On Wednesday, Congressman Don Young debated Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar, and Senator Mark Begich squared off against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan in Kodiak over Alaska’s Fisheries. KMXT has the full audio available online.
It’s the time of year when cold and flu viruses start picking up. On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services sent out a list of tips for preventing the spread of the illnesses. Also mentioned was Enterovirus D68, which has caused illness in children across the Lower 48. EVD68 often represents with symptoms such as runny nose, fever, sneezing, coughing, and body aches. More severe cases can cause difficulty breathing.
There were no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 in Alaska as of Tuesday, but Dr. Michael Cooper of the Department of Health and Social Services says “it would not be surprising if the virus is detected in Alaska soon.”
Tips for cold and flu season can be found online at dhss.alaska.gov.
On September 25th, the Boston Globe reported that Barbara Washburn had passed away at the age of ninety-nine. Barbara Washburn was the first woman to summit Denali, and was the wife of Bradford Washburn, who pioneered the West Buttress Route, now used by the vast majority of Denali climbers.
Barbara Washburn would have turned 100 on November 10th. KTNA listeners who knew the Washburns are encouraged to contact the news department at news [at] ktna [dot] org.
Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service wrote a letter to the Alaska Energy Authority that criticized methods used in studies for the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. The Fisheries Service listed fourteen concerns regarding studies of fish in the Susitna River drainage, ranging from issues with sampling sites to the potential misidentification of juvenile salmon. The letter states that the issues will have significant impact on AEA’s ability to accurately model salmon behavior in the river, and that they “must be resolved prior to conducting additional field studies.”
Julie Speegle, spokeswoman for NMFS, says she believes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also filed a letter, though did not do so electronically. Emily Ford, spokeswoman for the Alaska Energy Authority, says AEA anticipates working with all of the involved agencies at the upcoming round of meetings on Susitna-Watana. She adds that AEA does not have a comment regarding the letter from the Fisheries Service.
The next meetings to discuss the studies for the Susitna-Watana Hydro Project will begin on October 15th.
Talkeetna resident Bill Was tells the story of a close encounter with a moose while out walking with his dogs.
This was bound to eventually happen although I must admit until it actually transpired I still viewed it as an abstract event; one of those things people think about and reflect upon but somehow never actually expect to see it become reality.
As the next round of public meetings on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project draw closer, the initial paperwork for another hydro project has been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has read the proposal, and has this report:
So far, the State of Alaska has spent nearly $200 million in studies for a large hydroelectric project on the Susitna River. Now, a private company is starting the process of looking into a smaller project on the Talkeetna River. The company is Northwest Power Service, Incorporated. Brent Smith is heading up the Alaska operation, and says that this is the first time that NPSI is proposing building a dam, though it has considerable experience in hydropower.
“Most all of the projects that Northwest Power Service has been involved with in the past is to retrofit existing, federally owned dams in the Lower 48, where we go in and there’s already an existing dam that does not have power generation on it. So, what we do is go through a licensing process to retrofit that dam and put power on it.”
The dam that NPSI is proposing would generate 75 megawatts of power, far less than that proposed by Susitna-Watana. It would also have a much smaller footprint than the Susitna project, with a height of 370 feet. Read More »
On Thursday morning, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake centered sixty miles from Talkeetna was felt from Anchorage to Fairbanks. KTNA’s Phillip Manning talked with some of the people who felt the quake, and has this report.
In the Talkeetna area, damage from Thursday morning’s earthquake was fairly minor. Some residents and businesses reported that items had fallen off of shelves and broken, but no serious structural damage was reported as of Thursday afternoon. That includes Skwenta, which was much closer to the magnitude 6.2 earthquake than Talkeetna. Natalia Ruppert, Chief Seismologist for the Alaska Earthquake Center, says the reason that the earthquake did not cause much damage is because it occurred deep in Earth’s crust.
“It was almost sixty miles deep, so that made the difference…The energy dissipated a bit before it reached the surface.” Read More »
Alaska’s general election is a little more than a month away, and KTNA has invited all of the local candidates for state legislature to speak to Upper Valley residents. This week, State Representative Wes Keller appeared on Su-Valley Voice with host Phillip Manning to discuss his campaign to continue representing District 10.
Wes Keller says he has lived in Alaska since 1964. His time in the legislature began in 2007 when he was appointed to fill a vacancy. Since then, he has won three elections to retain his seat. Now, he is running once again. As with all the State House candidates, I spoke with Representative Keller about the issues facing the state, as well as those that will appear on the ballot on November 4th. Keller says that, if re-elected, he would strive for:
“…a sustainable, responsible government. I’m a conservative, so I’m always looking for areas where government is doing things that can and should be done…at the local levels or in the family…I’m generally a smaller government guy.” Read More »
This week, host Phillip Manning spoke with State Representative Wes Keller, who is running for re-election on November 4th. The next live taping of Su Valley Voice will be on Wednesday, October 8th at 10:00 am with State Senator Mike Dunleavy.