MRAK Almanac: Wasilla air show; GCI’s best dad jokes


The MRAK Almanac is your place for political, cultural, and civic events, events where you’ll meet political leaders or, if you are interested in getting to know your state, these are great places to meet conservative- and moderate-leaning Alaskans.

The winner of the GCI Dad joke contest: “Today, my son asked ‘Can I have a book mark?’ and I burst into tears. 11 years old and he still doesn’t know my name is Brian.”

We were partial to this one … (see the rest of the groaners at this link):


Friday, Juneau will receive 18 hours 13 minutes of daylight.

Anchorage is set to get 19 hours 17 minutes of sunshine.

Fairbanks will get an amazing 21 hours 39 minutes.

Residents of Utqiagvik, Alaska’s northernmost town, will not see the sun set until August 2.

6/13-6/16: 25th Annual Last Frontier H.O.G. Rally in Wasilla. Check in at Denali Harley-Davidson. Registration required, visit Facebook link here.

6/14: Gov. Mike Dunleavy will hold a press conference at Wasilla Middle School to discuss the upcoming special session of the Alaska Legislature. Set to begin at 10 am.

6/14: It’s been 150 days since the Alaska Legislature gaveled in; still no Permanent Fund dividend and no fund source identified for the capital budget.

6/14: The Republican Women of Fairbanks will hold their annual Summer Salad Spectacular at the home of Linda Anderson, 3165 Riverview Drive, at 5:30 pm. To attend, please bring a $25 donation and a salad or appetizer to share. For more information: 474-9081.

6/14: Know someone who’s going to UAF? New Admit Day will begin at 10 am. Check in at the Wood Center. More details here.

6/14: Interior Alaska GOP luncheon at Denny’s in Fairbanks. The guest this week will be Jo Kuchle of the Golden Heart Community Foundation. All are invited to attend.

6/14: Wasilla Music in the Park Concert at 6 pm in Wonderland Park. Admission is free, and there will be live music, food trucks, and many interesting vendors.

6/14: The Anchorage Salmon Derby begins, running until June 23. This annual classic is one of America’s only urban fishing competitions, and there are thousands of dollars of prizes available to the anglers who reel in the biggest King Salmon from Ship Creek. Make sure you pick up a free derby ticket before you wet a line! Visit this link for more details.

6/14: The Wasilla branch of Northrim Bank will host an ice cream social from noon to 4 pm to say thanks to their clients.

6/14-6/15: Need to clear out your clutter? Community Garage Sale at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds in Fairbanks. The price is $25 for a 10×10 space with a table. Begins at 1 pm Friday and at 9 am Saturday. Call 907-452-3750 to purchase a spot.

6/15: 18th annual Alaska 4×4 Meet and Greet at the Wasilla Transportation Museum. There will be obstacle courses, kids’ games, and prizes, and over eight hundred Alaskan off-road enthusiasts. Tickets are $20, Facebook link here.

6/15: Celebration of Life for former DOT Commissioner and Lieutenant Colonel Joe Perkins. Joe Perkins was a longtime Alaska resident, and was the source of much growth and leadership in the Alaska infrastructure industry. The event will be held at the Alaska Zoo at 3 pm.

6/15: 10th annual Harley-Davidson Ride for Hope in Anchorage. All proceeds will go towards life-affirming pregnancy programs available to men and women in Anchorage. The ride will begin at 8:30 am, and will end in the small community of Hope, on the other side of the Turnagain Arm. To register and learn more, visit here.

6/15: Anchorage Walk to Defeat ALS. Begins at 11 am at Margaret Sullivan Park on 15th Ave. Check in is at 10 am. Come support a good cause, further information here.

6/15: 10th annual Thunder Valley Flag Drags Car Show in Palmer at the Alaska Raceway Park. Come just to enjoy the cars, or bring your own (’74 or older) hot rod. Starts at noon, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and military members.

6/15: Military Appreciation Day at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks. Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided to military members and their families from noon to 2 pm. There will also be face painting and fun for the kids.

6/16: Father’s Day. Give dad a call. Some dad.

6/16: Bailey’s Superstore Father’s Day Car Show in Fairbanks. Set to run from noon to 4 pm. There will be a raffle and activities for the whole family. For more information and to register, visit this link.

6/14-6/16: The annual Wings Over Wasilla Fly-In and Air Show will take place at the Wasilla airport. A welcome reception will take place at the Menard Center on Friday evening. Shuttles will be available all weekend from the Menard Center to the airport. Come witness traditional events such as the short take off, landing, and many interesting demonstrations. See the full schedule here.

6/14-6/16: Chickenstock Music Festival in the small Taylor Highway town of Chicken. Tickets for this festival have now sold out, but those interested in joining the waitlist. may visit the festival’s Facebook page here.

6/17: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday evening that the Copper River personal use dipnetting fishery will be open for a 168-hour period from Monday June 17 through Sunday June 23. This unique fishery is open only to Alaska residents, and the annual limit is 25 salmon for the head of household and 10 salmon for each dependent of the permit holder. Read more here.

Alaska History Archive:

June 14, 1946: Happy 73rd birthday to President Donald Trump. President Trump will be celebrating the occasion with his family, location not yet disclosed. Donald Trump is the oldest president in United States history, having entered office at seventy years old. Ronald Reagan was sixty-nine when he took the oath of office in 1981.

June 14, 1982: The very first Permanent Fund Dividend checks were distributed to Alaskans—the payout was $1000 per resident.  The year prior, a plan to distribute dividends based on years of residency, in which each year of Alaska residency up to twenty years would carry $50, was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result, all residents became entitled to an equal PFD check.


  1. GCI’s Dad joke made me cry – neither the “joke” nor my reaction are jokes! Reminds me a bit of an old song “The Cat’s In The Cradle”.
    Be there for your kids Dads.

  2. Would love to see Suzanne’s counter-point reaction to Dermot Cole’s opinion piece in FDN today (6/16) about PFD.

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