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KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Writer’s Voice–Toyo Tantrums and Other Wake-up Calls, by Bill Was

Talkeetna blogger Bill Was writes about technology in our lives.

 

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Mat-Su Libraries Link Up With Joint Library Catalog

Thanks to a merging of online catalogs, Mat-Su libraries and their members now have access to the collections of libraries throughout the state.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Talkeetna librarian Ann Yadon to find out more:

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Small libraries have limitations in terms of funding and space to store large collections of books and other media.  The Mat-Su libraries have been linked for some time, but their reach has just been greatly expanded after they joined the Joint Library Catalog.  Anchorage’s municipal libraries and many of the UAA libraries are part of the system.  Ann Yadon, Librarian at Talkeetna Public Library, explains what that means for local users:

“Now, if you have a library card at a Mat-Su library, you can use it in Anchorage; you can use it at UAA Mat-Su.  So, you can go to Mat-Su College with your public library card and check things out from them.”

In addition to having access to their catalogs with a single library card, the library partnership means they can act as drop-off locations for each other.

“If you check something out at any of those libraries, you can return it at any of those libraries, which is really nice for people who come up from Anchorage for the weekend.” Read More »

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Final Assessment of Talkeetna Sewer and Water System Submitted

The final assessment of Talkeetna’s sewer and water system has been completed.  Included is analysis of the functionality of the system, suggested improvements, and plans to make the system fiscally solvent.

In total, the assessment of the sewer and water system in Talkeetna is hundreds of pages.  It was funded through a $100,000 grant from the state legislature at the request of local residents, including the Talkeetna Sewer and Water Advisory Board.  CRW Engineering did the study, and looked at a number of areas.

Not much changed in the assessment of the system itself since the draft report was released in July.  One interesting note has to do with the water treatment plant.  The plant was not required until allowable levels of arsenic were dropped from 50 parts-per-million to 10 parts-per million.  The increased cost of operating the plant is a major cost driver.  The report says that arsenic levels are still too high to meet regulations, but that the region as a whole has seen shifts in levels of arsenic, with some of them dropping.  If the base level of arsenic were to fall below 10 parts-per-million and stay there, it could be feasible to shut down the treatment plant.

Whether or not that happens in the future, the system is currently deep in the red.  According to the study, the current annual deficit is likely to be over $100,000.  If rates were to remain constant, that figure would grow due to inflation and other factors.  As a result, the report suggests revenue increases of 13% per year for water and 6% for sewer for each of the next five years. The report notes that this would allow the system to break even on operations, but that more money would be needed to establish a reserve fund and for repair and replacement costs. Read More »

Mat-Su College Will Experiment With Offering Upper Valley Classes

In January, Mat-Su College will begin offering credit for classes taught in Talkeetna.  The college’s director hopes it could pave the way for a satellite program in the Upper Valley.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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Mat-Su College’s main campus is the closest option for in-person college courses for Upper Valley residents.  That may be changing, however.  Starting with the Spring 2015 term, the college is offering credit for an English class that will be taught at Northern Susitna Institute in Talkeetna. Read More »

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Single-Vehicle Accident Results in Minor Injuries, Totaled Tesla

A Talkeetna man received minor injuries after crashing on the Parks Highway.  His electric sports car, however, was not as lucky.  According to the Alaska State Troopers, Jack West of Talkeetna was driving northbound on the Parks Highway near mile 85 when he lost control of his 2011 Tesla Roadster.  Troopers say there was ice on the road at the time of the accident.  West was wearing his seatbelt, and received non-life-threatening injuries.  His vehicle, however, was totaled.

Classics for Kids–Black Beauty #1

Cari Sayre begins reading one of the best-selling books of all time, the story of Black Beauty, written in 1877 by Anna Sewell.

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Troopers Arrest Trapper Creek Man for Harrassment

Alaska State Troopers arrested a Trapper Creek man shortly after noon on Monday for an incident at a gas station.  According to troopers, 45-year-old David Thompson harassed employees and threatened the store owner.  Troopers pulled Thompson over, and believe that he was driving under the influence of alcohol.  Thompson was arrested for DUI and two counts of harassment.  He was taken to the Mat-Su pre-trial facility on $2,250 bail.

Veterans Day at VFW Post 3836

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Veterans Day is filled with opportunities to honor and remember those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning went to the Veterans Day event at the local VFW post.

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On Tuesday morning, VFW Post 3836 hosted more than thirty people for its annual Veterans Day celebration.  The event started with a short address by Buddy Gray, Post Commander who told some of the history of Veterans Day.  For decades, there was not a consensus on when the holiday should be observed.  That changed in 1978, when Congress returned Veterans Day to November 11th, the original date that was established after World War I. Read More »

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Talkeetna Elementary Observes Veterans Day

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On Monday, Talkeetna Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day with members of the community.  More than a dozen former service members turned out for the event.  After being greeted by students and teachers, the veterans made their way to the gymnasium.  Principal Lisa Shelby began by thanking them for their service.

“We appreciate your service to our country.  We are here today to say thank you, and to honor and affirm your commitment, your courage, and your leadership.” Read More »

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