Today’s Announcements thru 6-19-2015
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Past and prevailing weather conditions have caused extremely dry conditions for the Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The Alaska Division of Forestry and the State Forestry determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires. Continuing until further notice, all cooking, warming, signaling fires or any type of fire are prohibited on state lands, including state park units, AND private and municipal lands within Game Management Units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 16. The term “open fires” refers to any flame source not immediately extinguishable or controllable and applies to any form of wood or charcoal-based fire, even in established fire rings. Gas grills, backpacking or camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters which can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use.
The State of Alaska announced that the sale and use of fireworks are now banned on state lands in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Borough, and on the Kenai Peninsula.
Remember that you can be held responsible for escaped fires.
KTNA sends a big thank you to volunteers-from-the-museum Tammy and John, who helped out all afternoon and evening with KTNA’s picnic.
Coming up on KTNA:
thru Mon midday–It’s the third part of Tony Martin’s story “Journey to the Forbidden Isle” this week on Writer’s Voice. Learn about Cuba from a Talkeetna resident who has just been there. Writer’s Voice airs Sunday during six o’clock announcements, and Mondays at 12:30. The programs are also posted on our website at ktna.org.
start Sun–On the next Talk of Alaska: The Mount Marathon race in Seward is the Super Bowl of Alaskan sports. Each July 4th, racers charge up Mount Marathon- a climb of more than 3000 feet, and then descend in a matter of minutes in a burst of speed that can look like a controlled fall. A new documentary tells the story of the race through the perspective of several Mount Marathon legends. We’ll talk about the race with the filmmaker, the athletes, and you- on the next Talk of Alaska, Tuesday morning at ten o’clock.
The Talkeetna Transfer site is open again on its regular schedule.
Sunshine Transit’s Wasilla run is cancelled until next week. They are hoping to be up and running with the Wasilla run again on Monday the 22nd.
Live music in the KTNA listening area:
Carter Forney takes the stage at the Talkeetna Village Park this Friday for Live at Five. This free, family-friendly concert is brought to you every Friday throughout the summer by the Denali Arts Council and the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce. It happens rain or shine. Bring your folding chairs and picnic supper this Friday from 5 to 7 pm.
At the Fairview Inn:
Friday 19th: Planting Seeds (from California)
Saturday 20th: Woodrow
Sunday 21st: Irie Idea, Sam Denismore, Hawkins Wright & the Regulars
Local artists Bill Barstow and Jim Gleason will hold an art show for one evening only, Saturday June 20th from 5 to 8 pm, at Conscious Coffee in Talkeetna. Everyone is welcome.
Mahay’s Jetboat Adventures invites everyone to their barbecue for burgers and hot dogs on Saturday June 20th, from 5 to 7 pm.
There will be an open studio at Studio Z Yoga on Sunday, June 21, from 10 to 11 am. People are welcome to celebrate the summer solstice with a group practice of sun salutes and meditation. All are welcome at no charge. Contact Diane at 733-3210 for more information.
Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe’s June art show will feature paintings by Kaitlin McClure, as well as works by Betsy Heilman and Nancy McKay. The exhibit will be on display at Flying Squirrel through July 8.
The Talkeetna Public Library and Community Resource Center will hold its grand opening in its new building on Wednesday June 24th. There will be a barbecue, live music by Barry and Missy Grant, and Steve Durr, book signings by four local authors, and a book fair. The grand opening is from 2:30 to 6:30 pm on Wednesday the 24th, at the big new building at mile 24645 Talkeetna Spur Road, at about mile 12 and a quarter, halfway between Ski Hill and Comsat Road.
The Talkeetna Chamber is going to have a Dunking Booth on main street on the 4th of July. They are inviting volunteers from all businesses to be dunked and are hoping to get about 12 people to sit in the booth for about a half hour each.
The Dunking Booth will be open from 11:00am to ?, depending on how many volunteers we get.
Please call Kerry Walter at 414-0376
The Talkeetna Public Library will be closed through the 21st of June. The library will reopen in the new building on Monday, June 22nd at 11 am. Summer Reading Program scheduled on June 18th will take place as scheduled.
Due dates of borrowed items will be extended to cover the closure, and the book drop at the old library will be available through the 16th. The book drop at the new library will be available as of the 19th. Please ensure that DVDs and other items that are generally not to be returned through the book drop are secured either with rubber bands or protected by a plastic bag tied tightly around the item. The library phone number will be 733-3017 until June 19th when the current number (861-7645) will be active once again. The Grand Opening of the new facility will be on Wednesday, June 24th. The library staff apologizes for any inconvenience during this time, but will try to make it as painless for the community as possible.
Northern Susitna Institute is happy to announce two new programs, funded by the Mat-Su Health Foundation. Trapper Creek youth ages 8 to 12 are invited to attend a free session of Wild Wonders day camp. The camp will be at the Trapper Creek Community Center July 20 through 24th and lunch is included. Space is limited and preregistration is required.
NSI is also hosting a series of active, outdoor games for youth of all ages with something new each week. Drop-in from 4:30 to 5:30 pm every Tuesday evening at the Talkeetna Elementary School field. The rain location will be at NSI. Visit www.northernsusitnainstitute.org or call 733-7111 for more information about either program.
occasional –The Jessica Stevens Community Foundation is taking a different approach in encouraging philanthropy this year. In 2015, the foundation is also striving to encourage continued growth of grantees with a challenge to match grant awards by seeking new donors or increased contributions. If the challenge is met, JSCF will match the donations dollar for dollar for the amount of the grant. The Foundation is offering up to $12,000 in challenge grants ranging from $500 to $3000 to nonprofits located in or serving the Northern Susitna Valley.
Grant proposals can be for specific projects or for operating expenses. Online grant proposals can be submitted by July 10th by 5:00 pm from qualified tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or equivalent organizations. Applications are at www.jessicastevenscf.org
if time allows–During National Safety Month, AARP Driver Safety is offering a discounted driving refresher course online until June 15th. To find out more, visit aarpdriversafety.org and enter the code JUNE50 when prompted during registration and checkout. Upon registration, Alaskan participants have 60 days to complete the online course.
thru Sun–It’s time to pre-register for Wonderful Wednesdays 2015, Exploring Our World, for kids ages 6 to 8 years old. It’s a free program offered by the National Park Service, Wednesdays from 4 to 5 pm, at the Talkeetna ball field, starting June 24th, continuing for eight Wednesdays. Pre-register with Ranger Jay by calling 907 733-9112.
occasional–The Commodore has announced and challenged one and all to fourth Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Sunday, July 5th. Boat builders, take note that tape may only be used on seams this year. In preparation, “Float Your Boat” boat-building workshops have also been scheduled for June 17th. Registration, the rules, and more are available online at northernsusitnainstitute.org or through the NSI office.
The Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce is looking for business members to help with weekly clean-up of the river front beaches. If you can help with this, one time or more, call Kerry Walter at 414-0376, or email info [at] talkeetnachamber [dot] org.
occasional–A National Park Service ranger presents a program about mountaineering at 1 pm daily at the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. The program is free with paid admission to the museum. All Talkeetna Historical Society members have free admission to the museum.
occasional–All kids are invited to the Upper Susitna Food Pantry every weekday this summer to enjoy a free lunch. The food pantry is located just north of the Sunshine Clinic on Walstead Road. Kids can ride with Sunshine Transit for free to and from the food pantry for the lunch program. Lunch will be available from noon to 1:30 each weekday rain or shine.
The public health nurse will will be at NSI on June 30th from 11:00 to 1:00. If you need to see the public health nurse before that date, please call 352-6638.
when time allows–The Talkeetna Recycling Committee of The Talkeetna Community Council, Inc is accepting donations at the Mat-Su Valley Credit Union at the Y. All funds will go towards the recyclables containers that will be at the Talkeetna Transfer Site. The Committee thanks you for your support of this community effort.
It is that time of year again. The bears are out of hibernation, and community cooperation can keep them going down a wild path. The Bear Necessities Coalition encourages everyone to take all garbage and other bear attractants to the transfer station. Do not store garbage in vehicles. Take down bird feeders and clean up the residue, and put all pet food, coolers and freezers in your house or a secure shed. If your business has a dumpster, please make sure it is locked. The Bear Necessities Coalition is a Talkeetna grassroots organization.
Looking for musicians to play in the pit orchestra for the upcoming production of Seussical the Musical. Please contact Sandy Shoulders at 355-3052
thru Fri midday–Job opening: Help wanted around a large house near Christiansen Lake. Must have daily transportation. Please call 733-6660 for an appointment.
thru Sun midday–The Mat-Su Borough owns a 78-acre parcel with a cabin and a campground at the confluence of the Susitna and Deshka Rivers. The cabin and campground will not be operated by the borough this summer or next summer, and they are interested in leasing the cabin and campground either for personal use or for a business opportunity. Bids are due June 24th at 2:30pm. A link for more information and a reference number can be found on KTNA’s website.
Reference 16-009R: Deshka Cabin Lease
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thru Fri eve–To Big Blue – Running a little behind schedule, but shooting for Friday now. Hope all is well. From Pops
thru Fri midday–To Mike and Michelle at Indian River,
Sending supplies on the Thursday Hurricane train, but I’ll be coming home Saturday with the rest of the supplies. So meet the train Thursday, and I’ll see you Saturday. If I have any other messages, I’ll let Warren know and he can pass them on. Love you, Mom.