Alaska Film Archives

Alaska Review 34
Alaska Review 34
Reporter Mark Weller explores the problems, controversies, and benefits surrounding the development of an agricultural industry in Alaska. Those interviewed include: unidentified fair-goers; Bob Palmer of Juneau, the Governor's special projects coordinator; Don Dinkel of Fairbanks, professor of plant physiology; Arnold Carson of Palmer, former Matanuska Valley colonist; Steve Hamilton of Palmer, dairy farmer; Nick Carney of Palmer, director of the Division of Agriculture; Gene Jenn of Palmer, farmer; Barrie Wilcox of Yelm, Washington; Frank H. McKinney of Delta Junction, grain consultant; Frank Flavin of Anchorage, state ombudsman; Mike Wegener of Seattle, Washington, grain inspector; Don Sundberg, grain specialist; and Masahiro Sasaki, Japanese consulate in Anchorage. The program contains views of the Tanana Valley State Fair and the Palmer State Fair, Matanuska Valley farms, the University of Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station in Fairbanks, Manley Hot Springs, historical photos and films of early farming and the Matanuska Valley Colony, dairy farm scenes, chicken egg facilities, Delta area farming, and a grain inspection lab. The program also contains Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about physical fitness and economics.
Glacier priest
Glacier priest
This is a series of highly dramatized reenactments from the life of Father Bernard Hubbard, a scientist and missionary. Occasionally, the reenactments don't jibe with the story. Scenes dramatized include: climbing the Taku Glacier, traveling by dogsled to the village of Holy Cross to combat an influenza epidemic (the musher is shown wearing short, Sami-style boots and three nuns are shown in their fur-hooded cloaks), Father Hubbard's run to an unnamed village when he was sick with the flu himself, Father Hubbard's ascent of Aniakchak Volcano (men dig through a layer of ash to find clean snow), exploring the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes (men cross rocky terrain with a wheeled dog sled, men in a forest of dead trees, men and a dog wear gas masks as they approach the volcano), his work among the King Island Eskimos (many shots of King Islanders including a Wolf? dance), and his promotion of Alaska as a place to settle in (children play on an old-fashioned merry-go-round, a man digs up large potatoes, and agriculture scenes which may have been shot in Matanuska Valley).
[KTVF news stories, Fort Wainwright, hospital dedication, floods]
[KTVF news stories, Fort Wainwright, hospital dedication, floods]
Some segments of film contain audio, and others are silent. Specific dates and other information noted on original film are given here in parentheses. Footage includes earth-moving equipment, Fort Wainwright roads and dikes, a story about efforts to protect Ketchum Road and Fort Wainwright runways from flooding (undated, possibly 1970) (sound), a Borough Assembly meeting, people speaking about school budget issues (undated, possibly 1970) (sound), Student Council President Jerry Foster interviewing fellow students at Joy Elementary School (including Martin Thies and others) on the last day of the school year (undated, possibly 1970) (sound), scenes from the Miss Alaska Universe Pageant in 1972 (March 13, 1972) (sound), a structure fire (story titled "Badger Fire") (March 14, 1972) (silent), a man being put into a police car (story titled "Arrest") (March 16, 1972) (silent), women preparing meat and berries for a Fairbanks Native Association Potlatch, scenes at Carole Drake's home (March 17, 1972) (sound), scenes from the Farm Forum at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Wood Center, agricultural topics and the Native Land Claims Settlement Act being discussed (March 17, 1972) (sound), Ted Stevens and other dignitaries at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (March 20, 1972) (sound), Ted Stevens and others at a potlatch, Natives dancing and singing in a gymnasium (March 20, 1972) (sound), people exiting a courtroom, men being interviewed about Borough Assembly voting procedures (story titled "Carp/Jackson/Belahay - Reapportion") (March 22, 1972) (sound), meeting scenes, a man being interviewed about alcohol licensing on the UAF campus (story titled "Carp/Doogan") (March 22, 1972) (sound), Dr. William Wood and others at the Mayor's Ball (1972) (sound), a man being interviewed about a Borough Assembly reapportionment (story titled "Bettesworth - Reapportionment Suit") (May 1, 1972) (sound), a man being interviewed about 40-year-anniversary activities at Alaska Airlines (story titled "Giersdorf - Alaska Airlines") (May 2, 1972) (sound), University Park Elementary School students being given seedling trees to plant (May 2, 1972) (sound), a story about debris-clogged culverts, scenes of flooded streets and homes (segment titled "Martin/Egan - Flood") (May 8, 1972) (sound), scenes of river breakup in spring (story titled "Dave McFarland - River Forecast") (May 9, 1972) (sound), views of new council chambers and other offices in a Fifth Avenue building in Fairbanks (May 9, 1972) (sound), flood water in a neighborhood area, people walking through flood waters, aerial views of ice on a river (story titled "Egan/Carlson - Flood") (May 10, 1972) (sound), men and women being interviewed at a formal ceremony for the Midnight Sun Council of the Boy Scouts at the UAF Wood Center (May 10, 1972) (sound).