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Candidate bios for Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Note:  The following information was provided by the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors, and is self-reported by the candidates. KTNA invites all candidates to participate in interviews prior to the election.

TCCI 2016 Board of Directors Candidate Info –


Peg Vos :

When I moved to Alaska in 2006, I hoped to find a good small town to call home. I have found Talkeetna to be a vibrant, dynamic community. Its citizens are passionate about their causes, and work diligently to make things happen from recycling to shuttle service to playgrounds to libraries. Talkeetna citizens are also compassionate with fund raisers and work parties for those in need. It is a labor of love and pride of many to make a community such as Talkeetna. I feel fortunate to be part of this and wish to “pay back” my debt as a resident. Becoming a member of the Talkeetna Community Council would help to pay that bill.


Ed O’Connor :

I am applying for board membership of the Talkeetna Community Council because I believe that the council has improved and preserved the quality of life in Talkeetna, my home of almost 20 years. By listening to and speaking for local residents’ concerns, the council helps to maintain the character of this community. It is valuable also, to provide guidance to those new to the area as to the values of the community and the shared vision of its future.


Geri (Volpe) McCann :

Resident of Talkeetna from 1973 -1994; curator of the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, owned/operated a tour/travel agency, volunteered at schools, church, youth/children programs, library, KTNA, Moose Dropping festivals & events. Moved to Palmer; curated Wasilla City’s & Palmer City’s museums, owned/operated cultural history/farm tours, organized community events, art workshops, volunteered in church, youth programs, led homeless youth outreach, fought proposed toxic dump, & 2,500 bed prison in Palmer. Relocated to Talkeetna in 2014; serving on TCCI-Main St.-SPUD committee, prioritizing to protect/preserve Talkeetna’s quality of life, environment, identity, SPUD, Comprehensive Plan, Historic District, & promote responsible growth & tourism development.


Chris Grabowski :

I am running for Community Council because I am interested in serving our community. I beleive in putting the community’s well being over my own when it comes to serving on the council. For the last few months, I have filled in on the council in a temporary seat that was vacated.


Christie Seay:

I have lived in Talkeetna 16 years. I run a local business, work for a nonprofit, volunteer, enjoy our trails and have raised children. I am interested in the good of the community and our surrounding land and waterways. I will not bring a personal agenda to the board. I try to keep a fair mind and listen to all sides of an issue. Thank you for considering me as a board member.


Joe McAneney:

My name is Joe McAneney and I have been in Alaska for 6 years and Talkeetna for 1 year. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and have worked as a state certified water operator in Alaska. I currently am a member of the Talkeetna Water and Sewer Board and have attended 80%of the community council meetings in Talkeetna over the past year. I am a partner in the downtown business known as Mountain Juice. I have been volunteering to help coach soccer for the high school. I believe we can accommodate expansion while retaining the history and culture.


Ron Quilliam:

I am a volunteer fire fighter and on the board of the Talkeetna Historical society. I have been on the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce Board, been elected to Yakutat school board where I was lead negotiator for a new teachers contract. Elected to E. Kenai Road Mtc. Board and appointed by the City of Seward to a committee to investigate creating a new borough.


I feel my past experience is valuable in dealing with the issues of town infrastructure, increased tourism, the Historic District ans decisions on how we want to be governed.







It’s not too late!

Thursday, September 15, 2016



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Mudslide north of Talkeetna causes delays for Alaska Railroad

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Passengers traveling along the Alaska Railroad experienced some delays Wednesday after an early morning mudslide blocked the rails near Cantwell.

According to Tim Sullivan, External Affairs Manager for the Alaska Railroad, one of the locomotives driving northbound cargo train was struck by a mudslide around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday near mile 322. Sullivan says there were no injuries or apparent damage, and no derailment occurred as a result of the slide. He says that the train’s two locomotives were separated Wednesday afternoon, and the engine south of the mudslide was able to backtrack with the cargo train.

The Denali Star trains traveling north and southbound were held at Denali National Park and Talkeetna. Passengers were bussed to their final destinations. Sullivan says excavators are continuing to work on clearing the mudslide, but are having to work through wet conditions.

Fun-filled Color Run brings awareness to serious topics

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Participants in Su Valley's Color Run getting doused in rainbow hues.  Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

Participants in Su Valley’s Color Run getting doused in rainbow hues. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Last week, suicide prevention and depression awareness were the themes of the Su Valley High School Color Run.

KTNA’s Katie Writer has more.


The Su Valley High School track and field area took on the look of a carnival-like atmosphere. Booths were set up offering snacks, girl scout cookies and informative flyers. Children were signing each other’s t-shirts as well as writing cheerful messages on squares of cloth. Dozens of kids wearing white the Color Run t-shirts lined up at the starting line.

Out on the trail system, volunteers were ready to spray the participants with color as they ran a 2 kilometer course.  By the end of the race the kids would be wet with the colorful spray and soon to be covered head to toe in this washable concoction.

The purpose of this fun family event is to raise  awareness about the very serious topic of suicide awareness and prevention. Alaska has the highest suicide rate in the nation. (more…)

Patricia Faye-Brazel discusses entrance to District 10 race

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Last month, Democratic candidate for House District 10 Christian Hartley withdrew from the race. Fellow Houston resident Patricia Faye-Brazel has stepped up to run for the Democrats. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Faye-Brazel about her reasons for running and her thoughts on the state’s current fiscal struggle.


Patricia Faye-Brazel and Republican candidate for House District 10 David Eastman will be invited as guests to Su-Valley Voice this fall.

KTNA’s Fall Membership Drive is HERE, NOW!

Monday, September 12, 2016



It’s our fall membership drive…welcome to the gang!



You can also stop by the station on Second Street during office hours, or call 733-1700 to pledge your support of KTNA.

Overdue hiker bound for “Into the Wild” bus found unharmed

Monday, September 12, 2016

An overdue hiker has been found unharmed in Denali National Park.

According to park spokeswoman Katherine Belcher, 45-year-old Carlos Castrejon of Mexico set off alone last Wednesday to visit the abandoned bus that features in the book and film Into the Wild.

Castrejon and a companion had been staying at Riley Creek Campground when he departed Wednesday afternoon. His companion expected Castrejon to return on Saturday. Carlos Castrejon’s companion reported him overdue on Sunday. Ground search teams were dispatched, and he was found unharmed in under twenty-four hours.

According to Katherine Belcher, Castrejon was told by Denali National Park staff that his planned three day trip was not enough time to cover the fifteen miles of difficult terrain each way.


At least two other hikers have been rescued after encountering difficulties on the way to or from the abandoned bus.

Repairs for Talkeetna dike in design phase; Construction could begin next spring

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Almost four years after the 2012 flood that damaged it, efforts the Talkeetna dike have taken another step forward.

According to an email sent by Mat-Su Borough Emergency Manager Casey Cook to the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors, the request for proposals to design repairs to the dike, located downstream of the railroad bridge over the Talkeetna River, has been approved.


The contract for the repair design was awarded to HDL Engineering Consultants. According to a letter sent by HDL to the community council, a preliminary survey was conducted late last month, and engineers plan to assess damage below the normal summer waterline.

The design is anticipated to be complete in November or December. After that, the design must be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has agreed to fund repairs to the dike.

The repair of the Talkeetna dike has taken significantly longer than was anticipated. The Mat-Su Borough went through a successful appeal process to allow the dike to be considered for FEMA funds for the 2012 flood, since it was not initially listed on the borough’s flood management assets map. Since then, the request has gone through multiple layers of federal approval, and any clarification or change requested by FEMA required at least part of that process to start again.

In his letter, Casey Cook says he hopes repairs could be made this fall or winter, but the letter from HDL anticipates construction beginning next spring or later.

Eight candidates nominated for five Talkeetna council seats

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Eight candidates are running for five open seats on the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors.


The eight candidates are Joe McAneney, Chris Grabowski, Geri  McCann, Ed O’Connor, Ron Quillian, Christie Seay, Peg Voss, and Jeff Lebegue. None of the eight candidates currently sit on the Talkeetna Community Council board.


It is unusual for five seats to come open at once. The reason for the large number of available seats is due to two mid-term appointments to replace board members who resigned. According to Talkeetna Community Council bylaws, terms filled after a vacancy are up for grabs at the next election. One of the candidates, Chris Grabowski, currently holds a seat that was vacated by former board member Mark Moren.


Two board seats, currently held by Mary Farina and Paul Button, are not up for election this year.


The Talkeetna Community Council election will be held on the same day as the Mat-Su Borough’s election, October 4th.


Current TCCI board chair Whitney Wolff says each candidate provided a brief bio, which will be made publicly available.