Tony Gorman, KCHU - Valdez
Tony Gorman is a reporter at KCHU in Valdez.
GCI and KTUU-TV have been negotiating a new deal to broadcast the NBC affiliate to rural communities. Without a deal, subscribers in those areas will have to settle for something else as talks continue.
In Valdez, only one of five incumbents survived Tuesday’s Municipal Election. Three seats on the City Council and two on the School Board were up for grabs.
A key figure in Valdez history has died. John Kelsey wore many hats, but is best known for building Valdez to what it is today. He’s most remembered for bringing economic development to the city in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Kelsey led the way in rebuilding Valdez after it was destroyed by the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake.
A hunting guide from Wasilla is heading to jail after being found guilty of two counts of big game violations by a jury in Cordova District Court. The violations stemmed from an illegal wolf hunt a year ago.
Crews have been very cautious in salvaging a fishing tender that grounded near Valdez last weekend. According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Fate Hunter is currently laying on rock ledge as divers assess the vessel.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order that will restrict hunters to harvesting Nelchina caribou bulls for most of the upcoming season in Game Management Unit 13. The low number of cows was a factor into the decision.
There was a collision at the docks in Cordova that damaged a Coast Guard buoy tender.
Lester Lunceford is still the mayor of Whittier – at least for now. According to the unofficial results, the long-time mayor is poised to keep his position following Tuesday’s recall election. The recall stems from this year’s hiring of a permanent city manager.
The Coast Guard is investigating a grounding the led to a fuel spill in the western Prince William Sound over the weekend. The Naknek Spirit’s starboard fuel tank ruptured when it ran aground Saturday evening in Passage Canal six miles east of Whittier.
A fishing tender is under the Coast Guard’s close watch after it intentionally grounded on a western Prince William Sound island on Thursday.
Crews have begun cleaning and decontaminating a cargo ship that has been docked in the Port of Valdez for almost two weeks after leaking containers were discovered onboard. The BBC Arizona’s cargo was offloaded into a decontamination area earlier this week. Coast Guard spokesperson Lieutenant Allie Ferko says all 28 containers will be removed whether they are leaking or not…
The Athabascan elder who was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that strengthened Native subsistence fishing rights in Alaska has died. Katie John passed away early Friday morning at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 97-years-old.
A firearm found Tuesday in a Valdez school forced every school in the Valdez City School District on lock down. The Valdez Police Department is investigating as to how the weapon ended up in the school.
The salmon fleet is getting ready to go fishing on Thursday morning on the Copper River Delta.
The oldest school in the Copper River School District is officially closing down. The Copper River School Board voted unanimously this week to shutdown the Copper Center School due to low enrollment. The District is seeking approval from the Alaska Department of Education to move forward with its closure plan.
Allen Moore is the 2013 Copper Basin 300 Champion. The Two Rivers musher crossed the finish line around 11:22 Monday morning. Moore’s victory is an unprecedented fourth in the race’s history.