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SWIMMERS FINISH STRONG AT REGIONS

This past weekend Valdez High School hosted the 2015 Region III Swimming and Diving Championships. This competition marks the first of four regional tournaments in Valdez. Over 250 students from around the state competed in the three day tournament.  On Friday, thirteen Valdez swimmers spent the day competing in preliminary races for placement in final races on Saturday. The swimmers finished with strong personal performances, but will not be moving on to state.  Overall, the Valdez girls team had a score of 17.50, which gave them a 7th place finish. The Valdez boys team received an overall score of 2 giving them an eighth place finish.
 
VHS VOLLEYBALL REGIONS

Valdez High School took time to recognize senior volleyball players during matches against Kenny Lake and Glennallen last weekend. The volleyball team recognized seven seniors for their outstanding high school careers; Jessi Cox, Maddy Fleming, Madeline Hogarth, Sidney Hursh, Zoe Langseth, Mesa Rohrer, and Joy Shumate. The volleyball team will be hosting a regional tournament this weekend with six teams: Valdez, Delta, Monroe, Eielson, Galena, and Hutchison. The tournament is this Friday and Saturday in the VHS gym. The hometown Lady Bucs will have their first match at 3:45pm Friday, and the final game of the day will be at 7:15pm. Saturday. The matches begin at 10am and the championship game and award ceremony start at 3:15pm Saturday. The Monroe Catholic Rams will be going into the tournament as the first seed and the Lady Bucs will be right behind them as second seed. Coach Ronal Langseth is very optimistic going into this weekend. “Mesa and Zoe are two of the most devastating hitters in the state,” said Langseth.
 
CODY GREENE TAKES 2nd IN SEWARD TOURNAMENT

The VHS wrestling team recently participated in the King of the Mountain Wrestling Tournament in Seward. Once again, VHS senior Cody Greene represented Valdez well in the tournament. Greene wrestled his way to a second place finish in the 138 pound weight division. The wrestling team is preparing for their upcoming ACS tournament this weekend. After that, Valdez will only have two more wrestling meets before hosting the regional tournament December 11th through the 12th.

BOARDING SCHOOL PLAY EVOKES POWERFUL REACTION FROM NATIVE FORMER STUDENTS
Alaska Dispatch- Jack Dalton’s play “Assimilation” made a powerful impression when it premiered in Anchorage five years ago. Dalton had written a blistering indictment of the boarding school era with roles reversed. In his telling, a vicious Native headmaster punishes white children for not being sufficiently Native.  For full story, click here.  Play will be presented this Friday in Valdez.  More details below. 

THE PLAY ASSIMILATION IN VALDEZ THIS FRIDAY
Assimilation, a play by Alaska Native playwright Jack Dalton, will be presented at 7pm this Friday at the Valdez Civic Center Ballroom.  Tickets are $15 and free for PWSCC, VHS and Valdez Native Tribe members.  This play is for mature audiences about a boarding school run by Natives to assimilate White students into the Yup’ik culture.  A discussion and “healing circle” will follow the performance. 


Road closed while downed tree removed

PORTS & HARBOR COMMISSION RECOGNIZE THE F/V KINGFISHER CREW

The Ports & Harbor Commission recognized the Captain and Crew of the F/V Kingfisher.  Captain Thane Miller and his crew, Diane Schreier, Lisa Clemens, and Larry Noble,  pulled five individuals out of the water after their 27 foot recreational vessel, Pure Pleasure, sank this summer.  The crew was responsible for the survival of the two women and three men who were clinging to an overturned rubber boat.  The Commission also recognized the efforts made by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Valdez Fire Department.

AVV ANNOUNCES WOMEN OF DISTINCTION HONOREES

CLICK HERE for more information
 
DAVID RIDGE PRESENTED WITH CROWLEY’S HIGHEST HONOR, THE THOMAS CROWLEY AWARD

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s David Ridge, director, marine operations, was presented with the 2014 Thomas Crowley award, the company's highest honor, at a recent ceremony at the company’s Anchorage, Alaska, office.  See the whole story HERE. (link to story on website)
 
ALASKAN CHRISTMAS TREE WILL GRACE CAPITOL BUILDING IN WASHINGTON D.C.
SCN- Getting the US Capitol Christmas Tree from the Alaskan Snow River floodplain to the west lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. costs the taxpayers very little. About 52 sponsors nationally, including some locally, have once again donated the wherewithal to transport an evergreen behemoth cross-country in one piece with celebratory stops along the way.  Read more HERE
 
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
 
Tuesday, November 3rd , 2015
in City Council Chambers
7pm
 
Items will include:
1.  Appointment to Planning and Zoning Commission
2. Appointment to Parks and Recreation Commission
3. Discussion Item: Egan Beautification/East Pioneer/Hospital Parking Project Alternative Contract Award Scenarios
CLICK HERE to read meeting packet

CITY OF VALDEZ BUDGET CIP MEETING
Thursday, November 5th – 6pm
See the proposed 2016 budget HERE and the meeting packet HERE

All City Council meetings are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast live on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on www.kvakradio.com

Just click Listen to Live Meetings on the KVAK Homepage or above.
VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
CLICK HERE
to see the latest Valdez Police and Fire Report.
11/2 – 11/8
What’s your best guess for when we’ll receive the 1st inch of snow here in Valdez?
- Nov 10
   - Nov 15
   - Nov 20
   - Nov 30
   - Dec 5
CLICK HERE to answer the Question of the Week.
For the truly competitive, after you answer on our website, post your best guess of the date AND time of the first 1nch of snowfall to the KVAK Radio Facebook page and the person with the closest guess will win a FREE T-SHIRT! 
 
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK’S QotW
Do you think the City of Valdez should be adding 6 employees to the payroll?
15%- Yes
85%- No
 
11/2 – Amber McCain
11/3 – Deb Hansen, Courtney Porritt
11/4 – Linda Overduyn, Regina Blood
11/5 – Helen Adams, Carol Simmons, Terry Wolf, Joe Freitag, Leo Overduyn, Paul Bodkin
11/6 – Judy Londo, Brayton O’Neil, Barb Rusher, Shannon Groundwater, Emily Liesch
11/07 – Tom Gilson, Kena Lull, Chris Merrill, Suzanne McCarthy, Crystal Lunsford
 

WIN A PIZZA AS BUCCANEER FAN OF THE WEEK

Will you be the Buccaneer Fan of the Week? Valdez High School wants to see you in the stands during the Volleyball Regional tournament this weekend. Just take a Selfie at the Volleyball games at VHS this weekend and post it on KVAK’s Facebook page for a chance to win a large pizza. Support the Lady Bucs as they compete for the Regional Championships …and don’t forget to take a picture to prove you were there.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Valdez, Alaska, holds the record for the most snow on Halloween (24.6" in 1999) and the Summit, Alaska, weather-service office has the record for greatest Halloween snow depth (29" in 1905). READ MORE
 
SERVICES FOR MARGARET DIANN HURSH

Services will be held Wed, Nov 4th at 1pm at the Assembly of God Church, 151 Eklutna Street.  Cemetery Burial (family only) at 2:30pm
Potluck at 4pm at the Church.  Bring a dish and a story to share.

VCVB ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THREE OPEN BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S SEATS

The Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting nominations to fill their Board of Directors positions.  To be considered, you must be a VCVB Member and a resident of Valdez, AK.
The application deadline is November 3rd.   For application and more information, CLICK HERE.
 
16th ANNUAL BOOK BASKET AUCTION IS THIS SATURDAY

The Library will host its 16th Annual Book Basket Auction this Saturday night featuring live music, food, prizes and the auction. Baskets designed around a theme and containing at least one book, will be auctioned off. Proceeds will be used to purchase materials for all ages. There is no admission charge for this event. The doors open at 6pm and the auction starts at 7pm at the Valdez Library downtown.

DR. LINDA CHAMBERLAIN VISITS VALDEZ SCHOOLS

Scientist, author, professor, dog musher and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain will be coming to Valdez this Friday to speak with Valdez City School employees. Chamberlain is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and champion for health issues related to domestic violence, children exposed to violence, brain development and trauma and the amazing adolescent brain. 

Mark Your Calendars

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
(Fri) Nov 6 – VCS- In-service/No School
(Fri-Sat) Nov 6-7 – VHS Volleyball/Regions at Home
(Fri-Sat) Nov 6-7 – VHS Swimming- State/Bartlett
(Fri-Sat) Nov 6-7 – VHS Wrestling ACS Tournament
(Sat) Nov 7Assimilation- play presentation
Nov 12-14 – VHS Volleyball/State at UAA
Nov 13 – VCS- In-service/No School
Nov 13-14 – VHS Wrestling- Hutchison Meltdown
Nov 13-14 – GMS Basketball Valdez Invite- Monroe, Delta, Cordova, Teeland, Valdez, Glennallen
Nov 14 – AVV Women of Distinction Celebration
Nov 19 – Letters Aloud (Valdez Arts Council)
Nov 20-21 – VHS Wrestling/Lancer Smith Memorial at Palmer
Nov 21 – VHS Cross Country Skiing- Flint Hill Races/Fairbanks
Nov 26 – Turkey Trot
Nov 26-27 – VCS Thanksgiving Holiday/No School
Dec 4-5 – VHS Cross Country Skiing- MatSu Invite
Dec 11-12 VHS Cross Country Skiing- Lynx Loppet at Kincaid Park
Dec 11-12 – VHS Wrestling/Regions at Home
Dec 18- VCS End of Second Quarter
Dec 18-19 – VHS Wrestling/State at Chugiak
Dec 19 – Ugly Sweater Walk, Run or Ski
Dec 19 – VHS Cross Country- Town Race #1 at Home
Dec 21 – Jan 1 – VCS Winter Break
 
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