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Borough hopes to begin work on 2012 flood damage this summer

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Mat-Su Borough hopes to begin work on federally funded repairs to Yoder Road and the Talkeetna dike this summer.

 

Both structures were damaged by the Fall 2012 flood. Initially, the borough had to appeal for funding from the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency for the Talkeetna dike, since the structure was not listed on flood maps at the time. That appeal was successful, and the process is now at the federal level.

 

Borough Emergency Manager Casey Cook says FEMA has written initial scopes of work for both Yoder Road and the Talkeetna dike and sent them to the borough for review. Cook says borough staff is revising those scopes of work to address concerns the borough has about lack of information. The documents are expected to go back back to FEMA and the State of Alaska by the end of the week.

 

Casey Cook says he still hopes to begin work this summer, and plans to attend the next meeting of the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. to answer questions from area residents.

 

KTNA Decadent Dessert Auction

Monday, February 8, 2016

KTNA and Members present:

The Decadent Dessert Auction

Tuesday, February 9th to Friday, February 12th, 2016

Wednesday at 12:30pm Up first are

Italian Orange Almond Cake by Diane Ziegner.

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 At 1:15 – 1:45: 3 Pounds of Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts by Barbara Mercer

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At 2:15 – 2:45:

ABA Cheesecake (Always Been Around Cheesecake)
This is a 200 year old secret family recipe.  A graham cracker crust surrounds a sweet cream cheese base which is layered with cinnamon and topped with a semi-sweet layer of cream. by Monique Peters
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 In support of KTNA

and the Upper Susitna Food Pantry

sponsored by Cubby’s Marketplace 

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KTNA has teamed up with Cubby’s Marketplace 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.

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!-




Domestic risk of Zika virus low in Alaska

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The World Health Organization declared Zika virus a global health emergency this week. Experts believe there is a strong link between the virus and a serious birth defect, but that the risk to most Alaskans is low. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has this report:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 80% of people who are infected by the Zika virus will show no outward symptoms. Those who do may suffer from fever, headache, rash, and joint pain. The most serious potential impact of the disease is a strongly suspected link between Zika and the birth defect microcephaly. Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the state, says that link is not certain at this point.

“There’s a lot of work that’s being done to figure out what’s going on with that, and how strong of an association it is, and if there are other things that are related to that defect.” (more…)

Frontiersman issues correction on Talkeetna water story

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman is running a correction regarding a story on the Talkeetna Sewer and Water system that appeared in Sunday’s paper.

Matt Tunseth, editor of the Frontiersman, contacted KTNA to correct an erroneous statement regarding the recent repair of a pump used in the arsenic treatment process. The story conflated the cost of the repair with a recent loan taken out by the sewer and water system to make repairs and upgrades. Matt Tunseth’s complete statement reads:

“A story that ran in Sunday’s edition of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman about repairs to the Talkeetna water system contained a major error. The pump repair actually cost the borough $210 — not $214,000, as was first reported. We’d like to apologize to the Mat-Su Borough’s Public Works Department for our mistake.”

The correction is also posted on the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman website.

KTNA Valentine Week Decadent Dessert Auction

Friday, January 29, 2016

KTNA is having a four day Decadent Dessert Auction
February 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th

Cheesecake w Chocolate Swirl and Strawberries Sue Deyoe Raspberry Cake Ruth Wood Mango Saffron Cheescake Strawberry Rhubarb Love Cupcakes Blueberry Cheesecake

The auction is one of our favorite fund raising event and our listeners love it.
If you have time and creative inspiration please consider donating a dessert to our auction. We hope to auction several desserts each day throughout the four day Valentine event .  Your support is appreciated.

Please contact the station at 733 1700 if you can donate a dessert for the auction.

Murre die-off grows in size and area

Thursday, January 28, 2016

By Johanna Eurich, Freelance Journalist – Anchorage

The number of dead Common Murres showing up on Alaska’s beaches keeps growing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has now gathered more than the 22,000 collected when the Exxon Valdez went aground in Prince William Sound. Heather Renner with USFWS says it is already one of the largest die-offs in history and, unlike when the tanker went aground, no one has gone out to remote beaches to look for dead seabirds.

“The exactly same number is purely a coincidence,” said Renner. “Our number is changing every day as people call in more reports. But certainly there was a lot of effort put into searching beaches then. Now people are just calling in and telling us about them. And we haven’t gotten a chance to look at much of the remote coastline.”

Renner told the Alaska Marine Science Symposium that dead Murres started showing up on beaches last summer but since those numbers were spread out over a large area they weren’t noticed until the thousands started showing up on beaches in January. (more…)

Election dispute dominates Trapper Creek Community Council meeting

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

After a contentious meeting last week, the Trapper Creek Community Council will hold a new election for its board of directors. While the original election was conducted incorrectly, the results of the new election are likely to be identical. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.

Last Thursday, the Trapper Creek Community Council board of directors meeting focused heavily on questions regarding the most recent board election. At the meeting, Trapper Creek resident Kristie Parsons questioned whether the election followed the rules set out in the council’s governing document.

“The question is to review the process used for this particular election and how it followed the Trapper Creek council’s constitution and bylaws, which specifically define the process. And that process is not identified in any of the previous minutes.” (more…)

Musher Karin Hendrickson shares being on the Yentna during 7.1 earthquake

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

While most Upper Valley residents were at home for the magnitude 7.1 earthquake early on Sunday, musher Karin Hendrickson was mid-race on the Yentna River. Hendrickson spoke with KTNA’s Katie Writer about the experience.

 

Faulty pump leads to slightly elevated arsenic levels for Talkeetna water

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Talkeetna water system customers will soon receive a notice about slightly elevated arsenic levels in the water in December and January.

The Environmental Protection Agency requires that arsenic levels are no higher than ten micrograms per liter. In December, the water tested at just below fifteen micrograms, and in January it tested around thirteen.

Mat-Su Borough Public Works Director Terry Dolan says that a malfunctioning pump that was not feeding a chemical into the water that removes arsenic caused the problem. He says the pump was rebuilt on Thursday and is now functioning normally. An initial test showed that the treated water was well below the limit for arsenic, and further tests will be conducted to ensure the issue is solved.

Terry Dolan says consumption of the water for a short period of time at the arsenic levels found is not harmful, and that customers would have been immediately notified if the arsenic content reached dangerous levels. He says residents do not need to boil their water and can continue using it normally.