MILITARY APPRECIATION HALL OPENS OVER 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND
The Valdez Hall of Heroes has been developed to show our gratitude, appreciation, and respect to those who are serving and to those who have served in the U.S. Military. The display is located on the mezzanine at the Valdez Civic Center. As an ongoing program, applications will be accepted at any time for those wishing to honor a hero in the community. To apply, CLICK HERE
for an application or pick one up at the Parks & Rec office.
VALDEZ GLACIER STREAM RUNS HIGH AS ICEBERGS MELT
The Valdez Glacier Stream has been running high following the activity that took place at the Valdez Glacier Lake on June 24th. Marvin Hood documented water levels in these two videos.
See original photos of event HERE
We shared this link in last week's E-News and over 200 people clicked through to see more pictures.
PODCAST OF INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT BENDA: EXPLAINING VALDEZ GLACIER EVENT NOW AVAILABLE
Did you miss the podcast KVAK's interview with Scott Benda about the Valdez Glacier Event?
to listen on KVAK's website.
WALKER CAPS PFD AT $1,000 AMID $1.29 BILLION IN BUDGET VETOES
Gov. Bill Walker has capped the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend at $1,000 following the Legislature's inaction on measures to significantly close the state’s multi billion-dollar deficit. Walker, at an Anchorage news conference Wednesday, announced some $1.29 billion of vetoes that touched numerous areas, including K-12 education, the University of Alaska, substance abuse treatment, public broadcasting and transportation.
PINK SALMON FESTIVAL KICKS OFF VALDEZ SALMON SEASON
A Pink Salmon Festival complete with games, cooking competition and community barbeque kicked off the 4th
of July weekend in Valdez on Saturday. While many chose to visit the many events put on by the City of Valdez around town, it was a busy weekend for fishing as well. Halibut angling was productive and anglers were excited about the opening of the lingcod season July 1st
, however pink salmon fishing looks to be a bit slow getting started.
ALASKA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS NO LONGER NEED NATIONAL TESTS TO GRADUATE
Alaska's high school students no longer need to take the SAT, ACT or WorkKeys test to get their diplomas. As of now, the Class of 2017 will only need to meet credit requirements to get their diplomas, said Margaret MacKinnon, director of assessment and accountability at Alaska's state education department.
VALDEZ SOCIOECONOMIC INDICATORS REPORT
VALDEZ HOME PRICES RISING
According to a report commissioned by the City of Valdez, the median price for homes in Valdez is 36% less than the statewide median, but median rents are
10% higher. The number of dwelling units being constructed per year in Valdez has declined sharply over the last 15 years. The decrease in new construction creates an aging housing stock and limits housing options for buyers and renters.
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3.7 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE FELT LAST THURSDAY
Depth: 8.2 miles
Location: 60.82N 147.14W
16 miles W of Tatitlek, 34 miles SW of Valdez
FIREWEED 400 THIS WEEKEND
Watch for bikes on roadways.