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Troopers receive distress signal from Red Salmon Lake on Monday

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Update:  The party with the activated beacon has been contacted, and they say they did not activate the ‘S-O-S.’

The Alaska State Troopers have contacted two men in the Talkeetna area after receiving a distress signal from their GPS device.

On Monday afternoon, the Alaska State Troopers were notified of an ‘S-O-S’ signal from a GPS locator on Red Salmon Lake, near Talkeetna.  No information as to the nature of the emergency signal was available, Troopers say.  A helicopter was dispatched to investigate, but had to turn around due to poor weather.

On Tuesday, the Rescue Coordination Center was able to reach the location by helicopter shortly after noon and contacted Theodore and Kyle Miller of Wasilla.  The Millers were flown to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center where they spoke to the Troopers.  The Millers say they did not activate the ‘S-O-S’, and did not know how it had happened.  They were preparing to hike out when the signal was sent, and had no medical needs.

Talkeetna resident Rob Holt passes away at 56

Thursday, February 19, 2015
"Moose Skull" by Rob Holt

“Moose Skull” by Rob Holt

Talkeetna resident Rob Holt, age 56, passed away on Wednesday morning.  According to the Alaska State Troopers, Holt called 911 reporting a medical problem and collapsed while EMS was on-scene.  CPR was initiated, but Holt could not be revived.  Next of kin and the state medical examiner’s office were notified.

Rob Holt was a retired hunting guide as well as an artist.  He was the featured artist for the KTNA art auction in 2006, and his works can be found in galleries around the Talkeetna area.

According to Rob Holt’s son, Elias, a celebration of life will be held on Sunday afternoon at Northern Susitna Institute.

Classics for Kids–Pippi Longstocking #3

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Cari Sayre continues reading from a children’s favorite, Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren.

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KTNA’s annual membership meeting is this Sunday

Monday, February 16, 2015

Talkeetna Community Radio will hold its annual membership meeting this coming Sunday, February 22nd, at the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe. KTNA members begin gathering at 4:30 for a social hour, and the meeting begins at 5:30.

All members and prospective members are welcome to come and meet staff and board members, and find out what’s going on at KTNA. Ballots will be counted for seats on the board of directors. You may mail your ballots in, drop them off at the station by 3 pm Friday, or bring them to the annual meeting on the 22nd and hand them in by 5:30.  There will be a KTNA Board of Directors meeting immediately following the membership meeting for organizational purposes.

Su-Valley Rams take 2nd, 3rd in Crowley Classic

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Girls TipoffFor more pictures from the 2015 Crowley Classic, check out our Facebook Page.

While it was not a repeat of last year’s triumph, the Su-Valley Rams both finished in the top three in the 2015 Crowley Classic Basketball Tournament over the weekend.  The Dawson Matthewsboys team lost their first game on Thursday to Sand Point, but won their second against Tanana.  The girls won both of their pool games, and were placed in the championship game on Saturday.

The Su-Valley girls faced off in the final match against the Nenana Lady Lynx.  The Rams trailed by two at the end of the first half.  In the third quarter, Nenana began to open a bigger lead, which Su-Valley was never able to erase.  The Lady Lynx won the final game 29-23, and claimed first place in this year’s Crowley Classic.  Su-Valley captain Sarena Drover had a major impact in the game with eight total rebounds and seven steals.  Ellie Bietsch led the Rams in scoring with eight points. The Su-Valley girls ended the tournament in second place.

Later on Saturday, the Su-Valley boys tipped off against the Ninilchik Wolverines in what would prove to a close, high-scoring game.  At the half, the Su-Valley Rams trailed 31-27.  They then outscored Ninilchik by nine in the third, and a fourth-quarter rally by the Wolverines fell just short.  The Rams shot forty-five percent from the field on the way to a 57-55 victory, and third-place honors.  Su-Valley captain Dawson Matthews dominated the stat sheet, leading the team in points, rebounds, and steals.  Tyran Waterhouse also came up big for Su-Valley, scoring fourteen points and bringing down seven rebounds.Sarena



MSBSD holds budget open house at Su-Valley

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Mat-Su Borough School District has released its preliminary budget for the fiscal year ending next summer.  On Thursday, school officials were at Su-Valley Junior and Senior High School to present the budget and answer questions.

According to the preliminary budget, the school district could be entering a period of structural deficit.  That deficit projection begins at $6.4 million for the 2016 fiscal year, and grows to $10.6 million by 2019 using the current budget assumptions. (more…)

Decadent Dessert Auction – One Last Chance

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thanks to all the bakers who have donated their time, ingredients and talents this week to help support KTNA and the Upper Susitna Food Pantry.

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We would like to thank Margie Waite, Lori Chesney & The Talkeetna Roadhouse, , Ruth Wood, Sue Deyoe, Cathy Teich, Glenda Walker, Hannah Kaplan, Gonzo & Twister Creek, Willow Gardee, Anita Golton & the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe, Jill Wright, AJ Sullivan, Maureen Gualtieri and Agnes Krzyzanowski.

Oreo, Chocolate Chip, Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Syrup Cheese Cake

by Gonzo and Twister Creek Restaurant

Auction Time: 12:30 -1pm


Crowley Classic: First round results for Su-Valley

Friday, February 13, 2015
Ruby Matthews tips off for Su-Valley in the Crowley Classic

Ruby Matthews tips off for Su-Valley in the Crowley Classic Photo:  Phillip Manning/KTNA

Last night, the Su-Valley Rams played their first games of the 2015 Crowley Classic Basketball Tournament.

The girls team played first, with tip-off at 6:00 pm against the Aniak Halfbreeds.  Su-Valley fell behind in the first quarter, but a thirteen point effort in the second gave Ellie Layupthem a lead that they would carry through the rest of the game.  At the final buzzer, the Rams claimed a 40-23 victory. Su-Valley scoring was led by Ellie Bietsch, who made seven baskets from the field, including a trio of three-pointers.

Later, the Su-Valley boys faced off against the Sand Point Eagles.  The Rams ended the first half with a two point lead.  After the intermission, though, the Eagles came on strong, outscoring Su-Valley by five in the third quarter and by three points in the fourth quarter. The final score was Sand Point 46, Su-Valley 40. Sand Point was led by Colton Mack, who hit seven from the field for a total of nineteen points.  Dawson Matthews led scoring for Su-Valley with thirteen.

The Rams play again tonight.  The girls game begins at 6:30, and the boys tip off at 8:00.


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Mushers, business owners react to 2015 Iditarod changes

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This year’s Iditarod restart will be in Fairbanks for only the second time in the race’s forty-three year history.  Poor trail conditions prompted the move, and many some mushers are happy with the change.  For businesses in the Susitna Valley, however, there will be a significant economic impact.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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The changing of the Iditarod restart location to Fairbanks has some mushers excited.  Four-time race winner Jeff King told KUAC’s Emily Schwing that he’s looking forward to the new route.

“I’m personally thrilled.  Not because of any other reason than I love a new trail, and I love going to new places, so I’m looking forward to some variation.”

The decision to move the start of the race came after Iditarod Trail Committee board members observed very poor conditions on parts of the traditional trail. Talkeetna musher Jerry Sousa says that some sections, like the Dalzell Gorge, are rough even under favorable conditions.

“In a good year, the trail is bad. So, if they say it’s bad and snowmobiles can’t get through there, I certainly don’t want to risk my team mushing through a bad section of trail like that.” (more…)

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