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Su Valley Voice: Sen. Dunleavy and Rep. Eastman on upcoming special session

On Wednesday, Representative David Eastman and Senator Mike Dunleavy joined KTNA’s Phillip Manning on Su Valley Voice to discuss the upcoming special session of the Alaska State Legislature.

Recount requested for District 5 assembly seat

Seal of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Seal of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough

There will be a recount in the race for the District 5 seat on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly.

On Tuesday, the borough announced that candidate Clayton Tew requested the recount. On Election Day, Tew was leading incumbent Dan Mayfield by just under twenty votes. After absentee ballots were counted, the lead flipped, with Mayfield holding an eighteen-vote lead.

The only time recounts are automatic in borough elections is in the case of a tie. A candidate or group of voters may request a recount. Recounting costs $150 per precinct, but the cost is refunded in the event the result of the election changes after votes are counted again.

Mat-Su Borough Spokeswoman Patty Sullivan says the clerk’s office is assembling a canvassing board for the new count.

This is the second time in recent years that an assembly election has flipped after Election Day. In 2015, Assembly Member Randall Kowalke caught up to and ultimately defeated Doyle Holmes after absentee ballots were counted.

Archaeologists uncover Talkeetna history near Downtown

 

Jonathon Durr (l.) and Fran Seager-Boss at the site where they discovered a buried boat.  Photo:  Katie Writer - KTNA

Jonathon Durr (l.) and Fran Seager-Boss at the site where they discovered a buried boat. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Fran Seager-Boss, a retired archeologist for the Mat-Su Borough, about some of the finds and history of the Archeological site on Government Lot 9 near Downtown Talkeetna.

With the help of dedicated volunteers, she and lead archeologist Jonathon Durr made some surprising discoveries on a shoestring budget.

This past week, they have been working to wrap up this season’s excavation site before the first snow.

KTNA’s Katie Writer has more. The first voice you’ll hear is Fran’s

Though this season’s work will be laid to rest in situ, the ongoing bank erosion from the Susitna River will continue to threaten the longevity of the site.  Over the winter, Jonathon Durr hopes to secure more funding for this project where nature holds the key to how much can be saved in lead of nature’s quickening pace of erosion.

StarDate Susitna 10-15-2017

Host and producer Kathleen Fleming informs listeners about the activities of La Luna, and what can be seen in the night sky above the Susitna Valley. Also, hear the interviews with two area residents, Will and Sally Peterson, who traveled to the path of totality for the eclipse this past August.

Path of totality2033

Surprisingly wide path of totality, March 30, 2033 Total Solar Eclipse. Nome (on centerline!): 2 minutes 30 seconds, maximum eclipse at 8:47 am AST (9:47 am ADT).

2033 eclipse-Fred Espenak IS Mr.Eclipse!

2033 eclipse-Fred Espenak IS Mr.Eclipse!

Talkeetna Historical Society looks to the future

Sarah Asper-Smith asks locals what they want to see in the future of the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.  Photo:  Phillip Manning - KTNA

Sarah Asper-Smith asks locals what they want to see in the future of the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. Photo: Phillip Manning – KTNA

On Thursday, about twenty Talkeetnans gathered to share ideas about what they want to see in the future for the Talkeetna Historical Society’s museum. Two representatives of Juneau-based Exhibit AK were also in the former schoolhouse building to collect those ideas.

 

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Talkeetna sewer lagoon in compliance for September

 

The Talkeetna sewer lagoon has tested in compliance with its state permit for the month of September.

According to testing documents, the effluent sample taken on September 26th tested well within requirements for fecal coliform bacteria, with colony forming units totaling one quarter of the maximum allowed number. Read More »

Su Valley assistant coach reflects on state soccer tourney

Blake Drover during the state coed soccer tournament.  Photo courtesy of Paul Roderick.

Blake Drover during the state coed soccer tournament. Photo courtesy of Paul Roderick.

by: Katie Writer – KTNA

Following Su-Valley’s second place finish at the state co-ed soccer tournament, KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Assistant Coach Steve Harrison about some of the details of the team’s performance.

 

Final tallies show Talkeetna sales tax in, Mayfield retains seat

Seal of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Seal of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough

The Mat-Su Borough’s canvassing board has completed counting.

In Talkeetna, a total of twenty additional votes were counted from a combination of absentee, questioned, and special needs ballots. Those ballots resulted in ten additional votes in favor of and ten opposed to the proposed sales tax for the Talkeetna Sewer and Water District. The final tally for the sales tax is fifty-two votes in favor and forty opposed.

The only race in the borough that changed leads as a result of the additional ballots is in Assembly District 5. Going into the counting, incumbent Assembly Member Dan Mayfield trailed challenger Clayton Tew by twenty votes.   After absentee and questioned ballots, Mayfield now holds a lead of eighteen votes.

All results are still considered unofficial until certified by the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Certification is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Rams take second at state soccer tourney

The Su Valley Rams at last weekend's state soccer tournament. Photo Courtesy of Anna Jolley.

The Su Valley Rams at last weekend’s state soccer tournament. Photo Courtesy of Anna Jolley.

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Su Valley Co-Ed Soccer earned 2nd place at Alaska 2A State Championship Tournament held in Palmer this past weekend.

Su-Valley Rams won their first two matches against Birchwood (3-2) and Delta (2-0). The last match of the weekend against Wasilla Lakes Christian School was a close one.  MacKenzie Richter scored a goal to put Su Valley up 1-0. Wasilla Lakes tied the game, and in the last 2 minutes, scored the winning goal, claiming the Alaska 2A  State Championships title. Read More »