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Borough, contractor fined for clean water act violation

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Clarification:  No runoff pollution was cited by the ADEC. 

Last week, KTNA reported that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has asked for a meeting with the Mat-Su Borough regarding alleged Clean Water Act violations from the Talkeetna wastewater treatment lagoon.

In addition, the state has settled with borough and its contractor for $18,050 regarding a Clean Water Act violation in the building of the Talkeetna Public Library. According to the state, the violations in the library’s construction had to do with plans to prevent pollution from storm water runoff at the site. The lack of a plan was the reason for the citation, and no pollution from runoff was reported by ADEC.

According to a press release by ADEC, the borough and its contractor, E&E Construction, took the notice of violation seriously, and worked to correct the issue. As a result, A-D-E-C says the fine is only for the amount of money that would have been spent if the borough and E&E Construction had complied from the start.

Talkeetna Council fills vacancy, approves revenue sharing grants

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

On Monday, the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors held its regular monthly meeting.

The first order of business handled by the council was filling a board vacancy. Last month, board member Iris Vandenham resigned after learning her status as a permanent legal resident, but not a United States citizen, precluded her from serving on the board, according to borough code.

According to the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. bylaws, the board chooses the person to fill a vacancy based on nominations. Laura Wright was the only nominee submitted before and at the meeting. Wright was elected by a unanimous secret ballot. (more…)

State offers to meet with borough over Clean Water Act violations

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has started the process of an enforcement action against the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

 

 

The violations the state cites are due to inadequate treatment of wastewater from the Talkeetna sewer lagoon. The borough operates the lagoon under an ADEC permit. That permit requires that certain criteria be met in the water that is eventually released into the Talkeetna River.

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Two arrested for attempted Willow burglary

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Two Talkeetna men have been arrested and charged in connection with an attempted burglary in Willow last month. According to the Alaska State Troopers, 45-year-old Lowell Scott Johnson and 25-year-old Joshua Pate were arrested on Monday without incident. Johnson and Pate are charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, and tampering with evidence.

Troopers say the crime the men are accused of occurred on November 9th. According to the initial report on that day, two men attempted to enter a residence on Pass The Bait Avenue in Willow, but left after encountering the homeowner.

The arrest report accuses Johnson and Pate of entering the residence and assaulting the occupant in an attempt to steal property. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says that the homeowner was armed, and that the accused men fled. Both men are being held on bail at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.

Troopers: Three dead in Parks Highway crash

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

On Tuesday night, a crash near Mile 50 of the Parks Highway killed three people, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers say 25-year-old Sarah Johnston was driving northbound on the Parks Highway, when her Lincoln Town Car crossed into the southbound lane. Johnston’s vehicle collided with a van driven by 33-year-old Jacob Still, which was traveling south on the highway. Troopers report that the van caught fire after the crash.

According to the trooper report, Johnston was killed in the collision, as did two passengers in the van driven by Still. The names of the two passengers have not been released. The home towns of Johnston and Still have also not yet been released.

Three accidents in four days at Parks Highway mile 89

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

On Monday evening, the Alaska State Troopers discovered a vehicle rollover at Mile 89 of the Parks Highway. Troopers say that 55-year-old Theresa Martin of Houston was driving northbound when she lost control of her SUV, resulting in the crash. Martin did not report any serious injuries to the troopers.

 

This accident is the third in four days around Mile 89 of the Parks. Last Friday, 48-year-old Kimberly Milton’s pickup rolled over while she was traveling northbound in the same area. Milton was treated for minor injuries.

 

On Saturday, an accident in the same area resulted in three hospitalizations. According to troopers, 38-year-old Shawn Rich of Wasilla was towing a trailer northbound on the highway just after 9:00 am. Troopers say Rich lost control of his truck at Mile 89 and crossed into the southbound lane, where his vehicle collided with one traveling south. That vehicle was driven by 48-year-old James Stevens of Talkeetna. Both Rich and Stevens were taken by ambulance to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. Nels Oie (OY-uh), 39 years of age, was a passenger in Shawn Rich’s vehicle. He was taken to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage by LifeMed helicopter with what troopers describe as serious injuries. Saturday’s accident closed the Parks Highway temporarily while the vehicles and injured persons were cleared from the scene.

Su Valley to begin state volleyball tournament Thursday

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Following a strong showing at the conference tournament, the Su-Valley volleyball team is headed to state for the fourth straight year.   Juniors Deborah Johnston and Gabby Faurot were named to the all-tournament team. Junior Ruby Matthews and Senior Sarena Drover were named to the all-tournament and all-conference teams. Additionally, Drover is currently one of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman’s high school athletes of the week.

The Rams finished second in the conference tournament behind Cordova. Su-Valley’s only finished with a 10 and 2 conference record, with the Rams’ only losses coming at the hands of Cordova.

The state tournament starts Thursday afternoon at Dimond High School in Anchorage. Su-Valley will take on Petersburg at 2:00 p.m. The winner will face the victor of the match between Tok and Dillingham on Friday.

The Rams finished fourth at last year’s tournament, and took home the championship in 2013.

Borough Assembly to vote on funding for MV Susitna repairs

Monday, November 30, 2015

At Tuesday’s Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting, assembly members will have before them two ordinances dealing with the MV Susitna, the vessel that was once to be a ferry between the borough and Anchorage, but which now is in the process of being sold to the Philippine Red Cross. Both ordinances have to do with paying for repairs caused to the vessel when rainwater got into the engine while it was being stored in Ketchikan. Total cost for the repairs is estimated at just over $1.1 million.

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Upper Valley road conditions downgraded by state

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Overnight rain and warmer temperatures have significantly worsened road conditions in the Upper Valley, according to the Department of Transportation. This morning, the State of Alaska classified Mile 52 to 99 of the Parks Highway as “difficult.” The Parks Highway north of the Talkeetna Spur has been classified as “very difficult,” as has Petersville Road. The Talkeetna Spur Road is currently classified as “hazardous.”

 

Up-to-date road information is available at 511.alaska.gov.