The planning for the Talkeetna Public Library has encountered a complication that could delay construction. Mike Brown, Director of Capital Projects for the Mat-Su Borough, says that all of the bids received to construct the library came in over budget. Now, the Borough will re-evaluate the bids and attempt to determine why the contractors’ numbers came out different from the original estimate. Mike Brown says it’s possible that the scope of the project will need to be revised in order to cut costs. He also says that any such cuts would not take place without input from stakeholders in the project. The additional processes will mean a delay in awarding an eventual bid to construct the new library and community center. Mike Brown says he believes that the Borough can still break ground on the project this year, but that it is no longer a certainty.
Ann Yadon, Librarian for the Talkeetna Public Library, says that she is shocked by the outcome of the bid process. She says that the budget process was thoroughly vetted and was believed to be reasonably accurate.
It is unknown at this time how much of a delay will be caused in the overall bid process.
Note: An earlier headline referred to David Bryant as Medical Director. He was, in fact, Executive Director at SCHC.
On Tuesday, KTNA learned that David Bryant is no longer Executive Director of the Sunshine Community Health Center. According to a source with knowledge of the Clinic, Bryant left today after being relieved of his position. The source did not wish to have his/her name made public. Questions to Director of Operations Melody Palermo regarding David Bryant’s status were directed to board of directors president David Sutton. Sutton says he is unable to comment at this time, but said that information would be forthcoming soon. David Bryant confirmed that he would no longer be reachable at the Clinic, but declined to make any further comment at this time.
Since last summer, many in the community have been pressuring the board of directors for Bryant’s removal as Executive Director. He has faced pointed criticism from those community members since his decision not to renew the contract of former Medical Director Dr. Mary Loeb in late June. That role was recently filled with the hiring of Shelis Jorgensen earlier this month.
At this time, the exact circumstances of the end of Bryant’s employment are unknown. It is also unknown what the interim plan for the position of Executive Director. KTNA will continue to follow the story as more information becomes available.
All are invited to Talkeetna Community Radio’s annual membership meeting, to be held this coming Sunday, February 23rd at The Latitude 62. The afternoon gathering starts at 4:30. There will be entertainment by local musicians and food will be provided. The business meeting starts at 5:30.
KTNA staff and board would like to hear from you, so bring your questions and comments, and catch up on changes in public radio at the local, state and national levels.
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There will be a special meeting of the Board of Directors immediately following the annual meeting.
On Monday afternoon, the Iditarod Trail Committee announced at a press conference that the race will not be moving from Willow to Fairbanks. Warm weather and poor trail conditions caused race officials to consider moving the restart, the part of the Iditarod where competitive racing really starts. Last week, the committee announced that the ceremonial start would take place in Anchorage on March 1st as scheduled, but the final decision on the restart location was not made until officials studied the trail over the weekend and met for two hours on Monday.
In a release on Monday afternoon, the Iditarod Trail Committee says that some sections of the trail remain in poor condition, but that crews and equipment will be dispatched to make some sections safer.
Had the restart moved to Fairbanks, it would have meant a loss of revenue for businesses from the Mat-Su Valley to McGrath.
The Iditarod restart will take place on March 2nd.
BY: Kaitlin Daly
This past weekend, Su-Valley held its annual Crowley Classic basketball tournament. Six teams, including Su-Valley showed up to compete. The Su-Valley JV girls were even able to compete due to Kenny Lakes basketball team dropping out. The games started immediately after school Thursday and finished late Saturday night with the victory of both the Su-Valley boys and girls varsity teams.
Both the girls and boys varsity teams from Su-Valley played hard throughout the placement games, because of this both teams continued on to the championship game. Read More »
In this Earth and Beyond program from 2008, Robin Song tells about two of the more colorful birds that come to our feeders. Where are the redpolls this year?
This morning, the Iditarod Trail Committee confirmed on its Facebook page that a decision would be announced at some point today regarding the location of this year’s race restart. Warm weather and poor trail conditions have caused the committee to consider whether to start the race in Willow as usual or move the start to Fairbanks. KTNA will report as soon as more information is available.
Denali National Park has released the Mountaineering Summary for 2013, highlighting a year that was full of remarkable achievements. The ten page report covers notable achievements in the entire Alaska Range, including on Denali. According to the summary, 783 climbers reached the summit of North America’s highest peak, setting a new record. It’s been known since last summer that 2013 was a record breaking year, but the report also breaks down some of the details about the climbers. Sixty percent of the climbers who attempted Denali in 2013 came from the United States, with Alaska again taking the prize for the state with the most climbers with 135. Read More »