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Senator Mark Begich talks flood insurance, air carrier tax, and election

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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This week, U.S. Senators for Alaska are returning to the 49th state to speak directly to constituents.  On Monday afternoon, I spoke with Senator Mark Begich about a number of issues that impact the Upper Valley as well as the upcoming mid-term election.

First, Senator Begich discussed flood insurance.  The issue has gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina, Super Storm Sandy, and other recent flooding events.  In Alaska, floods in the Mat-Su, Galena, and the Kenai Peninsula have brought the issue closer to home.  Last week, the Senate approved a bill that would limit flood insurance premium increases in areas newly classified as flood zones.  A previous bill that did not get voted on would have stopped rate increases for four years.  Senator Begich supported both measures. (more…)

Borough Assembly again delays sewer and water rate increase

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly once again delayed a measure that would increase the rates for Talkeetna Sewer and Water.  The topic did generate more discussion than at previous meetings, however.  Vern Halter, Assembly Member for the area that includes Talkeetna, spoke first, and said he does not support the increase at this time.

“The state funded a $100,000 study to study the whole system up there, including the rate structure and what to do next…I don’t think that’s done yet…and I don’t see anything, unless I’m missing it, from the Talkeetna Sewer and Water Board on this, so I’m not voting for this.” (more…)

Alaska Air Carriers Skeptical Regarding Excise Tax Reversal

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BY:  Liz Ruskin, APRN

The IRS has given a sliver of ground in how it has applied tax rules to air
taxi flights. Sen. Mark Begich is calling it a win for small air carriers,
but Joy Journeay of the Alaska Air Carriers Association says the
concession is less than it appears.

“It is not clear at this time that it is going to help
anyone.” (more…)

KTNA’s Interview with Senator Mark Begich

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

This is the entire interview with Senator Begich conducted by KTNA’s Phillip Manning on Monday, March 17th.

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Oosik Classic Ski Race Draws Hundreds to Talkeetna

Monday, March 17, 2014

 

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The Oosik is one of the largest classic ski races in the country.  This year, just under 700 skiers came from all over Alaska to Talkeetna to participate.  Just two weeks ago, however, there were serious concerns on the part of the race organizers.  Temperatures were high, and the snow on the ski trails was quickly taking on the consistency of concrete.  With time ticking away before the event, Denali Nordic Ski Club member Chris Mannix had some friends over to make a sacrifice to the patron god of skiers.

“We’ve done it once before, and it worked then, so we did it again.  We burned skis and it snowed.  Ullr smiled on us.” (more…)

Sunshine Medical and Dental Directors Talk Present and Future for the Clinic

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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The Sunshine Community Health Center has been in the news regularly since last summer, with most stories focusing on staffing controversy. Now, the Clinic has a permanent Medical Director in place once again.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Medical Director Shelis Jorgensen and Dental Director Dr. William Frantz, and has this report: (more…)

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House Bill 77 Returns With Revisions

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The controversial bill to change the way the Department of Natural Resources handles some of its permits has been revised and a new draft is being discussed in the state senate.

House Bill 77, which stalled at the end of last year’s legislative session due to a lack of votes, caused a stir when some legislators and members of the public viewed it as a way to allow the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to cut a significant portion of the public process out of permitting decisions.  Legislators and representatives from DNR participated in multiple meetings around the state, including one in Talkeetna, to hear concerns from Alaska residents.  Most of those concerns centered around three issues within the bill.   (more…)

Second Fat Tire Bike Race is Held in Talkeetna

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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This past weekend, the second annual Mike Sterling Memorial Bike Race was held in Talkeetna.  Unlike summer events like the Clean Air Challenge or the Big Wild Ride, this race featured a type of bike specially built for ice and snow.

Fat tire bike racing has grown significantly in popularity over the last few years.  The bikes are not an uncommon sight in and around Anchorage, and more riders outside of the city are joining in.  At last weekend’s race, approximately eighty competitors pedaled their way for twenty, forty, or sixty miles on off-road trails. (more…)

Glenallen, Nenana Eliminate Su-Valley in Conference Basketball Tourney

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Su-Valley Rams basketball teams will not be appearing at the state tournament next week.

Over the weekend, the Su-Valley men and women competed in the conference basketball tournament.  Both teams fell short in the finals.  On Friday, the men’s team fell to Glenallen, and the women’s team lost to Nenana.  Glenallen faced off against Nenana in both final games.

On Saturday, the Su-Valley women claimed third place by defeating Tri-Valley 56-26.  The Su-Valley men fell short of third place with a 71-59 loss to Effie Kokrine.

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