- The bonding begins
- Lyra teaching Darby to fetch
- Heading out
- Darby pawing at paddle just prior to falling in
- Rolling to get dry
- Return trip
Natural Observations writer, host and producer Robin Song shares her first weeks with a new puppy. Text follows audio.
How do you introduce a puppy to the Alaskan way of life? That was the question before me as I drove to Soldotna on October 5th to go get my newest family member. She is an English Shepherd, who was born on August 5th. Read More »
Autumn is the time of year when community councils in the Upper Valley receive and review requests for revenue sharing grants. The funds come from a state program that distributes part of the proceeds from the Oil and Gas Production Tax to boroughs, municipalities, and unincorporated committees. From there, the local governments are able to spend the funds “for any public purpose.” In this area, that often means grants for nonprofit organizations.
On Tuesday, the Talkeetna Community Council’s Revenue Sharing Committee met and heard from area nonprofits that are applying for grants. According to committee chair Charlie Loeb, the TCC has just under $23,000 to give, and has received requests for $49,000 in grants. Applicants are seeking money for regular operations, equipment, and projects. The committee expects to present the TCC Board of Directors with its recommendations for consideration at the December meeting.
The landslide that blocked the Park Road in Denali National Park late last month has been mostly cleared. Now, Park staff are trying to determine when and how the landslide occurred.
An update on the Park’s website says that ground, aerial, and satellite imagery are being studied from the months and years before the slide to see if there are any clues. The National Park Service says that it looks like a small landslide had occurred in the same area, near Mile 37 of the Park Road, in the past. While the cause is uncertain, Park staff speculate that repeated freezing and thawing or the sliding of permafrost on unfrozen clay may have sparked the 600 foot long landslide.
Park staff are also trying to determine exactly when the slide occurred. It was discovered on October 23rd. Denali National Park is partnering with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center to see if the landslide registered on seismographs. Eyewitness accounts of conditions in the area are also being sought. According the Park, the last confirmed visitors in the area were on October 12th. They are asking that anyone who was near the landslide site between those dates contact the Park’s geologist.
Early Tuesday morning, Talkeetna resident Ed Craver was awoken by his dog, Kusko, who was apparently having a bad dream. Ed managed to calm Kusko down and get him back to sleep.
“Then, half an hour later, I had just dropped back into sleep and I heard him growling. If you know my dog, he’s a ferocious beast.”
Kusko weighs less than twenty-five pounds.
“So, he kept growling and I got up and turned the yard light on, and there was a big, blond grizzly sitting on my little porch.” Read More »
Earlier this summer, KTNA reported that Denali National Park will start plowing the Park Road earlier in the year than in years past. The plan is to plow to Mile 12 starting in February. On Wednesday, the Park issued a press release stating that vendors wishing to operate commercial vehicle tours during the winter road opening may begin applying for permits. Private vehicles will pay the regular Park entry fee.
In an interview this July, Park spokeswoman Kris Fister said the extra plowing is estimated to cost $25,000. The new snow removal schedule will be in a trial phase for three to five years, at which point the Park will decide whether additional entry fees justify making the new schedule permanent.
Each month, the Upper Susitna Food Pantry provides supplementary food for about 220 households in the Upper Valley. Board President Jenny Krepel says the food comes from a variety of sources, including donations and government programs.
“We have three types of food that we distribute: food that comes from the federal services that is free to us–I usually tell people that what we pay for it is paperwork; and then we get state food, which is usually aimed at a particular population, for us it goes to seniors in need; then we have non-regulated food, which is food that we either get by donation, food drives, or that we purchase ourselves. We use that food to supplement the other food, usually trying to get more variety, have protein sources, get bread, or things like that.” Read More »
KTNA volunteer and Classics for Kids host Cari Sayre continues reading the story of Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie.
On Monday, the Talkeetna Community Council Board of Directors held its annual meeting at the Talkeetna Elementary School library. The meeting began with the seating of two new Board members, Iris Vandenham and Katie Writer. After the new members were seated, outgoing Board Chair Cary Birdsall handed over his gavel, and a new slate of officers were chosen. Whitney Wolff was chosen as the new Chair, and Melis Coady was made Co-Chair. Mary Farina will serve as Secretary, and Robert Gerlach will continue his duties as Treasurer. Read More »
Kathleen Fleming, host and producer of this week’s Earth and Beyond program touches on the equation of time, the new moon, a hybrid solar eclipse, the Islamic new year, Saturn and the Sun, the crescent moon and Venus, and Jupiter at the beginning of his retrograde loop, in this 11 minute audio.