Monday, June 30, 2008

RIP Shirley

My good friend Shirley, passed away in her sleep Saturday night, at home with her cats by her side.

I will miss her smile, sense of humor and positive outlook on life despite living with lifelong disabilities.
Shirley was one of those friends that change your life in subtle ways and my life is better by being a small part of hers.
I hope her heaven is full of soft ice cream cones and great silver fishing.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Thunderbirds Stop Traffic

All traffic was brought to a halt on the Richardson Hwy Tuesday due to loud noise and high gusts. Also known as Eielson Air Force Base - Photos of the Thunderbirds.

Not much to report weather wise in Valdez besides cloudy skies and/or windy rain bursts.

Foul Ball

The Midnight Sun Goldpanners game in Fairbanks was a blast and a half. If you ever have a chance to go you should.

Here's a Fairbanks Newsminer story of the game published June 28th.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Happy Summer Solstice!!!

Took this picture yesterday off the Richardson Hwy right before Dayville Rd.

Today I'm heading up to Fairbanks for the Midnight Sun Baseball game Saturday night!

Midnight Sun Game

The 103rd edition of the Midnight Sun Game is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Growden Memorial Park when the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks take on the California Running Birds.
Bill “Spaceman” Lee, who started the 1967 game when the Goldpanners suffered a 10-3 loss to Kumagai-Bumi of Japan in front of the largest crowd in Goldpanner history as 5,200 fans packed into Growden, will be on the mound again on Saturday night.

This year’s game is expected to draw another crowd of 4,000 or more. Tickets for all seats are $10 and are available during tonight’s 7 p.m. game against the Running Birds, or at Growden Park most of the day on Saturday.

For more information go to

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Chitina Candy Van

Look for Debbie's Candy Van down on O'Brien Creek in Chitina. • Weather is hot at Chitina but not the dip netting

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008

Burning Dandelions

Do not try this at home!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Free Livingstone Daisy Starts

Too much to handle!

Ready to go in dirt.

livingstone daisy starts -

Friday, June 13, 2008

Camp Redington

PrimitivWerks Presents:

The Alaskan Peoples Heritage Museum

Pictures via Update on the ACL & Camp Redington.

Road trip this weekend for the FishTaxi. Heading over Thompson Pass to the Copper River Basin down into Chitina.

Staying overnight in Kenny Lake at Camp Redington.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Alton Brown Rocks the Boat

JAMES POULSON / Daily Sitka Sentinel
Charlie Wilber, holding a king salmon, gives a tour of the Seafood Producers processing plant in Sitka for chef Alton Brown, left, and Kristine Kidd, food editor of Bon Appetit.

TV chef takes in Copper River frenzy
SHOW: Celebrity cook preaches sustainability in what we eat.
Published: May 30th, 2008 02:02 AMLast Modified: May 30th, 2008 02:22 AM
Chef Alton Brown of the Food Network was in Alaska last week taking in the start of salmon season and collecting footage for upcoming shows. He also was taping for an Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute video in Juneau.

~My favorite part of the interview:

Q. What was the most interesting morsel you put in your mouth on this visit?

A. Rockfish! It's bycatch, so it's completely impossible to get where I live (Atlanta). I haven't eaten it a lot -- I'm still learning about it -- but I'm surprised there isn't serious demand for it.
But my favorite is black cod. Good smoked black cod -- there is just nothing like it. So I'm glad I've been able to develop connections to ship great fish like that to me.

~Rockfish and black cod are the best eating. Alton, can't wait to see your show on Alaska's sustainable fisheries!

Full story here:

TV chef takes in Copper River frenzy

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lush life On Prince William Sound

Marc Lester takes the fast ferry Chenega to Cordova last week during all that rainy weather that is plaguing Prince William Sound.

Hasn't stopped the fish from biting too much as Fairbanks man lands 207-pound halibut, takes derby lead
David Gatch of Fairbanks became the first angler to bring in a derby fish of more than 200 pounds in Southcentral this year, with a 207.2-pound flatfish he caught between the lips Monday to take the lead in The Valdez Halibut Derby.

David Gatchs' barn door knocked out Ben Ponting, of Tonsina, posing with his 147.5-pound halibut in the summer-long Valdez Halibut Derby big halibut. Ponting, who recently moved to Alaska from Oregon, caught the fish June 8, 2008.
Photo Courtesy of the Valdez Halibut Derby

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Swan Pond

Sure has gotton green around here.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Canned Salmon

Artist: Chris Arend Title: Canned Salmon

photo by Chris Arend

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Gearing Up

For fishing.

The Stephen Daniel picking up his seine net from winter storage.

Other fishing news is there is the Dipnetters get 72-hour Copper River opening.

Fish are on the horizon.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A Long Way From Tahiti

The Tahitian Princess docked in Port Valdez today. The first phase of the dock renovation was completed in time for Valdez's first cruise ship in years. Before the ships had to dock at the container dock 4 miles out of town. Which didn't make Valdez a popular destination with the cruise ship crowd.

The businesses in town will be happy now that the cruise ship passengers have returned and are within walking distance of beautiful downtown Valdez. Only problem is, when a ship is in town, it blocks access to the fishing dock which was torn down to make way for cruise ships.
I understand that in the 2nd and 3rd phase of the dock renovation a new public access fishing dock will be built. Hopefully in time for Silver Salmon season in August.
The ship was so huge I went to the other side of the harbor entrance to get a long shot.

The weather will clear up after the ship leaves port.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Monday, June 02, 2008

Sunday, June 01, 2008