Tony Gorman, KCHU - Valdez

Tony Gorman, KCHU - Valdez
Tony Gorman is a reporter at KCHU in Valdez.

Copper Basin 300 Field Shapes Up

The Copper Basin 300 appears to have another loaded race field with big name veterans and a lot of rookies starting Saturday. This year, forty-five mushers from Alaska and five different countries will compete in the qualifier for the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. Download Audio

Without KTUU, GCI Deal, Subscribers Deal With Alternate Programming

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. Download Audio

Four Incumbents Fall In Valdez Elections

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.

Tourism Pioneer Stan Stephens Dies

One of Alaska’s tourism pioneers passed away over the weekend. Stan Stephens was 79-years-old. He was known for his popular charter boat line that provided tours in the Prince William Sound. Download Audio

John Kelsey Passes Away

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. Download Audio

Wasilla Hunting Guide Headed to Jail

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.

No Timetable Set For ‘Fate Hunter’ Salvage

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. Download Audio

Low Numbers Prompts Restrictions On Nelchina Caribou Hunts

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. Download Audio

Crews Fight Copper River Valley Wildfires

Crews are fighting wildfires in the Copper River Valley that were started by lightning strikes last week. Download Audio

Barge Strikes Coast Guard Vessel In Cordova Harbor

There was a collision at the docks in Cordova that damaged a Coast Guard buoy tender.

Tug, Barge Grounded Southeast of Cordova

The Coast Guard is monitoring recovery efforts of a tug and barge that went aground in the Gulf Alaska, Wednesday afternoon. Download Audio

Whittier Mayor Poised To Retain Seat Following Recall Election

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. Download Audio

Valdez Harbor Boat Explosion Injures Two

The Valdez Fire Department is investigating the cause of an explosion that happened at the Valdez Small Boat Harbor late Monday morning. The fire from the explosion left a Fairbanks father and daughter with severe burns. Download Audio

Coast Guard Investigating ‘Naknek Spirit’ Grounding

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. Download Audio

Grounded Fishing Tender Under Watch In Prince William Sound

A fishing tender is under the Coast Guard’s close watch after it intentionally grounded on a western Prince William Sound island on Thursday. Download Audio

Clean Up Begins On Cargo Ship In Valdez With Leaky Containers

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... Listen Now

Athabascan Elder Katie John Passes Away

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. Download Audio

Found Firearm Prompts Valdez City School District Lockdown

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. Download Audio

Copper River Salmon Fleet To Start Fishing Thursday

The salmon fleet is getting ready to go fishing on Thursday morning on the Copper River Delta. Download Audio

Copper Center School Shutting Down

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. Download Audio