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Dunleavy suspends campaign for governor

State Senator Mike Dunleavy announced on Tuesday that he is suspending his campaign to run for governor in next year’s election.

 

Dunleavy cites a recent medical procedure as the reason to put the campaign on hold. He says the condition is not life-threatening, but that pausing his bid for the governor’s mansion will allow him to focus on better health outcomes. It’s possible he could resume the campaign at a later date. Dunleavy was the first well-known Republican to file to run for governor in the next election.

 

Currently, Dunleavy’s senate district includes the Susitna Valley. His seat is also up for election next November.

Su Valley takes second at soccer tourney

The Su-Valley coed soccer team took second place at the Tri-Valley tournament over the weekend.

 

The Rams won their game against Holy Rosary 1-0, and against Cook Inlet Academy 2-0. Their sole loss in prelims came against Delta with a final score of 1-2.

 

Su-Valley and Delta faced off again in the finals. At the end of regulation, both teams were tied at two goals apiece. Delta took first place in the following shootout.

 

Top scorers for the Rams at the tournament were Dalton Pinard with two and Blake Drover with four. Drover has now scored fifteen goals on the season.

StarDate Susitna 9-10-17

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In this episode of StarDate Susitna, Kathleen Fleming fills us in on what astronomical events we can look for in the September night sky.

 

Tips for Healthy Living – September 8th 2017

cici-schoenbergerOn this episode of Tips for Healthy Living, Holly Stinson visits with Cici Schoenberger the Behavioral Health Lead at Sunshine Health Clinic. Opioid addiction and overdose are discussed.

Five children dead in Butte trailer home fire

by Casey Grove – Alaska Public Media

Five children died in a fire that gutted a trailer home in Butte this morning off the Old Glenn Highway near Palmer, according to Alaska State Troopers

But troopers couldn’t — or wouldn’t — say what caused the blaze or who was responsible for the five girls who died. The girls ranged in age from three to 12.

Somber fire investigators combed through debris inside the blackened trailer off Wickham Drive on Thursday.

A neighbor had called 911 to report the fire a little before 7 a.m. Thursday. Another neighbor, who did not want to be recorded in an interview, would only say the five girls who died were “good kids,” as he stared at the charred home past the yellow fire line tape.

Firefighters from nearby Butte Fire Department, as well as Palmer Fire and Rescue, responded.

Troopers and the state fire marshal are still investigating what sparked the fire and whether there were any other factors that may have contributed to the girls’ deaths. The investigators have not released the victims’ names, nor have they said whether they were members of the same family or whether an adult was present or involved in any way.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said early indications are that the girls died in the fire. But she says there won’t be a final determination on what caused their death until troopers have had time to investigate.

“It is a tragedy no matter how you look at it,” Peters said. “We don’t know at this point if there were other factors involved in their death, but that’s something we’re going to look into.”

Peters said that will take time.

“Whenever you have a fire, things are always very complicated, I mean, things get burned up, things get scattered,” Peters said. “There are people who fight the fire, that’s what they do, so there’s water. It’s a really long drawn out process.”

As Peters spoke, state medical examiners were removing the girls’ remains from the trailer, putting them in body bags and preparing to drive them to Anchorage. She said that’s where they’ll undergo autopsies.

Investigators have been in touch with family members and are conducting interviews. But Peters said it is too soon to identify the girls publicly until troopers are completely sure of their identities.

Peters said that, to her knowledge, nobody from the home was treated for injuries and that she could not comment on whether anyone besides the girls was present at the time of the fire.

The News from the Ranger Station – September 7th

This final segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, presents highlights of the summer season.

Three candidates file for available Talkeetna Community Council seats

Three candidates have submitted their names for the three open Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. director seats up for election next month.

Two current board members, Paul Button and Peg Vos submitted candidacy forms by the close of nominations at Tuesday’s meeting. Mary Farina currently holds the third available seat, but she is unable to run again, having reached the council’s term limit.

Karl Swanson is the only person not currently on the board to have submitted a candidate form.

While nominations for the ballot have closed, it is possible for residents of the Talkeetna Community Council area to register as a write-in candidate up until 5pm on Tuesday, September 26th.

The TCCI election will be held on October 3rd, the same day as the Mat-Su Borough’s election, at the Talkeetna Public Library.

 

A link to TCCI election information is available at KTNA.org.

Five children dead after fire in the Butte

Alaska State Troopers say they five children died in a mobile home fire in the Butte on Thursday.

The fire was reported just before 7:00 am. Troopers and Deputy Fire Marshals responded to the scene and soon confirmed three fatalities.   The remains of two children initially missing were found later on Thursday morning. All of the deceased were female, ranging in age from three to twelve. Their remains are being transported to the State Medical Examiner for autopsies and identification.

Three candidates file for Talkeetna Community Council board

Three candidates have submitted their names for the three open Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. director seats up for election next month.

Two current board members, Paul Button and Peg Vos submitted candidacy forms by the close of nominations at Tuesday’s meeting. Mary Farina currently holds the third available seat, but she is unable to run again, having reached the council’s term limit.

Karl Swanson is the only person not currently on the board to have submitted a candidate form.

While nominations for the ballot have closed, it is possible for residents of the Talkeetna Community Council area to register as a write-in candidate up until 5pm on Tuesday, September 26th.

The TCCI election will be held on October 3rd, the same day as the Mat-Su Borough’s election, at the Talkeetna Public Library.