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–StarDate Susitna 4-9-2017, by Kathleen Fleming


Positions of the 4 visible planets during totality in the August 21, 2017 eclipse. Illustration by Eddie Irizarry using Stellarium.  This and other eclipse information is available on many different websites, including http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/august-21-2017-solar-eclipse-4-planets-bright-stars

Kathleen tells about the activities of the moon, the three different categories of twilight, Jupiter and its visible moons, and what to expect during a total solar eclipse. One correction: The full moon will be near Jupiter Monday night and Tuesday morning (not Wednesday night / morning).

Seasonal note:  There’s less than one week left with true darkness in the Susitna Valley, so Kathleen will be a much less frequent contributor to Susitna Writer’s Voice.

KTNA Spring Membership Drive April 9th-16th



Join KTNA for special programming during our Spring Membership Drive April 9th-16th.  Tune it at 88.9FM or online at ktna.org.

Our supporters help sustain KTNA and the services that we are able to provide to the Upper Susitna Valley and beyond.  Become a member or renew your membership today!  Call 733-1700 or CLICK HERE

Considering becoming a sustaining member.  It’s easy!  You won’t need to think about renewing every year and you remain in control and can change it anytime.  Even $8.89 per month adds up to provide a dependable ongoing source of funding for KTNA.  Each time you listen, you can be proud knowing that you help support local news, music shows, and national programming year around.  CLICK HERE or call 733-1700 to get more information on how to set up sustaining payments through Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union or Wells Fargo.

Special Programming

Friday, April 14th

9:00am – Classical Music brought to you by Trisha Costello & Guest

1:00pm – Patchwork Hour with Holly Stinson & Guest Grete Perkins

2:00pm – special Friday edition of Sounds of the South with Nancy Crowden

7:00pm – 2-hour edition of And Another Thing with special guest Jimmy Sandy

9:00pm – Randy Cummins and special guest Bill Was bring you Friday Night Classic Rock

Hear some of the reasons that people support KTNA.

Just a small reflection of what makes up KTNA!

Wildermuth Brings Home Jiu Jitsu State Championship

Ria Wildermuth (center) atop the podium at the Alaska State Jiu Jitsu Championship.  Photo courtesy of Pete Keenan

Ria Wildermuth (center) atop the podium at the Alaska State Jiu Jitsu Championship. Photo courtesy of Pete Keenan

Last weekend, a Talkeetna martial artist brought home a gold medal from the Alaska State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships.

Ria Wildermuth competed in the women’s adult division for the first time at age fifteen. Her instructor, Pete Keenan, says Wildermuth won her first match on points and advanced to the finals, where she won by an arm bar.

In addition to Ria Wildermuth, Branwen Keenan, Nick Sousa, Eilish Keenan, and Cooper Stec competed at the championships. While none of them advanced past the third round, Pete Keenan says everyone fought hard, adding that two team members competed while hurt, and two others had to make significant weight cuts to be eligible to compete.

Pete Keenan says Ria Wildermuth’s is the twenty-third gold medal won by Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts students in the last seven years at the state Jiu Jitsu championships.


Search and Rescue in Rural Mat-Su Results Discovery of Deceased Snowmachiner

On Tuesday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers found the body of a deceased Anchorage man near the confluence of the Yentna and Susitna Rivers.

According to Troopers, the remains of 66-year-old Dennis Maroney of Anchorage were found in the early afternoon, approximately two hours after he had been reported missing in the area of Deshka Landing. Maroney had let on Monday morning for his cabin near Skwentna, and was expected to return that same night. When he had not returned by around 11:00 am on Tuesday, he was reported missing.

Troopers found Maroney’s body after searching the area by helicopter. His remains were transported to Wasilla. No cause of death is currently listed, and the State Medical Examiner’s office has taken possession of Maroney’s remains to conduct an autopsy.

State Board Approves Talkeetna Marijuana Shop

On Wednesday, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board approved the license application for the Upper Valley’s first marijuana retail facility by a vote of three-to-two.

The application for The High Expedition received what one board member described as more opposition than any other license he had seen. That opposition came in the form of both letters and testimony over the phone to the Marijuana Control Board. Many of the concerns expressed by those in opposition are based on The High Expedition’s location on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna. Proximity to a borough-owned campground, the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, the Susitna River, and the Susitna Salmon Center were all mentioned in testimony to the board. Issues of marijuana’s federal status as a schedule one narcotic were also raised. Joe McAneney, one half of the partnership that owns The High Expedition, says his location is in compliance with all state-mandated setbacks.

Not all testimony was in opposition to The High Expedition’s license. Other license-holders and applicants as well as some Talkeetna area residents spoke in favor of the application. During the hearing, Joe McAneney told the board that neither the Talkeetna Community Council or the Mat-Su Borough Assembly had objected to the application.

Wednesday’s meeting was the final step in the process that involves a public hearing. Joe McAneney told KTNA in an earlier interview that there is at least one more administrative step that he estimates will be completed within two weeks, and he plans for The High Expedition to open its doors later this month.


Su-Valley Voice for April 5th, 2017: Choose Respect



This week on Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning spoke with Kirsten Strolle, behavioral health case manager, and Jayme Spires, behavioral health assistant, both from the Sunshine Community Health Center.  They discussed domestic violence and sexual assault, resources available to those in dangerous situations, and the upcoming Choose Respect march and Rally to be held April 15th.


Contact information discussed during the show includes various resources for those involved in a situation of domestic violence and/or sexual assault:

Jayme Spires, Behavioral Health Assistant : 733-9207

Kirsten Strolle, Case Manager : 733-9232

Sunshine Community Health Center : 733-2273

Stand Together Against Rape (STAR) Alaska

Alaska Family Services

Rep. Eastman Reflects on First Legislative Session Thus Far

Representative David Eastman is one of fifteen freshman legislators in Juneau this session. That session is now more than two months along. Representative Eastman spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning about his impressions and what he has learned about the reality of state government.


Upper Valley’s First Cannabis Retailer Nears Final State Hurdle

This week, the Marijuana Control Board will hear testimony and deliberate on the state license application for a marijuana retail store in Downtown Talkeetna. The owners are optimistic about the hearing, despite some organized opposition. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:



Last February, Joe McAneney addressed the Talkeetna Community Council and told them that he plans to open a marijuana store on Main Street. This week, the state’s Marijuana Control Board will decide whether or not his plans come to fruition.

McAneney and his business partners are optimistic that the board will approve their application, and that the store, The High Expedition, will open its doors soon.

Being allowed to open and having a full product line are two different things, however. Joe McAneney acknowledges that the supply chain for cannabis products is still in its early stages, which means getting stocked could take some time.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Talkeetna’s Brown Magpie”, by Robin Song

It was in December of 2016 that I first read about a sighting of an odd-colored magpie in downtown Talkeetna. It came over our Mat-Su Birder’s Group email and my curiosity was sparked. The bird was described as being colored brown in the areas where a normal magpie would be black, with crème and white in its wings and tail. While I was familiar with leucistic birds-partial albinos- I’d never heard of this kind of coloring. In partial albinos there are usually patches of white throughout the plumage.

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