KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by Dora Miller

KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by James Trump

Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Flooding Update: Talkeetna River remains below flood stage

Heavy rain over the last few days has led to rising waterways and some flooding. As of Tuesday, as much as three inches of rain fell in parts of the Upper Valley. That precipitation turned to a wintry mix by Tuesday afternoon.


The rainfall caused creeks and rivers to swell. Willow Creek and Montana Creek at the Parks Highway reached minor flood stage by Tuesday afternoon. According to the Mat-Su Borough, Burrows Road in Willow has water running across it, and motorists are being told to avoid the area. Kenny Boulevard in Willow is reportedly eroding into Willow Creek. In the Talkeetna area, water from Montana Creek is flowing on both sides of the road from Montana Creek. A photo on the borough’s Facebook page shows high water around Kalispell Road, but the road has not flooded as of Tuesday afternoon.


The Talkeetna River remains in “action stage,” which is one step below minor flood stage, at the railroad bridge. Upstream, the river is below action stage. All area streams are currently forecast to crest sometime Wednesday. The Talkeetna River is not projected to reach flood stage.


The Mat-Su Borough has set up and emergency operation center in response to the flooding. The borough has also set up a number to call for flood information. For information, area residents can call 861-8328.

Blood Drive at KTNA October 24 th

Blood Fall drive

                                                                            Saturday October 24, 2015 

Call today  733-1700 or email aj.ktna.org  to donate blood

Winter weather and flood advisories issued for Susitna Valley

Currently, a number of Upper Valley waterways are under a flood advisory from the National Weather Service. According to the advisory, more than an inch of rain has fallen in under 24 hours in streams draining from the Talkeetna Mountains, and more heavy rainfall is expected. The flood advisory extends until 3:30 am on Wednesday.


Most area waterways are forecast to crest on Tuesday, according to the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center. As of Tuesday morning, Montana Creek and Willow Creek at the Parks Highway reached minor flood stage. The Talkeetna River is currently at ‘action stage,’ the step below flooding.


In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Snow accumulation is forecast at six to ten inches, with the most accumulation at higher elevations.


KTNA will continue to monitor the situation, and will provide updates if circumstances change.

Troopers ask for help locating missing Wasilla man


The Alaska State Troopers are asking for help locating 46-year-old Daniel Buckwalter of Wasilla. Troopers say Buckwalter was reported missing on August 4th. His vehicle was located in Meadow Lakes on August 12th. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation believes Buckwalter disappeared under “suspicious circumstances.”

Buckwalter is described as six feet, one inch tall, and weighs two hundred pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes, and a scar on his left cheek. A photo of Buckwalter is posted to KTNA.org. Troopers ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

Upper Valley rivers to crest near flood stage on Tuesday

With rain forecast to continue early this week, some Upper Valley waterways will begin to approach flood stage, but no flooding is currently predicted.

Most area waterways are forecast to crest on Tuesday, according to the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center. Willow Creek and Montana Creek at the Parks Highway, and the Talkeetna River at the railroad bridge are predicted to reach “Near Flood Stage.” Currently, no Upper Valley rivers are forecast to reach flood stage.

KTNA will continue to monitor the situation, and will provide updates if circumstances change.

Su-Valley soccer posts three wins over the weekend


Over the weekend, the Su-Valley coed soccer team won its final home games of the season against Lumen Christi and Birchwood.

On Friday, the Rams’ junior varsity and varsity both faced off against Lumen Christi on a cold, wet afternoon. The JV won 4-1, with goals by Cooper Stec, Kai Kingery, and two goals by Aiden Jolley.

The varsity game remained scoreless until after halftime. Lumen Christi took the lead with a goal a few minutes into the second half, which was shortly answered by junior Marshall Pinard. Lumen Christi then tallied a second goal, which was equaled with a penalty kick from Jack Startbuck. Starbuck also scored the game-winner with less than ten minutes left to play. The Rams held off the Lumen Christi offense and claimed a 3-2 victory.

Saturday’s match against Birchwood was a more one-sided affair, with the Rams taking a 5-0 victory.

Su-Valley will hit the road later this week to take part in the state tournament in Healy. Pictures of Friday’s games are posted at the KTNA Facebook page.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“View from the Kitchen Window”, by Grete Perkins

Grete Perkins and John Baker

A look at the change of the season in September 2004,

after a summer a lot like the past one.

Tips for Healthy Living

A  live conversation about health and health news from the Sunshine Community Health Center: It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with this Friday’s in-studio guest Keith Kehoe, Physician’s Assistant at the clinic. Today’s topic: Head lice!  How you get them, how you don’t, how to deal with them.

Grassroots meeting looks at challenges, options for Talkeetna

Last Saturday, more than twenty Talkeetnans met with a facilitator to discuss issues and solutions facing the area. Sheldon Air Service sponsored the meeting, which was held at the Talkeetna library. That sponsorship included bringing in Dennis McMillian, a consultant and former CEO of the Foraker Group.

Initially, the meeting was billed as an opportunity to discuss bus traffic and other related issues. As the date approached, however, the scope expanded to include sewer and water, emergency services, and the Mat-Su Borough’s bed tax.

Attendees were given a white paper, prepared by Holly Sheldon-Lee, which outlined some of the concerns and potential solutions. One of those potential solutions, the creation of a new borough, spurred a great deal of discussion early in the meeting. Some of the meeting’s attendees feel that the Upper Valley does not get the attention from the borough government in Palmer that it needs, and that a new borough, from the northern edge of Willow north to the boundary of the Denali Borough, would better provide for area residents.

Dennis McMillian and some meeting attendees suggested that the creation of a new borough could be explored, but that there might be intermediate steps to address concerns. McMillian suggests that issues such as bus traffic in and near downtown could be helped if local residents come up with a workable solution in concert with the tour companies that operate those buses.

The result of the meeting was a list of issues to be explored. According to Holly Sheldon-Lee the list includes bed tax, sewer and water, bus and RV traffic, emergency response, flood mitigation, and the option of a new borough. Some of the issues are already being addressed by existing entities. For example, the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce is working on some traffic issues, and the Talkeetna Community Council is corresponding with the borough on sewer and water issues, since the sewer and water advisory board is currently defunct.

No follow-up meeting was scheduled, but it is likely that the issues raised at Saturday’s meeting will continue to be a topic of discussion for various community councils and other entities.