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State Rep. Wes Keller Discusses State Issues and 2014 Campaign

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 »

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Su Valley Voice for September 24th, 2014: Rep. Wes Keller

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.

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New Sullivan Campaign Ad Features Murkowski Endorsement

by:  Liz Ruskin, APRN

U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan has a new campaign ad featuring the
person he hopes to call a colleague: Sen. Lisa Murkowski. As APRN’s Liz
Ruskin reports, this ad may rise above the noise of the busy campaign
season.

On the one hand, the 30-second spot is just a classic endorsement, with
Murkowski indoors, looking straight at the camera

“I need a partner in the senate who will work to advance Alaska’s interest,
not the Obama agenda.”

Anchorage pollster Marc Hellenthal says endorsements usually don’t move
voters, but this one is different because s Lisa Murkowski is the most
popular person in Alaska. Read More »

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Sunshine Clinic to Expand Services

Earlier this month, KTNA reported that the Sunshine Community Health Center received nearly $200,000 in additional funds from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.  The funds were part of a nationwide grant process to allow clinics throughout the country to provide additional care after the implantation of the Affordable Care Act.

Sunshine had applied for the extra money, and has a plan on how to spend it, according to Medical Director Shelis Jorgensen.  Jorgensen says that the funds will allow the expansion of three services at SCHC facilities.  First, both the Talkeetna and Willow clinics will be open to see patients on Saturdays year-round.  Currently, the only Saturday service is at the Talkeetna clinic in the summer.  Additionally, dental hygiene services are planned to expand to the Willow clinic.  Finally, Sunshine will resume optometry services through an outside provider.

These service expansions are in addition to the recent opening of physical therapy treatment at the Talkeetna location, provided by Health Quest Therapy.

KTVA Reporter Quits On-Air, Announces She Owns Cannabis Club

by:  Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage

A KTVA reporter announced that she is the president of Alaska Cannabis Club and quit her job during a live broadcast Sunday night. Reporter Charlo Green, whose real name is Charlene Egbe, has been reporting on the legalization ballot initiative since April.

KTVA’s news director posted an apology for Green’s outburst and use of an expletive on Facebook and Twitter but could not be reached for comment.

Green posted a video on YouTube explaining why she quit so publicly.

“Advocating for freedom and fairness should be everyone’s duty, I’m making
it my life work. To uphold what America stands for truly: life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness. Ideals that now need to be defended.”

A YouTube video of the TV clip has gone viral, and Green’s IndieGogo campaign to raise $5,000 for voter education on the marijuana legalization ballot initiative is more than half way toward its goal.

The Alaska Cannabis Club’s website says its role is to connect medical marijuana card holders who have pot with those who need it.

FDA Considers Backing Off New Spent Grain Regs

A new change in a proposed FDA regulation could mean good news for farmers in the Upper Valley.  The regulation in question regards controls for animal feed.  The original proposal would have made it more costly for brewers to sell or donate spent grain to farmers across the country.  A press release from Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office on Monday says that the FDA is now considering exempting brewers, and other businesses that are already licensed to produce food for humans, from the new animal feed rules.  Senator Murkowski as well as Senator Wyden from Oregon both signed a letter urging the FDA to make the changes.

Locally, that means that Denali Brewing Company could continue its program of donating spent grains to local farmers.  Denali Brewing General Manager Sassan Mossanen says that the company currently donates all of its spent grain to six local farms.  He estimates the total weight of the donated grain at over 400,000 pounds per year.  The revised regulation is open to public comment for seventy-five days, beginning on September 29th.

Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

 

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Kathleen Fleming talks about the Fall Equinox as well as the Total Lunar Eclipse coming in early October.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2014 PFD will be $1,884

Parnell PFD

On Wednesday morning, Governor Sean Parnell announced the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend.  Around 2,000 people watched the internet stream of the announcement.  Anticipation was for a significant increase in the amount of the dividend, since this year excludes 2008 from the five-year rolling average. After a few minutes of good-natured teasing with the media gathered for the announcement, Governor Parnell said that this year’s dividend will be $1,884.

After the cheers died down, Department of Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell said that she believes the amount represents the third highest payout from the Permanent Fund, which is now valued at over $50 billion dollars.

Payment of this year’s PFD will begin on October 2nd.

Classics for Kids–The Adventures of Tom Sawyer #16

KTNA volunteer Cari Sayre finishes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain.

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