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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 »

Writer’s Voice–Getting to Know Each Other, by Grete Lewis Perkins

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This essay originally aired in 2002.

The author wrote many essays for the local paper,

and voiced them for KTNA listeners

as part of the Earth and Beyond program.

 

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We’re getting to know each other, the farm and I. John has been working on our new place for three and a half years, and it is just now, and finally home for both of us. We’re testing the waters, spreading our wings.

As I settle in, I feel like a hen or a robin, settling in to my nest. I’m all ears, all eyes. What will living down here on the farm have to teach me? What can I learn from this place? So many people have asked me, “Won’t you miss being in town? You’re such a people person.” Read More »

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Trapper Creek Community Council Seeking Board Candidates

The Trapper Creek Community Council is seeking candidates for its board of directors.  Interested Trapper Creek residents have until November 20th to sign up.  The election is on December 1st, and new board members will be seated in mid-January.

Three seats are open on the board, and the two candidates who receive the most votes will receive two year terms.  The candidate with the third most will be seated for a single year.

Applications for candidates are available at the Trapper Creek Post Office and Library.

Silver Alert: William Wesley

The Alaska State Troopers have issued a Silver Alert for William Wesley.  Wesley is 60 years of age, 5’9″, and weighs 148 pounds.  He was last seen near Three Bears at Trunk Road in Wasilla wearing a camouflage jacket, red vest, grey hoodie, and jeans and carrying a green nylon sack.

Anyone who sees Wesley can call 907-451-5100 or 9-1-1.

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Talkeetna Community Council Chooses Revenue Sharing Recipients

This past Monday, the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors held its annual meeting.  With the exception of new members being seated, the agenda wasn’t very different from what might appear during any of the regular monthly meetings.  Three new members were seated on the board, Rich Crain, Mark Moren, and Rob Shelby.   Whitney Wolff was retained as chair, as well as Mary Farina as co-chair.  Katie Writer was chosen as the new treasurer and Iris Vandenham was made secretary of the TCC.  There was no secret ballot, since only one person was nominated for each position.

Much of the discussion at Monday’s meeting dealt with the distribution of state revenue sharing funds.  The council had a total of $28,600 to give to community organizations.  In total, seventeen applications were submitted, with requests for more than $64,000 dollars.  All but two organizations received at least some of the requested funding.  The largest awards went to Sunshine Transit and the Upper Susitna Food Pantry, with both receiving $4,000.  Some controversy emerged from the recommendation of a $400 contribution to the Gateway to the Arctic Camp, since it lies outside of the Talkeetna Community Council Area.  Board member Iris Vandenham also opposed a $500 grant to the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce.  An amendment to strike those two items did not receive a second.

A complete list of the approved revenue sharing grants is available below: Read More »

2014 Election: Talkeetna is an Island of Blue in a Red Upper Valley

With all but one precinct reporting as of late Tuesday night, both local incumbents for the state legislature seem to have retained their seats by wide margins. Both Senator Mike Dunleavy and Representative Wes Keller received more than sixty-six percent of the vote, meaning they will return to Juneau for the legislative session later this winter.

Voter turnout in the Upper Valley was fairly consistent with the 2010 and 2012 elections. Only Willow showed a turnout higher than 40%. Talkeetna and Susitna both had turnout over 36%, and 26% of Trapper Creek’s eligible voters came to the polls on Tuesday. Because early and absentee ballots are not counted as part of the precinct they come from, overall turnout in House District 10 was higher than for any individual precinct, and totaled just over 48%.

In statewide races, every precinct in the Upper Valley, with the exception of Talkeetna, voted for Republicans. Talkeetna broke for Democratic or Non-Affiliated candidates in every race for state legislature and statewide office.

On the ballot issues, the Upper Valley precincts followed suit with the statewide trends. Susitna, Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, and Willow all voted “Yes” on legalization of marijuana, raising the state’s minimum wage, and requiring legislative approval for large mines in the Bristol Bay area.

These results are still preliminary. Statewide, thousands of absentee and questioned ballots remain to be counted. It’s currently unknown how many of those were cast in the Susitna Valley.

Stubbs for U.S. Senate? Thanks to the Internet, This is a Thing

The campaign for U.S. Senate in Alaska has received national attention, and the race has been rife with campaign ads.  Tuesday morning, one more candidate threw his hat into the ring, and his campaign ad has social media purring.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.

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According to Real Clear Politics, Congress currently has an approval rating below 13%.  While Talkeetna has no official mayor, and thus no approval polls, odds are the unofficial mayor would blow Congress’ numbers out of the water.   The tongue-in-cheek campaign ad for Mayor Stubbs, a seventeen-year-old cat, expresses the frustration felt by many in what has been a contentious an ad-filled campaign season.

Nationwide, Stubbs may well have more name recognition than the actual candidates for U.S. Senate.  After all, he’s made it in to the Friskies 50, a list of the internet’s most influential cats.  His campaign ad suggests he, too, wants to make a change.

At Nagley’s General Store in Talkeetna, Stubbs’ place of residence, the staff says they are not behind the video.  Jolene Pate was working the counter on Tuesday, and says that, while they didn’t come up with the idea, the staff is on board.

“We would have made a whole schpiel for Stubbs…put out flyers and everything.”

Jolene says she’d be willing to consider writing in the seventeen-year-old cat for the Senate.

“Yeah, I think so.  I think he’d make a much better senator than anyone we’ve got on our election ballot.”

Writing in animals or fictional characters is hardly new.  Ask around, and it’s easy to find someone who has written in Mickey Mouse or something similar, but what about Stubbs?  In addition to the Nagley’s staff, I spoke with a few other people on Talkeetna’s Main Street who said voting for Stubbs wasn’t out of the question, mostly due to frustration with partisan politics.  A local DJ who goes by Mark of the Wild, went one step further, though.

“I did vote in the Governor’s race, but everything else, I wrote in, with my right hand, ‘Mayor Stubbs’…Why not?  He’s great on the issues.”

Mark’s reasoning also had to do with frustration with the current slate of politicians.

While the campaign is obviously tongue-in-cheek, and a victory for Talkeetna’s honorary mayor is out of the question, the language of the ad, as well as the response to it, indicates that the frustration over this election cycle is no joke.

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