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KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

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Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

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Posts from the 'Susitna Writer’s Voice' category

StarDate Susitna 10-15-2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Host and producer Kathleen Fleming informs listeners about the activities of La Luna, and what can be seen in the night sky above the Susitna Valley. Also, hear the interviews with two area residents, Will and Sally Peterson, who traveled to the path of totality for the eclipse this past August.

Path of totality2033

Surprisingly wide path of totality, March 30, 2033 Total Solar Eclipse. Nome (on centerline!): 2 minutes 30 seconds, maximum eclipse at 8:47 am AST (9:47 am ADT).

2033 eclipse-Fred Espenak IS Mr.Eclipse!

2033 eclipse-Fred Espenak IS Mr.Eclipse!

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Talkeetna Town”, by Kris Drumm, from Open to Entry, an Alaskan Adventure

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Kris Drumm, 1972 photo by Dennis Brown

Kris Drumm, 1972 photo by Dennis Brown


“Talkeetna Town” is an excerpt from Kris Drumm’s as-yet unpublished memoir “Open to Entry, An Alaskan Adventure”, her experiences as a woman homesteading north of Talkeetna in the 1970’s. The story is read by Sandra Loomis. Kris currently lives on Long Island with her son Judah Mahay and his wife Lorien in order to help raise their son Cedric.

(Originally aired October 2014)

What a beautiful fall, from bright yellow leaves on birch trees, red and orange underbrush carpeting the forest, we woke to drifting snow out the window. Autumn is here and gone in a mere two weeks.

Walking along the Alaska railroad that followed the Susitna River, snowflakes twirled around us in the slight morning breeze. At fifteen degrees, we kept a good pace to stave off the chill while heading into town for supplies and mail.

StarDate Susitna 10-1-2017

Monday, October 2, 2017
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Kristina Hunter (1st grade teacher at Talkeetna Elementary) and her family moved here from Casper Wyoming. Casper was an “early adopter” of Solar Eclipse “mania”. These photos were taken by a friend of the Hunter family, Talon McCormick of Casper WY.

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Host and producer Kathleen Fleming talks about what is coming up in the night sky over the Susitna Valley, and talks to Chris Mannix about his experience viewing the total eclipse of the sun from Corvallis, OR  in August.

StarDate Susitna 9-24-2017

Monday, September 25, 2017


Host, producer and interviewer Kathleen Fleming talks with two Talkeetna people who experienced August’s total solar eclipse Outside:  Jeremy Mangione and Lannie Hamilton. She also tells what’s coming up in the night sky this week.

StarDate Susitna 9-17-2017

Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunrise at Big Horn Medicine Wheel, Wyoming

Sunrise at Big Horn Medicine Wheel, Wyoming

It’s the Fall Equinox edition! Your questions answered here by host, writer, and producer Kathleen Fleming.

StarDate Susitna 9-10-17

Monday, September 11, 2017



In this episode of StarDate Susitna, Kathleen Fleming fills us in on what astronomical events we can look for in the September night sky.


StarDate Susitna 8-14-2017

Monday, August 14, 2017


More segments from past programs about the upcoming eclipse Monday August 21st. Kathleen talks about modern eclipse-chasing, as well as eclipses in past times, and their chasers. Eclipse shades and info sheets are still available at KTNA this week during office hours, while supplies last!

StarDate Susitna, 8-6-2017 by Kathleen Fleming

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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Great American Eclipse map

A brand new show about the upcoming Great American Eclipse on August 21st:  how eclipses happen, about the path of totality, (above) and if you aren’t going there, how to SAFELY observe the partial eclipse here in the Upper Susitna Valley with eclipse shades, or using other indirect methods of viewing the eclipse, using items like a colandar, (above) or a spatula, or the dappled light beneath trees, or the sun’s reflection off water. There will be eclipse viewing gatherings at the schools, and at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station. Hear the details of all this, and don’t forget about the Perseid meteor shower at the end of the week!

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 7-30-2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017



More audio paragraphs from previously aired StarDate programs. One of them describes the different phases of the total solar eclipse, which follows the path across the U.S. shown above. Southcentral Alaskans will see a partial eclipse.