A few weeks ago, the Mat Su Borough Assembly passed their 2012 budget. The mayor had his turn at vetos and the Assembly came back with their overrides. One item that stayed out of the budget is information technology. Upper Valley residents will have to wait another year to see if improved access to Borough meetings will happen.
KTNA’s morning news, weather forecasts, Denali echos, announcements for May 17th. Host is Sue Deyoe. Headlines – Second climber in a week dies on Denali; Legislature adjourns Saturday; Trapper Creek festival under watchful eye of Borough; Dead climber from Thursday identified. 16 min.
The Alaska Legislature finally adjourned late Saturday evening. Governor Sean Parnell received a capital budget for 2012 that totals $3.2 Billion.
This year’s regular 90-day session was immediately followed by a 27- day special session that involved a number of disputes about energy projects and coastal zone management. In the end, the Coastal Zone Management plan was not reauthorized. (more…)
An Alaska Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered the promoter of the Trapper Creek Bluegrass festivals to follow Mat Su Borough regulations on outdoor gatherings.
The Borough Attorney says the action came about because of citizen complaints. Complaints on the two separate festivals started in 2006. (more…)
The Alaska House and Senate this morning (Friday) gave their final approvals to the negotiated operating budget for next fiscal year. (more…)
The Susitna Council voted to send a message to the Alaska Redistricing Board – asking for a fair share. The letter will actually say the Mat Su area should get what the council says should be 5 1/2 House seats instead of the plan the Redistristing Board proposes, which is 3 seats and 2 shared seats. (more…)
Weighing in – John Moosey, Mat Su Borough Manager, speaks to the Chamber of Commerce photo courtesy of MSB/Patty Sullivan
The long wait for a permanent Borough Manager is over. John Moosey, formally the county administrator for Chisago County, Minnesota, arrived at his new post as Mat Su Borough Manager on Tuesday. He has already attended a Wasilla Chamber of Commerce meeting, Palmer Chamber of Commerce as well as a Borough Assembly meeting and the first public hearing for the Borough budget. His first day on the job lasted until after 11 p.m. when the Borough Assembly finally adjourned their meeting. His second day lasted past 9 p.m. as he listened to public testimony on the Borough’s budget.
Moosey has been a manager for over 25 years. He holds a master of public administration from Kent State University. He says he wants to run a hard-working, service oriented government that is transparent in its operations.
Elizabeth Gray has stepped down as acting borough manager and is now Assistant Borough manager, the job she was originally hired to perform.
The manager position has been vacant since last year at this time when former manager John Duffy stepped down from his position.
The Capital Improvement Projects list was high on the Talkeetna Community Council agenda Monday evening. A good portion of the meeting was spent discussing several potentially large projects in downtown Talkeetna as well as discussion centering around the upcoming meetings on the Talkeetna Lakes Park trails and the Riverfront and Village park area. (May 11th and 12th at the Talkeetna Elementary school) (more…)
KTNA’s morning newscast, weather forecast, Denali echos, announcements for April 27th. Host is Sue Deyoe. Headlines – Residents gather for redistricting meeting in Palmer; No more SnoGo in Denali; Record jackpot for Ice Classic. 16 min.