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


Rams host last home volleyball game of the season tonight

The Su-Valley Rams volleyball team will play its last home match of the season against Holy Rosary tonight. The Rams have had a successful season so far, with an overall record of 20 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw. In conference play, Su-Valley improved to 9-0 with a one-sided win against Unalaska last week.


Tonight is also senior night for the volleyball team, which recognizes seniors on the squad for their play over the last four years.


After tonight, the Rams will travel to Cordova for a tournament this weekend, and the conference tournament will take place next week at Lumen Christi.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Lessons from a Nest”, by Robin Song


This story does not have a “…and they lived happily ever after” ending. It’s more in the vein of “harsh reality”, so please be forewarned. I want to tell the story because of what I learned from the birds involved. I wish to honor their amazing dedication and tenacity in the face of overwhelming challenges.

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Pressure cooker moose ribs

Moose ribs fresh out of the pressure cooker.  Photo: Katie Writer

Moose ribs fresh out of the pressure cooker. Photo: Katie Writer

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Do you need to make some room in your freezer? Do you have some moose ribs taking up a lot of space? Worry not, because KTNA’s Katie Writer has a simple way to free up valuable freezer space and make a tasty meal at the same time.

Moose Ribs in the pressure cooker by Katie Writer


After fall harvest, freezer space can be a limited commodity. Why not cook those moose ribs to make some room in your freezer for your favorite quart of ice-cream? Moose ribs in a pressure cooker is my favorite way to a gourmet meal made in one pot. I referenced the ‘Presto Pressure Cooker’ Short Ribs of Beef recipe while making a few alterations. (Moose instead of Beef).   Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living

A  live conversation about health and health news from the Sunshine Community Health Center. It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with this Friday’s in-studio guest Keith Kehoe, Physician’s Assistant at the clinic. Today’s topics: The highest-risk activity we do every day just got more dangerous, the expansion of staff at the clinics, Keith answers the question: What are All-Staff Training Days, anyway? Also, flu shot terminology:  HD, tetravalent, and trivalent: what they mean and who should get which vaccine.

Su Valley Voice for November 4th, 2015: Domestic Violence

This week on Su-Valley Voice, KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Cici Schoenberger and Kirsten Strolle of the Sunshine Community Health Center about domestic violence awareness, prevention, and intervention.

To contact Sunshine Clinic Staff regarding an intimate partner or sexual violence concern, call 733-2273.  Alaska Family Services also maintains a 24 hour line at 866-746-4080.

Resignation leaves opening on Talkeetna Community Council board

Correction:  Mary Farina was also seated on Monday after retaining her seat in October’s election.

At Monday night’s Talkeetna Community Council board of directors meeting, one new member was seated, one incumbent was seated again, and one resigned. Paul Button and Mary Farina were seated on the board at the beginning of Monday’s meeting. Outgoing board member Katie Writer thanked Button for stepping up and praised the efforts of her fellow board members. Writer opted not to run for a second term on the TCCI board earlier this year.

The board is not at its full complement of seven members, however. Board chair Whitney Wolff told attendees that board member Iris Vandenham has resigned. Wolff says that the resignation email arrived shortly before Monday’s meeting. Vandenham was out of town and did not attend Monday’s meeting.

According to the resignation letter, which Whitney Wolff read aloud, Iris Vandenham’s resignation is due to her citizenship status. Vandenham is not an American citizen, but is a legal resident. The Talkeetna Community Council allows any adult who lives within the council boundaries to serve on the board of directors. The Mat-Su Borough, however, requires that community council members be eligible to vote in the State of Alaska. Only U.S. citizens are allowed to register to vote in Alaska.

Vandenham’s letter, as well as other current and past board members expressed concern that legal permanent residents are not only prohibited from serving on the board of directors, but are also not technically members of the community council at all.

The vacancy will be filled by a vote of the remaining members of the board of directors. Nominations are being taken, and a vote will take place at next month’s meeting.

Body found in Willow Creek identified

The Alaska State Troopers have identified a body found in Willow Creek as that of 22-year-old Macklin Stevenson of Anchorage. Troopers say the report of a body came in around 10:30 on Sunday morning. Stevenson’s body was recovered near mile 39 of Willow-Fishhook Road and taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says that Stevenson appears to have succumbed to the elements. Next of kin has been notified, and the troopers say foul play is not suspected.

Su-Valley Volleyball remains undefeated in conference play

The Su-Valley Rams volleyball team continued its winning ways last week.


On Thursday, Su-Valley traveled to Wasilla Lakes, where they defeated the home team, also called the Rams, three sets to none. Junior Gabby Faurot was named the player of the match by coach Chad Valentine. Faurot had seven aces and a perfect hitting percentage in the match.


On Halloween, Su-Valley played two home matches. In non-conference action, the Rams defeated Tri-Valley, holding the visiting team to fewer than ten points per set.  Sophomore Hannah Mabry was named player of the match.


The Rams closed out the Halloween week with a conference match against Lumen Christi. Su-Valley won three sets to none, and Senior Robin Spaulding was named player of the match.


The win against Lumen Christi means that the Su-Valley Rams remain undefeated in conference play. The team’s overall record is 19-6-1. Travel to play against Birchwood on Monday was canceled due to icy conditions on the Glenn Highway, according to Coach Valentine. The next home game is scheduled for November 5th against Unalaska.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Kathleen for StarDate

How the dynamic planet dance in the pre-dawn sky is choreographed, and more!