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


Man arrested for assault in East Talkeetna

On Saturday night, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Front Street in East Talkeetna after receiving reports of a disturbance at around 9:30 p.m.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the responding trooper saw 26-year-old Patrick Swartz of Talkeetna attacking a woman in the street. Troopers say that Swartz also attacked the responding officer before being detained. Swartz is charged with Fourth Degree Assault, a misdemeanor, as well as Third Degree Assault on a Peace Officer and Second Degree assault, both of which are felonies. Swartz was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $10,000 bail.

District 10 challenger Eastman tops fundraising leading to Tuesday’s Republican primary

The candidates in the five-way race for Alaska House of Representatives District 10 have all filed fundraising reports in the run-up to Tuesday’s primary.


Of the five candidates, four are Republicans. Challenger David Eastman has raised the largest campaign war chest, totaling over $21,000 as of Saturday. Incumbent Wes Keller has raised over $5,500. Steve Menard and Andrew Wright have had much smaller fundraising efforts, with neither topping $1,000.


Christian Hartley, the lone Democrat in the race, has raised about $1,700 thus far.


For the primary election this year, registered voters choose one of two ballots. Voters registered as Republican, Nonpartisan, or Undeclared may vote in the Republican primary. Any registered voter may choose the second ballot, which includes the Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party, and Alaskan Independence Party.


Once the votes have been tallied, KTNA will provide results from this year’s primary.


Susitna Writer’s Voice-A Summer Day in Hatcher Pass, by Robin Song

Photos by Robin Song


Before I get into my story, I want to share a quick update on the two nests I observed last summer. The eagle nest in Wasilla, which raised a rare three offspring to fledge, did not use that same nest this year. When I went to observe it, I arrived in time to watch a confrontation between the male eagle and and a magpie. Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living-8-12-2016

KKehoe-Tips by KWriter

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.

On this program, Keith tells about the sometimes mysterious pattern of peoples’ reasons for visiting the clinic, reminds listeners that a change of seasons means differing levels or types of stress, and how one might deal with that. An approach to suspected giardiasis is discussed, and, after a couple weeks of rain, wild mushrooms are a topic. Also, a quick heads-up about the Clinic’s Color Run coming up August 31st.

Su Valley Voice for August 10th, 2016: Denali National Park and Preserve

On this week’s Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning spoke with Laura Wright and Michael Connolly from the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station about the National Park Service’s centennial and local events to celebrate it.  In the second half of the show, paleobotanist Cassie Knight joins the program to talk about recent dinosaur and ancient plant discoveries in Denali National Park and Preserve dating back 70 million years.

Fish and Game halts sockeye fishing on Larson Creek

As of Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing Larson Creek to sockeye salmon fishing. The ban will include the creek itself, as well as a quarter-mile radius of its confluence with the Talkeetna River.


Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey says the sockeye run is winding down, and the number of fish counted is well below the minimum escapement goal for the season. Just under 7,000 sockeye have been counted on Larson Creek, and the minimum escapement goal is 15,000. The escapement goal is the number of fish that biologists believe need to make it upstream to spawn in order to maintain a healthy future population.


Anglers on Larson Creek are not allowed to target sockeye salmon, and Fish and Game’s emergency order says that any that are caught unintentionally must be immediately released.

Talkeetna Airport Improvements Questions and Answers

This is from the Alaska DOT&PF:

Talkeetna Airport Q&A


Denali National Park road to fully reopen after July mudslide

A portion of Denali National Park and Preserve’s road is expected to open Tuesday after being closed by a mudslide for over a week.


According to park officials, a mudslide 100 feet wide and ten feet deep covered the road west of the Eielson Visitor Center on July 30th. Some park staff, guests, and workers were marooned for one night behind the mudslide, but were able to get out after crews cleared one lane on the 31st. After the road reopens, park officials urge motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians to cross the area with caution and to not linger in the area of the mudslide.


Last month’s mudslide came after near-record precipitation in the area. While rain is expected to continue, park managers are not alarmed by the amounts forecasted, according to Denali National Park spokeswoman Kathleen Kelly.


Park geologist Denny Capps says that melting permafrost and increasingly intense weather events mean that events like the July 30th mudslide could be more common.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 8-7-2016

Kathleen for StarDate

The best meteor shower of the summer is coming up,

and our nights are just barely dark enough now to see the brighter shooting stars…