On Monday, the state Board of Fisheries voted seven-to-zero to accept a change in regulations drafted by the Mat-Su Fish and Wildlife Commission. The new rule changes where and when the drift net fleet can go after Sockeye and Coho salmon. Now, drift fishermen would have an expanded early session until mid-July, with a shorter session that begins on July 16th. Also, fishing would be moved primarily to the area near the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. Mac Minard, a consultant with the Mat-Su Commission and long-time Fish and Game biologist, explains the theory behind the change. Read More »
The KTNA Community presents:
Last Day of
The Decadent Dessert Auction!
Thursday February 13, 2014
This evening is your last chance to get your decadent dessert for Valentine’s Day!
Here’s what’s on the auction block:
8:15: Twister Creek’s Chef Gonzo’s Brownie Blueberry Vanilla Cheesecake (take a breath),
with Raspberry Blueberry Chocolate Caramel Swirl!
Call 907-733-1700 or 907-733-1205 to bid now and bid high!
This is your chance to enjoy a locally-created delectable masterpiece and share it with your family and friends on Valentine’s Day!
Once again, KTNA has teamed up with local grocer, Cubby’s Marketplace, to help support the Upper Susitna Food Pantry while we raise revenue for the operation of our radio station.
For each dessert sold for over $75, Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union and Cubby’s will donate a gift certificate to the Upper Susitna Food Pantry.
Ask any teacher, and they will tell you about the importance of reading. For some students at Talkeetna Elementary, however, the love of reading goes beyond simply an educational tool. KTNA’s Phillip Manning sat down with members of the Talkeetna Elementary Battle of the Books team, and has this report:
On Saturday, the Iditarod Trail Committee hinted at the possibility of moving the restart of the race from Willow to Fairbanks. Saturday’s statement says that the ceremonial start will take place on March 1st in Anchorage as planned, and that the current plan is to have the restart, where the competitive part of the race truly begins, in Willow the next day. There are concerns about trail quality between Rainy Pass and Nikolai. If conditions are not acceptable by the beginning of next week, the restart will be moved to Fairbanks on March 3rd. Read More »
Earth and Beyond writer, host and producer Robin Song chronicles the unusual winter of the new year.
January’s strange weather brought a memorable start to 2014. A warm front had moved through in early December, bringing freezing rain by the sixth. On the ninth it was thirty-one above in Fairbanks, while it was eighteen below in North Dakota! But by the eleventh it was back to zero, in the Talkeetna area, and at the ranch it was minus ten by the sixteenth. The temperatures remained in the normal winter range for the rest of the month, though sunshine was scarce. But on January first, it was like a switch got flicked and the temperature zipped up to twenty-eight above zero. Read More »
The Sunshine Community Health Center has announced the hiring of Shelis Jorgensen as the Clinic’s Medical Director. According to Executive Director David Bryant, Jorgensen began work at the Sunshine Clinic on Thursday. This coincides with second-hand reports of Jorgensen being introduced as the Medical Director to Clinic staff. This is not the first time that the Clinic has announced Jorgensen’s hiring. A similar announcement was made by Executive Director Bryant in August. Through a set of unknown circumstances, that decision was then altered, and Jorgensen was not hired.
Shelis Jorgensen is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, and holds a Nursing Doctorate. According to a written statement by Executive Director Bryant, Jorgensen was selected by a unanimous vote of Clinic senior staff, including current Interim Medical Director, Dr. Philip Hess. In addition to the Medical Director role, the statement says that Shelis Jorgensen will provide direct patient care at both the Talkeetna and Willow clinics.
Executive Director Bryant’s statement also says that part of Shelis Jorgensen’s initial set of projects will be exploring ways that the Clinic can safely provide after-hours care and ancillary care such as lab work or X-rays ordered by an outside physician. Currently, the Clinic has suspended or altered both of those practices over the objection of some members of the board of directors.
In a phone interview, Executive Director Bryant says that he believes bringing Shelis Jorgensen on board as Medical Director is the best way to move forward and rebuild some of the community’s trust in the Clinic.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries is in the midst of two weeks of meetings on potential changes to fishing regulations in the Upper Cook Inlet. The meetings have become the most recent venue for what are often referred to as the “fish wars.” Commercial, sport, and subsistence fishermen all depend on a finite resource, and all of them want to make sure they get their share of the stock. Often, discussions center around the Kenai and Kasilof, but the Mat-Su Borough is doing its best to shift some focus to the Susitna River as well. Acting Borough Fish Commission chair Larry Engel says that sustainability has become a serious problem for the Valley. Read More »
Early Wednesday morning, a juvenile led Alaska State Troopers on a chase that ended in the ditch near the intersection of the Parks Highway and the Talkeetna Spur Road. The pursuit began near Mile 36 of the Parks, where a Trooper attempted to stop the driver for speeding, failure to dim headlights, and erratic driving. Instead of pulling over, the 17 year old male sped off. The Trooper learned shortly thereafter that the 1997 Toyota Rav4 that he was pursuing had been reported stolen just a few minutes before the attempted traffic stop.
The chase continued for over sixty miles, then ended abruptly when the stolen Toyota hit a patch of ice and veered off of the highway, according to Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters. One of the two Trooper vehicles involved in the pursuit hit the same patch of ice and began to slide. The Trooper was able to keep enough control of the vehicle to end up in the southbound ditch in order to avoid potentially sliding into oncoming traffic. The Trooper’s vehicle rolled onto its roof once it was in the ditch. Neither the Trooper or the juvenile driver were injured, and both were wearing seat belts.
The driver was taken to Palmer, where he was charged with vehicle theft, eluding, reckless driving, and driving without a valid license.
This week, the Alaska House Energy Committee heard testimony from the Alaska Energy Authority. While the meeting was not initially intended to focus on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project, a multitude of questions from legislators, as well as the presence of members of the Susitna River Coalition, prompted a shift that saw about half the meeting center around the proposed dam. Read More »