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KTNA On Air Auction Dec 8th – 11th

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

KTNA is pleased to announced that there will be an On Air Auction December 8th through December 10th.

Tune in Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 3pm and 8pm to 9pm for the opportunity to bid on one of many items.

Many businesses have contributed wonderful gifts and services for KTNA to Auction

We would like to thank

Great Harvest Bread Company

Mountain High Pizza Pie

Talkeetna Air Taxi

Talkeetna Roadhouse

Bear Tooth/ Mooses Tooth

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra

Studio Z

Alaska Railroad

Birch Creek Ranch

Kaladi Brothers

Ciri

Norther Susitna Institute

Denali Brewing Company

Talkeetna Historical Society

Denali Arts Council

Cubby’s

Denali Zipline Tours

Denali Nordic Ski Club

K2 Aviation

Princess Lodge

Borough Eyes Plan for Recycling at Transfer Stations

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dealing with trash is a growing issue in the Mat-Su Borough.  The borough’s solid waste division is millions in the red, and user fees are not making up the difference.  Now, the Mat-Su may be laying the groundwork for a community-driven recycling program to take pressure off of the landfill.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Talkeetna Community Council, the most discussed topic was the outline of a plan to incorporate recycling with refuse transfer stations in the Mat-Su Borough.  Butch Shapiro is the borough’s solid waste manager.  He started Monday’s presentation by explaining how landfills are divided into units called ‘cells:’

“A landfill cell is like a big swimming pool.  You have to build this structure to put this stuff in because you don’t want this stuff leaking out into the water system, and those things are expensive.”

The expense comes from measures that are required to prevent toxins from leaking out of the trash and into soil and groundwater.  Those cells eventually fill up.  Butch Shapiro says that each one is estimated to last for 5-7 years.  After that, a new cell is needed.  Shapiro says that adds up quickly.

“The last one we built was about $4,350,000.  That’s just to open a cell…We have about another $4 million to close a cell to EPA standards.” (more…)

Man Arrested in Talkeetna for Domestic Violence

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

On Sunday night, Alaska State Troopers arrested a Talkeetna man on two counts of assault as well as reckless endangerment.  Troopers say that they responded to a reported assault around 8:30 in Downtown Talkeetna.  They say that 28 year old Dylan Annis assaulted a juvenile family member multiple times over the course of the day.  Because the alleged victim is a juvenile, most details are not available.  Annis was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was held without bail.

Freezing Rain Predicted for Much of Southcentral

Monday, December 1, 2014

Snow is finally arriving in the Upper Valley, but a large portion of Southcentral is forecast to receive freezing rain through Tuesday morning.

On Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory for the Matanuska Valley, Anchorage, and parts of the Kenai Peninsula. The Susitna Valley is not currently forecast to receive freezing rain.  The National Weather Service says the icy precipitation will likely give way to snow by the afternoon, but those driving south from the Susitna Valley could encounter icy roads.

Thanksgiving Power Outage Caused by Crash

Monday, December 1, 2014

Over the holiday weekend, Alaska State Troopers responded to multiple crashes, one of which caused a Thanksgiving power outage in Downtown Talkeetna.

On Thursday,Troopers responded just before 4:00 am to a report of a vehicle that had struck a power pole.  The accident was near the crossing of the railroad tracks and the Talkeetna Spur Road.  Troopers say that 20 year old Jacob Nordman collided with the pole, and was driving while impaired.  Troopers also say that Nordman has an active warrant in Wisconsin for violating probation on charges of burglary, damage to property, and theft.  Nordman was arrested and held without bail.

Later that morning, the Matanuska Electric Association reported on its Facebook page that a line crew was en route.  Power was restored by late morning, but had to be taken down again in the early afternoon in order to replace the damaged power pole.  For most people Downtown, the lights were back on in plenty of time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Troopers also reported two accidents near Cantwell last week, including one fatality on Wednesday.  Early Sunday morning, a Willow woman lost control of her vehicle near mile 83.5 of the Parks Highway and was injured.  Icy conditions were cited in all of the accidents.

Iditarod Musher Injured in Accident Near Willow

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Karin Hendrickson at the 2013 Iditarod restart.  Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

Karin Hendrickson at the 2013 Iditarod restart. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

On Tuesday, Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson was injured when a Talkeetna woman lost control of her vehicle and struck the ATV that Hendrickson’s dog team was pulling.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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Alaska State Troopers received a call just before 7:30 on Tuesday evening that a vehicle had struck the ATV ridden by musher Karin Hendrickson near Mile 91 of the Parks Highway.  Troopers say that Mabel Quilliam of Talkeetna was driving northbound on the highway when her vehicle left the road and collided with Hendrickson’s ATV.  Hendrickson was being pulled by her sled dog team on a training run.  Quilliam was not reported as being injured.  Hendrickson was taken from the scene by Talkeetna EMS and eventually to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.  Maliko Ubl is Hendrickson’s handler.  She says she spoke with Hendrickson on Wednesday about her injuries.

“I talked to her this morning.  She sounds pretty good, but it sounds like she–something in her back is broken…and she also has a broken leg.” (more…)

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What’s Open on Thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Around the Upper Valley, families and other groups will be preparing big meals on Thursday.  Almost as much of a tradition as cooking the meal itself is the last minute rush for a forgotten ingredient.  For those who find themselves without a critical component on Thursday, however, shopping options will be limited, as Cubby’s will be closed on Thursday.  Nagley’s General Store will be open on Thanksgiving Day, but will close early.

For those who don’t want to cook but still want the traditional Thanksgiving meal, there are a couple of options.   The newly re-opened Sheep Creek Lodge will be serving a buffet style meal with all the traditional fixings starting at 10:00 am.  The Talkeetna Roadhouse also has a special Thanksgiving offering at 2:00 pm.  Reservations are required for the Roadhouse dinner.

Anyone who knows of pot-luck style gatherings for Thanksgiving is welcome to share them on the KTNA Facebook page.

Instead of Flocking To Stores, Some Artists Plan to “Flood The Streets With Art”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

For many people, the day after Thanksgiving is “Black Friday,” the day when retailers slash prices and try as hard as they can to get shoppers through their doors.  Now, a social-media driven campaign is offering a different kind of experience.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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Around the country, Black Friday is a day of waking up early–or not going to bed at all–in order to line up outside stores for the big holiday sales.  A growing group of artists is trying to change that, including some in the Mat-Su Borough.

What they do instead of partake in the shopping frenzy is hold an event called “Flood the Streets With Art.”   At least two Valley artists are getting involved.  One of them is Wasilla artist Lori Teich.  She explains how it works:

“Local artists put paintings out–or your piece of art, and it’s basically like karma during the holidays.” (more…)

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Su Valley Production of Twelfth Night Opens Monday

Friday, November 21, 2014

Starting on Monday, Su Valley High School put on a three night run of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  As with last year’s production of Romeo and Juliet, the classic play will be paired with 20th century music.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning went to Su Valley and spoke with some of the people involved:

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Kathy Trump is the theatrical director for the Su Valley production of Twelfth Night.  Directing Shakespeare is a big task in itself, but this version will also include music and a change of setting.  As a result, she says the show required a team of directors.

“We have an artistic director, who is Jen Keenan.  We have a music director, who is Heidi Hartley, and we have a technical director, who is Noelle Mischenko.  So, we have four directors, which is great.”

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s comedies.  In the original version, it takes place in Illyria, a region of Eastern Europe.  Kathy Trump says that, in Su Valley’s production, the events unfold in Morocco in the 1940s. (more…)

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