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


Local youth spend five days rafting the Chulitna with expert guidance

Participants in NSI's 2017 youth rafting trip with co-instructor Joe Page (center) Photo courtesy of Tia Shoemaker

Participants in NSI’s 2017 youth rafting trip with co-instructor Joe Page (center)
Photo courtesy of Tia Shoemaker

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Tia Shoemaker has been leading Summer youth camps for Northern Susitna Institute since 2008.  As the field adventure coordinator, she talks about some of the challenges and rewards of the job with KTNA’s Katie Writer. Recently, she and Joe Page supervised 10 teenagers as they led the way on a 5-day rafting adventure on the Chulitna River.

Talkeetna’s inaugural Pride celebration draws a crowd

Talkeetna's first Pride parade makes its way down Main Street.

Talkeetna’s first Pride parade makes its way down Main Street.

What began as an idea between to friends turned into a LGBTQ+ Pride event that drew hundreds of people on Sunday. KTNA’s Phillip Manning was there, and has this story:


Talkeetna’s first Pride parade brought in a larger crowd than expected this weekend, with an estimated 300 participants. As people gathered in the village park sporting colorful outfits, face paint, and rainbow flags, Daphne Doall LaChores, a drag queen and entertainer from Anchorage, took to the microphone. Read More »

Obituary for Ricky Ray Koch

Obit Photo Rick

This obituary was submitted by the family:

On June 18, 2017, Father’s Day, Ricky Ray Koch, age 60 lost his life in a motorcycle accident while riding with close friends on the Dalton Highway near Livengood, Alaska, out past Fairbanks. His friends tried to perform CPR on him but were unsuccessful.

A Funeral Mass will be held 29 June at 1:00 pm at Our Lady Of The Angels Catholic Church, 225 South Spruce Street, Kenai, AK followed by a Celebration Of Life at the Kenai Senior Center, 361 Senior Court, Kenai, AK starting at 5:30 PM.

For the Celebration Of Life attendees are invited to wear loud Hawaiian shirts, awful camouflaged shorts and/or mismatched prints in honor of Rick’s truly horrendous fashion sense.

Every July for the past 21 years Rick has organized the Glenn Koch Memorial 1 Pitch Softball Tournament in Talkeetna, Alaska. This year the tournament will be renamed the Glenn & Rick Koch Memorial 1 Pitch Tournament. The tournament will be held in Talkeetna, Alaska, 7-9 July, 2017. Saturday, 8 July, at noon-ish there will be an Opening Ceremony with a dedication to Rick. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Pam Rannals at 907-733-2355.

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Tips for Healthy Living 6-23-17


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 guests Keith Kehoe,

a Physician Assistant, and Diane Maythorne, a Nurse Practitioner, at Sunshine Community Health Center.

Today they talk about women’s health, procedures that were not available at the clinic before Diane’s arrival, Nexplanon, and urinary tract infections.

Kings are restricted, but fishing opportunities abound in the Northern Valley

Northern pike can be found in various parts of the Susitna drainage. Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

Northern pike can be found in various parts of the Susitna drainage. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Fishing in the summertime is not only a way to put fresh fish on the table, but is also a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors.

Although there are recent emergency orders on king fishing this weekend, there are many options for fishing in the Upper Susitna Valley.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Mat-Su Area Fish Management Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sam Ivey about recent emergency orders as well as where the fishing is hot.

Fish and Game places additional restrictions on Valley king fishing

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has placed restrictions on harvesting king salmon in the Deshka and Little Susitna rivers.

According to a statement accompanying the order, Fish and Game estimates the number of kings who will survive to reach their spawning grounds in the Deshka River at just under 14,000. The goal range for fish that reach their spawning ground, also known as escapement, is between 13,000 and 28,000.

Fish and Game says declining escapement and uncertainty of the timing of this year’s run prompted the additional restriction. Disallowing bait makes it more likely that additional kings will survive to lay and fertilize eggs.

As of Thursday, the number of kings counted by a fish weir on the Deshka is less than half the number counted by this time in 2016 and 2015, and just over half the number from 2014.

Numbers on the Little Susitna River are also lagging behind what they have been for the last three years. Beginning Saturday, Fish and Game is halting all king salmon fishing on the river with the exception of July 1st through 3rd and July 8th through 10th.   According to Fish and Game, the king run is holding in the lower section of the Little Susitna, and is susceptible to harvest. The weir for counting fish on the Little Su is upriver of where the fish are holding, meaning that the state doesn’t yet have a clear picture of run strength. The halt on king fishing is meant to allow time for biologists to make a better count of this year’s run before allowing further harvest.

More information on fishing regulations is available from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Thank You, KTNA Volunteers and Supporters!

Thank you for attending the KTNA picnic!  It was an incredible afternoon filled with food, friends, and live music.  Thank you to the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Cubby’s Marketplace, Northern Susitna Institute, and VFW #3836 for helping to support the picnic.

News from the Ranger Station 6-22-17

A sliver of moon appears over Mount Foraker as the midnight sun sets.  (NPS Photo/Dave Weber)

A sliver of moon appears over Mount Foraker as the midnight sun sets.  (NPS Photo/Dave Weber)

In this weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, host Mike Connolly interviews Mountain Ranger and District Medical Program Coordinator Dave Weber. They talk about the common medical problems encountered on Denali, how often they’re encountered, and sources for information on prevention.

Borough Assembly approves funding for Port Mac repairs

On Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly approved the transfer of over half-a-million dollars from existing funds to pay for repairs to the Port Mackenzie barge dock, although some expressed reservations about the port’s continuing costs. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.


With its vote on Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough assembly took money from funds dedicated to Port Mackenzie and the MV Susitna to pay for repairs to the port’s barge dock. The vote comes as the insurance claim for another repair of nearly $2 million to the port is under review. Borough Manager John Moosey says a payout from the insurance company for that repair is not a certainty.

“It’s not a sure thing that we’re going to get reimbursement on this claim. We are working towards it, but I think we have an uphill baddle, and I’d say that reimbursement from the insurance company is in doubt.”

Assembly Member Dan Mayfield, whose district includes Port Mackenzie, says he supports funding the repairs to protect the port as an asset to the borough. Read More »