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


Eight candidates nominated for five Talkeetna council seats

Eight candidates are running for five open seats on the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors.


The eight candidates are Joe McAneney, Chris Grabowski, Geri  McCann, Ed O’Connor, Ron Quillian, Christie Seay, Peg Voss, and Jeff Lebegue. None of the eight candidates currently sit on the Talkeetna Community Council board.


It is unusual for five seats to come open at once. The reason for the large number of available seats is due to two mid-term appointments to replace board members who resigned. According to Talkeetna Community Council bylaws, terms filled after a vacancy are up for grabs at the next election. One of the candidates, Chris Grabowski, currently holds a seat that was vacated by former board member Mark Moren.


Two board seats, currently held by Mary Farina and Paul Button, are not up for election this year.


The Talkeetna Community Council election will be held on the same day as the Mat-Su Borough’s election, October 4th.


Current TCCI board chair Whitney Wolff says each candidate provided a brief bio, which will be made publicly available.

Positions open at KTNA

Talkeetna Community Radio announces an opening for the position of General Manager. The General Manager is the executive position at the station, reporting to a community-elected Board of Directors and supervising a small staff  and a large group of volunteers.   For a complete job description, contact KTNA at  733-1700.  The position is open until filled.

KTNA also has an opening for the position of Development Coordinator.  This position is responsible for KTNA’s membership, underwriting, and special events.  This is a 4 days per week, 6 hours per day position. For a complete job description, contact KTNA at  733-1700.  Deadline to apply is September 23 at 5pm.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 8-4-2016, by Kathleen Fleming

Kathleen for StarDate


In this edition, Kathleen covers the activities of the moon,

the eclipse season

and ancient myths and assumptions about eclipses.





Talkeetna airport wood salvage opens to local residents


Katelin Walczyk and Matt Hiller at the public wood salvage for the Talkeetna airport project. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

As the Talkeetna State Airport project moves forward, the contract company, AHTNA has opened up the job site to offer locals an opportunity to heat their homes.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with several people on site.

After a rainy past few weeks, the sun has returned just in time for the local wood salvage at the Takeetna State Airport. Thousands of trees were downed for the airport expansion and AHTNA is offering locals access to the project for free firewood for a two week period. Hours of operation are  from 8 am – 6 pm, Monday thru Sunday, though closed September 4th and 5th in observance of Labor Day.  Read More »

Mat-Su Health Foundation names local man as Bert Hall Award winner

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Each year, the Mat-Su Health Foundation presents it’s Bert Hall, or “Bertie” award to an individual who the organization believes “exemplifies commitment to improving the health and wellness of Mat-Su residents.” This year’s recipient of the Bertie is Upper Valley resident Herman Thompson. Thompson spoke with KTNA’s Katie Writer about his efforts in community service.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–Nature’s Dance of Light and Sound, by Bill Was

Fall & the Kidz cropped

Growing up in the Midwest I saw all kinds of extreme meteorological conditions from ice storms to heat waves, blizzards to cold snaps and tornadoes to severe thunderstorms. Without question one of my favorite kinds of intense weather involves the aforementioned severe thunderstorms. Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living


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.

Recent thefts in Trapper Creek include two “Wounded Warrior” donation jars

The Alaska State Troopers are looking for information regarding multiple thefts in Trapper Creek. On August 5th, Troopers responded to a business after a report of burglary and theft of tools. Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters later identified the business as “Wal-Mike’s,” which is near Mile 115 of the Parks Highway. While at the scene, Troopers were told about other thefts in the area from July onward. One of the items stolen in an earlier theft was a jar with approximately $400 in it that Troopers were told was a donation jar for a charity supporting wounded soldiers.

On the morning of August 20th, Troopers were again called to Wal-Mike’s after another donation jar for wounded soldiers was stolen. This time, the jar is estimated to have contained approximately $300.

Megan Peters says there have been multiple thefts in the area in recent months. Troopers ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 745-3333 or Alaska State Trooper dispatch at 352-5401.

Su Valley Principal discusses new school year, school programs

Each year brings new faces to Su Valley Junior and Senior High School. This year, that includes Principal David Booth. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Booth about his outlook on the new school year.