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Magnitude 4.3 earthquake felt in Susitna Valley early Monday

Many in the Susitna Valley got an unexpected awakening early Monday morning from an earthquake.

According to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake was detected shortly before 3:00 am on Monday. The earthquake was centered 22 miles north-northwest of Hatcher Pass and 25 miles southeast of Talkeetna at a depth of 33 miles. No damage was reported as a result.

Talkeetna views 2017 solar eclipse

Partial eclipse as viewed from Talkeetna. Photo: Phillip Manning - KTNA

Partial eclipse as viewed from Talkeetna. Photo: Phillip Manning – KTNA

by:  Phillip Manning, Katie Writer – KTNA

The solar eclipse of 2017 has come and gone. While some ventured to the Lower 48 to witness the total eclipse, some of those who remain in the Upper Valley got their own chance to see the celestial event.

Sarah Kehoe uses a colander to indirectly view Monday's eclipse. Photo - Phillip Manning - KTNA

Sarah Kehoe uses a colander to indirectly view Monday’s eclipse. Photo – Phillip Manning – KTNA

At the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, more than two-dozen people stopped by to take a look through borrowed eclipse shades or binoculars fit with eye protection as the moon obscured just over forty percent of the sun on Monday morning.

While some parts of the Susitna Valley had their views obscured by fog, much of Talkeetna had a clear view for most of the event. That included Talkeetna Elementary School. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Mariah Smith at the school about how they viewed the 2017 eclipse. Read More »

Coho numbers improving after late start

After a slow start, numbers are picking up for the 2017 coho salmon run in the Susitna Valley. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Biologist Sam Ivey about why that is.

According to the most recent fishing report from Fish and Game, Susitna Valley creeks that are likely to see cohos in the next week include Willow, Little Willow, Sunshine, Montana, Sheep, Goose, Rabideux, and Clear Creek. Current fishing regulations and emergency orders can be found at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

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The Ecology of Glacial Rivers

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The fifth in a series from the Susitna Salmon Center: The Ecology of Glacial Rivers. This segment by Jeff Davis explains how beavers improve habitat for salmon.

Gravel bars that develop as glacial rivers move across the floodplain expose soils allowing for the establishment of wind-blown seeds of cottonwoods and willows. Willow stems transported and deposited on the gravel bars of glacial rivers also can develop roots and continue to grow in these new locations. Cottonwoods and willows along glacial rivers provide a food source for herbivorous beaver (Castor canadensis). While herbivorous, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has published observations of beaver feeding on salmon carcasses in the Susitna River.

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Borough lowers speed limit on Talkeetna’s Main Street

Newly-installed speed limit sign on Main Street. The borough recently reduced the speed limit from 20 mph to 10 mph. Photo by Phillip Manning - KTNA

Newly-installed speed limit sign on Main Street. The borough recently reduced the speed limit from 20 mph to 10 mph. Photo by Phillip Manning – KTNA

In just over a month, a request from the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors has resulted in additional signage on Main Street, including a reduced speed limit.

One of two "Share the road" signs installed on Talkeetna's Main Street. Photo by Phillip Manning - KTNA.

One of two “Share the road” signs installed on Talkeetna’s Main Street. Photo by Phillip Manning – KTNA.

At the Talkeetna Community Council meeting earlier this month, Board Chair Jeff Lebegue read a report from the local road service area advisory board. In July, the council asked the RSA board to request “traffic calming” measures from the Mat-Su Borough. By the August meeting, the borough responded, saying that speed and traffic studies warranted a reduction in the speed limit on Main Street from twenty miles-per-hour to ten miles-per-hour. In addition, the borough said it would put up “Share the Road” signs at each end of Main Street advising drivers of the street’s heavy use by pedestrians and bicyclists.

The borough cited studies of traffic in Downtown Talkeetna that showed many vehicles traveling above ten miles-per-hour, which could prove hazardous to non-motorized traffic in the busy summer months.

No timeline was given for when the signs would be put in place, but by Sunday, they were there.

 

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Talkeetna ‘amateur astronomer’ eager for Monday’s total solar eclipse

Kathleen Fleming, host of Star Date Susitna on KTNA.

Kathleen Fleming, host of Star Date Susitna on KTNA.

 

 

 

By JACOB MANN Frontiersman.com

Note:  This story comes to us via a content sharing agreement between KTNA and Wick Communications, the parent company of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Talkeetna Press, and other local papers in Alaska.

For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will span a 70 mile-wide swath across the United States. The rest of the states, including Alaska, will have the chance to see a partial solar eclipse. The event will occur Aug. 21, starting at 8:21 a.m. Alaska time. The maximum visibility will be at 9:16 a.m. and it will end at 10:13 a.m.

The amount of visibility will vary based on location and the weather. Clearly, an overcast sky will damper chances of seeing the eclipse and some spots on the map will only grant a brief moment to catch it. In Anchorage, the moon will eclipse about 45 percent of the sun at maximum coverage. Places like Utqiaġvik will only get to see 22 percent.

The Anchorage Museum is holding a free viewing party on the front lawn with local astronomers, solar telescopes and other eclipse viewing equipment, starting at 8 a.m. Read More »

The News from the Ranger Station 8-17-2017

1987 Ranger Station, Roger

1987 Ranger Station, Roger Robinson

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Ranger Station, 1987. The log building, called the Genet building was the Talkeetna Ranger Ranger Station from 1984 to 1996. You can see the sign for it behind the climbers. This is the current location of a gallery across from the Fairview Inn.

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In this weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, we hear about the one hundred year history of Denali National Park and Preserve (formerly Mount McKinley National Park) and the twenty-year history of the Talkeetna Ranger Station.

 

 

 

Mat-Su Borough Assembly delays vote on plastic bag tax

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly has delayed a decision on whether to tax plastic shopping bags until December. KTNA’s Phillip Manning followed the meeting and has this story:

 

On Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly voted to push back a decision on whether or not to apply a ten cent excise tax to single-use plastic shopping bags.

The proposal is the result of work done by the plastic bag committee of the Mat-Su Borough Zero Waste Coalition. Multiple committee members attended Tuesday’s meeting and stressed the need to reduce the number of plastic bags in circulation in the borough. Committee member Patty Fisher says she saw significant support for a measure to cut down on bags while speaking to various communities. Read More »