FIRE AT TOTEM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT
Valdez, AK – Valdez Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a structure fire at the Totem Inn late
Saturday evening. At approximately 11:48pm Saturday, Valdez Fire and Police Dispatch received multiple reports of a fire at the Totem Inn on Richardson Highway. One of the reports came from an off-duty volunteer firefighter who then began knocking on hotel doors to evacuate guests. Within minutes, fire department engines arrived on scene and responders discovered an active fire in the kitchen of the Totem Inn’s restaurant. One team of firefighters verified all hotel guests had been evacuated from the building, while others secured utilities and began work to extinguish the fire in the adjoining restaurant.
At approximately 12:37am Sunday, Fire Department personnel deemed the fire under control and began overhaul efforts. The Totem Inn’s restaurant was closed at the time of the incident. No injuries have been reported. The owners of the hotel are coordinating housing for those displaced by the fire. American Red Cross personnel were also activated to provide assistance following the incident. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
TOTEM INN OWNERS APPRECIATE FIREFIGHTER EFFORTS
YOUTH COURT INFORMATION
Connie Ballow and Mike Williams sat outside the Totem Inn Sunday morning as crews worked to determine the extent of damage caused by Saturday night's fire. It is not known at this time how long the Totem will be closed, but there is a lot of fire damage and it will take some time to get back up and running. "No one was hurt", Ballow said. "And we are extremely thankful for the firefighters, volunteer firefighters and all the people who have come out to support us".
Youth in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to volunteer and learn about court proceedings.
for forms and information.
If you missed KVAK's interview with Valdez Youth Court Coordinator Tanya Young, don't worry it's posted on our website. CLICK HERE
to listen to an interview that outlines how our local Youth Court works and explains how 12 to 18 year old students can get involved.
LADY BUCS EARN 2ND IN HOME TOURNAMENT
This past weekend, the Lady Bucs hosted the own Valdez Invitational Tournament. Round robin play began on Friday and the ladies ended day one seeded second. On Saturday, teams were divided into a gold and silver division based on day one performances. The Varsity entered the day topping Barrow and Bethel, then faced North Pole in the Championship match. The Ladies started off strong and dominated the first set 25-13. The second set went to North Pole 25-20. The third set went to North Pole as they earned the Championship.
FOOD CACHE STORE OPENS ON EGAN
The much anticipated opening of the Food Cache happened this Sunday. Anxious shoppers flocked to the new store to buy bulk grocery items.
ONE HIT WONDER DAY IS NEXT MONDAY, SEPT. 26TH
Tune into KVAK Radio 93.3FM or 1230AM and celebrate “One Hit Wonder Day” next Monday at Noon. Listen as the KVAK staff broadcasts live and spins records from days gone by. Of course, we will give away prizes for those listeners that can name the artist who sing these one hit wonders, but KVAK might have something up our sleeve for those who can sing a few bars also.
CUB SCOUTS ASSIST FOOD BANK
CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT
Eric Christensen- A job well done to the Cub Scouts of Packs 310 and 311, with help from the Boy Scouts. They joined up this year and collected over 3000 pounds of food for our local food bank! Thank you, Valdez, for your giving generosity. This is the LARGEST single donation the Food Bank receives every year and the great people of this town make it possible.
Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 2016
in City Council Chambers
Tuesday – 7 pm
Items will include:
1. Approval of Cooperative Agreement with United States Geological Survey for Annual Operations & Maintenance of a Stream Gage on the Lowe River and Valdez Glacier Stream
2. Approval of Termination Agreement with the Port Valdez Company for the Land Purchase Agreement and Access and Snow Storage Easement Agreement
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All City Council meetings are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast live on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE onwww.kvakradio.com
STUDDED TIRES NOW LEGAL IN ALASKA NORTH OF LATITUDE 60
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) reminds drivers that they may now use studded tires on Alaska’s paved highways and roads north of latitude 60. Studded tires will be legal to use in Alaska communities located south of latitude 60 on Oct. 1.
Read more HERE
WELCOME VALDEZ BABIES
Jeremy and Dahlia O'Neil welcomed Egan Spencer O'Neil into the world on September 14th. He weighed 8 lbs 6.4 oz and was 20 inches long.
Joseph and Kirsten Hart welcomed Daniel William Hart into the world on September 14th. He weighed 8.3 lbs and was 20 inches long.
MOOSE SIGHTINGS IN VALDEZ
This moose was spotted on Robe River Drive down from the High School on Saturday. The moose was also seen on meandering through the Duck Flats.
FIGHTING BULL MOOSE COME WITHIN FEET OF PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CYCLISTS ON POWERLINE TRAIL
SEARCHERS FIND ANOTHER SHIP FROM DOOMED 19TH CENTURY ARCTIC EXPEDITION
Explorers have found the wreck of HMS Terror, the second of two British ships lost in the disastrous 1845 Franklin expedition to Canada's Arctic Northwest Passage.
POLAR BEARS BESIEGE RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS AT A REMOTE ARCTIC POST
A team of Russian weather experts claim that their station on an ice-covered Arctic isle is "besieged" by polar bears, according to a report by Russian news agency TASS.
VALDEZ POLICE AND FIRE REPORT
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to answer the Question of the Week.
RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK'S QofW
Let us know if you’ve already purchased a Christmas present:
- You’re joking, right?
- You mean for last year?
- It isn’t Christmas Eve yet
9/19 - Margaret Henry, Lori Costello, Deb Moore, Sam Jones, Kris Tolson
9/20 - Mary Albright, Fran Monegan
9/21 - Paul MacDonald, Mary Ellen Murphy, Eric Rosenfeld, Roy Hansen, Meira Pedersen, Jason Hansen
9/22 - Linda Laswell, Tim Harned, Susan Lee
9/23 - Amber Major, Amanda Thayer, Tracia Craig, David Lawrence, Jerilyn Zastrow, Bill Crump, William Smith
9/24 - Kimberly Dorman, Amy Hillman, Mollie Clark, Margie Ambrose, Becky Smilie
9/25 - David Cassino, Katie Burns, Meredith Buchman, Brittany Johnston
DRIFTER BUOY STUDY
PWSRCAC and PWSCC will be conducting a water circulation study using drift buoys in Port Valdez beginning Sept. 21st. The buoys will have drogues attached and trailing beneath them to depths ranging from one meter to 40 meters. Please use caution when navigating among the buoys and do not touch them.
for more information
EARTHQUAKE MEMORIAL ARTIST CONCEPTS
6-8pm, Valdez Museum
Meet the artists and see the design concepts for the proposed Earthquake Memorial at Dock Point Park. Appetizers and No Host Wine Bar
CLICK HERE to see flyer
OKTOBERFEST SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST
*Civic Center * 7 to Midnight*
The VCVB is putting on an Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition!
$45, available at Rogue's Garden and the Visitor's Center.
Ticket includes a pint glass, food, games and your first beer free. You'll also be entered to win prizes, including two round-trip Alaska Airlines tickets.
Live Music: Area 907
NO SCHOOL MONDAY AND TUESDAY
Tuesday: Parent Teacher Conferences
VCS HIRING ASSISTANT CROSS COUNTRY SKI COACH
Qualifications include: high school diploma or equivalent; knowledge
of sport; ability to communicate with parents and students; current First Aid and CPR certification.
for application more information.
AVV WOMEN OF DISTINCTION NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW
Do you know a woman in Valdez who deserves to receive an award for her significant contribution to our community and to the advancement of women? Maybe a woman who has a spark of activism who volunteers her time or balances the demands of her career, family and community? Then nominate her to be an AVV Woman of Distinction. Women may be nominated in one of two categories:
Young Woman of Distinction Age 17 to 27 and Women of Distinction Age 28 or older. Nomination packets are available at AVV.
Deadline for nominations is
Monday, October 17th.
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BEDTIME STORY TIME
with the Girl Scouts
*Thursday * 7pm * Valdez Consortium Library * FREE*
Milk and Cookies will be served.
HHES BOOK FAIR
*Tuesday & Wednesday*
*Online: Thru Sept. 24th*
Want to help?
Sign up via our book fair web page or at the HHES Office.
for more information
PTA FAMILY FITNESS NIGHT THURSDAY
5:30-7:00pm in the HHES Gym
*Fun fitness activities and stations set up * Zumba * HHES Jump Rope Team Performance*
Door prizes include a $100 Prospector gift card, water bottles and sports equipment.
This is a PTA membership event geared for families. Sign up for the HHES PTA ($10 Membership) and your whole family can attend.
Contact 834-4717 for more information.
WINTER CONCERT SURVEY
The HHES Winter Concert is scheduled for December 6. Traditionally, the concert has been scheduled in the evening; however, over the past couple of years, there has been interest in scheduling the concert during the regular school day.
to vote for your preference.
Mark Your Calendars
(Mon) Sept 19 – VCS In-service/No School
(Mon) Sept 19 – Community Reception- Earthquake Memorial Concept
(Tues) Sept 20 – Parent Teacher Conferences/No School
(Tues) Sept 20 – Valdez City Council Meeting
(Fri) Sept 23 – VHS Swimming vs Sohi
(Fri-Sat) Sept 23-24 – VHS Volleyball – Away at Monroe
(Sat) Sept 24 – VHS Football – Away at Monroe
(Sat) Sept 24 – VHS XCountry- Regionals/Soldotna
Sept 26 - KVAK One Hit Wonder Day
Sept 26 – School Board Meeting
Sept 30 – Oct 1 – VHS Swimming/Valdez Invite
Sept 30 – Oct 1 – VHS Volleyball- Home vs Eielson
Oct 1 – VHS Football – Away at Barrow
Oct 1 – VHS XCountry- ASAA 123A State Championships
Oct 4 – Valdez City Council Meeting
Oct 6 - KVAK Kids' Club Recording Session
Oct 7-8 – VHS Volleyball- Away at Grace Invite
Oct 8 – VHS Football – Small School Semi-Finals
Oct 8 – VHS Swimming vs Bartlett