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


Su Valley Voice for December 7th, 2016: Mat-Su EMS

This week on Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning spoke with Lisa Behrens, Mat-Su Borough Deputy Director for EMS, and Dr. Tom Check, Mat-Su Borough Medical Director, regarding emergency services’ role in the borough as a whole and the Upper Valley, as well as plans for the future.


Su Valley Volleyball Advances to State Tournament with Conference Win

The Su Valley Rams Volleyball team celebrates their first place finish in the Borealis Conference.  Photo Courtesy: Chad Valentine

The Su Valley Rams Volleyball team celebrates their first place finish in the Borealis Conference. Photo Courtesy: Chad Valentine

by: Katie Writer – KTNA

The Su Valley Rams Volleyball team is moving on to the state championship tournament later this week. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Head Coach Chad Valentine about the state of the team and their expectations for the last tournament of the season.


Awards received by members of the team include:

Borealis Conference Coach of the Year – Chad Valentine

All-Conference Team:

Ruby Matthews, Deborah Johnson

All-Academic Team:

Haley Loper, Deborah Johnson, Ruby Matthews, Gabby Faurot

All Tournament Team:

Kiana Schorr, Ruby Matthews, Deborah Johnson


Susitna Writer’s Voice – Paint The Sky With Stars by Bill Was

“Oh My God, it’s full of stars”… These were David Bowman’s last words as he moved toward the monolith orbiting Jupiter at the end of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic work – “2001: A Space Odyssey”. I loved this work, as well as many written by Mr. Clarke, and I’ve never forgotten that incredulous statement made by Dr. Bowman as he was being prepared to ‘enter’ the monolith. Flash forward to these past few weeks in south central Alaska and the amazingly clear nights we’ve experienced; living semi-rural I’ve been able to view the only recently returned dark night skies virtually every night across the past few weeks and they have been spectacular!

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Tips for Healthy Living – December 2, 2016

cici-schoenbergerA  live 15-minute conversation about health and health news from the Sunshine Community Health Center: It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with in-studio guest Cici Schoenberger, Behavioral Health Provider at the clinic.

This episode discusses the ups and downs of the holiday season.


Susitna Writer’s Voice – StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Flemming 11-27-16

Kathleen for StarDate

On this episode of StarDate Susitna,

Kathleen Fleming talks about seasons on Mars, the New Moon, a non-zodiac constellation and planets visible in the evening and morning skies.

Su Valley Girls Volleyball Undefeated Heading into Conference Tournament

Su Valley's Volleyball team. Photo: Colleen Love

Su Valley’s Volleyball team. Photo: Colleen Love

by Katie Writer

The members of Su Valley Girl’s Volleyball team are walking tall this week after maintaining their undefeated status of 14-0. Not only did playing on their home court  this past weekend fuel their competitive drive, Friday was Senior Night. Coach Chad Valentine shared a few moments speaking about the seniors who have been playing together since 6th grade. Seniors Ruby Matthews, Gaby Faurot, Deborah Johnston, and Niclole Colley were recognized for their excellence and given flowers. The team won every match of the weekend, defeating Nenana and Cook Inlet Academy.

The upcoming conference tournament is Dec.1st-3rd at Cook Inlet Academy where they need to finish  1st or 2nd in order to qualify for State Championships.  Read More »

DOT Engineer plans to reduce speed limit near Talkeetna library

The speed limit on the section of the Talkeetna Spur Road near the Talkeetna Public Library will be reduced, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Currently, the speed limit on the hill leading into Downtown Talkeetna is fifty-five miles per hour on the south side. It drops to forty-five near the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge at the crest of the hill, near a lookout where visitors often stop to take pictures of Denali.

DOT Traffic Engineer Scott Thomas says he plans to move forward with a plan to make the speed limit reduction take effect south of the library. According to Thomas, DOT prefers to minimize the amount of information motorists have to take in at once. He says having the speed limit change at the top of a hill is not ideal, since the sign may not be as visible. In addition, Thomas believes this particular hill adds the distraction of an often-spectacular mountain view.

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Tips for Healthy Living – Nov 18, 2016

A  live 15-minute conversation about health and wellness

from the Sunshine Community Health Center.

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

Shelis Jorgensen, Medical Director at the Sunshine Community Health Center.

This segment includes discussion of improvements in the clinic facility and new and future possible clinic partnerships.

Flu vaccination issues including availability are also discussed.

Susitna Writer’s Voice – Accommodating Aging by Bill Was

In a way I feel profoundly unqualified to write this piece, for although I am 63 years of age, I am continually discovering just how ill-prepared I am for my advancing years. In hindsight, I largely behaved as though I was ’18 and invincible’ until a foolish misstep on March 27, 2015 yielded a severely fractured left radius and ulna and forced me to recognize my own mortality. Thirty eight thousand dollars and some major orthopedic surgery later I began to learn just how unprepared I was for life as a sexagenarian.
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