Hatcher Pass has snow!! January 26th, 2016

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Photo courtesy  Brittney Robles

Photo courtesy
Brittney Robles

I know that it is hard to believe but Hatcher Pass does have snow, quite a bit actually. There is plenty for snowmachining and more then enough for snowboarding or skiing. Sledding is also a option and there are plenty of spots to sled.

Groomed trails make traveling easy and fun. If you want, you can even stop by the Hatcher Pass Lodge and grab a bite to eat.

Snowmachiners should check out this website for information about where they can and can’t go. Unfortunately there is some avalanche danger so be cautious about those steep slopes!

Whether you are a snowmachiner, skier, a hiker, or snowboarder Hatcher Pass is a great place to spend the day.

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Maud Road Shooting Range January 19th, 2016

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Maud Rd P.net

Has anyone been up to the new Maud Road shooting range? Thinking back I remember when the “range” used to be a big ugly clearing. HConstruction sure did an excellent job on building it.

One of the things that is really cool about this range is that it is completely free. No fee for shooting here! There are actually two separate ranges, one 25yd handgun range, and one 100yd rifle range. Both have benches and garbage cans. So grab your gun/guns, get out to mile 2.6 of Maud Road extension and have a “blast”.

The 25yd handgun range

The 25yd handgun range

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Winter?? January 18th, 2016

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The snowless field across from the Palmer Airport.

The snowless field across from the Palmer Airport.

Palmer has been having some odd “winter” weather lately! Temperatures well into the high 40s mimic weather patterns from down south. Has anyone had to mow their lawns yet? Even though its the middle of January we have almost no snow! Unfortunately, this has been Palmer’s weather pattern for the last three years.

However, because the temperature is USUALLY below freezing, the lakes around Palmer have been frozen for a few months. Combined with the lack of snow, this has made skating excellent. Take advantage of this odd “winter” weather, grab a pair of skates, head for the nearest lake, and have some fun.

Myers Lake

Myers Lake

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Palmer Computer Repair Shops January 15th, 2016

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Computer Pic Marty
Palmer has two excellent computer repair shops. If you know of any more please let me know so I can add them to the list.

Out of a Jam Solutions Phone, 907-745-2015 website.

Rent-A-Geek Alaska Phone, 907-745-5060 website

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Alaskan Hot Dogs and More September 8th, 2014

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An Impromptu Rhyme About a Hot Dog Stand:
Kurt Statz
Sells snacks
Racks and racks
Of scrumptious snacks
So if you have a snack attack
Visit Kurt’s shack
(It would be convenient if at this point, Kurt acquired a yak who was black, but alak! No yak.)

Alright, I know that is bad poetry, but good food sort of moves me to poetry. The problem is, my skill is not exactly equal to the task. Fortunately, Kurt is a MUCH better cook than I am a poet.

Kurt ready for business

Kurt ready for business

This has got to be the most gourmet hot dog I have ever eaten. Firstly, my bun (fresh from North Star bakery, this is no ordinary bun here) was toasted on the griddle. Whilst the bun is toasting, the hot dog, (from Indian Valley Meats, in several varieties) cut lengthwise, is sizzling pleasantly, smelling quite heavenly. Finally, the whole thing is stacked into a sort of hot dog sandwich and crowned with fried onions and peppers. Top with condiments and drool.

The hot dog

The hot dog

Now the fascinating thing here is that this whole operation is run by Kurt Statz, who is 16 years old. He started his hot dog stand back when he was 14, and has been doing so well that he now has an employee of his own. Kurt saw that the market for food stands was open and capitalized. Besides hot dogs, the stand also serves grilled cheese sandwiches and frybread. Kurt tries to get his ingredients as locally as possible for all of his food.

So look for the silver hot dog stand outside Nonessentials by the four-way-stop near the train depot. Kurt will fry you up something tasty!

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