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Santa Sightings

December 15, 2020 by Casey Ressler
Christmas is just 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 -...

Iditarider Auction

December 8, 2020 by Casey Ressler
If you have always wanted to experience the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from a musher's perspective, the Iditarider auction is the perfect thing for you. And if you are looking for one of the most unique Christmas gifts ever, look no further than this auction. The auction, sponsored by the Iditarod...

Aurora season begins

October 9, 2020 by Casey Ressler
With the end of summer comes a new season - aurora watching. Northern lights viewing is a fun thing to do during Covid-19 times when social distancing is a priority. Grab your "bubble" and head out on clear, cold evenings and watch the magical displays. The northern lights are a natural phenomenon...

Did you know?

June 12, 2020 by Casey Ressler
The Mat-Su Valley is filled with adventures around every turn in the road, but how much do you know about the area? Here are five facts that may come as a surprise to many. Size The Mat-Su Borough encompasses 25,000 square miles, all the way north to Denali State Park along the Glenn Highway, and...

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...

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...
Looking for a last-minute gift idea? This year, think about giving someone an "experience" they'll never forget. Memories made will last a lifetime, and you're gift will be remembered as one of the best. There are tons of amazing experiences in the Mat-Su Valley that would make a great gift this...