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


Search efforts underway for missing hunter

Alaska State Troopers and other rescue personnel are searching for a missing 49-year-old hunter in the Petersville area. According to officials, troopers were notified Saturday night that the hunter had not returned to camp by about 11:00 p.m. On Sunday, a ground search began. Troopers say weather conditions on Sunday prevented an air search. The search continues, with air support from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center available if weather conditions allow.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“The Weight of a Buck”, by Gordy Vernon

One of a series of travel pieces (this one’s from experiences in Africa) written and recorded for broadcast by Gordy Vernon.



Su-Valley soccer team loses first game of Tri-Valley tourney after shootout

The Su-Valley soccer may have lost its opening game of the Tri-Valley tournament yesterday, but they did not go down without a fight.

Coach Tanya Byrd says Su-Valley ended the first half of their game against Lumen Christi with a 2-0 deficit. In the second half, the Rams rallied and tied the score at the end of regulation, forcing a shootout. Lumen Christi prevailed, but took eight shots to do it. Byrd says the team gave a great effort and had a fun match.

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. They discuss the coming of influenza season, and the recent topic of a talk by a visiting bio-ethicist as our population ages:  improving end of life care, and looking at death as a part of life, as a social and community event. The speaker emphasized having family discussions about end-of-life matters.

Fundraising totals close for District 7; Halter leads big in mayoral race

The most recent campaign disclosure reports for Mat-Su Borough election candidates show vary levels of fundraising success and personal campaign investment. Each campaign must file regular reports with the Alaska Public Offices Commission detailing donors, amounts given, and expenditures.

In the mayoral race, challenger Vern Halter has raised more than $39,000, more than double the total of incumbent Larry DeVilbiss. About $15,000 of Halter’s war chest comes from his own pocket. Even accounting for that, however, he has outraised DeVilbiss. Halter entered the final month of the campaign with just short of $9,000 available, compared to less than $3,000 for DeVilbiss.

In the race for District 7’s seat on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly, former assembly member Doyle Holmes holds a fundraising lead of about $2,500 dollars on opponent Randall Kowalke. Holmes has also outspent Kowalke so far. The vast majority of Holmes’ campaign funds, $10,000, have come from his own pockets, while Kowalke’s campaign lists a large number of non-monetary donations that he paid for personally. Kowalke’s numbers also include a higher number of individual donors as well as a contribution from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.


Fall foods: High bush cranberry jelly

Katie Writer's high bush cranberry jelly.  Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

Katie Writer’s high bush cranberry jelly. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

The leaves are changing and temperatures are dropping. That means the end of the busy season and time for some of fall’s unique foods. This week, KTNA’s Katie Writer shares her recipe for high bush cranberry jelly.

High Bush Cranberry Jelly

High bush cranberry jelly is a tangy treat perfect for the early fall.  To make a batch, you’ll need:

6 1/2 cups of juice

7 cups of sugar

1 box pectin

1 case of jelly jars Read More »

Su Valley Voice for September 9th, 2015: Vern Halter

Attached is the complete recording of Su Valley Voice with Mat-Su Borough Assembly Member and mayoral candidate Vern Halter.

North Pole woman faces eight charges after brief Parks Highway chase

Over the holiday weekend, Alaska State Troopers report arresting a North Pole woman in the Upper Valley on eight charges after she allegedly led them on a chase with two young children in the car.

On Friday afternoon, troopers received multiple calls reporting a vehicle swerving “all over the roadway” near mile 121 of the Parks Highway. Troopers found the vehicle near mile 107. They say the car failed to stop, continued swerving, and accelerated to over eighty miles-per-hour before eventually stopping four miles later. Troopers contacted the driver, 34-year old Eleanor Walker, who they say was driving under the influence of alcohol. She was charged with driving under the influence, driving recklessly, failing to stop, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of endangering a minor, and refusing to submit to a chemical test.

Troopers say a family member took custody of the children and retrieved Walker’s vehicle.

Troopers seeking information on Downtown burglary

Alaska State Troopers are seeking information on a burglary near Downtown Talkeetna just before the holiday weekend.

According to troopers, Shirley’s Burger Barn reported a burglary on Friday morning. The break-in occurred some time between 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and 9:00 am on Friday. Ninety dollars in cash was reported missing from the cash register. Troopers are asking that anyone with information call 745-3333.