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


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

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. Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living-8-12-2016

KKehoe-Tips by KWriter

A  live 15-minute conversation about health and health news

from the Sunshine Community Health Center:

It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with in-studio guest Keith Kehoe,

Physician Assistant at the clinic.

On this program, Keith tells about the sometimes mysterious pattern of peoples’ reasons for visiting the clinic, reminds listeners that a change of seasons means differing levels or types of stress, and how one might deal with that. An approach to suspected giardiasis is discussed, and, after a couple weeks of rain, wild mushrooms are a topic. Also, a quick heads-up about the Clinic’s Color Run coming up August 31st.

Su Valley Voice for August 10th, 2016: Denali National Park and Preserve

On this week’s Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning spoke with Laura Wright and Michael Connolly from the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station about the National Park Service’s centennial and local events to celebrate it.  In the second half of the show, paleobotanist Cassie Knight joins the program to talk about recent dinosaur and ancient plant discoveries in Denali National Park and Preserve dating back 70 million years.

Fish and Game halts sockeye fishing on Larson Creek

As of Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing Larson Creek to sockeye salmon fishing. The ban will include the creek itself, as well as a quarter-mile radius of its confluence with the Talkeetna River.


Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey says the sockeye run is winding down, and the number of fish counted is well below the minimum escapement goal for the season. Just under 7,000 sockeye have been counted on Larson Creek, and the minimum escapement goal is 15,000. The escapement goal is the number of fish that biologists believe need to make it upstream to spawn in order to maintain a healthy future population.


Anglers on Larson Creek are not allowed to target sockeye salmon, and Fish and Game’s emergency order says that any that are caught unintentionally must be immediately released.

Talkeetna Airport Improvements Questions and Answers

This is from the Alaska DOT&PF:

Talkeetna Airport Q&A


Denali National Park road to fully reopen after July mudslide

A portion of Denali National Park and Preserve’s road is expected to open Tuesday after being closed by a mudslide for over a week.


According to park officials, a mudslide 100 feet wide and ten feet deep covered the road west of the Eielson Visitor Center on July 30th. Some park staff, guests, and workers were marooned for one night behind the mudslide, but were able to get out after crews cleared one lane on the 31st. After the road reopens, park officials urge motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians to cross the area with caution and to not linger in the area of the mudslide.


Last month’s mudslide came after near-record precipitation in the area. While rain is expected to continue, park managers are not alarmed by the amounts forecasted, according to Denali National Park spokeswoman Kathleen Kelly.


Park geologist Denny Capps says that melting permafrost and increasingly intense weather events mean that events like the July 30th mudslide could be more common.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 8-7-2016

Kathleen for StarDate

The best meteor shower of the summer is coming up,

and our nights are just barely dark enough now to see the brighter shooting stars…


New artwork installation completed at Talkeetna Library

New glass art installation at Talkeetna Public Library.  Photo:  Katie Writer - KTNA

New glass art installation at Talkeetna Public Library. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

Now one year into its operation, the Talkeetna Public Library recently added a new piece of artwork highlighting both local artists and familiar themes. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with one of the artists, Karen Mannix.


Mat-Su Adopts Commercial Marijuana Permit Requirements

Earlier this week, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly adopted regulations for permitting marijuana retail and cultivation operations.


On Tuesday, the Borough Assembly changed the proposed regulations that have been in the works for over half a year. Various versions of the proposed rules went through both the borough’s marijuana advisory committee and the borough planning commission.


One issue that had raised concerns amongst potential operators of cannabis operations was the imposition of setback requirements. Initial wording included setbacks that would require a buffer of 500 feet from all public parks and boat ramps. That went beyond the state’s requirements, and would render some areas, such as all of Downtown Talkeetna, ineligible for a borough marijuana permit.


The new wording maintains restrictions around schools, churches, and correctional facilities. In addition a 500-foot setback is required around “recreation or youth centers.” In the ordninance, those are defined as facilities specifically geared toward minors. It represents a narrower definition than the previous one, which excluded all public parks.


Additionally, the borough assembly removed the cap of 5,000 square feet for cultivation facilities that was in a previous version of the ordinance. The removal of that restriction came at the advice of the marijuana advisory committee. In arguing for the removal, Assembly Member Jim Sykes says that the existing setbacks, including the 100 foot buffer required from any lot lines, meant that the size restriction would not be necessary, especially for operations on large lots.


Aspects of the permit process that did not change include requirements for security measures and odor control.


For most areas, the permitting requirements are still contingent on a ballot issue on this October’s borough ballot. This year’s borough election will determine whether or not marijuana businesses of any kind are allowed in the unincorporated areas of the Valley. Thus far, only the City of Houston has opted to allow commercial marijuana. Wasilla and Palmer have both voted not to permit commercial sale or growing of cannabis.