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–“Spring in the Bog”, by Robin Song

Sunday, June 26, 2016


A closer look at some of the inhabitants of area wetlands,

and some interesting relationships between them.


As winter changed into spring in the wetlands east of the house where I have been living just south of Willow, my excursions there with my two dogs grew more interesting. On the morning of April twenty-second, when I let the girls outside, I was surprised to find a pair of Lesser Sandhill Cranes standing at the edge of the forest in the large clearing just east of the house. They walked slowly through the long brown grass, exposed by the melted snow, unimpressed at being watched by two dogs, a human, and two cats. For the next few weeks I heard them calling out in the wetlands-sometimes flying, sometimes stationary. By mid-June they were apparently nesting, for they had grown quiet, not wanting to draw attention to their nest site. I’d occasionally hear them very late at night, calling from the same area. Cranes have been nesting in the wetlands for several years-perhaps decades before people moved into the area. I hope the wetlands remain their nesting territory for many more decades to come. (more…)

StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming-6-19-2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate


The Summer Solstice edition,

with lots of user-friendly info

about the cycles of movement of our planet and its moon

  around our sun…

and more!



Susitna Writer’s Voice–Three from the archives

Monday, June 13, 2016

Archived programs of Susitna Writer’s Voice were aired on 88.9 FM the past three weeks.

Click on the title of the program, if you’d like to hear / read it again:

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Building an Alaskan life: A decade to cherish, by Katie Writer

Susitna Writer’s Voice–The Run for Women, by Sondra Porter

Susitna Writer’s Voice–The Trapper Creek AMC Eagle, by Peter Mathiesen

Susitna Writer’s Voice–A Sense of Place: “I Am From…”, by Grete Perkins

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Grete Perkins and John Baker

When Grete attended a recent Quaker Retreat, participants were asked to write about “Where I’m From…” as an introduction.  From that, came this:


I am from a line of strong-willed women, who only have two names.

I am Grete, born to Sallie, who was born to Grete, who was born to Sallie.

I have a daughter who is Sallie, who has a daughter who is Grete.

We are six generations of women who land on our feet.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Changes”, by Bill Was

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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As I find myself just three months short of completing my third year in ‘The Last Frontier’ I cannot help but look back and marvel at all that has transpired across those thirty three months. Of course I knew there would be many trials and learnings when I set out from SE Michigan for Talkeetna but I also thought I’d pretty much planned for such challenges in the 18 months preceding the actual relocation. But, as is so often the case, I was surprised by the number and often the complexity of so many of the demands; in addition more than a few were totally unexpected.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Springtime Trip to Hatcher Pass, (Jessa’s First Trip)” by Robin Song

Sunday, May 8, 2016

the creek,April 2,2016With all the rain and ice making for a pretty dismal winter in Willow, I wanted to go see how spring was progressing in Hatcher Pass. I drove up April second, but not having four-wheel drive- when I got into slushy snow about a mile past the winter gate, I parked and switched to skis. My dogs-Lyra and Darby- were thrilled, but I soon found that the ice bridges across the creek had all collapsed and I couldn’t get out where I wanted to go. I had to pick my way along on top of the snow machine trail beside the road. That wasn’t much fun, and after about a mile and a half, I turned back. I decided to make the trip again later in the month.

Jessa,Lyra-& Darby,end of plowed rd


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

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

Events in the night sky for the whole month of May are covered, including three celestial objects visible to late night sky observers, an explanation of why May Day is the appropriate first day of summer, the moon’s location and resulting tides, Jupiter’s movement in the second week of May, the transit of Mercury, the full moon of May, and Mars at opposition.






Susitna Writer’s Voice–“The Cheapening of American Culture”, by Bill Was

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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An opinion piece by Talkeetna blogger Bill Was about the presidential campaign and polarized political culture, as portrayed by the mainstream media.


As this hellishly long election process grinds painfully to its conclusion I, for one, am both disgusted and exhausted by the process! Not only has it already been underway for more than a year but the overall atmosphere of the campaign continues to mine new levels of repugnance and revulsion. Civility is nowhere to be found nor is a substantive discussion of truly pertinent topics like the economy, terrorism, immigration and entitlement reform. Instead, the candidates of both parties would rather bait each other with abhorrent personal attacks. (more…)

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

Monday, April 18, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate



The night sky in April: Our full moon, the planets and stars that the moon visits this week, the Lyrid meteor shower, and the lack of true darkness already(!), and an explanation of the different categories of twilight.





Correction from Kathleen:  “Nature called at 4 am Monday morning.  The bright planets Saturn and Mars were the only objects visible through the twilight, about 10 degrees above the south south east horizon.  Contrary to what I said on this week’s StarDate Susitna, Saturn and, to its right, reddish Mars were easy to identify.”