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GMS LEGO ROBOTICS TEAM PLACE IN STATE COMPETITION
The Gilson Middle School Lego Robotics Team traveled to Fairbanks on January 23rd for the state competition.  They placed fourth in the robot games and first in the programming category. This year’s team was coached by Mr. Joe Robison and Mr. Josh Britton.  
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GMS WRESTLING HOSTED GLENNALLEN ON SATURDAY

The Gilson Middle School wrestling team hosted the Glennallen Panthers for a wrestling dual on Saturday, January 23rd.  CLICK FOR MORE
 
MERIOLES, FLEMING, MOTT, MANN, AND AUBLE MAKE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
The VHS varsity basketball teams traveled up to Delta this past weekend for the annual Dean Cummings Invite.  READ MORE


TOWN SKI RACE SERIES RESULTS

This past weekend the VHS ski team hosted the second race in the town ski race series.  SEE RESULTS

MAGNITUDE 7.1 EARTHQUAKE CAUSES DAMAGE ACROSS ALASKA

Most people in Valdez woke to Sunday's 1:30am earthquake.  Little damage was felt in Valdez but across Alaska, damage ranges from cracks in the road, house explosions to items damaged from falling off shelves.  Here are a few stories to sum things up: 

ADN - Earthquake hits Alaska's most populated region - Videos, photos, and stories   CLICK HERE

ALASKA EARTHQUAKE BREAKS APART ICE DURING 2016 NORTHERN LIGHTS 300 RACE
KTVA - Thirty-three dog mushers were halfway through the Northern Lights 300 race when Sunday's 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit and began breaking apart the ice they were racing on.  SEE VIDEO


NATURE WORLD NEWS
Information on Sunday's earthquake, picture of damaged railroad tracks, and more about earthquakes in Alaska.  About six percent of large, shallow earthquakes are in Alaska or near it.  
READ HERE

SUPREME COURT HEARING ON AN ALASKAN HUNTER’S HOVERCRAFT:  IT’S COMPLICATED
Washington Post- It is easy to understand why Alaska outdoorsman John Sturgeon finds a hovercraft useful in skimming across a shallow riverbed to get to his favorite moose-hunting spot in the Yukon wilderness.  But the Supreme Court seemed to find it much more difficult to decide whether the National Park Service had the authority to tell him no.  READ MORE

HOW TO SEE FIVE PLANETS ALIGN IN THE MORNING SKY
National Geographic- Over the next two weeks, five planets will line up for a cosmic dance that will dazzle skywatchers all over the world.  Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are aligning for the first time in over a decade, and there’s no need for telescopes or binoculars to see the event, since all five planets will look like bright stars in the morning twilight.   READ MORE
 
STATE OF THE STATE: EIGHT TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH
KTUU- Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday evening borrowed a line from Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, in his second State of the State speech, summing up what was the theme of the night as well as what is at stake during the lawmaking session that began earlier this week.  “When a reporter asked him to list the three top issues this session, Senator Bishop responded, ‘They are, and in this order: the budget, the budget, and the budget.”  READ STORY

BP ALASKA TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM:
PAST VALDEZ TEACHERS HONORED
AND NOMINATION INFORMATION
  Since the program's inception in 1995, 13 Valdez teachers have been honored in the annual BP Teachers of Excellence Program.  The program recognizes Alaska teachers’ exceptional work. Nomination deadline is February 1st.  To see which teachers have been recognized, CLICK HERE.
 

Did you miss KVAK's first on-air inverview of Coffee with the Counselors?  VSD counselors talked about bullying and resources available to students and parents.  CLICK HERE to hear the podcast and find more resources on our website.

FEBRUARY AND MARCH VSD MENUS NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE

CLICK HERE to see what will be served for breakfast and lunch.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

Monday, January 25th, 2016
in City Council Chambers
Monday – 6:30 pm
 
Items will include:
1.  Approve second reading of AR 6141g – Curriculum Development
2.  Approve technology purchases for the amount of $210,603.60
3.  Approve second reading of Classified work agreement

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 www.kvakradio.com
VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
Do you think the City Council and Mayor should be paid a monthly stipend for their services?
YES
NO
 
CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW

Who's your pick to win the Super Bowl? 
25% - Carolina Panthers
10% - New England Patriots
40% - Denver Broncos
25% - Arizona Cardinals
 
1/25 – Jennifer Tauscher
1/26 – Christopher Waddell, Rob Stapleton, Heather Seiber
1/27 – Aubrie Childs, Aurora Meller, Keith Boruff, Nate Smith, Richard Kirkpatrick, Gloria Day, Lisa Anderson, Jeanne Lematta
1/28 – Sarah Brewer, Elizabeth Samuel
1/29 – Sandra Mobley, David Winney
1/30 – Sarah Jorgenson-Owen, Kristine Scribner, LJ Nibler
1/31 – Ruth Black, Robert Stumpf
 
CVEA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE NEXT MONDAY
Applications for CVEA Scholarships are now available.  There are two scholarships available: one $2,000 general scholarship and one Youth Rally Scholarship.  Application deadline is 5 pm Monday, Feb 1stCLICK HERE for more information.
 
DEADLINE FOR CVEA BOARD NOMINATION 2016 NEXT MONDAY
Three director seats are up for election in 2016; one seat in the Valdez District and two seats in the Copper Basin District.  Nomination packets can be picked up at CVEA or mailed to you. Nominating Petitions must be submitted and validated by Monday, February 1, 2016. For more information visit www.cvea.org.
 


HEALTHIER YOU KICK-OFF EVENT THIS SATURDAY
Stop by the Civic Center from 2-5pm this Saturday, January 30th to sign up for Healthier You.  The program is free and gives you the tools to focus on improving your health and fitness.  
 
 
IT'S COMING!  FEB 26th - MAR 6th
FROSTY FEVER EVENT SIGN-UP DEADLINE FEBRUARY, MONDAY 1st
The deadline is approaching to schedule an event for Frosty Fever.  If you have an event you would like us to consider including, the deadline is January 31th
Click for Event Sign-Up Form

BE A FROSTY FEVER SPONSOR
Help KVAK bring a week full of events and entertainment for the whole community.  Contact KVAK to find out what opportunities are available. 

 
The City of Valdez and Valdez Police Department have partnered with NIXLE to implement the Community Notification System.  Sign up to receive information on road closures, weather, public hazards, press releases, anonymous tip line and more.  To sign up, text 99686 to 888777 or visit nixle.com/register/.  

EVENING AT THE BOPS THIS TUESDAY

The VHS “Evening at the Bops” is this Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30pm at the high school.  An international buffet meal will be served, followed by a dessert auction.  Tickets are $25 each – proceeds go toward the Band/Choir travel fund.

WELCOME VALDEZ BABIES

BABY MILES

Jeremy Martin and Stephanie Holcomb welcomed Miles James Martin to the world on January 14, 2016 at 12:56 am.  He weighed 8 lb, 7 oz and was 21 inches long.

BABY PAITYN
Cody and Tommi Galipeau welcomed Paityn Grace Galipeau to the world on January 19th, 2016.  She weighed 8 lb, 10 oz and was 19.5 inches long.

TODAY IS
NATIONAL BUBBLE WRAP DAY


(just in case you were wondering)

Mark Your Calendars

(Tues) Jan 26 – “Evening at the Bops” VHS Band/Choir
(Fri-Sat) Jan 29-30 – VHS Cross Country/ Soldotna-Tsalteshi
(Fri-Sat) Jan 29-30 – GMS Volleyball / Delta Tournament
(Fri-Sat) Jan 29-30 – VHS Basketball / Galena at Home
Feb 4-6 – VHS Basketball / Seward Seahawk Classic (Boys Varsity)
Feb 5 – GMS Volleyball / Glennallen
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)
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