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Green Light Circus kicks off 2017 program

Monday, June 5, 2017
Green Light Circus instructors Marisa Kellogg (L) and Ben Mobley. Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

Green Light Circus instructors Marisa Kellogg (L) and Ben Mobley. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

The Green Light Circus started May 31st and there are some new instructors from Boulder, Colorado that are keeping the wonderful world of circus camp alive and well in Talkeetna.  KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Marisa Kellogg and Ben Mobley about some of the exciting circus tricks and skills that they are working on with the young circus trainees.

 

UPDATE: The Green Light Circus Performances are at 7pm June 15th through 17th, Thursday to Saturday, with the Instructor Show on Sunday June 18th (time TBD).

Alaska Railroad holds annual photo contest

Friday, June 2, 2017
This is the grand prize photograph from last year’s Catch the Train Photo Contest. Pictured is the Coastal Classic chugging along the Turnagain Arm. Photo Credit: Michael Sullivan.

This is the grand prize photograph from last year’s Catch the Train Photo Contest. Pictured is the Coastal Classic chugging along the Turnagain Arm. Photo Credit: Michael Sullivan.

The Alaska Railroad has launched its 2017 photo contest with some significant prizes for the winners and finalists.

The submission period for the contest began last month, and runs through early December. Submissions are being accepted on the Alaska Railroad’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages by using the hashtag #CatchTheTrainAK. The press release announcing the contest says that photos of either passenger or freight trains may be used.

After the submission period, twelve people will be chosen as finalists, and their photos will appear in the Alaska Railroad’s onboard magazine as well as its 2019 calendar. The winner will be determined through an online voting process.

That winner will receive a cash prize as well as a travel package to Denali National Park including rail passes and accommodations at the Grande Denali Lodge.

 

Marijuana manufacturing, cultivation facilities file for licenses in Sunshine

Friday, June 2, 2017

Two commercial marijuana facilities have submitted license applications for state licenses in Sunshine.

Budmasters Limited Partnership plans to set up a marijuana cultivation facility. According to information provided in the license application, the facility is planned to be well off the Talkeetna Spur Road. The official physical address is on a road not directly connected to the Spur, and the application states that the grow facility will have a driveway longer than 500 feet. The owners plan a total cultivation area of just over 600 square feet.

In addition, X-Tracted Laboratories has filed for a manufacturing facility license. The application is identical to one previously submitted for Royal Mountain Extracts. Joe McAneney is one of the partners in the venture. He says the second application was filed in order to change the name of the facility. McAneney, who is also a partner in The High Expedition in Downtown Talkeetna, says there are only plans for one manufacturing facility at the site.

At its May meeting, the Susitna Community Council took no action regarding the Royal Mountain Extracts license application. Council Chair Trevor Walter says the board took no specific action in recommending for or against the application’s approval. Walter says as long as a business is not violating local or state laws, and is in good standing with the state and borough, that the council does not see a need to intervene.

Limiting the number of marijuana licenses in Sunshine is on the Susitna Community Council’s agenda for June. Trevor Walter points out that, since Sunshine is unincorporated, the council itself can make no such limitation. It is only allowed to advise the Mat-Su Borough. Walter says he is in communication with the borough and the state to see if they intend to limit licenses in specific areas.

Talkeetna dike repair to begin later this month

Friday, June 2, 2017

Repair work on the Talkeetna dike and revetment is expected to begin in about three weeks.

The structure was damaged in the 2012 flood, and after years of applications and appeals, the Mat-Su Borough has received funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to restore it to pre-flood condition.

Mat-Su Borough Public Works Director Terry Dolan says the work will involve construction and heavy vehicles in and around Downtown Talkeetna starting around June 20th.

The first phase of the work is hauling rock to the end of Main Street. Terry Dolan says high pedestrian traffic makes driving large vehicles during the day risky and disruptive, so the hauling is to be done at night. Dolan says the trucks will not use backup beepers or a type of compressed air brake that can be noisy. He says there will be some inevitable noise due to the trucks themselves and the dumping of rocks to make the repairs.

Terry Dolan says the goal is to strike a balance between completing the work this summer and minimizing impacts on visitors and residents.

VFW Post 3836 honors fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A wreath and symbols of remembrance were laid before the flag pole at the Talkeetna Cemetery on Monday.  Photo by Phillip Manning - KTNA

A wreath and symbols of remembrance were laid before the flag pole at the Talkeetna Cemetery on Monday. Photo by Phillip Manning – KTNA

As it does each year, VFW Post 3836 in Talkeetna honored its fallen members on Monday, whether they passed in combat or at home. This year, about forty people turned out on a chilly, wet Memorial Day morning to the Talkeetna Cemetery for the ceremony.

The auxiliary laid a wreath at the base of the flagpole, and the list of local veterans who have passed away was read. The wreath was soon joined by symbols of remembrance, purity, and eternity. The final symbol placed before the wreath was the American flag.

While the ceremony itself took place with a sense of solemn remembrance, it was quickly followed by a potluck where comrades, auxiliary members, and their friends and families enjoyed an abundance of food and each other’s company.

 

Pilots flock to Talkeetna for 2017 fly-in

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
A Vultee BT-13B "Valiant" parked at the Talkeetna State Airport during the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In. Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

A Vultee BT-13B “Valiant” parked at the Talkeetna State Airport during the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

This past weekend, over 180 airplanes filled every ‘parkable’ inch of the Talkeetna State Airport for the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In.

Aircraft lined up in Talkeetna for the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In.  Photo:  Katie Writer - KTNA

Aircraft lined up in Talkeetna for the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

Organizers of the event applaud Airport Manager Steve Hanson for his willingness to host the 7th Annual Fly-in while the airport expansion is underway. The runway was extremely busy at times during the flying events as air taxis patiently waited their turn for takeoff. It appeared that they too were pulling off some of their best performances in slow flight and smooth landings as they landed in the mix of contestants competing for a prize.  Some of the events included a Poker Run, Slow/Fast Competition, Aerial Scavenger Hunt, Balsa Flying Contest, Takeoff/Landing Demos, and the Missing Man Formation Flight.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with some of the organizers of the Talkeetna Fly-in as well as those who participated in the festive weekend of activities.

 

2017 Talkeetna Fly-In Award Winners (L to R): Vince Ferenczy, Caleb Newville, Josh Eckl, Audrey Cole, Chris Jung, Rod Hanson, Shaun Milke, Robert Kelly.  Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

2017 Talkeetna Fly-In Award Winners (L to R): Vince Ferenczy, Caleb Newville, Josh Eckl, Audrey Cole, Chris Jung, Rod Hanson, Shaun Milke, Robert Kelly. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

Talkeetna Airport paving to begin this week

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
An aircraft uses the temporary taxiway at Talkeetna State Airport as paving work gets ready to begin.  Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

An aircraft uses the temporary taxiway at Talkeetna State Airport as paving work gets ready to begin. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Jim Nelson is a frequent voice on the radio talking with pilots as they come and go from Talkeetna State Airport. With 29 years of experience working for flight service, he is highly qualified to take on the challenges of orchestrating air traffic this summer while the airport expansion is taking place. The repaving of the runway and taxiways is starting this week and the pilots will be taking off from a widened taxi way and using the service road as a taxiway while the contractors busily prepare and repave the runway.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Jim this weekend about how they plan to maintain smooth operation of aircraft arrivals and departures with safety and a top priority.

Jim Nelson with Flight Services in Talkeetna.  Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

Jim Nelson with Flight Services in Talkeetna. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

Northern Valley to receive “multiple waves of rain” through Wednesday

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The National Weather Service says the Northern Susitna Valley could see significant additional rainfall this week.

 

According to a special weather statement issued Tuesday morning, Southcentral Alaska is expected to see “several waves” of rainfall beginning late Tuesday and lasting through Wednesday. The northern and eastern portions of the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys are listed by the National Weather Service as areas that are expected to see the more than an inch of rain.

 

The National Weather Service says creeks and rivers may rise along with the additional rainfall, particularly those in the Susitna drainage.

 

As of Tuesday, area rivers are forecast to rise, but are not expected to reach flood stage.

Bank restoration workshop held in Talkeetna

Monday, May 22, 2017
Workshop participants applying the techniques they learned on bank restoration. Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

Workshop participants applying the techniques they learned on bank restoration. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

 

This past week, there was a two-day Fish Habitat Workshop put on by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The first day was held at the Talkeetna Library. The speakers from Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Plant Materials Center, and US Fish and Wildlife Service educated a diverse group of participants on habitat and restoration technique. The group then worked with local landowner, Geri McCann on restoring a 100-foot eroding bank on the Susitna River. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with the organizers and participants last Wednesday.

(L to R) Franklin Dekker, a hydrologist for US Fish and Wildlife Service, Catherine Inman with Mat-Su Conservation Services, Tracy Smith with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, property owner Geri McCain. Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

(L to R) Franklin Dekker, a hydrologist for US Fish and Wildlife Service, Catherine Inman with Mat-Su Conservation Services, Tracy Smith with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, property owner Geri McCann. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

 

The riverbank along the McCanns' property that workshop attendees worked on last week. Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

The riverbank along the McCanns’ property that workshop attendees worked on last week. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA