Recorded live from the KTNA studio on Monday evening:
by: Katie Writer – KTNA
While out enjoying a snow machine ride, KTNA’s Katie Writer ran into
Trail-Meister Wade Hopkins while he was grooming the track for the upcoming Oosik Classic Ski Race. Here’s Wade’s report on current trail conditions.
More details on the Oosik Classic are available at www.denalinordicskiclub.org.
At Tuesday night’s Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting, nearly twenty people addressed the assembly regarding rules for commercial marijuana businesses in the borough. Ultimately, the assembly chose to push a decision on the current ordinance until the March 15th meeting.
The ordinance before the assembly will set up the rules for conditional use permits for potential marijuana businesses. They include requirements for licensing and setbacks from protected areas like schools and churches. Most of those buffer zones are covered by the regulations established by the State of Alaska. One particular proposed buffer would potentially zone out all of Downtown Talkeetna from commercial cannabis.
That restriction includes a 500 foot buffer around public parks. Parks are not included in the state regulations. The borough planning commission advised that the assembly not include the additional buffer requirement.
Most borough residents who spoke at the meeting were generally supportive of the efforts by the boroughs Marijuana Advisory Committee. Some, including former Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss advocated that a decision be delayed until after the October borough election. DeVilbiss is a supporter of a ballot question that would completely outlaw commercial marijuana in the unincorporated areas of the borough.
The ordinance is set for its next hearing on March 15th.
If Susitna Valley Republicans chose for the whole country, Donald J. Trump would be the nominee for President of the United States.
Republicans around the state voted in presidential preference polls as part of Super Tuesday. Only voters registered as Republicans on Tuesday were eligible to vote.
Statewide, Ted Cruz won the state, with 36.4% of the vote. Trump came in second with 33.5%. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and John Kasich came in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.
In House District 10, which includes the Upper Valley and runs as far south as Wasilla, Trump Received 43.6% of the vote, and Cruz received 34.4%.
Statewide, Alaskan Republican and Democratic primary voters have aligned with the eventual nominee since 2000. The Democratic caucus is on March 26th. As with the Republicans, only registered Democrats are allowed to vote in the caucus.
An essay by Talkeetna resident Bill Was,
from his blog at talkeetnatraces.com
In the wake of the UN sponsored meetings in Paris covering climate change once again the ‘news’ – and I use this term very loosely – is abuzz with the gamut of views from outright denial to fanatical following. I concur that the earth’s climate appears to be warming but I remain very unsure as to what part human beings have played in this scenario especially as versed with how much of this change stems from some naturally occurring geologic pattern or meteorologically based shifts.
Arctic Entries is a live storytelling event that its Anchorage organizers brought to Talkeetna. This is the first of a series of three that are planned for this year, sponsored by the Talkeetna Historical Society. You’ll hear stories by Rollie Ostermick, Jack McDonald, Steve Durr, Jodie Rodwell, Rose Jenne, Johnny Baker, and Don Lee.
Here’s the first half:
And the second half, with about fifteen minutes of local music at the end: