Archived blog posts from 2012 and 2013.

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Welcome, Friends! Have you taken a picture yet of your “liberty pose”? I’ve submitted a couple so far. You can see one HERE and another HERE. Take a moment and participate! From LibertyPose.com: Show you stand for something!   In the spirit of Sarah Palin’s “Big Gulp” Liberty Pose, this site encourages others to submit pictures of themselves, family members, or friends, striking similar poses while holding aloft an object that has meaning to them. Whether that object be a soda, a Bible, a rifle, their baby, a flag, etc…, as long as the picture is tasteful, we’ll put it up.   So join in, be creative, and let your pride show! Here’s an interesting story found at Reminisce.com written by someone who actually grew up on Liberty Island (then Bedloe’s Island) at Fort Wood. From the article Statue of Liberty was my neighbor in the 1930s: Growing up in the mid-1930s, my brother and I took an excursion boat to school. The only motor vehicle on our streets was a 1-ton Ford Army truck, and we sometimes had to fish baseballs out of New York Harbor. Such was our life on Bedloe’s Island, now known as Liberty Island.   At the time, the island was home to Fort Wood and about 30 Army post families, all of us neighbors of the island’s best-known resident, the Statue of Liberty. There were officers and noncommissioned officers, and a garrison consisting of one company of about 60 military policemen. It was like a big family, with rank less important than elsewhere in the Army. … I’ll never forget the beauty of the Statue of... read more

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Welcome, Friends! I’d like to wish you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day! Like many other Americans, our family has deep Irish roots. My grandfather, Clem Sheeran (formerly O’Sheeran) was the son of Irish immigrants who sailed across “the pond” in the mid-1800s in search of a better life. Our ancestors were from County Roscommon. Just looking at the names of Grandpa Clem’s children gives you a glimpse of how proud he was of his heritage. His six children were named Patrick, Michael, Colleen, Katy, Peggy, and Sally. Grandpa was a very devout Catholic who never missed a Mass. His best friend was Father Sweeney, his priest. On Saint Patrick’s Day, the Sheeran house resounded with Irish folk music. Grandma Helen would make green pancakes and green oatmeal for breakfast and Clem would tell the story of St. Patrick. As the succeeding generations become diluted in our family’s melting pot (German, Scottish, Irish, English, French, Yupik… and probably some that I’ve forgotten) some of the traditional ethnic celebrations started to fade. I am determined to not let that happen with my kids. Tonight we’ll dine on corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes, and I’ll wash it down with a pint of Guiness. We’ll listen to Irish music and I’ll tell my children the story of St. Patrick, and how the clover was used to explain the Trinity. We’ll say a prayer and remember Grandpa and Grandma Sheeran, and their children Patrick and Colleen, who passed away much too soon.   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box... read more

Sarah Palin’s CPAC 2013 Speech

If you missed it, here is Sarah’s whole CPAC 2013 speech. Thanks to YouTube channel The ACU for getting it together and posted so quickly. Enjoy! Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Start your Amazon search here! Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more

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Welcome, Friends! You can hear Sarah today live at CPAC 2013, 12pm ET, on Yahoo here: http://yhoo.it/16sM2tF In case you missed it this week, here are some links to recent posts. Thank you for coming by The Porch! The Porch – March 10, 2013 Edition: A video clip of Tim’s Place and its happy owner. The Porch – March 11, 2013 Edition: Some of our family’s dogs and readers’ great stories in the comments. Avalanche!: Spring is prime time for avalanches – stories, pictures, and a video clip of an avalanche in action. The Porch – March 12, 2013 Edition: A heroic mama dog. Alaska’s Alternative Energy Efforts: An update on Alaska’s all-of-the-above energy approach. The Porch – March 13, 2013 Edition: A sweet surprise in my mailbox. The Porch – March 14, 2013 Edition: A recent picture of Dad and his dog Bo at Hatcher Pass. Hatcher Pass: Family traditions in a historical place, with a slideshow of a recent visit. The Porch – March 15, 2013 Edition: A link to Dad’s interview with Breitbart Sports. Here’s an interesting raffle for a needy Little League team. As of last night, they’ve raised $4,860 in four days! From newsmax.com: “It has been going gangbusters, my phone has been ringing nonstop since 4:30 this morning.” Butcher told The Raw Story Tuesday. “It’s just been crazy. The amount of interest so far has just been astronomical. It’s for a good cause for the kids and we’re just trying to raise as much money as we can. Their fundraiser last year only raised $10.”   Butcher said whoever wins the raffle will have to go... read more

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Welcome, Friends! I mentioned yesterday that I would share more about Hatcher Pass. The post is up and discusses a bit of history, some of our family adventures, and pictures from a recent visit. Be sure to check it out and make plans to visit Hatcher Pass if you come to Alaska! Breitbart Sports has an article today by Kevin Scholla based on an interview with my dad: Palin, Siblings Developed Work Ethic Through Sports. I encourage you to take a look. Has sports or outdoor recreation in general shaped you in any way? Please share your experiences in the comments!   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Start your Amazon search here! Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more

Hatcher Pass

Only twelve or so miles northeast of Wasilla in the southwest part of the Talkeetna Mountains sits another one of my favorite places in Alaska… Hatcher Pass. Hatcher Pass was named after Robert Hatcher, a gold prospector who in 1906 discovered gold veins in granite rock outcrops in the area. By 1908, a mill had been constructed in the location and full-scale underground mining had begun. Over 500,000 ounces of gold was produced from the area between 1908 and 1951. There are still proven reserves of gold in the hills of Hatcher Pass, but most of it is locked up in state park land. If you ever make it to Alaska, Independence Mine is a must see. It boggles the mind to see the work that the old timers put into this place, and the scenery is beyond words. There are some very old photos in existence that show a few of the miners skiing during their downtimes. In the 1930s, a rope tow was constructed and a bus would take people all the way from Anchorage to the Hatcher Pass slopes. I first learned to downhill ski at the old Independence Mine ski area in the early 1970s. A rope tow and a t-bar lift were in operation back then and I remember how much fun we had skiing all day, and then enjoying hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls at the lodge… the lodge was one of the old refurbished miner dining halls. On one of these ski trips I vividly remember seeing one of my mom’s best friends, Chris Carter, badly break her leg. It was a... read more

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Welcome, Friends! This is Dad and his dog Bo, yesterday up at Hatcher Pass. We’ve been regularly visiting that area to hunt, hike, and ski, since the early 1970s. I’ll write a detailed post about it soon. Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. (Frozen Leaf image © Patrick T. Windsor Photography – Used by Permission) Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Start your Amazon search here! Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more

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Welcome, Friends! The mailman left me a special little surprise! What’s the best thing that ever showed up in your mailbox?   Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. (Mt. Bachelor Alpenglow image © Patrick T. Windsor Photography – Used by Permission) Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654   Start your Amazon search here! Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more

Alaska’s Alternative Energy Efforts

I wonder if there’s another wind farm in the world with a background as gorgeous as this? Below is a picture I took yesterday of the Fire Island wind farm in Cook Inlet just offshore from Anchorage. A native group, Cook Inlet Regional Corporation (CIRI) is behind the farm’s construction. Almost all of the electricity in south central Alaska is generated from natural gas. Supplies of gas are rapidly being depleted and governmental permitting and finances make new exploration very difficult. This wind farm will help ease some of our crucial electrical needs until new sources of power are developed.     Here’s a clip from CIRI that shows the wind farm being set up several months ago: In addition to the wind farm construction, there is currently a major push going on up here to construct a massive dam on the Susitna River in the northern Matanuska Valley. That dam would provide electricity for most of the Railbelt (communities along the railroad from Seward to Fairbanks). It’s a 4.5 billion dollar project and the public, legislature, and power companies are still weighing in on it. If all goes as planned construction may commence in 2017. It’s encouraging to see Alaska take an “all of the above” approach to energy production, whether it’s drilling, wind farms, or dams. Methods may be debated, but conversations take place because common sense dictates not waiting for a crisis down the road. And as Sarah pointed out last year in National Review, our country as a whole must “…embrace a real, environmentally sound commitment to energy independence instead of relying on foreign countries... read more

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Welcome, Friends! There’s a new post up today, Avalanche! As I mentioned on Facebook, while this is a beautiful time of year in Alaska, it’s also a dangerous one on the slopes. Be sure to check out the article and read why. Yesterday, I shared a couple of family photos of a few great pets and hunting buddies we had growing up. Thanks to all of you who took the time to tell us about some of yours! Here’s a wonderful story that was reported a few months ago. You can read more about it and see additional pictures at DogHeirs.com. A heroic mother dog saved her 10-day-old puppies from a house fire in Santa Rosa de Temuco, Chile on Thursday. Sensing the danger to her babies, she picked the pups up in her mouth and moved them from the burning house to the safety of the nearby fire truck. She then gently placed the pups on the steps of the fire-truck as firefighters fought the blaze. Subscribe free to ChuckHeathJr.com and receive notice of each new post! Just enter your email address in the subscription box found in the sidebar and watch for a verification email. (Setting Sun in Delta Junction AK image by Birch Leaf Photography) Have a guest post you’d like to submit? Read about the details HERE. To purchase a signed copy of Our Sarah, mail a $25 check (made out to Sally or Chuck Heath) to: Chuck and Sally Heath 425 North Klouda Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654 Start your Amazon search here! Amazon.com Widgets   Amazon.com... read more
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