Tony Gorman, KCHU - Valdez

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Tony Gorman is a reporter at KCHU in Valdez.

Liquefied natural gas was on the minds of energy business executives, community leaders, and state lawmakers as they met at the first-ever Alaska LNG Summit in Valdez last week. The two-day summit gave the City an opportunity to show why such a line needs to go through Valdez.

The famous late singer-songwriter John Denver loved the outdoors. Denver got a taste of Alaska’s wilderness on a visit to the state in the 70s. One of his stops was to the McCarthy-Kennecott area. Thirty years later, residents there pay tribute to that visit with a concert. KCHU’s Tony Gorman traveled to McCarthy to attend the fifth and final John Denver Tribute Concert and has this story.

The Coast Guard is closely watching the Main Bay Salmon Hatchery, 40 miles southeast of Whittier, following the nearby grounding of a fish tender in the Western Prince William Sound. The Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a report Monday morning that the Raidawn was taking on water after hitting a rock in the area. Coast Guard spokesperson Lieutenant Allie Ferko says the Good Samaritan vessel, Bipolar, was in the area to assist the Coast Guard.

One of Alaska’s historic roadhouses was destroyed by fire over the weekend. Glenn-Rich Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze at the Copper Center Lodge early Sunday morning. Firefighters were unable to save the 116-year-old roadhouse.

A portion of the Copper River Highway is expected to be closed for several more years. The Alaska Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, that one of the highway’s 11 bridges will remain closed until it’s replaced.

The former Exxon Valdez is heading to the scrap heap. As the 23rd anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill approaches, the tanker that ran aground in Prince William Sound and spilled millions of gallons of oil will be scrapped in Asia. The oil spill wasn’t the Exxon Valdez’s last incident and this isn’t the first time the tanker has changed hands.

Home and business owners in Prince William Sound are getting an opportunity to financially recover from this year’s winter storm. The U.S. Small Business Administration opened Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Valdez and Cordova, Wednesday, to offer low-interest federal disaster loans to those affected.

Alaska’s only accredited community college is looking for a new president. The University of Alaska-Anchorage dismissed Doug Desorcie Monday after seven years on the job.

The city of Valdez is holding off on declaring a state of emergency. The city council determined that it will instead look at other resources to address its snow removal needs.

In Valdez, they hope to have enough snow cleared off the roofs to resume school next week. City Manager John Hosie says not only is manpower for shoveling off the roofs in short supply, but so is the proper equipment to do it with.

Extreme weather is closing schools in Prince William Sound. The Valdez city school district announced Monday the closure of Hermon Hutchens Elementary School for the remainder of the week due to heavy snow on the roof.

The weather in Cordova is better today, and locals are taking advantage of it. With the Alaska National Guard on hand, residents are working hard to shovel snow from most of the town’s public buildings.

No school today in Cordova as National Guard troops continue digging out the town from a massive snowfall that prompted a disaster declaration over the weekend.

A Glenallen couple was sentenced to prison Tuesday after admitting to illegally buying and selling animal parts and guns.

A Cordova math and science teacher has been named the 2012 Alaska teacher of the year. Cara Heitz has been teaching at Cordova Junior and Senior High School for the past six years. Heitz was headed down a different career path before entering the education field.

Alaska State Troopers have confirmed that a woman and her two children died when a car ran off the Glenn Highway north of Palmer and ended up in a pond next to Long Lake.

High school football rivalries traditionally feature teams across town from each other. But in a state as big and sparsely populated as Alaska, some unusual rivalries are bound to pop up.

The Mushrooms we love to eat are usually found in the produce section of the grocery store. But that approach is too easy for a group of mushroom lovers who gathered in Cordova earlier this month.

The body of an Oklahoma man missing from a plane crash, last week, has been found. The man was a passenger in the aircraft when it went down 90 miles southeast of Cordova.

The Alaska Air National Guard was able to locate and rescue a man who crashed his plane near Valdez overnight. Rescue crews arrived on scene to find the man okay.