Alaskana Books In Palmer Alaska June 18th, 2009

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I made a visit during Colony Days to Alaskana Books
at 564 S Denali in Palmer, Alaska. This is probably my favorite bookstore in the whole state. If you want to read about Alaska this is the place to go. It is one of the temptations in Palmer for me. I can’t seem to go in that store without spending money. They have shelves and shelves of Alaskan books. Most of the books are used, some are extremely old, some are pretty obscure, all are very interesting.

Alaskana Books is owned and operated by Lorie Kirker
She is a long time Alaskan, having spent much of her life teaching in bush Alaska. She spent a lot of time in places like King Cove and Dutch Harbor. She is helped in the store by her good friend Lynette Lehn whom she met in college. Lynette talked Lorie into coming to Alaska with her husband and now they are both retired teachers working together in the store.

The entry way is currently set up on a Colony Days theme with Palmer especially featured. Inside are books arranged in all sorts of Alaskan themes. There are shelves on Russian America, Gold Rush, South East, Interior, First Citizens, Aviation, The Iditarod Race, Bears, Wolves, and on and on. If you are looking for a book on canoeing the Yukon River, they have it. If you want something about early Palmer, they certainly have it. If by some amazing chance they don’t have a book, they will do the research to find it.

Alaskana Books hours are as unique as the store itself. They are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon-5:30. Stop by this weekend.

By Marty Van Diest

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Matsu Transit June 18th, 2009

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Matsu Transit provides transportation by bus all around the Valley, to Anchorage, out to Houston and soon out to the Knik area. Commuter buses go to and from Anchorage during the average commute times: early morning, late morning, and early evening.

Matsu Transit buses also make flag stops by phoned-in requests, but you need to call in at least 1 hour before the requested time. I have never ridden the buses in the Valley, but several of my friends have and they think it’s great! The system is really helpful for those without cars, teens with working parents, and those who just want to help the environment.

General one-way rides cost $2.50, and a day pass is $6.00. The commuting fare is $3.00 each direction. Kids under 6 ride free.

For more information about the Valley’s Transit system and its schedules, visit

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Sidekicks: The Ultimate Gift Store in Palmer Alaska June 16th, 2009

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Side Kicks Gifts
642 S Alaska St #104 – In the Koslosky Building
(907) 746-4438

“Ooo, pretty!” is constantly on the tip of your tongue as you walk through Sidekicks, a locally owned gift store in Downtown Palmer. Its new owner, Tiffany Moffitt Rye, is revamping the store and bringing in new merchandise. It’s a family effort; her husband and daughters are usually there to help as well!

What’s so great about Sidekicks? Well, it’s pretty much the ultimate gift store! You can find a gift for anyone; young and young at heart. From heavenly-smelling Colonial Candles, to bright platters declaring “When my Dad cooks, burnt is just another flavor!”, Sidekicks’ selections are one-of-a-kind. Humorous and sweet cards, lavish floral arrangements and photo frames are also found throughout the shop, depending on the themes or colors. An entire room is dedicated to baby gifts, Webkinz, and other gifts for younger children.

You can find many local artists’ creations here. Most of the jewelry in the shop is locally made, as well as pins, soaps, cards and fancy handbags. This is the only store in the Valley where you can find Hatley clothing. And, this is also the only store in the Valley that is licensed with Sanrio. If you have a Hello Kitty fan in your family, you better check this store out. An entire wall of the store is covered in Hello Kitty items.

Store hours are Monday-Friday 11-6, and Saturday 11-4. Stop in for a look!

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Auto Supply Shops in Palmer, Alaska June 16th, 2009

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The following are some of the local auto supply stores here in Palmer. If you know of any more, don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll add them to the list.

Carquest Auto Parts

848 S Colony Way
(907) 745-3310

O’Reilly Auto Supply

401 Glacier View Avenue

(907) 745-8155 (new photo needed)

Napa Auto Parts

217 E Arctic Avenue

(907) 745-2181

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Colony Days Parade and Celebration June 14th, 2009

Categories: Events, History

Today I went to the Colony Days Parade and hung out in the Palmer Library parking lot and Friday Fling area.
The following photos were all taken this morning and afternoon.

To view the entire photo collection of today, go to the online album.

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