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New champions crowned at 2nd Valdez Summit to Sound Challenge

By Tony GormanThe second installment of the Valdez Summit to Sound Challenge was held over the weekend.  Participants spent their Sunday skiing, snowboarding, biking, kayaking, and running through the Price William Sound elements as part of the race.  KCHU’s Tony Gorman was there and filed this report.

Download| Duration: 00:02:30Nordic Division

Wes Tibbitts  2:45:37
Patrik Sartz   2:54:38
Andrew Cyr   2:54:52

Ginga Ninjas  3:40:54
Asshats         3:43:16
65 Below       4:00:40

Alpine Division

Eric Milan                 3:04:02
Spencer Lewley       3:08:27
Rae Stevenson        3:21:22

Team Live Badass         2:21:47
The Rolling Blackouts    2:38:31
The bare Necessities     2:49:16

Posted by KCHU at 5/30/2012 6:12 AM | Add Comment

Alaska Air National Guard rescues teenagers near Whittier

By Tony Gorman
The Alaska Air National Guard was able to save two teenage hikers who were injured from a climbing accident in the Whittier.   The 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center says the two 16 year-old boys had fallen while trying to scale a mountain in the area Saturday night.  One of the boys was able to contact his father, who then contacted the Whittier Police.  The Guardsmen deployed a helicopter crew to search for the boys. They were located and transported to safety early Sunday morning.

Posted by KCHU at 5/30/2012 5:42 AM | Add Comment

Coast Guard rescues crew near Cordova, vessel runs aground near Yakutat

By Tony Gorman
Five crewmembers of fishing tender are okay after their vessel experienced a steering casualty in the Prince William Sound over Memorial Day weekend.  The Coast Guard Communications Station in Kodiak received a mayday call last Friday night that the 55-foot St. Joseph had experienced a loss of steering in 20-foot seas 52 miles southeast of Cordova.A helicopter crew arrived on scene to find the vessel adrift.  After deeming the vessel unsafe, the crew was rescued and taken to Cordova.  The Coast Guard confirmed the St. Joseph ran aground the next morning between Yakutat and Kayak Island.  The Coast Guard and the owner of the vessel are working together to salvage it. There were no reports of pollution at this time.

Posted by KCHU at 5/30/2012 5:34 AM | Add Comment

Crews clean up Japanese tsunami debris on Montague Island

By Tony GormanCrews are spending the next 12 days on Montague Island cleaning up debris from last year’s devastating earthquake in Japan.  KCHU’s Tony Gorman report.

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Posted by KCHU at 5/26/2012 7:47 PM | Add Comment

BLM Glennallen’s Cathy Leonard honored with national volunteer award

By Tony Gorman
A volunteer at the Bureau of Land Management’s Glennallen Field Office has pick up a huge honor.  BLM announced Thursday that Cathy Leonard along with nine other received the national “Making a Difference” award.  The honor goes out to BLM most exceptional volunteers.Leonard was chosen for the award because of her 12-hundred hours of volunteer work on the Sourdough Creek Campground.  She assists BLM in preparing and maintaining the grounds which rests in the Gulkana Wild and along the Scenic River.

Posted by KCHU at 5/24/2012 4:51 PM | Add Comment

Copper River Salmon run off to a good start

By Tony Gorman
This year’s Copper River salmon run is off to a similar start like last season.  According the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 356,000 sockeye and 23,000 king salmon were harvested following the first two runs.  That is better that last year’s 105-thousand catch following the third opening.As for prices, canneries are buying kings at $1.50 per pound and sockeyes at $6.50.

Posted by KCHU at 5/24/2012 9:48 AM | Add Comment

Community not impressed with the VCSD’s handling of hidden camera scandal

By Tony GormanIt’s been a little over month ago since Valdez City School District officials found cameras hidden at Gilson Junior High School and Valdez High School.  The scandal forced the custodian supervisor and another employee to resign as a result.  For the first time since the incident, the Valdez School Board and District officials released information to the public during a work session at the Valdez High School cafeteria.  KCHU’s Tony Gorman reports.

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Posted by KCHU at 5/22/2012 4:52 PM | Add Comment

Copper Center Lodge destroyed by blaze

By Tony Gorman
One of Alaska’s historical 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.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  This is the second time the Copper Center Lodge has experience a fire.  Known as the Copper Center Roadhouse at the time, the lodge was rebuilt following a fire in 1928.  The lodge was on the National Register of Historic Places.

Posted by KCHU at 5/20/2012 5:02 PM | Add Comment

Finalists for Valdez Capital Facilities Director gig meet with public

By Tony Gorman
The finalists for the Valdez Capital Facilities Director job met with the public at the Valdez City Council Thursday night.  The four candidates come from Valdez to Maine and offer vast experience working with projects on domestic and foreign soil.  K-C-H-U’s Tony Gorman takes a look at each candidate.Download | Duration: 00:02:31

Posted by KCHU at 5/18/2012 10:50 PM | Add Comment

FCC forces Copper Vally Telecom to increase rates

By Tony GormanNew Federal Communications Commission rules have forced Copper River Telecom to implement rate hikes.  KCHU’s Tony Gorman reports.

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Posted by KCHU at 5/18/2012 10:45 PM | Add Comment
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