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Sunshine Medical and Dental Directors Talk Present and Future for the Clinic

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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The Sunshine Community Health Center has been in the news regularly since last summer, with most stories focusing on staffing controversy. Now, the Clinic has a permanent Medical Director in place once again.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Medical Director Shelis Jorgensen and Dental Director Dr. William Frantz, and has this report: (more…)

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House Bill 77 Returns With Revisions

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The controversial bill to change the way the Department of Natural Resources handles some of its permits has been revised and a new draft is being discussed in the state senate.

House Bill 77, which stalled at the end of last year’s legislative session due to a lack of votes, caused a stir when some legislators and members of the public viewed it as a way to allow the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to cut a significant portion of the public process out of permitting decisions.  Legislators and representatives from DNR participated in multiple meetings around the state, including one in Talkeetna, to hear concerns from Alaska residents.  Most of those concerns centered around three issues within the bill.   (more…)

Second Fat Tire Bike Race is Held in Talkeetna

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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This past weekend, the second annual Mike Sterling Memorial Bike Race was held in Talkeetna.  Unlike summer events like the Clean Air Challenge or the Big Wild Ride, this race featured a type of bike specially built for ice and snow.

Fat tire bike racing has grown significantly in popularity over the last few years.  The bikes are not an uncommon sight in and around Anchorage, and more riders outside of the city are joining in.  At last weekend’s race, approximately eighty competitors pedaled their way for twenty, forty, or sixty miles on off-road trails. (more…)

Glenallen, Nenana Eliminate Su-Valley in Conference Basketball Tourney

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Su-Valley Rams basketball teams will not be appearing at the state tournament next week.

Over the weekend, the Su-Valley men and women competed in the conference basketball tournament.  Both teams fell short in the finals.  On Friday, the men’s team fell to Glenallen, and the women’s team lost to Nenana.  Glenallen faced off against Nenana in both final games.

On Saturday, the Su-Valley women claimed third place by defeating Tri-Valley 56-26.  The Su-Valley men fell short of third place with a 71-59 loss to Effie Kokrine.

Talkeetna Sewer and Water Assessment Will Include User Survey, Community Meeting

Friday, March 7, 2014

If you’re a customer of the Talkeetna sewer and water system, you will be receiving two additional pieces of paper with your next bill.  The first is a survey asking customers their opinions about water quality, infrastructure, and water rates.  The second sheet contains two charts breaking down the profit and loss figures for the system.  For some time now, the financials have tended more toward the loss column.  According to the provided information, costs to operate the system outstrip revenue by more than $96,000 each year.  On top of that, it has been noted by the Talkeetna Sewer and Water Advisory Board that the system lacks replacement parts in the event of a failure within the system.

The documents were produced by CRW Engineering Group.  The Group was the successful bidder for a $100,000 grant from the state of Alaska to the Mat-Su Borough to study the system and propose plans for maintaining the system, both physically and fiscally.  In addition to the survey, CRW is planning a community meeting to discuss the sewer and water system.  The meeting will be on March 25th at 6:00 pm at the Northern Susitna Institute.

Iditarod Report for March 6th, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

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Throughout the Iditarod, Mark Wildermuth gives a report on the race during each day’s evening news.  KTNA’s evening news begins at 6:00, and the Iditarod report comes immediately following Denali Echoes.  This is the audio from last night’s report.

 

AEA Receives Federal Criticism on Meeting, Study Schedule

Thursday, March 6, 2014

On Wednesday, a letter from employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service concerning the Alaska Energy Authority’s plans for the Susitna-Watana Project was made public.  The letter criticizes the AEA’s current schedule of meetings and timing of upcoming research.   NMFS and Fish and Wildlife say that, due to short notice, lack of collaboration, schedule conflicts, and lack of advance meeting materials, that the two Services may not be able to participate in currently scheduled meetings. (more…)

Borough Staff Updates Talkeetna Council on Flood Funding

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

On Monday, the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors held its regular monthly meeting.  The bulk of the discussion centered around recovery from the 2012 flood, particularly funding for the repair of the dike and revetment on the Talkeetna River.

Casey Cook, Mat-Su Borough Emergency Manager, and Pam Ness, Borough Flood Plain Administrator, were present at the meeting to discuss the progress of flood control measures, including both state and federal funding. (more…)

Mountain High to Reopen This Week With a New Look

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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After a three month closure, one of the popular eateries on Talkeetna’s Main Street will be opening its doors once again this Friday.  Diners who are accustomed to Mountain High Pizza Pie’s colorful interior will be in for quite a change when restaurant reopens, as the interior look has undergone a major change.

Despite its origins in Italian and Mediterranean ingredients, pizza has become a distinctly American food.  It has penetrated all corners of the country, including Talkeetna.  For

Sneak Preview of Mountain High’s new interior. This is the door leading to the outdoor dining area.

the last three months, however, the village’s most popular place to grab a slice has been closed.  What began as a relatively simple project turned in to something much larger, as owner Todd Basilone explains.

“We started out by just fixing some of the floor, and it turned into a lot more than that, obviously.  Floor repair turned into a renovation….So, we decided that we were closed and always wanted to do this to the place, so we decided to follow through.” (more…)

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