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DID YOU FEEL THE EARTHQUAKES LAST NIGHT?

Sunday, January 3rd
5:16 pm:  Magnitude 1.97, Depth 12 miles, 47 miles West of Valdez
5:38 pm: Magnitude 3.61, Depth 8 miles, 87 miles West of Valdez

ALASKA'S MINIMUM WAGE ROSE TO $9.75 AN HOUR FRIDAY  
KTVA- For those working full-time at minimum wage, the department says the increase will mean about $2,000 in additional annual earnings.  
Read story HERE

VALDEZ SPORTS NEWS
BASKETBALL

LIME SOLAR/PEPSI INVITE
 The VHS varsity basketball team travelled up to Anchorage this past weekend for the annual Lime Solar/Pepsi Invitational at ACS.  READ STORY

VALDEZ VS HUTCHISON
The Valdez High School basketball team is scheduled to play their first home games of the season this weekend against the Hutchison Hawks. CLICK HERE for games times and more.

VALDEZ NORDIC SKI INVITATIONAL

This weekend, 200 high school skiing athletes from West Valley, Lathrop, Colony, Su Valley, Wasilla, and Grace Christian will join the Valdez Buccaneers for the annual Valdez Invite. For more information, CLICK HERE

INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT JEAN, INTERIM VALDEZ CITY MANAGER
Robert Jean, interim Valdez city manager, is scheduled to come to the KVAK studios for an interview Tuesday.  Interview is scheduled to air Tuesday during the nine, noon, and six o'clock news hours.  

CRAZY WEATHER IN ALASKA AND NATIONWIDE

CLICK HERE for a few things from the weather scene so far this season.

DECEMBER WEATHER TOTALS
FOR VALDEZ

Weather Underground
Precipitation: 4.66 inches
(average is 7.78 inches)
High Temperature: 41 degrees
(average is 30 degrees)
Low Temperature: 3 degrees
(average is 22 degrees)

VALDEZ ANNUAL WEATHER TOTALS FOR 2015
Warmest Day was 80 degrees (June 14 and 15)
Coolest Day was -2 degrees (Jan 27-28)
Total Precipitation was 59.45 inches.  
(average is 62.18 inches)
Biggest Wind Gust- 89 mph (Feb 6)
Highest Sustained Wind- 62 mph (Feb 6)

DROP IN OIL PRICES ROCKS PRODUCER STATES, TRIGGERS HISTORIC TAX HIKE PLAN IN ALASKA
Fox News- The plunge in oil prices has given a needed break to drivers this holiday season, but it's causing some real pain in states that rely on oil revenue to fuel their economies and shore up their budgets.  READ STORY

ALYESKA POURING EFFORTS INTO COLD WEATHER OPS
AK Journal of Commerce- It has been a warm winter so far, and operators of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System operators are thankful. But winter has just begun, and the worry of cold temperatures in Interior Alaska and a midwinter “event” that halts pipeline operations, like what happened in 2011, is never far from mind.  
READ STORY

JAN. 3, 1959: A LOOK BACK ON THE DAY ALASKA BECAME A STATE
KTVA- The Last Fronties has been a state for 57 years - Alaska officially became a state with President Dwight Eisenhower's signature on the Alaska Proclamation on Jan. 3, 1959.
READ MORE

TOP ALASKA SCAMS OF 2015
As the countdown begins toward 2016, Better Business Bureau has tallied the year’s top scams with the help of Scam Tracker. The top five scams hitting Alaska are Sweepstakes, IRS Scam, Imposter Scam, Debt Collections, and Credit Cards.  Read story HERE  
 
A LOOK AT FACTS, LINGERING QUESTIONS IN AK PLANE CRASH
The Washington Post- Days after a deadly plane crash in the heart of Alaska’s largest city, there are lingering questions regarding what caused the pilot to fly into two office buildings, including one where his wife works.  READ MORE
 
CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY

Tuesday, January 5th, 2015
in City Council Chambers
Tuesday – 7pm
 
Items will include:
1.  Approval of Professional Services Agreement with Kim Hutchinson, dba Trust Consultants in the Amount of $50,000
2.  Approval to go into Executive Session: TAPS Litigation

CLICK HERE for full agenda
CLICK HERE to read meeting packet
 
All City Council meetings are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast live on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on www.kvakradio.com
 

 

VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
January 4-10, 2015
Do you set New Year’s Resolutions?
-Yes
-No
 
CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK’S QotW

Do you think the state budget cuts have affected highway snow removal between Valdez and Glennallen? 
 79% - Yes
21% - No
1/5 Michelle Egan, Wendy Farlin, Eric Wiseman, Virginia Connor
1/6 – John Hozey
1/7 – Talya Robert, Bella Friend, Chris Gazey, Jenny Benda, Kurt Weichhand, Katie Paddock
1/8 – Geri Czarnecki, Carrie Kennedy
1/9 – Jake Remme, Betty McIntosh, Marcy Patrick, Satch Tapangco
1/10 – Deanna Parsons, Kristie Cranor

CVEA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Applications for CVEA Scholarships are now available.  They’re offering one $2,000 general scholarship and one Youth Rally Scholarship.  Application deadline is 5 pm Monday, February 1st.  CLICK HERE for more information.

JESSE LEBEAU COMING TO VALDEZ

Alaska native, Jesse Lebeau, is one of the premiere basketball trick artists in the world and author of the book, Among the Giants.  He will be speaking to local students and the community January 15th
 
UNITED WAY FUNDING APPLICATIONS DUE JAN 15th 

Don't forget!  2016 Funding applications for United Way Valdez are due on January 15th.  Any non-profit organization interested in applying that is in need of an application (or more information) can send a request to UnitedWayValdez@gmail.com.  

WELCOME BABY ANINA!

Matt and Meagan Craig welcomed Anina Rose Craig to the world on December 28, 2015.  She weighed 6 lb, 13 oz and was 20 inches long.  Congratulations!

WILL YOU BE THE BUCCANEER FAN OF THE WEEK?
 
 Take a selfie at the Cross Country Regional meet this weekend and post it on the KVAK Facebook page for the chance to win a large pizza.

Mark Your Calendars

(Mon) Jan 4 – Teacher Workday at All Schools/No School
(Tues) Jan 5 – Back to School after Christmas
(Fri) Jan 8 – VHS Basketball vs Hutchison at Home
(Fri-Sat) Jan 8-9 – VHS Cross Country /Regions at Home
Jan 15-16 – VHS Cross Country/Quaniq Challenge at Home
Jan 15-16 – VHS Basketball / Delta at Home
Jan 21-23 – VHS Basketball / Dean Cummings Invite
Jan 22-23 – VHS Cross Country/Colony- Government Peak
Jan 29-30 – VHS Cross Country/ Soldotna-Tsalteshi
Jan 29-30 – VHS Basketball / Galena at Home
Feb 26 – Mar 6 – KVAK Frosty Fever


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