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StarDate Susitna 9-17-2017

Sunrise at Big Horn Medicine Wheel, Wyoming

Sunrise at Big Horn Medicine Wheel, Wyoming

It’s the Fall Equinox edition! Your questions answered here by host, writer, and producer Kathleen Fleming.

Talkeetna sales tax proposal raises questions

 

Map of the area (in yellow) of the Talkeetna Sewer and Water District.  Photo courtesy of the Mat-Su Borough

Map of the area (in yellow) of the Talkeetna Sewer and Water District. Photo courtesy of the Mat-Su Borough

On October 3rd, Talkeetnans registered to vote inside the Talkeetna Sewer and Water District will decide whether or not to institute a three-percent, year-round sales tax to fund the system.

The system has run at a deficit for years, though the amount of annual deficit growth has slowed in the wake of successive rate hikes. Rates have gone up by twenty-five percent in each of the last two years. According to the Mat-Su Borough’s most recent budget, the current deficit of the system is just over half-a-million dollars for the current fiscal year. Read More »

Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts athletes prepare for weekend tournament

(L to R) Pete Keenan, Aiden Jolley, and Cooper Stec.  Photo courtesy of Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts

(L to R) Pete Keenan, Aiden Jolley, and Cooper Stec. Photo courtesy of Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Susitna Valley High School and Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts are hosting the Denali Submission Grappling Championships on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 10 am- 2 pm.

The competitors ages range from 5-30 years old will be coming from Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Palmer. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Pete Keenan, who founded Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts over 10 years ago.

Cooper Stec and Aiden Jolly, who just turned 18 years old,  will also be competing at the Alaska Fighting Championships to be held Wednesday night

at the Alaska Airlines Center at the University of Alaska Campus.

You can go to Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts Facebook Page for more information.

State fire marshal says Butte fire that killed five children was “cooking related”

The Alaska Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire that claimed the lives of five girls in the Butte last week was accidental and “cooking-related.”

The State Medical Examiner’s Office has also positively identified the deceased as 3-year-old JaelynnvFlores, 6-year-old Sofia Flores, 7-year-old Lillyanna Flores, 8-year-old Nevaeh Flores, and 12-year-old Alexis Quackenbush.

Fire Marshal Dave Tyler told reporters on Thursday that all five girls died of smoke inhalation after their mobile home caught fire early last Thursday morning. Read More »

Borough mistakenly tells potential sales tax voters they aren’t eligible

The notice for Talkeetna residents outside of the sewer and water district that was mistakenly sent to people residing in the district.  Photo: KTNA

The notice for Talkeetna residents outside of the sewer and water district that was mistakenly sent to people residing in the district. Photo: KTNA

The Mat-Su Borough says it inadvertently told potential Talkeetna voters for the October 3rd election that they are not eligible to vote on a local ballot issue.

In the Northern Valley, the only item on this year’s borough ballot is a three-percent sales tax to fund Talkeetna’s sewer and water system. The tax would apply only to businesses within the service area, and only people residing in the area are eligible to vote. Read More »

Tuesday night earthquake felt throughout Northern Valley

Late Tuesday night, a magnitude 4.2 earthquake was felt throughout the Susitna Valley.

According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the tremor occurred at 11:22 pm at a depth of forty-five miles. The earthquake was centered thirty-nine miles north of Talkeetna and forty-seven miles southwest of Cantwell.

 

No damage was reported as a result of the earthquake.

Su Valley Voice: Talkeetna Sewer and Water sales tax

This week on Su Valley Voice, KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with representatives from the Mat-Su Borough and local boards about the Talkeetna Sewer and Water System and the proposed sales tax to fund it that will go before voters on October 3rd.

Dunleavy suspends campaign for governor

State Senator Mike Dunleavy announced on Tuesday that he is suspending his campaign to run for governor in next year’s election.

 

Dunleavy cites a recent medical procedure as the reason to put the campaign on hold. He says the condition is not life-threatening, but that pausing his bid for the governor’s mansion will allow him to focus on better health outcomes. It’s possible he could resume the campaign at a later date. Dunleavy was the first well-known Republican to file to run for governor in the next election.

 

Currently, Dunleavy’s senate district includes the Susitna Valley. His seat is also up for election next November.

Su Valley takes second at soccer tourney

The Su-Valley coed soccer team took second place at the Tri-Valley tournament over the weekend.

 

The Rams won their game against Holy Rosary 1-0, and against Cook Inlet Academy 2-0. Their sole loss in prelims came against Delta with a final score of 1-2.

 

Su-Valley and Delta faced off again in the finals. At the end of regulation, both teams were tied at two goals apiece. Delta took first place in the following shootout.

 

Top scorers for the Rams at the tournament were Dalton Pinard with two and Blake Drover with four. Drover has now scored fifteen goals on the season.