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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

1987 Talkeetna RS

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 »

National Relaxation Day with Cameo Gore

This Tuesday is National Relaxation Day. With busy summer schedules, it’s often difficult to find time to relax and shed some of the stress that builds up. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with life and business coach Cameo Gore about ways to balance the demands of an Upper Valley summer with the need to take it easy sometimes.


More information can be found at Cameo Gore’s website.


Denali National Park, Susitna River Coalition, and Susitna Salmon Center host public celebrations

Denali National Park Ranger Roger Robinson tries his hand at the atlatl demonstration. Photo: Phillip Manning - KTNA

Denali National Park Ranger Roger Robinson tries his hand at the atlatl demonstration. Photo: Phillip Manning – KTNA

Correction:  This story has been updated to reflect the role of the Susitna River Coalition in organizing the Alaska Wild Salmon Day event.

Sunday saw celebrations that drew locals and visitors at both the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station and the Susitna Salmon Center.

At the ranger station, Monica Magari explains the day’s events.

“We’re celebrating Denali National Park’s 100th birthday, and the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station’s 20th birthday, so a variety of hands-on activities, music, birthday cake, and we kicked everything off with the river cleanup.”

Activities at the ranger station included an atlatl demonstration and various stations where children learned about the impressive qualities of some of Alaska’s wildlife. Kids tried to hold their breath as long as a beaver, run as fast as a caribou, and jump as high as a snowshoe hare. For their efforts, they were rewarded with a junior ranger badge. Read More »

StarDate Susitna 8-14-2017


More segments from past programs about the upcoming eclipse Monday August 21st. Kathleen talks about modern eclipse-chasing, as well as eclipses in past times, and their chasers. Eclipse shades and info sheets are still available at KTNA this week during office hours, while supplies last!

Ecology of Glacial Rivers: Side Channels

The fourth in a series from the Susitna Salmon Center: The Ecology of Glacial Rivers. This segment by Jeff Davis tells how side channels and side sloughs provide important salmon spawning and rearing habitat.

The balance between the amount and timing of high flows and sediment transported from glaciers results in a number of different kinds of habitats in glacial rivers. Previously, we compared the fast main channel that contains a large amount of suspended sediment and clear-water upland sloughs that develop in abandoned channels cut off from the mainstem. Other habitat types common in glacial rivers include side channels and side sloughs. These two habitat types differ in the amount of water they receive from the main channel compared to groundwater sources.

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