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Coho salmon counts rise significantly on Little Susitna, Deshka

Daily counts for coho salmon on the Deshka River.  This year (red) compared to 2016 (black).  Photo via screengrab

Daily counts for coho salmon on the Deshka River. This year (red) compared to 2016 (black). Photo via screengrab

After a very slow start, the coho salmon runs on the Little Susitna and Deshka Rivers saw a significant uptick over the weekend.

Late last week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order eliminating the use of bait for coho, also known as silver, salmon on the Little Su. As of last Thursday, only about 700 fish had passed the counting weir. The sustainable goal for the Little Susitna is for at least 10,000 cohos to make it to their spawning grounds.   Fish and Game warned that additional restrictions could be in store for anglers unless the run improved. Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living 8-4-17

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A  live 15-minute conversation about health and wellness  from health care providers in our communities. Today’s tips for healthy living are for dogs!  Talkeetna veterinarian Jennifer Pironis joined host Holly Stinson in the KTNA studio to focus on the canine members of the family.  They talked about exercise, feeding, allergies, and swimmer’s itch.

 

 

The News from the Ranger Station 8-3-2017

Gray-crowned rosy finch, photo by Laura Wright

Gray-crowned rosy finch, photo by Laura Wright

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Am. Tree Sparrow with Tucker-NPS photo

Swallows on antenna at basecamp-NPS photo

Swallows on antenna at basecamp-NPS photo

Dark-eyed junco-NPS photo

Dark-eyed junco-NPS photo

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Yellow warbler at 14K ft with Joel-NPS photo

Rosy finches at cache, photo by Roger Robinson

Rosy finches at cache, photo by Roger Robinson

In this weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, we hear about birds which have, by choice or bad luck, found themselves on the glaciers of Denali National Park.

 

Local farmer shares egg-selent advice

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Talkeetna’s Derek MacDonald has a considerable chicken operation that produces forty to fifty dozen of eggs that he distributes weekly to local businesses and residents.

KTNA’s Katie Writer recently spoke with Mr. MacDonald, who raises chickens for both meat and eggs, about some tips on raising chickens year round in Alaska.

 

Mat-Su Borough Assembly indefinitely postpones sales tax proposal

After hearing from more than forty people in a packed chamber, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly has indefinitely postponed an ordinance to place a two-percent sales tax before borough voters. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.

 

 

The sales tax proposal before the borough assembly on Tuesday came from a request by the Mat-Su Borough School Board. With continuing uncertainty around state funding, and with flat funding from the borough, the district hopes to use a sales tax to boost education funding in the Mat-Su. The assembly ultimately voted six-to-one to postpone the ordinance indefinitely.

Tim Walters, President of the Mat-Su Education Association, spoke in favor of a new revenue stream for local schools. He says continuing the status quo will lead to larger and larger class sizes. Read More »

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 7-30-2017

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More audio paragraphs from previously aired StarDate programs. One of them describes the different phases of the total solar eclipse, which follows the path across the U.S. shown above. Southcentral Alaskans will see a partial eclipse.

The Ecology of Glacial Rivers: Upland or backwater sloughs

upland slough, photo credit Susitna Salmon Center

Upland slough, photo credit Susitna Salmon Center

The third of a new series from the Susitna Salmon Center: The Ecology of Glacial Rivers. This segment by Jeff Davis, and voiced by Katie Kierczynski, describes how suspended sediment changes conditions in main channels of glacial rivers, and how fish have adapted to these changes.

Upland sloughs occur along the margins of glacial rivers and have physical conditions that are very different from the main channel. Upland sloughs develop as the main channel moves across the floodplain abandoning the old channel. Over time, the upstream end of the abandoned channel becomes vegetated and the slough becomes isolated from the mainstem. Read More »

Mat-Su Anglers Corner for Friday July 28, 2017

A rare Little Sustina River coho salmon caught earlier this week. Photo courtesy of Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

A rare Little Sustina River coho salmon caught earlier this week. Photo courtesy of Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Note:  This story comes to us through a content sharing agreement between KTNA and Wick Communications.  Wick owns the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Anchorage Press, and Talkeetna Press, and additional local papers in Southcentral Alaska.

by:  Andy Couch –  Frontiersman.com

Where Have Mat-Su’s Salmon Gone?

More than 30 years ago, when I worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), department sportfish biologists would say the last week of July was the peak week for the coho salmon sport fishery on the Little Susitna River downstream from the lower river public access site.  The only thing remarkable about the fishing on Tuesday July 25 was how salmon – empty the lower Little Susitna River appeared.   When I arrived at the Little Susitna River Public Use Facility to run an afternoon charter the fee booth attendant commented that few boaters had returned from morning fishing and few people had been reporting catching coho salmon.

My charter guests were interested in harvesting salmon, so we  headed downriver and fished for coho (silver) salmon.  As we worked our way from spot to spot down the river, we encountered other boat groups fishing their way back toward the landing.  During the trip I communicated with 5 other boaters that I know.   2 raised their hands and shrugged to say, “Where are the fish?”    2 groups (including another guide boat) had caught 1 coho salmon, and another boat with 4 people reported catching 2.   I suppose my guests were fortunate to land 3 small coho salmon and a small pink salmon,  although it was extremely discouraging for peak of the season fishing.  Especially considering that during the trip we saw hardly any salmon surfacing. Read More »

Easton: Troubadour-in-residence

It’s Tim Easton’s 17th straight summer in Alaska, and he’s staying 24 days, hitchhiking, more or less, and making new friends everywhere he goes. Courtesy photo

It’s Tim Easton’s 17th straight summer in Alaska, and he’s staying 24 days, hitchhiking, more or less, and making new friends everywhere he goes.
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Note:  Tim Easton will perform this week in Talkeetna, including at Live at Five in the Village Park on July 28th.  This story comes to us through a content sharing agreement between KTNA and Wick Communications.  Wick owns the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Anchorage Press, and Talkeetna Press, and additional local papers in Southcentral Alaska.

by:  Matt Hickman – Talkeetna Press

As Nashville recording artist Tim Easton burst through the sliding doors of Ted Stevens International Airport, the music festival portion of the great Alaskan summer unofficially kicked off.

Visiting more consistently and staying longer than possibly any other national act, it’s probably safe to call Easton Alaska’s Troubadour-in-residence. For this, his 17th straight summer up here, he’s staying 24 days, hitchhiking, more or less, and making new friends everywhere he goes. This year he’s adding a ‘Campfire Propaganda Songwriter Camp’ for four days in Talkeetna to the mix, just to give back a little. Read More »