Monday’s meeting of the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors included discussion of the new library, flood issues, and Talkeetna’s sewer and water system. The Council also covered planning for the upcoming election, which will seat as many as four new board members. KTNA’s Phillip Manning was there, and has this report:
Before the Council began conducting regular business, it heard from Ann Yadon with the Talkeetna Public Library. She says that the Mat-Su Borough is planning an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new library, located on the Spur Road. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on August 21st. What is to become of the current library building has been a topic of conversation in Talkeetna. Ann Yadon says that decision has not yet been made. Read More »
The search for missing Missouri fisherman Jerry Warner continued on Tuesday. Warner, 71, was reported overdue from a solo fishing trip on Sunday evening. According to the initial report by the Alaska State Troopers on Monday, Jerry Warner walked upstream from the campground near Mile 71 of the Parks Highway at around 11:00 am on Sunday. He expected to be back within a few hours. The troopers say Warner was not carrying a phone or survival gear, and no clues to his whereabouts were discovered as of Tuesday afternoon. Search efforts began Sunday night, and have been running continuously as daylight allows. Read More »
The Alaska State Troopers are looking for a missing fisherman in the Willow Creek area. According to the troopers, 71 year old Jerry Warner of Missouri left the Willow Creek Resort at about 11:00 am on Sunday to go fishing by himself. He planned to be away for a few hours. When he did not return by 7:30 pm, the troopers were contacted and a search began. On Sunday night, teams on foot as well as a Mat-Su Borough boat searched the creek until midnight, but found no sign of Jerry Warner.
On Monday morning the search resumed with the addition of an Alaska State Trooper helicopter and four search and rescue dog teams. As of late Monday morning, no sign of Warner has been discovered. According to the troopers, Warner was carrying only a fishing pole, and has no survival gear with him.
This is a developing story, and KTNA will provide updates as they become available.
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on a long bushwhack up a
by Robin Song
As I had hoped, the third Sunday in July dawned sunny and clear. I had planned a hike up Montana Creek to search for King Salmon, and now I had the weather on my side. Read More »
Next Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly will hold a regular meeting for the first time since June. One ordinance that is scheduled for introduction next Tuesday would eliminate recurring registration for older vehicles. While that could mean less out-of-pocket expense for some drivers, KTNA’s Phillip Manning found that it could also come with trade-offs.
The ordinance, sponsored by Assembly Member Jim Colver, takes advantage of a new state law that gives municipalities the option to allow permanent registration of vehicles that are more than eight years old. Under the proposed system, owners would have to register the vehicle one last time and pay a $25 fee to the state, but would then be exempt from state or borough registration fees as long as the vehicle did not change ownership.
While that could mean a significant convenience for many borough residents, it’s not without a potential cost in the form of lost revenue. According to the borough’s estimates, it could mean a total loss of more than $2.4 million in revenue by fiscal year 2018. According to Terry Dolan, Public Works Director for the borough, dust control is a major part of what the registration fees cover. Read More »
On Wednesday, Neal Lacy, Democratic candidate for District 10 of the Alaska House of Representatives, discussed the race, the legislature, and his vision for the future of the state. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.
There are three candidates running for District 10 of the Alaska House. Democrat Neal Lacy and independent Roger Purcell are both attempting to unseat the incumbent, Republican Wes Keller. Neal Lacy was in Talkeetna on Wednesday for Su-Valley Voice, KTNA’s public affairs program.
Neal Lacy has lived in the Mat-Su since 1975. He is a mechanic by trade, as well as a former Mat-Su Borough School District teacher and school board member. During the show, he laid out his political platform. Read More »
By: Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Earlier this month, the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s Port MacKenzie took on a load of sixteen miles of cement-coated pipe from a foreign vessel. The pipe now rests at the Port, awaiting shipment to Nikiski to be used in construction of a new Cook Inlet oil platform. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, although the pipe shipment has boosted Borough revenues, some are asking questions about whether the port will ever be profitable.
Port MacKenzie director Marc VanDongen says the load of cement – coated pipe proves the Port’s heavy lifting capabilities:
“Each piece of pipe is 42 feet long and it weighs 10,500 pounds. So we were lifting four pieces of pipe at a time off the ship, 42, 000 pounds at a time, and placing them on flatbed trucks. “ Read More »
Below is the complete audio of Su-Valley Voice for July 30th. My guest was Neal Lacy, Democratic candidate for District 10 of the Alaska State House of Representatives. Invitations to participate in Su-Valley Voice have been extended to all five campaigns running to represent the Upper Valley in the state legislature. The next Su-Valley Voice will air live at 10:00 am on August 13th.