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KTNA On Air Auction Dec 8th – 11th

KTNA is pleased to announced that there will be an On Air Auction December 8th through December 10th.

Tune in Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 3pm and 8pm to 9pm for the opportunity to bid on one of many items.

Many businesses have contributed wonderful gifts and services for KTNA to Auction

We would like to thank

Great Harvest Bread Company

Mountain High Pizza Pie

Talkeetna Air Taxi

Talkeetna Roadhouse

Bear Tooth/ Mooses Tooth

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra

Studio Z

Alaska Railroad

Birch Creek Ranch

Kaladi Brothers

Ciri

Norther Susitna Institute

Denali Brewing Company

Talkeetna Historical Society

Denali Arts Council

Cubby’s

Denali Zipline Tours

Denali Nordic Ski Club

K2 Aviation

Princess Lodge

Borough Eyes Plan for Recycling at Transfer Stations

Dealing with trash is a growing issue in the Mat-Su Borough.  The borough’s solid waste division is millions in the red, and user fees are not making up the difference.  Now, the Mat-Su may be laying the groundwork for a community-driven recycling program to take pressure off of the landfill.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Talkeetna Community Council, the most discussed topic was the outline of a plan to incorporate recycling with refuse transfer stations in the Mat-Su Borough.  Butch Shapiro is the borough’s solid waste manager.  He started Monday’s presentation by explaining how landfills are divided into units called ‘cells:’

“A landfill cell is like a big swimming pool.  You have to build this structure to put this stuff in because you don’t want this stuff leaking out into the water system, and those things are expensive.”

The expense comes from measures that are required to prevent toxins from leaking out of the trash and into soil and groundwater.  Those cells eventually fill up.  Butch Shapiro says that each one is estimated to last for 5-7 years.  After that, a new cell is needed.  Shapiro says that adds up quickly.

“The last one we built was about $4,350,000.  That’s just to open a cell…We have about another $4 million to close a cell to EPA standards.” Read More »

Man Arrested in Talkeetna for Domestic Violence

On Sunday night, Alaska State Troopers arrested a Talkeetna man on two counts of assault as well as reckless endangerment.  Troopers say that they responded to a reported assault around 8:30 in Downtown Talkeetna.  They say that 28 year old Dylan Annis assaulted a juvenile family member multiple times over the course of the day.  Because the alleged victim is a juvenile, most details are not available.  Annis was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was held without bail.

Freezing Rain Predicted for Much of Southcentral

Snow is finally arriving in the Upper Valley, but a large portion of Southcentral is forecast to receive freezing rain through Tuesday morning.

On Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory for the Matanuska Valley, Anchorage, and parts of the Kenai Peninsula. The Susitna Valley is not currently forecast to receive freezing rain.  The National Weather Service says the icy precipitation will likely give way to snow by the afternoon, but those driving south from the Susitna Valley could encounter icy roads.

Thanksgiving Power Outage Caused by Crash

Over the holiday weekend, Alaska State Troopers responded to multiple crashes, one of which caused a Thanksgiving power outage in Downtown Talkeetna.

On Thursday,Troopers responded just before 4:00 am to a report of a vehicle that had struck a power pole.  The accident was near the crossing of the railroad tracks and the Talkeetna Spur Road.  Troopers say that 20 year old Jacob Nordman collided with the pole, and was driving while impaired.  Troopers also say that Nordman has an active warrant in Wisconsin for violating probation on charges of burglary, damage to property, and theft.  Nordman was arrested and held without bail.

Later that morning, the Matanuska Electric Association reported on its Facebook page that a line crew was en route.  Power was restored by late morning, but had to be taken down again in the early afternoon in order to replace the damaged power pole.  For most people Downtown, the lights were back on in plenty of time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Troopers also reported two accidents near Cantwell last week, including one fatality on Wednesday.  Early Sunday morning, a Willow woman lost control of her vehicle near mile 83.5 of the Parks Highway and was injured.  Icy conditions were cited in all of the accidents.

Writer’s Voice–Wild Goose Chase, by Maureen Chambrone

Maureen as a witch

Maureen as a witch

 

A very unusual way to catch your Thanksgiving dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For me Thanksgiving is about celebrating the foods gathered, hunted, and picked from the wild or the garden.  My favorite Thanksgivings are the ones with as many foods as possible having been harvested by me or friends.  When I was growing up most of our Thanksgiving food came from the grocery store.  Food was just food for me in those days.  Thanksgiving was a celebration of eating.

Now age has tempered my appetite, and the joy is in being together with others and celebrating the wonderful animals, plants, and berries that come from this land.  These foods are rich in flavor, the colors dazzle a dull November day, and behind much of this harvested food is often a story that you just don’t get from grocery store food.  This is one of mine from a couple of years ago.

 

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Su Valley Voice for 11/26/14: Vern Halter

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Attached is the entire interview with Mat-Su Borough Assembly Member Vern Halter.  Topics included borough priorities, recent and upcoming ordinances, and state funding priorities.  The next live Su-Valley Voice will be on December 10th at 10:00 am with Sue Deyoe of the Talkeetna Historical Society.

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Iditarod Musher Injured in Accident Near Willow

Karin Hendrickson at the 2013 Iditarod restart.  Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

Karin Hendrickson at the 2013 Iditarod restart. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

On Tuesday, Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson was injured when a Talkeetna woman lost control of her vehicle and struck the ATV that Hendrickson’s dog team was pulling.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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Alaska State Troopers received a call just before 7:30 on Tuesday evening that a vehicle had struck the ATV ridden by musher Karin Hendrickson near Mile 91 of the Parks Highway.  Troopers say that Mabel Quilliam of Talkeetna was driving northbound on the highway when her vehicle left the road and collided with Hendrickson’s ATV.  Hendrickson was being pulled by her sled dog team on a training run.  Quilliam was not reported as being injured.  Hendrickson was taken from the scene by Talkeetna EMS and eventually to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.  Maliko Ubl is Hendrickson’s handler.  She says she spoke with Hendrickson on Wednesday about her injuries.

“I talked to her this morning.  She sounds pretty good, but it sounds like she–something in her back is broken…and she also has a broken leg.” Read More »

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Classics for Kids–Black Beauty #3

Cari Sayre continues the story of Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell.

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