The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is continuing to ease restrictions on coho salmon fishing in the Lower Valley. On Friday, Fish and Game issued an order saying that the daily bag limit on silvers caught on the Little Susitna between the mouth and Parks Highway bridge is increasing from two fish to three. Fish and Game says that the escapement goal for the Little Su has almost been met, with 10,048 passing the counting weir. The new regulations take/took effect on Saturday. A complete list of current regulations can be found at the Department of Fish and Game’s website.
Alaska’s state primary elections are on Tuesday. Two choices on the ballot have dominated statewide media coverage: Proposition 1, which would repeal the state’s new oil-tax regime, known as MAPA or SB-21, and the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate Seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich. The major candidates in that race are Joe Miller, former Attorney General and DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan, and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.
In addition to those high-profile campaigns, voters will be choosing candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and U.S. Representative to run in the general election in November. In all of those races, only those registered as Republican, Independent, or Nonpartisan may vote to choose Republican general election candidates. All registered voters may vote for other parties’ candidates.
In many parts of the state, voters will also choose candidates for the state legislature who will run in November’s general election. In the Upper Valley, however, each party has, at most, one candidate.
Polling places in the Upper Valley include Talkeetna Elementary, the Upper Susitna Senior Center, Trapper Creek Elementary, and the Willow Community Center.
More information is available at elections.alaska.gov.
On Thursday, the Alaska State Troopers arrested Joseph Garner Jr. of Wasilla for assault, DUI, and misconduct involving a weapon in Talkeetna. Troopers say that Garner, age 33, was driving his motorcycle under the influence of alcohol and stopped in the road near a home on Dragonfly Hollow Drive.
Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says that the homeowner went outside to make sure everything was ok, and eventually allowed Garner to pull into the driveway. The resident then went inside, and Ipsen says Garner began acting strangely and banging on the door. The door was locked, and Garner was unable to get inside. He then displayed a handgun and walked around the house. Beth Ipsen says Garner did not threaten to shoot anyone. When troopers arrived, Ipsen says that Garner was very cooperative. The responding trooper arrested Garner and transported him to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, where he is being held on $5,000 bail.
In Talkeetna, a writer is looking to hitch a ride to Point Barrow. She doesn’t want to go by ground, however. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:
At KTNA, we often have people contact us asking for help finding a ride. Normally, it’s someone needing to get to town for an appointment or looking for a ride to the airport. On Wednesday, a very different kind of ride-seeker walked through our doors.
MANNING: So, you’re hitchhiking by plane, trying to reach all fifty states?
That’s Amber Nolan. She’s a travel writer who has been hitching rides on private aircraft for the better part of two years. Her goal for this leg of her journey is to make it from Key West, Florida, to Point Barrow, Alaska. Amber says her work has taken her all over the world, but she had not seen as much of America as she would like, so she decided to start traveling. Read More »
Also on Wednesday, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of an injured hunter in the Heart Mountain area, northwest of Talkeetna. Troopers say Chris Kahahawai of Wasilla was sheep hunting when he fell and suffered a compound fracture to his shoulder. Kahahawai was able to use his satellite phone to contact his family, who then called the troopers. Kahahawai was too injured to leave the area on his own. The 11th Rescue Coordination Center was contacted and responded with an HC-130 airplane and a Pavehawk helicopter. The air rescue team found Chris Kahahawai at around 5:00 pm and were able to transport him to Anchorage for treatment of his injuries.
On Wednesday, the Alaska State Troopers reported a search and rescue operation that occurred last week on the Stampede Trail near Healy. On Wednesday, August 6th, a Wisconsin woman called troopers to report that she had received a distress message from a SPOT locator near the intersection of the Stampede Trail and the Teklanika River. The Tri-Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded with ATVs from Healy and located the party of Matthew Peot, Thomas Young, and Kenneth Young.
Troopers say that Thomas Young was injured when he tripped and fell while carrying an ax. The Tri-Valley volunteers gave the three hikers a ride out of the area.
The Stampede Trail is the route to the abandoned bus that served as a temporary home for Christopher McCandless, the subject of the book and film, Into the Wild.
On Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly met to discuss a letter from the Federal Transit Authority asking for repayment of $12 million in grant funds. That money was used to fund a ferry project between Port MacKenzie and Anchorage that was never completed. Most of Tuesday’s meeting took place in executive session. The Assembly decided to hold another meeting on August 21st to continue the discussion. Deputy Mayor Ronald Arvin says the Assembly needs to know more before making a decision on how to respond to the FTA letter.
“There are several potential solutions and responses to that, so we’ve asked staff to put together some additional information, because we couldn’t arrive at a conclusion without knowing some additional details, and that will be the basis of the [August 21st] meeting.” Read More »
by: Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN
On top of being the most expensive ballot measure in state history, next week’s referendum on oil taxes may also be one of the most contentious. The polling shows a tight race, with the state’s voters almost equally divided on the question. Which means that no matter which side you’re on, it’s almost inevitable you’ll have to deal with someone who disagrees. Alaska Public Media’s Alexandra Gutierrez has this story of a block divided.
Denise Roselle and Dan Anderson share a lot as neighbors. He plows her driveway; she lets him park his truck there. Their Spenard ranch homes are nearly identical save the paint jobs. But there’s one area where they’re clearly divided.
ROSELLE: I am voting yes on Proposition One.
ANDERSON: I am voting no on Proposition One. Read More »