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Dr. Barbara Doty fills Borough Assembly vacancy

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly has selected Dr. Barbara Doty to fill the vacant District 6 Assembly seat.

On Friday, borough spokeswoman Patty Sullivan shared a memo from Borough Manager John Moosey announcing the selection.  Moosey says the Assembly interviewed four candidates for the seat on Thursday evening and selected Doty unanimously.

In her application for the Assembly seat, Doty says she is an independent moderate.  She holds an M.D. from the University of Washington, and received her Alaska medical license in 1985.  Doty says she has owned multiple businesses within the borough, both in and out of the medical field.  Dr. Barbara Doty lives in the Wolf Lake area of Wasilla and operates her family medicine practice in Palmer.

Doty was sworn in as the District 6 Assembly Member at the end of Thursday’s special meeting, and will take her seat at the next regular meeting on February 17th.

Gov. Walker releases revised state budget proposal

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The complete proposal can be found at the Office of Management and Budget website.

On Thursday, Governor Bill Walker released his amended budget proposal for next fiscal year.  Walker describes the state’s projected budget deficit as about $10 million per day, in large part due to low oil prices.  Oil revenues account for as much as ninety percent of the state’s total income.

Governor Walker has said since taking office that cuts will be necessary in order to bring state expenditures closer to revenues.  While the state does have billions in reserve, current estimates show that those could be depleted in just a few years if the budget deficit were to remain as it currently stands.  Walker says he is aiming to cut down on overhead while minimizing impacts on state services. (more…)

Mat-Su Borough Assembly approves tall towers ordinance

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

After years of discussion and multiple draft iterations, the Borough Assembly has adopted updated regulations for tall towers within the Mat-Su.  At Tuesday’s meeting, the Assembly discussed, and eventually passed, the latest version of the tall structure ordinance to come from the borough’s platting board.

During the meeting, multiple Assembly Members, as well as Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss, referenced the fact that the tower ordinance has been in various states of revision for seven years.  That includes a brief period when the Assembly repealed the old regulations, but was unable to adopt a new version, meaning that construction of cell and broadcast towers as well as other tall structures had no requirements beyond those that might apply from the state or federal government. (more…)

KTNA Decadent Dessert Auction

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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KTNA and Members present:

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The Decadent Dessert Auction

Monday, February 9th to Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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In support of KTNA

and the Upper Susitna Food Pantry

sponsored by Cubby’s Marketplace and The Matanuska Valley federal Credit Union

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Hear ye, hear ye! Chefs, bakers and dessert lovers! It’s time for KTNA’s 18th Annual Decadent Dessert Auction. For years, residents of the Northern Susitna Valley have kept the phones ringing for a chance to bid on delectable, locally made creations such as Blueberry Cheesecake, Denali Mountain Truffles, Almond Linzor Torte and, of course, Chocolate Rum Cakes. Perhaps you have baked or eaten a Decadent Dessert. We invite you to do so again!

 

If you or your business would like to provide divinely delicious and exquisitely appetizing desserts during the Auction, let KTNA know well in advance. Call Kirstin at (907)733-1700 or email her at kirstin@ktna.org with any questions you may have. Consider being a volunteer. Here is your opportunity to purchase a decadent dessert for your loved ones in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Show the love while supporting Talkeetna Community Radio!

 

KTNA has teamed up with Cubby’s Marketplace and Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union to support the Upper Susitna Food Pantry, it includes Talkeetna, Susitna, Caswell, and, essentially,  most of the Northern Susitna Valley.  The Auction will take place on the air, anyone can call in with a bid.  Cubby’s will give a gift card to the food bank for desserts that are sold for $75 or more, and the Credit Union will match with Cubby’s gift cards as well.

KTNA has teamed up with Cubby’s Marketplace and Matanuska Valley Fe

deral Credit Union to support the Trapper Creek Food Bank, (that is our area food bank’s name, it includes Talkeetna, Susitna, Caswell, and, essentially, most of the Northern Susitna Valley). The Auction will take place on the air, anyone can call in with a bid. Cubby’s will give a gift card to the food bank for desserts that are sold for $75 or more, and the Credit Union will match with Cubby’s gift cards as well.KTNA has teamed up with Cubby’s Marketplace and Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union to support the Trapper Creek Food Bank, (that is our area food bank’s name, it includes Talkeetna, Susitna, Caswell, and, essentially, most of the Northern Susitna Valley). The Auction will take place on the air, anyone can call in with a bid. Cubby’s will give a gift card to the food bank for desserts that are sold for $75 or more, and the Credit Union will match with Cubby’s gift cards as well.KTNA has teamed up with Cubby’s Marketplace and Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union to support the Trapper Creek Food Bank, (that is our area food bank’s name, it includes Talkeetna, Susitna, Caswell, and, essentially, most of the Northern Susitna Valley). The Auction will take place on the air, anyone can call in with a bid. Cubby’s will give a gift card to the food bank for desserts that are sold for $75 or more, and the Credit Union will match with Cubby’s gift cards as well. Tune in, stream in, and/or click on the photo of Sharon Montagnino’s delectable for more details!-

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Su-Valley basketball faces tough competition from Glennallen

Monday, February 2, 2015

On Friday and Saturday, the Su-Valley Rams basketball teams hosted the Glennallen Panthers.  Glennallen entered the weekend undefeated in district play.  The Su-Valley boys also entered the weekend with an unblemished district record.

On Friday, the boys varsity team lost a close game to the Panthers, 49-45.  The Su-Valley girls team also lost, 53-18.

On Saturday, Glennallen notched two more victories, defeating the Rams boys team 44-29 and the girls 64-20.

The next games for both the boys and girls teams will be on Wednesday, February 4th, at Tri-Valley in Healy.

Will Rhodes takes first in the Knik 200

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Knik 200 Joe Redington Senior sled dog race has concluded.  This year’s winner was Will Rhodes of Two Rivers, who completed the race in twenty hours, seventeen minutes, and ten seconds.  Second place went to Ben Harper of Wasilla, whose pace was just under an hour slower than Rhodes’.  Robert Redington of Knik took third.  In total, thirty teams ran in the Knik 200, and twenty-six of those finished.

Like many mushing events this winter, the Knik 200 faced difficulty due to lack of snow.  The race was postponed, but there was still not enough snow cover near Knik to satisfy race organizers.  Ultimately, the race’s course was altered. This year, instead of beginning on Knik Lake, the race began at Deshka Landing in Willow.  Mushers made two round-trips between Deshka and Yentna Station to complete the 200 mile course. The race is a qualifier for both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod.

Talkeetna holds recycling meeting

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Tuesday, the Talkeetna Recycling Committee held its first meeting.  About twenty-five area residents attended the meeting to discuss the possibility of a recycling program for Talkeetna.  A handful of local business were represented at the meeting as well.

The committee was formed by the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors after hearing from Macey “Butch” Shapiro, Solid Waste Manager for the Mat-Su Borough.  Shapiro says he is interested in community-driven recycling programs, because they would result in fewer new landfill cells being built.  Each cell costs the borough more than $4 million to open.  The plan would involve a refurbished container being placed at the Talkeetna transfer site.  The container will be divided into three sections, allowing for three different types of recyclables.  The borough would manage the hauling of the container to the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions facility, which is located near the borough’s central landfill. (more…)

Troopers seek two men labeled ‘dangerous’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Michael Bracht, age 38 Photo:  Alaska State Troopers

Michael Bracht, age 38
Photo: Alaska State Troopers

Logan Austin, age 23 Photo:  Alaska State Troopers

Logan Austin, age 23
Photo: Alaska State Troopers

 

The Alaska State Troopers are looking for two men last seen in Fairbanks.  On Wednesday, troopers sent a bulletin stating that 23-year-old Logan Austin was last seen at the North Star Center on January 14th. Troopers say Austin’s clothing and direction of travel are unknown.

Troopers are also looking for 38-year-old Michael Bracht, who ran from his third-party custodian last week before beginning a prison term.    Bracht had previously escaped the North Star Center last August and was involved in a chase and standoff with Fairbanks Police and Alaska State Troopers.  Troopers advise anyone who sees Michael Bracht to call 911.  They ask that anyone who sees Logan Austin call the Fairbanks troopers at 451-5100.

Upper Valley tops weekend snowfall totals

Monday, January 26, 2015

Much of Southcentral Alaska saw snow over the weekend, but the Upper Valley got the most.  According to the National Weather Service, Talkeetna topped the snowfall between January 22nd and 23rd with seventeen inches.  Willow received twelve inches, and Trapper Creek saw ten inches.  The snow quickly gave way to clear, cold weather, with temperatures in Talkeetna and Trapper Creek dipping as low as twenty-six-degrees-below-zero in the early hours of Monday morning, and wind chills dropping past forty-below.

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