Chase Alaska is a sparsely populated community just north of Talkeetna.
The purpose of this site is to post relevant community news including the activities of the Chase Community Council, Chase Trail Supervisors, special sub-committees, trail conditions, web addresses that contain items of interest to residents and any other items deemed to be of interest to area residents and property owners.
The site is now growing with content being added regularly as such I have felt it may be useful to point out here areas with new content so as to direct website viewers to said new content.
Notes from Oct. 16th 2019 meeting
Well I didn’t attend the meeting so do not have much to type about, if you want more info you will have to check back after the minutes are posted which would be after the January election meeting. (The July minutes have been recently attached to the meeting page)
The community assistance grants deadline for application submission has been extended till November 16th; thusly the awarding of the grants will be at the next CCC board meeting in January.
There was some discussion about trails and the old trail drag plus the possible need to fix the crown on the Chase Trail.
The next meeting is our annual election meeting in January there are two board seats up for election. The election committee will be soliciting applicants to serve on the board for two year terms after the first of the year.
Well that is all anyone has told me about what went on at the meeting though I think it was well attended with one of our representative’s assistant and a local realtor attending but not having any particular agenda.
7-17-2019 Meeting notes
The July meeting was well attended all our board members were present. Items that were discussed were as follows.
There is going to be some work done on the clear creek trail in the near future. Fixes as deemed appropriate by our equipment operator will be implemented as far up the trail as our current grant money allows. It is possible that we may obtain more funds out of this year’s grant money to continue this work.
Two staffers for our state house and senate called in teleconference to inform us of the ongoing items faced by our state legislature such as the budget, vetoes of budget items, PFD amount and items that have passed through the legislative process. They also encouraged us to get in touch with them if we had any items that needed addressing or strong opinions on any legislative agenda items. 373-1842 for Eastman and 376-3370 for Showers
The Community Partnerships Subcommittee has been following the progress of the land leased by the RR to Nordlys LLC a company that plans to develop 8 acres of land next to the Talkeetna River to erect yurts to rent to the tourists. This land is adjacent to our only access trail and also land we use to cross the frozen Talkeetna River in the winter time to get loads that are too wide to fit across the bridge to our homes so is important to us as a community. The current rumor (not official) is that Nordlys has decided it is not a viable venture because of all the requirements that they would be required to meet.
The by-laws that were being revised are now the official ones and can be found on the by-law page.
Well that is about all I can think of check back latter for any further information when the official minutes are posted
4/17/2019- The weather and trail conditions for our April meeting was not the greatest as such it was sparsely attended but we did have a quorum.
Here are the items discussed
The borough sent a letter which stated that we have $15,739. available for community 2019 assistance grants. The board of directors voted unanimously to accept said grant funds.
The maintenance tractor was discussed it needs a new battery, fuel injectors and its back left tire repaired (probably a new tube). The funds for this can be taken out of the tractor maintenance grant. It was decided to train a couple of more individuals to run the tractor and allow the tractor to be used to help maintain other Chase area public trails.
The clear creek trail repair grant was discussed the work will need to be done at the beginning of the summer while the trail is relatively dry.
Our community partnership committee sent a letter stating our communities concerns regarding the recent RR lease to Nordlys LLC. Also several area residents also voiced their concerns. This lease will give Nordlys the rights to 8 acres of Talkeetna riverfront property and the right to construct 28 yurts and cut all trees less than 12” in diameter (approximately all the trees as most of the trees are still young trees). The area to be leased is adjacent to the only trail access for our community and also is an area we use in the winter to access the frozen Talkeetna River crossing that area residents use to transport items too wide to fit across the Talkeetna RR bridge walkway. At this time it appears that Nordly’s has been granted said lease.
The poor trail conditions were also discussed they are worse than the usual spring breakup trail conditions.
At a past meeting there was some discussion about buying an external hard drive to keep a permanent record of all Chase Community Council business. The approval of fund for an external hard drive were approved by our board of directors.
Notes from the January 16th 2019 meeting
The by-law revisions were approved by our board of directors and are now headed to the borough for final approval at which time they will be updated on our web-site. They can currently be found on the website as an attachment on the by-law page.
The community assistance grants funds were awarded they were as follows:
Talkeetna Library $500
KTNA Radio $500
Local Food Pantry $1,500
Elementary School Field Trip $250
Clear Creek Trail Improvement $10,039
Susitna River Coalition $3,000
It was also decided to form a new committee to better coordinate activities or developments that affect our community with entities like the Talkeetna Community Council, Talkeetna Business Association, Mat-Su Borough, AKRR etc.
The election results were Donnie Billington , Patricia Cox and James Tunnell were elected to the Board of Directors to serve 2 year terms. Jerry Boutte is the chairman, Orville James is the vice-chairman, Patricia Cox is the secretary, James Tunnell is the treasurer and Donnie Billington is a member at large.
Here is some of what happened at the Oct. 17th- 2018 CCC meeting
The question about the future of our Chase Trail head parking lot was solved. We got a letter from the borough stating that we would continue to be able to use the Talkeetna Chase Trailhead parking lot for the foreseeable future it also included some parking lot use stipulations. The letter can be found on the trails page as an attachment. It was brought up that it would be nice to get permission to obtain a sign stating that the parking lot be called the Chase Trail Head Parking lot and install it in the parking lot.
The Susitna River Dam committee said that there are still employees working on the dam project and that they were going to meet with them in the near future. They should have some news at the next meeting on the future of the project which never did actually get killed. Plus there is the Stand for Salmon initiative that is on this November’s ballot.
Ideas for community assistance grants were discussed. One was to get some hard-drives so as to keep better records from year to year of Chase business. Another was to get a 3-way blade for the tractor so as to be able to scrap some of the gravel from the sides of the trail back into the center. Plus maybe some funds for future council needs as this may be the last year of the grants.
The by-laws were discussed with ideas for changes that make the by-laws and the ways we conduct business align.
Our future borough assembly person attended the meeting Tam Boeve.
A nomination committee was formed. We will need 3 new board members, nominations are being solicited for the January election meeting.
Well that is about all I can remember check back latter for more information when the minutes are attached to the meeting page for further details.
Some of the items to be discussed are the Community Assistance Grants, the Talkeetna- Chase Parking lot, some possible by-law changes and local trails.
Updated 2018 community assistance grant forms have been added to the revenue sharing page in word.
July 2018 meeting notes
The July meeting held in the AKRR 232 gravel pit was well attended.
Items discussed were Stand for Salmon Resolution. The Chase Community Council was asked to sign a statement saying they supported the Stand for Salmon Resolution a vote was taken and members were unanimously in favor of supporting the initiative so a form letter was signed by our chairman stating the fact of our support.
The local cell phone service has lost its signal, the MTA cell phone tower is no longer online. I believe it is being repaired or upgraded and may at an unspecified future date be back in service. A booster can be purchased from Amazon to help increase the signal of our cell phones. James Tunnel has the information on this.
One of our board members who parks in our Talkeetna parking lot had his truck and trailer red tagged for towing. He called the borough and was informed that the borough may be going to try to discontinue selling us parking passes for said parking lot thusly remove us from the parking lot. We have been parking in this area for 40 plus years and it is the only viable alternative for residents and other property owners to park their vehicles to access our area trails. It was decided to write a letter to the borough to find out if there is in fact talk of our no longer being able to park in our parking lot and if so if they can legally pursue such action. The parking lot actually is owned by the RR and the Chase lots were legally sold with the RR being our access.
The culvert that James Tunnel, Donnie Billington and RJ Denny installed on the Clear Creek Trail finally had enough water to test its viability and it was discovered that it does indeed divert the water as was the original design.
One of our long term residents Ruth Marmor recently passed away she had been living with her daughter.
The conflict problem with pedestrian and ATV traffic on the Talkeetna RR Bridge walkway was discussed and it was decided to obtain some more signs informing the mostly tourist pedestrians that the RR bridge walk way is the ATV access for residents up the tracks.
The fat tire bike race held yearly in March was discussed. This year they made their trail on our existing trails did a poor job of grooming it and did not inform their contestants that the trail was in fact the chase residents trail and so they if anyone should be the individuals who should yield the right away to snow-machines. In future years the individuals laying out the bike race trail needs to be contacted and our concerns discussed.
The issue that trails past the 232 gravel pit cross private parcels and some of the trials are privately owned access trails neither of which are thusly public trails for all to use was discussed.
Also the fact that our trail system is advertised in numerous places as an access trail to the old RR depot at Curry was discussed. There is no access trail to Curry except the RR tracks and people who use trails that cross private property are trespassing. A letter to the ADN was sent to try to correct this fact.
April 2018 Meeting Notes
The meeting was well attended with 4 board members present and numerous residents.
Items discussed were the usual trail maintenance items. Also getting more local residents trained in the use of our trail maintenance tractor to share the duty of grooming the trails we all use. The tractor needs a new battery and it was decided by agreement from the board of directors to purchase a good industrial battery that would hold its charge during the winter months (the funds can come out of the tractor maintenance fund).
James Tunnell has done the necessary work to get our tax form in for our 501C-3 account. He has also been dealing with the borough to receive and distribute the funds for the 2017 community assistance grants.
Ideas were solicited for uses for the 2018 community assistance grant funds. Anything that benefits the local community will be considered there is $15,789. allotted for this year’s grants (2018).
By-law changes were discussed to better align our by-laws to address our current community needs. The changes will be formally typed up to be read and accepted or amended at the next meeting before they are sent to the borough employee responsible for such items.
From what I understand (don’t quote me I could be wrong) the Watana-Susitna Dam project no longer has any funds so is officially dead.
Well that is all I can remember check back later for the official minutes for any further details.
Notes from the January 17th 2018 meeting
The meeting was well attended all board members were present. Items discussed were as follows.
2017 revenue sharing grants funds were awarded
Nodwell Trail improvements were funded under two grants. $5,000 for gravel needed to repair parts of the north end of the trail and $2,000 for general Nodwell trail improvements and fixing drainage problems.
Susitna River Coalition’s will received $4650. For local information, public outreach, educate-inform and research long term protection of our main local river and local speakers and workshops.
Talkeetna Public Library’s grant was funded at $750.for tweens and teens programs
Food Bank’s grant was funded at $500. To purchase and transport food to the pantry site.
We were informed by the borough that we were eligible for a new grant program called community assistance. This year’s grant funds for local communities is $15,798. Our board of directors voted unanimously to accept the funds. Following the acceptance of the funds there were some discussions of possible grants that could benefit our area. All were associated with trail maintenance and ideas for our maintenance tractor.
Our updated Chase Comprehensive Plan is now passed all phases and is the current plan for our area the full plan can be found on the borough web site https://www.matsugov.us/plans?cck=plans&plan_type=Comprehensive+Plan&boxchecked=0&search=plans&task=search
The Susitna River Coalition has gotten the signatures they need to but their ballot initiative on the ballot it deals with responsible development. They are also checking into water reservation rights.
We did start to address some by-law changes but because of time restraint it was mainly tabled till the next meeting.
There was a person to be heard who was monitoring our meeting a Eugene H ? (not sure how to spell last name) he seems to mostly be interested in transparent and open government so things don’t get passed without going through a public process giving everyone a chance to have their opinion heard.
Our annual election was also held. James Tunnel and Mike Woods terms have ended and two new board members were elected Jerry Boutte and Orville (Ray) James. The new board officers are Jerry Boutte chairman, Jonathan Durr co-chairman and Josh Klauder secretary with Tim Cox and Ray James as members at large.
Well that is about all I can remember so check back at a later date for the official minutes with anything I might have missed.
10-18-2017 Chase Meeting Notes
The meeting was quite well attended for an outdoor 30 degree evening meeting. Four board members were present so a quorum was met.
The following are the items that were discussed that I remember.
The Chase Comprehensive Plan Update is finally in its final stages October 23rd it goes before the borough planning commission for acceptance and November 21st it goes before the borough assembly for final approval.
The Susitna River Coalition has been working on an initiative that will be on a future ballot that sets the approval requirements for large projects that affect Alaskan waters (basically protecting our salmon etc). They still need to collect 35000 signatures so please sign it if it is presented to you.
The borough has installed trail markers on the public trails that are located on their land and also installed markers identifying where the public trails end and private trail easements begin. Please respect the private easements as they are now legally owned by individuals.
The deadline for revenue sharing grants has passed. The Chase Board of Directors needs to review the grants applications that were submitted and decide which of the grants will get funded and by how much. The amount of this year’s revenue sharing grant funds is $12900. Grants were submitted by Upper Susitna Food Pantry, Friends of the Talkeetna Library, Susitna River Coalition, My House, Talkeetna Elementary School arts program, Talkeetna Community Schools, Talkeetna Playground Maintenance, and one for improvements to be made on our local Nodwell Trail. The total grant requests came to $80218. We have just $12,900 in funds so it was decided to further research the grant requests and have a special meeting at a future date to decide which of the grants to fund and by how much so check back later for the final results.
Our next meeting will be our annual election meeting so an election committee was formed. Also it was decided to look at our by-laws and see what might need to be updated. Anything highlighted for possible updating will be brought up before the Chase Community Council at the next quarterly meeting.
The fact that the state may have our Clear Creek Trail surveyed in the wrong location was brought up one of our chairmen was going to look into it.
There are some new bridges being built over streams on Clear Creek Trail, thank James Tunnell and RJ Denny for this work which was funded with one of the revenue sharing grants. Also thank Kevin Foster for the improvements on the Chase Trail from Talkeetna to 232 and Ray James for the new bridges on the Nodwell Trail in the Chase area both also were done with revenue sharing grants.
Check back later after the minutes have been submitted for further details.
7/19/2017 Meeting Notes.
I didn’t attend the meeting but here is what I have been told happened at the meeting.
Trail maintenance was brought up and it has been requested that folks ride on the sides of the trail to preserve the crown of the trail. (The crown makes it so water runs off the trail thusly preserving the quality of the trail)
The Chase Comprehensive Plan Update was approved and so goes to the next stage of the process getting approval by the borough planning board.
The Chase Parking lot proposed expansion is not going to happen the RR is going to enforce a 100’ set back on all new work done on the parking lot. The parking lot as is is grandfathered in so will not require the 100’ set back. So any rework of the parking lot would result in fewer parking spaces, as such there will be no change to the Chase Parking Lot.
The borough lands located in Chase now have their trail easements legally established and the private easements have or are in the process of being recorded. Borough employees are supposed to come up to our area this summer and install signage for the private easements.
The borough is having another round of revenue sharing in the amount of $12,900. These funds are available via a grant system for anything that benefits the local community. Anyone interested in applying for a grant can find the forms and instructions on our web site at www.chasealaska.org on the revenue sharing page under 2017 grant forms and instructions.
Information on the liability for the trail was sought and neither the Rail Road nor the borough claims to have any liability for our trail.
There are some new bridges being built over streams on Clear Creek Trail thank James Tunnell and RJ Denny for this work which was funded with one of the revenue sharing grants. Also thank Kevin Foster for the improvements on the Chase Trail from Talkeetna to 232 also done with a revenue sharing grant.
Notes from the April 2017 quarterly meeting.
The meeting was well attended all the board members were present and there was a lot of discussion on several local issues.
The proposed Chase parking expansion was discussed. No one seems to know exactly where that issue stands right now. It was decided to send another letter to interested parties conveying our stance and to try to find out what really is happening with the issue not just local rumors.
The acceptance of the revenue sharing funds was approved. We well be getting $12,900. that can be used to fund projects that benefit the local area. This is probably the last round of revenue sharing so anyone with something that they would like to see done can write a grant to get funding to accomplish the task (please note that the grant writer is responsible for the work that the grant funds, the council only provides the funds, the grant writer also must provide reports on the progress of the grant project). If you are interested see the grant page of this web-site for the forms and further information. Items that have been funded so far are stuff like trail improvements, bridges, the maintenance tractor etc.
The old trail grader that the commercial ATV business has been using to maintain the trail has worn out and they have submitted a bill for the repair work. I believe it is just for material. A council member has volunteered to look into this (possibly a grant could be written).
The permit to move heavy equipment to Stephan Lake was never used or possibly never even issued which was old business; there wasn’t any snow in the high areas it would have needed to cross.
We were asked via correspondence to write a letter of support for the Outstanding Natural Resources Waters (ONRW). It has to do with tier designation etc. and hopefully if accepted would help further protect the local rivers. It was decided to support ONRW and one of our co-chairmen has volunteered to write the asked for letter of support.
HB 199 was also discussed I think it has to do with permitting standards one can find out more about that on the state legislatures web site.
The update of the Comprehensive Plan was discussed and it is still a work in progress hopefully it will be done by the next meeting or even before, if before there will be a special meeting to address the acceptance of the update.
The borough representative responsible for the Nodwell area (borough land) trail easements has e-mailed and said that they should be complete by the end of the month. People involved with private easements should get paperwork to sign and notarized accepting the private easements.
Well that is all I can remember, check back latter for further information once the official minutes are posted.
The Chase Community Council Board of Directors held a special meeting to discuss the proposed parking lot expansion. See the parking lot comments attached to the bottom of this page for further details of what they discussed.
Parking Lot- I have been recently informed of a new parking lot plan that at least triples the size of the parking lot we use. (See the attachment Chase Trail Parking Lot 4 at the bottom of this page). I guess just the north side of the lot (no road access shown) would be for Chase residents (that is what the maps legend shows though I haven't talked to anyone at the borough about it). I also believe that they want to have this up and running before this summer’s tourist season so will be a rushed affair. Anyone with concerns or comments should get up with one of our board members listed at the bottom of the page or the borough. I have to admit I don't have all the facts on this so it would be a good idea to research it your self if it interests you.
Notes from the January 25 2017 Meeting:
This was our annual elections meeting and the Chase Council Board members that were elected are Jonathan Durr, Tim Cox and Josh Klauder. After the meeting was adjourned the board decided on their officers. James Tunnel and Mike Woods are co- chairmen and Josh Klauder is the secretary- treasurer with Jonathan Durr and Tim Cox as members.
Other matters addressed at the meeting were the updating of the Chase Comprehensive plan. At present the plan is just being updated with more current statistical data like a more recent census report etc. the original plan is being left as is (1993 version) in all other aspects. Currently the Comprehensive Plan subcommittee is in the process of getting some editing issues resolved with the borough employees responsible for our update. After these are resolved there will be a meeting with the borough employees assigned to us whereby our Chase Board of Directors will either accept the new plan or reject it. If it is accepted (which I think will be the case) then it will go before the borough planning board for its final acceptance.
The permit that has been requested to transport equipment in our northern council area by folks associated with Stephan Lake Lodge (that we are on record of opposing) has been I believe approved by DNR with the current stipulation of going by way of Gold Creek and also has a date by which the permit expires of March 30 (though that could be extended). A better map of the route that is to be taken has also been requested.
The current status of the trail easements located on the future Mat-Su Borough property is that the borough employee responsible for them has not finished his work and when he is finished he will be mailing his response to all the people who applied for trail easements.
The only other matter that I remember being addressed at the meeting is a possible update to our by-laws to better represent our small community’s interests; a committee was formed to start to look into anything that might fall into this category.
12/17/2016 The Chase Community Council board of Directors had a special meeting to finalize the awarding of the revenue sharing grant funds (they had been previously discussed at the Oct. meeting). Please see the revenue sharing page for which grant applications received funds and how much each grant received.
11-20-2016, I added the 2016 remote parking pass for the Talkeetna parking lot to the trails page. I believe that most of the parking passes are due toexpire at the end of December.
The Chase Community Council Address is
PO Box 205
Talkeetna, AK 99676
E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Current members of the Chase Community Council Board of Directors are (as of Feb. 2022)
MIke Woods, Chairman
John Murdock, Vice-Chairman
Patricia Cox, Secretary
James Tunnell, Treasurer
Donnie Billington, Member
New Web Site Address
We now have an easier to remember web site address. The old Google sites web site address still works and is the primary domain name. You can now access the Chase Community News Web site by either address. I hope this helps make it more user friendly.