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Earlier this month, the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors heard a proposal from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for expanded parking in Downtown Talkeetna. Under the proposal, the borough would receive land from the Alaska Railroad to build the lot. The parcel also contains land along the Talkeetna riverfront. The expanded parking would begin where the current Chase lot sits, and would extend north along the railroad tracks. The plan would provide for more than thirty parking spaces for Downtown employees and a new lot for Chase residents capable of handling trucks with trailers.
The Talkeetna Community Council chose to create a committee to consider the plan and take input from the community. The committee met on Wednesday evening, and over twenty people from the Chase and Talkeetna communities attended. At its last meeting, the Chase Community Council voted to write a letter in opposition to the current plan.
Most of those who spoke acknowledge the strained nature of parking downtown during the busy summer season. Despite that, a significant majority present had reservations about going forward with the proposal.
Some of the concerns shared at Wednesday’s meeting have to do with the amount of tree clearing that would be required under the current version of the plan. A significant portion of the trail leading from the current Chase parking lot toward the railroad bridge would be cleared. Some expressed concern that this would diminish the rural feel of Talkeetna that helps draw visitors.
Objections also came up as a result of the perceived short time window in which the proposal could be accepted. Robert Sheldon, who has been in contact with both state and borough officials regarding the plan, says that the Alaska Railroad is currently under pressure from the State of Alaska, and is making efforts to cooperate with communities. He believes there is a limited amount of time the railroad is willing to wait for an answer, and says that they are not likely to go forward with the transfer of property to the Mat-Su Borough without a plan in place.
The current plan, while it borrows from previous planning documents created by the Talkeetna community, does not follow those original ideas exactly. While discussion was occasionally heated at the Wednesday meeting, those who wished to speak were able to, and potential compromises were discussed. It’s unclear what the ultimate fate of the proposal will be, but there is a good chance it will be on the Talkeetna Community Council’s agenda for March 6th.
This week on Su Valley Voice, KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Chris Mannix and Will Peterson from the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation board of directors about the foundation’s work and what may be in store for the future.
by: Katie Writer – KTNA
Dog mushing has been an important part of Talkeetna’s history. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Gerry Sousa and Kathleen Holden of Talkeetna Sundog Kennel about trail musing habitat, dog tours and the joy of being out on the runners.
Gerry is a veteran Iditarod competitor and has completed 11 out of 13 Iditarods. Although Gerry is not racing this year, he and Kathleen are still focused of raising and training dogs for future Iditarods and keeping the history of the Alaska sled dog alive.
The Su Valley Rams boys and girls teams both finished this weekend’s Crowley Classic tournament in second place.
The tournament began on Thursday with both Su Valley teams facing off against Tri-Valley. Both the boys and girls teams put up convincing victories, with the girls winning by twenty-one, and the boys winning by eighteen.
On Friday, the Rams took on Chevak and came out with two more impressive victories. The boys won their game by nineteen points, and the girls posted an even more one-sided victory, winning by thirty-one. (more…)
This week, the Alaska State Troopers say they received a report of an unknown person or persons calling Alaskans and impersonating troopers. The caller tells the person that there is a warrant for his or her arrest, and that bail can be paid directly to the caller. AST says its officers never ask for payment over the phone.
A similar phone-scamming tactic was also used throughout the state last year. No arrests have been made in the latest round of scam calls.
The 2017 Crowley Classic basketball tournament has begun at Susitna Valley High School. Teams participating this year include Nikolaevsk, Chevak, Unalaska, Tri-Valley, Wasilla Lake, Nenana, and Su Valley.
Yesterday, both the boys and girls teams won their opening games against Tri-Valley. Tonight, the Su Valley girls play at 6:30 p.m., and the boys play at 8:00 p.m. against Chevak.
Whether the Rams win tonight will determine if they play for the championship tomorrow.
by: Katie Writer – KTNA
Joy and Mai Phanhly have opened their doors to a new business on Main Street in downtown Talkeetna that serves Chinese food.
Although their restaurant front is under the name, The Salted Pickle, they plan to change the name to “The Lucky Dragon” in March. The are a takeout only business and their menu includes egg rolls, dumplings, egg drop soup, chicken, beef and seafood dishes. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with the new owners of the Salted Pickle.