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AUGUST 1, 2016
CRISTA ANDERSEN WINS SILVER SALMON BIG PRIZE FRIDAY
Crista Andersen of Valdez caught a nice fish Friday to put her at the top of the leader board in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby. Andersen weighed in her 10.84 pound catch aboard the Crista June. In addition to winning the 1st place daily prize and leading the derby, Andersen won Big Prize Friday and took home $500 cash in addition to her daily prizes. Currently in 2nd place in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby is Mike Seminario of Fairbanks who caught a 9.76 pound silver July 23rd aboard the Alaskai. Currently in 3rd place is Lotus Jobe of Washington, Oklahoma who reeled in a 9.60 pound silver July 29th aboard the Wild Goose.
READ PRESS RELEASE

COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND BUILD HUGE SUCCESS

Jessica Vincent & Katie Connell
The Valdez Community Playground was completed this weekend. Many individuals put in countless hours to make this playground happen to benefit our community.


Photos courtesy Jolyn Benes
SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE
 
VALDEZ GOLD RUSH DAYS HAPPENING WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

CLICK HERE to see schedule
See forms HERE
What is Gold Rush Days? CLICK HERE 
See below for Schedule, Forms, Flyers, Maps, & Event Descriptions

KVAK GOLD RUSH GABBY TALK SHOW

Both Wednesday and Friday at 10am
KVAK will host Gold Rush Committee and Event Organizers for a LIVE program.  Listen to 93.3FM and 1230AM as we share schedules, event information and more!



A locally produced radio show from the KVAK studios featuring some talented members of our community who are able to come up with witty things off the cuff.  We can guaranteed you’ve never heard anything like it because we’re making it up as we go.  Podcasts will be available after airing on KVAKRadio.com.
CLICK HERE to listen to Show #1.
Hear Audio Improv between around 6-6:30PM Friday on 93.3FM and 1230 AM and around 9AM Saturday on 93.3FM.

VALDEZ SOCIOECONOMIC INDICATORS REPORT:
EMPLOYMENT WAGES INCREASE LESS THAN INFLATION RATES

According to a report commissioned by the City of Valdez, between 2004 and 2014 total employment wages increased by 26% from $94.9 million to $119.9 million.  However, when measured in inflation-adjusted dollars, this increase is below the level needed to have kept pace with inflation over the last decade.  Total wages of $119.9 million in 2014 are about equal to 2004 wages of 122.8 million (in 2014 dollars).

Average annual wages in 2014 were highest for those working in Transportation and Warehousing.
CLICK HERE for larger images and more information

MYSTERIOUS NEW WHALE SPECIES DISCOVERED IN ALASKA
National Geographic- Like many good mysteries, this one started with a corpse, but the body in question was 24 feet (7.3 meters) long.  "It boggles my mind to think that a large, very different-looking whale has gone unnoticed by the scientific community for so long," Pitman says. "It sends a clear message about how little we know about what is in the ocean around us."    READ STORY

ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR ALASKA PRIMARY ELECTION NOW AVAILABLE
Alaska's Primary Election will be held August 16th. Absentee ballots are now available for anyone needing one. 
CLICK HERE for more information.

We have a big prize winner this week!  Dan Heckathorn won a $100 Gift Certificate to Ravencroft Lodge!
KVAK Radio’s Summer Trivia is open to everyone!  Resident or visitor, adult or kid, all are welcome to call in and play at 835-1230.
Listen to 93.3FM or 1230AM for your chance to win!

Here are this week's winners: 
Decade- Leo Cavanaugh
Fishing- Zena Disney
Entertainment- Lorraine Critchlow
Sports- Garett Williams
Alaska Wildlife- Meta Mettlen
Famous Jingles- Dan Heckathorn
Outdoors- Dan Heckathorn
Alaska- Ramona Mooney
Finish the Lyric- Autumn Florence
Automotive- Lhou Viernes
CLICK HERE for rules, participating businesses and winners list.

THREE ALASKAN TRACK AND FIELD OLYMPIANS FROM YEARS PAST
Three Alaska track and field athletes in history have reached the Olympics. DeLoach prospered in 2012. Former East High standout Don Clary ran the 5,000 meters at the Games in Los Angeles in 1984. And Chris Clark, a doctor in Anchorage, shocked in 2000 when she won the women's marathon at the Olympic Trials and finished 19th at the Sydney Games.  READ MORE
 
CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
in City Council Chambers
Tuesday – 7 pm
 
Items will include:
1.  #16-10 - Amending Chapter 2.06 of the Valdez Municipal Code by Creating Section 2.06.020 Titles Compensation.  First Reading/Public Hearing.
2.  #16-31 - Adopting the Lowe River Levee System Operation, Maintenance and Repair Manual
3.  #16-32 - Amending he 2016 City Budget by Accepting Grant Funds in the Amount of $1,500 to the Valdez Consortium Library and Authorizing its Expenditure

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

 
 
  Name Hometown Weight Date Boat
1st David Jamison Fairbanks, AK 253 lbs May 29 Nanatuk
2nd Kim Steiger Westchester, PA 211.0 lbs July 5 Halibut Grove
3rd Jeff Leaverton Madisonville, LA 174.4 lbs June 16 Dan Orion


 
  Name Hometown Weight Date Boat
1st Crista Andersen Valdez, AK 10.84 lbs July 29 Crista June
2nd Mike Seminario Fairbanks, AK 9.76 lbs July 23 Alaskai
3rd Lotus Jobe Washington, OK 9.60 lbs. July 29 Wild Goose

CLICK HERE to read weekly press release.

JULY WEATHER TOTALS FOR VALDEZ

Weather Underground
Precipitation: 2.84 inches
(average is 4.06)
High Temperature: 84.4 degrees
(average is 62 degrees)
Low Temperature: 48.6 degrees
(average is 49 degrees)

PAVLOF VOLCANO ALERT LEVEL INCREASED AMID SIGNS OF POSSIBLE ERUPTION
ADN- The Alaska Peninsula's Pavlof Volcano is once again drawing concern from volcanologists after a major eruption in March.  READ STORY

IT'S SO HOT THAT... HORSE MANURE SPONTANEOUSLY CAUGHT FIRE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK
ADN- On July 5, an awful smell wafted into the town of Throop, N.Y. In the month leading up to the fumes, U.S. temperatures had cranked up to record highs.
READ STORY

VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.

CLICK HERE for Minor Explosion aboard vessel in the Small Boat Harbor
What did you think about the movie Finding Dory?
1) Awesome
2) Cute but not nearly as good as Finding Nemo
3) Disappointed
4) As good as the first

CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW
Which tourist question is worse:
42% - What elevation are we at?
23% - Do you live in an igloo?
31% - Where do I exchange my money?
4% - Do you ride a dog sled to school?
8/1 - Laura Stahley, Susan Keeney, Rebecca Smith
8/2 - Marialena Robles, Larry McIntosh, Jamie Kompkoff
8/3 - Brittany Cabello
8/4 - Ann Hilton, Ruth Gibbs, Charles Nalen, Pamela Abbott, Michelle Evans, Vance Shires
8/5 - William Yi, Dolores Gard, Sarah Rennie
8/6 - Jenette Vlasoff, Yanira Morales-Alvarez
8/7 - Nikole Alexander, Mollie Good, Melissa Woodgate, Marsha Livingston


FEATURE PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Sighted on the Sound this week: Arctic Tern, Bald Eagle, Black Bear, Black-Legged Kittiwake, Cormorants, Dall's Porpoise, Harbor Seal, Loon, Orca/Killer Whale, Pigeon Guillemot, Puffins, Sea Otters, Stellar Sea Lions, Long Tailed Jaeger
CLICK HERE to visit the Stan Stephens Cruise website

ALASKA SMOKED SALMON CAPRI SALAD
Brought to you by


Get world-class gourmet salmon caviar and smoked salmon from Solomon Falls, right here in Valdez. 
Visit 
Solomonfalls.com, stop by 1815 Loop Road or call 835-4874.
Salad Ingredients:
1 package (7 to 10 oz.) salad greens: mâche or spinach, arugula, spring greens or chopped romaine
1 jar (14 oz.) quartered marinated artichoke hearts, reserving liquid
1 cup canned hearts of palm, cut in 1/2-inch slices
8 oz. Alaska Smoked Salmon, chunked
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced/chunked
CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE 

VCS HIRING AN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT/SCHOOL BOARD 

Valdez City Schools is looking for an Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/School Board.  Starting pay is $22.76/hour.  This is a full-time, year round position with benefits.  If interested, please submit a classified application to Brenda Kimble at the District Office.  Position closes Tuesday, August 9 at noon.
CLICK HERE for more information

GRD 2016 Logo

August 3rd – 7th

CLICK HERE to see all things Gold Rush at kvakradio.com

CLICK HERE for Schedule

CLICK HERE for Forms

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EVENT FLYERS
Click links below for more information.

Event Descriptions

Golden Opportunities Luncheon / Kick Off

Model Rocket Workshop

Jail and Bail Scholarship

Ice Cream Social

Open Air Market

PiYo In the Park

Kids’ Scavenger HuntBaseball’s Bonanza & Pet-a-Palooza

Step Through Time Activities & Kids’ Pioneer Games and Stories

CVT 5K Duathlon

Duathlon Map

Gold Rush Parade

Parade Map


YOU CAN BE FEATURED IN THE MAGAZINES


Do you have an awesome shot of your Alaskan fishing or hunting trips?  Fish Alaska and Hunt Alaska want to show it off in the Fishing for a Compliment and Hunting for a Compliment sections of their magazines.  Whether it's your halibut, salmon, or moose, all Alaska fish and game will be considered.  Email submissions, including name, location, time and where you're from, to russell@fishalaskamagazine.com.

VALDEZ RAVN VOICE COMPETITION THIS THURSDAY

 The Valdez Ravn Voice will be showcasing incredible talent on this Thursday, Aug 4th at 7:30pm.  
*FREE Admission * Civic Center*

  Local talent at its best as our contestants compete in this vocal event.  Celebrate Goldrush Days by cheering for your favorite contestant at the
Ravn Voice.  

VALDEZ SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION

COED Softball Scores from 7/27/16
Crowley (8) vs. SilverBay (14)
Kekambas (4) vs. Hooligans (17)
Crowley (11) vs. SilverBay (15)
Harris Sand & Gravel (22) vs. Hooligans (8)
FINAL COED League Standings 
#1: Harris Sand & Gravel 9-4
#2 (Tie breaker determined by point differential): SilverBay 8-5
#3 (Tie breaker determined by point differential): Crowley 8-5
#4: Hooligans 5-8
#5: Kekambas 2-10
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, August 3rd - COED League Championship Mini-Tourney (Harris Sand & Gravel vs. SilverBay): Best 2 out of 3 games – First game starts 7pm @ Gold Fields – Please come out to watch!
Wednesday, August 24th – End of Season One Pitch Tournament, Association BBQ, & General Membership Meeting – Free to VSA Players & Friends – 7pm @ Gold Fields

Mark Your Calendars

(Tues) Aug 2 –  Valdez City Council Meeting
(Wed-Sun) Aug 3-7 – Valdez Gold Rush Days
Aug 8 – School Board Meeting
Aug 13 – Valdez Women’s Derby
Aug 16 –  Valdez City Council Meeting
Aug 16 –  Alaska Primary Election
Aug 18 – HHES Hot Dog Howdy
Aug 22 – School Board Meeting
Aug 22 – GMS/VHS Ice Cream Social and Open House
Aug 23 – School Starts (1-2 Grades)
Aug 31 – School Starts (K)
Sept 2 – Valdez Fish Derbies Big Prize Friday
Sept 5 – Labor Day Family Fun Runs
Sept 5 – No School
Sept 19 – VCS In-service/No School
Sept 20 – Parent Teacher Conferences/No School
Oct 10 – VCS In-service/No School
Oct 21 – VCS End of First Quarter
Nov 11 – VCS In-service/No School
Nov 24-25 – VCS Thanksgiving Holiday/No School
Dec 21 – VCS End of Second Quarter
Dec 22 – Jan 4 – VCS Christmas Holidays/Vacation for Students

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