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.
Alaska Review 57
Alaska Review 57
Alaska Review examines development of the agricultural industry in the Matanuska Valley and Delta areas of Alaska, and it reports on financial problems faced by Alaska's farmers. Topics discussed include the 1979 Delta barley project, the Seward grain terminal, the Point Mackenzie dairy industry, Matanuska Maid bankruptcy concerns, and competition from products imported into Alaska. Those interviewed include unidentified farmers; Walter Parker, former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation; Alaska Governor Jay Hammond; Bob Palmer, former state senator and Kenai Peninsula farmer; Alaska State Senator Vic Fisher; Jerry Bremer?, Delta farmer; Charlie Trowbridge?, Delta farmer; Barney Hollembaek, Delta farmer; Bill Heim, director of Alaska's Division of Agriculture; David Smith, assistant manager of Matanuska Maid; Karen Lee of Dairy West at Point Mackenzie; and Pete Probasco, manager of the Alaska Revolving Loan Fund. The program contains views of Matanuska Valley farms, historical photos and films of early farming in Alaska, grocery stores, shipping containers and imported products at sea ports, Delta area farming operations, livestock, dairy cattle, Matanuska Maid milk processing facilities, an ARLF (Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund) board meeting, and egg processing facilities.
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).