Below is the audio from Su-Valley Voice on June 18th, 2014. Host Phillip Manning spoke with Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce President Beth Valentine about the state of the tourism industry in the Upper Valley, and the ups and downs that brings with it. The next Su-Valley Voice will be on July 2nd with Wayne Dyok, Project Manager for the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that a total of $28.5 million will be coming to Alaskan municipalities in the form of payment in lieu of taxes, or PILT. That’s the money that the federal government pays on land it owns that is exempt from local property taxes. This year’s amount is the highest ever, and it will mean more money for many boroughs throughout the state.
The Mat-Su Borough will once again receive the largest sum, more than $3.4 million. That’s an increase over last year’s $3.2 million. PILT funds represent a substantial revenue source for the borough. Since the announcement was just made, it’s unknown what the extra money in the borough and statewide could eventually be used for.
Trapper Creek resident Sondra Porter tells why the Alaska Run for Women has become an important marker of the season for her. Text follows audio.
I love this time of year. There are special markers of what I call “post spring” that I anticipate each year. I rely on the familiar cycles. I rejoice at the nesting birds, the first buds on my wild roses, green sprouts pushing up through garden soil. For a while I am even happy to see the weeds returning—dandelions, nettles, horsetail. I get over that fairly quickly. Read More »
One of the many things that summer brings to the Upper Valley is King Salmon. This year’s run has begun about two weeks earlier than last year, though they are arriving at about the same rate. Thus far, nearly 6,500 kings have passed by the weir on the Deshka River. In 2013, the run didn’t get that high until June 23rd. Sam Ivey, Area Fish Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says that’s a good sign.
“Things are off to a good start for us. They’re not starting real weak, where we’re watching things build as the run emerges, as has happened in previous years. We’re starting on a high note.” Read More »
In early summer, moose calves browsing with their mothers are a fairly common sight in Alaska. This year, though, there have been a few incidents where well-meaning residents took in what they thought were orphaned calves. The Department of Fish and Game says not only is that against the law, it’s potentially dangerous. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:
Cuteness is a powerful motivator for a lot of people. If something is adorable and perceived to be in danger, odds are someone is going to feel a strong urge to render aid. When it comes to moose calves, however, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says that is not the right response.
“It’s much like getting in between a bear and its cubs.” Read More »
Below is the Su-Valley Voice from 6/4/14 with state Senator Mike Dunleavy.
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Even though high school is behind her, Su-Valley’s most recent valedictorian, Ayla Loper, had one more high school athletic event to go, the Brian Young Invitational track meet in Kodiak. Ayla spoke with KTNA’s Kaitlin Daly, who has this story:
Recent Su-Valley graduate Ayla Loper participated in an invitation-only track meet. The meet is intended to bring the best Alaskan high school track members to compete in order to break records. Ayla says the event is also dedicated to commemorate a very important Kodiak community member,
“The point of the track meet is kind of to celebrate Bryan Young’s life and what he did. He was kind of influential to the community of Kodiak and a lot of the runners there. So the coach at Kodiak decided to start a track meet kind of in honor of his life and how he helped everyone and all of the high schoolers at Kodiak. So what they did is, they decided to kind of have an all-stars meet and get together all of the best track athletes in the state and kind of just compete and break records.” Read More »