The player above contains Su-Valley Voice for July 16th, 2014. My guests were Joe Page, Executive Director of Northern Susitna Institute, and Larry Hutton, Program Coordinator for NSI. We discussed what’s going on at NSI this summer, including a discussion about the upcoming Key Ingredients Festival, which begins August 1st. The next live Su-Valley Voice will be Wednesday, July 30th at 10:00 am.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm two members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. One of those nominations was approved over the outspoken objection of Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski. KTNA’s Phillip Manning followed the vote, and has this report:
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, had two members confirmed on Tuesday. Cheryl LaFleur, acting chair of the Commission, was approved in a 90-7 vote. The vote for the second nominee, Norman Bay, had a much closer vote of 52-45. The vote on Bay’s nomination fell along mostly partisan lines, though two Democrats did break ranks to vote with the Republican minority. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was one of the more vocal opponent’s of Norman Bay’s nomination. Murkowski, the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy committee, says that part of her reason for opposing the nomination has to do with President Barack Obama’s intent to make Bay, a first time Commission member, the chairman of FERC. Read More »
Talkeetna Community Radio, Inc. has an opening for a part-time, year-round, Membership Coordinator. The position is responsible for all membership activities of KTNA including organizing and managing KTNA’s on-air and on-line membership efforts, managing KTNA’s donor database and maintaining healthy relations with all KTNA supporters. Detailed job description available on request. Please send a written resume, letter of interest, and three references to manager [at] ktna [dot] org or mail to General Manager, KTNA, Box 300, Talkeetna Alaska 99676. KTNA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The story of a squirrel who was…nuts, written and voiced by Talkeetna resident Ellie Henke. Text follows the ten minute audio piece.
An outburst of chattering and scolding erupts from a nearby spruce tree. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. . . . tell somebody who cares!” I shout back. Obviously the squirrel doesn’t care what I think and continues to read me the riot act. Ah, squirrels! Ya gotta love ‘em. Or do you? Attitudes toward squirrels are definitely a mixed bag. People in my own neighborhood are a perfect example. Read More »
Currently, the Talkeetna Sewer and Water System is operating at a six-figure annual deficit, according to a draft report by CRW Engineering Group. CRW was contracted by the Mat-Su Borough to assess the system with $100,000 allocated by the state legislature last year. The idea is to get a picture of the current state of the system, which was installed in the 1980s, as well as to look at the financial status. In all, there are hundreds of pages of raw data in addition to the report itself.
CRW Engineering did two separate assessments, one for sewer and one for water. On the operational side, they found that the water treatment and distribution system does have some issues, but that the system is working well, and has some room for growth in usage. One of the larger issues that was pointed out is the inability of the current backup generator to supply both well pumps. Normally, that isn’t an issue, but if there was a sudden, dramatic spike in usage during a power outage, say, in the event of a fire hydrant opening, the pumps might not be able to keep up. The borough was already aware of the issue, and has begun looking for funding for a more powerful generator. Read More »
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for the Denali Report. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has one last report as the climbing season winds down:
It’s July, which means that climbing season is nearing an end. In total, 1,204 climbers registered to attempt Denali. Sixty-one are still listed on the mountain. 1,142 climbs have been completed, and there have been 420 summits. That makes the success rate thirty-seven percent. On Mt. Foraker, twelve climbers registered, and half made it to the top. Read More »
by: Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN
Next session, state lawmakers will have to be a little more careful about what they ship down to Juneau. The Legislative Council has changed their moving reimbursement policy in response to the Federal Aviation Administration discovering hazardous materials in a representative’s airfreight.
Wes Keller, a Wasilla Republican, was found to have shipped multiple items that violate FAA rules on an Alaska Airlines flight as part of his
relocation to Juneau last January. Among his belongings were a small amount of ammunition, a cigarette lighter, and a can of StaticGuard aerosol fabric spray. Because the state pays moving costs for lawmakers, Keller’s goods were shipped under the Legislative Affairs Agency account. The Legislative Affairs Agency was cited by the FAA for the violation. The initial fine was nearly $20,000, but the FAA agreed to halve it contingent on a change to state policy. At a Wednesday meeting, the Legislative
Council voted to end reimbursement for the shipment of any item that
qualifies as a hazardous material under state or federal law. The Council also added a new rule that goods shipped via a state account must be inspected by Legislative Affairs Agency staff before being put on a plane to Juneau.
by: Alberto Garcia
Most people have had a moment in their lives where something unexplained happens. Some believe it to be supernatural, and others say that there is a reasonable explanation for everything. When KTNA’s summer intern, Alberto Garcia, began hearing strange things, he consulted a local author who had written about some of Talkeetna’s ghost stories.
Talkeetna has become my home over the summer. I live with three roommates in a cabin owned by South Texas professor Karon Jahn, located in the Christiansan Lake area. My roommates and I were given the opportunity to experience an Alaskan, summer adventure where we would sightsee, work part-time and earn college credit by taking a 10-week internship. Read More »