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CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
12:00pm at City Council Chambers


New Business

1. Approval of Contract to Harris Sand & Gravel for New Harbor Development Phase 1 - Uplands in the amount of $18,982,334.05
Resolutions
15-13-Opposing the Elimination of the Valdez Area Park Ranger Position

CLICK HERE for full agenda

 

READING UNDER THE STARS

Thursday, 26th 2015
6:30pm – 8:00pm at HHES


The Valdez Literacy Council will be presenting "Reading Under the Stars" on Thursday, March 26th from 6:30-8:00 in the evening. Hermon Hutchens will be decorated like the great outdoors, complete with trees, tents, campfires and maybe a bear or two. Attendants will listen to various community members reading stories. The public is invited to the event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 
2ND ANNUAL VALDEZ WINTER GAMES
Saturday, March 28th 2015
Registration at 10AM
Races start at 11AM
End of Airport Road (Police Firing Range)


The City of Valdez is hosting the 2nd Annual Valdez Winter Games. Residents of Valdez are encouraged to compete in one or all three events. Snowshoe races (kids and adult), XC Freestyle Ski races (kids and adult), and a Biathlon event (XC Ski & Archery combined.) Ages 4 & up are welcome. Donations at the event will benefit Compassion International's "Water of Life", providing children in poverty with water filters. This special Winter Games competition is co-sponsored by Sheri Beck, with Compassion International, Steve Shiell, with the PWSCC Archery Club, and Valdez Parks & Recreation.

CLICK HERE to view flier
 



PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE COMING TO VALDEZ MARCH 28th


Wear or display purple to support the fight against cancer and attend local Relay For Life

Fundraising Events:
10am to 2pm
* Bake Sale & Plant Sale - PWSCC Atrium
* Garage Sale - 478 Shoup Lane
* Garage & Bake Sale - Valdez Senior Center
This is a good time to meet up with Relay for Life organizers and join a Relay Team. The Valdez Relay for Life event is scheduled for June 5th and 6th.

CLICK HERE to view flyer
 
 CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, March 30th 2015
5:30pm – 6:30pm at the Valdez Senior Center

There is a caregiver support group held today at the Valdez Senior Center from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. The support group looks to help primary caregivers of loved ones with chronic debilitating illnesses, or for those caring for elderly parents and look to provide an environment to share in confidence where attendants can learn and support each other.
 


(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 www.alaskakiteadventures.com “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.

 
EARTHQUAKE REMEMBRANCE 51ST  ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1964 EARTHQUAKE
Friday, March 27th 2015
5:30pm at the Kelsey Dock

The Pioneers of Alaska are having a moment of silence, prayer and reading of names of those we lost during the earthquake at the Kelsey Dock, Friday, March 27th at 5:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, March 16th  2015
at City Council Chambers


Regular Meeting –7:00pm

Items include:
1. Approval of Employee Health Insurance Benefits Renewal for the Period April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016
2. Approval of New Permanent Fund Manager, Brandes Investment Partners, to Manage the Fund's International Small Cap Asset Class
3. Approval of Change Order #9 to the Contract with R&M Consultants, Inc. for Upland Facilities Design for the New Harbor in the Amount of $218,611

CLICK HERE for full agenda

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


 

Listen to 93.3FM & 1230AM for your chance to win FREE tickets to the show Tuesday Night
Tuesday, March 10th 2014
7:00pm at the Civic Center

Cost: $20.00 Adults
$10.00 Students, Seniors, Military


This star-studded collective unites the talents of nine musicians, each an expert in their individual style and together creating musical magic with African Guitar Summit. Experience live this superb and unique achievement for African music; the mix of musicians who are distinct in cultural backgrounds and languages yet sharing stories and singing each other’s praises, the inspiration of these skilled hands and voices joined in common to reach the summit. Advance tickets available at A Rogue's Garden and Harbor Landing General Store or at the Civic Center the night of the show.

CLICK HERE to view flyer
CLICK HERE to watch a video of African Guitar Summit


 
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, March 2nd 2015
at City Council Chambers


Worksession – 6:00pm

* Implementation of Marijuana Initiative

Regular Meeting –7:00pm
Items include:
  1. Approval of 2015 Community Purpose Property Tax Exemptions
  2. Approve Award of Contract to Wolverine Supply for City Hall Weatherization Re-Bid in the Amount of $236,660
  3. Discussion Item: Council Planning Work Session
CLICK HERE for full agenda

1st ANNUAL SCIENCE, ART, MUSIC AND WOODWORKING FESTIVAL

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
at the VHS Gymnasium

The Valdez High School is hosting their very 1st annual Science, Art, Music, and Woodworking Festival. High School Principal Rod Schug said there will be musical instruments to try, as well as woodworking and science experiments to see. Schug said he is excited to showcase student work and have all Valdez children and parents in to see what VHS has to offer in the arts and sciences. This event is open to the public.

 

THE BIG READ BROADCAST OF JACK LONDON’S “THE CALL OF THE WILD”
March 9th through 13th - 7:30pm – 8pm
& March 14th - 2pm – 3pm


Dawson Moore will be reading Jack London’s “Call of the Wild" on KCHU as part of the Big Read Program.  Valdezeans can pick up a FREE copy of the “Call of the Wild” from the Valdez Library.

THE BIG READ KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ROBERT KING
March 12th, 7pm – 9pm
Valdez Consortium Library


The Big Read Keynote Speaker: Robert King of Alaska Bureau of Land Management (State Archaelogist) will discuss public history, to include Curious Tales - stories of dog mushers with connections to the Copper River Basin. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  

For additional information call 835-4632 or visit www.neabigread.org/communities and search for Valdez.



 
CVEA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Deadline to apply: Friday, February 13 2015
at 5 p.m.

The CVEA Community Foundation Scholarship Application Period is coming to a Close. This year they’re giving away one $500 and one $1,000 General Scholarship. One $500 Community College Scholarship, and one scholarship to attend the Idaho Youth Rally. For details and applications visit www.cvea.org.
Don’t wait, the deadline to apply is Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m.
For details and applications visit www.cvea.org. Don’t wait; the deadline to apply is Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Sunday, March 1st 2015
3pm to 5pm at the Valdez Senior Center

Girl Scout Troop #524 is hosting a family game night for the community of Valdez on Sunday, March 1st from 3pm to 5pm. The event will be held at the Senior Center and will be fun for everyone. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
VCVB TOURISM ABASSADOR
The Valdez Bureau is looking to hire several Tourism Ambassadors. Applications are being accepted now.  24 hours per week on offer.  $12.30 per hour. Day Shifts Monday to Sunday. (Seasonal Temp employment)
1 Position available starting March 1st.
2 Positions available starting April 1st.
 Duties Include:
  • Assist Visitors by disseminating information about the community and its seasonal tourism offering.
 
  • Maintain the appearance of all displays within the VCVB
 
 
  • Answering of phones and ensuring communications are disseminated efficiently.
 
  • Must be reliable and willing to work weekends.
Email resume to LRegan@valdezalaska.org or stop by Visitors Center and pick up an application form.

THE BIG READ KICK OFF
5:30pm – 7:pm, Thursday, February 5th

at the Valdez Consortium Library
  • Live Video Chat with Iditarod Musher, Ken Anderson
  • FREE copy of The Call of the Wild!
  • Refreshments
  • Live Music
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  For additional information call 835-4632 or visit www.neabigread.org/communities and search for Valdez.

February 20th through March 1st

The snow just started this year, but KVAK is busy planning a 10-day festival to celebrate the fact that winter is almost over. The Frosty Fever Festival will highlights events put on between February 20th through March 1st. This year's festivities include the International Food Fair, Bingo Night at HHES, the Splash-In, Zipfy Races, Prospector's Outdoor Challenge, TBA Theater performances and more. Those interested in getting an event on the schedule, can call the KVAK office 835-5825 and ask for Ryan Buen.  

 
CVEA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Deadline to apply: Friday, February 13 2015
at 5 p.m.

The CVEA Community Foundation Scholarship Application Period is Open. This year they’re giving away one $500 and one $1,000 General Scholarship. One $500 Community College Scholarship, and one scholarship to attend the Idaho Youth Rally.
For details and applications visit www.cvea.org. Don’t wait, the deadline to apply is Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m.

CVEA BOARD NOMINATIONS
Deadline: Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m.

Are you interested in running for a seat on the CVEA Board of Directors? There are two seats available in 2015 in the Valdez District. Contact Sharon Crisp at 822-5506, 835-7005, or email crisp@cvea.org for details or stop by your local office to pick up a nomination packet. The deadline is Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m.

WINNING STARTS WITH A BUTTON

Local businesses will also be offering discounts and specials to those wearing Frosty Fever Buttons. KVAK will be handing out free Frosty Fever buttons to kick off the festival and one lucky button wearer will win $1,000 cash. In the coming weeks, KVAK will be soliciting Corporate Sponsors and Retail Sponsors. We will simultaneously be organizing a Festival Schedule of Events. KVAK has a small staff and there's a lot going on, so don't wait to contact KVAK to sponsor or get your information in.

Call 835-5825 or e-mail kvaksales@gci.net

HEALTHIER YOU KICKOFF

Saturday, January 24th 2015
2:00pm – 5:00pm at the Civic Center

Registration for the Parks & Recreation’s Healthier You program starts January 24th This FREE health and fitness program will award prizes- including $1,000 cash. The program provides free activity and weight loss tracking, as well as access to free workouts. The program is for individuals and families. The Healthier You Kick Off is slated for Saturday, January 24th from 2-5pm at the Civic Center.

 
VALDEZ YOUTH WRESTLING MEETING
Monday, January 12th 2015
6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Gilson Middle School

The Valdez Youth Wrestling Club is having a meeting today from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the middle school commons area to explain the program and the registration process. All children are encouraged to participate.
To register a child they must age five or older. Parents must provide insurance information for medical waiver, and pay a $30.00 registration fee, along with a $40.00 online USA membership fee. Practice will start on February 2nd, and the club will cover folk style, freestyle, and Greco style wrestling.
 
For more information
call Joe Buck (907)-831-0504
or
Email vdzblizzards@gmail.com

 

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NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS

Wednesday, December 31st at 10pm
Shot from Sea Otter RV Park

The City of Valdez will have their annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks display On Wednesday, December 31st starting at 10pm. The fireworks display will be shot from the waterfront of the Sea Otter RV Park for the public’s viewing.
MEET AND GREET WITH GOVENOR BILL WALKER
Friday, January 3rd 2015
1 – 3pm at the Gilson Middle School

The public of Valdez is invited to a “meet & greet” event with Govenor Bill Walker and Lt. Govenor Byron Mallot. This event will be held Friday, January 3rd from 1 to 3pm at the Gilson Middle School. There will be refreshments, a tour of the schools, and a showing of the video, “ Rebuilding the George H. Gilson Middle School and the Community of Valdez.”

CLICK HERE for more information

 
VALDEZ’S MARIAN WAMSLEY SET TO PLAY FOR THE NANOOKS
Fairbanks Newsminer –
Valdez High School girls’ basketball player Marian Wamsley will remain in the state and play basketball for the Alaska Nanooks next season, the university announced Wednesday. “Marian is a great addition to our program,” Nanooks head coach Cody Bench said in a University of Alaska Fairbanks press release. “She is a hard worker both on the court and in the classroom and she will excel in both aspects here at the University of Alaska.”

CLICK HERE to view full story.

 

KVAK HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

LIVE On-Air Production of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”
Thursday, December 18th - 5pm to 6pm
on 93.3FM & 1230AM or www.kvakradio.com
VHS Choir LIVE * SONGS BY HHES STUDENTS * PRIZE GIVEAWAYS
The Great Candy Cane Caper
Grab the whole family and enjoy and Old-Time Radio Drama on KVAK Radio 93.3FM & 1230AM. A cast of characters will converge on the KVAK studios and perform “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” LIVE on-air. The VHS Choir will join us and we’ll play songs recorded by Hermon Hutchens students. We will have prize giveaways and encourage our listeners to join us in the Great Candy Cane Caper.


 
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, December 15th 2014
at City Council Chambers

Work Session – 6pm -
Regular Meeting –7pm

Items include:
  • Approval to enter Executive Session for the City Manager Quarterly Review
  • Approval of the Valdez Medical Center Management & Operating Agreement
  • Approval of the Final Plats of the Fireweed Hill, South Harbor and Struggling Spruce Subdivisions
  • Amendment of Chapter 8.2 of the Valdez Municipal Code on Nuisances
CLICK HERE for full agenda

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

 

DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET
Saturday, November 15th 
5pm at the Valdez Civic Center

Ducks Unlimited is having an event in Valdez, Saturday November 15th at 5:30pm. There will be a prime rib dinner served, and tickets are $30 for youth and $50 for adults. Tickets for the event are available online at www.ducks.org.

For more information you can call 907-831-9775.
 
2014 CVEA RURALITE COVER PHOTO CONTEST
Want to have a chance of having your picture be the cover of Ruralite magazine?

CLICK HERE for more information or visit the CVEA Website

 

HALIBUT HOUSE SPECIALS
Winter lunch specials are at Alaska Halibut House
CLICK HERE to view Specials for this week


ALASKA POWER ASSOCIATION HOLDS 63rd ANNUAL MEETING IN VALDEZ


More than 170 people will gather in Valdez on Wednesday for three days of workshops, meetings and presentations designed to address the issues facing electric utilities in Alaska. Those in attendance will hear an update on the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project, and some insight on what is happening with Eklutna Generation Station. These are both in addition to the host of speakers on hand with ranging areas of expertise.
CLICK HERE for more information on the meeting.

Valdez Arts Council will be hosting the annual Blues Cruise Fundraiser this Friday with live music from Rik Nielsen and friends. Boarding begins at 6:30 pm with a 7pm departure on the Stan Stephen’s MV Valdez Spirit. The cost is $50 per ticket and you can get your tickets at A Rogue’s Garden and Harbor Landing General Store.
MEET 2012’S NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR

Tonight 7pm at the Valdez Library

Valdez Parks & Rec invites you to join Jennifer Pharr Davis, an endurance hiker named 2012’s National Geographic Adventurer of the Year this Tuesday at 7 P.M at the Valdez Library. Jennifer has logged over 12,000 miles on some of the world’s best trails across six different continents. They will also be announcing the H.A.W.K. finale winners! Please join us at the Valdez library, for what is sure to be an exciting and inspiring presentation from this world class athlete, author and wilderness adventurer. 


 

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