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


Borough Mayor Asks for Advisory Vote on Commercial Marijuana

On Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly is scheduled to hear two resolutions offered by Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss regarding marijuana in the borough.

The first resolution asks the Assembly to approve seventeen alternate seats to the Mat-Su Borough Marijuana Advisory Committee.  The Assembly approved the creation of the committee earlier this year, and will vote on Mayor Devilbiss’ nominations for that board next week.  In comments at the last Borough Assembly meeting, the mayor said that response was so strong that he was contemplating asking for the alternate seats to be created.

The other resolution to be offered regarding marijuana would call for an advisory vote during the borough’s October elections.  If Mayor DeVilbiss’ request is approved, the ballot would ask Mat-Su voters outside of the incorporated cities whether the borough should prohibit the operation of marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, testing, and retail facilities in the unincorporated areas of the Mat-Su.

In his reasoning for the request, Mayor DeVilbiss says the ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana allows local governments to make some decisions regarding commercial activities involving the substance.  He also says that, overall, the unincorporated areas of the borough voted against legalization last November.  Both statements are accurate.  The unincorporated Mat-Su precincts in the Lower Valley nearly all voted against Proposition 2.  From Meadow Lakes north, the votes were slightly in favor of legalization of marijuana.

Since the two requests are in the form of resolutions, they are not subject to the same requirement for public hearing and advance notice that ordinances are.

Mark Wildermuth’s Iditarod Report 3-11-2015

Recorded live from the KTNA studio, 6 pm Wednesday. (Sorry, we missed recording the first part).

Classics for Kids–Pippi Longstocking #6

Cari Sayre finishes reading a children’s favorite, Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren.

Mark Wildermuth’s Iditarod Report 3-10-2015

Recorded live from the KTNA studio, 6 pm Tuesday.

House Finance Restores $1.5 Million in Funding for Public Broadcasting

On Tuesday, the Alaska House Finance Committee voted to restore most of the funding for public broadcasting that had previously been stripped out by a budget subcommittee.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

In a ten-to-one vote, the House Finance Committee voted to restore $1.5 million to public broadcasting across the state.  The vast majority of those funds, more than $1.3 million, are directed toward public radio. Read More »

No Injuries Reported in Upper Valley Aircraft Incident

On Sunday afternoon, a Piper Super Cub crashed on takeoff near Mile 95 of the Parks Highway.  State Troopers say the report of the incident came in around 4:30 pm.  The pilot, 46 year old Toby Ashley of Idaho, was preparing for takeoff when his plane hit a rut in the runway.  That caused the right wing of his plane to strike a berm.  The plane suffered significant damage, but Troopers say Ashley was uninjured.  The FAA and NTSB were notified of the incident.

Writer’s Voice–Yukon River Adventure, part 3, by Yukon Don Tanner

KTNA photo2

The riverboat float journey continues,

with missionary history of the Yukon River.

 Go to

Iditarod Releases Starting Order for Fairbanks Restart

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts on Monday (today) in Fairbanks.  On Thursday, the starting order was released for all 78 mushers.  Talkeetna musher Gerald Sousa will start 44th.  Willow mushers are spread throughout the field.  In the first half of the field, Matt Failor will start 15th, Justin Savidis 19th, Linwood Fiedler 27th, and DeeDee Jonrowe 29th.  In the second half of mushers, Willow has Lev Shvarts starting in 40th position, directly ahead of Lisbet Norris.  Defending champion Dallas Seavey will start 46th, directly ahead of Becca Moore.  Rick Casillo will start 52nd, and Scott Smith will be the last Willow-based musher to start with bib number 69.

The Iditarod restart is normally held in Willow on the Sunday after the ceremonial start in Anchorage, but poor conditions forced the race north to Fairbanks, where the race will begin on Monday.

Su-Valley Voice: Iditarod – The First Ten Years

Gang 2

Members of “The Old Iditarod Gang” L to R: Raine Hall, Tim Jones, Joe May Photo: Phillip Manning-KTNA

This week on Su-Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning was joined by three members of “The Old Iditarod Gang:” Joe May, Raine Hall, and Tim Jones.  They, along with many others, contributed to the new book Iditarod:  The First Ten Years.  The show included stories, information about the book, and discussion of the early days of the Iditarod.  More information on Iditarod: The First Ten Years is available at the book’s website.