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Coach Fred Hill makes good on his promise to boys GMS basketball team. Principal Rod Morrison shaved his head at a school assembly last Friday because his team went undefeated

TRAGEDY AT VALDEZ HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS SWIFT RESPONSE FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT
At approximately 12:26 pm Saturday, Valdez Fire and Police Dispatch received a report of a 16-year old female found unresponsive in the Valdez High School pool family locker room. An off-duty certified lifeguard called for medical assistance and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Responders provided advanced life support care and transported the young woman by ambulance to Providence Valdez Medical Center. She was medevaced to Anchorage in critical condition. Superintendent Jim Nygaard met with counselors and staff early Monday morning to make sure the school district was equipped to address the situation with students and provide support for students and parents.

BUCS OPEN SKI SEASON AT BIRCH HILL
Courtesy of Pete Toye- The Buccaneer ski team ventured north this past weekend for their annual season opener in Fairbanks at the Fort Knox Town Race Series #1.
Read more HERE

CHASE, BACZUK, AND FANNIN CHOSEN FOR ALL STATE CHOIR 
Last weekend Chugiak and West Anchorage High school hosted the 2015 All State Music Festival. The festival is an annual event where high school musicians audition to participate as members of a select statewide band, choral or orchestra music ensemble. This year VHS students Emily Chase (Alto 2), Hali Baczuk (Alto 1), and Isaac Fannin (Bass 2) were selected to be part of the All State mixed choir group. There were 130 vocalists chosen from 690 vocal auditions submitted from around the state of Alaska. The students traveled up to Anchorage last Wednesday and took part in two days of rehearsal to prepare for the gala concert on Saturday at West Anchorage High School. For the very first time the gala performance, in its entirety, will be televised on GCI channel one, 3:30pm on Thanksgiving Day.

 
GIRL SCOUTS TROOP #524 & #243
Are asking for donations of:

FLEECE MATERIAL
1 ½ Yard Pieces or 2 Yard Pieces
to make blankets for the Bags of Love program for Foster Kids.  Drop off material at the KVAK studios by December 31st.
The Girl Scouts will work to make the material into blankets for the Bags of Love Program. If you would like to make your own blanket and donate, feel free to do so.  Call Laurie at 255-5825 or Megan at 831-1482 with any questions.

FIRST ALASKAN CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE ARRIVES IN D.C.

After a journey of 3,411 miles, the first Alaskan Capitol Christmas tree arrives in D.C. Read the Capitol press release HERE.  The tree has been featured in various events across the country and was the theme of an essay contest: “Why is it special to have a Christmas tree from Alaska?”  See the winning essay HERE.   The Capitol Christmas Tree tradition, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964.  CLICK HERE to read the history and see where the past trees have come from.

ALASKA MOM CREATES SPECIAL “PRINCESS” WIGS FOR KIDS WITH CANCER
ABC News- An Alaska woman is hoping to recruit more volunteers to help her create special "princess" wigs for kids with cancer as part of her "Magic Yarn Project."  Read more HERE


WINNERS OF
MOONLIGHT MADNESS PRIZES

 Erin Nauta - $30 Gift Certificate to Arctic Chiropractic
Judy Bartlett - Red Under Armour Back Pack from Copper Valley Telecom
Josh Britton - $30 Gift Certificate to Harbor Landing General Store
Tristy Morrison - Back-Up Camera from NAPA Auto Parts
Deanna Gudgell - $30 Gift Certificate to Northwind Floral & Gifts
Shawn Stewart - $50 Gift Card to The Prospector
 Rachel Harden - Bluetooth Speaker from Valdez Radio Shack
Ann Grein - $30 Gift Certificate to Rogue’s Garden
Rowena Palomar - $30 Gift Certificate to Roma Italian Kitchen
Johnny Wardnell - $30 Gift Certificate to Second Time Around
Annie Kompkoff - $30 Gift Certificate to South Central Hardware
Miranda Lally – Sandwich Platter from Subway
Kristina Roche - $50 Gift Certificate to The Weathered Anchor
Prizes can be picked up at the KVAK studio

BEWARE FAKE 'TROOPERS' EXTORTING FINES BY PHONE
AK Dispatch- Anchorage police are warning people not to fall victim to a phone scam in which residents are called by people claiming to be Alaska State Troopers to extort fraudulent “fines” from them.  Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said officers have received four reports of the scam this week, involving significant losses by the victims. 
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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
in City Council Chambers
Monday – 6:30pm
 
Items will include:
1.  Approve first reading of AR 5131.10 – Weapons
2.  Approve first reading of BP 5131.62 – Tobacco Use/Possession

CLICK HERE for full agenda
 
CLICK HERE to read meeting packet
 

All School Board meetings are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast live on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on www.kvakradio.com





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VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
What is your Christmas philosophy?
- Do everything, go everywhere and buy it all
- Focus just on family and holiday traditions
- Try to find the middle ground
- Give up and just drink egg nog

CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK’S QotW
Would you spend $5,000 on a medical treatment for your pet?
29% - Yes
71% - No
 
According to Readers Digest, a 2010 survey of more than 1,000 pet owners, 32 percent said they would be very likely to spend $5,000 on a single treatment for a pet.  Valdez is within a couple percentage points of the national average.
11/23 – Jim Bayer, Rachel Andersen, Carla Sparks
11/24 – Anne Branshaw, Joel Meltzer, Linda Wakefield
11/25 – Ana Hinkle, Randall Lemieux
11/26 – Linda Fraley, LeAnne Christenson
11/27 – Sharon Lawrence, Carol Crisp
11/29 – Cori Hillar, Cary Cox
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY THIS SUNDAY
4:30-6:00PM: Tree Ornament Decorating at the Library
6:00PM: Tree Lighting
Take photos with Santa at the Library
Hot drinks and cookies provided by the Valdez Museum 
CLICK HERE for more
 

 Orders to Go

Call 835-2788

From halibut to crispies, Alaska Halibut House has the delicious, fresh food you’re craving.
SEE MENU HERE
 
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: INSIDE OUT

This Tuesday, Nov 24th at the HHES Cafeteria, the HHES PTA is having a Family Movie Night fundraiser for the Playground Project.  Minimum donation is $15 for a family of four or $4 per person.  Some snacks are included and pizza will be for sale.  Folding chairs will be provided or bring your own camp chairs/bean bags.  
Doors open at 5:15pm, Movie at 6pm.
 
WINTER GEAR SWAP FOR KIDS

This Tuesday, Nov 24th from 5-8pm
HHES PTA is sponsoring a Winter Gear Swap for Kids.  Before, during, & after Family Movie Night at the HHES Staff Room.  Keep your kids warm this winter and save money.  Bring your used and outgrown winter gear to trade for something that fits your kids.  SEE MORE


KVAK Kids Birthday Club is sponsored by CROWLEY MARINE SERVICES and is open to children in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. KVAK will announce your child's birthday on the radio, in our e-mail newspaper and on our website. 
Sign up today!

GIFT CARD DONATIONS FOR FOSTER CARE
The GIrl Scouts are working with the Nazarene CHurch to solicit donations of Gift Cards for kids in the Foster Care program.  If you would like to donate a Gift Card to: Subway, 2nd Time Around, South Central, Halibut House, iTunes, etc. in any denomination, we will pass them along to kids for Christmas presents.  Please bring Gift Card donations to the KVAK Studios by December 15th.  Thank you!


FROSTY FEVER IS COMING
Mark your calendars- KVAK’S Frosty Fever will be Feb 26th- Mar 6th 2016. 
KVAK organizes this 9-day Winter Carnival event. If you have an event you would like KVAK to consider for the calendar, please e-mail valdeznews@gci.net or call 835-5825.

UNITED WAY OF VALDEZ BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The United Way of Valdez is currently accepting letters of interest from community members in order to fill open seats on our Board of Directors. There are currently four seats available, with two incumbent directors seeking reappointment. The United Way of Valdez is an all volunteer board that is dedicated to supporting non-profit organizations within our local communities. The board meets monthly and attends annual events such as the United Way Kick Off and Day of Caring. If you are interested in joining the United Way of Valdez, please send your letter of interest, and any questions to unitedwayvaldez@gmail.com by December 31, 2015.

VALDEZ HIGH SCHOOL POOL CLOSED
The pool at VHS will be closed for the near future.  Once reopened, notice will be posted via the Parks and Rec Hotline (835-3200), City website, and City Facebook pages.

Mark Your Calendars

(Tues) Nov 24 - PTA Family Movie Night

(Tues) Nov 24 - Winter Gear Swap for Kids

(Thurs-Fri) Nov 26-27 - VCS Thanksgiving Holiday/No School

(Sun) Nov 29 - Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec 1 - HHES Winter Concert

Dec 2 - Ladies Christmas Tea

Dec 4-5 - VHS Cross Country Skiing/ MatSu Invite

Dec 11-12 - Alice in Wonderland, Jr.  GMS Stage

Dec 11-12 VHS Cross Country Skiing/ Lynx Loppet at Kincaid Park

Dec 11-12 - VHS Wrestling/Regions at Home

Dec 13 - Community Christmas Program

Dec 15 - GMS Winter Band Concert

Dec 17-19 - VHS Basketball/ Grace Invite (Girls Varsity)

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