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Absentee ballots change District 7 results, extend Halter’s mayoral lead

Monday, October 19, 2015

After counting over 2,000 absentee and questioned ballots, only one race in the Mat-Su Borough election has changed leaders.


Before the absentee and questioned ballots were counted, former assembly member Doyle Holmes held a fifty-two-vote lead on opponent Randall Kowalke for the District 7 assembly seat. According to the results posted early Monday afternoon, Kowalke received a significant boost from absentee ballots, and now leads Holmes by thirty-three votes.


In the Mat-Su Borough mayoral contest, challenger Vern Halter significantly expanded his lead over incumbent Larry DeVilbiss. Before absentee and questioned ballots, Halter held a 189-vote-lead. Monday’s count shows Halter with a 451-vote-lead.


Monday’s results are still considered unofficial. The Mat-Su Borough Assembly is scheduled to certify the election at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. There is not an automatic recount provision in borough code. A losing candidate has until the certification meeting to apply for a recount if desired. As of Monday afternoon, no recount application has been announced.

2015 Fall Membership Drive

Monday, October 19, 2015


Fall Membership Drive

October 19- 25, 2015


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Su Valley volleyball off to a solid start

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Su-Valley Rams varsity volleyball team got off to an undefeated start in conference play this month. In their first game against Wasilla Lakes on October 6th, Su-Valley won in dominating fashion, winning each set by at least fourteen points. Coach Chad Valentine selected Freshman Trisha Pevan as the player of the match on the team’s MaxPreps page.

On Thursday, the Rams beat Holy Rosary in five sets and Lumen Christi in straight sets.

Over the weekend, Su-Valley traveled to Ninilchik for the school’s annual Spikefest tournament. The Rams went undefeated and won the championship match against Birchwood Christian. Su-Valley team members Ruby Matthews, Gabby Faurot, and Sarena Dorver were named as “all tournament” players.

The Rams’ next home game is Tuesday afternoon against Birchwood.

MOOSE The Movie comes to Talkeetna

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

This weekend, the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar will play host to MOOSE: The Movie, a feature film produced in the Mat-Su Valley and starring, primarily, Alaskans. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Chad Carpenter of Wasilla, who is the co-writer and producer of MOOSE.



Want to know more about the plot of MOOSE: The Movie? You can check out the film’s trailer on YouTube.

Talkeetna Council and borough board discuss Upper Valley floatplane base

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Floatplane access in the Talkeetna area has been a topic of discussion at local meetings for over a year. Pilots and at least one business owner are seeking a publicly accessible facility for commercial, private, and transient floatplane use. The latest round of discussions took place at last week’s Talkeetna Community Council and Mat-Su Borough Aviation Advisory Board meetings. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:


Aviation is an integral part of Talkeetna’s history. Don Sheldon and Cliff Hudson are household names in the area, and planes are often seen in Upper Valley skies on skis, wheels, and floats. Some local pilots say that floatplanes now lack a proper base that’s open to the public, however. (more…)

Fall recipes: Garden moose stew

Monday, October 12, 2015


by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Harvest time seems to be the busiest time of year. If you have a garden, you know the challenge of making the most out of your harvest.

Here is a recipe that was inspired by seeing a moose browsing on the already frozen pea plants along my garden fence.  Though this particular moose walked away freely, all the vegetables did come from my garden. I thawed out some moose roast from the freezer and counted my blessings to have such nutritious game on hand.

By grilling the moose steaks, you add a delicious grill flavor to your stew.  If you don’t have a grill, you can simply cook the moose on the stove top. (more…)

Su-Valley ends soccer season with strong showing at state tourney

Friday, October 9, 2015

by: Emily Tiensch – KTNA

As October began the Su-Valley soccer season came to an end. The team has had a successful second year together, and placed fourth at the recent 2A state tournament in Healy.

Su-Valley’s first game was against Cook Inlet Academy. The teams have faced off multiple times this season. The game ended with a 2-1 loss. Forward Marshall Pinard scored the Rams’ single goal. Pinard had the best weekend of his season scoring a majority of Su-Valley’s goals.

Su-Valley’s second game was against Lumen Christi. The Rams played through thirty mile-per-hour winds and cold temperatures and defeated Lumen Christi 3-2.


Su-Valley’s third opponent was Holy Rosary, from Anchorage. The two schools had a competitive season against each other, and this game was no different, as the winner would play in the championship game. Su-Valley put up a valiant effort, but finished with a slight defeat of 2-1.

On day three of the tournament, Su-Valley faced off against Nenana for the first time this season. The wind continued to blow and the air stayed cold, but fans and parents kept the players warm with hot chocolate and tea.

The final game was a rematch against Cook Inlet Academy for third place. It was also the last game that the Su-Valley seniors would play. At half time the score was 1-0 with CIA in the lead, and the pressure began to grow.

Soon after the routine half time pep-talk, Jack Starbuck scored the Rams’ first goal, tying the game. The game remained tied for the rest of regulation.

The game then went into a 30-minute overtime, and both teams scored one goal. Since a tournament can’t end in a tie, that meant a shootout. Su-Valley has not had much luck in shootouts this season, and had yet to win a game that came down to one.

Players, Jack Starbuck, Heather Holcomb and senior Logan Mabry shot the Rams’ penalty kicks, scoring once. Cook Inlet Academy made two of their three kicks, and won the game. The players were disappointed in the loss after such a tense game, but hopes are high for next year.

Borough: Latest tests show improvement in Talkeetna sewer lagoon

Thursday, October 8, 2015

According to testing information supplied by the Mat-Su Borough, fecal coliform levels are either at or near the permit maximum for the Talkeetna sewer lagoon. This comes after months of noncompliance and various steps taken by the borough to attempt to bring the numbers back in line.


According to Public Works Director Terry Dolan, two tests were taken in September and sent to two different test labs. This was done in part due to an anomalous test that was conducted in August. The lagoon’s permit from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation allows for a small amount of fecal coliform in the water flowing out of the lagoon and into the Talkeetna River. One of September’s tests came back just under that limit, and the other came back at about seventy-five percent over the limit. Whichever test is considered, it represents a significant improvement over the summer months. The lower of the two August tests, for example, came back at five times the permitted limit. The other test is the one that Terry Dolan considers anomalous; it showed results seventy-five times the permitted limit. Dolan says he believes the material flowing into the lagoon was tested by mistake, since a contractor and not borough staff conducted that test.


Terry Dolan says the DEC permit requires discharge from the lagoon to stop for the winter later this month. During that time, wastewater collects until the natural treatment process can resume once the ice goes out in the spring. Dolan adds that the borough has plans to improve the lagoons’ effectiveness that will be implemented over the winter months. In previous statements, Dolan has said that it is the hope of the borough that the treatment system, which uses natural processes to break down human waste, will be able to function properly again once it stabilizes. The ultimate test of this year’s measures and those planned for the winter will come next month when hundreds of thousands of visitors once again descend upon Talkeetna.


Candidates react to Tuesday’s Mat-Su election results

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

With Tuesday’s votes tallied, both the Mat-Su Borough Mayor and District 7 assembly races are close enough that nobody is admitting defeat or claiming certain victory at this point. More than 2,000 absentee and questioned ballots remain to be counted, so everyone is in a holding pattern for at least the next few days. KTNA’s Phillip Manning reached out to those candidates, and has this report:



After Tuesday, Doyle Holmes leads the race for the District 7 seat on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Holmes, a three-time member of the assembly, says he has faith that the borough staff will conduct a fair count of the remaining ballots.


“I have a lot of faith in Lonnie [McKechnie], the borough clerk, and their procedures, because I’ve been involved in those things over the years. And [they have] tried to make sure that everybody gets treated fairly, and there’s no new ways of getting around the election results.”


Randall Kowalke, Holmes’ opponent, was picking up campaign signs when reached for comment on Wednesday. Kowalke needs the absentee ballots to break significantly his way in order to overcome Holmes’ fifty-two-vote advantage. If he does win, Kowalke says the credit goes to the precinct that helped him close what looked to be a wide gap as early results came in.


“If I win this, it’s going to be because of Talkeetna…I was 136 votes down when I went to bed last night, and got up and [am down] fifty-two this morning.” (more…)