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MTA: Weekend Internet and E-mail Service Issues Resolved

Monday, April 10, 2017

Matanuska Telephone Association has restored its email service after an outage this weekend.

In the overnight hours of Saturday and into Sunday morning, MTA says it experienced an email and partial internet service outage. The co-op announced on its Facebook page just before 9:00 am on Sunday that email service had been restored. MTA apologized to its customers for the outage in the same statement.

Also over the weekend, GCI encountered large-scale internet service outages from Anchorage to North Pole. On Monday, the Alaska Dispatch News reported that the outage was due to a cable that had been intentionally damaged. Carolyn Hanson, Director of Marketing and Sales for MTA, says there is some overlap in the transmission infrastructure between GCI and MTA, and that the damaged cable did impact some MTA customers’ connections during peak usage hours. Outside of the busiest times, Hanson says MTA customers were not affected.

Carolyn Hanson says the email service outage was unrelated to the damaged cable. She adds that internet traffic has since been rerouted to avoid the damaged GCI cable, and that service should go back to normal once it is repaired.

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KTNA Spring Membership Drive April 9th-16th

Friday, April 7, 2017



Join KTNA for special programming during our Spring Membership Drive April 9th-16th.  Tune it at 88.9FM or online at ktna.org.

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Friday, April 14th

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7:00pm – 2-hour edition of And Another Thing with special guest Jimmy Sandy

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Wildermuth Brings Home Jiu Jitsu State Championship

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Ria Wildermuth (center) atop the podium at the Alaska State Jiu Jitsu Championship.  Photo courtesy of Pete Keenan

Ria Wildermuth (center) atop the podium at the Alaska State Jiu Jitsu Championship. Photo courtesy of Pete Keenan

Last weekend, a Talkeetna martial artist brought home a gold medal from the Alaska State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships.

Ria Wildermuth competed in the women’s adult division for the first time at age fifteen. Her instructor, Pete Keenan, says Wildermuth won her first match on points and advanced to the finals, where she won by an arm bar.

In addition to Ria Wildermuth, Branwen Keenan, Nick Sousa, Eilish Keenan, and Cooper Stec competed at the championships. While none of them advanced past the third round, Pete Keenan says everyone fought hard, adding that two team members competed while hurt, and two others had to make significant weight cuts to be eligible to compete.

Pete Keenan says Ria Wildermuth’s is the twenty-third gold medal won by Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts students in the last seven years at the state Jiu Jitsu championships.


Search and Rescue in Rural Mat-Su Results Discovery of Deceased Snowmachiner

Thursday, April 6, 2017

On Tuesday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers found the body of a deceased Anchorage man near the confluence of the Yentna and Susitna Rivers.

According to Troopers, the remains of 66-year-old Dennis Maroney of Anchorage were found in the early afternoon, approximately two hours after he had been reported missing in the area of Deshka Landing. Maroney had let on Monday morning for his cabin near Skwentna, and was expected to return that same night. When he had not returned by around 11:00 am on Tuesday, he was reported missing.

Troopers found Maroney’s body after searching the area by helicopter. His remains were transported to Wasilla. No cause of death is currently listed, and the State Medical Examiner’s office has taken possession of Maroney’s remains to conduct an autopsy.

State Board Approves Talkeetna Marijuana Shop

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

On Wednesday, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board approved the license application for the Upper Valley’s first marijuana retail facility by a vote of three-to-two.

The application for The High Expedition received what one board member described as more opposition than any other license he had seen. That opposition came in the form of both letters and testimony over the phone to the Marijuana Control Board. Many of the concerns expressed by those in opposition are based on The High Expedition’s location on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna. Proximity to a borough-owned campground, the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, the Susitna River, and the Susitna Salmon Center were all mentioned in testimony to the board. Issues of marijuana’s federal status as a schedule one narcotic were also raised. Joe McAneney, one half of the partnership that owns The High Expedition, says his location is in compliance with all state-mandated setbacks.

Not all testimony was in opposition to The High Expedition’s license. Other license-holders and applicants as well as some Talkeetna area residents spoke in favor of the application. During the hearing, Joe McAneney told the board that neither the Talkeetna Community Council or the Mat-Su Borough Assembly had objected to the application.

Wednesday’s meeting was the final step in the process that involves a public hearing. Joe McAneney told KTNA in an earlier interview that there is at least one more administrative step that he estimates will be completed within two weeks, and he plans for The High Expedition to open its doors later this month.


Su-Valley Voice for April 5th, 2017: Choose Respect

Wednesday, April 5, 2017



This week on Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning spoke with Kirsten Strolle, behavioral health case manager, and Jayme Spires, behavioral health assistant, both from the Sunshine Community Health Center.  They discussed domestic violence and sexual assault, resources available to those in dangerous situations, and the upcoming Choose Respect march and Rally to be held April 15th.


Contact information discussed during the show includes various resources for those involved in a situation of domestic violence and/or sexual assault:

Jayme Spires, Behavioral Health Assistant : 733-9207

Kirsten Strolle, Case Manager : 733-9232

Sunshine Community Health Center : 733-2273

Stand Together Against Rape (STAR) Alaska

Alaska Family Services

Rep. Eastman Reflects on First Legislative Session Thus Far

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Representative David Eastman is one of fifteen freshman legislators in Juneau this session. That session is now more than two months along. Representative Eastman spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning about his impressions and what he has learned about the reality of state government.


Upper Valley’s First Cannabis Retailer Nears Final State Hurdle

Monday, April 3, 2017

This week, the Marijuana Control Board will hear testimony and deliberate on the state license application for a marijuana retail store in Downtown Talkeetna. The owners are optimistic about the hearing, despite some organized opposition. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:



Last February, Joe McAneney addressed the Talkeetna Community Council and told them that he plans to open a marijuana store on Main Street. This week, the state’s Marijuana Control Board will decide whether or not his plans come to fruition.

McAneney and his business partners are optimistic that the board will approve their application, and that the store, The High Expedition, will open its doors soon.

Being allowed to open and having a full product line are two different things, however. Joe McAneney acknowledges that the supply chain for cannabis products is still in its early stages, which means getting stocked could take some time.


As Airport Tree Clearing Resumes, Some Locals Redouble Opposition

Friday, March 31, 2017

As tree clearing continues for the Talkeetna State Airport Expansion and Improvement Project, the methods being used are not sitting well with some locals. The project has been in development for nearly two decades, and involves paving new parking areas for aircraft and a new taxiway as well as resurfacing existing aprons and taxiways. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

Recently, large pieces of equipment were used to cut down a majority of the trees on the airport side of Second Street in East Talkeetna in addition to cutting at the airport itself.

Talkeetna business owner Holly Sheldon Lee opposes the airport expansion, and says Talkeetna lacks the infrastructure to deal with what she calls “industrial tourism.”

“One of the main reasons that we are not in a position to expand the airport is that our infrastructure is broken, broken by overgrown tourist industry that has evolved here. We are now overrun with 300,000 people in our 100-day summer season with no utility support.”

In addition, Holly Sheldon Lee says the Alaska Department of Transportation and its contractors are breaking promises by moving ahead with the clearing on the grounds of the airport and for an eight-foot-wide walking path along the road.

Last August, work temporarily paused on the project, and officials from the Department of Transportation, including Commissioner Marc Luiken, visited Talkeetna to discuss the project with area residents who were concerned about the large-scale tree clearing going on at that time. One repeated request by some in attendance was to alter the nature of the path along Second Street. Many believe it would be possible to “meander” the planned walking path to avoid cutting some of the trees lining the street. Tom Schmidt, who helped engineer the project, said at the August meeting that space contraints limited the path’s placement. (more…)