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Writer’s Voice–Toyo Tantrums and Other Wake-up Calls, by Bill Was

Monday, November 17, 2014

Talkeetna blogger Bill Was writes about technology in our lives.

 

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Writer’s Voice–Getting to Know Each Other, by Grete Lewis Perkins

Monday, November 10, 2014

Grete Perkins and John Baker

This essay originally aired in 2002.

The author wrote many essays for the local paper,

and voiced them for KTNA listeners

as part of the Earth and Beyond program.

 

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We’re getting to know each other, the farm and I. John has been working on our new place for three and a half years, and it is just now, and finally home for both of us. We’re testing the waters, spreading our wings.

As I settle in, I feel like a hen or a robin, settling in to my nest. I’m all ears, all eyes. What will living down here on the farm have to teach me? What can I learn from this place? So many people have asked me, “Won’t you miss being in town? You’re such a people person.” (more…)

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Writer’s Voice –Honoring Salmon, by Robin Song

Monday, November 3, 2014

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It’s that somewhat peculiar time of year-the autumn glory is over, the birds have migrated south, and we’re waiting for snow. Freeze-up has begun, with frost now staying on the shadowed areas of grass all day, and thin ice is forming on the lakes and ponds. After the summer without them, the stars are back, sparkling in the lengthening night sky. Fresh snow has brightened-up the Alaska Range, and dusted all the other mountains. The colors of the forests are now the muted browns of bare limbs and dead leaves on the ground. The evergreens stand dark, waiting for snow to etch their limbs with white.

For me, the bright spot in this time of year is the Coho Salmon. Theirs is the last of the salmon runs in our area, and they choose the cold autumn waters for their spawning beds. There is one creek in particular to which I hike to watch the salmon each fall, and I was there in mid-October, happy to see that my heroes had returned at last. By the time I was able to make my first hike there, they had already spawned, but they were lively and the males still sparred with each other. Only a few had the white patches on their sleek bodies, indicating that their bodies were beginning to decay as they began their decline towards their life’s end.

sparring male salmonfemale Coho rests in a pool

The lake from which this creek drains was probably formed by a receding glacier, and at some point-long, long before humans came to this area-the salmon found this creek and began coming here to spawn. How and why they chose this particular creek is a mystery, but the rhythm was set in place and each fall the descendents of that first ancient salmon run return to this creek to continue this part of the genetic code for all salmon. They face many predators in their years in the ocean-when they arrive there they are small and it seems like everything wants to dine on them, even larger fish. Those who survive grow bigger, and wiser, and learn to avoid more predators and other challenges. When humans came on the scene, they added their own long list of challenges to the fish, from direct fishing to pollution. And when the salmon finally answer the urge to leave the sea and return to their freshwater natal homes, they face a fresh onslaught of predators and challenges, natural and human-made. (more…)

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Writer’s Voice–Blueberry Retrospective, by Maureen Chambrone

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Talkeetna resident Maureen Chambrone picks LOTS of blueberries on the lower Yukon in the summer, and then here in the fall.

While usually a pleasant pastime, it can become a bit of an obsession…

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I have picked blueberries every one of the 18 years I’ve been in Alaska to varying degrees of obsession. And every year I felt like a kid again, discovering blueberries for the very first time, seeing something so beautiful and delicious and hopefully abundant. Now it is late October and I’m still snacking on berries off the bush which causes me to reflect upon this past blueberry season, memorable for the sunny, bug free weather and one which may have been a personal record for me!

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Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Monday, October 20, 2014

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There’s a partial solar eclipse coming up this week!

On this week’s Writer’s Voice, Kathleen tells about how it happens,

and how to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a map of the 10-23-14 Partial Solar Eclipse path.  The lines with times (PDT) are for mid-eclipse, at maximum, the thinnest crescent sun visible at any location.  Find your location, add or subtract hours to convert Pacific Daylight Time to your time zone (-1 for ADT, +1 for MDT, etc), then extrapolate the mid-eclipse time at your location, and subtract about 1 hour 15 minutes to get the eclipse beginning time, and add 1 hour 15 minutes to find your location’s eclipse ending time.  (The deeper the eclipse the longer it will last, 2 1/2 hours for South Central Alaska at a little more than 60% of the Sun’s diameter covered by the Moon.)

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Writer’s Voice–“Bears Up Close”, by Robin Song

Monday, October 13, 2014

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Robin Song tells about her experience in Denali National Park when she is given a road lottery ticket.

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The first year I entered the Denali Park Road Lottery, I won. It was a memorable trip, but it was also many years ago and the last time I won, to date, though I’ve entered the Lottery several times since. I didn’t enter this year, for various reasons. Discouragement over not winning, year after year, is one.

Then, the “irony angel” smiled on me.   (more…)

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

Sunday, October 5, 2014
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.

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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.
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Writer’s Voice–Probability and the Angry Moose, by Bill Was

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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 Talkeetna resident Bill Was tells the story of a close encounter with a moose while out walking with his dogs.

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This was bound to eventually happen although I must admit until it actually transpired I still viewed it as an abstract event; one of those things people think about and reflect upon but somehow never actually expect to see it become reality.

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Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, September 21, 2014

 

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Kathleen Fleming talks about the Fall Equinox as well as the Total Lunar Eclipse coming in early October.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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