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Fish Lake morning

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Borough Attorney: Talkeetna sales tax would have to be spent on sewer and water system

On October 3rd, eligible voters who live inside the Talkeetna Sewer and Water District will decide whether or not to institute a three-percent sales tax to pay for the system.

Since the proposal was first made, some have questioned whether the money raised through the tax would end up being spent elsewhere. According to a recent letter written by Mat-Su Borough Attorney Nicholas Spiropoulos, the sales tax revenue would have to be spent on operations and capital projects related to the sewer and water system. Read More »

The News from the Ranger Station 8-10-2017

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Savage River, Denali National Park and Preserve-NPS photo

In this weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, visitors answer the question, What is wilderness?

StarDate Susitna, 8-6-2017 by Kathleen Fleming

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Great American Eclipse map

A brand new show about the upcoming Great American Eclipse on August 21st:  how eclipses happen, about the path of totality, (above) and if you aren’t going there, how to SAFELY observe the partial eclipse here in the Upper Susitna Valley with eclipse shades, or using other indirect methods of viewing the eclipse, using items like a colandar, (above) or a spatula, or the dappled light beneath trees, or the sun’s reflection off water. There will be eclipse viewing gatherings at the schools, and at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station. Hear the details of all this, and don’t forget about the Perseid meteor shower at the end of the week!

Coho salmon counts rise significantly on Little Susitna, Deshka

Daily counts for coho salmon on the Deshka River.  This year (red) compared to 2016 (black).  Photo via screengrab

Daily counts for coho salmon on the Deshka River. This year (red) compared to 2016 (black). Photo via screengrab

After a very slow start, the coho salmon runs on the Little Susitna and Deshka Rivers saw a significant uptick over the weekend.

Late last week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order eliminating the use of bait for coho, also known as silver, salmon on the Little Su. As of last Thursday, only about 700 fish had passed the counting weir. The sustainable goal for the Little Susitna is for at least 10,000 cohos to make it to their spawning grounds.   Fish and Game warned that additional restrictions could be in store for anglers unless the run improved. Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living 8-4-17

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A  live 15-minute conversation about health and wellness  from health care providers in our communities. Today’s tips for healthy living are for dogs!  Talkeetna veterinarian Jennifer Pironis joined host Holly Stinson in the KTNA studio to focus on the canine members of the family.  They talked about exercise, feeding, allergies, and swimmer’s itch.

 

 

The News from the Ranger Station 8-3-2017

Gray-crowned rosy finch, photo by Laura Wright

Gray-crowned rosy finch, photo by Laura Wright

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Am. Tree Sparrow with Tucker-NPS photo

Swallows on antenna at basecamp-NPS photo

Swallows on antenna at basecamp-NPS photo

Dark-eyed junco-NPS photo

Dark-eyed junco-NPS photo

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Yellow warbler at 14K ft with Joel-NPS photo

Rosy finches at cache, photo by Roger Robinson

Rosy finches at cache, photo by Roger Robinson

In this weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, we hear about birds which have, by choice or bad luck, found themselves on the glaciers of Denali National Park.

 

Local farmer shares egg-selent advice

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Talkeetna’s Derek MacDonald has a considerable chicken operation that produces forty to fifty dozen of eggs that he distributes weekly to local businesses and residents.

KTNA’s Katie Writer recently spoke with Mr. MacDonald, who raises chickens for both meat and eggs, about some tips on raising chickens year round in Alaska.

 

Mat-Su Borough Assembly indefinitely postpones sales tax proposal

After hearing from more than forty people in a packed chamber, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly has indefinitely postponed an ordinance to place a two-percent sales tax before borough voters. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.

 

 

The sales tax proposal before the borough assembly on Tuesday came from a request by the Mat-Su Borough School Board. With continuing uncertainty around state funding, and with flat funding from the borough, the district hopes to use a sales tax to boost education funding in the Mat-Su. The assembly ultimately voted six-to-one to postpone the ordinance indefinitely.

Tim Walters, President of the Mat-Su Education Association, spoke in favor of a new revenue stream for local schools. He says continuing the status quo will lead to larger and larger class sizes. Read More »

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 7-30-2017

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More audio paragraphs from previously aired StarDate programs. One of them describes the different phases of the total solar eclipse, which follows the path across the U.S. shown above. Southcentral Alaskans will see a partial eclipse.