Escape The Matanuska Wind January 11th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Seasons

I thought I’d make a video today about the Matanuska Wind. This wind howls down the Matanuska River Valley in the winter. Usually we get 5-6 good wind storms a winter. These usually last several days each and there is no where to hide. Well, almost no where. The Butte area outside of Palmer usually does not get this wind and today was no different. The wind was strong everywhere EXCEPT between Clark-Wolverine Road and the Butte.

The video is 8:28 minutes long and gives you a good idea what one of our wind storms are like.

Click here to see the video on youtube.

Here is a google map showing the locations of all the places mentioned on on the video:

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Colony Christmas! December 13th, 2009

Categories: Events, Seasons

All in a day’s…play!

Today was a marvelous day. Clear skies, above zero temperatures, and (oh, yeah) Colony Christmas!
Below are just a few of the awesome events today, documented in photos. I also threw in a few scenic ones taken today as well. Enjoy!

Why would someone want to live off Wolverine Road? Because they want a view like the one below!

Old Matanuska River Bridge

Craft Fair at the Borough Gym

Musk Ox Farm’s entry in the Gingerbread House Contest

These two girls sat atop their transportation to view the Parade of Lights.

There were all sorts of entries in the parade

Even an entry from our local waste removal services

The fireworks show was fabulous! These two photos just don’t do it justice…

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Upcoming Events! December 7th, 2009

Categories: Events

There are tons of things going on this week and upcoming weekend!
Here are just a few:

Wednesday Dec 9,  7-8 PM

Free 1-hour talk by Leah Rachocki at Alaska Center for Acupuncture on Rolfing Structural Integration. Here’s a link for more information: Alaska Center for Acupuncture – Events

Friday, Dec 11, 7:30 PM

Alaska Children’s Choir Concert at St. John Lutheran Church, 440 E. Elmwood, Palmer

Friday and Saturday, 11th and 12th, 7PM

Colony High presents “Rumors” a comedy put on by the Drama department. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Saturday, Dec 12th, 4PM

Matanuska-Susitna Orchestra concert at the Red Beet Cafe. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Red Beet’s website, or you may call (907) 745-4050.

Sunday, Dec 13th, 2PM

Flat Baroque Concert at the Palmer Depot – FREE This group makes absolutely beautiful music (I have TWO of their albums). They play traditional music from the Renaissance era and include some traditional instruments. You don’t want to miss this concert!

This weekend, Dec 11-13, is Colony Christmas. For a full list of events, go to

One of the events is a Gingerbread House contest. Click here for more details.

Still shopping for Christmas gifts? Come to the Arts and Crafts Fairs!

  • Arts+Craft Fair at the Palmer Train Depot, presented by Conoco Phillips. It’s open from 11-6 on Friday, 10-7 on Saturday.
  • Arts+Craft Fair at the Job Corps center by Palmer Junior Middle School from 10-4 on Saturday.
  • Arts+Craft Fair at Borough Gym from 10-6 on Saturday.

Bring your family downtown this weekend and support local businesses, crafters and artists while making wonderful memories!

This update brought to you by Valley Market Real Estate.
Gingerbread UPS store photo courtesy of Palmer Chamber of Commerce.

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Gingerbread Contest!!! December 4th, 2009

Categories: Events

Colony Christmas is coming up fast, folks, and here’s the first announcement!

Are you creative? Do you love sweets? Do you have kids? Well, if you answered yes to any of these, this contest is for you!  There’s a Gingerbread House contest sponsored by AlaskaUSA two weekends from now.

   Business ($25 per entry, option to showcase at place of business)
(Entries in Community/Children categories are free)

Rules + Regulations:
   Entry must be 90% edible
   Max size requirements are 24″ by 18″ (with the base)

Judging Criteria:

   Overall Appearance
   Use of Colony Christmas theme, “When Reindeer Fly”

Entries must be delivered to the Pioneer Home at 10-5PM  Wednesday, December 9th – 11AM Saturday, December 12
Entries may be viewed at the Pioneer Home from 11-3:30 Saturday, Dec 12. Judging starts at 4 PM.

For more information or to enter
, call (907) 745-2880 or send an email to [email protected] Or go to

Good luck!       

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Country Cutts! October 24th, 2009

Categories: Businesses

Interested in trying something new with your hair? Wishing for the perfect manicure? Need to relax? Come to Country Cutts, where it’s always a beautiful day! Country Cutts is located on the corner of S Alaska Street and W Cedar, in the two story gray building. 

Country Cutts has a staff of highly trained professionals and has been in business in the Valley for 25 years.
They are the number one Paul Mitchell-focused salon in the Pacific North West. All ages are welcome here!

What services does Country Cutts offer?
Practically anything you can imagine! With nine hair stylists, two nail technicians, three estheticians, two manicurists, and a fantastic massage therapist, Country Cutts is prepared to serve you, whatever your needs. They offer anything from beautiful manicures to pore cleansing facials and eyelash extensions to spiral permanents. For a full list of services and prices, go to their website at 

The atmosphere at Country Cutts is very relaxing
; people often come early for their appointments just to chat with the staff. One of the stylists quipped “We’re actually counselors and hair stylists, but we only get paid for the styling part.” Stan Guthrie, the owner and one of many excellent stylists, is well-known for his community involvement. He puts on a beautiful Thanksgiving fireworks show in downtown Palmer every year in order to give back to the community. This year it’s slated for November 28, at 7:18 PM. 

Country cuts is open 9-6 every day of the year
except for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years and 4th of July!

All photos expandable if clicked on.

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