Latest Matanuska-Susitna Valley Stories

2008-07-04 12:00:15

By Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 4--MAT-SU -- Persisting dry and windy conditions in the Mat-Su have caused the Alaska Division of Forestry to temporarily suspend all area burn permits until further notice. The division has also issued a red flag warning for the Copper River Basin because of the conditions and urges people to use caution while using cooking or warning fires over the weekend. The burn permit suspension includes burn barrels. Residents can get more information about...

2008-07-03 12:00:31

By Kevin Klott, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 3--With less than 24 hours remaining until this long fishing weekend begins, anglers will be delighted to know they have plenty of time to catch an Alaska salmon or two. The trick will be pin-pointing what kind of salmon you want -- red or king -- and knowing where to look. That would mean avoiding offshore fisheries in the Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay, where this weekend's tides aren't the greatest for sinking a baited line for...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'