The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Subsistence will be conducting a survey of how residents are using the land and resources of the Susitna Valley. That survey is scheduled to start in January 2013. To give residents a better idea of what the survey hopes to understand, the research team was in Talkeetna on Friday night to give an informational presentation. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more.
The Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Boards on Alcohol and Substance abuse are holding a quarterly meeting in Talkeetna this week, and on Tuesday Evening they are hosting a community potluck to engage residents about behavioral health.
Kate Burkhart is the Executive Director of the Alaska Mental Health Board. She says that in order for the combined Boards to do their job of providing planning and coordination of behavioral health services for the state of Alaska, they get out into communities as often as possible.
by Melis Coady
On Wednesday night 30 people gathered at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar to watch the 2012 presidential candidates debate about domestic issues. The debate, streamed in high definition, elicited laughs and mixed reactions from the crowd as they heard Governor Mitt Romney battle President Obama over America’s sluggish economy, the merits of Obamacare, education reform and the nations energy policy. After the event, viewers overall were pleased that the candidates were civil, issue focused, and more clear about explaining differences in their policies. Many people in this area live without television or have data rate plans too slow to watch video footage of the candidates on the Internet. It was a great opportunity to see the candidates face to face on the big screen. (more…)
Just one of the several ordinances that the Mat Su Borough Assembly postponed at their last meeting deals with mandatory land use permits and certified site plans. The Planning Commission took a look at the proposal, heard public testimony and has come up with a proposal of their own. But discussion on the proposal by the Assembly has now been postponed until November. (this story has been corrected from its initial airing – mandatory land use permits are required for buildings 480 sq. ft. and larger)
The Talkeetna water utility board has moved forward with alternatives to the proposed rate hike. The proposal sent a team of local residents scurrying to find help with the tens of thousands of dollars of debt instead of putting the burden on paying customers. Sue Deyoe has more on the latest meeting and recent decisions…
The Talkeetna Sewer and Water board voted Wednesday afternoon on a number of actions after months of discussion on a $100,000 debt. (more…)
After an hour of discussion at the Mat Su Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday evening, the Assembly voted in favor of putting forth a road bond proposition to voters this fall. (more…)