by: Ellen Lockyer – KSKA, Anchorage
Tiny Chickaloon, population 272, lies just within the newly redrawn boundaries of Senate E, the lengthy district that threads the Richardson Highway from Valdez to Delta Junction. Independent candidate for Senate E, Warren Keogh, has called Chickaloon home for three decades.
“I am a lifelong independent. I have been approached by folks in both parties, to become a Republican or become a Democrat, but I have decided to stay on the course that I have always been on and not become a partisan person.”
Keogh has a varied background – military service in Vietnam, firefighter and paramedic, paralegal and water resources specialist. He has served as Chickaloon Community Council president, and spent one term on the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly, representing the communities North of Palmer. He says he’s got the name recognition to take on the incumbent.
“Mr. Dunleavy has been in office only two years, so he does have the advantage of incumbency, however, in this new district, he is only incumbent in half the area, and I reside in the other, the easternmost district E, so we both have considerable name recognition.” Read More »
The Mat-Su Borough School District has temporarily suspended all military recruitment in Valley schools. This comes one day after the Anchorage School District’s decision to halt military recruitment on its campuses.
In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, Mat-Su Borough School District spokeswoman Catherine Esary says that the decision is a result of allegations of past misconduct by Alaska Army National Guard recruiters in Anchorage. Documents pertaining to those alleged incidents, as well as many others, were leaked earlier this week.
Mat-Su Superintendent, Dr. Deena Paramo, says that the district is reviewing its protocols regarding military recruitment. Paramo says that, while the district “values its partnership with the military,” the safety of students is the highest priority.
Military staff who recruit in Mat-Su schools have been contacted, and there is currently no estimate for when recruitment will be allowed to resume.
On Saturday night, the Alaska State Troopers arrested a Talkeetna man after a domestic violence incident downtown. Robert Reichert is charged with assault, criminal mischief, and driving without a valid license. Troopers say that Reichert recklessly injured a family member and intentionally broke two cell phones. The call came in to troopers just before midnight on Saturday. Reichert was contacted near Mile 2 of the Talkeetna Spur Road in his truck. He was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer, where he is being held without bail.
All of the counting in this year’s Mat-Su Borough election is done, and none of the results have changed. Final numbers show 13.6% of eligible voters went to the polls earlier this month, up from an initial figure of 11%.
Upper Valley voters decided on two ballot issues and two school board seats. The candidates for both of those seats ran unopposed. Proposition B-1, which passed comfortably, allows the borough to redraw district maps to bring them in line with the state’s voting precinct boundaries. Borough officials have said that the change will mean fewer unique ballots will have to be printed due to precinct overlap between the borough and the state.
Proposition B-2 passed overwhelmingly, and allows for increased property tax exemptions for senior citizens and disabled veterans.
Elsewhere in the borough, Steve Colligan was re-elected to represent District 4, which covers much of Wasilla, in the borough assembly, and Dan Mayfield defeated Bill Kendig to represent District 5, which includes Big Lake. Darcie Salmon, who currently represents District 5, did not run for re-election.
The results will be certified at a special meeting of the borough assembly on Tuesday.
While election day isn’t until November 4th, some Alaskans began voting on Monday. Early voting has begun, along with applications for electronic absentee voting. Alaskans applying for an absentee ballot by mail have until Saturday to send their request.
In the Upper Valley, voters will choose representatives for the state House and Senate, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Governor, and Lieutenant Governor. There are also three initiatives on this year’s ballot concerning legalized marijuana, increasing the minimum wage, and mining in the Bristol Bay region.
There’s a partial solar eclipse coming up this week!
On this week’s Writer’s Voice, Kathleen tells about how it happens,
and how to see it.
This is a map of the 10-23-14 Partial Solar Eclipse path. The lines with times (PDT) are for mid-eclipse, at maximum, the thinnest crescent sun visible at any location. Find your location, add or subtract hours to convert Pacific Daylight Time to your time zone (-1 for ADT, +1 for MDT, etc), then extrapolate the mid-eclipse time at your location, and subtract about 1 hour 15 minutes to get the eclipse beginning time, and add 1 hour 15 minutes to find your location’s eclipse ending time. (The deeper the eclipse the longer it will last, 2 1/2 hours for South Central Alaska at a little more than 60% of the Sun’s diameter covered by the Moon.)
It’s that time of year! Our annual membership drive is NOW through Wednesday.
To operate a nonprofit, educational, community radio station with local access, to provide a broad base of educational cultural and informative programming to challenge, broaden and enrich the listening audience; to foster a sense of community within the Upper Susitna Valley; and to share programming and services with a larger Alaskan community.
GOAL: 25 new Sustaining Members and 244 new or renewing members!
Current Membership Drive total, as of Thursday: 190 new and renewing members and 21 new sustaining members.
Celebrate 21years on air with KTNA by renewing your membership or becoming a NEW member!
Consider becoming a SUSTAINING member of KTNA. This lets you give a monthly amount that adds up to a big difference for your public radio station. You may renew here online at www.ktna.org, call 907-733-1700, or mail a check to PO Box 300, Talkeetna, AK 99676. Welcome to the KTNA Community!
Above is the audio from today’s Su Valley Voice. This week’s guests were Shelis Jorgensen, Medical Director of the Sunshine Community Health Center, John Knutson with Health Quest therapy, and Rene` Dillow from the Division of Public Health. Contact information given during the show is listed below. Read More »
Beginning on Wednesday, the Alaska Energy Authority will hold meetings to discuss the initial study report for the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. Wednesday’s discussion will include study reports on fish in the Susitna River drainage. Those studies have recently drawn criticism from the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. AEA maintains that criticism is unfounded.
Other meetings will cover water, ice, plants and wildlife, geology, and social studies. The overall objective of the meetings is to allow stakeholders and AEA to discuss the studies. The outcome of the meetings will be a potentially revised plan for second-year studies in 2015.
The full schedule of meetings, as well as draft agendas, is available here.