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Alaska Energy Authority files roadmap for Susitna Dam licensing

Monday, November 16, 2015

Even though the state legislature did not give additional funding to the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project this year, the Alaska Energy Authority has some funds left from previous years. AEA is attempting to continue the megaproject’s licensing process. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.



In response to a directive by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Alaska Energy Authority has filed a document that it says is a “roadmap” to the studies performed on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric project from June 2014 onward.


The filing is the latest in an attempt by AEA to resume the integrated licensing process for the proposed hydroelectric megaproject. (more…)

Karin Hendrickson on her recovery and preparing for the Iditarod

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Almost one year ago, Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson was hit by a car on a training run, resulting in broken bones and torn muscles. Now, she is preparing her mind, body, and team for a return to the Last Great Race. Karin spoke with KTNA’s Katie Writer about her recovery, determination, and how passion for the sport motivates her.

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The complete interview, posted below, includes more about Karin’s training process and some of her memories from past Iditarod races.

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Su Valley Volleyball ends season with undefeated conference record

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

On Tuesday, the Su-Valley Rams Volleyball team played its last home match, defeating Holy Rosary Academy three-sets-to-none. Coach Chad Valentine named Senior Sarena Drover as the player of the match.

Su-Valley finished with a perfect ten-and-oh record in conference play this year, and an overall record of twenty-one wins, six losses, and one draw. The Rams will travel to Anchorage this weekend to compete in the conference tournament, which will determine which teams move on to play for the state title. Su-Valley won the state title two years ago.

Veterans Day celebrations bridge generations in Talkeetna

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Talkeetna Elementary students thank veterans for their service at a special assembly.  Photo: AJ Sullivan

Talkeetna Elementary students thank veterans for their service at a special assembly. Photo: AJ Sullivan

This week, gatherings were held at Talkeetna Elementary School and Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3836 in Talkeetna to honor members of the armed services, both past and present, in observation of Veterans Day. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

Producer’s note: This story is optimized for audio. Readers are encouraged to listen to the attached audio file.


On Tuesday, Talkeetna Elementary School held a special assembly to recognize service members in advance of Veterans Day. Children of each grade level, staff, parents, and veterans gathered in the gymnasium to thank those who have put on the various uniforms of the United States. As part of the assembly, music teacher Kayti Heller delivered a moving rendition of “America the Beautiful.” (more…)

Borough one step closer to selling MV Susitna

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The U.S. State Department has given the Mat-Su Borough the green light to proceed with the sale of the ill-fated MV Susitna. The sale was initially announced in September, but was subject to federal approval.

The borough plans to sell the former naval prototype to the Philippine Red Cross for $1.75 million. Because the buyer is located outside of the United States, federal clearance is required. According to Borough Attorney Nicholas Spiropoulos, the State Department informed the borough that the sale is not subject to Department of Defense controls, but export provisions from the Department of Commerce will apply. That means that the final agreement between the borough and the Philippine Red Cross will contain resale restrictions.


Su-Valley heavyweight undefeated in the ring

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Su-Valley wrestler Marshall Pinard continues to dominate his weight class with his third consecutive tournament win over the weekend. Pinard went four-and-oh at the Lime Solar and Anchorage Christian Schools Invitational. The Rams’ star grappler won three matches by pin and the final against Barrow High’s Tua Milla by decision.


Pinard has won all fourteen of his tournament matches this year. Last year he took second place at the state tournament. Paul Johanson, who took first place last year, graduated, leaving Marshall Pinard primed for another deep run at next month’s state tournament.

Rams host last home volleyball game of the season tonight

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Su-Valley Rams volleyball team will play its last home match of the season against Holy Rosary tonight. The Rams have had a successful season so far, with an overall record of 20 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw. In conference play, Su-Valley improved to 9-0 with a one-sided win against Unalaska last week.


Tonight is also senior night for the volleyball team, which recognizes seniors on the squad for their play over the last four years.


After tonight, the Rams will travel to Cordova for a tournament this weekend, and the conference tournament will take place next week at Lumen Christi.

Pressure cooker moose ribs

Friday, November 6, 2015
Moose ribs fresh out of the pressure cooker.  Photo: Katie Writer

Moose ribs fresh out of the pressure cooker. Photo: Katie Writer

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Do you need to make some room in your freezer? Do you have some moose ribs taking up a lot of space? Worry not, because KTNA’s Katie Writer has a simple way to free up valuable freezer space and make a tasty meal at the same time.

Moose Ribs in the pressure cooker by Katie Writer


After fall harvest, freezer space can be a limited commodity. Why not cook those moose ribs to make some room in your freezer for your favorite quart of ice-cream? Moose ribs in a pressure cooker is my favorite way to a gourmet meal made in one pot. I referenced the ‘Presto Pressure Cooker’ Short Ribs of Beef recipe while making a few alterations. (Moose instead of Beef).   (more…)

Resignation leaves opening on Talkeetna Community Council board

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Correction:  Mary Farina was also seated on Monday after retaining her seat in October’s election.

At Monday night’s Talkeetna Community Council board of directors meeting, one new member was seated, one incumbent was seated again, and one resigned. Paul Button and Mary Farina were seated on the board at the beginning of Monday’s meeting. Outgoing board member Katie Writer thanked Button for stepping up and praised the efforts of her fellow board members. Writer opted not to run for a second term on the TCCI board earlier this year.

The board is not at its full complement of seven members, however. Board chair Whitney Wolff told attendees that board member Iris Vandenham has resigned. Wolff says that the resignation email arrived shortly before Monday’s meeting. Vandenham was out of town and did not attend Monday’s meeting.

According to the resignation letter, which Whitney Wolff read aloud, Iris Vandenham’s resignation is due to her citizenship status. Vandenham is not an American citizen, but is a legal resident. The Talkeetna Community Council allows any adult who lives within the council boundaries to serve on the board of directors. The Mat-Su Borough, however, requires that community council members be eligible to vote in the State of Alaska. Only U.S. citizens are allowed to register to vote in Alaska.

Vandenham’s letter, as well as other current and past board members expressed concern that legal permanent residents are not only prohibited from serving on the board of directors, but are also not technically members of the community council at all.

The vacancy will be filled by a vote of the remaining members of the board of directors. Nominations are being taken, and a vote will take place at next month’s meeting.