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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...

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....

Snow? What snow?

January 25, 2016
Dear the East Coast; Hello from Alaska. You know - that big state up to the north, all the way out west? Yeah, we kind of have a little problem, and we hear you just might have a solution for us. See, we don't have winter anymore. Here in Southcentral Alaska, it's 42 degrees today, it's trying to...

Return to daylight

December 21, 2015
Everyone in the world knows about a certain holiday later this week on the 25th. But for Alaskans, Dec. 21 is another holiday to be celebrated - winter solstice. Today, here in Southcentral Alaska we'll get 5 hours, 27 minutes and 41 seconds of daylight, the shortest of the year. But tomorrow, we...
Consider giving the gift of adventure this year, such as a zip line experience in Talkeetna. On Black Friday, newscasts are filled with stories of people lining up in the wee hours of the morning to buy the new "thing" for Christmas. Ironically, this is the day after Thanksgiving, when we're...

A fun filled weekend

December 3, 2015
A competitor in the Talkeetna Wilderness Woman competition tries to snowshoe through an obstacle course in 2014. This weekend is chock full of fun-filled events in all corners of the Mat-Su Valley, as Wasilla hosts the Autumn Fest at the Dorothy Page Museum on Saturday, and Talkeetna Winterfest...

Being thankful

November 23, 2015
I could hear the rain lightly hitting my tent's fly, and I couldn't fall back asleep. My family wasn't having any problem though, so I grabbed my rain coat, unzipped the tent and slipped out, sneaking a peek at the cozy and content looks on their faces, bundled into the sleeping bags. I started our...

Get knee deep in winter

November 12, 2015
The northern lights dance above the tree line. The lights have been spectacular this winter. The Mat-Su Valley unofficially welcomed winter to the party earlier this week, as the first substantial snowfall whitened the entire area, and the thermometers are showing that it's going to stick around....

Giant Cabbages

September 4, 2015
Palmer grower Steve Hubacek shows off a giant he weighed in at a past Alaska State Fair. Welcome to what feels like Super Bowl Friday in Alaska! Super Bowl Friday? Well, up here in Alaska we do things a little differently than others, to say the least. Tonight at the Alaska State Fair is our Super...

Sign of spring

March 20, 2015
Warmer weather has Alaskans looking forward to summer. Photo courtesy Last Frontier Magazine. Recently, we have been teased with 40-50 degree temperatures, turning many thoughts to spring and making upcoming summer plans. But as a lifelong Alaskan, my excitement remains a bit muted, because I've...