KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

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KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Posts from the 'Susitna Writer’s Voice' category

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Stories of Portugal, (part one), by Karon Jahn

Sunday, October 23, 2016


15,000 miles of travel in Europe without an itinerary

yielded many stories.

Here are some from a favorite country.

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Last February, I sat shivering in a taxi on a cold morning as the driver asked me “a donde quieres ir?” He’d thoughtfully spoken in Spanish, as that was the language I’d used when I slid, gratefully, into the warmth of his backseat. Thirty minutes earlier I’d jumped off the train, tote slung over my shoulder, and marched purposely through the small station in Evora Portugal. In my search for early morning coffee I’d barely noticed the exquisite blue-tile murals or the lone taxi. Failing my quest, I’d returned to the train station, the only constant in my 90 days of travel with no itinerary. Staring out the window, and for the first time in my life, I answered the question all taxi drivers ask stating: “I have absolutely no idea.” He smiled, and replied in perfect English: “I will drop you in front of the Tourist Information Center.”


Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

The night sky over the Susitna Valley:

its waning moon,

what to expect with this week’s Orionid meteors,

where to see the stars of the summer triangle, and more.




Susitna Writer’s Voice–Jessa’s First Canoe Trip, by Robin Song

Sunday, October 9, 2016



Jessa the banty hen had been part of my family for almost four months, and was doing splendidly with the dogs and my other birds, so I decided she was ready for her first canoe trip. She’d already been to Hatcher Pass twice with me and my two dogs-”Lyra” and “Darby”- and on several short hikes in the Talkeetna area. She had bonded nicely with us and I thought it was time to see how she’d do in a canoe, which requires a substantial amount of trust. You don’t want a hen panicking while out in a canoe with two dogs.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming 10-2-2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

A regular winter SWV program…about the night sky over the upper Susitna Valley. Hear about Mercury in the morning, Venus in the evening, the moon’s social agenda, more about next year’s total solar eclipse, and how this is the beginning of the new year, based on calendars from two worldwide cultures.







Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 9-18-2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

 Kathleen for StarDate

The September equinox,

the moon’s path through the winter stars,

Mercury in the morning, and more.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 8-4-2016, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate


In this edition, Kathleen covers the activities of the moon,

the eclipse season

and ancient myths and assumptions about eclipses.





Susitna Writer’s Voice–Nature’s Dance of Light and Sound, by Bill Was

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Growing up in the Midwest I saw all kinds of extreme meteorological conditions from ice storms to heat waves, blizzards to cold snaps and tornadoes to severe thunderstorms. Without question one of my favorite kinds of intense weather involves the aforementioned severe thunderstorms. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice: StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

The activities of La Luna, the returning stars in a darkening night sky, and more about next year’s total solar eclipse.






Note for the link below to the viewing map of the total solar eclipse for August of 2017:  Times listed are in Universal Time and must be corrected to get local times.  Example:  UT -8 = ADT





Earth’s counterclockwise orbit around the Sun means we are always moving toward the generalized position of the 3rd quarter Moon.




Susitna Writer’s Voice-A Summer Day in Hatcher Pass, by Robin Song

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Photos by Robin Song


Before I get into my story, I want to share a quick update on the two nests I observed last summer. The eagle nest in Wasilla, which raised a rare three offspring to fledge, did not use that same nest this year. When I went to observe it, I arrived in time to watch a confrontation between the male eagle and and a magpie. (more…)