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News from the Talkeetna Ranger Station 5-25-2017

In this weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, we hear from a member of the team Sea to Summit 7. This team found daunting challenges in its unique quest to climb Denali.

Pilots flock to Talkeetna for 2017 fly-in

A Vultee BT-13B "Valiant" parked at the Talkeetna State Airport during the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In. Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

A Vultee BT-13B “Valiant” parked at the Talkeetna State Airport during the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

This past weekend, over 180 airplanes filled every ‘parkable’ inch of the Talkeetna State Airport for the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In.

Aircraft lined up in Talkeetna for the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In.  Photo:  Katie Writer - KTNA

Aircraft lined up in Talkeetna for the 2017 Talkeetna Fly-In. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

Organizers of the event applaud Airport Manager Steve Hanson for his willingness to host the 7th Annual Fly-in while the airport expansion is underway. The runway was extremely busy at times during the flying events as air taxis patiently waited their turn for takeoff. It appeared that they too were pulling off some of their best performances in slow flight and smooth landings as they landed in the mix of contestants competing for a prize.  Some of the events included a Poker Run, Slow/Fast Competition, Aerial Scavenger Hunt, Balsa Flying Contest, Takeoff/Landing Demos, and the Missing Man Formation Flight.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with some of the organizers of the Talkeetna Fly-in as well as those who participated in the festive weekend of activities.

 

2017 Talkeetna Fly-In Award Winners (L to R): Vince Ferenczy, Caleb Newville, Josh Eckl, Audrey Cole, Chris Jung, Rod Hanson, Shaun Milke, Robert Kelly.  Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

2017 Talkeetna Fly-In Award Winners (L to R): Vince Ferenczy, Caleb Newville, Josh Eckl, Audrey Cole, Chris Jung, Rod Hanson, Shaun Milke, Robert Kelly. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

Talkeetna Airport paving to begin this week

An aircraft uses the temporary taxiway at Talkeetna State Airport as paving work gets ready to begin.  Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

An aircraft uses the temporary taxiway at Talkeetna State Airport as paving work gets ready to begin. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Jim Nelson is a frequent voice on the radio talking with pilots as they come and go from Talkeetna State Airport. With 29 years of experience working for flight service, he is highly qualified to take on the challenges of orchestrating air traffic this summer while the airport expansion is taking place. The repaving of the runway and taxiways is starting this week and the pilots will be taking off from a widened taxi way and using the service road as a taxiway while the contractors busily prepare and repave the runway.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Jim this weekend about how they plan to maintain smooth operation of aircraft arrivals and departures with safety and a top priority.

Jim Nelson with Flight Services in Talkeetna.  Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

Jim Nelson with Flight Services in Talkeetna. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

Northern Valley to receive “multiple waves of rain” through Wednesday

The National Weather Service says the Northern Susitna Valley could see significant additional rainfall this week.

 

According to a special weather statement issued Tuesday morning, Southcentral Alaska is expected to see “several waves” of rainfall beginning late Tuesday and lasting through Wednesday. The northern and eastern portions of the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys are listed by the National Weather Service as areas that are expected to see the more than an inch of rain.

 

The National Weather Service says creeks and rivers may rise along with the additional rainfall, particularly those in the Susitna drainage.

 

As of Tuesday, area rivers are forecast to rise, but are not expected to reach flood stage.

Bank restoration workshop held in Talkeetna

Workshop participants applying the techniques they learned on bank restoration. Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

Workshop participants applying the techniques they learned on bank restoration. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

 

This past week, there was a two-day Fish Habitat Workshop put on by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The first day was held at the Talkeetna Library. The speakers from Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Plant Materials Center, and US Fish and Wildlife Service educated a diverse group of participants on habitat and restoration technique. The group then worked with local landowner, Geri McCann on restoring a 100-foot eroding bank on the Susitna River. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with the organizers and participants last Wednesday.

(L to R) Franklin Dekker, a hydrologist for US Fish and Wildlife Service, Catherine Inman with Mat-Su Conservation Services, Tracy Smith with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, property owner Geri McCain. Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

(L to R) Franklin Dekker, a hydrologist for US Fish and Wildlife Service, Catherine Inman with Mat-Su Conservation Services, Tracy Smith with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, property owner Geri McCann. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

 

The riverbank along the McCanns' property that workshop attendees worked on last week. Photo by Katie Writer - KTNA

The riverbank along the McCanns’ property that workshop attendees worked on last week. Photo by Katie Writer – KTNA

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Thank you to all of the businesses who donated to our auction, the volunteers who helped pitch, and all of our bidders.  We appreciate all the support you provide to KTNA!  Thank you from all of us at KTNA.

Makerspace puts technology in the hands of Su Valley students

by:  Enoch Snider

Once the last bell rings at Susitna Valley High school, Ed O’Connor, a science teacher there, opens his door to students enthusiastic about learning. Ed hosts something called a makerspace after school every Thursday. This space is an environment where ideas are encouraged to blossom and having fun learning is seen as paramount over accomplishing specific tasks.

“This whole maker space idea, you don’t really have particular goals. It’s kind of wild experimentation, and   hopefully great things can come from it, but you’re not driven by those great things, you’re driven by having a good time. And if something really tremendous happens from it, that’s almost a side effect. Enjoying a challenge is the lesson.” Read More »

Su Valley grads, Principal, highlight community and teamwork

The Su-Valley graduating class. Photo courtesy of Michelle Crow

The Su-Valley graduating class. Photo courtesy of Michelle Crow

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

There were 27 Susitna Valley high school graduates this year with over $200,000 of scholarships awarded to the senior class.

Most of the awarded scholarships were academic and principal David Booth applauds the teachers and staff for enabling this shared success.

“We’re at 96.4% graduation rate this year. Really what is shows is when a staff works together and they offer as much as they can to their kids, that our students here really can do what they can what they could do at a large school and they can earn those scholarships. We’re an absolutely high performing school.” Read More »

Obituary for Herbert William Theodore

This obituary was submitted by the family:

We all look to the day when we can join our loved ones, for Herbert William Theodore, on May 8, 2017 at Mat-Su Regional Hospital, at the age of 85, the Lord took his hand and walked him through the Gates of Heaven to suffer no longer from the battles he had with cancer.
Settler’s Bay Community Church will open their doors at 1pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 for a viewing and memorial. Pastor Mike Sloane will officiate. Burial services will follow at Knik Cemetary (Mile 13 on KGB Road). A potlatch will be held after the burial. Read More »