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Coming up on KTNA:
Mon–On Line One, Your Health Connection: Using the immune system to treat cancer: Our immune system does an amazing job of protecting us from infections and even works to naturally prevent cancer. It has long been recognized that harnessing the immune system to treat cancer is a reasonable goal, but efforts have not been stellar. It now appears that this is changing. On this evening’s edition of Line One, Anchorage cancer specialist Dr. Steve Liu discusses using the immune system to treat cancer. That’s at 7 pm.
thru Tues–On the next Talk of Alaska: What does it take to be a sustainable fishery? One that provides healthy food and healthy oceans? A new Frontline documentary entitled “The Fish on my Plate” by bestselling author Paul Greenberg tackles that question. Greenberg visited Alaska and traveled the world’s oceans and fish farms to look for answers, eating only seafood for a full year. He joins the statewide conversation for the next Talk of Alaska, broadcast live Tuesday at 10 am.
On Wednesday’s Pick this week: Outdoor Explorer: “Noise and light pollution”: One way of thinking about wilderness is to remember what’s not there. Wilderness is never crowded, or full of artificial noise or electric light. Noise and light would cover up the good qualities in nature – the delicate sounds and the bright stars and aurora of a winter night. This program looks at the problem of keeping the wilderness quiet and dark, which unfortunately takes some effort for us, in our bright, noisy world. Guests are Talkeetna resident Brian Okonek, from Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition, and Travis Rector, a UAA astronomer.
(read Mondays thru Tues noon, and Fridays)
Recycling of materials is open at the Talkeetna Transfer Site from 1 to 5 on Tuesdays and from 11-3 on Saturdays. If you can volunteer for a two hour shift on a Saturday or Tuesday, contact Cici at 355-8324, or go to the Facebook page Talkeetna Recycling Works.
The next meeting of the Talkeetna Recycling Committee will be Tuesday April 25th at the Talkeetna Roadhouse at 6:30pm. All are welcome.
Thru Mon – Two online voters in this year’s Matanuska Electric Association election will win a free year of electricity (not to exceed 10,000 KWH) . You can vote online for candidates in the Matanuska Districts as well as recommended bylaw changes. More information can be found at www.mea.coop/2017 election. All online votes must be received no later than 5PM today. Monday, April 24th.
Here’s what’s happening in the Talkeetna Community Schools program:
- Hobbs will teach a 1-night class called “Successful Seedling Transplanting” on Tuesday the 25th, starting at 7. A very hands-on class.
- Billy and Wade do their 1-night class on “Birding Basics”, which covers use of field guides, binoculars, spotting scopes, smart phone apps, etc. They will reveal some local birding hot-spots, too. That’s on Thursday the 27th, 7-9.
- Wild and domestic flowers will be blooming in a couple months, you can learn how to make professional looking arrangements in Melissa’s 1-night class on Floral Design. All the materials for dressing up a mason jar, and lots of fresh flowers and greens, will be provided. Participants will take home their elaborate arrangements. Sign-up deadline is Monday evening.
For more information or to sign up for a class call Kathleen’s voicemail at 733-9431.
A ServSafe Certified Food Protection Manager Examination will be held at the Talkeetna Library on Tuesday April 25 at 2:00PM. Pre-registration is required. The CFPM certification is required by Alaska law for every food service business. If you previously attended a class you may take the exam without attending another class. If there is enough interest for a class one will be scheduled.
For Alaska DEC Food Safety compliance questions call 376-1850. For the April 25, ServSafe exam information and preregistration call 982-3330.
It’s Kindergarten Round-up Time. Round ‘em up, head ‘em in for Talkeetna Elementary School Kindergarten Round-Up! It’s Wednesday, April 26th from noon to 12:45. All students and their parents planning to join the kindergarten team in the fall are asked to attend. If you are unable to attend, please call the school to get your name on the prospective student list.
Live music in the KTNA listening area:
At the Fairview Inn: Wednesday the 26th: The Grateful Bluegrass Band
The fiscal year 2018 budget for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough will be the subject of public testimony next week at three public hearings:
In the KTNA listening area, the budget hearing will be Thursday, April 27 in Willow, at mile 69 of the Parks Highway at the Willow Community Center. The proposed Borough budget will be posted online Friday.
You can learn more at the link on KTNA’s announcement page.
The Friends of the Talkeetna Library invite you to join them on Friday, April 28th from 5 to 8 pm at the Latitude 62 for a retirement reception for Talkeetna’s librarian, Ann Yadon.
A documentary film titled “Via Bike” will play at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar this Friday evening. The film documents local Talkeetnan Carter Forney on his epic journey cycling across the United States to raise money and donate bikes to children in need. Preceding this event will be a bike rally from Fish Lake to downtown Talkeetna. All are welcome to celebrating Carter’s journey, and for some surprises before the film! It shows Friday April 28th at 7:30pm at the Hangar.
The annual Talkeetna Earth Day celebration is on Saturday April 29th at NSI, from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be live music featuring local talent, informational demos, a live bird presentation, a hula hoop circle for kids of all ages, booths to visit and cardboard and glass recycling. Stay tuned for more details. For more information, to have a booth, or to volunteer for the event, contact Kelly Thomas at 232-2372.
edit above, add Tues 3-25 –You can also visit booths ranging from informative to art to eco-friendly products and health oriented services.
Please bring your own re-usable cups for purchase of refreshments to support the Talkeetna Elementary School.
You can also recycle glass and cardboard during normal NSI operation hours on the 29th. Cardboard can be brought during office hours on the following Monday and Friday. For more information on recycling, see flyers around town and on the internet.
For more information, to have a booth, or to volunteer for the event, contact Kelly Thomas at 232-2372.
thru Tues–Willow Get Together Cabin Fever Clean-up: A community garage sale, also with craft tables, karaoke, music, and door prizes. It will be a the Willow Community Center on Saturday April 29th, 10 am to 5 pm, outdoors if weather permits. Free admission and parking. For more information, call 907-232-9458.
thru Sat–The family of Michael Vaughan will be having a Celebration of Life at the Latitude 62 on Sunday, April 30th. All are invited to join them anytime between 3 pm and 6 pm.
thru Fri–Sunshine Community Health Center will hold another D.E.A. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, where you can turn in your unused or expired medication. This event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also providing education to the general public. Pet meds are accepted, too. The drug take-back is Saturday April 29th, from 10 am-2 pm
read if time allows –At “Su Valley Fire Safe, Fire Smart” you can meet with local experts to learn what you can do to keep your family, pets, and home safe, and pick up a smoke detector. It’s on Saturday May 6th from 10 am to noon, with refreshments and door prizes, at the Willow Community Center, sponsored by Willow Community Emergency Response Team.
read if time allows — The Talkeetna Fly-In Special Events Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the event May 19th to 21st. The committee’s next meetings are May 10th and May 16th, both at 6pm at Denali Brew Pub. Just show up or contact Sassan (suh-SAWN) at 355-1169 if you’d like to help or for more information.
read if time allows–Volunteers are wanted for an archaeological dig at a Native house site on Government Lot 9 between the Village Airstrip and the Susitna River. Organizers are looking for people with an interest in history and archaeology who are reasonably fit, and want to get their hands dirty. The dig is from May 22nd thru June 9th, on weekdays, 8 am to 5 pm.
To volunteer, attend one of the orientation meetings Thursday May 11th or Thursday May 18th, 6 to 8:30 pm, at Northern Susitna Institute. You’ll be asked to commit to at least one three-hour shift at the dig. Archaeologists are George Will and Jonathan Durr, advisor is Knik Tribal Council Cultural Anthropologist Specialist Fran Seager-Boss.
If you have questions, you may contact site coordinators Geoff Pfeiffer at 907-841-2160, or Laura Wright at 733-2510.
start Thurs 4-27–Sunshine Community Health Center hosts a Parent Talk, Education and Discussion. Topics include: What is trauma, and how it affects children, what makes children resilient, and how parents can help their children to thrive. It also covers what needs you might have as a parent, and factors that protect your family. It’s Monday May 1st from 6-7:30pm at Su Valley Jr/Sr High.
The application period for the 2017 road lottery program at Denali National Park and Preserve will open May 1. The road lottery takes place in September and allows up to 400 cars per day to be on the western portion of the park road, which is usually closed to most private vehicles. More than 12,600 lottery applications were received last year.
The dates for this year’s road lottery are Sept. 15-19, with Sept. 16 designated as Military Appreciation Day. There is a non-refundable application fee. Winners of the lottery must then pay a permit fee to drive the park road. Road lottery entries can be made online at www.recreation.gov beginning at 12:01 am (Alaska Daylight Time) on May 1 until midnight (AKDT) on May 31.
Additional information about the road lottery, such as vehicle restrictions, pets, rules and regulations, is available online at the link on KTNA’s announcement page.
The Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce will hold its final board meeting for season on May 2nd, 10 pm, at the Talkeetna Roadhouse.
The Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce will hold its final general meeting for the season on May 11th at 6:00pm at Flying Squirrel Bakery & Café. It’s the night for the one minute sound-off, and it’s pizza night!
read if time allows–It’s that time of year again! Time to work on your submission for the annual Moose on Parade auction for July 4th. This year organizers are encouraging other animals OR birds, besides moose. Your decorated plywood bear, crane, wolf, eagle or fish can also work. Find applications online at denaliartscouncil.org or at the Talkeetna Museum or from the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce. They’d like your applications and submissions by mid June. You should also plan to be in the Fourth of July parade. Your application can be mailed or dropped off at the Talkeetna Historical Society. Questions, ask Denali Arts Council, the Historical Society or the Chamber. Thanks for supporting this annual fundraising event!
Talkeetna Community Council is now accepting applications for revenue sharing for FY16. The application is available on the TCC website for download at Talkeetnacouncil.org . Copies will be made available at the library for those who cannot download the application. The application period closes October 13th. Contact Christie Seay with questions at 315-1605.
KTNA members can have their birthdays announced on the air with the KTNA calendar! Anniversaries and additional family members’ birthdays can be included, too. If you are a sustaining member, please email your name and the month and day of your birthday to kara[at]ktna.org, or call the office at 733-1700 during regular office hours.
Denali State Park is now hiring for a janitorial/maintenance position. Seasonal housing available. For more information please call Justin DiPaola-Allen at (907) 355-7742
thru Tues noon–Several young rock pickers needed to….pick rocks on small farm. Needed now and again in a few weeks. Please call Stu at 733-6660
For sale: 55 Gallon Manual Barrel Pump – Call 378-3452
You, too, can host the local news at KTNA! If you like to read, are detail-oriented, and have about a half hour to volunteer for morning, midday, or evening news one day a week, give us a call, 733-1700 or stop by the station on Second Street to find out how to get started. If you’d rather not have a regular news hosting spot, KTNA is flexible! You can be a fill-in news host, and help out when you can. Call 733-1700 to find out how.
New contributors to KTNA’s weekly locally produced program, Susitna Writer’s Voice, are always welcome. Whether you write prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction, it’s your voice on the radio, reading your written work. You can do it one time, or once a month, or whenever you have creativity to share with our listeners. Interested? Call Deb at KTNA, 733-1700
The Talkeetna Historical Society is looking for locals that would love to just spend a few hours now and then in the museum greeting visitors and taking admission tickets. Days they need covered are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Call the museum for info 733-2487. As the summer goes on there will be other volunteer opportunities, inside and outside.
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To Bill Cutt: Please call Mike wood at 354-5815
thru Sun–To the Shangri-la couple,
Rachel and I are in Stewart, BC, having some pizza and thinking of you. Heading your way and making miles! Love you, see you soon! Mark.
thru Sat–To Michelle at Indian River: Calling to let you know we’re thinking about you and hope you’re safe out there. Will see you Saturday. Love, Mom and Dad.