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All Denali assembly vacant seats have candidates for Nov. 6 election

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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 11:34 pm | Updated: 11:30 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

HEALY, Alaska — There is a candidate for every vacant seat on the Denali Borough Assembly for the Nov. 6 election.

Clay Walker filed for Seat B; Richard Weibel, Seat F; and Jared Zimmerman, Seat G.

For the school board, James Tench filed for Seat C; Christie Anastasia filed for Seat D; Jeff Yanuchi filed for Seat G; and Leroy Sutton filed to remain in Seat H. Seat F is the only one that has no candidate.

There also are two propositions on the ballot. The first asks whether the borough charter should be amended to allow mayoral candidates to be residents for one year instead of three years, before the election.

The second proposition would increase compensation for assembly members from $100 per month to $200 per month and for the presiding officer from $125 per month to $250 per month.

If that passes, Denali Borough Planning Commission members will receive an automatic increase from $50 to $100 per month, with the chairperson receiving $125 per month.

Week of music

Denali borough students enjoyed some amazing live music last week.

The Air Force Band of the Pacific visited Cantwell and Healy, and they rocked the house at both places.

From “My Country ’Tis of Thee” the talented musicians played hits from the 1980s and 90s and beyond. It wasn’t long before students were on their feet dancing .

One band member loved Cantwell so much, he bought a piece of property there.

In Healy, the band honored community member and veteran Sandy Blanchard. He and his wife, Arleta, are volunteers for “Project Healing Waters,” a program that works with wounded veterans.

A couple days later, the Fairbanks Chamber Orchestra stopped at Tri-Valley School on their state tour. The district’s entire student body came to the show and gave repeated applause to solo saxophone player Jun Watabe.

Riders In The Sky

World famous cowboy musicians “Riders In The Sky” play at 7 p.m. Monday at Tri-Valley School. Admission is by donation.

This is the first Fairbanks Concert Association outreach show of the year, marking the fourth year of Kids In Motion/Denali Arts & Humanities Alliance’s partnership with FCA.

The Healy Tech Team begins its third year of mentorship under the guidance of sound expert Josh Bennett of Sound Reinforcement Specialists in Fairbanks. This group of teens from Tri-Valley School will set up theatrical sound and lights for the performers, for their shows in Fairbanks, Healy and Delta. In Delta, the teens will mentor other teens.

Mayor dances

Modern dance is accessible. Even Denali Borough Mayor Dave Talerico can do it.

Talerico was one of several local celebrities who performed an “Alaska Grown” piece to open Fairbanks Concert Association’s Parsons Dance performance in Fairbanks on Friday.

Other notables included Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, News-Miner columnist Dermot Cole, Jack Wilbur of Design Alaska and Sue Sprinkle of FCA.

All Alaska show

Local artist Amy Reisland-Speer has a piece in the All Alaska Juried Art Show that opens on Oct. 5 at the Anchorage Museum. The show runs through Feb. 3 in Anchorage and will be at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau March 18 to April 23. The show will be at the Bear Gallery in Fairbanks May 4-31.

Congratulations Amy.

Guttenberg visits

Rep. David Guttenberg visits Denali Borough communities next weekend to hear what residents believe is important for him to concentrate on in the Legislature.

He will be in Healy from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Tri-Valley Community Center.

From 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, he will be at Cantwell School. He will tour the school the hour before.

He will visit Anderson residents from 2-4 p.m. Saturday in the Anderson City Council Chambers.

He invites everyone to come share their thoughts and concerns about energy, education, the pipeline, revenue sharing, oil taxes,or anything else you think he should know about.

Social justice

The Denali area is hosting Alaska’s performance for social justice.

A special concert is planned, by Homesteader Freestyle and The Short Haired Ginnys, at 7 p.m. Saturday in McKinley Village Community Center.

According to the press release, music has always been a powerful force for social justice. During the last week of September, Americans United for Separation of Church and State ( sponsors a nationwide weekend of musical events to celebrate, and defend, the vital principle of church-state separation.

House and club concerts are scheduled nationwide including in the Denali Borough.

Suggested donation is $10. Bring your own beverages and snacks.

Donate blood

A blood drive, through the Blood Bank of Alaska, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3, in Tri-Valley School’s multi-purpose room. For more information, call 456-5645.

Joshua Hockin

Longtime Anderson resident, teacher and coach Joshua Hockin, 37, will be remembered at a memorial service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks.

He died recently in a traffic accident in Fairbanks.

Hockin graduated from Anderson High School and earned a degree in elementary education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He student-taught in Cantwell and served as the basketball coach there and in Anderson, where he taught in the elementary school.

Most recently, he worked as a heavy equipment operator at Fort Knox Gold Mine.

A memorial fund has been established at Alaska USA, account No. 1713074.

Kris Capps is a freelance writer. Her column reporting Denali happenings appears weekly in the News-Miner. She can be reached at

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