Congratulations to Phillip Manning for winning a Goldie Award from the Alaska Broadcasters Association for Best News Feature for this May 12th story about the Upper Susitna Food Pantry.

The Upper Susitna Food Pantry, with locations in Talkeetna and Trapper Creek, provides food assistance to hundreds of Susitna Valley residents. While many volunteers work together to help in that process, there is one person without whom the pantry could not function as it does. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spent a day with her, and has…

Talkeetna Fire Department to begin work on pre-fire plans

Beginning this winter, the Talkeetna Fire Department plans to conduct walkthroughs with businesses who would like to develop a pre-fire plan. The plan would include information such as the location of utility shutoffs, fuel storage, and, in the case of lodgings, where people might be sleeping in the event of a fire. Chief Eric Chappel…

Local schools honor veterans with joint assembly

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA The Talkeetna Elementary School joined Susitna Valley Junior/ Senior High School for another heart warming Veterans Day Assembly on Wednesday.  The Wasilla High School Air Force Junior ROTC opened up the program with a Color Presentation that displayed their pride of wearing military uniform. Although students of both schools say…

Borough marijuana tax revenue expected to top $100k in third quarter

Mat-Su Borough officials have released numbers regarding how much revenue has come in thus far from its marijuana sales tax, and have ideas for what the borough may need to consider in the future regarding commercial cannabis. At a joint meeting of the Mat-Su Borough Assembly and Planning Commission, Development Services Manager Alex Strawn told…

MEA: Cause of Thursday’s outage unknown

Update: MEA says the previous statement identifying coal dust as the cause of yesterday’s outage was premature.  The complete updated statement follows:       “Yesterday at 10:20AM, we reported news from another source that the cause of the outage was coal dust causing problems with the contactors in Healy. This statement was posted prematurely,…

Iditarod Board: Dallas Seavey’s dogs failed 2017 drug test

The Iditarod Trail Committee board of directors has named Dallas Seavey as the musher whose dogs tested positive for a banned substance following the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Earlier this month, Iditarod officials announced a change to the rule governing banned substances. As part of that change, they cited a then-unidentified musher who…

Resiliency Through Art concludes with puppetry workshop

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA Last weekend, there were a series of events called “Resiliency thru Art” that was sponsored by The Sunshine Community Health Center and other local non-profits.  The events concluded on Sunday at Northern Susitna Institute with a puppet show and puppet-making workshop. KTNA’s Katie Writer has more.  

Recount requested for District 5 assembly seat

There will be a recount in the race for the District 5 seat on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. On Tuesday, the borough announced that candidate Clayton Tew requested the recount. On Election Day, Tew was leading incumbent Dan Mayfield by just under twenty votes. After absentee ballots were counted, the lead flipped, with Mayfield holding…