Monday, March 31, 2008

Reynolds Alaska

Larry Reynolds is the Texas businessman, now Valdez resident, who purchased ex-Alaska governor Murkowski's jet.
Pictured above is his temporary sporting goods store in downtown Valdez on Chitina Dr.
Picture of jet by:

BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News

Larry Reynolds has refurbished the 1984 Westwind II jet he bought from the state of Alaska. Reynolds, who plans on chartering the jet to big-game hunters flying around the world, has replaced one of the engines, brakes, upgraded the electrical system and added full Internet and printing capabilities.

>>Edited to add that the video is of when the state of Alaska owned the jet.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Roads are Clear

Snowed today for a bit but it didn't stick.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Crab Cruncher

Photo by John Fischer Jr.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Snow Be Gone

Beautiful warm spring days in Valdez town.
Perfect snow tanning weather!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My New Water Tank

This picture was taken today from the Valdez High School football field parking lot.

Monday, March 24, 2008


If you don't make your own soap buy it from Me and Nellie Soap Company Handmade Herbal Soaps.
This is good soap.
Doesn't leave a ring around the tub.
Smells great.
And the box they are packaged in is timeless.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Friday, March 21, 2008

City Lights

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spring is Here

A mosquito was spotted today.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Put your snow on the Road

This guy has the right idea. Scoop up all the snow out of your yard with a BobCat and put your accumulated snowfall on the road.

I call it Snow Manicuring.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Spring Snow

Photos by John Fischer Jr. Taken today in Valdez.

Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Baldricks Day

St. Baldricks Day is an annual fundraiser for Children With Cancer that the Valdez Firefighters put on every St. Patricks Day. People donate money by paying for the firefighters to get their heads shaved.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The suns going to shine in two more days

Happy st pats days

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Wylie Rogers Signs with the Utah Grizzlies!!

Wylie Rogers (G)
Utah Grizzlies

Wylie Rogers
Fairbanks, Alaska
Wylie is playing his first game with the Utah Grizzlies tonight in Las Vegas against the Wranglers. He's sporting the same number he wore 4 seasons with the Alaska Nanooks! Visit the Grizzlies homepage for a link to tune into the game via internet radio here .

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Snowbank Smilie

A Valdez operator with a sense of humor imprinted a smilie face on one of the numerous snow piles in Valdez.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Happy 16th Birthday Dale!!

My little buddy, whom I've known since before he was born, turned BIG 16 today. I got him what he wanted, since you only turn 16 once, and that was this NorthFace snowmachine backpack. Last year I got him that fold up shovel sticking out of it.
Dale's birthday kicks off my favorite time of year.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Yellow Cab

Valdez is blessed with only one cab company which is called Valdez Yellow Cab. None of the cabs are yellow any more. In the winter they drive a big 4wd crew cab. Color unknown.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sitting in the Sun

Glad to report warm and sunny SPRING like days in Valdez. This was the view from the high school pool parking lot this evening.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

End Alaska Daylight Savings TIme

Letter to the Editor in March 6 Anchorage Daily News

Insanity of daylight-saving time in Alaska must come to an end

Darlene Dubay's Compass piece about February in Alaska mentioned the natural gain of daylight that she notices ("Julia, you just don't appreciate the wonders of February," Feb. 26). I also appreciate the gentle nudge to my circadian rhythm in late winter and early spring as we gain several minutes of daylight each day.

However, in Juneau, a few powerful legislators are not into a gentle nudging of anything, including your gradual adjustment to hours of daylight and darkness. Again, at 2 a.m. on Sunday, they will demand that you change your clock by one hour so that we, who live in the "land of the midnight sun," can participate in the insanity of daylight-saving time.

Since 1999 legislation to end the use of DST has been defeated by individual committee chairmen on four occasions. The last two "actors" to kill repeal legislation were Sen. Con Bunde (refused to hold a single hearing on SB 120, 2005-2006) and Rep. Kevin Meyer (canceled hearing on HB 176).

In 2006, several of us Alaskans pursued an initiative petition. Thousands of Alaskans did sign the initiative petition. However, with only volunteer help and limited funding, we could not participate effectively in the current initiative process.

More about this issue, including the legislative history, is available at our Web site. You can Google "End Alaska Daylight Saving Time."

-- Lynn Willis
Eagle River

I googled it and you can find it here Welcome to End Alaska Daylight Saving Time.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Happy in the Rain

THe snow has turned to rain for a while.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Alaska Halibut House

A good place to go eat in Valdez is MacMurrays' Alaska Halibut House. They are open all winter when a lot of the places close down. We went there today for lunch. I reccommend the halibut sandwich with fries. Their tartar sauce is made in the house and is great. They make it like I do with just a tad bit of horseradish. I like to dip my fries in tartar sauce. I got turned onto that when I lived in Washington State. Been hooked ever since. My friend got the butterfly deep battered prawns and according to her "the best milkshake in town". Not only that its the only place to get a milkshake in Valdez in March.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Ugly Rockfish

Last night I was playing Scrabble online with a gal from British Columbia. We got to chatting about my favorite subject and got along great. We were even steven playing the games and her, being only an hour ahead of Alaska time, was a lot of fun. We talked fish recipes, fish wars and about all the fish in the sea.
When she asked me if I wanted to see an ugly rockfish I said yes. Thankyou ANGIE!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Snow Cave

We've been getting about a half a foot of snow a day this month. March is a snowy month in Valdez.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Snowbank Advertising

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Flying Snow

When it isn't snowing in Valdez, the city crews take that time to get ready for the next snowfall.
As of 2 o'clock today 5.5 inches of new snow fell.
201.5 inches of snow so far this year according to the Daily Climate Summary - Valdez.