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If you’re a customer of the Talkeetna sewer and water system, you will be receiving two additional pieces of paper with your next bill. The first is a survey asking customers their opinions about water quality, infrastructure, and water rates. The second sheet contains two charts breaking down the profit and loss figures for the system. For some time now, the financials have tended more toward the loss column. According to the provided information, costs to operate the system outstrip revenue by more than $96,000 each year. On top of that, it has been noted by the Talkeetna Sewer and Water Advisory Board that the system lacks replacement parts in the event of a failure within the system.
The documents were produced by CRW Engineering Group. The Group was the successful bidder for a $100,000 grant from the state of Alaska to the Mat-Su Borough to study the system and propose plans for maintaining the system, both physically and fiscally. In addition to the survey, CRW is planning a community meeting to discuss the sewer and water system. The meeting will be on March 25th at 6:00 pm at the Northern Susitna Institute.
Throughout the Iditarod, Mark Wildermuth gives a report on the race during each day’s evening news. KTNA’s evening news begins at 6:00, and the Iditarod report comes immediately following Denali Echoes. This is the audio from last night’s report.
On Wednesday, a letter from employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service concerning the Alaska Energy Authority’s plans for the Susitna-Watana Project was made public. The letter criticizes the AEA’s current schedule of meetings and timing of upcoming research. NMFS and Fish and Wildlife say that, due to short notice, lack of collaboration, schedule conflicts, and lack of advance meeting materials, that the two Services may not be able to participate in currently scheduled meetings. Read More »
On Monday, the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors held its regular monthly meeting. The bulk of the discussion centered around recovery from the 2012 flood, particularly funding for the repair of the dike and revetment on the Talkeetna River.
Casey Cook, Mat-Su Borough Emergency Manager, and Pam Ness, Borough Flood Plain Administrator, were present at the meeting to discuss the progress of flood control measures, including both state and federal funding. Read More »
After a three month closure, one of the popular eateries on Talkeetna’s Main Street will be opening its doors once again this Friday. Diners who are accustomed to Mountain High Pizza Pie’s colorful interior will be in for quite a change when restaurant reopens, as the interior look has undergone a major change.
Despite its origins in Italian and Mediterranean ingredients, pizza has become a distinctly American food. It has penetrated all corners of the country, including Talkeetna. For
Sneak Preview of Mountain High’s new interior. This is the door leading to the outdoor dining area.
the last three months, however, the village’s most popular place to grab a slice has been closed. What began as a relatively simple project turned in to something much larger, as owner Todd Basilone explains.
“We started out by just fixing some of the floor, and it turned into a lot more than that, obviously. Floor repair turned into a renovation….So, we decided that we were closed and always wanted to do this to the place, so we decided to follow through.” Read More »
Amber with Trooper Lucas Hegg. Amber stayed with her owner, Otis Orth, 52, to keep him warm and led help to him on Monday. Photo Credit: Alaska State Troopers
Dogs are an integral part of many people’s lives in Alaska, and one Trapper Creek man has even more reason to be grateful to his four-legged companion after she kept him warm during a night injured and stranded in the cold, then found the help that resulted in his rescue. While it was neighbors, State Troopers, local EMS, and a LifeMed helicopter that made sure Otis Orth got safely to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, the hero of the day is his two-year-old Golden Retriever, Amber. Without her, Orth, a resident of Trapper Creek, says he probably would not have survived his ordeal. Read More »