Shop Small

November 20, 2023 by Casey Ressler
This Thanksgiving, ditch Black Friday and opt for Small Business Saturday, a national movement to support small businesses by holiday shoppers. Not only can you get your holiday shopping done, you're helping support friends and neighbors. Small Business Saturday is part of a national "Shop Small"...

Bright Up The Night

November 14, 2023 by Casey Ressler
One of the Valley's top Christmas traditions is back for another year, as the Bright Up the Night light display will open at the Alaska State Fair on Thanksgiving. The Bright Up the Night event at the fair consists of more than 70 holiday light displays across the fairgrounds. It's the largest...

Aurora season begins

October 18, 2023 by Casey Ressler
They were out this morning, and that wasn't the first time this season by any means! With the return of starry night skies comes a new season - aurora watching. Every fall and winter, eager aurora seekers are able to find this celestial wonder dancing across the sky in the Mat-Su Valley. As our...
It's just like clockwork. When the snow finally reaches the lakes and fields of Mat-Su Valley's Glacier View area, massive flocks of snow geese take to the skies and start heading southward. This is just one of many bird species that spend their summers in Alaska and swing through the Valley on...
If you thought the snow on the mountains meant an end to those sunny visits to Independence Mine, think again. This photo was taken yesterday and I've just been told by Salmon Berry Travel & Tours, who operate tours up at the mine, that the weather in Hatcher Pass is glorious this week. Independence...
At this time of year, the lovable cloven-hoofed residents of the Valley's own Musk Ox Farm in Palmer have already reestablished their full coats in preparation for the colder months ahead. Now that the Musk Ox Farm is open year round, you can visit this iconic place and see these animals in their...

Signs of the Seasons

September 13, 2023 by Justin Saunders
No doubt, I'm writing this a bit late. I'm sure we've all noticed already that the days are shortening and the temperatures have been slowly dropping lately. Perhaps there are few more obvious reminders that Alaska's preparing for another glorious winter, but there are still other indicators that...

Alaska State Fair

August 31, 2023 by Casey Ressler
This weekend is the final one for the 2023 Alaska State Fair, and even though it's going to be a little wet and blustery, it's time to head to Palmer for a weekend of fun! Headliner concerts for the final weekend include J. Boog on Thursday, Killswitch Engage on Friday, The String Cheese Incident on...
Even during the summer, you can still have a dog mushing experience during a visit to the Mat-Su Valley. From visiting with Iditarod champions to petting newborn huskies, Iditarod and dog mushing is a year-round event in Alaska. Dog mushing is Alaska's official state sport, but more than that, it's...
Downtown Wasilla is the place to be this Fourth of July, as it promises to be a sea of red, white and blue as the annual parade floats wind their way through the town. It's one of the largest parades you'll see each year, and there's plenty of fun to be had. The parade begins at 11 a.m. sharp and...