Trapper Creek council to hold elections

The Trapper Creek Community Council has a slate of candidates for their upcoming election April 27th and 28th and have scheduled a potluck dinner for the community to meet and talk to the candidates.

There are 7 candidates for the 4 open seats on the board.  Candidates include new and long time members of the community.  Candidates are:    Rick Leo, long time Trapper Creek resident;  Teri Lynn Dyrud, who just moved to the Trapper Creek area last March but has worked extensively with community organizations; Paula Glenka, a resident of Trapper Creek for the past  year; business owner Mike Miller; Sariah Neff, long time Alaskan and active volunteer for Trapper Creek preschool.  Kristie May Parsons is also running and is the special education teacher and operator of Arctic Curly Farm.  Paul Thomas, another new member of the community and currently an adjunct math instructor at Mat Su College, has also thrown his name in the ring.

The council will have a meet-and-greet the candidates potluck on April 21st, before their regular monthly council meeting.  The council will be tackling a number of issues at that meeting including information on the Susitna Dam, a report on concerns regarding kennel licensing, suggested name change of the Chulitna Bridge as well as progress reports on their 2009 revenue sharing projects.

Their elections will be held two days – April 27th and 28th –at the Trapper Creek library during library hours.  Absentee ballots are available by request or at the Trapper Creek library during library hours.  The council has gone as far as having a sign up for people unable to drive themselves to the polls in order to arrange transportation.

Results of the election will be available April 29th.


TeriLynn Dyrud, M.S.
My name is TeriLynn and I am a proud full time resident of Trapper Creek. My husband and I have businesses: Trapper Creek Soap Company, Northland Fishing Adventures and the Trapper Creek B & B. We moved to Trapper Creek in March of 2010. I have an extensive background in community organizations as well as grant writing and implementation. I am working on a doctorate in psychology. I am looking forward to volunteering my time to this wonderful community.

Paula Glenka – Homeowner and full time resident in Trapper Creek, I’m proud to be a part of this community. Being an active and productive member of the community is important to me. In business since 2005, I have a home office bookkeeping service. I look forward to volunteering my time and assisting in the continuing progress towards the betterment of our community.

Richard Leo – Has lived in Trapper Creek for 30 years.

Mike W. Miller – Mike Miller moved from Washington state in 2007. He and his wife – Julie have built their home and Alaska business in the Trapper Creek community. He is a business owner who is interested in promoting positive works in the community. He has been involved in golf course boards and community service boards in the past. His goal is to create a community environment where everyone’s individual skills and talents can be utilized for the good of the whole community.

Sariah Naff
Age: 30
Occupations: Owner/operator Alaska Pony’s and a Personal Care Attendant
As a mother of 3 elementary age children, whom are 5th generation Alaskans, I look at Trapper Creek’s future as what I would like for my children’s children and I actively work towards that vision. We have a wonderful rural environment that I would like to see continue with opportunities for our children that enrich their lives. Volunteering for the community is an important value within my family. I am an active volunteer for the Trapper Creek Preschool Program, Trapper Creek Parent Teacher Association, Cancer Research, Disabled Children, and for the Trapper Creek Community Services.

Kristie May Parsons
Age: 43
Occupations: Special Education Teacher and Owner/Operator Arctic Curly Farm
My occupational history provides me with skills that will benefit the Trapper Creek Community Council include: Community Service Director for UAF; Executive Assistant for the Downtown Association of Fairbanks; and Upper Susitna Soil & Water Conservation District Manager. I have skills to write winning grant proposals, to administer grants awarded by the Federal, State, and Borough governments and to pass audits of awarded grants. I have experience and knowledge of governmental policy and procedure execution and the ability to coordinate volunteer programs. Above all else I have been an active volunteer in my community and am known to walk my talk. My complete resume is available at the Trapper Creek Library.

Paul Thomas – Moved to Trapper Creek in July 2010. Formerly worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Department of Corrections) for 20 years as a teacher and Corrections School Principal. Currently employed as an adjunct math instructor at Mat-Su College. Appointed as interim Community Council Treasurer in October 2010. Long term goal is to see a suspension bridge connecting Talkeetna and Trapper Creek made of stone towers quarried and stacked by inmates seeking to improve their lives through honest hard work and positive goal achievement.

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