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–StarDate Susitna 4-9-2017, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Positions of the 4 visible planets during totality in the August 21, 2017 eclipse. Illustration by Eddie Irizarry using Stellarium.  This and other eclipse information is available on many different websites, including http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/august-21-2017-solar-eclipse-4-planets-bright-stars

Kathleen tells about the activities of the moon, the three different categories of twilight, Jupiter and its visible moons, and what to expect during a total solar eclipse. One correction: The full moon will be near Jupiter Monday night and Tuesday morning (not Wednesday night / morning).

Seasonal note:  There’s less than one week left with true darkness in the Susitna Valley, so Kathleen will be a much less frequent contributor to Susitna Writer’s Voice.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Talkeetna’s Brown Magpie”, by Robin Song

Sunday, April 2, 2017

It was in December of 2016 that I first read about a sighting of an odd-colored magpie in downtown Talkeetna. It came over our Mat-Su Birder’s Group email and my curiosity was sparked. The bird was described as being colored brown in the areas where a normal magpie would be black, with crème and white in its wings and tail. While I was familiar with leucistic birds-partial albinos- I’d never heard of this kind of coloring. In partial albinos there are usually patches of white throughout the plumage.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–Ski Trails, by Katie Writer

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Living year round in Talkeetna, Alaska has provided a lot of days of snow underfoot.
We walk back and forth from the house to the parking area on a snowy trail for a good six months of the year. We pack the snow with a snow machine and groomer. The trails around our yard not only connect us to the shop, sauna and various out buildings and firewood storage, they connect to other trails that lead to the Talkeetna Ridge Trail.  Keeping these trails maintained has been a joy with our kids getting rides, taking naps on our laps when they were young and eventually being towed on skis behind the snow machine with fits of glee.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 3-20-2017, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kathleen for StarDate


The Spring Equinox edition, with info about the moon, sun, visible stars and planets!

Earth’s seasonal tilt illustrations


Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 2-26-2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Kathleen for StarDate

Host Kathleen Fleming has lots to say about the upcoming activities of the moon and planets against the sun and background of stars, the young moon challenge, three crescents in one week, more about the big eclipse event this coming August, and even more…






StarDate Susitna 2-12-17

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kathleen for StarDate

Host Kathleen Fleming brings our attention to the waning moon, four planets currently visible, the bright winter stars, and the two solar eclipses this year.

Here’s a link to a site showing the phases of Venus







Susitna Writer’s Voice – StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming 1-29-17

Monday, January 30, 2017

For Susitna Writers Voice, Kathleen Fleming brings us a Star Date Susitna edition about the Moon returning to the evening sky, Venus and Mars getting closer, Jupiter in the mornings, and more astronomical info.  Susitna Writer Voice airs on Sunday at 6pm after the announcements and on Monday at 12:30pm.

Susitna Writer’s Voice – “The Real Winner” by Ruth Moore

Monday, January 16, 2017

The sun glinted off the compacted snow, causing me to squint my eyes to narrow slits. It was mid-January, and the eager gathering of people was heading in a single, definite direction.

I could feel the cold steel through my heavy-duty jeans and long johns as the crowd pushed me against the frost-covered chain link fence. I leaned over the icy cold wire and strained to see the reason for the crowd’s excitement. The pressing spectators shouted and screamed as though gladiators had been turned loose on the strip of snow-packed trail no wider than four feet.

A sudden hush fell over the crowd. Excited barking of dogs could be heard in the distance.


Susitna Writers Voice – The Friendliest Nuthatches, by Robin Song

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

After fetching male NH out of Jetta.jpg Sweetie & Robin.jpg

It began in October, when I put suet out for the many birds populating the forest around the cabin. Some were migratory species, some were birds which would be spending the winter. I noticed a family of Red-Breasted Nuthatches-two parents and five offspring. They were very active and noisy, beeping and chattering, as only Nuthatches can do.