KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by Dora Miller

KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by James Trump

Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Denali National Park Celebrates Centennial With 2017 Winterfest

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Katherine Belcher about the family fun festivities at this year’s Winterfest as well as the early opening of the visitors center. There will be free camping at the Riley Creek Campground. More information is available from the trails office at 683-6419.

Meeting on Downtown Talkeetna Parking Lot Draws a Crowd

Earlier this month, the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors heard a proposal from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for expanded parking in Downtown Talkeetna. Under the proposal, the borough would receive land from the Alaska Railroad to build the lot. The parcel also contains land along the Talkeetna riverfront. The expanded parking would begin where the current Chase lot sits, and would extend north along the railroad tracks. The plan would provide for more than thirty parking spaces for Downtown employees and a new lot for Chase residents capable of handling trucks with trailers.

The Talkeetna Community Council chose to create a committee to consider the plan and take input from the community. The committee met on Wednesday evening, and over twenty people from the Chase and Talkeetna communities attended. At its last meeting, the Chase Community Council voted to write a letter in opposition to the current plan.

Most of those who spoke acknowledge the strained nature of parking downtown during the busy summer season. Despite that, a significant majority present had reservations about going forward with the proposal.

Some of the concerns shared at Wednesday’s meeting have to do with the amount of tree clearing that would be required under the current version of the plan. A significant portion of the trail leading from the current Chase parking lot toward the railroad bridge would be cleared. Some expressed concern that this would diminish the rural feel of Talkeetna that helps draw visitors.


Objections also came up as a result of the perceived short time window in which the proposal could be accepted. Robert Sheldon, who has been in contact with both state and borough officials regarding the plan, says that the Alaska Railroad is currently under pressure from the State of Alaska, and is making efforts to cooperate with communities. He believes there is a limited amount of time the railroad is willing to wait for an answer, and says that they are not likely to go forward with the transfer of property to the Mat-Su Borough without a plan in place.


The current plan, while it borrows from previous planning documents created by the Talkeetna community, does not follow those original ideas exactly. While discussion was occasionally heated at the Wednesday meeting, those who wished to speak were able to, and potential compromises were discussed. It’s unclear what the ultimate fate of the proposal will be, but there is a good chance it will be on the Talkeetna Community Council’s agenda for March 6th.

Su Valley Voice for February 21st, 2017: Jessica Stevens Community Foundation

This week on Su Valley Voice, KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Chris Mannix and Will Peterson from the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation board of directors about the foundation’s work and what may be in store for the future.

Winter Business: Talkeetna Sundog Kennel

Gerald Sousa with a client at Sun Dog Kennel.  Photo Courtesy: Kathleen Holden

Gerald Sousa with a client at Sun Dog Kennel. Photo Courtesy: Kathleen Holden

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Dog mushing has been an important part of Talkeetna’s history. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Gerry Sousa and Kathleen Holden of Talkeetna Sundog Kennel about trail musing habitat, dog tours and the joy of being out on the runners.

Gerry is a veteran Iditarod competitor and has completed 11 out of 13 Iditarods. Although Gerry is not racing this year, he and Kathleen are still focused of raising and training dogs for future Iditarods and keeping the history of the Alaska sled dog alive.

Michael Vaughan Remembrance

Recently, KTNA learned of the passing of Michael Vaughan.  Vaughan played a vital role in getting KTNA on the air, and served as the in-house engineer for many years.  To honor his memory, KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with some of the people who worked alongside Michael Vaughan during his time at the station.



Su Valley Takes Two Second Place Finishes in Crowley Classic

The Su Valley Rams boys and girls teams both finished this weekend’s Crowley Classic tournament in second place.

The tournament began on Thursday with both Su Valley teams facing off against Tri-Valley. Both the boys and girls teams put up convincing victories, with the girls winning by twenty-one, and the boys winning by eighteen.

On Friday, the Rams took on Chevak and came out with two more impressive victories. The boys won their game by nineteen points, and the girls posted an even more one-sided victory, winning by thirty-one. Read More »

Troopers Warn of Phone Scam

This week, the Alaska State Troopers say they received a report of an unknown person or persons calling Alaskans and impersonating troopers. The caller tells the person that there is a warrant for his or her arrest, and that bail can be paid directly to the caller. AST says its officers never ask for payment over the phone.


A similar phone-scamming tactic was also used throughout the state last year. No arrests have been made in the latest round of scam calls.

Crowley Classic Underway


The 2017 Crowley Classic basketball tournament has begun at Susitna Valley High School. Teams participating this year include Nikolaevsk, Chevak, Unalaska, Tri-Valley, Wasilla Lake, Nenana, and Su Valley.


Yesterday, both the boys and girls teams won their opening games against Tri-Valley. Tonight, the Su Valley girls play at 6:30 p.m., and the boys play at 8:00 p.m. against Chevak.


Whether the Rams win tonight will determine if they play for the championship tomorrow.

Tips for Healthy Living–2-17-2017

Diane Ziegner

A  live 15-minute conversation about health and wellness

from health care providers in our communities.

It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with today’s in-studio guest

Diane Ziegner, a registered yoga therapist in Talkeetna.



Diane tells a little about her background and philosophy in yoga, and touches on the benefits of yoga as a holistic activity (it benefits the mind and the body). She emphasizes that there are different styles, schools and traditions of yoga practice, and encourages beginners to sample different classes and instructors to find the right fit.