Today’s Announcements

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To get your announcement or classified on the air, send an e-mail to info [at] ktna [dot] org or call 733-1700 during office hours, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. You can read all announcements, classifieds, and Denali echoes from our website.

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Special thanks from KTNA to Holly Stinson for planting the flowers, and to Paula Strong for her “mondo” donation of great music on vinyl!

Coming up on KTNA:

Fri–The Denali Report. It’s about The Mountain, climbers, and  mountaineering support.  It airs during all three local broadcasts every Friday. You can also find it at ktna.org

thru Mon midday–This week on Writer’s Voice:  Grete Perkins’ A Sense of Place from spring of 2002 that asks the question: Is it about the journey, or the destination?  Hear it Sunday during evening announcements, and Monday at 12:30.

 start Sun–On the next Talk of Alaska:  Spring is a time of new growth and renewal but it is also too often a time that an increase in suicide occurs. Why does Alaska continue to lead the nation in rates of self-harm? What’s being done to help Alaskans choose to live rather than end their lives? Suicide prevention is the topic on the next “Talk of Alaska.” Tuesday morning at ten o’clock.

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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.

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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.

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thru Fri–Northern Susitna Institute is still accepting scholarship applications for summer youth programs. Space is still available for several programs offered to 10 to 16 year -olds. Visit www.northernsusitnainstitute.org or call 733-7111 for more information

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The Upper Susitna Senior Center  plant sale will be on  Saturday May 30th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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The author of “Guide to the Birds of Alaska” will be in Talkeetna this Saturday, May 30th.  Robert Armstrong will be signing the 2015 (6th Edition) of his book at NSI from 6-9pm, with a short talk and slideshow at 6:30.  Copies of the new birding book will be available Saturday evening to purchase at a discounted price.

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on and off –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

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The Memorandum of Agreement from the Mat Su Borough for the Talkeetna Recycling group is available for review and is posted with TCCI documents inside the Post Office. If you can’t make it to the Post Office, you can go to the Facebook page “Talkeetna Recycling Works” to read it.  A third option is to email talkeetnarecycling [at] gmail [dot] com  for a copy of the MOA to be sent to you. The MOA will be voted on at the Talkeetna Community Council meeting next Monday.

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The Talkeetna Community Council meets Monday, June 1st, 7 pm, at the Talkeetna Public Library. Note change of location.

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The Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project is inviting the community of Talkeetna to attend a community meeting on June 1st to learn more about the project and 2015 field work. Members of the Alaska LNG team will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. You may attend the open house any time between 6 and 8 PM.  Refreshments will be provided.  The meeting will be held at the Upper Susitna Senior Center, on Helena Drive.  For more information you may call 1 (855) 550-5445 or visit ak-lng.com

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start Sun–Officer Darla Erskine with the Mat-Su Borough Animal Shelter will be in the parking lot of the old Freebox on Thursday June 4th at 2pm to give away free dog food, cat food and kitty litter. This food was donated to the Kibbles for Kritters program and is to help families who are temporarily in need.

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read if time allows–The Talkeetna Public Library will be closed from Thursday, June 11th through the 21st of June.  The library will reopen in the new building on Monday, June 22nd at 11 am.  Summer Reading Programs scheduled on June 11th and June 18th will take place as scheduled.  The June 11th program will be in the parking lot of the current library.  The location of the June 18th program will be determined at a later date.  The Grand Opening of the new facility will be on Wednesday, June 24th., and information on that will be forthcoming. 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 from June 3rd until June 19th when the current number (861-7645) will be active once again.  The library staff apologizes for any inconvenience during this time, but will try to make it as painless for the community as possible. Should you have any questions, please stop by the library.  The Friends of the Library will be issuing a June newsletter with announcements, frequently asked questions, and more about the move.

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The National Park Service is reminding procrastinators that the entry period for the 2015 Denali road lottery is open through Sunday, May 31st. The lottery,(weather permitting) is for the dates September 17, 18, 20, and 21 (Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday).

Entries may be made online at recreation.gov until midnight May 31st.  Entries can also be done by phone at (877) 444-6777 between the hours of 6:00 am – 8:00 pm  through May 31st. Entries are not accepted by regular mail.

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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.

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Live music in the KTNA listening area:

The Grove, on Birch Creek Boulevard,  is hosting its first house concert this Friday, May 29th. Alaskan singer/song-writer, Evan Phillips of the Whipsaws, will be accompanied by vocalist Courtney Marie Andrews from Portland, Oregon. Tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6:30 and the music starts at 7:30.

At the Fairview Inn:  Friday:  The Boneshakers, Saturday: Trajectory
Sunday and Monday the 31st and 1st:    Animal Eyes, the Portland band made up of Talkeetna and Homer guys.
Wed 3rd:    Fanno Creek

The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge has live music in the lobby on Sundays from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.  This week Larry Zarella plays.

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The Food Pantry is looking for additional volunteers for the summer lunch program.  Available hours are 11:30 to 1:30 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Interested?  Call Louane at 355-1410 to find out how you can get started.

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The public health nurse will not come to Talkeetna on May 26th as previously scheduled.  She 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.

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Ahoy mateys!  You can start gathering big pieces of cardboard to build your vessel for the fourth annual NSI Cardboard Boat Regatta. It’s scheduled for Sunday, July 5th, with boat building workshops slotted in June. Please note that this year, duct tape is only allowed along seams. You may not cover your entire vessel with duct tape! For more information, call the NSI office at 733-7111.

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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.

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The Denali Arts Council’s Artisans Open Air Market is a friendly outdoor market featuring (exclusively) Alaskan artisans selling local art, from photography to fabric arts, handcrafted sundries, jewelry and much more. The market will run every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10am to 6pm, May 16th to September 7th. Look for the white tents outside of the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar.

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Rose Gene’s (jenny’s) mosaic show, entitled Bits and Pieces, will be on display at the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe through June 11.

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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.

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KTNA Classifieds

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thru Mon noon–Wanted:  A place to live with electric and water. Can pay utilities.  Low income, on disability, so would like to exchange caretaker duties for rent. Have two well-behaved service mobility dogs. Have to be moved by end of August. If you can help, call Robin 354-7265.

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thru Mon noon–Need to hire worker for inside and around the house. Person must be at ease around animals and be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
Please call 733-6660.

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thru Sat–Yard sale in East Talkeetna:  Tools, fishing equipment, electronics, kitchen ware. At 22013 G Street, brown house next to The Hideaway.  10 am to 5 pm on Saturday May 30th. No early birds please.

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thru Sun midday–FOR SALE:  Four-24″ X 80 1/2″ Bi-fold doors.  New still in wrapping.  Hardware included.  733-1498

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Denali Echoes

KTNA provides Denali Echoes as a service to our listeners without regular phone service.

[Newsreaders: Read one or two bullet points] * To send an echo, or to cancel an echo you’ve received, send an e-mail to info [at] ktna [dot] org or call 733-1200. * If leaving an echo on voicemail, please speak slowly and clearly. If there is a name, word or phrase which is very important or easily misunderstood, you should spell it. * Echoes are aired for two days, unless you leave other instructions. * On weekdays, echoes are aired three times: after morning news, at about 7:50, and following midday classifieds around 12:25 and evening classifieds at about 6:25. * On Sundays, you can hear echoes twice, at 12:25 in the afternoon and 6:25 in the evening. There are no echoes on Saturday.

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thru Fri noon–To Mike at Indian River: Pick me up this Friday.  From Celeste.

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