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Governor’s Veto Halves 2016 PFD

Friday, September 23, 2016

On Friday, Governor Bill Walker’s office released a video announcing that the 2016 Permanent Fund Dividend will be $1,022, about half of what it would have been without Walker’s partial veto of PFD funding.

In late June, Governor Walker issued line-item vetoes canceling spending on specific items approved by the legislature in its long budget process. Walker says reducing the dividend means less spending from reserves for state services, which will preserve the PFD into the future. Walker claims that, without intervention, the PFD would go away entirely within a few years.

Had Walker not vetoed part of the dividend funding for this year, eligible Alaskans would have received $2,052. Some critics of Walker’s veto say cutting the PFD affects low-income families disproportionately to wealthy Alaskans.

One of those opponents, Anchorage senator Bill Wielechowski (WHEEL-uh-COW-skee) has filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the veto. Wielechowski claims that, due to the way PFD statute is worded, that Walker does not have the authority to veto or reduce it. The senator requested an expedited hearing, but it’s not clear whether the case will be heard before dividend checks are scheduled to begin going out on October 6th.


Nelchina caribou permit hunts extended until Sept. 30

Friday, September 23, 2016
Near Maclaren Summit along the Denali Highway, where the Nelchina caribou permit hunts have been extended until 9/30. Photo: Phillip Manning - KTNA

Near Maclaren Summit along the Denali Highway, where the Nelchina caribou permit hunts have been extended until 9/30. Photo: Phillip Manning – KTNA

Nelchina Caribou Hunting Season has been extended for Unit 13 permit holders RC566, CC001, and Drawing Permit Hunt DC485.

It is open for permit holders only who have not yet harvested a caribou

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is also encouraging hunters to consider harvesting cows.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Ken Marsh, Alaska Fish and Game’s Pubic Information Officer about the Nelchina hunts.


For more information, call the Nelchina Hotline at 907/267-2304 or the Anchorage Department of Fish and Game office 907/267-2257.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 9-18-2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

 Kathleen for StarDate

The September equinox,

the moon’s path through the winter stars,

Mercury in the morning, and more.

Candidate bios for Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Note:  The following information was provided by the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors, and is self-reported by the candidates. KTNA invites all candidates to participate in interviews prior to the election.

TCCI 2016 Board of Directors Candidate Info –


Peg Vos :

When I moved to Alaska in 2006, I hoped to find a good small town to call home. I have found Talkeetna to be a vibrant, dynamic community. Its citizens are passionate about their causes, and work diligently to make things happen from recycling to shuttle service to playgrounds to libraries. Talkeetna citizens are also compassionate with fund raisers and work parties for those in need. It is a labor of love and pride of many to make a community such as Talkeetna. I feel fortunate to be part of this and wish to “pay back” my debt as a resident. Becoming a member of the Talkeetna Community Council would help to pay that bill.


Ed O’Connor :

I am applying for board membership of the Talkeetna Community Council because I believe that the council has improved and preserved the quality of life in Talkeetna, my home of almost 20 years. By listening to and speaking for local residents’ concerns, the council helps to maintain the character of this community. It is valuable also, to provide guidance to those new to the area as to the values of the community and the shared vision of its future.


Geri (Volpe) McCann :

Resident of Talkeetna from 1973 -1994; curator of the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, owned/operated a tour/travel agency, volunteered at schools, church, youth/children programs, library, KTNA, Moose Dropping festivals & events. Moved to Palmer; curated Wasilla City’s & Palmer City’s museums, owned/operated cultural history/farm tours, organized community events, art workshops, volunteered in church, youth programs, led homeless youth outreach, fought proposed toxic dump, & 2,500 bed prison in Palmer. Relocated to Talkeetna in 2014; serving on TCCI-Main St.-SPUD committee, prioritizing to protect/preserve Talkeetna’s quality of life, environment, identity, SPUD, Comprehensive Plan, Historic District, & promote responsible growth & tourism development.


Chris Grabowski :

I am running for Community Council because I am interested in serving our community. I beleive in putting the community’s well being over my own when it comes to serving on the council. For the last few months, I have filled in on the council in a temporary seat that was vacated.


Christie Seay:

I have lived in Talkeetna 16 years. I run a local business, work for a nonprofit, volunteer, enjoy our trails and have raised children. I am interested in the good of the community and our surrounding land and waterways. I will not bring a personal agenda to the board. I try to keep a fair mind and listen to all sides of an issue. Thank you for considering me as a board member.


Joe McAneney:

My name is Joe McAneney and I have been in Alaska for 6 years and Talkeetna for 1 year. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and have worked as a state certified water operator in Alaska. I currently am a member of the Talkeetna Water and Sewer Board and have attended 80%of the community council meetings in Talkeetna over the past year. I am a partner in the downtown business known as Mountain Juice. I have been volunteering to help coach soccer for the high school. I believe we can accommodate expansion while retaining the history and culture.


Ron Quilliam:

I am a volunteer fire fighter and on the board of the Talkeetna Historical society. I have been on the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce Board, been elected to Yakutat school board where I was lead negotiator for a new teachers contract. Elected to E. Kenai Road Mtc. Board and appointed by the City of Seward to a committee to investigate creating a new borough.


I feel my past experience is valuable in dealing with the issues of town infrastructure, increased tourism, the Historic District ans decisions on how we want to be governed.







It’s not too late!

Thursday, September 15, 2016



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Mudslide north of Talkeetna causes delays for Alaska Railroad

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Passengers traveling along the Alaska Railroad experienced some delays Wednesday after an early morning mudslide blocked the rails near Cantwell.

According to Tim Sullivan, External Affairs Manager for the Alaska Railroad, one of the locomotives driving northbound cargo train was struck by a mudslide around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday near mile 322. Sullivan says there were no injuries or apparent damage, and no derailment occurred as a result of the slide. He says that the train’s two locomotives were separated Wednesday afternoon, and the engine south of the mudslide was able to backtrack with the cargo train.

The Denali Star trains traveling north and southbound were held at Denali National Park and Talkeetna. Passengers were bussed to their final destinations. Sullivan says excavators are continuing to work on clearing the mudslide, but are having to work through wet conditions.

Fun-filled Color Run brings awareness to serious topics

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Participants in Su Valley's Color Run getting doused in rainbow hues.  Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

Participants in Su Valley’s Color Run getting doused in rainbow hues. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Last week, suicide prevention and depression awareness were the themes of the Su Valley High School Color Run.

KTNA’s Katie Writer has more.


The Su Valley High School track and field area took on the look of a carnival-like atmosphere. Booths were set up offering snacks, girl scout cookies and informative flyers. Children were signing each other’s t-shirts as well as writing cheerful messages on squares of cloth. Dozens of kids wearing white the Color Run t-shirts lined up at the starting line.

Out on the trail system, volunteers were ready to spray the participants with color as they ran a 2 kilometer course.  By the end of the race the kids would be wet with the colorful spray and soon to be covered head to toe in this washable concoction.

The purpose of this fun family event is to raise  awareness about the very serious topic of suicide awareness and prevention. Alaska has the highest suicide rate in the nation. (more…)

Patricia Faye-Brazel discusses entrance to District 10 race

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Last month, Democratic candidate for House District 10 Christian Hartley withdrew from the race. Fellow Houston resident Patricia Faye-Brazel has stepped up to run for the Democrats. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Faye-Brazel about her reasons for running and her thoughts on the state’s current fiscal struggle.


Patricia Faye-Brazel and Republican candidate for House District 10 David Eastman will be invited as guests to Su-Valley Voice this fall.

KTNA’s Fall Membership Drive is HERE, NOW!

Monday, September 12, 2016



It’s our fall membership drive…welcome to the gang!



You can also stop by the station on Second Street during office hours, or call 733-1700 to pledge your support of KTNA.