It was a banner weekend for the Talkeetna Bachelor’s. Scores of young single women arrived in Talkeetna to compete in the Wilderness woman contest, bid on bachelors and make charitable contributions. The results were nothing short of shocking. KTNA’s Melis Coady has more.
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BY: Melis Coady
This weekend scores of people turned out for a host of Winterfest activities despite unseasonably warm temperatures including rain and fog. Friday’s festival of lights brought holiday cheer to Main Street with its theme “reality Talkeetna.” A humorous tribute to the large influx of unscripted television shows that have ducked in and out of Talkeetna in recent history.
The parade included an appearance by Santa Claus, manger scenes with a live baby goat and rabbit, numerous public works and safety vehicles, and Sunshine transit’s new bigger 14-passenger van. The procession was brought up in the rear by dozens of real bachelors on what was fashioned to look like a multicolored ice sculpture- these dashing men in trench coats were hoping to find a mate at this weekend’s events. The men threw themselves out onto on-lookers quite literally when the brakes of the vehicle they were riding on seized up on Main Street. (more…)
On Thursday, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell came to Talkeetna as part of his U.S. Senate campaign. In addition to a Q and A event, he came by KTNA and spoke to Phillip Manning.
This year’s Alaska Railroad print features a bull moose in the foreground, with the Hurricane Train in the background conducting whistle-stop service. It was done in charcoal by artist Ray Gamradt. Ray is a structural engineer who recently became a full-time artist. He explains how he came up with his idea for the Hurricane print.
“I filtered a lot of ideas–a lot of people were contributing ideas. When I was going up on the train to study the area, people wanted to see Denali, they wanted to see various bridges and this and that. It happened to be a gray day…I wanted to just capture some of the fog clinging to the backside of Kesugi Ridge…but of course, the big emphasis being the moose, I’m just really attracted to the wildlife we have up here. I know a lot of other people are as well.” (more…)
KTNA’s Development Director, Deb Wessler, receiving a generous holiday gift.
This is the season of giving. KTNA is available to you everyday of the year. As you consider your end of year donations to the organizations that help build community, please remember KTNA. We’ve been celebrating 20 years of KTNA and, with your continued and generous support, KTNA is looking forward to the next 20 years of providing public radio programming for the upper Susitna Valley. Consider an additional gift to your public radio station or perhaps a gift membership for someone special.
Talkeetna Community Radio, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
The application for a permit to create a snow road from the Denali Highway to a spot near the proposed Susitna Watana Hydroelectric Project has drawn comments from community and environmental groups in the Susitna Valley. Now, however, another group is adding its voice, dog mushers.
The permit for the winter route from the Denali Highway to the proposed dam site inevitably drew comment from groups opposed to the dam, including the Susitna River Coalition and the Talkeetna Community Council. On Monday afternoon, word started circulating on social media that dog mushers were also concerned. (more…)
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly discussed a handful of issues related to the Upper Valley, including passing an ordinance to amend the Spur Road South SPUD.
Before discussing any ordinances, the Assembly heard from Archie Giddings, chair of the Aviation Advisory Board. Giddings says that the Board is working on a number of projects involving state-owned airports, including the Talkeetna Airport. He says that the projects are too small to qualify for FAA funding, but are still very important. The Talkeetna project mentioned at the meeting is for lot development that would clear the way for more hangar space to be made available at the airport. (more…)
On Tuesday, the Talkeetna Community Council Board of Directors held its regular monthly meeting. The biggest item on the agenda was approval of the Revenue Sharing Committee’s recommendations for local grants. Other issues were also discussed, including roads, House Bill 77, SPUD modification, and the permit application for a snow road from the Denali Highway to the Susitna River.
Charlie Loeb, Chair of the Revenue Sharing Committee, shared the Committee’s recommendations. He says this was a difficult year to decide how to distribute the $22,900 that the Council received in revenue sharing funds. (more…)
A Talkeetna-based group has drafted comments for a land use permit that could help establish a winter road for the Susitna Watana Hydroelectric project. The permit, if granted, would allow for a winter route for the next five years from the Denali Highway to a point near the proposed dam site. The plan would be to set up a camp there for future studies for the dam’s licensing process. Cruz Construction of Wasilla is the permit applicant, and would use the trail to make as many as forty round trips to haul in research and camp gear, starting in February. (more…)