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(April 4th & 5th and April 11th & 12th)

The Second Annual Wings over Valdez will be happening the first two weekends of April (April 4th & 5th and April 11th & 12th)  
According to an article on “The purpose of the Wings over Valdez event is to showcase the flying sports of Speed riding, Paragliding and Skydiving. The future goal of the W.O.V. event will be to show what the beautiful city of Valdez, Alaska has to offer as far as flying opportunities, and they are world class!” Most of the pilots that will fly at the Wings over Valdez event are part of the Arctic Airwalkers club out of Eagle River, Alaska. The Arctic Airwalkers are the oldest and biggest paragliding club in the USA. With several US paragliding and World cup champions. Two helicopters will whisk pilots to the top of the 5000ft+ mountains above Valdez. From there, pilots will coordinate acrobatic displays of technical flying. Look for spiral dives, wing overs and colored smoke to entertain. Also, speed wing or speed rider pilots will be hugging close to the Mountain and proximity flying and rapidly descending heart stopping lines over rock cliff faces.

Valdez Little League is gearing up for the Summer Season. Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for May 19th and Registration Forms are available now. Pick up a Registration form at HHES or GMS or download from the Valdez Little League Facebook page. The League is planning trips to Cordova and Delta in June for the Minors, Majors and Junior Teams. The league is still in need of coaches for the 2015 season. If you or someone you know might be interested, there's a coaches meeting Tuesday, March 24th, 6:30pm at the Valdez Library. Or contact BJ williams at There are a few openings on the Valdez Little League Board as well. Interested parties can talk to BJ Williams. Little League Baseball Practice will start as soon as the fields are clear of snow.

CLICK HERE for registration form


1st snowfall of winter season – December 4th, 2014
Amount of snowfall this season – 57.4 inches
Amount of rainfall since Dec. 4th – 16.51 inches

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