At Monday night’s meeting, the Talkeetna Community Council received an update from Borough Emergency Manager Casey Cook regarding federal money for recovery from the fall 2012 flood. Cook also shared a new piece of information regarding the Talkeetna Flood Service Area that could have implications on future flood mitigation efforts. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:
If one were to choose a single word to describe funding for flood mitigation and recovery in the Upper Valley, a good choice would be “complicated.” With more than a dozen agencies involved from the borough to the federal level, it’s easy to get confused by the process. In short, after the fall 2012 flood was declared a disaster, the Upper Valley became eligible for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Actually getting that money, however, is a long process that involves mountains of paperwork. Read More »
by: Emily Schwing, KUAC Fairbanks
A new study indicates that the death of a wolf has implications for the rest of the pack, depending on the size of the pack and the dead wolf’s sex. As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, the study is in response to the legal trapping of a breeding female that was part of a well-known wolf pack that was frequently spotted in Denali National Park.
In 2012, a local trapper took a breeding female from the Grant Creek wolf pack that was known to den near the Denali Park Road. A second female died and no wolf pups survived that year. A new study suggests the death of those breeding females resulted in the pack’s dispersal.
“We found that in most cases where a pack ended, there was the loss of a breeder beforehand.” Read More »
With Independence Day falling on a Friday this year, expectations were for a busy holiday weekend. Visitors turned up by the hundreds for events in downtown Talkeetna on Friday, and many stayed throughout the weekend. KTNA’s Phillip Manning was there as well, and has this report:
The festivities kicked off on Friday at noon with the Fourth of July Parade on Main Street. Local residents of all ages, as well as some businesses, took part on foot or on float. While the parade itself was short, just over nine minutes, it heralded the beginning of a day full of activities. Read More »
Ellen Thea reads from her small-book-length
poem, On My Way to the Apocalypse.
The illustrated poem book is available from her,
and from Dancing Leaf Gallery in Talkeetna.
It was December 21, 2012.
I was on my way to the apocalypse,
minding my own business,
when a funny thing happened….
Scotty beamed me up.
A Mayan madman jumped out in front of me
and shouted, “Fooled ya!”
Meanwhile, a bluebird started singing
loudly, madly, badly, out of tune, off key
while a monarch butterfly spiraled around me
and a fairy danced up a blade of grass.
Wednesday afternoon, Denali National Park held the official dedication ceremony for the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station. Attendees included multiple members of the Harper family, notable figures in the Alaska climbing community, and Senator Lisa Murkowski. K-T-N-A’s Phillip Manning was also there, and has this report:
The Talkeetna post for Denali National Park has been named for Walter Harper for months, but Wednesday marked the official dedication. Harper, a Koyukon Athabascan, was the first known person to set foot on the summit of Denali in 1913. A century later, an act of Congress renamed the Talkeetna Ranger Station in his honor. This week, some of Harper’s descendants, representatives of the Park Service, and one of the U.S. Senators who pushed the legislation through were in Talkeetna for the ceremony. Read More »
With the holiday weekend beginning this Friday, and the weather forecast to be favorable, Talkeetna and the Upper Valley are likely to see a flood of visitors. Weekends are already busy on Talkeetna’s Main Street with visitors coming from the Lower 48, and major holiday weekends mean even more people coming from elsewhere in the state. There will be a parade, music, and a lot of money to be made for businesses and nonprofits. In addition, however, there is also the potential for increased impacts from camping, four-wheeling, and other activities, as KTNA’s Phillip Manning explains:
This past Memorial Day weekend saw a larger influx of Alaskans to the Upper Valley who might otherwise have gone to the Kenai Peninsula, if not for the large wildfire that was burning at the time. Four-wheelers of every type could be seen up and down the side of the Talkeetna Spur, and the combined impact of the additional off-road vehicles and additional campers led the Talkeetna Community Council to bring it up during its June meeting. Read More »
Below is the recording of Su-Valley Voice with Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project Manager Wayne Dyok. Topics of discussion included the status of the project as well as calls from listeners. The next Su-Valley Voice will be Wednesday, July 16th at 10:00 am.