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Give moose a wide berth

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

IMG_8306There has been a slightly above average amount of collisions with moose on the roads in the Upper Susitna Valley this March. The moose have to work harder for their food supply and they are quite vulnerable at this time of year.  Moving through the deeper snow is exhausting and they can be kind of cranky. Many moose are on the edge of their own survival.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Alaska Fish and Game Regional Management Coordinator, Todd Rinaldi about the importance of moose awareness and how to avoid undesirable contact on the roads and in your backyard.

Here is a link to the Alaska Fish and Game’s tips on driving in moose country: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=livewith.drivingmoosecountry

Talkeetna students prepare for K Bay field trip

Monday, March 6, 2017


Talkeetna Elementary School 4th and 5th graders and several local businesses are teaming up for a spaghetti feast to support their upcoming Kachemak Bay field trip. Their ocean studies curriculum for the past several months has primed them for an educational hands-on ocean experience. The field trip gives the Upper Susitna Valley students an opportunity to visit the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward. In addition, students will cross over the bay to Kachemak Bay State Park for three days of exploring tidal pools. The students are also learning about the food service industry as they prepare for Tuesday’s Spaghetti Dinner.

Iditarod Air Force complete their checklist for this year’s race

Monday, March 6, 2017


As the Iditarod dog mushers moved their teams from Anchorage to Fairbanks on Sunday, KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Bert Hanson, the Chief of Operations for the Iditarod Air Force. Good flying weather on Sunday enabled the Iditarod Air Force to be right on schedule for the Iditarod start on Monday morning. There are 22 planes in the Iditarod Air Force this year, and 72 mushers will be traveling the Northern Route from Fairbanks to Nome.


Rep. Eastman’s Resolution to Support Break-up of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Friday, March 3, 2017

RepEAStmanRepresentative David Eastman, whose district includes the Upper Valley, has sponsored a number of bills and resolutions in his first term in office.  Most recently, he sponsored House Joint Resolution 13, which supports the efforts by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan to break up the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  As Eastman explains to KTNA’s Phillip Manning, he believes the Ninth Circuit is simply too large to work efficiently.


House Joint Resolution 13 has been referred to the House State Affairs and Judiciary Committees.

Representative Eastman’s Bill would eliminate 1% for Art requirement

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Representative David Eastman is sponsoring a bill, House Bill 116, which would eliminate the state requirement that one percent of the budget for a new public facility must be spent on art.  Eastman says that, while he believes the program is a good idea, the state cannot afford it at the moment.  Representative Eastman spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning about the bill.

Representative Eastman’s bill has been referred to the House State Affairs and Finance Committees.


Stranded musher rescued in Denali National Park

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

On Tuesday rangers at Denali National Park and Preserve and Alaska State Troopers rescued a solo musher who was stranded in a developed area near the Toklat River due to recent heavy snowfall.

On Sunday, the Alaska Region Communications Center, which is headquartered in Denali, received notification from a local musher that Talkeetna musher Iris Vandenham had used a satellite device (SPOT) to request help to get out of the backcountry. Vandenham was on a planned six day solo mushing trip scheduled to end on February 27th. Vandenham had very limited one way outgoing communication.

Denali received nearly 23 inches of snow over the past week at the park headquarters, and established mushing trails have been covered in snow. Park staff used the GPS coordinates transmitted by the SPOT device to determine that Vandenham was staying in a temporary shelter used by back country and other staff.

Vandenham left the Stampede Trail on Feb. 21st, with approximately six days of supplies. She is an experienced musher and an established member of the Talkeetna community. Alaska State Troopers used an A-Star B-3 helicopter from Fairbanks to evacuate Vandenham and her six dogs from the temporary shelter. The Troopers airlifted Vandenham and her dogs to an air strip in Healy.

Trail is set for the 17th Annual Oosik Classic Ski Race

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


The 17th Annual Oosik Classic Ski Race already has 465 people registered for this years’ race to be held on March 18th. The fee goes up March 1st and then again the day of the race. Some years, the 750 cap is filled by this popular spring event. Being close to St. Patrick’s Day adds to this festive race where participants dress up in costumes that are sometimes contrary to sleek and aerodynamic. The Talkeetna Alaska Lodge will also be open to accommodate the large number of people who come to town for this fun weekend.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with trail-meister, Wade Hopkins about what skiers can expect of this year’s course.

Volunteers are always needed to help with aid stations on race day. There is a volunteer sign up form on the website. If you want to help with trail work, contact Wade at 315-3436.

Go to www.denalinordicskiclub.org for details.

KTNA honors volunteers Cari Sayre and Holly Stinson

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

KTNA volunteer Cari Sayre

At its recent annual membership meeting, Talkeetna Community Radio outgoing board member Cari Sayre received the Foundation Award for her years of volunteer contributions, in several capacities, to the organization.





Talkeetna Community Radio volunteer Holly Stinson received the Above and Beyond Award for her ongoing multi-faceted help at KTNA.

Parks Highway Crash Kills One, Injures Two Others

Monday, February 27, 2017

On Sunday night, a collision near Mile 150 of the Parks Highway left one dead and two hospitalized.


Alaska State Troopers say that 23-year-old Thomas O’Connor of Fairbanks was killed when his Subaru Impreza collided with a Dodge Dakota occupied by 28-year-old Roberta Cecil and 17-year-old Amy Sisk, both of Fairbanks.


O’Connor was pronounced dead at the scene, and Cecil and Sisk were transported by ambulance to a hospital. Troopers say weather conditions forced the use of ground vehicles to transport the injured.


O’Connor’s body has been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.