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CORRECTION: Election Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

In a story that ran last night through today, we erroneously said that Election Day is Tuesday, November 9th.  Today, Election Day, is Tuesday, November 8th.  We apologize for the error.

Upper Valley Polling Locations for November 8th

Monday, November 7, 2016

Early voting has ended in the Upper Valley. For those voting in person on Election Day, there are four local polling places. Talkeetna and Trapper Creek voters may cast their ballots at Talkeetna and Trapper Creek Elementary School, respectively. In Sunshine, the polling place is the Upper Susitna Senior Center, and in Willow, the polls are at the Willow Community Center. Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 p.m.


On Tuesday evening, national, statewide, and local election results will air on KTNA until midnight.

Su Valley Voice: House District 10 Candidate Forum

Friday, November 4, 2016

On Thursday, both candidates for House District 10 joined KTNA’s Phillip Manning for a special edition of Su Valley Voice. Republican nominee David Eastman and Democratic nominee Patricia Faye-Brazel made their cases for the votes of the Upper Valley. In the following excerpt, each candidate makes his and her last pitch to voters, beginning with Mr. Eastman.


Alaska, Upper Valley are part of an upward trend in early voting

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

by: Katie Writer – KTNA

Both the Talkeetna and Trapper Creek libraries report that some Upper Valley residents have already cast their votes in the 2016 General Election. As of Wednesday, 23 early votes had been cast in Trapper Creek, and over 100 in Talkeetna.

Voters come to the polls early for different reasons. For some, it may be due to plans to travel out of state on Election Day. For others, it may be the emphasis on making sure that their vote is cast just in case weather or illness keeps them from going to the polls on November 8th.

Voting early numbers nationwide are up significantly from 2012. According to NBC News, as of November 1st, over 26 million Americans have already voted for their preferred President and Vice President candidate, as well as a host of down-ballot races.

The trend also holds true for Alaska. With nearly a week left before Election Day, the state division of elections reports that nearly as many people have voted early thus far as in all of the 2012 early voting period.

Talkeetna and Trapper Creek Libraries are the early voting places for the Upper Valley. In order to cast a ballot, a registered voter needs one of the following documents: a valid state ID, Driver’s License, Voter Registration Card, military ID, passport, hunting or fishing license or other current photo. In addition, voters may use an utility bill, government check, bank statement, or other government document that includes his or her current address.

Early voting ends next Monday. On Election Day, November 8th, the poling places in the Upper Valley will be Talkeetna Elementary School, Trapper Creek Elementary, the Willow Community Center, and the Upper Susitna Senior Center.

More information about the 2016 General Election, including a sample ballot, is available at the Alaska Division of Elections website.





Early voting continues in the Upper Valley through Monday

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Nationwide, early voting numbers are currently double what they were a week out from the election in 2012. According to NBC news, more than 26 million ballots have already been cast.

Early voting began in Alaska last week and will run through next Monday for those who may not be able to vote on Election Day next Tuesday.

In addition to the high-profile and contentious presidential race, Upper Valley voters will have a voice in choosing one U.S. Senator, the lone U.S. Representative, and the Alaska House District 10 seat. The two candidates for House District 10, David Eastman and Patricia Faye-Brazel will both be part of a special Su Valley Voice this Thursday at 10:00 am on KTNA.

Two ballot measures are also on the 2016 ballot. Ballot Measure 1 would allow for automatic voter registration whenever an individual applies for a Permanent Fund Dividend. The ballot measure does allow for an opt-out for automatic voter registration.

Ballot Measure 2 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the State of Alaska to issue general obligation bonds, backed by the state, to fund postsecondary student loans.

Early voting locations in the Upper Valley are at the Talkeetna and Trapper Creek public libraries. The Talkeetna library is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Trapper Creek library is open noon to 7:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, and noon to 6:00pm on Saturday.

Su Valley Voice: House District 10 Candidates

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This month, both candidates for Alaska House District 10 joined Phillip Manning for Su-Valley Voice for a one-on-one discussion of their policy views and vision for the state.


Patricia Faye-Brazel (Recorded October 5th, 2016)


David Eastman (Recorded October 26th, 2016


On November 3rd, Su Valley Voice will be a candidate forum with David Eastman and Patricia Faye-Brazel.


Moose Creek Fire now at forty-six percent containment

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Moose Creek wildfire between Palmer and Sutton is now forty-six percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry, and that number is expected to continue upward.

On Tuesday, officials had expressed hope that calmer winds would make fighting the 303-acre wildfire less difficult. That appears to have happened, and Incident Commander Phil Blydenburgh says firefighters were no longer forced to “chase” the fire, and were able to start holding it in place.

The Division of Forestry says the fire was mainly smoldering and creeping on Tuesday, with some open flames and tree “torching” in the interior. Blydenburgh expects the containment percentage to continue to rise as firefighters use hoses, engines, and bulldozers to ensure the wildfire doesn’t spread.

The Moose Creek fire started over the weekend and grew to over 300 acres. At its peak, more than ninety personnel were involved in the effort to extinguish the fire. Some resources are now being demobilized as crews come closer to full containment.

Man arrested in Downtown Talkeetna; charged with threatening others with bat

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On Tuesday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers responded to a call of a man threatening people with a baseball bat in Downtown Talkeetna.


According to Troopers, 29-year-old Jensen Green destroyed private property and made at least one person fear imminent injury during the incident.


Troopers arrested Green and transported him to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer. He is charged with fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

Firefighters hope calmer winds will make fighting Moose Creek fire easier

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

More than ninety people are currently fighting the Moose Creek wildfire between mile 54 and 58 of the Glenn Highway.

The Moose Creek fire is currently estimated at 328 acres. The fire began over the weekend, and strong winds caused it to grow rapidly. According to the Alaska Division of Forestry, winds in the area have been between twenty-five and thirty miles-per-hour with gusts of up to sixty miles-per-hour.

Officials hope that calmer winds will make containing the Moose Creek wildfire easier. Winds in the area are expected to be about half as strong as over the weekend.

In addition to the Moose Creek fire, firefighters responded to a five-acre fire on Monday that was started by a downed power line. Ground crews and helicopters were able to contain the new fire before it spread significantly.

As of Tuesday morning, the Moose Creek Fire is twenty-two percent contained.