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Interviews With All Five Candidates for Local Legislative Seats

Below is the audio from Su-Valley Voice interviews with all of the candidates for House Seat 10 and Senate Seat E, as well as profiles excerpted from those interviews.

House Seat 10

Wes Keller (R) incumbent:

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Neal Lacy (D):

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Roger Purcell (Non-Affiliated):

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State Senate Seat E:

 

Mike Dunleavy (R) incumbent:

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Full Interview:

 

Warren Keogh (non-affiliated):

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“Neighbor To Neighbor” Offers Homelessness Prevention Assistance in the Upper Valley

For some people in the Upper Valley, winter means living off of summer savings or stringing together what work is available.  With limited funds, what happens if an unexpected expense arises and someone faces eviction or losing utilities?  KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with a charity that is here to help in those circumstances.

Upper Valley residents take care of each other.  Whether it’s fire, flood, illness, or any number of other crises that impact families, it seems there’s always someone willing to pitch in.  Now, a charity from the Lower Valley is also offering help for people who face the possibility homelessness due to unforeseen circumstances.

“We offer paying part of the utilities–part or all–and the same thing with rent…first month’s rent or eviction prevention rent assistance.” Read More »

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Election 2014: Warren Keogh, Senate Seat E

Election day is right around the corner, and Upper Valley residents will be choosing their representatives in the State House and Senate as well as the numerous statewide campaigns.  On Wednesday, KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with State Senate candidate Warren Keogh about the race.

Warren Keogh is one of two candidates running for Senate Seat E, which includes the Upper Valley. He is running against Republican incumbent Mike Dunleavy. Keogh is not running as part of a party, and in fact says he has never belonged to a political party.  Warren Keogh is a Vietnam veteran and has worked as a nurse, a paramedic, and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  In 2010, he was elected to the Mat-Su Borough Assembly to represent District 1 in the southeastern section of the borough.  After his term expired last year, Keogh thought he was done with politics.  He says discussions with people from across the political spectrum have helped persuade him to run for office once again. Read More »

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Su Valley Voice for October 29th, 2014: Warren Keogh

Here is this week’s Su Valley Voice in its entirety.  My guest was Warren Keogh, independent candidate for Senate Seat E.

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Local State Legislature Incumbents Show Big Fundraising Leads

With millions of dollars spent, the race for one of Alaska’s U.S. Senate seats has dominated campaign spending this year.  Even on a local level, though, campaigns cost money.  The State House of Representatives and State Senate seats that cover the Upper Valley are both up for election this year, and the incumbents in both races have significant advantages when it comes to war chests, as KTNA’s Phillip Manning reports:

Right now, it’s hard to turn on the TV without being bombarded by political advertising.  With hotly contested races for the U.S. Senate and Governor’s office, the ads have been flying.  While local races don’t involve as much of a media inundation, they aren’t free.  This week, I took a look at the campaign finance filings for all five candidates running to represent districts that include the Upper Valley in Juneau. Read More »

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Talkeetna Man Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

On Sunday night, Alaska State Troopers arrested a Talkeetna man on domestic violence charges.  Troopers responded to a disturbance at a residence on G Street in East Talkeetna at 11:41 pm.   Troopers say that Charles Hager, age 30, caused injury to another resident of the house, specifically a cut tongue.  Hager is also accused of breaking glass items in the house and stabbing the wall with a knife.  Hager was arrested at the scene and charged with two counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Mischief in the Fifth Degree.  He was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held without bail.

Megan Peters, spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers, says that multiple counts of assault can occur for a variety of reasons, and that placing someone in fear of physical harm and causing injury can be treated as separate charges.  On Tuesday morning, the Alaska State Troopers provided additional information.  Megan Peters says the charges are not a case of intimate partner violence, and that domestic violence can apply to any situation where people are cohabitating.

Writer’s Voice–Blueberry Retrospective, by Maureen Chambrone

Talkeetna resident Maureen Chambrone picks LOTS of blueberries on the lower Yukon in the summer, and then here in the fall.

While usually a pleasant pastime, it can become a bit of an obsession…

 

I have picked blueberries every one of the 18 years I’ve been in Alaska to varying degrees of obsession. And every year I felt like a kid again, discovering blueberries for the very first time, seeing something so beautiful and delicious and hopefully abundant. Now it is late October and I’m still snacking on berries off the bush which causes me to reflect upon this past blueberry season, memorable for the sunny, bug free weather and one which may have been a personal record for me!

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Ballot Proposition 4: Bristol Bay Mining

With election day less than two weeks away, campaigns for candidates and ballot initiatives are trying to secure every vote they can.  This week, a campaigner for Ballot Initiative 4, called the “Bristol Bay Forever” initiative, spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning.


Few issues have consistently drawn as much debate over the last few years in Alaska as has the Pebble Mine.  The Pebble Partnership’s goal is to establish a large mining operation in the Bristol Bay area.  The fight over the mining project comes from those concerned about the region’s abundant salmon fishery.  The November 4th ballot will include an effort to place another layer of required approval on large mining projects in Bristol Bay by expanding an existing law.  Anders Gustafson, Executive Director of Renewable Resources Foundation and Coalition, explains what Proposition 4 looks to change.

“The law said that any oil and gas development that would happen in that area would need to seek approval of the legislature, or therefore the people of Alaska.  So, we’re looking to amend that existing law to include mineral leases as well, because we think that, if the rules are good enough for oil and gas, that large-scale mining should have to follow the same rules.” Read More »

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Upper Valley Candidates Respond to Same-Sex Marriage Question

Last week, we sent the following question to all of the candidates running for State House District 10 and State Senate Seat E, both of which represent the KTNA listening area.  Thus far, we have received responses from two candidates running for House Seat 10. Read More »

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