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Talkeetna Council forced to re-fill vacancy due to residency restrictions

At it’s April 4th meeting, the Talkeetna Community Council Inc. board of directors filled a vacancy left by a resignation. Now, residency requirements mean it will have to do so again.

At its meeting, the current TCCI board voted to fill its vacant seat with Geri McCann, a former Talkeetna resident who said at the meeting that she owns property in the area and is moving back. As of now, however, board chair Whitney Wolff says McCann’s residency is clearly currently in Palmer, based on available public records. Records viewed by KTNA showed the same. TCCI’s bylaws require that members’ primary residences lie within the council boundaries.

As a result, Whitney Wolff says the seat has been vacated once again. The vacancy will be officially announced at the May meeting. Nominations will start at that meeting, and will last until the first Monday in June, when the board will once again choose a new member to serve until the October election.

Talkeetna Council forms committee to look at Downtown SPUD

A new committee of Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. will be tasked with looking into the Downtown Talkeetna Special Land use district in the coming months.

 

At each of the last two meetings of the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors, concerns have been raised over the historic status of Downtown Talkeetna. The most recent discussion was spurred by the renovations taking place at the Denali Brewpub on Main Street. According to Denali Brewing’s general manager, Sassan Mossanen, the current remodel will improve the building and eventually allow for some deck seating on the roof. He says that the remodel is being done with materials and techniques that will make the building fall more in line with a historical aesthetic than it does right now.

 

Some community members, as well as the Talkeetna Historical Society, have expressed concerns that there currently are no regulations on how new construction must look. The current Special Land Use District, or SPUD, has restrictions on height, footprint, and other factors, but historic qualities such as rooflines and materials are guidelines, not rules. As Talkeetna grows, some fear that the historic aesthetic of the town will be lost. In addition, they say that Talkeetna’s historic district status could be at risk.

 

One option that garnered support at the most recent community council meeting is local review of building permits. The catch is that the Mat-Su Borough does not currently require building permits the way it has in the past. Asking the borough to resume the permitting process is on the able.

 

According to TCCI chair Whitney Wolff, the borough planning department’s recommendation was to form a committee to gauge the community’s desire. At its last meeting, the council did that. Currently, no meeting dates for the new committee have been set.

Nuggets-Lynn Stevens 6-5-2008

Long time Talkeetna resident Lynn Stevens passed away at age 104 on March 18th.

On May 6th, there will be a memorial at Horizon House, in Anchorage, where she was living. It’s at 3 pm.On May 7th, a service and reception will be held at Wasilla Presbyterian Church, at 2 pm. Cards may be sent to family at P.O. box 80134, Fairbanks, AK 99708.

In this archived program, Lynn Stevens talks to KTNA’s Nuggets host Holly Stinson in 2008.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“That Which Lurks Under the Cellar Stairs”, and “The Pitfalls of a Seven-Year Old in Love”, by Terrence Johnson

Terrence Johnson

Two short stories about his childhood that Terrence wrote and recorded.

 

 

I grew up to the age of nine, in the fine old home which still stands at 28th and Cedar in Minneapolis Minnesota. It had once been a single-family home, a doctor’s residence, but has since been subdivided into apartments of diminished prestige. Our family resided on the main level, with my bedroom in the part which had once been an entryway. The home had old cast-iron radiators, which banged in the night and scared the daylights out of me.
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Monday night traffic stop in Willow leads to seventy-mile chase

Update:  The original version of this story identified Sandra Austin as Sarah Austin.

On Monday night, a traffic stop by Alaska State Troopers led to a high-speed chase along more than seventy miles of the Parks Highway.

At around 9:45 p.m. on Monday, a Trooper stopped a maroon pick-up at mile 67 of the Parks Highway in Willow for speeding. Troopers say the driver and passenger both gave false names. The driver was later identified as 25-year-old Logan Austin and the passenger as 23-year-old Sandra Austin, both of the Fairbanks area.

When the Trooper asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, the driver attempted to pepper spray him. The driver then sped away, and the Trooper pursued.

Troopers say that, at one point during the pursuit, Sandra Austin took control of the vehicle and Logan Austin crawled into the bed and threw tools and other heavy objects at the pursuing Trooper before crawling back in and driving once more.

The pursuing trooper called for backup early in the pursuit, and spike strips near Mile 104 of the Parks popped both driver’s side tires.  The chase continued for more than thirty miles with the truck driving on its rims until it crashed into a ditch near Mile 140. No injuries were reported from the crash.

Logan and Sandra Austin were both arrested and taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where they are being held without bail on charges of Felony Eluding. Additionally, Logan Austin had a $20,000 warrant for his arrest.

One arrested, one sought in connection with Caswell shooting

Update:  28-year-old Charles Ganoe of Anchorage has been arrested.  Law enforcement officials are still seeking 26-year-old Nicholas Ganoe, pictured below.

 

Law-enforcement officials are seeking information on 26-year-old Nicholas Ganoe. Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Law-enforcement officials are seeking information on 26-year-old Nicholas Ganoe. Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

The Alaska State Troopers have arrested one suspect and are seeking another in connection to a shooting in the Caswell area last Friday.

The shooting was reported around 2:45 p.m. on Friday, April 1st. According to troopers, an unidentified 42-year-old man was shot at his residence. The man was taken by ambulance with what are described as non-life-threatening injures.

On Saturday, law enforcement arrested 28-year-old Charles Ganoe of Anchorage on charges of attempted first-degree. An arrest warrant for 26-year-old Nicholas Ganoe of Anchorage has been issued for attempted murder as well. Troopers ask anyone with information to contact the Alaska Bureau of Investigation at 745-2131. Photos are available at KTNA.org.

Original story:

The Alaska State Troopers are seeking two persons of interest and one vehicle following a shooting in Caswell Lakes on Friday.

The shooting was reported around 2:45 p.m. on Friday, April 1st. According to troopers, an unidentified 42-year-old man was shot at his residence. The man was taken by ambulance with what are described as non-life-threatening injures.

Troopers have provided photos of two males and one vehicle they are looking for in connection with the shooting. They ask anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers at 745-3333 or the Alaska Bureau of Investigation at 745-2131. The photos are available at KTNA.org.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“True 21st Century Heroes”, by Bill Was

Canine Snowplows

Talkeetna blogger Bill Was

relates how recent experiences

with chronic pain helped him

empathize with others.

 

After having lived what, in hindsight, was an insanely healthy life across my first 61 years I was ill-prepared when aging finally caught up with me. Sadly, I had come to take good health for granted and, as such, was not at all ready to deal with what was headed my way. Read More »

Pete Keenan talks MMA in the Upper Valley

Pete Keenan's younger students at a tournament last fall. Photo courtesy Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts

Pete Keenan’s younger students at a tournament last fall. Photo courtesy Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts

by: Katie Writer – KTNA

For ten years, Pete Keenan has taught at Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts. His students include men, women, and children. Unlike many activities in the Upper Valley, Pete and his students are able to train year round. KTNA’s Katie Writer sat down with Pete Keenan to discuss what he does and some of the successes his students have had recently.