Author: Allison Sayer

Dichotomies at the Valdez Glacier

Dichotomies at the Valdez Glacier

By Allison Sayer for City News – The stunning Valdez Glacier Lake lies at the end of the unvarnished “Glacier Haul Dump Road.” Junkyards and an old asbestos dump line the gravel road. A glacial moraine is, after all, a huge pile of rocks and gravel. It is an extremely […]

Main Street, Downtown McCarthy. Photo: Allison Sayer

A Winter Visit to McCarthy

What is McCarthy like in the winter, when all of the businesses are closed and the roads are covered with snow? Earlier this winter, a friend who lives in McCarthy had taken my dog there while I attended a training. My boyfriend Ben and I went to pick up my […]

Sprouts in a square plastic sprouter. Photo: Allison Sayer

Sprouts: Alaska’s Cheapest Superfood

By Allison Sayer for Seward City News Sprouting is a great way to save money and eat healthy food. Most people know the basic procedure to make sprouts: Add a small amount of seeds to some kind of container, rinse and drain frequently, enjoy. I would like to share some […]

Happy Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

Happy Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

Today marks the Anniversary of the Alaska Territory Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. It is named “Elizabeth Peratrovich Day” because of Elizabeth Peratrovich’s essential work towards getting the Act passed. Prior to the Anti-Discrimination act, public facilities, private businesses, housing, hotels, and schools were segregated. The situation was much like the […]

Typical La Niña winters in North America. Image courtesy of NOAA Drawn by Fiona Martin.

El Niño, La Niña, and Alaska Temperatures

By Allison Sayer for Seward City News – It doesn’t take a climate scientist to tell that this winter in Southcentral Alaska has been colder than the past two winters. The Kenai Peninsula is buried in snow, and much of the interior has experienced the prolonged cold the old timers […]

Foreman Mark Hanson and driver Tavis Chaffin at the Thompson Pass DOT shop. Photo by Allison Sayer.

Keeping Thompson Pass Clear

by Allison Sayer for Seward City News- What’s it like to drive a plow truck in one of the snowiest places on earth? And what kind of equipment can move all that snow? I visited the DOT station in Thompson Pass on December 21 to learn more about this tough […]

Chair 6. Photo: Alyeska Resort/Ralph Kristopher

Alyeska Opens Chair 6

By Allison Sayer for Seward City News – Before the lifts opened on Wednesday, December 21, a small crowd of mostly Girdwood locals were waiting on line at the base of Alyeska Resort. The skiers waiting for the lifts to open were chatty and friendly. Many had not seen each […]

Frost Crystals Destabilize Snow

Winter Snow Sports are Here!

The winter sports season has begun on the Kenai Peninsula and in Girdwood. Snow cover in many areas remains light, but Alaskans are still getting out into the Chugach National Forest. Alyeska Resort opened officially on Thanksgiving weekend. Ted’s Express and the Bear Cub Quad (Chair 3 and Chair 4) […]