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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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Education Options in Palmer July 23rd, 2009

Categories: Around Palmer, Palmer People

Palmer has so many different education options for your children. Public, private, charter, religious, correspondence and home schools can all be found here.

Elementary Schools: 

Butte Elementary School
Swanson Elementary School

Sherrod Elementary School
Amazing Grace Academy
Matanuska Christian School
Academy Charter School

Middle Schools:
Academy Charter School
Amazing Grace Academy
Matanuska Christian School
Palmer Junior Middle School
Colony Middle School

High Schools:

Colony High School (between Palmer and Wasilla)
Palmer High School
Matanuska Christian School
Mat-Su Career Tech High School


Fronteras Spanish Immersion School
GILA (Galena Interior Learning Academy) Career-Oriented Boarding School
I.D.E.A. (Interior Distance Education of Alaska) – State Wide Program
Alaska Job Corps
Mat-Su Central School – Correspondance
Valley Pathways
Twindly Bridge Charter and Home School
Raven Correspondence School
CyberLynx Correspondence School

And, of course, home schooling is still an option here in the great state of Alaska!

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Walk around Palmer Pt. 1 June 26th, 2009

Categories: Around Palmer, History


Have you ever driven or walked through Palmer, and wondered what all those old buildings were, and if they are still used? Have you ever been to the Colony House Museum? Have you ever wondered why there was a fenced-in bell near the library?

Today I walked around Palmer and photographed many of those buildings, as well as inquired of their history. Here is what I saw and learned.
All photos are expandable if clicked on.

Palmer DepotPalmer DepotPalmer Depot

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UAF Ag ResearchPalmer Pre-Trial FacilityPalmer Water Tower
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Photo 1: Palmer Train Depot
Photo 2:
Borough Green, Old Mat. Colony Trading Post (Now home of The Red Beet), Palmer Water Tower in Background
Photo 3: Colony Inn and Restaurant
Photo 4: UAF Agriculture Research in the Matanuska Valley
Photo 5: Palmer Courthouse/Pre-Trial Facility
Photo 6: Palmer Water Tower, Old Matanuska Maid buildings
Borough Building - FrontBorough Building - BackBorough Gym
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Photo 7: Front of Borough Building
Photo 8:
Back of Borough Building, Lazy Mountain to the left, Byers Peak in the center.
Photo 3: Borough Gym

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Palmer: Friends when you need them most June 20th, 2009

Categories: Around Palmer, Palmer People

Today I headed out to the Friday Fling again. As I drove down Colony Way looking for a parking space (the library and visitors center parking lots as well as the streets were full) with my window down, a lady standing in front of her vehicle called out to me.

“Hello, do you have a cell-phone? I have locked myself out of my car!” I told her yeah, I just needed to pull over. I found a parking space in front of the Colony Inn and walked back to the woman. “My babies are in the car. I put the stroller in the back, with the keys in it, closed the hatch and somehow my two year old pushed the lock button and locked me out!” Sure enough, I looked and there was a cute little two  year old boy scrambling around in the van pushing buttons just for fun. A little 3 month old slept unknowingly in his car carrier in the back seat.

I handed the lady my cellphone and waited as she called the 1-800 number on the car door for assistance. Her oldest completely ignored me as I tapped on the window, trying to get his attention. The roadside service told the woman they would call the police and have them send an officer.

Not one, not two, but three officers showed up in two cop cars. They walked over and talked with the woman, each trying to get the two year old inside to hit the Unlock button. One of the officers pulled out some badge stickers and tried to coerce him to come to the door.  The closest they got was for him to hit the Lock button. Again.

Three women walked by and saw what was going on. One of them had just bought finger puppets at one of the booths at the Friday Fling. She handed two to the poor woman. “Put these on and try to get his attention,” she told her. No go. Another one of the three grabbed her bag of kettle corn she had got at the Kettle Corn booth and tried to bribe the boy with that. That didn’t work either. Finally the woman with the finger puppets told the woman with the van to keep them, and the ladies wished her good luck and left.

Next a man came by, noticed the problem, went back to his truck and returned with a metal coat hanger. He bent it different ways and then attempted to stick it down the window. He worked at it for a couple minutes and gave up saying “these newer cars were made just so you couldn’t do this.” Meanwhile, the two year old found a book inside the diaper bag on the front seat and proceeded to read it, oblivious to the six or seven adults surrounding the car.

Finally the officers gave the woman two options: let them break the window or call a locksmith/taxi. Taxis, they said, often have locksmith tools/abilities. She opted for the taxi service because they would probably cheaper. She called her husband once more with my cellphone and thanked me thoroughly for my help.

I left, came back a half hour later and saw the van was gone.

Palmer may be growing population-wise, but its peoples hearts are growing along with the town. People truly care about one another and help each other out, even total strangers.

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Palmer Alaska’s Matsu Miners June 11th, 2009

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Palmer People

To see the Mat-Su Miners 2010 Schedule, click here!

Today my dad handed me two tickets to the Matsu Miners vs. Anchorage Bucs game and told me to go. So I did. And this is what it was like:

I had never been to a baseball game before, much less one played by Palmer’s very own baseball team. The Matsu Miners began under the name the “Valley Green Giants”, but changed to their current name in 1980 to emphasize the important of mining in the Mat-Su Valley. The team is one of six in the state which compete against each other for a chance to go to Kansas for the National Baseball Congress championship.

Today the stands were packed with young and old. The atmosphere was rather hushed for most of the game in hopes it would boost the players’ concentration. One of the volunteers working the concessions stand told me more than 1,002 people payed to come and watch the game. That plus all those with season passes and gifted tickets led to packed sidelines and grandstands.

Point for the Miners!

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