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Junior nordic shows Upper Valley youth the joy of skiing

Friday, February 12, 2016
Coach Aubrey Smith with some of this year's Junior Nordic skiers. Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

Coach Aubrey Smith with some of this year’s Junior Nordic skiers. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

By:  Katie Writer – KTNA

As the days are getting longer by 5 minutes and 34 seconds per day, Denali Junior Nordic Ski Program enjoyed the solid snow pack on Wednesday, held at the Talkeetna Lakes Park.

Over 45 participants, including family members and friends, teamed up and set out to fill their punch cards in a unique ski orienteering course.

Coach Aubrey Smith explains,

“Today all the kids have maps with also a punch card. They are going to go around the course on the Talkeetna Lakes Trails with flags and punches..”

The ages range from 5-13 years old, though younger siblings account for a good number of participants. While older kids hone their striding and speed on skis, many younger siblings learn first by watching and trying out their own skis. (more…)

“Hero dog” dies after battle with cancer

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Ben Heinrichs and "Buddy" in 2010.  Photo by Diana Haecker

Ben Heinrichs and “Buddy” in 2010. Photo by Diana Haecker

Buddy, the “hero dog” that led an Alaska State Trooper to a structure fire in the spring of 2010 has died after a battle with cancer.

Ben Heinrichs, Buddy’s owner, describes the fire that led to his German Shepard becoming a national celebrity.

“I was out working in the shop. I was using gas to clean parts on a truck, and I had an electric heater in there. It ignited the gas fumes. I ran out, because I was on fire. I had to roll in the snow, and I went back in and got my dog out. I told him we needed to get help, and that’s when it all started.” (more…)

MTA attempts state-level deregulation for landlines

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Members of the Matanuska Telephone Association throughout the Mat-Su Borough recently received a ballot asking whether the telecom company should be exempt from regulation by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Most of MTA’s services are already outside of the jurisdiction of the RCA. The only service that is still regulated at the state level is landline telephones. Other services, including wireless phones, television, and Internet, would continue to be regulated by the Federal Communication Commission.

Carolyn Hanson, Director of Marketing and Sales, says deregulating will save MTA members $175,000 annually by eliminating the state administrative fee that goes to the RCA. Hanson says that many customers won’t see a big difference in their phone bill, but some larger entities will.

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Local student to compete for national VFW scholarship

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Su-Valley student has won the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy contest for the state of Alaska.

Senior Élan Grenier started off by winning the local contest held by VFW Post 3836 in Talkeetna. That victory comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Grenier went on to win the state contest, netting her another $1,000 scholarship. The state victory also earns Grenier a trip to Washington, D.C. and the chance to compete for additional scholarship money. The national winner of the Voice of Democracy contest receives a $30,000 scholarship. All levels of the contest are based on the theme “My Vision for America.”

Two other local students won scholarships at the local level. Reece Williams won the Vicki-Webb Memorial Scholarship, and Kenneth Wallace won the Joan Katkus Scholarship. Both of those scholarships are given by VFW Post 3836.

Borough hopes to begin work on 2012 flood damage this summer

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Mat-Su Borough hopes to begin work on federally funded repairs to Yoder Road and the Talkeetna dike this summer.

 

Both structures were damaged by the Fall 2012 flood. Initially, the borough had to appeal for funding from the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency for the Talkeetna dike, since the structure was not listed on flood maps at the time. That appeal was successful, and the process is now at the federal level.

 

Borough Emergency Manager Casey Cook says FEMA has written initial scopes of work for both Yoder Road and the Talkeetna dike and sent them to the borough for review. Cook says borough staff is revising those scopes of work to address concerns the borough has about lack of information. The documents are expected to go back back to FEMA and the State of Alaska by the end of the week.

 

Casey Cook says he still hopes to begin work this summer, and plans to attend the next meeting of the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. to answer questions from area residents.

 

KTNA Decadent Dessert Auction

Monday, February 8, 2016

KTNA and Members present:

The Decadent Dessert Auction

Tuesday, February 9th to Friday, February 12th, 2016

Wednesday at 12:30pm Up first are

Italian Orange Almond Cake by Diane Ziegner.

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 At 1:15 – 1:45: 3 Pounds of Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts by Barbara Mercer

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At 2:15 – 2:45:

ABA Cheesecake (Always Been Around Cheesecake)
This is a 200 year old secret family recipe.  A graham cracker crust surrounds a sweet cream cheese base which is layered with cinnamon and topped with a semi-sweet layer of cream. by Monique Peters
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 In support of KTNA

and the Upper Susitna Food Pantry

sponsored by Cubby’s Marketplace 

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KTNA has teamed up with Cubby’s Marketplace to support the Upper Susitna Food Pantry, it includes Talkeetna, Susitna, Caswell, and, essentially,  most of the Northern Susitna Valley.  The Auction will take place on the air, anyone can call in with a bid.  Cubby’s will give a gift card to the food bank for desserts that are sold for $75 or more.

KTNA has teamed up with Cubby’s Marketplace and Matanuska Valley Fe

deral Credit Union to support the Trapper Creek Food Bank, (that is our area food bank’s name, it includes Talkeetna, Susitna, Caswell, and, essentially, most of the Northern Susitna Valley). The Auction will take place on the air, anyone can call in with a bid. Cubby’s will give a gift card to the food bank for desserts that are sold for $75 or more, and the Credit Union will match with Cubby’s gift cards as well.KTNA has teamed up with Cubby’s Marketplace and Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union to support the Trapper Creek Food Bank, (that is our area food bank’s name, it includes Talkeetna, Susitna, Caswell, and, essentially, most of the Northern Susitna Valley). The Auction will take place on the air, anyone can call in with a bid. Cubby’s will give a gift card to the food bank for desserts that are sold for $75 or more, and the Credit Union will match with Cubby’s gift cards as well.KTNA has teamed up with Cubby’s Marketplace and Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union to support the Trapper Creek Food Bank, (that is our area food bank’s name, it includes Talkeetna, Susitna, Caswell, and, essentially, most of the Northern Susitna Valley). The Auction will take place on the air, anyone can call in with a bid. Cubby’s will give a gift card to the food bank for desserts that are sold for $75 or more, and the Credit Union will match with Cubby’s gift cards as well. Tune in, stream in, and/or click on the photo of Sharon Montagnino’s delectable for more details!-




Domestic risk of Zika virus low in Alaska

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The World Health Organization declared Zika virus a global health emergency this week. Experts believe there is a strong link between the virus and a serious birth defect, but that the risk to most Alaskans is low. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has this report:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 80% of people who are infected by the Zika virus will show no outward symptoms. Those who do may suffer from fever, headache, rash, and joint pain. The most serious potential impact of the disease is a strongly suspected link between Zika and the birth defect microcephaly. Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the state, says that link is not certain at this point.

“There’s a lot of work that’s being done to figure out what’s going on with that, and how strong of an association it is, and if there are other things that are related to that defect.” (more…)

Frontiersman issues correction on Talkeetna water story

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman is running a correction regarding a story on the Talkeetna Sewer and Water system that appeared in Sunday’s paper.

Matt Tunseth, editor of the Frontiersman, contacted KTNA to correct an erroneous statement regarding the recent repair of a pump used in the arsenic treatment process. The story conflated the cost of the repair with a recent loan taken out by the sewer and water system to make repairs and upgrades. Matt Tunseth’s complete statement reads:

“A story that ran in Sunday’s edition of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman about repairs to the Talkeetna water system contained a major error. The pump repair actually cost the borough $210 — not $214,000, as was first reported. We’d like to apologize to the Mat-Su Borough’s Public Works Department for our mistake.”

The correction is also posted on the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman website.

KTNA Valentine Week Decadent Dessert Auction

Friday, January 29, 2016

KTNA is having a four day Decadent Dessert Auction
February 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th

Cheesecake w Chocolate Swirl and Strawberries Sue Deyoe Raspberry Cake Ruth Wood Mango Saffron Cheescake Strawberry Rhubarb Love Cupcakes Blueberry Cheesecake

The auction is one of our favorite fund raising event and our listeners love it.
If you have time and creative inspiration please consider donating a dessert to our auction. We hope to auction several desserts each day throughout the four day Valentine event .  Your support is appreciated.

Please contact the station at 733 1700 if you can donate a dessert for the auction.