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


Obituary for Herbert William Theodore

This obituary was submitted by the family:

We all look to the day when we can join our loved ones, for Herbert William Theodore, on May 8, 2017 at Mat-Su Regional Hospital, at the age of 85, the Lord took his hand and walked him through the Gates of Heaven to suffer no longer from the battles he had with cancer.
Settler’s Bay Community Church will open their doors at 1pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 for a viewing and memorial. Pastor Mike Sloane will officiate. Burial services will follow at Knik Cemetary (Mile 13 on KGB Road). A potlatch will be held after the burial. Read More »

News from the Talkeetna Ranger Station 5-18-2017

In this first weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, we hear about a couple of the challenges facing Peaks of Life, the two-person team which made the first successful summit of Denali for the 2017 climbing season.

Archaeologists plan dig in Talkeetna

Photo courtesy Talkeetna Historical Society

Photo courtesy Talkeetna Historical Society

This summer, long time resident Jonathan Durr is leading an archeological dig in an area between the Talkeetna Village Airstrip and the Susitna River. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Jonathan about the upcoming dig.


Su Valley Voice for May 17th, 2017: Randall Kowalke

This week on Su Valley Voice, Mat-Su Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning about issues before the assembly that impact the Northern Valley.  Topics included Kowalke’s support of Mayor Vern Halter’s line-item budget veto, the proposed sales tax to fund the Talkeetna Sewer and Water District, and the status of plans for a parking lot in or near Downtown Talkeetna.


DOT: Denali Highway open

Rainbow over the Denali Highway. Photo by Melissa Osborn, ADOT&PF

Rainbow over the Denali Highway. Photo by Melissa Osborn, ADOT&PF

The Denali Highway is now open to the public for the season, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation.

On Tuesday, DOT announced that the highway is opening after about a month of maintenance to remove snow, thaw culverts, and make repairs. While the Denali Highway is open, DOT says that some ongoing maintenance could occur, specifically bridge work near milepost 111.

The Department of Transportation recommends that anyone planning to travel the Denali Highway contact 5-1-1 for up-to-date information.

Borough Assembly to consider sales tax for Talkeetna Sewer and Water tonight

On Tuesday evening, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly will consider whether to put a three-percent sales tax within the Talkeetna Sewer and Water service area on the borough’s October ballot.

The sewer and water system has operated at a deficit for years, and has had to take out money from the borough’s revolving loan fund. In addition, the sewer lagoon was out of compliance for a significant period of time. While the testing numbers from the lagoon have improved in the last year, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is currently in closed-door talks with the borough about how to handle the violations. That could result in addition capital costs.

Both locals and borough officials have acknowledged that making the system solvent with the user fees of fewer than 200 customers is difficult, and perhaps unrealistic.

Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke has proposed the three-percent sales tax for the service area to cover the current fiscal gap and build capital funds. The idea of a sales tax saw approval from the Talkeetna Community Council, the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce, and the Talkeetna Sewer and Water Advisory Board.

The Assembly meets at 6:00 pm on Tuesday in Palmer. If the ordinance passes, residents living within the sewer and water district will have the final say on the sales tax on October 3rd.

Talkeetna Tako opens on Main Street

Tim Hennick (L) and John Wagley (R) in front of Talkeetna Tako.  Photo:  Katie Writer

Tim Hennick (L) and John Wagley (R) in front of Talkeetna Tako. Photo: Katie Writer

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

There are no shortages of good food to eat in Talkeetna and recently, new business owners John Wagley and Tim Hennick have added Talkeetna Tako for food choices. They are open Tuesday-Sunday from noon-10 pm or until the food runs out.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with John Wagley about their recent opening.

Talkeetna’s first marijuana retailer opens its doors


After more than a year of the state’s regulatory process, Talkeetna’s first marijuana retail store has opened its doors. KTNA’s Phillip Manning was there and has more.

Talkeetna’s first legal marijuana sale took place on Friday afternoon when The High Expedition opened its doors for the first time. Joe McAneney refers to this as a soft opening, since most of the people who were there either heard by word-of-mouth or happened by as people were waiting for the opening at “high noon,” Joe’s words. Read More »

Volunteers and one very driven staff member strive to keep the Northern Valley fed

LouAnne Carroll-Tysdal [L] and volunteer Holly Beard [R] load a hand-truck to bring food into the Upper Susitna Food Pantry.  Photo by Phillip Manning - KTNA

LouAnne Carroll-Tysdal [L] and volunteer Holly Beard [R] load a hand-truck to bring food into the Upper Susitna Food Pantry. Photo by Phillip Manning – KTNA

The Upper Susitna Food Pantry, with locations in Talkeetna and Trapper Creek, provides food assistance to hundreds of Susitna Valley residents. While many volunteers work together to help in that process, there is one person without whom the pantry could not function as it does. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spent a day with her, and has this story:


On a recent Friday morning, I met with LouAnne Carroll-Tysdal outside the Upper Susitna Food Pantry’s Talkeetna location. Within moments of meeting up, we were in her truck and on our way to the supermarket, Cubby’s Marketplace.

The trip to Cubby’s is part of LouAnne’s routine every Friday morning. This week, eggs and produce are on the list. On the way to the store, LouAnne told me that people sometimes just can’t buy produce. She said, “You know, they have to buy toilet paper, paper towels—and fresh fruits and vegetables just don’t hit their radar as often.”

This time of year, buying produce often means going to the store, but LouAnne has plans, and grant funding, to source produce from local farmers in the summer. Growing season is just starting, though, so off to Cubby’s it is.

After buying carrots and apples in addition to eggs, LouAnne checked the donation bin at the front of the store and got pretty excited to see butter, something she says the pantry doesn’t often get.

LouAnne collected the donated food, and we headed back to the pantry. Read More »