Notice: August 26th and 27th HAARP Science Lecture & Open House On The Tok Cutoff & Copper Center


August 26 and 27th 

Copper Center & Gakona, Alaska

BBQ   Facility Tours
Mobile Planetarium   Science Demos & Talks 

High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program 

Science Lecture 

Friday, August 26th, 2016
7 pm
Location: NPS Visitor Center Auditorium
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway in Copper Center

HAARP Open House 

Saturday, August 27th, 2016
9 am to 3 pm
Location: HAARP Facility at 11 Mile, Tok Cutoff

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The Copper Valley 2016 4th Of July Parade: SEE PHOTOS HERE!

2016 4th Of July Parade 
Was A Smash Hit In Glennallen, Alaska! 

The Kluti-Kaah Bikers won first place in the 2016
Copper Valley 4th of July Parade, Bike Division 

Heavy rains drenched the Copper Valley on the night of July 3rd, 2016. But that didn't stop huge crowds from turning out for the annual 4th of July Parade.

The event drew 25 floats and organizations, and was one of the largest ever held, with crowds of people down on the Glenn Highway, between Glennallen School and Pinneo Park.

The road was blocked by State Troopers for about an hour, as locals marched along the route, throwing candy. The event was coordinated with the Greater Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce. Joel Elrod was parade coordinator.

Here's a look at the event:
Longtime resident Park Kriner was the 2016 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal. 

Antique Auto Mushers Of Alaska Came To Glennallen's Parade

Scott Hulse and his Silver Cloud, in Glennallen 4th of July Parade. 

A 1977 Volkswagen Convertible owned by Howard and Debbie Hansen. 
1938 Classic Chrysler, owned by the Cresap Family.
A 1938 Chrysler, owned by Tom, Marci and Sophie Cresap, won first place in the Antique Car Division. Scott and Sheryl Hulse's 1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud came in second. 

Local antique vehicle owners included Mike Roscovius, with a large truck, Martin Finnesand, of Chitina, who came in third with his 1965 powder-blue Mustang, Paul Lewis, and Nell and Warren Ulrich.

Martin Finnesand won 3rd place in a 1965 powder-blue Mustang.
It was hotter than a two-dollar pistol. It was the fastest thing around!
Long and lean, every young man's dream, she turned every head in town.

Mike Roscovius driving a 1960 White Motor Company U.S. Army truck.

Winners Of 4th of July Parade


1st Place: 1938 Chrysler
2nd Place: Rolls Royce
3rd Place: 1965 Mustang, Martin Finnesand


1st Place: Crowley & Copper River Wrestling Club
2nd Place: Cross Road Medical Center, celebrating 60 years
                 Old Paths Baptist Church
                  Rural Alaska Insurance Agency

3rd Place: Tolsona Wilderness Campground
       Alyeska Pipeline
      CBS Services


1st Place: National Park Service
    Bureau of Land Management


1st Place: Kluti Kaah Bikers
2nd Place: Chinese Christian Church
3rd Place: The Mailly Family Horses


Mike & Sue Roscovius in a 1960 U.S. Army Truck

Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska, featuring Scott hHulse in a 1958 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce, Howard and Debbie Hansen in a 1977 VW Convertible, and Tom, Carci and Sophie Cresap in a 1938 Chrysler.

Rural Alaska Insurance Agency, represented in Glennallen by Falon Mills.

Crowley Petroleum and Copper River Wrestling Club, led by Chad 

The Chinese Christian Church & Center of Philadelphia, using bikes and a home pulled wagon, and working at the Native Bible Conference. 

The Bureau of Land Management, in a "love your lands" float.

Copper River Native Association and the anti-tobacco program. 
Copper Valley Electric Coop. 

Jim Manning, driving a 1975 Ford, classic LTD.

Bruce Cain, driving a 1994 Taurus "Skunk"

Paul Lewis in a 1931 Ford Model A which was produced between 1928 and 1931. 5 million were originally manufactured, and a stunning 1 million are still i operation. 

Copper River Forestry, and Smokey Bear.

Tolsona Wilderness Campground, now under new ownership by the Pusch Family.

The Mailly Family horses.

The National Park Service.

The local American Legion, in a truck featuring 3 generations of American warrior-patriots. 

Old Paths Baptist Church of Glennallen. 

CBS Services, with a classic outhouse float. 

The Kluti-Kaah Bikers of Copper Center. 

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. 

Special Note: Park Kriner of Glennallen was the Parade Grand Marshal.  KCAM provided coverage. Joel Elrod coordinated the event. The Lions Club provided a community Salmon Bake at Pinneo Ball Park. 

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Fire Dangers Near Copper Valley: July 16, 2017

July 15, 8:20 p.m. – The Tok River Fire is now estimated to be 728 acres following a reconnaissance flight early Friday evening and the fire is still being held south of the Tok River, about 1 ½ miles south of the Tok Cutoff Highway.
The Tok River Fire is burning about 8 miles southwest of Tok near Mile 115 of the Tok Cutoff. The fire was started by a lightning strike Thursday afternoon about 5 miles off the Tok Cutoff but south winds pushed it about 3 ½ miles toward the road and river.
A change in the wind direction and the efforts of firefighters complimented by heavy equipment helped to keep the fire south of the Tok River on Friday. The wind direction switched to out of the west on Friday, pushing the fire east rather than north. Fire behavior also moderated on Friday as a result of higher relative humidity.
Bulldozers and firefighters, meanwhile, are working to build a line along the northwest perimeter of the fire to keep it from crossing the river.
Two initial attack crews from the Alaska Division of Forestry are working to cut a saw line along the same flank that parallels the river to create a fuel break. Two bulldozers, meanwhile, are being used to construct a dozer line from the north end that will merge with the saw line cut by the crews.
The TCC crew was inserted into the middle of the left flank along the river and is working its way toward the tail of the fire while the White Mountain crew is working from the tail toward the TCC crew. Once the two crews connect, the TCC crew will return to where it started and work its way north toward the two bulldozers while the White Mountain crew will move to the right flank of the fire where most of the fire activity occurred today.
Crews also benefitted from a change in the wind direction Friday that pushed the fire away from the river. The wind had been blowing from the south but it switched to a west wind Friday, pushing the fire to the east away from the river. A helicopter with a bucket was used to drop water on the right flank of the fire.
A short Type 2 incident management team from the Alaska will be taking command of the fire Saturday morning under the direction of Incident Commander Tom Kurth, chief of the Wildland Fire and Aviation Program for the Alaska Division of Forestry.
A temporary flight restriction has been placed over the fire and pilots should avoid flying in the area. To check on specifics of the TFR, pilots should go to
The Tok River Fire was one of more than three dozen new fires sparked by lightning strikes on Thursday across Alaska. More than 25,000 lightning strikes have been recorded across Alaska during the last two days, igniting dozens of new fires from the west coast of Alaska to the Canadian border.

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Here are some sites to go to for information. Please take a moment to check these sites out:


About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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