Saturday and Sunday

10AM Sat to 1PM Sun, 26-27 June,

The Matanuska Amateur Radio Association (MARA) will be setting up our systems at

Wasilla Fire Station 61,

Will conduct this Emergency Exercise. 

We will have 3 Communications Trailers setup Open to the public

Stop by and visit and see what Ham Radio

is all about and even try it.

Contact Don at kl7jft@arrl.net

Fire at Sea http://www.kl7gq.com/fireatsea.htm

MARA Web Site  HTTP://www.kl7jfu.com

Contact: For more Information

Don Bush

President of MARA

MATSU District Emergency Coordinator






This is an annual Emergency Exercise that all Ham Radio Organizations go thru every year.  Its allows us to practice Emergency Communications Procedures, training, and demonstrations for the public.  So it is two fold.  Public education to inform our communities of capabilities of ham radio operators to assist them and Emergency Services during times that regular communications may not be available.  The 1964 AK Quake, Miller Reach Fires, flooding on the Kenai and the Valley and various other areas around Alaska.  In the lower 48, Katrina, California Earthquakes, Kentucky Ice Storms are just a few of the operations that Ham Radio Operators were instrumental in assisting the public and Emergency Services due to commercial means were destroyed.  The other part is an opportunity for Hams to come together in various communities across the nation to train and test their systems and procedures then to communicate to each other to verify how effective our systems are and what we can improve on.

In the Matsu Valley, we have approximately 300 Amateur Radio Operators (Hams).  We have around 3500 across Alaska.  A Ham Radio Operator is a trained and licensed radio operator that must meet various qualifications and pass FCC testing to become licensed.  Hams furnish all their own equipment by purchasing or building it, including antenna, radios, interface devices, etc.  The hobby has several aspects and depending on what the Ham would like to achieve or participate in, they can provide quite a realm of possibilities.

Some Hams like to just communicate around the world, others, provide backup Emergency Communications, other build various electronic devices that in a lot of cases becomes the everyday system you buy at the store.  Almost every electronic system you see today, may of been developed by a Ham Radio Operator.  We support the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts groups, assisting in training and introducing them to radio and electronics.  We teach classes to individuals who would like to get their licenses and conduct the qualifying test for them.

Our system consist of much more than High Frequency Long Range radios, shortwave radios were originally developed by Hams.  We have short range, VHF/UHF systems, people may know them as walkie talkies.  We can communicate via Satellites and talk to the Spaces Station.  Certain types of remote control airplanes or device radio control systems were developed and used by Hams.  We can send Faxes, Email, TV Signals, all by Ham Radio without means of commercial power, telephone lines or internet.  We send signal by voice, Morse code, radio teletype, computer, several other methods.  This is were Ham Radio becomes important during emergency situations. When all normal means of communications fail, Hams can take their radios, build an antenna, hook it to a battery or emergency generator and communicate to other Hams that can connect them back into Public Assistance Systems to provide their communities aide outside the affected area. 

Sailors across our oceans can connect to the mainland thru Ham Radio Operators.  Another aspect of Ham Radio is assistance to the Military, through what we refer to as MARS stations, (Military Affiliated Radio Stations).  Hams have ran thousands of phone patches (interfacing their radio to the telephone lines) for deployed military service members and sent messages to their loved ones.  Even today MARS operators conduct phone patches for our Military folks deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.  We have Hams that are part of Saturn, which is the group that supports the Salvation Army. In Alaska we supply all the communications for Red Cross Shelters.

So that’s just a brief idea what this is all about.  So Saturday and Sunday 10AM Sat to 1PM Sun, 26-27 June, the Matanuska Amateur Radio Association (MARA) will be setting up our systems at Wasilla Fire Station 61, to conduct this Emergency Exercise.  We will have 3 Communications Trailers setup and it is open to the public to stop by and visit and see what Ham Radio is all about and even try it.

Thank you so much for your interest.

Don Bush

President of MARA

MATSU District Emergency Coordinator






Everyone is invited to participate in The November Festival to enhance awareness for the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway!

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Crab Dinner – Travel Faire Festival – Beer Tasting

Join us in the Fun, Song & Dance !


November 8th 12 – 5PM


Palmer Depot

610 South Valley Way

Palmer, AK

Crab Dinner All You Can Eat

Travel Faire

Beer Tasting – Alaskan Micro Brew

Beer Tasting with

Glacier Brew House

Kassik’s Brew Stop

Silver Gulch Brewery


Bid On Fresh Crab 50 – 25 – 15 lbs

Silent Auction

1 Night The Matanuska Lodge

with Gourmet Breakfast & Dinner

$50.00 Tesoro Gas Card

1 Night Alyeska Resort

Train from Anchorage to Girdwood


Travel – Gift Certificates – Gifts

Cafe Amsterdam

Matanuska Madwater Rafting

Musk Ox

Palmer Bar Steak Dinner

Valley Hotel

Non Essentials

Fireside Books

Turkey Red

Alaska Brewing Company

Kassik’s Brew Stop

Happy Dawn’s Thrift

Earthly Treasures

Plus So Much More!!!!

Live Entertainment with

Matt Hammer & Friends

Alaskan – Folk – Blues Jam – Country

Tickets Sold at the Door

A Special Thanks to all of our Sponsors

ODOM Corporation & Palmer Bar

The Alaskan Railroad

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Palmer Chamber of Commerce

The Eagle River & Chugach Chamber of Commerce

Alyeska Resort

The Matanuska Lodge 


Please visit the links on the right of page

to view web sites of all of our sponsors!!!


We have so much to offer and hope to bring as many people as we can from the surrounding areas to participate in this exciting event.

Watch this site for more information and links to all of our supporters and contributors.

For more information and advance ticket sales contact  Wendy Zake  webpressdesigsn@msn.com

The Alpine Historical Park


The Alpine Historical Society on behalf of our Board Members and the community of Sutton, would like to thank-you for your generous support.

The Coal’s Miners Ball is our largest event of the year and all proceeds donated go directly to operating expenses, enhancement of our park displays and promoting activities for community members.

Our appreciation for your continued support through-out the years has been recognized in our advertising and on our new web site https://visitalaska.wordpress.com.

For more information on how your donation is helping to make a difference, please visit our site.

You can also find information on upcoming events for this year and volunteer opportunities.

Our Supporters


$130,000 – $150,000

Mat-Su Health Foundation




$2000 – $2500

Web Press Designs


$1000.00 – $1500.00

Black Range Minerals

Usibelli Coal Mine 




$500 – $999.00

Minerals British Columbia


The Frontiersman Newspaper

Country Legends Radio Station


$499.00 – $200.00

Alaska Earth Services

New Horizon’s Telecom Inc.

Sportsman’s Warehouse

Studio 9


Tundra Coffee Roasters

Valley Dermatology Center

Valley Printing


$199.00  – $100.00

Coal Miners Cabin

Hawley Resource Group

Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation Banner

Dr. Craig  Hediger

Dangerous Curves

Fred Meyer

Midas Palmer

Northern Mist


Shane & Lamb

$99.00 – $10.00

Athena Pizza

Bannon’s Potatoes

Bionic Chiropractics

Body’s Wilson

Cups, Cones and Candy

Fireside Books

Granite Mt. Treasure Shop

Non Essentials

Palmer Bar

Rene Howard

Rev-M-Up Coffee Cafe

Riverside Deli

Studio 9

Turkey Red



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Alpine Historical Society – April 2009


Coal Miners Ball ~ Saturday ~ April 25, 2009
Join us at the Alpine Inn, Mile 61 Glenn Highway


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Doors Open at 4 PM
5 PM Potluck
6 PM Old Timers Induction


Local Entertainment:
Borialis Dancers
American Tribal
Fusion Belly Dancers

INCLUDES: meal, induction, entertainment,door prize drawings and socializing
SPONSORED BY: Alpine Historical Society and Sutton Activities Coordination Board


This is our largest fund raiser of the year the funds help us with development of exhibits and park expenses.

There will be live entertainment, historical exhibits, Induction of the past miners into the “Coal Miners Hall of Fame”, potluck, raffles and dancing.  Many door prizes will be given away this year.

Please join us for an evening of fun and good music!

This year’s Inductees:
Jack Hemmer
Larry Vasanoja
Jim Edgerton

A Special Thanks to Usibelli Coal Mine For your continued support!

EVENT DONORS: Usibelli Coal Mine

A Family Owned and Operated Mine

Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. is a family owned business. Joe Usibelli Jr. is President of the corporation and his father, Joe Usibelli is Chairman of the Board of Directors. UCM is headquartered in Healy, Alaska, and has permitted reserves in excess of 30 years at current production rates. Additional surface mineable coal resource is under lease and available for expansion as needed. UCM will produce 1.5 million tons of sub bituminous coal this year and could easily double production if the market demanded. Coal is transported to six Interior Alaska electrical power plants – including three military sites: Fort Wainwright (U.S. Army), Eielson Air Force Base and Clear Air Force Station; Golden Valley Electric Association – Fairbanks’ electric cooperative; Aurora Energy – a wholesale supplier of electricity and provider of district heat in Fairbanks; and the University of Alaska Fairbanks power plant. Additionally, UCM has exported coal to South Korea through the Seward Coal Terminal at the Port of Seward since 1984. The current contract is for 500,000 metric tons each year during a three-year period. During 1998, a 20,000-ton shipment of UCM coal was delivered to Magadan in the Russian Far East, a potential market. Over the years, UCM has also provided test shipments to Taiwan, Japan, and Chile.



Special Thanks to our supporters:  Bullwinkle’s,  Off Your Rocker, Wal-Mart, Hamburger Palace, Blueberry Espresso, Country Cuts, Legends Country Radio,  Shane And Lamb – Donated 6 prints ,  Fireside Books – Donated  books
Palmer Art Council, The Valley Hotel,  Pizza Delphi,  Athena Pizza
Vagabond Blues,  Valley Winery,  Bishop’s Attic,  Palmer Bar, Just Sew,  Palmer Radio and TV, Non Essentials,  In and Out Deli Palmer,  Palmer Senior Center ,  Sutton Deli,  Alaska Cheesecake, Bowling Alley, Windbreak,  Evangelo’s,  Chili’s,   Wasilla Sr. Center, Target, Lowes,  AT&T Sport’s Center,  Fred Meyers, 3 Bears,  The Noisy Goose,  Palmer Motorcycle Shop,  Granite Mt Treasure Shop Sutton, Arctic Thunder,  Bruce Finlay,  The Alpine Inn,   Hilltop Tesoro, Midas in Palmer donated 2 oil change/safety checks @$100.00 value
Studio 9 in Wasilla donated 2 hair cuts, $100 coupon from Dangerous Curves
$160 gift certificate for a spinal exam, Carr’s  – Palmer




10 Lbs of King Crab Legs


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Restoration Update
We are presently working with the Bed Tax grant from 2008 to renovate the foundation of the building and correcting the sloping soils in the front lawn so moistures will drain away from the building. We continue to look for grants and donations to fund the complete re-wiring of the electrical system and plumbing throughout the structure.  Once the renovations are completed it is our desire to use the building as a visitors center for the Glenn Highway, historical park business office and as a revenue source for the historical society. This structure has been identified in the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway Interpretive plan for phase three renovations and kiosk installations. We ask for your support and donations as we move forward with this important project.


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It is time to begin renovations in the park as described in the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway Interpretive plan: Described as improvements to the existing park entrance signs, add signage for the rest areas and public restroom, assist in the O’Neill House renovations by improving accessibility , add or improve parking area to the southeast of the park, add a rack for brochures, create a kiosk with a historical park map and interpretive panels about the Park and Glenn Highway attractions in our area. These improvements will enhance traveler’s experiences as they tour the Glenn Highway and Matanuska


State of AK Grant‐in‐Aid
In 2007 AHS was awarded a mini grant for a fossil exhibit cabinet to
display donated fossils and to create an outdoor exhibit from a
petrified tree that was donated by Dr. Linda Sloan and her late husband.
You will want to add this to your itinerary as you tour the Valley with your friends and family this summer.




Advance Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:


Alpine Inn

Sutton Deli


Fireside Book Store

Non Essentials


Rev- M – Up Cafe

Alaska Cheese Cake

call 352 – 2948 for more information


Tickets: $12.50 Advance  $15.00 at the door   Seniors – $10.00

Children under 5 free


Watch this site for information about up coming events


Hot Rodders Car Show

4th July Picnic

Radio station bringing a little Country to Valley

By Andrew Wellner
Published on Thursday, January 29, 2009 7:53 PM AKST

WASILLA — Valley country fans have a new, local radio option.
On Friday at 10:09 a.m., 100.9 FM KAYO went on the air playing country music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Eddie Maxwell, the station’s operations manager and afternoon DJ, said the music — Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and the like — is a good fit for the Valley. The format tested well in the company’s market research.

ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman KAYO 100.9 operations manager and afternoon D.J. Eddie Maxwell works the microphone Thursday at the station’s new Valley office and broadcast center off the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

The music also fits his personal tastes.
“Oh, yeah. I’ve been wanting to program a station like this for a long time,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell has lived in the Valley since 1987. His morning DJ, Kathy Mitchell, is also local. And his sales team as well. 
“We’re going to be hitting the Valley news and community events that are important to folks in the Valley,” he said.

He said the morning and afternoon shows will include calls from listeners and local news, though the afternoon show will be more music-heavy.

Residents of Lazy Mountain might remember the station’s parent company, Anchorage Media Group, which tried and failed in February to get a conditional-use permit from the borough to build a tower in the area.

Dennis Bookey, general manager for Anchorage Media Group said this go-round they took a different tact.

The community, he said, had expressed concern over the light on top of the proposed 200-foot tower.

“We were able to get by with 99 feet, which did not require the conditional-use permit and did not require it to be lit,” Bookey said.

He hopes the smaller, unlit tower on a different parcel of land will be more palatable to the residents. Also, his company was glad to save the time and expense of the permitting process.

“I think it should be win-win,” Bookey said. “I hope so. We really, really hope so.”
One thing they won’t be able to do, though, is put another transmitter on the tower.

“We will not be able to put other stations on that tower because it is not as tall. There’s just not going to be any room now,” he said.
Which is a shame, Bookey said, because any expansion plans would likely entail a new tower.

“Co-location, anytime we can, boy, broadcasters do it. It’s just a lot of headache to build a site from scratch,” Bookey said.

Maxwell said that so far, broadcasting in the Valley has been going great. The community, he said, has been resoundingly positive in its response.
“We’re getting requests, ‘Hey do you have this one?’ Or, ‘Hey thanks for being in town we love you,’” Maxwell said.

Country Legends Web Site for more information

Only in Alaska ……. This guy raised an abandoned moose calf with his horses, and believe it or not, he has trained it for lumber removal and other hauling tasks. Given the 2,000 pounds of robust muscle, and the splayed, grippy hooves, he claims it is the best work animal he has. He says the secret to keeping the moose around is a sweet salt lick, although, during the rut he disappears for a couple of weeks, but always comes back home…..

Impressive !!


Bound to be someone out there that will raise some issues with this treatment of a wild animal. To them I say. “If the Moose keeps coming back, what’s the problem?”

23rd Annual

The Coal Miner’s Ball

Saturday April 25th, 2009


The Alpine Historical Society in conjunction with The Sutton Activity Coordination Board sponsor this event. The Coal Miner’s Ball, will be held at the Alpine Inn at mile 61 of the Glenn Highway, in Sutton, Saturday, April 25th.

The Coal Miners Ball is The Alpine Historical Society’s largest fund raising event of the year.  It is designed to honor those that came before us with a Old Timers Induction to Hall of Fame, entertainment, a potlatch, dinner, dancing and door prizes.

The Alpine Historical Society has been managing the Alpine Historical Park since 1984, when land exchanged between Phil O’Neill and the Mat-Su Borough.  The Park is uniquely situated directly on the Glenn Highway at mile post 61.6 and Chickaloon Way in Sutton Alaska.  The local Glenn Highway National Scenic Byways Committee has selected The Historic O’Neill House to represent this area as the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway Visitors Center.  This important Historic Park is 23 minutes from Palmer and a beautiful one hour drive from Anchorage.

The tax deductible contribution is $12.50 advance, $15.00 at the door, per person, children 5 and under free.  Tickets include Dinner, induction, entertainment and door prizes.  Doors open at 4PM. This year we have two bands starting at 7PM The Bruce Finlay’s Black N’ Tan Band and Arctic Thunder at 9PM.  Proceeds from this event will provide local activities for young people and families in the Sutton – Chickaloon area. As well as to maintain programs and facilities at the Alpine Historical Park.

Senior Citizens Discount Tickets are available.  Advance Tickets will be on sale at local businesses throughout Wasilla, Palmer, Sutton and Anchorage. Look for our poster displayed.

Call 746 – 7461 Ask for Rebecca  or email alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com for more information.

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