The Mental Health Board and the Alcohol and Addiction Substance Abuse Advisory Boards will meet in Talkeetna over three days to gather input from citizens, officials and community members about how the system works, and how it can be improved. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more:
The State of Alaska is making disaster assistance centers available to flood-affected individuals to apply for assistance grants in several areas throughout the Mat Su Borough in the coming week. In Talkeetna, residents can submit applications to begin the application process for grants to recover losses from the flood, on Monday and Tuesday at the Upper Susitna Senior Center.
The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has identified 13-hundred structures affected by Septembers flood disaster. As homeowners continue to slog through paperwork for disaster claims, FEMA has stepped in to join the state’s recovery efforts. (more…)
Beer brewers from around the state and pacific northwest will be represented at the first-annual Talkeetna Brewfest on Friday night at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. Hosted by the award-winning Denali Brewing Company and the Northern Susitna Institute, a broad selection of suds will be available for sampling starting at six.
The event will offer a dizzying array of brewed options in four-ounce servings, while generating some funds for the Northern Susitna Institute.
Sassan Mossanen, one of the owners of Denali Brewing Company, helped organize the Brewfest, after the original idea came around several years ago. After being forced to re-schedule the event due to flooding in Talkeetna on the original date, he says its a high honor and a good cause.
As a preview of what is in store this Friday night, Mossanen offered this mouth-watering summary of some of the beers scheduled to be poured at the festival:
No town is too small for a symphony, and every fall in Talkeetna, a wide range of people pick up a wide range of instruments to begin rehearsing through the dark, quiet months, creating a community of music. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more:
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…)
A two-year study to put the Mat-Su valley’s open spaces and natural resources into economic terms will be paying a visit to Talkeetna this week. The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research is conducting a study that aims to place dollar values on the natural assets of the Mat-Su, agricultural areas, forests, wetlands and estuaries, open space and recreational land, and hopes to provide comprehensive economic data to support natural resource management and conservation projects. (more…)
October is National Farm to School Month, and to celebrate, Talkeetna Elementary opened its doors on Tuesday night to invite the community to sample a variety of locally-grown healthy dishes prepared by the kindergarten-through-sixth grades of Talkeetna Elementary. (more…)
Talkeetna Community Council Board Elections were held on Tuesday night, and each candidate running for the Board of directors was elected. Melis Coady, RG Denny will join the board, and Mary Farina, Robert Gerlach, Whitney Wolf have been reelected for two-year terms, and Carey Birdsall and Rick Schreiber will continue to serve their terms. 94 people voted in the local elections.
For Borough-wide elections, 16% of eligible voters in Talkeetna turned out, 9 % of Trapper Creek voters, and 8% of Sunshine voters made it to the polls. District 7 Representative Vern Halter retained his seat on the Mat Su Assembly after running un-opposed.
Mayor Larry DeVilbis edged out challenger Mark Masteller with 61 percent of the vote in that race.
Host Lorien Nettleton talks to Mat-Su Borough Manager John Moosey, Assistant Manager George Hayes, Borough Representative Vern Halter, and Talkeetna Water/Sewer Board co-chair Karen Schapansky talk about flood recovery and water/sewer issues in the KTNA studio. The program was about an hour long.