Lively Discussion At Gakona Lodge As Copper Valley People Meet With Murkowski Representative, John Harris

Kevin Sweeney of Murkowski's Office & Ahtna Lobbyist John Harris Meet With Copper Valley Chamber Members At Gakona Lodge Chamber Dinner 

Lovely Gakona Lodge -- one of the last of the old Richardson Highway roadhouses -- was the site of the May 28th Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce Dinner.

Gakona Lodge was the site of the Chamber Dinner in May. 

A number of out-of-region visitors came: Including Mike Williams & Leigh Coates, of Vertical Solution Helicopters of Valdez (who helicoptered into the Gakona lawn); John Harris, the lobbyist for Ahtna, Inc. and former local legislator, and Kevin Sweeney, the Anchorage representative from U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's office. 

Every person present was asked to write down a concern they had about the state budget.The concerns included education cuts, roadwork, EMS programs, and cuts to forestry programs. Harris presented detailed descriptions on the current budget shortfall and possible solutions. 

Sweeney discussed parallels in the U.S. government, and Murkowski's goals. There was a lengthy question-and-answer period.
Former legislator John Harris, of Valdez. 

Over thirty people attended. Chamber Vice President John Becker gave a report on the recent Memorial Day Car Wash and Open House at the Chamber, which brought in over $4,000 for three local participating fire departments to use on heat and electricity at firehalls this winter. A large amount of that money came from Al Sanders, and the 
"Radio Club". The rest came from vigorous car-washing, back behind the Hub parking lot, on the part of the fire department volunteers.
Kevin Sweeney, of Lisa Murkowski's office. 

Warren Ulrich gave a presentation on the Visitor Center. He is the new manager of the Center for the Chamber. The Visitor Center will be open 7 days a week this summer. If you are a Chamber member who hasn't paid your dues, or if you want to be a Chamber member, call 822-5555 today, or come by the Chamber Visitor Center to see what's going on. 

Gakona Lodge, the host venue, is currently owned and operated by Clif and Rebecca Potter, who outdid themselves on a memorable and interesting meal. Terry Keizer played the guitar during the social hour. 
New Gakona Lodge owner Rebecca Potter, and her brother
served as cooks in the kitchen. 

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Google Is Dropping Copper Valley Telecom Email Services June 24th

Important Information: Please Read All The Following, and Contact Copper Valley Telecom If This Applies To You & Your Business

Copper Valley Telecom sent the following on May 27th:

Action Required for Email Migration

All email accounts will be migrated to a new platform as a result of Google ending support and availability of the platform we offer our customers. The date for the migration is yet to be determined. We've put together a 3 step guide for you to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. We also have detailed instructions to help you through each of these steps in our Transition Support Page.

  • Step 1 - Log in to your Webmail and review your data
  • Step 2 - Change to the new server names in your email software
  • Step 3 - Update your smartphones and tablets

We will be migrating your core email content (email, folders, forwarders, and contacts), but you will need to download any other content you have stored on Google that you would like to keep. We have included instructions for exporting most types of data in the Transition Support Page as well. For assistance with email settings, call 822-HELP or 834-HELP.Getting Ready for the Email Cutover

Copper Valley Telecom is moving email services away from Google to a new platform currently planned for the 24th of June. Please follow the simple steps below to ensure that your account information is backed up and your account will be synchronized to the new mail system.
Step 1 - Webmail
Log into your Google account's webmail service using our login page at Simply by logging in, your account will be synchronized with the new system and queued for a seamless migration of your email, email folders, contacts, and forwarders.
If you have any other data in there (Picassa picture albums, Calendars etc.), you should perform a Takeout.  Don't worry, it's really easy and we have a set of instructions to help you with this: 
Step 2 - Email Software (if applicable)
If you have any email client software (such as Outlook, Apple Mail, or Windows Mail), you need to update the settings to the new email server names.  When we change over to the new email service, the old Google server settings will not work any longer.  Don't worry, we have new settings that will work now (while you're still on Google) as well as after the conversion so you won't need to change them again.
It's a very simple change - you just need to change the server names and nothing else.  Instructions for most email programs are provided for you here:
Step 3 - Smartphones and Tablets (if applicable)
Google is both a software developer and the company that built the Android OS that is used on many smartphones.  The software they have built for both Apple iPhones (and other iOS devices), as well as Android devices are built to only work on Google accounts. Because of this, you need to update your devices away from this dependency and set them up with POP/IMAP access that will work on the new system.
After you've completed these three steps, you're ready!  Once we move to the new email platform, you'll be able to continue using these new settings and the new webmail login url.  

Why Are We Migrating?

Google has decided to discontinue the edition of their email and apps platform that was made available for ISPs like Copper Valley Telecom.
Because of their decision, we must move all of the email accounts on our to another platform before the 24th of June. 

Need Help With Settings?
822-HELP or 834-HELP

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Open House & Fireman's Fund Raiser Was A Big Success

Hundreds Of Copper Valley Residents – And Travelers & Tourists – Turned Out For The Copper Valley Memorial Day Picnic & Fireman's Fund Raiser 

Over $4,000 Came In To Help Local Firemen Heat The Firehalls This Winter 

Chamber of Commerce Event
Over $4,000 Was Raised At The May 23rd Copper Valley Memorial Day Car Wash 

Entire families turned out to the picnic and watermelon feast in the Hub Parking lot in front of the Copper Valley Chamber offices on May 23rd. The Memorial Day Kick Off event lured travelers from all over the world, who were passing through on their vacations. 

Caden Gerlach, of Gakona -- a Glennallen student -- played classic American fiddle music for much of the event, from the Chamber front porch. Here's a note from his family, after the event:

Caden  enjoyed the opportunity to play his fiddle at the Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce Open House on Saturday.  Street music in Seattle and playing for Anchorage Markets and Festivals are activities he considers a privilege.  He has been playing the fiddle under the direction of Dr. Richard Freeman-Toole for the last 6 years.  He also enjoys playing the cello, an instrument he began in January.  

Caden and his sister, Briahna, recently performed a strings and vocal concert, along with a lasagna and cheesecake dinner, to help raise funds for Caden's upcoming Science Camp for the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Caden would like to thank members of the Copper Valley for their support and generosity as he pursues this endeavor.  While he doesn't plan to major in music in college,  according to Caden a love of music will "always be a part of my life."

Fiddle playing at Copper Valley community event.
Caden Gerlach, of Gakona, played classic Americana fiddle tunes at the event, from the Chamber porch.

Anita Okomailuk, originally from Barrow, 
came through and showed her new artwork.

The firemen of the region earned $4,000 washing cars. They'll use the money to pay to keep the firehalls heated this winter throughout the Copper Valley. A generous donation of $3,000 came from Al Sanders, through the local "radio" club. 

Guitarist and former Glennallen Postmaster Terry, Keizer, hanging out on the porch at the Chamber Memorial Day Picnic in Glennallen, and playing the guitar. 

Mechele Fassler & John Becker served up 200 chili hot dogs, hundreds of bags of chips, 
soda pop and watermelon to the crowds. John is Vice President of the Greater Copper Valley Chamber. 
Memorial Day Copper Valley event.
Washing cars at the Copper Valley Memorial Day Picnic.

Kids enjoy hot dogs and watermelon at Copper Valley Memorial Day Picnic in Glennallen.

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Coming Up! May 23rd Memorial Day Chamber Open House & Car Wash!

Come To The Fireman's Fund Raiser Car Wash 



The Travelers To Alaska Are On Their Way... 



Copper Valley Car Wash Memorial Day Weekend 

 Saturday, May 23rd 

First Day of 2015 Memorial Day Weekend 






Sponsored By: 
Napa Auto
Greater Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce
Your Local Volunteer Fire Department

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Chamber Dinner On Thursday, May 28th At Gakona Will Draw State Legislators To Copper Valley

Senator Mike Dunleavy and State Representative Dave Talerico Will Visit With Constituents At The Gakona Lodge Chamber Dinner In May

Call 822-3566 to sign up and for details, or call 320-1145.

Gakona Lodge is one of the last historic roadhouses on the trail to Eagle, Alaska. 


The regular May 28th Dinner Meeting of the Greater Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday the 28th at Gakona Lodge.

Dinner will be as follows:

Salad bar, red skin garlic potatoes, mixed veggie blend, halibut, pasta and berry cobbler.       

 5:30 social hour    6:30 dinner

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