Acacia Montgomery playing Youth Basketball
VHS VOLLEYBALL SENIOR RECOGNITION
VALDEZ CONTINUES TO INCREASE CITY SPENDING
MORE ADMINISTRATION AND OTHER POSITIONS BEING ADDED
The high school volleyball team faced off against the Delta Huskies this past weekend. Once again the Lady Bucs had a dominant performance winning all their games for the weekend.
THROW DOWN IN SNOW TOWN
Buccaneer sports had an eventful weekend while hosting the annual VHS “Throw Down In Snow Town” Wrestling Tournament. This year the VHS wrestling team had six student athletes who made it past the first day of matches and advanced to the next day.
Despite budget woes at the statewide level and oil companies cutting back with the decrease in oil production, the City of Valdez budget is healthy and City Administration is continuing to hire employees and increase spending. The City Budget is funded by local property tax. Payments from the oil industry comprise the lions share of the local government budget.
The Valdez interim City Manager proposed, and the City Council approved, additional staffing for the City of Valdez less than a year ago and now current City Manager Dennis Ragsdale is proposing to add positions to the management team at the City. In 2014 the City of Valdez budget included just over 10 million dollars for personnel costs. More than 14 million dollars in personnel costs are projected in the current 2017 budget. "The City currently has 11 direct reports to me", said Ragsdale. "That's really an unmanageable amount of people". In addition to the proposal to hire a Public Services Administrator and a Community Development Administrator to report directly to the City Manager and assist with management of department heads, Ragsdale is proposing to hire a Code Enforcement Officer, a Full-time Events Coordinator and an Economic Development Coordinator to replace a consultant currently used by the city.
WOMEN OF DISTINCTION HONOREES TO BE RECOGNIZED
Who will be this year’s Women of Distinction and Young Woman of Distinction in Valdez? Join Advocates for Victims of Violence, Saturday November 12th
, at the Civic Center for the 9th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration. Sit down for a scrumptious dinner, participate in a silent auction for an array of goods and services.
And now…. the honorees for this year’s
Women of Distinction
1. Amber Mehlberg
2. Brandy Smelcer
3. Carole Derifield
4. Katey Connell
5. Maureen “Mo” Radotich
6. Shannon Williams
Young Women of Distinction Honorees
1. Caitlin Connell
2. Gabrielle Franklin
3. Jaime Comer
All of the nominees will be honored and the two winners announced. Tickets are $45
and are on sale at the AVV office. Call 835-2980 for more information.
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT
Workshop Schedule for 2017 City Budget
The contest is open and ready for photos of your pet in their FUR-TASTIC costumes! Photos will be accepted through 11/1, with voting starting 11/2. Don’t miss out on your chance to dress up your pet and actually
WIN PRIZES for it!
CLICK HERE for further instructions
Location: City Council Chambers
Budget Sessions will be broadcast on 1230AM and streamed live on www.kvakradio.com.
CLICK HERE for complete schedule
Tuesday, October 25th – 6pm to 9:30pm
* Information Technology – IT, Technology Reserve
* Human Resources
* Finance – Finance, Debt Service, Insurance, Permanent Fund
* Ports & Harbor – Port Airport, Harbor
Wednesday, October 26th – 6pm to 9:30pm
* Police – Police, Public Safety, Animal Control
* Fire Department
* Parks, Recreation Cultural Services – Parks & Recreation, Parks Maintenance, Library, Civic Center
Thursday, October 27th – 6pm to 9:30pm
* Community & Economic Development – Economic Development, Development Services
* Capital Facilities – Engineering, Building Maintenance
* CIP & Major Maintenance
* Reserve Funds
Monday, October 17th
in City Council Chambers
Monday – 6:30pm
Items will include:
1. Approve Outsourcing for VHS Soccer
2. Curriculum Update/PWS Partnership
3. Approve Psychology Curriculum
for agenda and meeting packet
All School Board meetings are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast live on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on www.kvakradio.com.
HERE'S HOW METEOROLOGISTS ARE WORKING TO BETTER PREDICT ALASKA WEATHER
- At 3 p.m. and 3 a.m., day after day, every day of the year, the National Weather Service breathes life into 13 weather balloons in Alaska. Balloons rise above Anchorage and Fairbanks, they float up from Kodiak, Yakutat and Nome, they depart Kotzebue, Bethel, Annette Island, King Salmon, Cold Bay, St. Paul, McGrath, and, of course, Barrow.
VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
1) Candy corn
2) Pumpkin Taffy
4) Anything Chocolate
5) Carmel Apple Suckers
to answer the Question of the Week.
*We can now accept multiple votes from one IP address. We hope to hear from all of you!
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Fall?
- Berry picking
- Sightseeing- looking for Fall colors
10/24 – Jeffrey Crist, Tom Gallatin, Barbara Kerr, Joanie Olson, Bill Taylor, Ruth Wisener, Jeff Popenhagen, Barbara Kerr
10/25 – Chris Bennett, Tammy Gittins, Marianne Chronley, Val Hiebert, Yvonne Crume
10/26 – Kira Friend, Owen Watson, Sandie Retalia, Kristi Kompkoff
10/27 – Deborah White
10/28 – Ashley Briggs, Jolyn Benes, Courtney Knowles, Dennis Baim
10/29 – Joseph Moore, Vernell Sodergren
10/30 – Jessica Kulm, Patty Levasseur, Emmie Swanson, Brian Brandon, Nedra Buck
ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON STARTS TODAY AT CITY HALL
Will you be out of town on Nov. 8th?
Stop by City Hall to fill out your absentee ballot.
Need an Election Pamphlet?
CVEA RURALITE COVER
DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY
Enter your photos by 5 pm THIS Friday.
Local photographers don't miss your chance!
for details and official contest rules.
Questions? Contact Sharon Crisp:
822-5506, 835-7005, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST ENTRY IN KVAK'S
The Dark Knight
by Jimmy Chavez
FREE FLU SHOTS OFFERED THIS SATURDAY
Get a free flu shot this Saturday.
The annual flu shot clinic will be held THIS Saturday from 1 to 3pm at the Valdez Civic Center. This is an annual event, sponsored by Providence Valdez Medical Center, Valdez Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, and the City of Valdez. Last year more than 300 citizens received vaccinations.
WELCOME BABY ROMAN!
Jordan and Cookie Griffith welcomed Roman Tyler Griffith to the world on Oct. 22nd at 4:58am. He weighed 7lbs, 5.6oz and was 19.25" long.
SEAT OPEN ON VCVB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for nominees to fill two vacant seats on their board of directors. An appointed Director shall serve for a three-year term.
To be eligible for a Board Director position, the nominee must be a Valdez resident, a current VCVB member and in good standing of the Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau. Interested parties should pick up an application form from the Visitors Center at 309 Fairbanks Drive. The VCVB is open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. The deadline to submit nominations is 5pm, Thursday November 3rd.
Mark Your Calendars
(Mon) Oct 24 – School Board Meeting
(Thurs) Oct 27 – VHS Wrestling/Grace- Duals
(Thurs-Sat) Oct 27-29 – VHS Swimming/Kodiak – Regions
(Fri-Sat) Oct 28-29 – VHS Volleyball- Home vs Galena
(Fri-Sat) Oct 28-29 – VHS Wrestling/Seward
(Sat) Oct 29 – Flu Shot Clinic
Oct 31 – Halloween
Nov 1 – Valdez City Council Meeting
Nov 4-5 – VHS Volleyball- Regions at Monroe
Nov 4-5 – VHS Wrestling/ACS
Nov 5 – Library Book Basket Auction
Nov 8 – Election
Nov 11 – VCS In-service/No School
Nov 11-12 – VHS Wrestling/ V-Lathrop, JV-Hutchison
Nov 12-14 – VHS Volleyball- State at UAA
Nov 14 – School Board Meeting
Nov 15 – Valdez City Council Meeting
Nov 17-19 – VHS Wrestling/Palmer
Nov 24-25 – VCS Thanksgiving Holiday/No School
Nov 28 – School Board Meeting
Dec 2-3 – VHS Wrestling/Grace
Dec 6 – Valdez City Council Meeting
Dec 7 – Cherish the Ladies Concert
Dec 12 – School Board Meeting
Dec 17 – Community Christmas Concert
Dec 21 – VCS End of Second Quarter
Dec 22 – Jan 4 – VCS Christmas Holidays/Vacation for Students