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Valdez, AK (5-22-15 9:45pm) – City of Valdez emergency personnel responded Friday evening to a report of a person who fell approximately 70 feet off a cliff adjacent to Dock Point trail.
At 6:36pm Friday, Valdez Police Dispatch received a medical assistance request for a 17 year old female who sustained life threatening injuries after falling approximately 70 feet off a cliff into Port Valdez. The young woman’s friends rescued her from the water, but were unable to move her from the shoreline due to the extent of her injuries.

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The Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference is coming up on June 14-20, 2015. Now in its twenty-third year, the event draws hundreds of participants yearly. While a majority comes from within the state, there are also many participants from the lower 48 and beyond. The farthest travelers this year include a playwright from Greece and an actor/producer couple from Australia.
The teachers signed up for the program represent some of the best in the country. David Auburn, Pulitzer-winner for his play Proof, is attending for the first time, as is Nan Barnett, the Executive Director of National New Play Network, the country’s alliance of more than 75 theaters with a dedication to the development, production, and continued life of new plays (

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“In Valdez, Alaska, the prize goes to the airplane that takes off and lands in the shortest distance.” – After returning to the field, Breeden brings the airplane in low and impossibly slow. On his first run, he’d landed so hard that the PA announcer joked, “Bobby no longer has a spine.” On this, his second and final try, he again bounces the landing, then feathers the brake so deftly that the tail remains raised until the airplane comes to a full stop. Total distance: 55 feet. “I once landed shorter than that,” an old-timer says. “In a helicopter.”
With a combined distance for the takeoff and landing of 116 feet—116 feet!—Breeden retains his title, beating a number of skillful pilots who are also flying Super Cubs. But unlike most of his competitors, Breeden doesn’t have tens of thousands of hours in his logbook and grizzly bear trophies on his wall. He’s a baby-faced 20-year-old college junior studying drone technology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Anchorage Daily News
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Dalton Highway repairs underway after floodwaters drop
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Top Arctic official says cooperation key for Arctic Council under US leadership
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Russia and Western nations stage rival air combat exercises
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Polar Code approval is timely for busy Bering Strait
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Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest
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Protester leaves Shell ship north of Seattle; 1 remains
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Fairbanks Daily News
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Man shot during disturbance at home outside Palmer
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Alaska Sen. Sullivan to join Sen. McCain on trip to Vietnam
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Wildfire northwest of Eagle grows
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Light earthquake in Alaska's Fox Islands
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Ferry breakdown strands Alaska brew festival attendees
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Anchorage police arrest felon spotted with handgun
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Coast Guard, agencies respond to Cook Inlet fuel spill
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Teenage girl falls 70 feet off cliff into Port Valdez
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Anchorage airman catches first king salmon at Ship Creek
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Mother pleads not guilty to assaulting toddler on plane
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Troopers investigate Anchorage inmate's death
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