KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

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KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

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Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

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Su Valley Voice for December 21st, 2016

This week on Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning and former KTNA General Manager Will Peterson shared holiday stories and took calls from listeners wishing to share holiday greetings.



Talkeetna Elementary School Students Spread Holiday Cheer to Upper Valley Seniors

Talkeetna Elementary students performing Christmas carols at the Upper Susitna Senior Center.  Photo:  Katie Writer

Talkeetna Elementary students performing Christmas carols at the Upper Susitna Senior Center. Photo: Katie Writer

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

The Upper Susitna Senior Center’s Tuesday lunch was sweetened this week by the Talkeetna Elementary School. The Student Leadership Council and the Kindergarten class sang Christmas carols that warmed the hearts of the seniors who gathered. When the students entered the room, they walked around and greeted the seniors by shaking hands and offering hugs to those they knew. Sometimes, there is no better way to ignite the holiday spirit than hearing young voices sing. Many of this years’ Winter Concert songs were shared, such as Hibernation, Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bell Rock.

The students passed around plates of fudge, brownies and christmas cookies. By the end, there were lots of full bellies and very few remaining chocolates. The Student Leadership Council members are learning important skills of embracing  the members of the community. The students then made another tour around the room making eye contact, shaking hands and warming the hearts of those who attended this lovely event.

Susitna Writer’s Voice – StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Flemming 12-19-2016


             Mid winter sun at Stonehenge

On this Susitna Writer’s Voice, Kathleem Flemming has a StarDate Susitna program about the winter solstice and other astronomical topics.

Su Valley Basketball Teams Begin Season With Home Wins

The Su Valley varsity basketball teams both started their season with home wins on Saturday.

Both the boys and girls teams won convincing victories over Tri-Valley. The Su Valley men won 62 to 43, and the women won 41 to 16.

The Rams have two more home games this week against Tok. On Wednesday, the girls varsity team plays at 5:00 p.m. and the boys play at 6:30. On Thursday, the girls play at noon, followed by the boys at 1:30.   Tok is also off to a strong start. Both the boys and girls varsity teams have two wins and no losses to start the season.







Su Valley Wrestler Marshall Pinard Wins State Title

Senior Marshall Pinard and Coach Bryan Kirby after Pinard's victory in the 285-pound weight class at the state wrestling tournament.  Photo courtesy: James Sickler

Senior Marshall Pinard and Coach Bryan Kirby after Pinard’s victory in the 285-pound weight class at the state wrestling tournament. Photo courtesy: James Sickler

The Susitna Valley Rams wrestling team had a strong showing at the state wrestling tournament, capped off by one wrestler coming home with a state championship.

Over the weekend, four Su Valley wrestlers competed in separate weight classes at the state championship tournament in Anchorage. Junior Aiden Jolley won his first match of the tournament by decision, but was defeated in the two subsequent matches in the 182-pound weight class.

Senior Cooper Stec had a strong showing in a pool of fifteen wrestlers in the 132-pound weight class. Stec won his first match before being defeated by eventual champion Hayden Lieb of Bethel. He won his way through the tournament’s lower bracket to finish in fifth place.

Freshman Dalton Pinard did not win a match in the 152-pound weight class, but Su Valley Athletic Director James Sickler says simply making it to the state tournament as a freshman is an impressive accomplishment.

Senior Marshall Pinard, who took home first place in the 285-pound weight class, capped off Su Valley’s tournament achievements. Pinard has been a regular at the state tournament in his high school career with multiple podium appearances. This time, he was able to handle all of the competition and take home first place. Pinard finished his senior season with a record of twenty-three wins and one loss according to TrackWrestling.com.



Tips for Healthy Living – December 16, 2016

KKehoeTipsbySKehoeIMG_0958This week, Sunshine Community Health Center provider Keith Kehoe discusses health issues and tips to boast your immune system during the holiday season.  Hosted by Holly Stinson, this 15 minute program will keep you in touch with your health….it’s Friday at 12:30 on KTNA.

Su Valley Rams Reflect on State Tournament Run

Assistant Coach Noelle Mischenko with All-Tournament Team Members Kiana Schorr, Ruby Matthews, and Gaby Faurot.  Photo:  Katie Writer

Assistant Coach Noelle Mischenko with All-Tournament Team Members Kiana Schorr, Ruby Matthews, and Gaby Faurot. Photo: Katie Writer

by: Katie Writer – KTNA

The Susitna Valley Women’s Volleyball team was undefeated going into the 2A State Championships this past weekend.

Not only did they finish third in the State Championships, several players received awards from their excellence on the court, and Head Coach Chad Valentine was named Borealis Conference Coach of the Year.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Assistant Coach, Noelle M Mischenko as well as the three players named to the State All Tournament Team; Kiana Schorr, Ruby Matthews, and Gaby Faurot.

Obituary for John Barrett

One-time bush resident on Peter’s Creek between Petersville and Trapper Creek, John Barrett died peacefully on December 12 in the care of his family and hospice.
Born in West Virginia and graduate of Kent-Meridian High School in Washington, John spent his time in both the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. During his life, he was a skilled carpenter, fisherman, hunter and trapper. He had an amazing memory, a head for math, and wry sense of humor as well as being very practical and pragmatic. To quote his grandchild, “he loved his family, fishing, and SpongeBob”.


He is survived by his three children—Diana, Ben and Adam—his grandchild Sebastian and three siblings—Joe, Chuck and Peggy—as well as numerous cousins. Anyone wishing to contact his children can e-mail them at PetersCreekJohn [at] Gmail [dot] com.

Borough Marijuana Permit Loophole Likely to Close Soon as Talkeetnans Take Sides

Correction:  A previous version of this story stated that Geri McCann and Beth Valentine both spoke at the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. board of directors meeting.  That is incorrect.  McCann did not speak at the TCCI meeting, but did speak at the Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting.  We apologize for the error.

A loophole in borough code that would allow marijuana businesses inside existing special land use districts will likely be closed in the next week, but the issue has spurred local critics of the cannabis industry to speak out more than two separate elections in as many years did. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has this report:

After the legalization of recreational marijuana in November of 2014, the State of Alaska set about making rules and regulations for the new industry. The initiative that made cannabis legal also allowed local governments to decide whether or not to allow commercial marijuana in their respective jurisdictions. In the Mat-Su, that came down to a ballot question on the October 2016 ballot that would have banned the cultivation and sale of marijuana in unincorporated areas of the borough. The ban effort failed borough-wide, and by nearly a two-to-one margin in Talkeetna.

Now, businesses hoping to operate in the Valley are moving forward with state and borough permit requirements. In the case of one business, however, a loophole in borough code has stirred up controversy that Talkeetna has not yet seen on the subject.

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