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Roads Of The Copper Valley: How A Military Trail Became Alaska's First Official Highway

Two Major Roads Cross The Copper River Valley
And Meet At The Town Of Glennallen

Wilds P. Richardson was an Army engineer who built the Richardson Highway.

The Richardson Highway
The 368-mile long Richardson Highway runs through the Copper River Valley, connecting the port city of Valdez to the inland Tanana River city of Fairbanks.

The highway started as an overland military pack trail that was built by the U.S. Army in the 1890's. The trail, which was originally known as the "Eagle Trail" or the "Valdez Trail" or the  "Valdez to Eagle Trail" started in Valdez, and went up to Gakona Junction, just north of the Gulkana River. There it branched toward what is now Tok, to the little town of Eagle, on the banks of the Yukon River. Eagle was located across the border from Dawson City, a lively Canadian gold rush center.

The Old Valdez Trail sometimes
crosses the
Richardson Highway.
Americans had several means of getting to the gold fields of Canada and the Yukon. They could take a ship to a place called St. Michael, along the eastern Alaska coast, where the Yukon enters the ocean, and then come inland by riverboat. Or, they could take the famous Chilkoot Trail, and come into Canada by climbing up over a high mountain -- where their gear was catalogued and assessed by Canadian mounties.

Richardson Highway. (Copyright, Northcountry Communications, Inc.)








The Richardson Started As 
A Trail To Northern Gold Fields
There was a third method of reaching the northern gold fields. And it involved the initial rationale for building the Valdez to Eagle Trail in the first place. Unscrupulous entrepreneurs convinced unsuspecting gold miners that the easiest way to become wealthy was to get off a rickety boat in Valdez (which the entrepreneurs supplied) and then climb up over a glacier, and go by foot through the Copper River Valley to the gold fields of the north -- and the Yukon. The glacier route was disastrously dangerous, and the army, between 1898 and around 1903, built the trail to Eagle -- to provide a safer route to the Yukon through the Copper Valley.

The Trail To Fairbanks
Then, in 1902, a gold rush also began in Fairbanks. So a new branch of the trail, starting at Gakona Junction, was built. This branch went to Fairbanks.  Eagle's importance quickly waned.

Now that the "Valdez Trail"  had a stronger, and  more important second section, it was called the "Valdez to Fairbanks" Trail. The trail to Fairbanks eventually became known as the Richardson Highway. Numerous roadhouses sprang up along the trail. Horsedrawn wagons, and later, newfangled automobiles plied the difficult, muddy route back and forth between Fairbanks and Valdez after it was upgraded to a wagon road . The Richardson Highway was named after the U.S. Army General, Wilds P. Richardson, who built the original wagon road.  The Richardson Highway, from Fairbanks to Valdez, was now far more important than the original leg of the trail headed to Eagle.
Old Gold Rush town Of Copper Center
on the Richardson Highway.

Today, the route between Valdez and Fairbanks known as the Richardson Highway roughly follows the original wagon road. Unmarked sections of the historic, narrow  trail are sometimes visible as you drive the Richardson, especially in the spring. For example, you can see part of the old trail along the side of the cliffs as you enter Keystone Canyon near Valdez. You can also see the old trail, sometimes -- when light spring snow dusts its contours --  on the hill beside the river and current highway near a place called "Rainbow Mountain" south of Delta Junction.  The road has been upgraded a number of times since it was first paved. There are frequent looping paved sections that are part of the "Old Richardson Highway."  The "new" highway is straighter, and these old paved sections are used as pulloffs, or access routes by locals.  For example, the entire old town of Copper Center is on the "Old Richardson Highway." And there are sections of the bypassed "old highway" at the Gakona Junction -- and at many other spots along the current road.

A note on highway numbering in Alaska. The Richardson Highway is "officially" known as Highway 4. But local people would be hard pressed to understand what you're talking about when you use highway numbers here.  Stick to the name of the highway, and you'll be all right. 



The Matanuska Glacier is one of Alaska's
most easily accessible glaciers. It's on the Glenn.
The Glenn Highway
The Glenn Highway starts in Anchorage and runs 187 miles to Glennallen. Then -- according to the state of Alaska -- it (rather confusingly) travels along with the Richardson Highway, between Glennallen and Gakona Junction, before heading off to Tok, where it officially ends.

The part of the Glenn that runs from Gakona to Tok parallels the original northern leg of the "Valdez to Eagle" trail of the old Gold Rush days.

The Glenn Highway
Changes As It Goes Through The Mountains
The modern Glenn Highway has several clearly-defined sections -- especially for the road traveler. The first is the Lower Glenn, which is a major modern multi-lane freeway, and ends 41 miles north of Anchorage, at Palmer. The second starts in Palmer and is a narrow, shoulderless 2-lane road that runs through the high Talkeetna mountains along the mountainside, winding above the Matanuska River Valley, flanked by the enormous Chugach mountains across the valley floor. The Glenn enters the great Copper River Valley at high Eureka Summit, at tree line, 128 miles from Anchorage. Then it goes on, another 60 miles, down into the Great Copper River Valley,  to Glennallen. At Glennallen, the Glenn officially jogs left for around 16 miles, sharing the same stretch of road as the Richardson Highway. (Some navigation devices in automobiles make a point of telling you that you're on both highways.) Finally, the "official" Glenn Highway, as shown on road maps,  turns northeast at Gakona Junction and follows the old Eagle Trail 124 miles to what is now Tok.

Glenn Highway, Copyright Northcountry Communications, Inc.
Considering you're only dealing with two major roads, the Glenn Highway's overlap with the Richardson, and its extension up to Tok, seemed annoyingly confusing to local people.  Locals don't buy the official definition of the Glenn. They consider the "Glenn Highway" to start in Anchorage and end in Glennallen. Locals call the 16 mile stretch from Glennallen to Gakona "The Richardson."  And the 124 miles between Gakona and Tok isn't called "The Glenn Highway" at all by local people. They call that section "The Tok Cutoff."

A Top Secret Military Project
Before World War II
The Glenn Highway was built as part of a top secret military project right before World War II. In a fit of bravado, locals and military personnel charged through the wilderness, slapping down the Alcan Highway across Canada to Alaska, quickly building a slapdash road that would act as a supply line between "The Lower 48" and the coast of Alaska. They turned at Tok, came down to Glennallen, and hacked their way  toward the ocean.

Leading To The Place That
Would Become "Anchorage"
At the time, there was no port city of Anchorage -- so the building of this highway through what was to become "Glennallen" led to the beginnings of Alaska's largest city. And the Glenn Highway, with its link to the Alaska-Canada Highway, allowed overland transport in preparation for the war.

A National Scenic Byway
For 135 miles, the Glenn Highway is a National Scenic Byway. There are incredible scenic views of glaciers and mountains, including both the Talkeetna mountains, to the west, and the massive Chugach mountains to the east.

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Scam Alert! Watch Out For "Corporate Records Service" Scam Aimed At Small Businesses In Alaska


Warning: 
If you get an official-looking form called "2014 Annual Records Solicitation Form, Shareholders, Directors & Officers, Alaska Corporations" then watch out. It looks like an official state document, though it doesn't have the state seal on it. It's a scam.

The form will ask you for detailed information, and $125.

This is not a required, or even a state form, and the state is warning local businesses not to fill it out. or to send it in. If you get this form, you'll see that it already includes information on your corporation that this phony company has gotten from public records.

The text of the form is classic government-style jargon. What can you do. First, don't fill it out. And don't send them $125.

Contact the Consumer Protection Unit of the Alaska Attorney General's Office at
http://www.law.state.ak.us/consumer/

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Geography Of The Copper Valley: A Huge Valley Surrounded By Massive Mountain Ranges

Mount Sanford, Mount Drum, and Mt. Wrangell

The Mountains Of The Copper Valley
Mount Blackburn from Willow Lake, south of Glennallen.
(Photo, Neil Hannan)
Four massive mountain chains encircle the Copper River Valley. To the south, the 250 mile Chugach Range runs along the ocean, blocking the warm breezes from the sea. To the east, the Talkeetna Mountains separate the valley from the Matanuska Valley, next door. To the north, the huge Alaska Range (home of Mt. McKinley, which is farther to the west) arches over the top of the valley, keeping it apart from the Tanana and Yukon Rivers of the northland. And to the east, the Wrangell Mountains -- shown here -- which are the most visible to the traveling public, form a massive barrier that butts up against the Canada border. 

The most dominant to the casual viewer are the Wrangells, called "Keltaini" by the Ahtna people, who live in the Copper Valley. The Wrangells are volcanoes. They are in clear view on the eastern horizon, looming up over the valley, on almost every sunny summer day. The Wrangell Mountains that are visible throughout the Copper Valley include Mount Sanford (16,237 ft), Mount Drum (12,010 ft.) , Mount Wrangell (14,163 ft.)  and Mount Blackburn (16,390 ft.) .

Mount Wrangell is an active volcano. It's one of the largest "shield" volcanoes in the world. Wrangell does not look as "volcanic" as the other mountains. It has a long, sloping appearance. But many people have already seen this type of shield volcano elsewhere, on other vacations in another faraway U.S. state. The Hawaiian volcanoes on the islands of Hawaii and Maui have similar slopes and shapes, and are also shield volcanoes, like Wrangell.

Although the Wrangells are far smaller in actual size than Mount McKinley, they don't look small. Their domination of the skyline makes it seem like Mt. McKinley times four, marching across the wilderness.



A Mountain View For Every Little Community
The primary road of the central Copper Valley, the Richardson Highway, arcs in a semi-circle
Mount Sanford
(Photo, Neil Hannan)
around the Wrangell Mountains. This causes a change in viewing point, and the appearance that the mountains switch places -- or change dominance. In Glennallen, the most dominant mountain is Mount Drum -- which is also the smallest, but because it is closest to Glennallen seems just as large as the others. The main mountain on view in Kenny Lake, toward Valdez, is Mount Blackburn. The main mountain you see when you're driving past Chistochina on the north is Mount Sanford.

Every Copper Valley community has its own unique view of the Wrangell Mountains, and experienced residents could be shown photographs of the mountains from different locations, and are able to roughly pinpoint which community the picture was taken from, and approximately where on the road system this particular view is visible.


The Rivers Of The Copper Valley
The muddy Copper River.
(Photo, Neil Hannan)
Just as "all roads lead to Rome," all rivers in the Copper River Valley lead to the great Copper River. The 300-mile long Copper River is like the trunk of a mighty tree, draining the central part of the valley into the Gulf of Alaska.

Tributaries (smaller rivers) come out of the surrounding mountains, off of sinewy glaciers that are remnants of the Ice Age. The glaciers end in large lakes, and the lakes drain into rivers which flow into the Copper. The Copper drains 24,000 square miles, an area equivalent in size to West Virginia. It has 13 major tributaries, and runs at the rate of 7 miles an hour, dropping 12 feet every mile.

Copper River.
(Photo, Neil Hannan)
The Copper is a cold, wild, and very dangerous river, full of muddy silt. Its tributaries lend their names to the Native villages that tend to be located near the confluence of the smaller river with the Copper River. For example, the Village of Chistochina ("Cheesh-na") is on the Chistochina River. The Village of Gulkana ("Kul-kana") is on the Gulkana River. The Village of Copper Center (known by its residents as "Kluti-Kaah") is on the Klutina River.




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Annual EMS Auction Raised $14,000 This Year


The 2014 Annual EMS Radio Auction raised over $14,000 this year.

According to Dave Abbott, at EMS, enough money was raised to force Eric Lutz, and Matt Lorenz to have their hair dyed by Kendra's Creations. Dave Abbott agreed to get a henna tattoo on his head.

The Annual Copper Valley EMS Auction was held March 25th, 26th and 27th -- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday -- from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The auction is a major fundraiser for the local ambulance and emergency medical services program.

Every year during the auction you can bid by dialing in AM 790 on KCAM radio during that time. (They'll give you information on the radio on what number to call.) Or, the auction can be heard while streaming online, at KCAM.org.

If you want, you can head on over to the Caribou Cafe ( which is now being operated under the name, "Fireweed Grill" during the auction time) to view the items and to bid on them in person -- and lend your personal support to this worthwhile community program.


A NOTE FROM DAVE ABBOTT AT EMS:


Copper River EMS has provided ambulance services and training classes to the over the past 30 years. We want to thank all the people that serve with CREMS as Responders and Board Members; and thank you to those of you who have served over the past 30 years!
Thank you to the people who live in the Copper River Valley for your continued support; and to those who have lived here.
We could not do what we do without all of you.
Copper River EMS is your local training center providing these classes: 

  1. Community CPR/AED with 1st Aid              (covers: adult/child/infant)
  2. Community CPR/AED-only                          (covers: adult/child/infant)
  3. First Aid-only                                                  (covers: adult/child/infant)
  4. Profession CPR/AED (BLS)                                                 
  5. Pediatric CPR/AED with 1st Aid             
  6. Child & Babysitting Safety (CABS) -             - (includes #5 above)
  7. Emergency Trauma Training (ETT)                                                                                                                                            
  8. Bridge class (ETT to EMT)                                                    
  9. ETT-Refresher                                                                    
  10. EMT-Refresher                                                                        
  11. Blood Borne Pathogens
  12. CEVO- Ambulance driver course                                                      
* Save time and money by going local
* Experienced Instructors

Call 822-3671 or email crems@cvinternet.net for your next class.

                                             Copper River EMS
                        “Serving the Community in Time of Need”




LOOK BELOW TO SEE THE ITEMS THAT WERE AUCTIONED & 
A NOTE FROM EMS:










First Night Items, March 25th


101
One Large Prime Rib Pizza
Old Town Copper Center Inn & Restaurant
Custom made pizza
$ 32.00
102
Boydstone Art $75 Gift Certificate
Boydstone Art - Greg Boyd
Each unique piece is individually crafted and created from quality materials and the finest cratfsmanship using the new medium of Boydstone.
$ 75.00
103
One Dozen Work Gloves
Brad Henspeter
One dozen green work gloves
$ 40.00
104
Spa Retreat Basket
Glennallen Chiropractic Center
Relax with serenity, with hot packs, a candle, tea, and locally harvested honey
$ 32.00
105
Wheat Print with Scripture
Scripture in Photography - Kim Schmitz
14"x16" art with photo of wheat and 1 Chronicles 4:10 - the last of Kim's beautiful work
$ 30.00
106
Duck in water with Scripture
Scripture in Photography - Kim Schmitz
14"x16" art with photo of duck and I Peter 5:7 - the last of Kim Schmitz' work
$ 30.00
107
Grizzly Sanctuary Print
MaryLee Hannan
Framed print of a mama bear with her cub
$ 150.00
108
"A Christmas Carol" CD
Janet Luce
Focus on the Family Radio Theatre - 90 minute full cast drama production
$ 19.00
109
50 Gallons Propane
Fisher's Fuel - Jordanny Sutherland
50 gallons of propane, delivered.  Use by 6/30/14
$ 199.00
110
Butterfly Baby Quilt
Karen Pregizer
One side blue and pink butterflies, other side pink nursery squares
$ 30.00
111
Spring Bouquet Baby Quilt 
Karen Pregizer
One side spring bouquet, other side blue, pink, and white squares
$ 30.00
112
DoTerra Essential Oils
Kelly Shorten
Introductory kit includes peppermint, lavender, and lemon pure essential oils 
$ 27.00
113
Musk Ox Farm Day Pass for 4
Musk Ox Farm
Tour the farm in Palmer during the summer season
$ 44.00
114
Tonsina River Lodge Dinner for 2
Tonsina River Lodge - Serge Beck
Enjoy authentic Russian Cuisine or "Real McCoy" American food - use by July 2014
$ 40.00
115
EGM $100 Gift Card
EGM Automotive - Mark Metcalf and Shelley Burt
$100 worth of labor at EGM Automotive
$ 100.00
116
Valdez Pool Rental
Valdez Parks and Rec - Darryl 
Rental of Valdez swimming pool for up to 25 people for 2 hours - schedule at least 2 weeks in advance
$ 80.00
117
Valdez Teen Center Rental
Valdez Parks and Rec - Darryl 
Rental of Valdez teen center
$ 50.00
118
Northern Nights 2 Night Stay
Northern Nights Campground & RV Park - Marc and Darlene Stemp
2 Night stay in cabin for 2 adults, valid summer season 2014 excluding 4th of July weekend
$ 190.00
119
Alaska: North To the Future Volume IV
Bureau of Land Management - Marnie Graham
Coffee table book on Alaska, limited first edition
$ 30.00
120
Columbia Glacier Cruise for 2
Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Cruises
7 hour journey through Prince William Sound, includes light meal. Use summer 2014, excludes travel in July.
$ 250.00
121
CBS $50 Gift Certificate #1
Copper Basin Sanitation - Sharon Daniels
$50 coupon for any sanitation service 
$ 50.00
122
CBS $50 Gift Certificate #2
Copper Basin Sanitation - Sharon Daniels
$50 coupon for any sanitation service 
$ 50.00
123
Mocha Cheesecake
Daisy Grandlinard
Homemade mocha cheesecake with a chocolate glaze … mmm!
$ 40.00
124
Professional Consulting
Tegeler & Associates - Wes Tegeler
Professional financial services, including tax, accounting, and business consulting
$ 250.00
125
Sheep Mountain $20 Gift Certificate
Sheep Mountain Lodge - Zack Steer
$20 towards delicious food or lodging 
$ 20.00
126
Rowing Machine
Jasen Hansen
Stamina Body Trac Glider
$ 200.00
127
"Coffee's On" Watercolor
Bonnie McLeod
Original watercolor painting, cabin scene
$ 75.00
128
Carrier Service
Glenn Transport - Charlotte Mossgrove
Carrier service from Anchorage to Glennallen, up to 100 pounds
$ 55.00
129
Rototilling
Mike Roscovius
2 hours rototilling of an existing garden within 20 miles of Glennallen
$ 75.00
130
Dental Services
Alaska Comprehensive Dental Center - Dr. Jesse Hronkin
Gift certificate for $250 of dental services, located in Wasilla
$ 250.00
131
Day Trip to McCarthy for 2
Kennicott Shuttle - Vicki Jasper
2 Round Trip Same Day Passes to McCarthy, use summer season 2014
$ 218.00
132
Mantra Ray Radio Control Set
Sparks General Store - Cherie
Pretend you're a windsurfer on the beach - includes battery pack and charger
$ 90.00
133
Timeless Beauty $25 Gift Certificate #1
Timeless Beauty Endless Health Day Spa - Susan Sura
Treat yourself or a friend at your local spa - services available include facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and more
$ 25.00
134
Timeless Beauty $25 Gift Certificate #2
Timeless Beauty Endless Health Day Spa - Susan Sura
Treat yourself or a friend at your local spa
$ 25.00
135
Timeless Beauty $25 Gift Certificate #3
Timeless Beauty Endless Health Day Spa - Susan Sura
Treat yourself or a friend at your local spa
$ 25.00
136
Peaches
Tree Things - Wanda Doerksen
One box of peaches, fresh from California, to be delivered Summer 2014
$ 46.00
137
Sourdough Breakfast for 2 #1
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Breakfast for 2, comes with beverage
$ 40.00
138
Sourdough Breakfast for 2 #2
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Breakfast for 2, comes with beverage
$ 40.00
139
Sourdough Lunch for 2
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Lunch for 2, comes with beverage
$ 40.00
140
Sourdough Dinner for 2
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Dinner for 2, includes beverage and dessert
$ 60.00
141
Beaded Key Chain
Posty's Sinona Creek Trading Post - Barbara Charley
Hand-beaded key chain with pink flower
$ 20.00
142
Winter Emergency Bag
Alyeska Pipeline
Includes blanket, jumper cables, flashlight, and safety cone
$ 80.00
143
Cross Road Pharmacy $50 Gift Certificate
Cross Road Medical Center
Good for over-the-counter pharmacy purchase for up to $50
$ 50.00
144
Purple Purse
Copper River Country B&B - Mary Hernandez
Made by local artist Mary Hernandez, with zipper, pocket, and strap
$ 20.00
145
Antler/Painted Dream Catcher
The HUB of Alaska
Caribou antler with acrylic painting of mountains and wolves on pigskin suede, buffalo bone, beads, and pheasant feathers - made by local artists Steve and Joy Hobbs
$ 350.00
146
Rafting Trip for 6
River Wrangellers
Your choice of a 3-hour scenic wilderness rafting trip or a "Wild and Scenic" trip down the Copper River for 6 people
$ 850.00
147
Amazon $25 Gift Card
First National Bank of Alaska - Lisa Neff
$25 Gift Card
$ 25.00
148
Terry's Garden Spot $25 Gift Certificate
Terry's Garden Spot - Terry Allen
$25 Gift Certificate to Terry's Garden Spot, located on the Old Edgerton Hwy
$ 25.00
149
"Mountain Royalty" Book
Tazlina River Trading Post - Jim Horrell
Artist's reference guide to sheep and mountain goats
$ 30.00
150
2 Rotisserie Chickens
Omni Copper Valley IGA
Golden plump rotisserie chickens, assorted flavors
$ 22.00
151
BBQ Package
Omni Copper Valley IGA
14" charcoal grill, charcoal, lighter, bbq sauce, and tools
$ 69.00
152
10 Movie Rentals
New To You
10 Movie Rentals of your choice
$ 25.00
153
Fine Silver and Lapis Earrings
Fran McMahan
Sliver starfish with lapis and silver nooks
$ 50.00
154
Princess Lodging
Princess Cruises
One night lodging for 2 at ANY Princess Wilderness Lodge in Alaska - choices include Kenai, Copper River, Denali, Fairbanks, or Mt. McKinley
$ 199.00
155
H2Oasis Waterpark Passes
H2Oasis
Passes for 2 adults and 3 children to H2Oasis Waterpark in Anchorage
$ 90.00
156
PWSCC T-shirt and more
Prince William Sound Community College
Grey PWSCC T-shirt, size Small, lanyard, cup, and frisbee
$ 26.00
157
3-Piece Knit Set
Copper Basin Pregnancy Center
Includes hat, gloves, and scarf
$ 25.00
158
Ethos Fuel Reformulator
Glennallen Quick Stop/Truck Stop - Kathy Stratton
2 - 12  oz. bottles - add to fuel to improve mileage and reduce emissions
$ 50.00
159
Hot Tub Room
Caribou Hotel - Mary Kriner
One night stay in hot tub room Sept 15 - May 15
$ 129.00
160
VanZyle Poster
Caribou Gift Shop - Mary and Betty Kriner
Ethos 89 - Blackwolf
$ 45.00
161
5-Punch Drink Card
Chocolate Spoon Espresso - Dawn
Good for five drinks of your choice
$ 25.00
162
2 Wild Rose Leaf Canvases
Sue Zajac
These 2 canvases feature wild rose leaves harvested in the Copper River Valley.  Each canvas is 12" square
$ 120.00
163
Hand-painted Cheese and Wine Set
Pick Something Good - Nancy Bell
Covered cheese serving dish with 4 hand-painted wine glasses
$ 95.00
164
Tangle River Getaway
Tangle River Inn - Nadine
One night stay for 2 in private cabin, includes dinner and breakfast
$ 250.00
165
Crowley $200 Gift Certificate
Crowley Petroleum Distribution - Jerry
$200 Gift Certificate for fuel
$ 200.00
166
5 Crunchy Tacos
Denali Foods/Taco Bells
5 Tasty Tacos
$ 7.50
167
10 Cheeseburgers and Cokes
Arctic Roadrunner - Cathy
10 of the best cheeseburgers in Alaska
$ 81.00
168
VanZyle Print
Gakona Junction Village - Alan Lemaster
20 year Iditarod poster
$ 30.00
169
VanZyle Print
Gakona Junction Village - Alan Lemaster
Northern Lights poster
$ 30.00
170
Round-trip Transport to Anchroage
Soaring Eagle Transit - Sandra and Roberta
Round-trip transportation to Anchorage.  Soaring Eagle is now offering Medicaid transportation for medical appointments.
$ 60.00
171
Adventure Planet Sea House Pals
Sparks General Store - Cherie
Plush stuffed animals - ocean set, sea critters go in and out of "house"
$ 15.00
172
Framed Pencil Drawing 
Gene Kimball
Skillfully drawn picture drawn by local artist Gene Kimball.  Can you guess who it is? 
Priceless!







Second Night Items, March 26th


201
Cheesecake
Katie Helkenn
A delectable cheesecake - you choose the flavor
$ 40.00
202
One Dozen Work Gloves
Brad Henspeter
One dozen green work gloves
$ 40.00
203
Cross Road Duffle Bag
Cross Road Medical Center
Grey with black and red accents
$ 15.00
204
Ram Photo with Scripture
Scripture in Photography - Kim Schmitz
Majestic ram, with words "The glory of the Lord shall endure forever: the Lord shall rejoice in His works"
$ 30.00
205
Puffin in water with Scripture
Scripture in Photography - Kim Schmitz
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases" - the last of Kim Schmitz' beautiful work
$ 30.00
206
Chronicles of Narnia Audio Drama
Janet Luce
All 7 Audio Dramas on 19 CDs
$ 99.00
207
Ulu Knife and Stand
Janet Luce
Legendary Knife of the Arctic
$ 10.00
208
50 Gallons Heating Oil
Fisher's Fuel - Jordanny Sutherland
50 gallons of heating oil, picked up at office - self pump.  Use by 6/30/14
$ 196.00
209
Teddy Bear Baby Quilt
Karen Pregizer
One side teddy bear treehouse village, other side green and white squares
$ 30.00
210
Musk Ox Farm Day Pass for 4
Musk Ox Farm
Tour the farm in Palmer during the summer season
$ 44.00
211
Moose's Tooth/Bear Tooth $50 Gift Card
Moose's Tooth/Bear Tooth
$50 Gift Card to use for food or movies at the Moose's Tooth or Bear Tooth in Anchorage - for more information, go to beartooththeater.net
$ 50.00
212
Alaska Railroad Trip for 2
Alaska Railroad
Round trip passes from Anchorage - Fairbanks on the scenic Alaska Railroad
$ 896.00
213
EGM $100 Gift Card
EGM Automotive - Mark Metcalf and Shelley Burt
$100 worth of labor at EGM Automotive
$ 100.00
214
Great Harvest Punch Card
Great Harvest Bread Company
A six-month punch card for a loaf of your choice of whole grain bread  - featuring flavors such as "White Chocolate and Cherry," "Multigrain Rustic," "Asiago Pesto," and many more
$ 72.00
215
Alaska: North To the Future Volume IV
Bureau of Land Management - Marnie Graham
Coffee table book on Alaska, limited first edition
$ 30.00
216
CBS $50 Gift Certificate
Copper Basin Sanitation - Sharon Daniels
$50 coupon for any sanitation service 
$ 50.00
217
Toyostove Service
Snowshoe Heating - Jim Odden
Regular service, excluding parts
$ 195.00
218
Sheep Mountain $40 Gift Certificate
Sheep Mountain Lodge - Zack Steer
$40 towards delicious food or lodging 
$ 40.00
219
Riverboat Discovery for 2
Riverboat Discovery
2 Tickets for a tour on the authentic stern wheeler in Fairbanks - voted the best boat tour in North America
$ 120.00
220
Gold Dredge 8 tickets for 2
Gold Dredge 8
2 tickets for a tour of Gold Dredge 8 in Fairbanks - guaranteed that everyone finds gold!
$ 80.00
221
"Pansies in My Garden" Watercolor
Bonnie McLeod
Original watercolor painting
$ 75.00
222
WISE Gift Basket
Wrangell Institute for Science & Environment - Robin Underwood
Includes t-shirt, 5 notecards, flower book
$ 70.00
223
Carrier Service
Glenn Transport - Charlotte Mossgrove
Carrier service from Anchorage to Glennallen, up to 100 pounds
$ 55.00
224
Bracelet
Susan Becker
Beaded bracelet in netted pattern - pink, copper, and gold colors
$ 30.00
225
Prospector $50 Gift Card
Prospector Outfitters - Joe
$50 gift card to be used at the Prospector in Valdez, or online - "The most dependable gear available"
$ 50.00
226
Alaska Sea Life Center Family Pass
Alaska Sea Life Center
Admission for 2 adults and 2 children to the Sea Life Center in Seward
$ 70.00
227
Home Depot $25 Gift Card
Anonymous
$25 Gift Card to be used at any Home Depot
$ 25.00
228
Timeless Beauty $25 Gift Certificate #1
Timeless Beauty Endless Health Day Spa - Susan Sura
Treat yourself or a friend at your local spa - services available include facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and more
$ 25.00
229
Timeless Beauty $25 Gift Certificate #2
Timeless Beauty Endless Health Day Spa - Susan Sura
Treat yourself or a friend at your local spa
$ 25.00
230
Sourdough Breakfast for 2
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Breakfast for 2, comes with beverage
$ 40.00
231
Sourdough Lunch for 2 #1
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Lunch for 2, comes with beverage
$ 40.00
232
Sourdough Lunch for 2 #2
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Lunch for 2, comes with beverage
$ 40.00
233
Sourdough Dinner for 2
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Dinner for 2, includes beverage and dessert
$ 60.00
234
Beaded Key Chain
Posty's Sinona Creek Trading Post - Barbara Charley
Hand-beaded key chain with two flowers
$ 20.00
235
Cross Road Pharmacy $50 Gift Certificate
Cross Road Medical Center
Good for over-the-counter pharmacy purchase for up to $50
$ 50.00
236
Eureka Lodge Getaway
Eureka Lodge - Jim and Darla
One night stay and Dinner for 2
$ 200.00
237
Fall Colors Purse
Copper River Country B&B - Mary Hernandez
Made by local artist Mary Hernandez, with zipper, pocket, and strap
$ 20.00
238
Steel Tool Box
South Central Hardware in Valdez
20-inch shiny tool box
$ 40.00
239
$25 Lowe's Gift Card
First National Bank of Alaska - Lisa Neff
$25 Gift Card
$ 25.00
240
Terry's Garden Spot $25 Gift Certificate
Terry's Garden Spot - Terry Allen
$25 Gift Certificate to Terry's Garden Spot, located on the Old Edgerton Hwy
$ 25.00
241
Terry's Garden Spot $25 Gift Certificate
Terry's Garden Spot - Terry Allen
$25 Gift Certificate to Terry's Garden Spot, located on the Old Edgerton Hwy
$ 25.00
242
"Deer: The Ultimate Artist's Reference"
Tazlina River Trading Post - Jim Horrell
A comprehensive collection of sketches, photographs, and field notes
$ 20.00
243
Fried Chicken
Omni Copper Valley IGA
16 piece fried chicken
$ 26.00
244
Rod and Reel Combo
Omni Copper Valley IGA
Ugly stick fishing rod and reel
$ 84.00
245
"Frozen" Movie
New To You
Disney movie "Frozen" on DVD - release date March 18th
$ 20.00
246
Princess Lodging
Princess Cruises
One night lodging for 2 at ANY Princess Wilderness Lodge in Alaska - choices include Kenai, Copper River, Denali, Fairbanks, or Mt. McKinley
$ 199.00
247
Limited Print Art
Glennallen Rustic Resort - Eric and Cynthia
Limited print framed painting by Fairbanks artist Tok Hwang, scene of cabin and fireweed
$ 200.00
248
Ethos Fuel Reformulator
Glennallen Quick Stop/Truck Stop - Kathy Stratton
2 - 12  oz. bottles - add to fuel to improve mileage and reduce emissions
$ 50.00
249
VanZyle Poster
Caribou Gift Shop - Mary and Betty Kriner
Mush 2009 - Dog team/mail carrier
$ 35.00
250
Gulkana River Ranch One Night Stay
Gulkana River Ranch B&B - Chad and Kelly Gerlach
One night stay for up to 6 people, September - May, sauna available upon request
$ 179.00
251
5-Punch Drink Card
Chocolate Spoon Espresso - Dawn
Good for five drinks of your choice
$ 25.00
252
2 Wild Rose Leaf Canvases
Sue Zajac
These 2 canvases feature wild rose leaves harvested in the Copper River Valley.  Each canvas is 12" square
$ 120.00
253
Crowley $200 Gift Certificate
Crowley Petroleum Distribution - Jerry
$200 Gift Certificate for fuel
$ 100.00
254
10 Crunchy Tacos
Denali Foods/Taco Bells
10 Tasty Tacos
$ 15.00
255
Forced Air Heater
Glennallen Building Supply
Self-contained fuel source, operates up to 14 hours on a single tank of fuel, 50,000 BTUs, heats up to 1200 ft2
$ 199.00
256
5 Cheeseburgers and Cokes
Arctic Roadrunner - Cathy
5 of the best cheeseburgers in Alaska
$ 41.00
257
VanZyle Print
Gakona Junction Village - Alan Lemaster
1994 Alaska poster - 2 huskies
$ 30.00
258
Haircut
Kendra's Kreations
A haircut from Kendra - "Hair Obeys Me"
$ 28.00
259
Rotary Toolkit
Glennallen NAPA
3-speed rotary tool with powerful high torque motor, bonus 2 clamps and accessories
$ 59.00
260
PWSCC T-shirt and more
Prince William Sound Community College
Light blue PWSCC T-shirt, size XXL, lanyard, and 2 cups
$ 22.00
261
Air Soft Pellet Gun Package
Sparks General Store - Cherie
Air soft pellet gun, safety glasses, and 1000 ct bag of pellets
$ 27.00












Third Night Items, March 28th


301
One Night Stay for 2
Old Town Copper Center Inn & Restaurant 
Enjoy a night for 2 at the Old Time Copper Center Inn
$ 149.00
302
Digital Camcorder
The Hub of Alaska - James and Tricia Fields
Small Wonder digital camcorder - home movies made simple
$ 75.00
303
Little Bird in Nest
Scripture in Photography - Kim Schmitz
12" x 14" print of a little bird in its nest - "Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it" (Psalm 81:10)
$ 30.00
304
Apple Pitcher Set
Janet Luce
Ornate pitcher with four mugs
$ 50.00
305
50 Gallons Heating Oil
Fisher's Fuel - Jordanny Sutherland
50 gallons of heating oil, picked up at office - self pump.  Use by 6/30/14
$ 196.00
306
Musk Ox Farm Day Pass for 4 #1
Musk Ox Farm
Tour the farm in Palmer during the summer season
$ 44.00
307
Musk Ox Farm Day Pass for 4 #2
Musk Ox Farm
Tour the farm in Palmer during the summer season
$ 44.00
308
Fred Meyer $200 Gift Gard
Palmer Fred Meyer
$200 gift card to use at any Fred Meyer
$ 200.00
309
EGM $100 Gift Card
EGM Automotive - Mark Metcalf and Shelley Burt
$100 worth of labor at EGM Automotive
$ 100.00
310
Great Harvest Punch Card
Great Harvest Bread Company
A six month punch card for a loaf of your choice of whole grain bread  - featuring flavors such as "White Chocolate and Cherry," "Multigrain Rustic," "Asiago Pesto," and many more
$ 72.00
311
CBS $50 Gift Certificate
Copper Basin Sanitation - Sharon Daniels
$50 coupon for any sanitation service 
$ 50.00
312
Sheep Mountain $40 Gift Certificate
Sheep Mountain Lodge - Zack Steer
$40 towards delicious food or lodging 
$ 40.00
313
Wrangell Peaks Flightseeing
Copper Valley Air - Tod and Anna Hand
Flight seeing for 2 in the majestic Alaskan wilderness - 1 hour tour over the Nadina and Sanford Glaciers
$ 390.00
314
"Happiness Is …" Watercolor
Bonnie McLeod
Original watercolor painting, with swan
$ 75.00
315
Carrier Service
Glenn Transport - Charlotte Mossgrove
Carrier service from Anchorage to Glennallen, up to 100 pounds
$ 55.00
316
Necklace and Earrings
Susan Becker
Multi-colored beaded necklace with 3 pairs of earrings
$ 60.00
317
Dental Services
Alaska Comprehensive Dental Center - Dr. Jesse Hronkin
Gift certificate for $250 of dental services, located in Wasilla
$ 250.00
318
Timeless Beauty $25 Gift Certificate #1
Timeless Beauty Endless Health Day Spa - Susan Sura
Treat yourself or a friend at your local spa - services available include facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and more
$ 25.00
319
Timeless Beauty $25 Gift Certificate #2
Timeless Beauty Endless Health Day Spa - Susan Sura
Treat yourself or a friend at your local spa
$ 25.00
320
Timeless Beauty $25 Gift Certificate #2
Timeless Beauty Endless Health Day Spa - Susan Sura
Treat yourself or a friend at your local spa
$ 25.00
321
Sourdough Lunch for 2
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Lunch for 2, comes with beverage
$ 40.00
322
Sourdough Dinner for 2 #1
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Dinner for 2, includes beverage and dessert
$ 60.00
323
Sourdough Dinner for 2 #2
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Dinner for 2, includes beverage and dessert
$ 60.00
324
Sourdough Breakfast for 2
Sourdough Lodge - Patty Denton
Breakfast for 2, comes with beverage
$ 40.00
325
Cross Road Pharmacy $50 Gift Certificate
Cross Road Medical Center
Good for over-the-counter pharmacy purchase for up to $50
$ 50.00
326
Bed Bath & Beyond $25 Gift Card
First National Bank of Alaska - Lisa Neff
$25 Gift Card
$ 25.00
327
Terry's Garden Spot $25 Gift Certificate
Terry's Garden Spot - Terry Allen
$25 Gift Certificate to Terry's Garden Spot, located on the Old Edgerton Hwy
$ 25.00
328
Sawing Logzz Lodging
Sawing Logzz B&B - Gary and Luann Mullen
One night lodging for 2 adults
$ 125.00
329
New York Steaks
Omni Copper Valley IGA
18 lb strip of Custom Cut, USDA choice New York Steaks
$ 198.00
330
Duck Stamp Print
Meg Jensen and Mike McQueen
Duck Stamp Print, collectors edition
$ 195.00
331
Ethos Fuel Reformulator
Glennallen Quick Stop/Truck Stop - Kathy Stratton
2 - 12  oz. bottles - add to fuel to improve mileage and reduce emissions
$ 50.00
332
VanZyle Poster
Caribou Gift Shop - Mary and Betty Kriner
Mush 2002 - Dog team on river
$ 35.00
333
Moose Santa/Trapper
Caribou Gift Shop - Mary and Betty Kriner
One of a kind decorative moose, with fur
$ 50.00
334
5-Punch Drink Card
Chocolate Spoon Espresso - Dawn
Good for five drinks of your choice
$ 25.00
335
4 Wild Rose Leaf Canvases
Sue Zajac
These 4 canvases feature wild rose leaves harvested in the Copper River Valley.  Each canvas is 12" square.  They can be hung in a row vertically, horizontally, or arranged in a foursome spanning 24" square.
$ 120.00
336
Crowley $200 Gift Certificate
Crowley Petroleum Distribution - Jerry
$200 Gift Certificate for fuel
$ 100.00
337
10 Crunchy Tacos
Denali Foods/Taco Bells
10 Tasty Tacos
$ 15.00
338
5 Cheeseburgers and Cokes
Arctic Roadrunner - Cathy
5 of the best cheeseburgers in Alaska
$ 41.00
339
VanZyle Print
Gakona Junction Village - Alan Lemaster
1994 Fry Art Museum poster - baby puppies
$ 30.00
340
Alaska Copper River Lodging
Alaska Copper River B&B - Jeff and Quinn Falkner
One night stay in master suite, call ahead 2 weeks to reserve
$ 189.00
341
Twenty Local Rides
Soaring Eagle Transit - Sandra/Roberta
Twenty one-way rides in the Copper Basin.  Soaring Eagle is now offering Medicaid transportation for medical appointments.
$ 45.00
342
Cheesecake
Katie Helkenn
A delectable cheesecake - you choose the flavor
$ 40.00
343
Growler and Pint Glasses
Gakona Brewery & Supply Co. - Lorie Miner
Stainless steel growler and 2 pint glasses
$ 46.00
344
Fred Meyer $100 Gift Gard
Palmer Fred Meyer
$100 gift card to use at any Fred Meyer
$ 100.00
345
Paul Mitchell Hair Products
Kendra's Kreations
Smoothing shampoo with daily treatment and relaxing balm - smoothes, softens, and controls
$ 40.00
346
Beaded Hair Barrette
Posty's Sinona Creek Trading Post - Barbara Charley
Hand-beaded barrette with pink flower
$ 55.00
347
Flowers and Bees Baby Quilt
Karen Pregizer
One side flowerpots and bees, other side white and pink squares
$ 30.00
348
Portable Inflator
Glennallen NAPA - John
Black & Decker cordless inflator - inflates 4 car tires in a single charge
$ 64.00
349
PWSCC T-shirt and more
Prince William Sound Community College
Black  PWSCC T-shirt, size L Juniors, lanyard, cup, and frisbee
$ 23.00
350
Scentsy Burner Package
Sparks General Store - Cherie
Scentsy plug in warmer (stripe), scentsy scent bar "Welcome Home" - warm, enliven, inspire
$ 28.00
351
Potted 6 Pack Ceramic Watering Spikes
Sparks General Store - Cherie
Just in time for spring - fun little watering helpers for your plants.  They'll put a smile on your face!
$ 30.00






















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