Today’s Announcements

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

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Coming up on KTNA:

Tues–On Alaska News Nightly:  BP is selling some of its North Slope assets to one of the biggest oil and gas producers in Cook Inlet. Also, lawmakers working to hammer out a deal on education funding say they won’t rush through the process. Those stories and more coming up at 6:30.

Tues–The characters in Alice in Wonderland come to life at 7 pm this evening, with KTNA volunteer Cari Sayre’s reading of the book, on Classics for Kids. At 7:30, Encounters, with Richard Nelson, is about loons.

KTNA’s Spring One Day Membership Drive is coming up this Thursday, April 24.  You may pledge early at www.ktna.org.  Stay tuned to hear your friends and neighbors live on the radio, plus a special one hour music show with Kayti and Ben Heller.

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Talkeetna Elementary School’s Spring Concert will be this evening Tuesday, April 22nd, at 6:30PM in the school gym. The public is invited!

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Here’s what’s happening in the Talkeetna Community Schools program:
Steve Brown of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service will teach a one-night class this Wednesday on Greenhouses and Root Cellars.  This class is a “GO” and you do not need to sign-up in advance.  Class begins at 7:00, please arrive 1- to 15 minutes early to register.
And if you are ready to surround yourself with fresh flowers, consider signing-up for the “Spring Floral Design” class which is next week Tuesday.
This week’s Free Friday Night Movie is based on a popular military science fiction novel about young people who go through extensive training in order to ward off additional alien invasions of Earth, and the one exceptional boy who is part of the final battle.  This new release is rated PG-13.  Show time is 7:00-8:55.

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The April Talkeetna Elementary PTA membership meeting will be this Thursday, April 24th at 3:15 at the Talkeetna Elementary Library.  Everyone, members and non-members, are welcome to attend. There will be a brief presentation from Bekah Mathiesen (Mah-TEE-sen). Bekah designed and taught  art classes for every student once a week for 15 weeks.  She will talk about what was achieved, feedback from students, money spent, and improvements.  She will also give examples of curriculum and lesson plans that she created.  If you are interested in being listed on the agenda as a “person to be heard” or for any other questions about the Talkeetna Elementary PTA please contact Heather Zimmerman at 733-5544.

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Trapper Creek Community Enrichment is offering the following events at Trapper Creek Elementary School:

  •    Adult Open Gym: Thursday nights  through May 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Gym options include ping pong, badminton, basketball, gym walking, and a 45 minute workout- bring your own hand weights.
  •   Friday night Family Open Gym on April  25th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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Sunshine Community Health Center will have an informational booth at the Alaska Health Fair being held in the Talkeetna/Sunshine area, on Friday April 25th from 8am-12pm at the Senior Center. There will be a limited number of no-cost blood work and screenings available at the Talkeetna location on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be low cost screenings and blood work available. Clinic staff will be there with health information and advice, and there will be door prizes.

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Denali National Park is hosting a “Resources Day” in Talkeetna this week. Join park staff and scientists at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar on Friday, April 25 to learn about current research on Denali’s glaciers, climate change in Alaska, and park soundscapes, as well as an overview of park history and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  Look for a schedule of speakers at the post office, library, or ranger station. The various presentations will begin at 10:00 am and conclude by 3:15 pm, with a midday break for lunch.  The event is free of charge. Call the ranger station at 733-2231 for more information.

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The Talkeetna Library will host its 2nd Adult Battle of the Books on Friday April 25th at 6:30pm at the Flying Squirrel Cafe.  The public is more than welcome to cheer this year’s 2 teams on and get an idea about participating in next year’s battle.

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Su Valley Jr/Sr High School and Sunshine Community Health Center are providing an opportunity for students to have sports physicals completed at Su Valley during the school day on Friday May 2nd.  The physicals will be valid for sports participation for the entire 2014-2015 school year.  Forms to sign up are available on the Su-Valley website or at the front office of the school. This is an opportunity for students to be ready for upcoming sports!  For any questions or more information you may contact Dottie Leonard, school nurse at 733-9304.

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The semi-annual “medicine take back” is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th, from 10 am-2 pm at the Sunshine Community Health Center in Talkeetna.  This is your opportunity to dispose of all expired and unused medication in a safe manner.  All medications, both prescribed and over the counter, including narcotics, are accepted but needles and other medical equipment are not. Medicine can be brought in its original packaging or as individual pills.  Please help to maintain the safety of the environment as well as keeping medication out of the hands of children and others who should not be using it.  If you have any questions, call Cici Schoenberger at the Clinic.
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Upcoming Denali Arts Council events:

On Saturday April 26th, D.A.C. will host Diva Night, featuring local female vocalists, and the End of the Road Fashion Show where local models strut Free Box fashions.  Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8pm.

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The Susitna River Coalition is hosting the Alaska Premier of the award-winning film DamNation.  This  film journey across America explores what many perceive as the sea change in our national attitude…from pride in big dams as engineering  wonders, to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Winner of the popular Choice Award at South by Southwest Film Festival and the National Environmental Film Award,  you’re invited to help kick off its Alaska Tour on  Sunday, April 27th at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the film starts at 7:00 PM.  A small fee will be charged.

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The Mat-Su Borough’s fiscal year 2015 budget will be before the Assembly starting the first of May.  The budget public hearings will take place starting at 6 p.m. on May 1st at Central Public Safety Building in Wasilla; May 2 at the Willow Community Center; and May 5 at the Dorothy Swanda Jones Building in Palmer.  If you are unable to attend one of these meetings you can submit your comments to the Borough Clerk’s Office or provide your comments by telephone at the May 5 meeting.  To call into the meeting on May 5, please call (907) 891-7133. For more information please contact the Borough Clerk’s Office at 861-8683.

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air again–The Mat-Su Borough Assembly will hold a special meeting at the Willow Community Center to discuss the next Borough budget on Friday, May 2nd. The public is invited to attend and offer input regarding budget priorities.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

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The Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce announces its Annual Scholarship application is available.
This scholarship is open to graduating students and continuing students in the Susitna Valley High School attendance area, including home-schoolers and returning  students. The awards may be used for any expense incurred in post-secondary education.
Applications for this year’s scholarships are available throughout the community, including Susitna Valley High School, at post offices and libraries, on the web at talkeetnachamber.org, and by calling Geri at 733-2599. Applications must be received no later than 3pm on April 25th.

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The Upper Susitna Seniors are looking for volunteers to help with transplanting and other greenhouse chores at Birch Creek Ranch. The results of your labor are donated to the Upper Susitna Senior Center for their plant sale the first Saturday in June. If you can help out, you may call Leilani at 733-1090, or Meryl at 733-4145.
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thru Wed noon–Spring returning birds reported: Sandhill Cranes, Yellowlegs, Pine  Siskins, and a Robin in Denali State Park. Has anyone seen or heard a robin in Talkeetna, Sunshine, or Trapper Creek?

Previously announced: Varied thrushes have been heard. Gulls were heard along the Susitna River. Rusty blackbird,  Dark-eyed juncos, and a ruby-crowned kinglet already! Trumpeter Swans and Common Goldeneye ducks. Snow Bunting, Barrow’s Goldeneye duck (with mallards and common mergansers)

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The Free Box  provides donated clothing, toys, and household items free to anyone who stops by to “shop”. Volunteers who staff it are hoping to keep it open seven days a week through spring, summer, and fall… maybe with YOUR help? If you’d like to volunteer at the Free Box, call Nancy at 414-2022. The Free Box is located next to NSI, in Talkeetna.

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The Public Health Nurse will be at the Northern Susitna Institute on Tues. April 29, from 11:00-1:00. Infant, children and adult immunizations available. Please call 352-6638 for information or appointment.

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The next Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce Board meeting is at the Flying Squirrel May 6th at 9am.

The General Members meeting is May 8th’s at Flying Squirrel this is the 1 minute sound off for your business. Starts with a 6:30pm social. Last meeting till Sept. 2014.

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Do you write? Maybe a deadline would help! KTNA invites all local writers to contribute to a new weekly program, Writer’s Voice.  We record five to ten minutes of your fiction or non-fiction work, prose or poetry, in your voice. The program is produced at KTNA, and published on our website.  If you’re interested, call Deborah Brocke at 733-1700, for more information, or email deb [at] ktna [dot] org.

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KTNA Classifieds

To get your classified notice on the air, send an e-mail via ktna.org or call 733-1700 weekdays, 733-1200 voice-mail on weekends.

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Do you know someone between the ages of 14 and 17 who may be interested in working as a crew member on the YCC? The Upper Susitna Soil & Water Conservation District is now accepting applications to be a 2014 Youth Conservation Corps Member. Only 2-3 Positions remain open, until they are filled. For more information or for an application form go to usswcd.org or call 733-7923

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Want to live in the backcountry of Denali State Park this summer?  Denali State Park is now hiring for Seasonal Trail Crew Members. Work will include maintaining, improving and constructing new trails.  Applicants should have the ability to lift and carry up to 60 lbs over long distances in difficult terrain, and work and live in remote settings. In addition, applicants must be over 18 years of age and possess a valid Alaska ID. For more information contact Chris Love, Park Specialist at (907) 355-7742.

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thru Sun–Apartment for rent: Two-bedroom, two bath, heat included. Next to Upper Susitna Senior Center, in the Senior Village. 733-2369.
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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 from our web site, ktna.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 7:45, and following midday classifieds at about 12:20 and evening classifieds at about 6:20. * 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 Sun midday–To Leonard Tally on Montana Creek: Hoping to hear from you by Saturday or Sunday, please let me know you’re doing okay. I really appreciate all the help. Sunday’s my birthday, I was hoping we could get together. Show up at the Latitude. Love, Christina

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thru Sun–To Mr. More-Grizzled-Than-You: Grower commander will be in on the moon’s day with forty thousand ladies and a resupply. Hope it is about half as wet as before in there.  Watch the grass grow. From the King of the Mick Comb.

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To all Denali Echoes users: Please remember that any messages left by e-mail after office hours, like on the weekend, won’t be received by staff until mid-morning Monday. If you would like to get your echo on the air on Sunday, please leave it on voicemail at 733-1200. From KTNA staff.

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