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Valdez news. : (Valdez, Alaska) 1950-1951
Place of publication:
Valdez, Alaska
Geographic coverage:
  • Valdez, Alaska  |  View more titles from this: City State
Viola Daniels
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 10, 1950)-v. 1, no. 44 (Jan. 19, 1951).
  • English
  • Alaska--Valdez.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01217573
  • Valdez (Alaska)--Newspapers.
  • Included as an insert to: Valley frontiersman, Mar. 10, 1950-Jan. 19, 1951.
sn 98060261
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Valdez news

The Valdez news began as a weekly insert in the Valley frontiersman on March 10, 1950. The Valley frontiersman had provided coverage before for the city of Valdez but took the next step of creating a separate page with Mrs. Jack Thatcher as its Valdez correspondent. Thatcher handled reporting, advertising, and Valley frontiersman subscriptions for Valdez. Valley frontiersman newspapers were taken down to Valdez by truck each Monday and the news from Valdez would be taken back to Palmer on the Tuesday return trip, so that the paper could be assembled and printed by the Valley frontiersman office in Palmer. The Valdez news reported on social news and events, including comings and goings in town, city developments, sports results, and more. The housing shortage in Valdez was a recurring topic, and the paper included different proposals to solve the problem.

The September 8, 1950, issue announced that Mrs. Thatcher had left the Valdez news and the correspondent position was being assumed by the students at Valdez High School with supervision from their superintendent and teachers. Viola Daniels, the Valley frontiersman editor, asked for patience and understanding from the people of Valdez with the young reporters. Editorial comments from her implied that Thatcher, and later the students at Valdez High School, struggled with uncooperative sources, which made it difficult for them to report the news in Valdez. Daniels pointed out that the Valdez news couldn't report the news if people didn't talk to the reporters. The Valdez news continued as a separate insert until January 26, 1951. It featured on the last page of the Valley frontiersman for several weeks after but disappeared entirely by February 23.

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