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Firefighters hope calmer winds will make fighting Moose Creek fire easier

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

More than ninety people are currently fighting the Moose Creek wildfire between mile 54 and 58 of the Glenn Highway.

The Moose Creek fire is currently estimated at 328 acres. The fire began over the weekend, and strong winds caused it to grow rapidly. According to the Alaska Division of Forestry, winds in the area have been between twenty-five and thirty miles-per-hour with gusts of up to sixty miles-per-hour.

Officials hope that calmer winds will make containing the Moose Creek wildfire easier. Winds in the area are expected to be about half as strong as over the weekend.

In addition to the Moose Creek fire, firefighters responded to a five-acre fire on Monday that was started by a downed power line. Ground crews and helicopters were able to contain the new fire before it spread significantly.

As of Tuesday morning, the Moose Creek Fire is twenty-two percent contained.

Talkeetna’s “Ole Dahl Cabin” Gets Structural Boost

Monday, October 17, 2016
Scott Holcomb stands in front of the Ole Dahl cabin. Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

Scott Holcomb stands in front of the Ole Dahl cabin. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

A historic Talkeetna cabin has been placed back on its foundation after structural restoration work. Grants from the Alaska Association of Historic Preservation and Talkeetna Community Council revenue sharing funded the restoration of the Ole Dahl Cabin near the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Scott Holcomb, who did a substantial portion of the structural work, about the project.

Talkeetna Historical Society Executive Director Sue Deyoe, says more work remains to be done on the historic cabin, which will require additional funding.

Firefighters face windy, cold conditions while attempting to contain Moose Creek Fire

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mat-Su Valley Firefighters spent the weekend battling a fire that has spread to more than 300 acres near Sutton.

The late-season fire was reported as twenty-five percent contained as of Sunday afternoon, according to Mat-Su Borough Public Information Officer Patty Sullivan. Cold, dry conditions have made containing the fire, known officially as the Moose Creek Fire, more difficult. According to the Alaska Division of Forestry, firefighters faced temperatures below freezing and significant wind chill, with gusts up to forty miles-per-hour.

In addition to driving the Moose Creek Fire, winds have also started at least two small fires of their own. The Alaska Division of Forestry says on its AK Fire Info website that power lines downed by the gusty weather started a pair of small grass fires Sunday afternoon.

On Monday morning the Alaska Division of Forestry announced on its Facebook page that the Glenn Highway would be closed for about half an hour while a fire line was bulldozed to protect the road. The post says flames had reached within about seventy-five feet of the highway early Monday morning.

As of Sunday, approximately fifty firefighters from multiple agencies were working on containing the Moose Creek Fire.

Former Talkeetna Public Library Building Removed

Friday, October 14, 2016
Because of hazardous materials, the removal of the building required special care. Photo - Katie Writer, KTNA

Because of hazardous materials, the removal of the building required special care. Photo – Katie Writer, KTNA

by: Katie Writer – KTNA

As new visions for community gathering centers develop, some Talkeetnans witnessed the sight of an old friend, the former library, heading down the road.

The familiar green building that used to be the Talkeetna library is now gone.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) conducted the abatement with grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency. The grant was requested by the Mat Su Borough. (more…)

State Democrats Accuse David Eastman of Falsifying Oxford Fellowship; GOP Denies Claim

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Alaska Democratic Party is accusing the Republican nominee for House District 10 of lying about his academic history, but the Republican Party’s chairman says the candidate did nothing wrong.

In a press release issued Thursday morning, the Alaska Democratic Party alleges that David Eastman did not take part in a “Graduate Fellowship” at the University of Oxford in England as he claims in the 2016 official election pamphlet printed by the State of Alaska. (more…)

Talkeetna Airport Project Update

Friday, October 14, 2016
Work is ongoing as airport business continues into the fall. Photo - Katie Writer, KTNA

Work is ongoing as airport business continues into the fall. Photo – Katie Writer, KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

As the weather gets colder work continues on the Talkeetna Airport Improvement Project . The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities says a combined 86,000 tons of material has been moved as part of the project thus far. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with DOT’s Steve Hansen about the progress that has been made thus far.

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The Beaver Road Gravel Pit, where crews have removed a combined 86,000 tons of material for the airport project. Photo – Katie Writer, KTNA

Alaska House campaign accuses Houston city official of “abuse of power” for taking down campaign sign

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

One of the candidates for House District 10 has accused a Houston city official of an “abuse of power” after the removal of a campaign sign along the Parks Highway. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

On Tuesday, the campaign of Patricia Faye-Brazel said Houston Deputy Mayor Lance Wilson abused his power as an elected official by removing a four-foot-by-four-foot campaign sign from near the intersection of King Arthur Drive and the Parks Highway in Houston. The seat Patricia Faye-Brazel is running for spans from Northern Wasilla to the Upper Valley.

 

For his part, Deputy Mayor Wilson says he did remove the sign on Saturday morning. Both he and the campaign say there were conversations earlier in the week regarding the sign’s legality. While posting signs in the Alaska Department of Transportation’s right of way is not allowed, political campaign signs often end up there, and it’s normally not an issue unless one blocks visibility. Wilson says this one did.

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Sunshine Community Health Center Expands Behavioral Health Offerings

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Recently, the Sunshine Community Health Center expanded its behavioral health staff and offerings. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with behavioral health provider Cici Schoenberger about the expansion.

 

Teen in custody in connection to death of Willow woman

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Alaska State Troopers say they have a 14-year-old in custody after the suspected homicide of a 41-year-old Willow woman.

Troopers received a report around 7:20 a.m. Sunday morning of a death in the Caswell Lakes area of Willow. When troopers arrived, they found 41-year-old Elizabeth Foster deceased at the scene. The death is being investigated as a homicide, and a 14-year-old male was taken into custody. The identity of the teen has not been released.