by: Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN
Alaskans will have one more option in the governor’s race: The Division of Elections will allow Constitution Party candidate J.R. Myers to appear on the ballot.
The Alaska Constitution Party has just over 200 members, and it was first recognized by the state in 2011. Because the organization is so new and small, it doesn’t qualify as a political party under statute. Instead, it’s lumped in with the Green Party and Veterans Party as “political group,” a sort of electoral purgatory where candidates have to collect signatures to get their names on the ballot. Read More »
Upper Valley hockey fans have something to look forward to this week. On Friday, Talkeetna will play host to the three-time East Coast Hockey League champion Alaska Aces. According to a statement by the team, the Aces will arrive by rail on Friday along with the ECHL trophy, the Kelley Cup. The team will spend the day touring the town, and will hold a photo session with the cup at 5:00 pm in the Talkeetna Village Park. The trip is a joint effort by the Alaska Aces and the Alaska Railroad Corporation.
The vote on a proposed ordinance that would change vehicle registration rules for many in the Mat-Su Borough was delayed at Tuesday night’s Borough Assembly meeting. The ordinance is the result of a recently-passed state law allowing municipalities to choose whether or not to make the changes, which Borough Manager John Moosey outlined on Wednesday on KTNA’s Su-Valley Voice.
“Essentially, what the bill has said is any vehicle eight years or older has to be registered one time for the life of that vehicle.”
While that would mean a convenience for many vehicle owners in the borough, it would also mean a hit to revenue totaling about $2.4 million across all of the Mat-Su. That money goes toward road maintenance funds and fire service areas. John Moosey says the borough is going to take a closer look at the implications of the revenue loss. Read More »
Attached is the full audio of Su-Valley Voice from August 27th, 2014 with Mat-Su Borough Manager John Moosey. The next Su-Valley Voice will air live at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 10th with guest Roger Purcell, candidate for State House Seat 10.
KTNA volunteer Cari Sayre continues The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain.
As part of a continuing series on agriculture in the Upper Susitna Valley, KTNA’s Phillip Manning visited a relatively new farm in the Talkeetna area where young farmers are are just finishing their first full growing season.
Bare Hands farm, like much of the Upper Valley’s farm land, is a little out of the way. After leaving the Talkeetna Spur Road and driving a few miles over gravel, then through a series of private driveways, I made it there while only getting lost once. I was met by two of the three people who operate the farm.
KNAPP: “I’m Graham Knapp.”
SYKES: “I’m Mindy Sykes.”
The third partner in Bare Hands Farm is John Sargent, who works in Bethel, but is planning on spending more time on the farm in future seasons. In a time when the federal government says the average age of a farmer is fifty-seven, the trio represent an infusion of youth to the agriculture industry. Read More »
On Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers held a public meeting for the Alaska Stand-Alone Pipeline. There have been significant changes in the plans for the pipeline since 2012, and, since the start of the Alaska LNG Project, it’s being used as a potential back-up plan. K-T-N-A’s Phillip Manning was at the meeting, and has this report:
As with many projects, it’s easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of gas lines. ASAP, AK LNG, AGDC, APP, and that doesn’t even cover the long list of agencies involved or acronyms for technical terms. So, which gas line was Thursday’s meeting for? ASAP is a project that has been studied for the last seven years or so. The idea is for the state to build a gas pipeline for the primary purpose of supplying gas to Alaskans for energy and heat. It differs from the much more expensive Alaska LNG Project in two major ways. The LNG project is a partnership between Exxon-Mobil, BP, Conoco-Phillips, the state, and TransCanada. ASAP would be built entirely by the State of Alaska. Read More »
In the first of a two-part story, Willi Prittie tells the tale of how two bicyclists and a ferry-load of Chilean truck drivers find themselves stranded on the coast of Chile.
You did what with the captain?” I asked incredulously. I was a little unsure if I had made the Spanish language translation properly in my head! “We locked him in the cleaning closet and took over the ship,” my Chilean truck driving friend explained! “But . . . how did you get off the boat?” I exclaimed.