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Gary ‘Trigger’ Twigg

Gary Trigger TwiggLongtime Alaska Resident, Gary “Trigger” Allan Twigg, 64, passed away on January 16, 2015.

 

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5 PM at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Talkeetna, Alaska, reception following. An additional service will be held on January 31, 2015, at 11 AM at the Palmer Masonic Lodge, 1022 South Cobb St., Palmer, Alaska. There also will be A Celebration of Life on Trigger’s birthday, May 20, 2015, in Talkeetna, location to be announced.

 

Trigger was born on May 20, 1950 in Cumberland Maryland. He Graduated from Fort Hill High School in Maryland, and then served an apprenticeship with B+O Railroad. His job took him to Alaska in 1980 where he lived in Eagle River and worked for the Alaskan Railroad. In 1988, he moved to Santa Barbara, California, which brought him many new opportunities, with such work as a body guard, acting, and managing a night club. In 1994, he moved to Talkeetna, building his dream home in the woods, with no running water, electricity or road. A jack-of-all-trades, he worked many different jobs, moving houses, hunting guide, construction, and working for the Air Taxis. He attended many churches of different denominations and was a member of the York Rite Masonic Order.

 

Trigger was an avid mountaineer, summiting Denali in 1993, attempting a winter ascent of the Wickersham wall, north face of Denali, in 1999, as well as many other climbing adventures in the Alaska Range. He was an avid outdoorsman & hunter with a special passion for traditional bow hunting. “Trigger” was a unique man of contrasts, larger than life, storytelling-adventurer with a deep faith in God. He was imaginative, artistic & perseverant. “Never give up” was his motto and “Carpe Diem” was how he lived.

 

Trigger is survived by his wife, Margareth Burd Twigg of Talkeetna, AK, daughters, Margareth Allegany Twigg(8) of Talkeetna, AK; Kimberly( Erik) Whetsel of Ridgeley, WV; Castira (Brien) Stanton of Hillsdale, MI; Virginia Twigg of Santa Barbara, CA; uncle & aunt, Charles and Bunny Hardy of Cumberland, MD; grandsons, Noah & Hayden Whetsel of Ridgeley, WV; David Stanton of Hillsdale, MI.

 

He was preceded in death by parents, Virginia Hardy Twigg Smith & Edward Twigg, cousin, Jay Hardy, grandparents, Charles & Hazel Hardy.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Valley Funeral Home. You are invited to visit Trigger’s on line guest book at www.AlaskanFuneral.com

 

Talkeetna holds recycling meeting

On Tuesday, the Talkeetna Recycling Committee held its first meeting.  About twenty-five area residents attended the meeting to discuss the possibility of a recycling program for Talkeetna.  A handful of local business were represented at the meeting as well.

The committee was formed by the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors after hearing from Macey “Butch” Shapiro, Solid Waste Manager for the Mat-Su Borough.  Shapiro says he is interested in community-driven recycling programs, because they would result in fewer new landfill cells being built.  Each cell costs the borough more than $4 million to open.  The plan would involve a refurbished container being placed at the Talkeetna transfer site.  The container will be divided into three sections, allowing for three different types of recyclables.  The borough would manage the hauling of the container to the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions facility, which is located near the borough’s central landfill. Read More »

Troopers seek two men labeled ‘dangerous’

Michael Bracht, age 38 Photo:  Alaska State Troopers

Michael Bracht, age 38
Photo: Alaska State Troopers

Logan Austin, age 23 Photo:  Alaska State Troopers

Logan Austin, age 23
Photo: Alaska State Troopers

 

The Alaska State Troopers are looking for two men last seen in Fairbanks.  On Wednesday, troopers sent a bulletin stating that 23-year-old Logan Austin was last seen at the North Star Center on January 14th. Troopers say Austin’s clothing and direction of travel are unknown.

Troopers are also looking for 38-year-old Michael Bracht, who ran from his third-party custodian last week before beginning a prison term.    Bracht had previously escaped the North Star Center last August and was involved in a chase and standoff with Fairbanks Police and Alaska State Troopers.  Troopers advise anyone who sees Michael Bracht to call 911.  They ask that anyone who sees Logan Austin call the Fairbanks troopers at 451-5100.

Upper Valley tops weekend snowfall totals

Much of Southcentral Alaska saw snow over the weekend, but the Upper Valley got the most.  According to the National Weather Service, Talkeetna topped the snowfall between January 22nd and 23rd with seventeen inches.  Willow received twelve inches, and Trapper Creek saw ten inches.  The snow quickly gave way to clear, cold weather, with temperatures in Talkeetna and Trapper Creek dipping as low as twenty-six-degrees-below-zero in the early hours of Monday morning, and wind chills dropping past forty-below.

Berington twins take first, second in Northern Lights 300

On Sunday, the frontrunners in the Northern Lights 300 crossed the finish line in Big Lake.  First and second place were claimed by twins Kristy and Anna Berington of Kasilof.  The Beringtons crossed the finish line two minutes apart.  Both mushers’ total race rimes were 49 hours and 17 minutes.  Twenty-one mushers crossed the finish before midnight on Sunday, and teams continued to finish throughout Monday.

Gov. Walker’s capital budget proposal cuts all funding for Susitna Dam

Late on Thursday, Governor Bill Walker released his initial budget proposal for next fiscal year.  The cuts included nearly all state departments and a number of megaprojects, including the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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Whether you call it a crisis, a situation, or something else, the clear consensus both in Juneau and around the state is that Alaska is facing a difficult budget year.  Before the beginning of the legislative session on January 20th, the projected budget shortfall was around $3.5 billion.  Governor Bill Walker, in his State of the Budget address Thursday night, said that significant cuts will be necessary across the board.  As part of those cuts, Governor Walker’s proposed budget has zeroed-out six major projects, including the Knik Arm Bridge and the Susitna-Watana dam. Read More »

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The Northern Lights 300 sled dog race begins Friday

With the Iditarod and Yukon Quest coming up, many mushers and their teams are running in mid-distance races to prepare.  The next mid-distance race is the Northern Lights 300.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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The Northern Lights 300 sled dog race begins Friday at noon in Big Lake.  Last year’s race was canceled due to poor trail conditions.  The race is a loop and runs north and east as far as the Yentna River.  This year, Race Manager Sue Allen says conditions are better.

“The river’s pretty good.  If we don’t get any snow, it’s just going to be way hard and fast for the first twenty, thirty miles.  That’s one reason we reduced the dog limit to twelve.” Read More »

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Rams basketball tops Wasilla Lake at home

On Tuesday, the Su-Valley boys varsity basketball team played a home game against Wasilla Lake.  Su-Valley pulled out a 49-37 victory to remain undefeated for the season.  The Rams were led by Dawson Mathhews’ fifteen points, three steals, and nine rebounds.  Other double-digit scorers for the game were Matt Lester and Austin Johnson with ten and eleven points, respectively.

The Su-Valley boys and girls teams will both play at home against Glenallen on January 30th.

Talkeetna’s centennial planning begins with a ‘timeline party’

One of many tables with historic photographs, maps, and documents at the Talkeetna timeline party.  Photo:  Phillip Manning

One of many tables with historic photographs, maps, and documents at the Talkeetna timeline party. Photo: Phillip Manning

Talkeetna’s centennial is next year, and preparations are already underway.  The first big planning event was a timeline party held over the weekend by the Talkeetna Historical Society.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning was there, and has this report.

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The first Talkeetna Historical Society timeline party drew well over fifty area residents who wrote down the dates of important events they remember, identified people in photographs, or were just there to learn more.   Sue Deyoe is with the Historical Society, and says the idea came from early planning meetings for Talkeetna’s centennial.

“Let’s get everybody involved in it; let’s have a community event.  Have people add their own time:  when they got here, what they did, how they got here, things they remember.” Read More »

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