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It Takes a Village… to Slay a Salmon

Former Alaska Governor Palin today posted this Note on Facebook about salmon and halibut fishing:

The beauty of catching some of our Alaskan species with fins is the amount of meat harvested with each fish. Rod and reeling red salmon, or, my favorite, a big (or even not so big) halibut ensures you’ve got a few dinners taken care of even when feeding a bunch of people.

We had a blast hauling in halibut in Homer a few days ago, despite the cold rain and queasy waves for which Cook Inlet is notorious. Todd flew his Cessna 185 alongside the Inlet, then on to Pedro Bay, then the next day we drove the scenic Seward Highway to Anchor Point’s salt water, also part of Cook Inlet. The kids and their friends have gone back and forth between work schedules to different fishing grounds this summer, and they’re helping fill the freezer with organic protein for winter! It’s the best. I especially love the halibut, and for weaklings like me, it takes a few of us working together to hike the heavy white meat over the railing to gaff and club it. Then tradition calls for a whole group to sit around a bonfire once ashore to watch one pro (that wouldn’t be me) do all the filleting while we eat.

Even more fun than the catch is having the crowd in the kitchen try different ways to cook it. The goal on the water may be to catch the big one, like an 80 lb. king or a “barn door” halibut, but IMHO the best eating is a smaller halibut pulled fresh out of the water and dipped right into the beer batter.

It doesn’t really take a village to catch a fish. But it’s fun to have one to eat it up. Here’s how the girls and their friends cooked this weekend’s fish, and I invite you to try this perfect recipe for wild rhubarb pie as an accompaniment. We stayed in a cabin on the Inlet with an old abandoned garden out back, and even without any horticultural care the perennial bushels of rhubarb never seem to go away. So I hacked stalks of this tart leafy plant to feed our village… er, the crew… in Wasilla. I used my mother-in-law’s simple, delicious pie crust recipe (see below) and tried a rhubarb filling recipe I found on the internet. It was heavenly. Piper put together a collage to show you some before and after shots of the outings, along with a few randoms (see below).

Something different but still maybe par-for-the-course for us: Bristol took her paycheck from starring in a recent episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (She and Willow had a ball working with Joan and Melissa Rivers on the episode! Really!) and bought a pontoon. (You can spot it festooned with a big bright American flag in the background of one of Piper’s collages.) So we finally felt like tourists out on our lake putzing around – no gill nets, cork lines, lead lines, chaos – just floatin’ in slow motion. All we’re missing is the heat! I’m glad our girls are learning mechanical skills and a general knowledge of “how stuff works” with their acquiring of various pieces of equipment and large used toys for their Alaskan lifestyle. I respect the hardcore, real world skills needed to keep things running.

(Ed. Note: Celebrity Wife Swap)

Enough sport fishing for now though, or as Todd says,”Enough playing with our food,” because our commercial fishing season soon peaks. The guys have headed over to Bristol Bay to slay salmon at our sites while I stay back awhile to get Piper to basketball camps, do some work for FOX, finish my Christmas book, then travel Outside for various events.

Have a great pre-Independence Day week. Take time to appreciate the bounty we’re blessed with on God’s green earth. I encourage you to get outdoors, breathe it all in, and be thankful!

Enjoy these recipes. Eat dessert first:

Faye Palin’s Simple, Perfect Pie Crust

(Note: This amount makes extra so you can also bake some “Kids’ Crust” with drizzled butter and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top. Plus, if you’re like me, when you indelicately roll out the dough and it falls apart you can use the extra to plug holes and cracks in the pie crust; it tastes just as delicious!)

Caution: if you’re annoyed by these detailed instructions, I don’t want to hear it. I often explain kitchenese in simple and exact terms because my kids followed in my footsteps and took Shop Class in school instead of Home Ec (Do they even teach Home Ec anymore?!). Thankfully, while growing up my mom cooked three squares a day in our small town without any big grocery stores or even a McDonalds, and she was a 4-H and Scout leader, so we all garnered good old-fashioned cooking and sewing skills in those groups and in Campfire Girls. It was through osmosis we learned to cook from mom! Nowadays, not so much. So forgive the elementary instructions – they’re written for my Taco Bell-addicted kids and their peers.

2 1/2 C. flour

2 Tsp. salt

1 C. vegetable oil

6 Tbsp. cold water (You may need a tiny bit more or less cold water to sprinkle in to moisten the dough as you mix it)

Mix flour and salt. Add oil; mix with fork until it looks like meal. Sprinkle with the water; mix with fork or curved pastry blender until it looks like pie dough you may have seen on a TV commercial.

Glob the dough together. Press into three balls, one larger than the others. Roll the larger ball of dough (this is your bottom crust) between two long strips of waxed or parchment paper (so there’s less mess!). Place paper-side-up in pie pan. Peel off the paper and then fill ‘er up with the rhubarb mixture (Click here for recipe); trim edges. Roll the top crust the same way. Trim it ½” beyond pie plate rim. Fold under. Seal and flute. Google “fluting” if you don’t get it. I like pinching the edges using left pointer finger between right finger and thumb. Cut decorative ventilating slits in middle of this top crust (when I bake this as a gift I carve the recipient’s initials in it, but whatever yanks your crank). The key to a golden shiny top crust is to brush on a small amount of milk and sprinkle sugar atop before placing it in the oven.The glaze is gorgeous.

Hint: Measure the flour by dip-level method (meaning level off the cup using a straight edged tool – like the back of a table knife) to guarantee an exact level cup.

Now, most of our family recipes are perfected by eyeballing and just getting a feel for ingredient amounts and baking techniques, but Faye has taught us that by always being exact in these crust measurements, the consistency is always good. When you roll the dough out between the paper sheets, you can roll it very thin. You just have to be patient when you peel back the paper as you place the crust atop the pie. (Maybe that’s my “indelicacy” problem and explains why Faye’s pies look prettier than anyone else’s – one has to exercise patience!) I promise you this is superb!

Final Note to Kids Baking: Do the dishes. Or the pie won’t turn out right.

Recipe for quick halibut preps that family and friends loved the other night, one fried and one grilled… so easy I can’t even mess ‘em up:

Use a store-bought box of beer batter mix and one flat beer (“don’t drink it if the mountains aren’t blue”). You can’t go wrong. (If you’re out camping with limited supplies, you can adapt and use your pancake mix.) Cut halibut into inch-and-a-half sized chunks. Follow instructions on the box of mix and dip fish into the batter to coat the little chunks. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan (I like to cook it outside or else my kitchen smells like fish for three days and no candle masks that), or use a deep fat fryer. Dip these white nuggets into hot oil for a couple of minutes and turn over for just a couple more minutes. Remove the meat and place on paper towels. You’ll know you cooked it long enough if the fish cuts easily with a fork and it’s quite white inside and golden brown crispy outside. Mom makes homemade tarter sauce; I buy it. Either way, serve it up with tarter and/or our newly discovered delight – jalapeno flavored Greek Yogurt Dip – and enjoy this scrumptious fare from the sea!

Another way: place a halibut fillet on Pam-sprayed tinfoil; drizzle with melted butter, lightly sprinkle with lemon pepper, add sliced onions on top, then glob on a mix of mayonnaise and sour cream, then generously pour grated cheeses and crumbled potato chips as the meat’s mountain pose. Cover with foil and place on pre-heated grill or over a campfire. Cook until the meat is white and flakey. Seriously, angels must eat this in the great by-and-by. It’s that good. I wish I could cook it for you.

Thank you for following us on social media, thank you for your support; thank you for loving the simple things in life that add to this great country’s exceptionalism.

- Sarah Palin

Palin Family Salmon and Halibut Fishing


Salmon and Halibut Fishing

Salmon and Halibut Fishing

Salmon and Halibut Fishing

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On-Location Exclusive: Gov. Palin visits RV at Fox & Friends


NEW YORK, NY — Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today visited an RV in a brief outdoor segment at the close of today’s Fox & Friends segment, which was her premiere show since re-joining the network. She greeted two Alaskans, one from her hometown of Wasilla and the other from Skagway. Gov. Palin greeted me at the 59-second mark in the video. After she toured the RV, Gov. Palin returned to the studio to broadcast an internet after-show.

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SarahNET Radio: Waco Tea Party Hammers IRS


The Waco Tea Party emphasizes civic involvement and voting. It filed for 501 (c) 4 social welfare organization status nearly three years ago. The IRS brushed off a call to check on the status of the application then asked questions that went far beyond the agency’s authority according to Walker. This led to a year-long fight, in which Walker wrote her Congressman, swapped horror stories with other Tea Party, 912 and conservative groups and was represented by the ACLJ. The IRS only recently granted the organization the (c) 4 status and apologized.

The IRS demanded printed copies of all social media pages, transcripts from radio shows featuring a candidate or elected official, and details of relationships board members have with others. It would have been 20 cartons of paper and thousands of dollars to produce, she said. The Waco Tea Party is conferring with their lawyers about a possible lawsuit against the IRS, which has been targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin pointed out multiple times. The targeting has extended even to conservatives adopting children, which Nancy French, co-author of Bristol Palin’s Not Afraid of Life wrote about recently.

It is an infringement on the First Amendment and has a chilling effect on political involvement, Walker said. She urged listeners to speak outside their comfort zone and cautioned that even those who disagree with Tea Party vales could be targeted. “We all file taxes,” she said. Scholla harkened back to Gov. Palin’s call to leave comfort zones and infiltrate pop culture, sports and the arts.

Arrogant Obama Administration’s Reflects Leader

The scandal-plagued Obama administration has displayed nothing more than haughty pride and arrogance, Sarah Steelman said in her weekly Steel Resolve segment. Obama takes no responsibility, assigns blame, parses words, and deflects issues. The administration’s arrogance and actions reflect its leader.

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Toby Marie Walker is on The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla! The President of the Waco Tea Party is here to discuss the outrageous IRS scandal and how her law abiding, patriotic group has been affected. Tea Party does not invoke the Fifth Amendment, instead electing to hammer away at the IRS for its shameful actions. Governor Palin asks when Eric Holder will finally go away, offers prayers to Oklahoma tornado victims, and points to Jay Tapper as a journalist of integrity. Also a huge fishing tournament in Alaska to benefit our Armed Forces and wintry weather puts yet another dent in the global warming fairy tale. Steel Resolve, our weekly commentary with Sarah Steelman is featured as well. Steelman focuses on the arrogance of Obama.

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Breitbart: Todd Palin, J.W. Cortes Support Fishing Tournament for Military

by Kevin Scholla, as published at Breitbart Sports. Reprinted in its entirety.


Many of us in the lower 48 spent Memorial Day weekend barbecuing and enjoying time with friends and family. In Alaska, they did that too. They just may have had to sweep a little snow off of the grill before firing it up. Many Americans are immersed in the NBA postseason, the Stanley Cup playoffs, and Major League Baseball this time of year. Alaskans are on board with all of that as well, but they’re also focusing on some events that are unique to The Last Frontier. Alaska does things a little different. That includes sports.

This past Thursday, an annual fishing tournament was held in Seward, Alaska. That may sound pretty pedestrian, until you hear the full title of the event: Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament.

Founded back in 2006, the Combat Fishing Tournament gives thanks to our brave men and women of the Armed Services. The event is now considered the largest military appreciation fishing tournament in the country.

Fresh halibut and octopus were among the big catches for those who braved the frigid May waters.

Along with enlisted men and women, veterans also participate, as do other supporters. Alaska’s former First Gentleman Todd Palin took part this year along with J.W. Cortes, Palin’s operative from the show “Stars Earn Stripes.”

The conditions were perfect for the event according to the “First Dude.”

“It started out muggy but turned out to be a bluebird day,” said Palin. “It was an excellent day and the seas were calm.”

Cortes is a New York native, but Palin tells Breitbart Sports that the city boy handled things just fine.

“We got to fly around and look at glaciers and he caught a halibut and an octopus,” Palin said.

Quite a showing for sure.

Palin did not snare a biggie this time around but considering he went home with a 170-pounder last year, he’s still ahead of the game. “I’m just happy to be out there with the guys and thanking them for what they do to protect our freedom and this country,” Palin said. “It’s just a great event and we bring money home to Armed Services Combat Fishing.”

The fishing tournament started out quite small in the early years, but has continued to expand. Almost every charter in the Seward Fleet volunteers for the day. Organizers hope to give soldiers who have been deployed, or will deploy soon, a day of intense fishing that they probably could not afford otherwise.

“My hat is off to all the guys at Saltwater Safari and all the volunteers,” Palin said. “To see hundreds of Iraq and Afghanistan vets enjoy themselves is just awesome.”

Sarah Palin issued a statement this past week saying, “We’re so honored to be involved with this. We appreciate Armed Services YMCA and all the volunteers who make this event happen. If you’d like to donate or learn more about the event, you can visit their web site here.

After participating in the Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament, the Palins went to Indianapolis for a more traditional sporting event, the Indy 500. They later attended the Pacers game against the Miami Heat.

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Todd Palin, J.W. Cortes Catch Octopus, Halibut at Armed Services YMCA Tourny

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today posted this Status Update on Facebook at 0103 / 1:03 AM EDT:

Catching octopus, along with halibut, in Alaska’s frigid waters during today’s Combat Fishing Tournament.


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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today posted this Status Update on Facebook at 0059 / 12:59 AM EDT:

Todd and J.W. Cortes at today's Armed Services YMCA Alaska Combat Fishing Tournament in Seward.


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Gov. Palin: One last blast of AK winter today?


Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today posted this Status Update on Facebook:

One last blast of Alaska winter today, hopefully? This is what “Grad Blast” means in Alaska! We’ll move our graduation b-b-q indoors and watch the mini-blizzard from ’round the fireplace. (Global warming my gluteus maximus.) Congratulations to this year’s graduates all across America. Job well done. Now the real job begins.


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Mother’s Day Exclusive: Sally Heath, Sarah Palin’s Mom On The Joys of Raising Kids


by Kevin Scholla as published on SarahNET and Breitbart.

This weekend, Americans pay tribute to mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers all across the country. Some families are lucky enough to be anchored by women who excel at being all three. There’s a family you may have heard of in Alaska that happens to be included in that fortunate bunch.

Sarah Palin is a household name worldwide. The former Governor of Alaska and first GOP Vice Presidential nominee is as famous as it gets. Many of her family members enjoy a following of their own as well. Todd Palin is a world champion Iron Dog racer. Bristol Palin is an author, blogger, and a two-time Dancing With The Stars competitor. Even Governor Palin’s dad and brother Chuck Heath Sr. and Chuck Heath Jr. have a throng of fans after writing the very enjoyable book Our Sarah: Made in Alaska. But while all of these Palins and Heaths may be better known, all of them are likely to point to someone else as the backbone of the family.

Sally Heath rarely gives interviews. She does not seek the spotlight. Unlike her daughter, Sarah, you’ll never catch her tweeting or posting a major political message on Facebook. Mrs. Heath enjoys playing her role away from the limelight. Her role however, while perhaps unnoticed by the media machine, has been critical in shaping her family.

While Sally Heath may be soft spoken, she isn’t shy when it comes to the pride and love she feels for her family. That’s understandable. Mrs. Heath raised four successful, thoughtful, caring children who all went on to raise superlative families of their own. According to Mrs. Heath, one of the keys to raising children is knowing when to help and knowing when to step aside. “You do what you can for the kids, but they choose their own way and you pray they’ll stick to the morals and teachings they’ve received over the years,” Heath said. “For the most part I would say we have been blessed that way, but I have to give credit to so many family members and friends too because Chuck and I, and the kids and their friends too, we’ve just all lucked out with the most wonderful things in whatever communities we live in. We’ve had good influences on the kids.”

Mrs. Heath may be a bit modest. Ask her children or her husband and more credit is usually heaped upon her.

Mrs. Heath contends that instilling a firm foundation in children when they’re young will serve them well as adults. Sarah Palin and her siblings seem to prove that theory true. “Just the fact that they’ve worked hard for everything they’ve achieved, they certainly didn’t come to us for finances or very seldom for advice, thank goodness, because I’d hate to be responsible for giving them advice”, Heath said. “If we’re going to get credit for the good things they’ve done, that means we have to be blamed for any mistakes they’ve made, so they have pretty much been on their own.”

Of course as little ones Chuck Jr., Heather, Molly, and Sarah were not on their own. They were given crucial guidance from their mom. Chuck Heath Sr. often credits his wife for teaching the Heath children to serve God. Sally Heath takes her Christianity seriously and she has passed that on to her children. “The faith has been pretty central for the family, that’s for sure,” Heath said. “I have faith myself and the kids found that was something worth striving for, or accepting. That is wonderful because it sure brings a lot of peace of mind because every family has issues and boy you need that strength that faith can bring.”

Sarah Palin often talks about leading with a servant’s heart. You can clearly see where that comes from.

As we honor moms this weekend, Sally Heath vividly remembers the special times she spent with her children on Mother’s Day. “Especially the ones where they would get up and fix the breakfast,” Heath said. “Get the breakfast, bring it upstairs to bed, those are my best memories of the kids taking over the house for the day and just letting me do whatever I want. Those were wonderful times and it hasn’t changed much, I’m sure, with their kids. Their kids seem to carry that tradition on, taking care of their mothers too.”

As far as the breakfast concoction put together by little Sarah and her siblings, Mrs. Heath would eat it no matter how strange the ingredients may have been at times. “It didn’t matter,’ said Heath. “They had cereal with whatever they could find around the house to make it look pretty: the raisins or the graham crackers. It was always fun to have. And cocoa, instead of coffee. It was pretty nice.”

Sarah Palin is a unique figure in our country’s fabric. She’s an innovator. So it’s no wonder that she has always been creative. Her mother fondly remembers one Mother’s Day gift from a young Sarah. “She made a card one year,” Heath said. “I still have it. It was just so clever because the kids always made fun of me because I’m so thankful for the little things. You know, find a nickel in the washing machine or just little things I seem to always be thankful for. The sunshine or the pretty music in the morning. So Sarah made a very elaborate Mother’s Day card with pictures of what she thought looked like me and making those comments about everything that she remembered me being thankful for. She was clever at doing things like that.”

There is no text book for being a mother, and different isn’t always better or worse. Sometimes different approaches can be equally effective. For instance, Sally Heath’s style is not the same as Governor Palin’s. “Things are just different now, of course,” Heath said. “When the kids were real little, I was certainly home more because we didn’t have the conveniences to make household chores go faster and easier. I just worked half days and that’s just wonderful because that’s when the kids were all in school, but nowadays it’s so common that women are out of the house all day long, but when they’re home they sure do work hard.”

Different approaches with similar results. Sally Heath raised four wonderful kids. Sarah Palin is raising five loving children. Both mothers are doing it right.

Mrs. Heath also credits men like her son Chuck Jr. and son-in-law Todd for getting their hands dirty in the tough job of child raising. “The man pitches in and helps so much,” Heath said. “It’s just wonderful that dads carry so much of the load. Like you, going out, coaching for your kids, watching them all day after you’ve worked eight hours.”

Mrs. Heath throwing a compliment my way. It’s just like her to turn the focus away from herself to compliment others. Even in an interview setting she has the well being of someone else in mind. Sally Heath is the real article. She is ‘as advertised’ by her loved ones.

Nowadays, Sally Heath is busy being a grandmother. All of her children have families. Mrs. Heath is even a great grandmother since Track Palin and Bristol Palin both have little ones. Mrs. Heath gets the chance to witness something not everyone gets to enjoy. Watching a granddaughter raise a child. “That is really something to see,” Mrs. Heath beamed. “I wish I could spend more time with her. The patience that these girls have, now with their kids, and the enjoyment that they have. They find time to play with the kids and to just watch the kids develop more. So it’s fun to watch Bristol and Tripp and she can enjoy and really appreciate each stage of development.”

It’s evident that Bristol Palin is doing a tremendous job being a mom, just like her mother and Grandmother.

Some sage advice on mothering from Sally Heath, a woman who has succeeded in this arena. “One of the keys is listening, without judging,” Heath said. “Look them in the eye and honestly pay attention to what they’re saying. I wish I had more just listened, they’re so interesting, and every day I knew they had things to share with the family, and you just get so caught up in the duties around the house, it’s too easy not to take the time to listen to them. Really there’s so much teaching to do without saying a word to them. You are the way you act and if you want your children to be like you, you better be towing the mark all the time. They’re very observant and they don’t forget the slip ups that we all make.”

Judging by the way the Heath kids turned out, the Sally Heath slip ups were few and far between. Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mama grizzlies out there, doing their best for their cubs each and every day.

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Happy Easter from our home to yours!

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today posted this Status Update on Facebook:

Happy Easter from our home to yours!


Hunting Easter eggs in the snow — as usual — have to make sure they’re dyed bright colors or they won’t be found for another couple of months!


Volleyball practice on Easter morning in the snow.


Alaskan kids make do.


Gorgeous Easter day. Perfect for volleyball practice in the snow.


An Alaskan style Easter egg hunt.

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Gov Palin: “We had a really good presidential debate tonight”

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today posted this Status Update on Facebook:

We had a really good presidential debate tonight, and I hope every American is energized to get out and vote in three weeks. I also just want to give a quick thank you to everyone who supported Bristol & Mark. I know how much they appreciated the support. Now Bristol can head home just in time to enjoy Alaska’s new fallen snow!

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Chuck Heath Sr. on SarahNET Radio: Sequel to “Our Sarah” Already In Progress

Chuck Heath Sr. is the guest on The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla! In part two of a two part special presentation, Sarah Palin’s father talks about Our Sarah: Made In Alaska, the new book he wrote with Chuck Heath Jr. about the incredible Governor Palin. This proud dad discusses Sarah’s childhood, as well as her rise to national prominence. Mr. Heath and Kevin also talk about NFL support for Sarah Palin, the Our Sarah book tour, and even the Heath’s very talented dog.

Introduction and Sign-On

This interview is the second of two parts. Scholla interviewed Chuck Heath, Jr. earlier in the week.

“We are so excited to have Chuck Heath, Sr. here on SarahNET Radio. Welcome, sir,” Scholla said as he signed on and introduced his guest. “Yeah, glad to be here,” Heath said.

“So, what’s it like being Sarah Palin’s dad,” Scholla asked.

“It’s kind of overwhelming lately. This is something that happens to the guy down the street. Not me. We’re more or less a common, ordinary family and when she hit the spotlight, I was kind of bewildered for a long time. A lot of it still hasn’t sunk in, Kevin. I think I addressed that in the book, Our Sarah,” Heath said.

One Adventure After Another…

“You sure did, and you had this wonderful opportunity to write about her along with your son, Chuck, Jr. What was this experience like?” Scholla asked, closing the question with “You Heaths have lived quite a life.”

“Well, yeah it’s not a sedentary life by any means. It’s a life of adventure, one after another. I think we do more in a week or two than most people do in a year or even in a lifetime, but that’s been our way of life. I’ve enjoyed writing this with Chuck [Jr.] because we’ve reminisced about our past so much and — lots of smiles, lots of laughter went into this book,” Heath said.

Gov. Palin Read Newspapers Front to Back in Fourth Grade

“Did you see something special in Sarah at an early age?” Scholla asked. He continued, “I know a lot of parents say this and that about their sons and daughters. I’m going through it now with very little ones. But you have the proof here. In retrospect, do you remember thinking that at all?”

“Well, you know, there’s three questions commonly asked of us. I mean hundreds of times. Number one is, ‘what’s her game plan?’ We don’t know. Number two is what you just said. ‘Did we see this coming?’ And I’d like to say, ‘oh yeah I saw it when she was jumping around in her crib,’ but absolutely not. Absolutely not. I did notice when she was in the fourth grade, she read the newspaper all the time. I would read the sports page and she would grab the front section and then she’d ask me questions about certain articles, and that’s where I got my first inkling that ‘wow, she’s interested in more things besides sports, and gold panning and fishing and things like that,’” Heath said.

Proud Dad…

“What’s it like for you and your wife Sally to see your daughter, Sarah become such an influential person and a role model to so many people?” Scholla asked.

“Well, needless to say, we’re very, very proud. Yeah, very, very proud. And I heard Chuck, Jr. say, ‘it kind of hurts us when people who don’t even know her or know us knock us.’ The newspaper up here has been terrible and writing very negative things. We don’t even read the newspaper up here anymore. But, generally to answer your question, we are just extremely proud,” Heath said.

Simple Faith…

“Religion is something you tackle in the book. Christians for sure, but it’s not that simple. The Heaths have had quite a journey when it comes to faith. Can you give listeners a glimpse when it comes to the role faith has played in your family’s life?” Scholla asked.

“Well, [Sarah] got most of her faith and her guidance from her mom. Her mom isn’t a religious nut or anything like that. She’s just a devout Christian and she passed that on to all of our children. In the book, Our Sarah, I comment that my God is the same God you have, but it’s the God of the mountains, the God of the streams, the God of the forests. And, I passed that on to the kids too. And, even today they all go to church reverently, and they’ll continue doing this I’m sure,” Heath said.

Heaths’ Manifest Destiny: Alaska

“You really took a different kind of leap of faith — if you will — when you packed up the family and moved to Alaska. What a bold move there,” Scholla said.

“Well, that was a dream for years, and years, and years. I would have come up sooner, but I couldn’t afford to move. I was teaching in Idaho and I taught three years in Idaho. When I got out of college, I wanted to come to Idaho, but I didn’t have the money to move up there. You know, when I came up [to Alaska] I was teaching ninth grade in Idaho and 10 of my students from one class had moved up into our town or in our area. They do the same thing I do. They gold pan, they beach comb, they hunt, they fish, so it’s a lifestyle we had in Idaho, but not as extensive,” Heath said.

From Citizen Palin to Gov. Palin…

“The book of course eventually goes into the political arena. When Sarah first got involved in politics, did you ever think, ‘wait a minute! Huge things are about to happen here, or did you think it was just going to be a local mayor deal’? Scholla asked.

“Well, when she first started, I thought she was in over her head, because she butted heads with some very important, very influential people, and when she kept winning, I was very dismayed and also very, very proud. And, when she became mayor, I thought, ‘well that was the end of it.’ Then, when she went for governor, I said, ‘holy cow!’ and I think I even encouraged her to go for Lieutenant Governor, because she was running up against an incumbent — the incumbent governor and what have you — a big name and she whacked him. I mean she had such a great following, mainly because of her sincerity and her honesty,” Heath said.

No TV for Little Sarah…

“What about little Sarah? You had a lot of fun didn’t you, hunting and fishing together, father-daughter events — great memories there?” Scholla asked.

“Oh yeah. Like Chuck (Jr.) said, they got very little television time. The television they had in the winter even I had in the back room with no heat. I remember, they turned the television on; the tube would condense and ice up. It might be 20 below in that back room, so they didn’t watch that much television. And a lot of our television programs were tape-delayed. Like Monday Night Football. The tapes were flown up maybe on Tuesday, so things weren’t quite like they are today,” Heath said.

NFL Palin Support

“And speaking of that, why don’t you tell us a little about something you’re going to be doing. I think something involving the Packers,” Scholla said.

“Oh, I became a good Packer fan in the early ’60s. I was fortunate enough to play in the same high school football team with Jerry Kramer who went on as an All Pro for several years with the Green Bay Packers in the ’60s. He made an infamous block on Jethro Pugh if you remember in the Ice Bowl and what have you — and I played quite a bit of football in high school and some in college — and Jerry made me look good. He was such a good blocker. In college, I didn’t have Jerry’s block for me and I didn’t do that well in college, but I’m still in contact with Jerry and in fact his brother got me a job. I addressed that in Our Sarah. He got me a job in the Anchorage School District. His next door neighbor was the assistant superintendent and just one phone call. That’s all it took,” Heath said.

“That’s amazing. I know Jerry’s done a lot of NFL film work over the years, commentary, and whatnot after retiring, and guys like me being able to enjoy that Ice Bowl who weren’t around at the time, but let me say as a Bears fan, you know — we’re going to be cordial here — I will tell you this, Mr. Heath: You know Mike Ditka of course did come out in support of Sarah in ’08, so we do some backers here from Chicago as well,” Scholla said.

“Mike Webster from the Steelers was a good Sarah supporter too. He sent her memorabilia, autographed pictures and everything, but Mike Ditka, yeah he’s kind of a mentor for me too. I just like his style,” Heath said.

Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, Part II Already Being Worked On

“Writing this book, sir is there anything you remember that you may not have thought of again if you didn’t have a book project and really had to sit down and dig in?” Scholla asked.

“Well, there’s lots of things that we put in there. Lots of stories that the editor deleted throughout. She thought it wasn’t ‘newsworthy’ so to say and what have you. Now, Chuck, Jr. is already starting to write another book and a lot of these stories will be in that book. They were very close and important to us,” Heath said.

Work Hard, Play Hard…

“Now, the Heaths and Palins have this ‘work hard and play just as hard attitude’ and that really comes across in the book. You just really had a lot of fun with your family, haven’t you?” Scholla asked.

“Oh, yeah! One adventure after another. It’s not sittin’ around and twiddling your thumbs and what have you. It’s go, go, go, especially like the commercial fishing, and I guided and my wife camp cooked for me and my clients. It’s always something. We don’t sit around. I’ll sit around when I’m in a wheelchair,” Heath said.

Proud of All Four Children…

“Just from your voice — I mean we know this already, but just from your voice, just the way you talk, you’re a proud dad of four wonderful children aren’t you?” Scholla said.

“Oh yeah. Despite me, they’ve all turned out real well,” Heath started. “We’re crediting Sally again, right?” Scholla asked jokingly. “Two are teachers, one is a dental hygienist, and Sarah whatever we want to call her — a politician, I guess. Yeah, they’ve all done a good job,” Heath said.

On the Book Tour…

“Are you excited for the book tour?” Scholla asked.

“Yes. I went on the Going Rogue tour when Sarah did her tour. I think we went to 38 cities and what have you. I didn’t go to the first three cities, because it just didn’t seem interesting to me, but my wife went and after the three cities, she said, ‘you get back here!’ so I flew back and met them in Rochester. And it was really a highlight, and really a highlight of the whole political scene Sarah was involved in. The people would just approach her and they couldn’t even speak when they went up to talk to her. The expressions on their faces — oh we were received so well nationwide. Yeah, 38 cities, 25 states,” Heath said.

The Heaths’ Labrador Retriever an Antler Dog…

“Well, it’s just a wonderful book, and I think it just captures everything that those of us who already support Gov. Palin know — that it’s the extraordinary part of her, but also the very ordinary part of her and all of you and it’s a wonderful tight, close-knit family that people can relate to in a lot of ways. I do have to add, sir that — a bit off topic — I spoke to your son-in-law, Todd about your dog and I’m a lab guy myself. Now, your chocolate lab can do some really incredible stuff,” Scholla said.

“Well, he’s what we call an antler dog. Supposedly, it’s in his genes, but you can teach a lab to do anything. But, he goes out, finds, and brings back shed antlers. He also — I read about it once, so I started training him — I’d hide money around the yard and around the house and he has a command, “Money!”. He goes and picks up the dollar bills or whatever I hide around and so, he’s just a good dog, you know. If you have labs, you know what I’m talking about. They’re all basically the same,” Heath said.

Farewell and Sign-Off

“Well, maybe they could send him to Washington. They can find out where all the money’s going….I saw when he was on the television program — Sarah Palin’s Alaska — you know ‘if I ever talk to Mr. Heath, I have to talk about this — you know as lab people, but great stuff. Sir, thank you much for spending some time with us today. God bless and all the best to all the Heaths and Palins, and we’re really looking forward to see how well this book does. We’re sure it’s going to be a smash hit,” Scholla said.

“Okay, Kevin, our pleasure, thanks a lot,” Heath said. “Thank you, sir. Take care,” Scholla responded. “You hang in there,” Heath said in his farewell.

“Chuck Heath, Sr. — quite a guy. Great pictures in this book too, folks. Talk about having a cool dad. You have to see one shot of him with his motorcycle as younger man. He looks like he’s straight out of Easy Rider. The Heath kids must have really had a blast with Chuck Heath as their dad. He’s obviously so very proud for good reason of his Sarah. The book, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska is out now and available everywhere. It’s also available in audio CD and audiobook unabridged formats,” Scholla said. It is also available as a Kindle book.

The Heaths began their book tour in Rochester, New York today after spending a week in Manhattan on a pre-tour media roll-out. Their next stop is The Villages, Florida on Monday.

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