Category - Only in Alaska

Aurora season begins

September 23, 2019 by Casey Ressler
With the end of summer comes a new season - aurora watching. The season has gotten off to an early start, as aurora were spotted in late August and periodically through September already. The northern lights are a natural phenomenon that have to be seen to truly be appreciated. When the darker...

Peony Farming

July 23, 2019 by Casey Ressler
The Mat-Su Valley has always been known as the agricultural hub of Alaska, with giant cabbages, potatoes and carrots being some of the best known products. In the last few years, however, peony farming has become a major part of the growing scene, with their giant, blooming flowers appearing on...

Santa Sightings

December 14, 2018 by Casey Ressler
Christmas is still 10 days away, but it seems that all must be under control for Santa. He was recently spotted in the Mat-Su Valley taking a break by fat tire biking and kayaking, two of his favorite activities. The jolly old man got in contact with Dan McDonough of Lifetime Adventures last week -...

Alaska Strong

December 5, 2018 by Casey Ressler
Ask any Alaskan where they were at 8:29 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and they can tell you - that's when the ground started shaking and it seemingly wouldn't end, as a 7.0 earthquake centered near Point MacKenzie in the Mat-Su Borough unleashed fury. I was sitting at my desk in Palmer. I've lived in...
Ask any Alaskan, and they know June 21 is the summer solstice - with 22 hours of functional daylight in Southcentral Alaska, and total darkness not achieved for days. In Talkeetna, for example, the official sunrise is at 4:05 a.m. and the official sunset is exactly at midnight. During those four...

New arrivals

April 18, 2017 by Casey Ressler
The Mat-Su Valley's newest "residents" may just be the cutest yet - so far, 14 new calves have been born at the Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer, which is gearing up to open to the public in a few weeks. The Williams Reindeer Farm has welcomed 14 calves to the farm so far this spring, with more...

Liquid gold

April 11, 2016 by Casey Ressler
Birch syrup is used in a variety of Alaska products, including jams and jellies, craft beer, candies and baked goods.  Alaska has long been known for its Gold Rush era history, but little know about a different type of gold that shows up every spring - birch syrup....