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Search Continues for Missing Fisherman Near Willow Creek

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The search for missing Missouri fisherman Jerry Warner continued on Tuesday.  Warner, 71, was reported overdue from a solo fishing trip on Sunday evening.  According to the initial report by the Alaska State Troopers on Monday, Jerry Warner walked upstream from the campground near Mile 71 of the Parks Highway  at around 11:00 am on Sunday.  He expected to be back within a few hours. The troopers say Warner was not carrying a phone or survival gear, and no clues to his whereabouts were discovered as of Tuesday afternoon.  Search efforts began Sunday night, and have been running continuously as daylight allows.   (more…)

Troopers Looking for Missing Missouri Man on Willow Creek

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Alaska State Troopers are looking for a missing fisherman in the Willow Creek area.  According to the troopers, 71 year old Jerry Warner of Missouri left the Willow Creek Resort at about 11:00 am on Sunday to go fishing by himself.  He planned to be away for a few hours.  When he did not return by 7:30 pm, the troopers were contacted and a search began.  On Sunday night, teams on foot as well as a Mat-Su Borough boat searched the creek until midnight, but found no sign of Jerry Warner.

On Monday morning the search resumed with the addition of an Alaska State Trooper helicopter and four search and rescue dog teams.  As of late Monday morning, no sign of Warner has been discovered.  According to the troopers, Warner was carrying only a fishing pole, and has no survival gear with him.

This is a developing story, and KTNA will provide updates as they become available.

Proposed Vehicle Registration Changes Could Cost Borough

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Next Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly will hold a regular meeting for the first time since June.  One ordinance that is scheduled for introduction next Tuesday would eliminate recurring registration for older vehicles.   While that could mean less out-of-pocket expense for some drivers, KTNA’s Phillip Manning found that it could also come with trade-offs.

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The ordinance, sponsored by Assembly Member Jim Colver, takes advantage of a new state law that gives municipalities the option to allow permanent registration of vehicles that are more than eight years old.  Under the proposed system, owners would have to register the vehicle one last time and pay a $25 fee to the state, but would then be exempt from state or borough registration fees as long as the vehicle did not change ownership.

While that could mean a significant convenience for many borough residents, it’s not without a potential cost in the form of lost revenue. According to the borough’s estimates, it could mean a total loss of more than $2.4 million in revenue by fiscal year 2018.  According to Terry Dolan, Public Works Director for the borough, dust control is a major part of what the registration fees cover. (more…)

Democrat Neal Lacy on Running for House Seat 10

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On Wednesday, Neal Lacy, Democratic candidate for District 10 of the Alaska House of Representatives, discussed the race, the legislature, and his vision for the future of the state.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.

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There are three candidates running for District 10 of the Alaska House.  Democrat Neal Lacy and independent Roger Purcell are both attempting to unseat the incumbent, Republican Wes Keller.  Neal Lacy was in Talkeetna on Wednesday for Su-Valley Voice, KTNA’s public affairs program.

Neal Lacy has lived in the Mat-Su since 1975.  He is a mechanic by trade, as well as a former Mat-Su Borough School District teacher and school board member.  During the show, he laid out his political platform. (more…)

Port MacKenzie Poised For Post-Oil Economy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By: Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Earlier this month, the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s Port MacKenzie took on a load of sixteen miles of cement-coated pipe from a foreign vessel.  The pipe now rests at the Port, awaiting shipment to Nikiski to be used in construction of a new Cook Inlet oil platform. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, although the pipe shipment has boosted Borough revenues,  some are asking questions about whether the port will ever be profitable.

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Port MacKenzie director Marc VanDongen says the load of cement – coated pipe proves the Port’s heavy lifting capabilities:

“Each piece of pipe is 42 feet long and it weighs 10,500 pounds. So we were lifting four pieces of pipe at a time off the ship, 42, 000 pounds at a time, and placing them on flatbed trucks. “ (more…)

YouGov Model Shows Treadwell Within Reach of Begich

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Liz Ruskin, APRN

Most polls in the U.S. Senate race show Dan Sullivan ahead of rival Republican Mead Treadwell in the primary. But the Treadwell campaign is trumpeting a new analysis by the polling firm YouGov. It shows Treadwell would do better against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in November than Sullivan would. In a two-way contest, YouGov estimates Begich would lead Treadwell by 2 points, 47% to 45%. It says the gap between Begich and Sullivan is 12 points,  49% to 37%. The YouGov Battleground Tracker is sponsored by CBS and the New York Times. Nationwide, it shows Republicans have a slight advantage to take the majority of Senate seats. The model is based largely on polls and an online panel of voters. It also takes into account fundraising totals, voter demographics and historical data. The researchers caution that Alaska is tricky to poll and there have been few recent surveys. The Alaska data is from 452 Internet respondents. Sullivan campaign spokesman Mike Anderson says YouGov’s work is not based on the traditional polling technique of random selection but allows respondents to “opt-in,” or self-select. Anderson notes The Wall Street Journal reports Begich and Sullivan are evenly matched.

Roaming Goats Puzzle Sunshine Residents

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Roaming goats. Photo Courtesy of Connie Nickel.

In a week that has already had one goat story in the news, word is spreading over social media that two domestic goats have been seen wandering in the Sunshine area since last week.  The buck is reportedly large and black with long, curved horns. He is accompanied by a white doe.  Witnesses have reported that the goats appear to be domestic breeds, and one Facebook comment says that a collar was observed on the male.
Connie Nickel, with the Junque Lady antique shop, says the goats were near the store on Sunday.  Her dogs started barking, and she was able to photograph the goats.
Mat-Su Borough Animal Control said they had received any reports of the goats before being contacted for this story.  Additionally, KTNA hasn’t received a response to a classified posted last week .  The Alaska State Trooper post located in Sunshine has not received any reports of the goats, and the trooper who was on duty on Tuesday afternoon had not seen them.
The last reported sighting of the wandering goats was near Kalispell Road.

Denali National Park: No Goats Allowed

Monday, July 28, 2014

If you’re looking for a place to walk your goat, scratch Denali National Park off the list.  The park is planning to prohibit goats from its land in order to protect Dall Sheep.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.

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A recent story in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner discussed plans by Denali National Park and Preserve officials to ban goats inside the park.  This came after an Anderson man was cited for walking his goat in an area where no domestic animals are allowed.  While goat-walking is not exactly a popular activity within the park, biologists are concerned about possible impacts on the local Dall Sheep population.

“These animals can carry diseases that are easily transmissible to wild sheep and goats, as well as other wildlife.” (more…)

Troopers Make Two Arrests in the Upper Valley Over the Weekend

Monday, July 28, 2014

Over the weekend, the Alaska State Troopers reported two incidents in the Upper Valley.   The first occurred early Saturday morning.  According to the trooper dispatch report, Talkeetna resident Christopher Ebner was arrested for assaulting a household member and causing injury.  He was charged with fourth degree assault, a misdemeanor, and taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility without bail.

The second incident took place on Sunday afternoon.  Troopers say that Christopher Frazer of Wasilla was stopped near mile 97 of the Parks Highway after troopers received a report of dangerous driving.  Troopers say they found less than one ounce of marijuana in Frazer’s possession.  He was charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance and released at the scene.

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