KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

Photo by Deb Wessler

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KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Photo by James Trump

Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


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Talkeetna sewer lagoon out of compliance with permit in June

The Talkeetna wastewater lagoons tested out of compliance for fecal coliform bacteria in the month of June.

In a report filed with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Mat-Su Borough reports that the level of colony forming units of the bacteria tested at over 300. The daily maximum for the lagoon’s permit is forty units.

Talkeetna’s wastewater treatment facility has struggled with fecal coliform levels during the summer months for the last few years. Borough officials have met with ADEC in order to discuss the resolution of multiple violations of the lagoon’s permit. Those talks have not been made public, but the sewer and water system could face massive fines under the letter of the permit. Read More »

The good and bad of Alaskan bugs in 2017

Bugs of various shapes and sizes are part of life in Alaska, and it can be easy for them to escape notice. KTNA’s Phillip Manning recently spoke with an entomology expert about some recent trends in Alaskan arthropods.

Anecdotally, this year seems light on one of Alaska’s most prolific insects, the mosquito. Despite the fact that Alaska is home to nearly forty species of the insect, there just don’t seem to be as many around as in some years. To find out more, I spoke with Derek Sikes, Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Insect Curator at the Museum of the North. He says populations of various types of bugs can vary widely from year to year.

“The population cycles of some insects are really dramatic in Alaska. We sometimes get years with very little of seeing certain species, then huge outbreaks.” Read More »

Twin earthquakes felt in Susitna Valley Sunday evening

On Sunday night, two simultaneous earthquakes shook the Northern Susitna Valley. According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, a Magnitude 3.8 earthquake fifteen miles south of Talkeetna and a Magnitude 4.2 thirty-seven miles north of Skwentna in the foothills of the Alaska Range both occurred at 8:07 pm.


The earthquake in the Alaska Range was considerably deeper, with an epicenter thirty-two miles below the surface. The earthquake south of Talkeetna was much shallower, at a depth of four miles. Shaking was widely felt throughout the Talkeetna area, and no damage has been reported as a result of the twin earthquakes.



Stubbs The Cat passes away at twenty

Stubbs, often referred to as the "Mayor of Talkeetna." Stubbs passed away late last week. Photo courtesy of the Spone Family.

Stubbs, often referred to as the “Mayor of Talkeetna.” Stubbs passed away late last week. Photo courtesy of the Spone Family.

Stubbs the cat passed away in the overnight hours between Thursday and Friday, according to his owners.

For nearly two decades, Stubbs, so named due to his lack of a tail, was a regular sight for locals and visitors at Nagley’s General Store and the West Rib Pub and Grill. In that time, he went from being a store cat to receiving the title of “Mayor Stubbs.” Talkeetna is unincorporated and has no mayor, but the title stuck, and news of the feline mayor has made international news on multiple occasions. Read More »

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 7-23-2017


Partial solar eclipse in New Zealand in 2008. (Credit: Greg Hewgill)

More audio paragraphs from a previously aired StarDate Susitna (this one from June) about what to expect during the solar eclipse August 21st, whether you’ve made plans to travel to the path of totality, (thousands of miles of traffic jams?, food shortages?) or will be here in the upper Susitna Valley (where we’ll hope for clear skies that morning).

Photo is about what the Aug 21 eclipse will look like from the Upper Susitna Valley, but only through eclipse shades! Eclipse shades still available at KTNA.



The Ecology of Glacial Rivers: How fish have adapted to silty water

Longnose Sucker, photo by Annie Helmsworth

Longnose Sucker, photo by Annie Helmsworth

The second of a new series from the Susitna Salmon Center: The Ecology of Glacial Rivers. This segment, by Jeff Davis, describes how suspended sediment changes conditions in main channels of glacial rivers, and how fish have adapted to these changes.

The main channels of glacial rivers carry a large amount of fine sediment suspended in the water column during the summer months when runoff from glaciers is at its highest. This sediment gives glacial rivers their brown or turbid appearance. The amount of sediment can be reduced in glacial rivers that contain lakes, as some of sediment is deposited in the lakes.

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Tips for Healthy Living 7-21-17


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 guest Physician Assistant Keith Kehoe, from Sunshine Community Health Center.  They talk about seasonal ailments, including allergies and swimmer’s itch, and how to avoid and treat them.



Sen. Wilson will not run for Lt. Governor, says filing was accidental

Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, addresses his colleagues in the Senate on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, addresses his colleagues in the Senate on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Alaska Public Media and KTOO’s Andrew Kitchenman contributed to this report.

On Wednesday, State Senator David Wilson filed a letter of intent to run for lieutenant governor. Later the same day, he amended that filing, saying he is not running.

Wilson, a Wasilla Republican, said he made the filing accidentally, and does not intend to run for any statewide office in 2018. He declined to elaborate on how he accidentally filed to run for the state’s second highest office, and says he has no further comment on the issue. Wilson won his current seat in last year’s election after serving on the Wasilla City Council. Read More »

News from the Ranger Station 7-20-2017

Bear tracks in Denali National Park-NPS photo

Bear tracks in Denali National Park-NPS photo

In this weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, we hear mountaineers tell several stories of wildlife seen on glaciers in the Alaska Range. There will be more wildlife stories next week.