Today’s Announcements

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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Coming up on KTNA:

Wed–Tonight on Wednesday’s Pick: Outdoor Explorer: Invasive plants. Alaska’s lakes, streams and forests are, in many cases, much as they were before the industrial age, with the same species of trees, plants, fish and animals that would have been found here centuries ago, but that’s all in danger of changing. Invasive plants on land and water can spread rapidly. It has  happened elsewhere in the U.S., often with devastating impacts on natural ecosystems. Here, there is more of a chance to snip the problem in the bud before it spreads too far. Weeds entering a new system are something like viruses, or cancers, that can be dealt with relatively easy in the early stage, but become unmanageable if they go too far. The hopeful news is that Alaskans are tackling this challenge, and it is not too late to make a difference. Invasive plants, this evening at 7 pm.

Stay tuned after midday news on Thursdays for News from the Ranger Station. It airs at 12:3o, and again on Saturdays during the six o’clock evening announcements. It’s produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station.

Thursday–This week on Reveal:  Trial and Error. President Donald Trump has used the threat of foreign-born terrorists to justify his travel ban – but since 9/11, nearly every terrorist attack in the United States has come from within. On this episode of Reveal, the team investigates which domestic terror episodes get tracked and why. Reveal airs at 7 pm on Thursdays.
start Fri–This Saturday on The Moth Radio Hour:  Motherlove, Money, and War. This week’s stories: Award-winning author and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger spends many years covering war and thinks that he’s come close to knowing what soldiers experience, best-selling author Jamaica Kincaid is sent to live with her aunt after the birth of her little brother, and a problem gambler with a destructive streak tells himself he can beat the odds just one last time. The Moth Radio Hour airs 7 pm, on Saturdays.

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read Mon-Tues midday, Friday:  Recycling of the usual 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.

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Tuesdays, Wed am–Volunteer services are needed for a community project making Christmas stockings for the food pantry. Everyone is welcome at the Upper Susitna Senior Center every Wednesday from 11 am-5 pm.

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National Park Rangers will present an evening slide presentation every Wednesday, 8:00 pm at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. This is a free program open to the public.

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Tues eve thru Thurs–The Summer Lunch and Backpack programs for kids up to 18 years old are up and running in Talkeetna and Trapper Creek.

Lunch is available in Trapper Creek at the Trapper Creek Public Library on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:00 and  at the Talkeetna Public Library on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00. Summer meal backpacks will be available throughout the day.
Lunch is also available at the Upper Susitna Food Pantry from 12:00 to 12:30 Wednesday through Friday.

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Thursdays, Friday am — Storytime in Spanish at the Talkeetna Library is every Friday at 11:15 through the summer. This event will be bilingual (English and Spanish) and the target audience is pre-school age children but everyone is welcome, especially those who wish to brush up on their Spanish.  Activities will include stories, movement, music and a light snack.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer Pironis (Puh-ROHN-us) at 315-1472.

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Thurs thru Fri middays–Softball for kids has started again for the summer. All elementary school aged kids are welcome to join  at 3:00 p.m. every Friday at the downtown Talkeetna ball field. Nothing is needed except a love for the game!

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The  Willow Farmers Market will be starting Friday June 30 and running every Friday from 2-7pm through Sept 15th. The non-profit Willow Farmers Market features all Alaska Grown, Alaska produced, and Alaska made items with  several Talkeetna vendors. It’s located at mile 68.8 Parks Highway.

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Live at Five is the free, family-friendly outdoor concert held every Friday in the Talkeetna Village Park. It’s sponsored by Denali Arts Council and the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce, along with many area businesses and non-profits. All are welcome to this week’s performance by the Denali Cooks.

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Talkeetna Historical Society and the Talkeetna Ranger Station are teaming up to bring  you a Denali mountaineering film series from 1997. The first will be shown this Sunday, July 2nd at 6 pm  at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station. The event is free to the public. The film is Brad and Barbara Washburn discussing their historic 1947 climb when Barbara became the first woman to successfully summit Denali.  These films are part of an M.O.U. signed with the Mazama (ma-ZAMA…rhymes with Obama) Library archive and is now part of the Talkeetna Historical Society’s library archive.  For more information, contact the Historical Society and Museum at 733-2487.

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Talkeetna Library will begin ordering new books, DVDs and audio books for the next fiscal year, beginning July 1st. Suggestions and recommendations are greatly welcomed.  You may leave your list with any of the staff and they will do their best to fill the requests. You may leave your name if you wish. Thank you from the staff at the Talkeetna Library.

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start Wed eve–A Caregiver Support Group meets on the first Monday of every month from 10:00 – 11:30am at Sunshine Community Health Center in Talkeetna.   This is a professionally facilitated program to listen, learn and share your experience. Registration is not necessary. For more information call 733-9207.

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The Talkeetna Community Council will hold a regular monthly meeting on Monday July 3rd, 7 pm, at the Talkeetna Library. The public is invited.

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In observance of the Independence Day Holiday on Tuesday, July 4th, the following will be closed:

Sunshine Community Health Center clinics in Talkeetna and Willow. Both clinics will reopen on Wednesday, July 5th at 9 AM.

The KTNA office will be closed. There will be no local news and announcements on Tuesday.

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thru Thurs–On June 18, 2017, Father’s Day, Ricky Ray Koch, (Cook) age 60, lost his life in a motorcycle accident while riding with close friends on the Dalton Highway. A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be held in Kenai on Thursday June 29th, starting at 1 pm. See the obituary at ktna.org for details.

Every July for the past 21 years Rick has organized the Glenn Koch Memorial One-Pitch Softball Tournament in Talkeetna. This year the tournament will be renamed the Glenn & Rick Koch Memorial One-Pitch Tournament. The tournament will be held in Talkeetna, July 7th thru 9th. On Saturday, the 8th of July, at noon-ish, there will be an Opening Ceremony with a dedication to Rick. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Pam Rannals at 907-733-2355.

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air later–The 6th annual NSI Cardboard Boat Regatta will take place on the “high seas” of Christiansen Lake on Saturday, July 15th.  Along with the usual categories of fastest and most creative, a new category, “The Jury Rig Award”, has been added.  Participants in this category will start at noon on Saturday and have two hours to create a vessel. Cardboard and a half roll of duct tape will be provided.  You are welcome to drop off large appliance and furniture boxes at NSI between now and July 15th.

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Moose and Friends on Parade is seeking entries for the 4th of July parade.  New this year they are inviting artists to design a friend (salmon, bear, wolf, etc.) to parade with the traditional moose. They encourage creativity in hopes that new designs will inspire templates for future use. If you elect to design your own, please make sure your submission is no larger than 4’x5’. The entry form can be downloaded at websites for the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce or Denali Arts Council.
You can contact The Talkeetna Historical Society Museum to purchase a large pre-cut moose.

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read if time allows–The Ranger Program at the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum is daily at 1:00pm. All are welcome to join a NPS ranger around a scale model of Denali and surrounding peaks to learn about climbing, history, glaciers and more.

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read if time allows–Burn permits are required for open burning of debris and the use of burn barrels in the Mat-Su Borough. You can pick up a general burn permit at your local fire station or at forestry.alaska.gov/burn.  You are required to follow the Safe Burning Requirements, and you are responsible for any fire you set or cause until it is ‘dead out.’ To check whether conditions allow burning, call the burn permit phone number:  907-761-6312.
Campfires and warming fires less than 3 feet x 3 feet do not need a general burn permit. Remember burn safely, have tools and water, and put the fire out before you leave.

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read if time allows thru June 30th–The Susitna Community Council is now accepting applications for the FY2015 Community Revenue Sharing Program Grant.This year there is $20,200.00 available for non-profits operating in or providing benefit to the Susitna Community Council area. If you would like to apply, visit www.susitnacc.org and download an application. Applications are due by June 30th at 5:00 PM.

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occasional thru Sept 30th–Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking a diverse suite of voices for its Artist-in-Residence Program to share the park’s unique story through art, with an eye to the future. Artists-in-Residence applicants are asked to focus on the subjects of sustainability, recycling, re-purposing or climate change. Alaska Native artists and artists between the ages of 16 and 25 are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted through an online process hosted by CaFÉ (CallForEntry.org) thru September 30th for residencies during the winter and summer of 2018.  For more information, you may go to the link on KTNA’s announcement page.

https://www.nps.gov/dena/getinvolved/arts-program.htm
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read occasionally– thru October 13th–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.
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read occasionally– thru October 13th–The Chase Community Council is now accepting applications for revenue sharing for FY16. The application is available on their website www.chasealaska.org for download. Copies will also be available at the library. Application process closes on Oct 13.  Any questions 733-1251
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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.
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KTNA Classifieds
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thru Sun–For rent:  One-bedroom apartment in the Sunshine Senior Village, next door to the Senior Center. For more information, leave a message at 733-2369, or at the Center, 733-6200.

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Free: Two double-drawer oak file cabinets, and free 120 gallon propane tank. Call 907-315-0501

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thru Fri noon–Found, from Pride Parade:  Two small, colorful signs, found hanging on the big one which says “Welcome to Downtown Talkeetna”. If you’d like your signs back, stop by KTNA on Second Street.

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thru Thurs am–Smart phone found on Second Street Saturday:  It looks like it was run over, screen is spider-web cracked. Call KTNA at 733-1700 to identify.

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thru Tues – More rock pickers needed on Stu’s farm.  Help harvest the rocks. Call 733-6660 for more info.


thru Sat–Lost: Silver Samsung phone in downtown Talkeetna Tuesday night. If found, call Steve: 503 421-7952.


Are you retired, or work odd hours? Or, want to beef up your resume?   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 KTNA a call. If you can’t be a regular news host, you can be a fill-in news host, and help out when you can. Call 733-1700, or email info [at] ktna [dot] org.

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Wed only–To the Gold Creek Lady:  We’ll be calling you tonite between 7 and 9 o’clock. From your daughter.


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