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City Council signs Proclamation against relationship violence

INTERIM CITY MANAGER BOB JEAN STICKING AROUND
Bob Jean presented a consultation proposal to the Valdez City Council and it was reviewed during the January 14th work session. The original proposal outlines Jean working on four projects: Council/Manager Teambuilding, Goal-Setting and Performance Evaluation; Conducting Supervisory, Management and Senior Leadership Team Training; Technical Support for Aleutian Village, Housing Authority and Partnership Proposal to the Port Valdez Company; and Management and Technical Support to Human Resources and Finance. The original proposal outlines a schedule of 40 days of work at a cost of $1,000 per day plus expenses to Jean. Discussions between Council and City Administration are ongoing concerning Mr. Jean's role as a consultant for the City.

ELKS TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND
This Thursday through Saturday over 200 high school basketball players and cheerleaders will join the Valdez Buccaneers for the annual Valdez Elks Basketball Tournament. READ MORE
BRACKETS
CLICK HERE for brackets (will be updated throughout tournament)
SENIORS TO BE RECOGNIZED
The VHS will recognize the seniors on the Buccaneer basketball teams during the Elks Tournament this weekend.  MORE INFORMATION

NATIVE YOUTH OLYMPICS PROGRAM WRAPS UP AND SKI PROGRAM BEGINS WITH TRACY GILSON
HHES Teacher Tracy Gilson has opened the gymnasium doors for Elementary Students to exercise their hearts and minds. Earlier this year, Gilson hosted a "Jump Rope Club", followed by an after-school program where she taught "Circus Arts".   Most recently, a group of students practiced NYO (Native Youth Olympics) games and the after school program culminated with a mini-meet with ribbons for the top athletes in each competition.

 Next Gilson will take her program outdoors, inviting students and parents to learn and experience cross country skiing.  MORE PICTURES

MINOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR VALDEZ

Yesterday, Sunday Feb 7th at 4:42pm, a magnitude 3.9 earthquake was felt in Valdez.  It was centered 29 miles north of Valdez at a depth of 12.3 miles. 
AK Earthquake Center


VHS EVACUATION DRILL THIS TUESDAY

Valdez High School will be having their first evacuation drill this Tuesday, February 9th at 1pm.  The school will be evacuating to PWSC on foot, making sure all students are accounted for then returning to the school.


This Tuesday is Wear Orange Day at VHS to show support for healthy relationships.  MORE INFORMATION

NEW EVENTS ON FROSTY FEVER SCHEDULE

KVAK's Winter Carnival Celebration "Frosty Fever" is coming to Valdez February 26th through March 6th. In addition to having a chance to win cash prizes and certificates on-air with a Frosty Fever Button, there's a full schedule of community events. Long-time favorites like the International Food Fair, Zipfy Races, Prospector Outdoor Challenge, Kids SnowCross and Family Bingo will be returning to the schedule and new events like Pickleball,the VHS Science/Art/Music/Woodworking Festival as well as a  Fat Tire Bike Race will fill out the schedule of events. For information on confirmed events, CLICK HERE.

THIRD TOWN SKI RACE RESULTS

Last Saturday, the VHS ski team hosted the third town ski race.  Participants included the VHS ski team, residents of Valdez, and Valdez middle school students.  SEE RESULTS

SEWARD SEAHAWK CLASSIC  BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

BOYS FINISH FIRST

The boys won their first two games of the tournament where junior Seth Auble and sophomore Tyler Mann were announced as the Players of the Game. 
READ MORE
LADY BUCS FINISH SECOND
The Lady Bucs were awarded 2nd place for the tournament. READ MORE

SCIENTISTS SOLVE MYSTERY OF DEADLY 1964 ALASKA TSUNAMI
CBS- Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have solved a 50-year natural science mystery: the undersea source of tsunami waves that devastated a remote Alaska village following the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake.  
READ STORY

EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM IN DEVELOPMENT
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) with university partners are developing and testing an earthquake early warning system called ShakeAlert.  The test area focuses on the west coast of the United States.  Alaska is not included but the goal is to expand coverage in the future.  READ MORE
 
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

Monday, February 8th, 2015
in City Council Chambers
Monday – 6:30pm
 
Items will include:
1. Discussion – Confirming Calendar recommendation for the 2016-2017 school year
2.  Approve first reading of BP 6146.1 regarding math credits and 8th grade math on VHS transcripts

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 kvakradio.com

ANOTHER ALASKA SNOW DROUGHT SETS RECORDS
weather.com- There has been a record amount of snow in much of Alaska lately, but not the kind of record you would expect.  Many locations in Alaska have set records for least amount of snowfall in December and January. Temperatures have also been significantly warmer than average across the state.  READ STORY

ALASKA LAWMAKER PROPOSES ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ LICENSE PLATE
newsminer- A bill attempting to mimic the success of a popular reality television show by establishing a statewide contest for license plate design has begun winding its way through the House after advancing from the House State Affairs Committee Tuesday.  READ STORY
VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
What's your love language:
which is most important to you?
Quality Time
Physical Touch
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Gifts

CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW

What's your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
22% - Thin Mints
52% - Samoas / Caramel Delights
18% - Tagalongs / Peanut Butter Patties
4% - Trefoils / Shortbread
4% - Do-si-dos / Peanut Butter Sandwich
2/8 – Jeanne Maughan, Joseph Hughes, Sarah VonBargen, Laura Jolicoeur
2/9 – Susan Smith, Dale John, Donna Bender, Susan Towne
2/10 – Thera Wood, Keith Thomas, Tammy Jones, Sophia Boone, Cyndy Ezell, Kathleen Nalen
2/11 – Mark Hartman
2/12 – Joe Prax, Melissa Kenny, Pati Washam
2/13 – Brody Friend, Kelly Brown, Desareigh Sweet, Ryan Ambacher
2/14 –Kate Herring, Kent Reinke

VALDEZ ICE CLIMBING FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND 

One of the oldest ice climbing festivals returns to Valdez. The festival includes climbing, clinics, films, the perennially popular bonfire spaghetti feed and much more.  Locals, join in the fun! Tickets just $10 each.
Friday: Mountainfilm at the Civic Center
Saturday: Dance party at Eagles Club
Sunday: Bonfire Feast
CLICK FOR FLYER
or get more info on their website.
 

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
 EVENT: PACKING HEALTHY LUNCHES
w/ Gianna McCune
This Saturday, Feb 13th, 10-11am at the Teen Center - Event is FREE
WEEK 2 CHALLENGE: Eat 5 servings of fruits/vegetables each day
Registration ends this Friday
PWSC H&FC, Mon-Fri, 5:30am-8:30pm
 
MELISSA MITCHELL & THE HOPE SOCIAL CLUB IN VALDEZ THIS SATURDAY

Saturday, February 13th – 8pm to Midnight (21 and Older)
Tickets for the Dance Party with Melissa Mitchell and the Hope Social Club are on sale now at A Rogue’s Garden and Harbor Landing General Store. The opening band, the Tanana Rafters will start playing at 8pm and Melissa Mitchell and the Hope Social Club will rock the Civic Center ballrooms late into the evening. There will be a cash bar and the event is open to those 21 and over. The theme is Beach Party, so attendees should dress to beat the cold or come in something casual and comfy to dance the night away.
CLICK HERE to read more information



BUCCANEER FAN OF THE WEEK
   

It could be you!
Get out to the Elks Basketball Tournament, take a selfie, and post it to the KVAK Facebook page for the chance to win a FREE large pizza!

IT'S VHS SPIRIT WEEK
Monday is Hat Day.
Tuesday is Orange Shirt Day.
Wednesday is Squad Day - Team up with your buds/organization to dress alike.
Thursday is Buccaneer Day.
Friday - No School - "Blue Out" Day for games.
Saturday is "Black Out" Day for games.

WELCOME BABY ADAM

Erick and Marisa Garcia welcomed Adam Noel Garcia to the world on February 2 at 8:52pm.  He was 8 lb 10 oz and 20.5 inches long.
Congratulations!

Mark Your Calendars

(Thurs) Feb 11 - GMS Volleyball / Intra-squad Games at Home
(Thurs-Sat) Feb 11-13 - VHS Basketball / Elks Tournament at Home (Varsity)
(Fri) Feb 12 - In-service Day all Schools- No School
(Fri-Mon) Feb 12-15 - Valdez Ice Climbing Festival
(Fri-Sat) Feb 12-13 - VHS Cross Country/MatSu Borough
(Sat) Feb 13 - Valdez Arts Council: Melissa Mitchell Dance Party
Feb 15 - No School- Parent Teacher Conferences
Feb 19 - In-service Day all Schools- No School
Feb 19-20 - VHS Basketball at Monroe
Feb 19-20 - GMS Volleyball - Fri/ACS, Sat/Grace (A & B teams)
Tok Tournament (C Team)
Feb 19-20 - VHS Cross Country/Regions at Home
Feb 25-27 - VHS Cross Country/State at Kincaid Park
Feb 26-27 - GMS Volleyball - Glennallen (C Team)
Cordova (A & B Teams)
Feb 26 - Mar 6 - KVAK Frosty Fever





Have you heard about Sports Shorts on the KVAK website?   We feature interviews with local student athletes.
CLICK HERE to visit!


 LADY BUCS WON JAN 29th GAME
KVAK mistakenly printed the VHS girls varsity basketball team lost their game January 29th. The team won that game. If you have scores, pictures or stats you would like to share with KVAK, please let us know! 
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