On Sunday night, Alaska State Troopers arrested a Talkeetna man on two counts of assault as well as reckless endangerment. Troopers say that they responded to a reported assault around 8:30 in Downtown Talkeetna. They say that 28 year old Dylan Annis assaulted a juvenile family member multiple times over the course of the day. Because the alleged victim is a juvenile, most details are not available. Annis was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was held without bail.
Snow is finally arriving in the Upper Valley, but a large portion of Southcentral is forecast to receive freezing rain through Tuesday morning.
On Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory for the Matanuska Valley, Anchorage, and parts of the Kenai Peninsula. The Susitna Valley is not currently forecast to receive freezing rain. The National Weather Service says the icy precipitation will likely give way to snow by the afternoon, but those driving south from the Susitna Valley could encounter icy roads.
Over the holiday weekend, Alaska State Troopers responded to multiple crashes, one of which caused a Thanksgiving power outage in Downtown Talkeetna.
On Thursday,Troopers responded just before 4:00 am to a report of a vehicle that had struck a power pole. The accident was near the crossing of the railroad tracks and the Talkeetna Spur Road. Troopers say that 20 year old Jacob Nordman collided with the pole, and was driving while impaired. Troopers also say that Nordman has an active warrant in Wisconsin for violating probation on charges of burglary, damage to property, and theft. Nordman was arrested and held without bail.
Later that morning, the Matanuska Electric Association reported on its Facebook page that a line crew was en route. Power was restored by late morning, but had to be taken down again in the early afternoon in order to replace the damaged power pole. For most people Downtown, the lights were back on in plenty of time for Thanksgiving dinner.
Troopers also reported two accidents near Cantwell last week, including one fatality on Wednesday. Early Sunday morning, a Willow woman lost control of her vehicle near mile 83.5 of the Parks Highway and was injured. Icy conditions were cited in all of the accidents.
A very unusual way to catch your Thanksgiving dinner.
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For me Thanksgiving is about celebrating the foods gathered, hunted, and picked from the wild or the garden. My favorite Thanksgivings are the ones with as many foods as possible having been harvested by me or friends. When I was growing up most of our Thanksgiving food came from the grocery store. Food was just food for me in those days. Thanksgiving was a celebration of eating.
Now age has tempered my appetite, and the joy is in being together with others and celebrating the wonderful animals, plants, and berries that come from this land. These foods are rich in flavor, the colors dazzle a dull November day, and behind much of this harvested food is often a story that you just don’t get from grocery store food. This is one of mine from a couple of years ago.
Attached is the entire interview with Mat-Su Borough Assembly Member Vern Halter. Topics included borough priorities, recent and upcoming ordinances, and state funding priorities. The next live Su-Valley Voice will be on December 10th at 10:00 am with Sue Deyoe of the Talkeetna Historical Society.
On Tuesday, Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson was injured when a Talkeetna woman lost control of her vehicle and struck the ATV that Hendrickson’s dog team was pulling. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:
Alaska State Troopers received a call just before 7:30 on Tuesday evening that a vehicle had struck the ATV ridden by musher Karin Hendrickson near Mile 91 of the Parks Highway. Troopers say that Mabel Quilliam of Talkeetna was driving northbound on the highway when her vehicle left the road and collided with Hendrickson’s ATV. Hendrickson was being pulled by her sled dog team on a training run. Quilliam was not reported as being injured. Hendrickson was taken from the scene by Talkeetna EMS and eventually to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Maliko Ubl is Hendrickson’s handler. She says she spoke with Hendrickson on Wednesday about her injuries.
“I talked to her this morning. She sounds pretty good, but it sounds like she–something in her back is broken…and she also has a broken leg.” Read More »
Cari Sayre continues the story of Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell.
Around the Upper Valley, families and other groups will be preparing big meals on Thursday. Almost as much of a tradition as cooking the meal itself is the last minute rush for a forgotten ingredient. For those who find themselves without a critical component on Thursday, however, shopping options will be limited, as Cubby’s will be closed on Thursday. Nagley’s General Store will be open on Thanksgiving Day, but will close early.
For those who don’t want to cook but still want the traditional Thanksgiving meal, there are a couple of options. The newly re-opened Sheep Creek Lodge will be serving a buffet style meal with all the traditional fixings starting at 10:00 am. The Talkeetna Roadhouse also has a special Thanksgiving offering at 2:00 pm. Reservations are required for the Roadhouse dinner.
Anyone who knows of pot-luck style gatherings for Thanksgiving is welcome to share them on the KTNA Facebook page.
For many people, the day after Thanksgiving is “Black Friday,” the day when retailers slash prices and try as hard as they can to get shoppers through their doors. Now, a social-media driven campaign is offering a different kind of experience. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:
Around the country, Black Friday is a day of waking up early–or not going to bed at all–in order to line up outside stores for the big holiday sales. A growing group of artists is trying to change that, including some in the Mat-Su Borough.
What they do instead of partake in the shopping frenzy is hold an event called “Flood the Streets With Art.” At least two Valley artists are getting involved. One of them is Wasilla artist Lori Teich. She explains how it works:
“Local artists put paintings out–or your piece of art, and it’s basically like karma during the holidays.” Read More »