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Su Valley Voice for January 18th, 2017: KTNA’s 24th Birthday

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This week on Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning spoke with staff and volunteers from KTNA’s past and present in celebration of the station’s birthday.  The show included fond memories of classic local shows, mishaps on and off air, and voices of some of those who have passed on.

KTNA Volunteers From Past and Present Share Their Memories

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In celebration of the station’s birthday, we have invited some of the voices of KTNA past and present to reflect on their memories. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Kelly Thomas, Laura Wright, and Diane Ziegner on Tuesday about their time with KTNA. Kelly starts off the piece with the memory of her first newscast.

Wednesday at 10:00, Su Valley Voice will also be all about sharing memories of your community radio station.

Arctic Entries – “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Arctic Entries, a storytelling program based out of Anchorage, visited Talkeetna on November 16th of 2016.  The event was put on by the Talkeetna Historical Society and hosted at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar.  Seven local storytellers shared tales on the theme of, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Su Valley Basketball Teams Play Close Games Against Cordova

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Su Valley Rams boys and girls basketball teams played two games each against Cordova over the weekend.

The boys struggled in the first game on Friday, losing 48 to 62. The Rams made Saturday’s game a much closer affair, but were not able to come out with the win, losing 62 to 66.

The girls varsity team played two very close games against the Cordova Wolverines. On Friday, the Rams hit a free throw in the closing seconds to win 33 to 32.   On Saturday, both Cordova and Su Valley were able to score more easily. Cordova won in another extremely close game by a score of 52 to 53.

The boys varsity team currently has three wins and two losses.   The girls are at four wins and one loss.

The Su Valley Rams’ next home games are against King Cove next Wednesday.

Sen. Dunleavy Releases Fiscal Approach Plan Favoring Cuts over Taxes

Friday, January 13, 2017
Senator Mike Dunleavy (R) - Wasilla. Photo courtesy of the office of Mike Dunleavy

Senator Mike Dunleavy (R) – Wasilla. Photo courtesy of the office of Mike Dunleavy

For the last three sessions, the Alaska Legislature has been faced with multi-billion dollar budget shortfalls, and has had to borrow from its savings. Republican Senator Mike Dunleavy has released a plan he believes will allow the state to continue functioning without adding new taxes or finishing off its savings accounts. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.

On Wednesday, Senator Mike Dunleavy’s office released a plan that he believes could right the state’s fiscal ship and begin putting money back into governmental savings accounts within a few years.

The goal of Dunleavy’s initial plan is to utilize just over a billion dollars in budget cuts over four years and a reduced cap on increases in state spending. He says those measures will help make it so that the state can return to a net gain of revenue without imposing additional taxes or reducing payment of Permanent Fund Dividend checks each year. (more…)

Happy Birthday KTNA!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Birthday KTNA!  January 17, 1993 was KTNA’s first day on the air.  Join us for a KTNA open house birthday party from 11:00am-4:00pm  on Tuesday, January 17th.  Stop by for a piece of cake provided by Cubby’s Marketplace.


Sen. Dunleavy Explains Bills to Restore Vetoed PFD Payments

Thursday, January 12, 2017

In advance of the beginning of Alaska’s legislative session next week, Senator Mike Dunleavy , whose district includes the Upper Valley, pre-filed two bills that would restore cuts to Permanent Fund Dividend checks made last year by Governor Bill Walker. Dunleavy spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning on Thursday about the prospects of restoring last year’s PFD and his reasons for trying to do so.

Senator Dunleavy also released a fiscal approach plan this week that he believes can balance the state budget without taxing individual Alaskans. More on that plan soon from KTNA news.

Mat-Su Borough Assembly Closes Marijuana Permit Loophole, Grandfathers Talkeetna Retail Shop

Thursday, January 12, 2017

On Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly approved the ordinance to close a regulatory loophole for commercial marijuana facilities located inside special land use districts, or SPUDs. A late amendment to the ordinance could mean a marijuana retail store in Talkeetna could be cleared to open sooner than anticipated.

Due to an oversight when crafting the regulations for conditional use permits for marijuana, areas inside SPUDs were unintentionally exempted from borough permit requirements, meaning only a state license would be required for those businesses to open their doors.

The loophole affected two businesses in the Talkeetna area. Talkeetna Herb Company had already completed the state licensing process before the error in borough code was discovered, and thus was grandfathered in to not needing a permit from the borough. The High Expedition, a marijuana retail facility planned for Main Street, was also subject to the loophole.

A few Talkeetna residents who have become vocal opponents of The High Expedition’s location spoke at the meeting, urging the assembly to take steps that would prevent the store from opening. One of the requests was for the borough to reinstate a buffer around parks for commercial marijuana facilities. The High Expedition lies across the street from the campground at the end of Main Street.

Assembly Member Randall Kowalke, whose district includes Talkeetna, introduced an amendment to the ordinance that would effectively grandfather The High Expedition into the old version of marijuana regulations, meaning a borough permit is not required. Kowalke cited errors the borough made that prevented the owners of the retail facility from applying for their borough permit up to this point and letters from the Talkeetna Community Council asking that the application process for the business not be delayed.

The amendment and the ordinance as a whole passed without objection.

Su Valley Voice for January 11th, 2017: Will Peterson and Jeff King

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Jeff King (Left) and Will Peterson (Right)

Jeff King (Left) and Will Peterson (Right)


This week on Su Valley Voice, guest host Will Peterson spoke with four-time Iditarod winner Jeff King about the Iditarod, mushing in general, and King’s success in the state sport.