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ADF&G shuts down Little Su kings for the season

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Days after lifting restrictions on one river in the Susitna drainage, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is shutting down king salmon fishing entirely on another.  On Wednesday, a Fish and Game emergency order states that, starting at 12:01 am on Friday, the Little Susitna River south of the Parks Highway bridge will be completely closed for kings.

According to Fish and Game, only nineteen king salmon have passed the counting weir, and about 200 kings have been harvested.  Fish and Game says that low water levels are causing the fish to stay further downriver, which makes them more vulnerable to being caught.  The low end of the escapement goal for the Little Su is 900 kings.  A complete list of fishing restrictions can be found on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

Federal government to give $3.45 million to Mat-Su Borough for tax exempt lands

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that a total of $28.5 million will be coming to Alaskan municipalities in the form of payment in lieu of taxes, or PILT.  That’s the money that the federal government pays on land it owns that is exempt from local property taxes.  This year’s amount is the highest ever, and it will mean more money for many boroughs throughout the state.

The Mat-Su Borough will once again receive the largest sum, more than $3.4 million.  That’s an increase over last year’s $3.2 million.  PILT funds represent a substantial revenue source for the borough.  Since the announcement was just made, it’s unknown what the extra money in the borough and statewide could eventually be used for.

King run starts early and strong, but will it last?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

One of the many things that summer brings to the Upper Valley is King Salmon.  This year’s run has begun about two weeks earlier than last year, though they are arriving at about the same rate.  Thus far, nearly 6,500 kings have passed by the weir on the Deshka River.  In 2013, the run didn’t get that high until June 23rd.  Sam Ivey, Area Fish Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says that’s a good sign.

“Things are off to a good start for us.  They’re not starting real weak, where we’re watching things build as the run emerges, as has happened in previous years.  We’re starting on a high note.” (more…)

AK Department of Fish and Game: Pick up the phone, not the moose calf.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In early summer, moose calves browsing with their mothers are a fairly common sight in Alaska.  This year, though, there have been a few incidents where well-meaning residents took in what they thought were orphaned calves.  The Department of Fish and Game says not only is that against the law, it’s potentially dangerous.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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Cuteness is a powerful motivator for a lot of people.  If something is adorable and perceived to be in danger, odds are someone is going to feel a strong urge to render aid.  When it comes to moose calves, however, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says that is not the right response.

“It’s much like getting in between a bear and its cubs.” (more…)

Su-Valley Voice 6/4/14: Sen. Mike Dunleavy

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Below is the Su-Valley Voice from 6/4/14 with state Senator Mike Dunleavy.

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Once more around the track for recent Su-Valley grad

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Even though high school is behind her, Su-Valley’s most recent valedictorian, Ayla Loper, had one more high school athletic event to go, the Brian Young Invitational track meet in Kodiak.  Ayla spoke with KTNA’s Kaitlin Daly, who has this story:

Kodiak Invitational Track Meet

Recent Su-Valley graduate Ayla Loper participated in an invitation-only track meet. The meet is intended to bring the best Alaskan high school track members to compete in order to break records. Ayla says the event is also dedicated to commemorate a very important Kodiak community member,

“The point of the track meet is kind of to celebrate Bryan Young’s life and what he did. He was kind of influential to the community of Kodiak and a lot of the runners there. So the coach at Kodiak decided to start a track meet kind of in honor of his life and how he helped everyone and all of the high schoolers at Kodiak. So what they did is, they decided to kind of have an all-stars meet and get together all of the best track athletes in the state and kind of just compete and break records.” (more…)

Air carriers are asking D.C. delegation for help with IRS again

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The struggle between the Internal Revenue Service and small air carriers in Alaska is continuing over an excise tax that businesses say is unclear.  This week, the Alaska Air Carriers Association is once again turning to Alaska’s delegation in Washington, D.C. for help.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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Most people don’t get too excited about the minutiae of tax law, at least until it starts hitting close to home.  That’s the position that many small air carriers throughout the state have been in for the last two years.  The issue is an excise tax that the IRS charges that goes to a trust fund for airport improvements. For bigger outfits flying large planes on a regular schedule, the rules are relatively clear.  The problem arises when small carriers, like the ones that offer sightseeing and day trips, come into the equation.  The Alaska Air Carriers Association says that the rules are confusing, and don’t track with the realities of small flightseeing operations.  The Association is once again turning to Alaska’s Congressional delegation for help. Senator Mark Begich has been vocal on the issue, and took to the floor of the U.S. Senate, saying that Congress has made it clear that the intent is for those carriers not to be subject to the tax at all. (more…)

Lisa Shelby named as Talkeetna Elementary Principal

Friday, June 6, 2014

This week, a new principal was chosen for Talkeetna Elementary School.  After input from the community, and interviews with a team of district and school staff, as well as community members, Mat-Su School Superintendent Deena Paramo has chosen Lisa Shelby for the top spot at Talkeetna Elementary.  Lisa Shelby most recently worked as the K-12 principal for the Lopez Island School District in Washington state.  Shelby lived in Talkeetna in the past, and has also worked as a principal in Galena.

Superintendent Paramo is currently out of the state and unavailable for an interview.

Mat-Su School District seeks Pre-K funds

Friday, June 6, 2014

BY:  Ellen Lockyer, KSKA Anchorage

The Matanuska Susistna School District’s pre-school program is in jeopardy, but not necessarily for Talkeetna. “Widening the Net ” brings pre-kindergarden education into selected district schools, but school funding reductions (this year) may force the district to shut down the innovative program in the  fall.  As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, school district officials vow to continue the program on a reduced basis, if a state grant does not come through in time.

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The merits of pre-school education are obvious to teachers of young children.

“Students who attend high quality pre-school are more likely to succeed not only in school but to graduate from high school.” (more…)

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