain locations of the Valdez community.
If you have additional questions, please contact Sharon Crisp at 835-7005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR TRASH CAN
The City of Valdez Baler Facility would like to remind you what can go into a dumpster verses what must be brought to the Baler Facility. Dumpsters are for household waste like kitchen trash, food waste, paper products, plastics and clothing. Items not allowed in Dumpsters, but accepted at the Baler at 500 S. Sawmill Road are: wood; metal; oily waste and hazardous materials.
Hazardous waste means waste that is capable of causing injury, disease or impairment of health or property damage, including but not limited to, poisons, pesticides, acids, caustics, infectious or pathological waste, radioactive materials, explosive or highly flammable materials, oil and petroleum products, batteries and burning or smoldering materials, or any item which – when disposed of into landfill – will cause contamination of groundwater or cause the groundwater to not meet state drinking water standards.
Please call the Baler at 835-2356 with any questions.
On June 12th Thomas “Tommy” Watson (DOB 10.15.81) was arrested and charged with 1 count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree a Class B Felony and 1 count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree, a class C Felony.
VPD officers received “Crime Stoppers” type “tips” that Thomas Watson has been receiving narcotics through the mail and then selling them in Valdez. The tipsters specified that Watson was selling multiple drugs to include Marijuana and Methamphetamines. A subsequent investigation determined that Thomas Watson was in Valdez and had possession of methamphetamine which he was actively trying to sell. As a result, Valdez Police Officers arrested Thomas Watson, and seized approximately 6.5 grams of methamphetamine, having an estimated street value of $1,500 dollars. Police also seized a handgun, vehicle, and $250 in cash.
The Valdez Police Department considers this an ongoing investigation and expects further charges to be filed.
Thomas “Tommy” Watson is currently jailed at the Valdez Jail Facility and has a bail amount of: $10,000 and court approved third party.
12 TIPS TO WARD OFF MOSQUITOES
Insectshield.com wrote some easy tips to help deal with the annoying pests of mosquitoes.
Mosquito Prevention Techniques
1.) Water: Eliminate standing water which acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. (flower pots, children’s pools, watering cans, gutters etc.)
2.) Trash: Remember to keep the lids on trash cans to keep out the rain.
3.) Puddles: Cover up or fill in low places in your yard where puddles can develop.
4.) Gutters: Keep gutters cleaned out so water does not build up inside and become a mosquito breeding ground.
5.) Drains: Make sure all drains on your property are also cleaned out without leaves blocking them up so water can drain effectively.
6.) Pipes: Repair leaky pipes and outdoor faucets.
7.) Toys: Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week or store in a position that water will drain.
8.) Pools: Make sure your backyard pool is maintained properly.
9.) Holes: Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
10.) Bird Baths & Planters: Change water in bird baths and planter pots or drip trays at least once a week.
11.) Grass: Keep grass cut short around the house, so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
12.) Insect Shield® Clothing: Reduce the number of mosquito bites you get by wearing insect repellent apparel such as Insect Shield.
and by using topical insect repellents when outdoors.
CLICK HERE for more information and to view the Insect Shield Website.
THE LAST FRONTIER THEATER CONFERENCE
Last Sunday was the tip-off of PWSCC’s 22nd annual Last Frontier Theater Conference. The conference was underway through the whole week and concluded on the evening of Saturday, June 14th. Throughout the week actors and playwrights rushed into Valdez participating in various types of workshops, play readings, and events around town, while also seeing evening performances each night at the Civic Center. On the final day the participants performed their final monologue’s, songs, and a mass group performed for the Ten-Minute Play Slam. During the evening the actors and playwrights congregated one last time for an evening reception and Gala where they honored the legacy of Stan Stephens and his family, and awarded them the Jerry Harper Service Award.
ALASKA STATE FAIR UPDATE
The state fair has just added four new names to the AT&T Concert line – up. The All-American Rejects Bachman & Turner with Blue Öyster Cult KC and the Sunshine Band, Michael W. Smith Palmer, Alaska – The Alaska State Fair welcomes The All-American Rejects, Bachman & Turner with Blue Öyster Cult, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Michael W. Smith as the latest additions to the 2014 AT&T Concert Series line-up. Tickets go on sale to the general public at noon on Friday, June 13. Fair members can reserve tickets early. All shows take place at the Kendall Toyota of Anchorage Borealis Theatre.
A STORY WRITTEN BY CHILD ADVOCATE FOR COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL SHERI BECK
An African Proverb states, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, spend the night in a closed room with a mosquito.” Folks in Alaska understand this concept well. One irritating buzz from a quick maneuvering mosquito can drive you crazy! Although the inevitable bite is bothersome, it has never been deadly to me.
That’s why I’d like to thank the people of Valdez for supporting the Bite Back Run for the last four years. Rain or shine, runners and walkers have shown up to participate in this race that has earned money for Compassion International’s Malaria Fund. This year alone our community raised enough money to buy 140 insecticide treated nets for children living in areas with the infected anopheles mosquito. One bite could mean death or at the very least debilitating symptoms for its recipient. For the 2,000 children that die each day from malaria a lifesaving net can change the story. Thank you Valdez for making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children!
And there’s more good news! “Worldwide between 2000 and 2012, estimated malaria mortality rates fell by 45 percent in all age groups and by 51 percent in children under 5 years of age, and most of them (3 million) were kids,” according to the World Health Organization’s 2013 Report. Our town’s contribution has contributed to cutting malaria’s mortality rates in half in the last 12 years! That’s something to celebrate! What could we accomplish in the next 12 years? Sydney Haase commented, “Africa puts a whole new perspective on things that are easily overlooked when you have medical services at your fingertips. I’m very grateful that this is something my home town supports. It makes me very proud” I agree! We really are changing the world, one child at a time. Malaria Bites! Bite Back!
STATE ELECTION INFORMATION
Information has been released for Alaska’s election ballot in the fall. The election is scheduled to be held on August 19th and includes: the vote for Ballot Measure 1, and the election of the State Governor.
Kids’ One Mile Run
Girls Winner: Morgan Minor
Boys Winner: Blake Minor
Overall Fastest Times for 5K Race
Men: Sergei Wegner 18:52
Women: Lindsie King 22:17
12 and Under
Girls: Caitlin Mond
Boys: Wyatt Cummings
Ages 13 - 19
Women: Sammi Allen
Men: Sergei Wegner
Ages 20 - 29
Women: Katie Valentine
Men: Dan Harwood
Ages 30 - 39
Women: Lindsie King
Men: Bart Hinkle
Ages 40 - 49
Women: Tabitha Gregory
Men: Dean Cummings
Ages 50 - 59
Women: Julie Haltness
Men: Dave Winney
Ages 60 and Up
Women: Bonnie Cudnuhufsky
Men: Bob Engebretson
This year the 2014 Bite Back Run raised $1,286 for Compassion International's Malaria Fund. The money raised will be used to buy treated mosquito nets, provide education about malaria prevention, and treatment for those suffering from malaria.
STRONG COPPER RIVER RED SALMON RUN PROMPTS ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME TO ADD BONUS FISH
Anchorage Daily News reports a strong, early push of red salmon in the Copper River has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to open the Chitina dip net fishery ahead of its normal June 10th start while adding bonus fish to the catch.
CITY TO COMMIT PUBLIC DOLLARS TO BUILD NEW HARBOR
The City Council will review an agreement that gives the Army Corp. of Engineers the go ahead to start work on the Federal portions of a Harbor project to the tune of $21 million dollars. According to a memorandum from City Manager John Hozey, the total project is expected to cost upward of 60 million dollars, which leaves a balance of 40 million dollars for Valdez taxpayers to come up. The memorandum states, “Approval of agreement just commits us to doing the project; however the City might choose to finance it. Approval of this agreement will trigger other actions in the near future necessary to prosecute such a major project in the time provided”. It is unclear at this time whether the public will weigh in on funding for the project.