BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Gilson Middle School held its first district Battle of the Books competition in over a decade on Thursday, January 28. The winning team was the Koala Bear Exterminators: Blake Morrison, Caleb MacPherson, Cameron Bowden and Kyle Henderson. They will be heading to the State Battle in February.
LT BART HINKLE APPOINTED VALDEZ CHIEF OF POLICE
City Manager Dennis Ragsdale appointed Lieutenant Bart Hinkle as Valdez Chief of Police Thursday to replace former Chief William Comer. Read press release
POWER LINES ON THE GROUND NEAR THOMPSON PASS
CVEA is in the process repairing a transmission line structure East of Thompson Pass around mile 31.5 on the Richardson Highway. Repairs are expected to continue through Feb 10th. The public has been asked to avoid the area.
MRS. KEENEY WAS SLIMED AT HHES ON FRIDAY AS PART OF THE PTA PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISER
Community Playground Project raised over 14,000 dollars since Winter Break. Mrs. Keeney stuck to her word and was slimed. Thank you for all the support!
Pink Slime is ALL THE RAGE!!!
STUDENT ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AT THE DELTA JUNIOR HIGH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Jade Holmes was named MVP- All Tournament A Team.
Reese King was named MVP - All Tournament B Team.
Ally Seiber was also named to All Tournament team.
See more pictures
BUCCANEERS VS HAWKS
LADY BUCS SPLIT AGAINST THE HAWKS
The VHS girls varsity basketball team had some close games this past weekend against the Galena Hawks.
BOYS TEAM LOSES AT HOME
The boys varsity basketball team had some tough games this past weekend and lost both nights to the Galena Hawks. READ MORE
20th ANNIVERSARY OF FROSTY FEVER
FEBRUARY 26th through March 6th
KVAK Radio was purchased from Pat Lynn in April 1996 by Laurie and Joe Prax. At the time, the Valdez Chamber of Commerce ran a Winter Carnival in April and Judy Londo encouraged Laurie Prax of KVAK to do something at the radio during the festival. While the Chamber organized events and put together a schedule, Prax came up with a "Frosty Fever" button that people could wear into local businesses to get a discount or special. When the Chamber of Commerce folded, KVAK took on organizing the Festival and continued the button giveaway. KVAK's small but mighty staff is finalizing specials and discounts with participants this week and securing festival sponsors. Look for 20th Anniversary events this year, like "Throwback Thursday" complete with retro Coca-Cola giveaways.
DEADLINE TO PARTICIPATE/SPONSOR FROSTY FEVER
This is the last week to sign up as a sponsor or business participant of Frosty Fever. Christine Griffin of KVAK is compiling the Festival Schedule of Events and said there is something to do everyday of the nine-day festival. Those interested in submitting an event for consideration on the Frosty Fever calendar, can CLICK HERE
for a form.
KVAK's Megan Bauman said the business community is really coming together to sponsor the event, but more sponsors will make for an even bigger celebration. Those with questions about participation in or sponsorship of Frosty Fever can call 835-5825.
KVAK LOOKING FOR HELP DURING FROSTY FEVER
The KVAK staff is very busy during Frosty Fever and we are looking for part-time help in the next few weeks with our Frosty Fever promotion. If you are a fast-learner who is good with the public and available during the month of February, please call the KVAK studio at 835-5825 or stop by the studio and talk with Laurie or Megan.
ALASKA COMMERCIAL HALIBUT QUOTA GOES UP FOR FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS
ADN- Alaska halibut stocks are showing signs of an uptick, and for the first time in 15 years, commercial fishermen’s catches will not be slashed this year. Fishery managers on Friday set the coastwide Pacific halibut harvest at 29.89 million pounds, a 2.3 percent increase from 2015. READ MORE
KENNY SAILORS, FORMER ALASKAN WHO 'INVENTED' THE JUMP SHOT, DIES AT 95
ADN- There was just one witness to the moment Kenny Sailors helped revolutionize the game of basketball — his brother, Bud — but by all accounts no one has ever doubted their story.
HUGE FIND OFF ALASKAN COAST
weather.com- Archeologists have finally found proof of 33 ships that were abandoned and sank off the Alaskan coast over 144 years ago.
See video of the sunken ship
history.com -In September 1871, shifting pack ice trapped 33 of a fleet of 40 commercial whaling ships hunting for bowhead whales off the Arctic coast of Alaska. READ MORE
130th ANNIVERSARY OF GROUNDHOG DAY THIS TUESDAY
The tradition of Groundhog Day in 1886 when a group of residents in Punxsutawney, PA decided to celebrate Candlemas Day by searching for a groundhog in the woods. The owner of the local newspaper liked the idea and followed up in 1887 to make the day official.
Things you might not know about groundhogs: they whistle when frightened or courting, they drink very little water- most of their liquid comes from dewy leaves, groundhogs hibernate, Phil receives a drink of a magical punch every summer during the Annual Groundhog Picnic, which gives him 7 more years of life.
Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Watch a live feed to find out.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING THIS TUESDAY
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
in City Council Chambers
Tuesday – 7 pm
Items will include:
1. Appointments to the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive Association Board of Directors
2. Discussion Item: Septic Replacement Oversight Authority
3. Approve the Purchase of Ambulance and
Accessories from Braun Northwest in the Amount of $180,000
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
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
What's your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
Samoas / Caramel Delights
Tagalongs / Peanut Butter Patties
Trefoils / Shortbread
Do-si-dos / Peanut Butter Sandwich
CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW
Do you think the City Council and Mayor should be paid a monthly stipend for their services?
35% - YES
65% - NO
2/1 – Jeremy Robida
2/2 – Brooke Alexander, Darcy Oxford, Jennifer Fleming
2/3 – Joanne Winney, Haejin Han, Jeanne Wilson
2/4 – Joyce Sommer, Carol Cook
2/5 – Kayla Ridderbush, Linda Ledford
2/7 – Earlene Harper, Jon Anderson, Rafael Alfaro, Jon Anderson, Scott McKay
DANCE PARTY WITH MELISSA MITCHELL & THE HOPE SOCIAL CLUB
Saturday, February 13th – 8pm to Midnight (21 and Older)
Alaskan singer/songwriter Melissa Mitchell is coming to Rock Valdez with a night of Dancing at the Civic Center. It’s Beach Party theme so dress in Beach Wear or comfy casual. The Tanana Rafters will be the opening band for the event and local Valdezean Jamie Goudreau is a member of that band. Another Valdez local, Rik Nielsen, is a member of The Hope Social Club. The Sociables are an Alaskan Group, made up of six great friends that have been entertaining audiences in the North for years. CLICK HERE to read more information.
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY THIS TUESDAY
School pictures will be taken on Tuesday this week. Kindergarten graduation pictures will be Wednesday. Orders can be placed in advance at lifetouch.com. Class PICTURE ID: AK615001G0 or Individual PICTURE ID: AK61500Y0.
WELCOME VALDEZ BABIES
Elizabeth and Robert Covington welcomed Elliotte May Covington to the world on January 27th at 1:04am. She was 7 lb, 2.1 oz and 19 inches long.
Kye Dawson and Jessica Kiser welcomed Evelyn Genevieve Dawson to the world on January 29th at 7:49am. She was 8 lb, 6 oz and 20 inches long.
REGISTRATION FOR HEALTHIER YOU RUNS THROUGH FEB 12th
Healthier You has begun, but it’s not too late to sign up to participate in this 12 week Health and Wellness program. This program is open to youth and adults age 5 and up. Sign up is going on now at the Prince William Sound College Health & Fitness center and takes just a few minutes. Everyone must register as an individual by Friday, February 12th. Participants can win prizes, including a $1,000 cash award and the program is absolutely, 100% Free. Healthier You is brought to you by Parks & Recreation, SWAN and PWSC.
Week 1 HY Challenge: Stay Hydrated. Drink your recommended daily water servings each day
Did you miss our Healthier You Special Edition E-News? CLICK HERE to view
Create your online profile at Healthieryouvaldez.com before February 12th
CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLINIC
with Michelle Cullen
This Saturday, Feb 6th, 1:00pm
Meet at HHES Ski Trail Loop
SKI TEAM TO HOST TOWN SKI RACE THIS SATURDAY
The VHS Ski team will host the 3rd town ski race of the season. This Saturday, Feb 6th, 10:30am at HHES. 7.5K or 10K- freestyle technique
Registration at 10am - entry fee $10. The proceeds from the race will go to the VHS ski team wax fund.
JANUARY WEATHER TOTALS
Precipitation: 4.6 inches
(average is 6.57 inches/68 inches of snow)
High Temperature: 42 degrees
(average is 28 degrees)
Low Temperature: 15 degrees
(average is 19 degrees)
Mark Your Calendars
(Thurs- Sat) Feb 4-6 - VHS Basketball / Seward Seahawk Classic (Boys Varsity)
(Fri) Feb 5 - GMS Volleyball / Glennallen
(Fri-Sat) Feb 5-6 - VHS Cross Country/Town Race #2 at Home
Feb 11 - GMS Volleyball / Intra-squad Games at Home
Feb 11-13 - VHS Basketball / Elks Tournament at Home (Varsity)
Feb 12 - In-service Day all Schools- No School
Feb 12-13 - VHS Cross Country/MatSu Borough
Feb 13 - Valdez Arts Council: Melissa Mitchell Dance Party
Feb 19 - In-service Day all Schools- No School
Feb 19-20 - VHS Basketball at Monroe
Feb 19 - GMS Volleyball - ACS (A & B teams)
Tok Tournament (C Team)
Feb 20 - GMS Volleyball - 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
Feb 26-27 - VHS Basketball at Eielson
Mar 4-5 - GMS Volleyball - Valdez Invite at Home
Mar 5 - VHS Basketball / Redington at Home (Senior Night)
Mar 10-12 - VHS Basketball / Regions at Hutchison
Mar 11 - End of Third Quarter
Mar 14-25 - VCS Spring Break
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