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–On My Way to the Apocalypse, by Ellen Thea

Susitna Writer’s Voice–On My Way to the Apocalypse, by Ellen Thea

Tips for Healthy Living 7-15-2016

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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 talks about the relationship between chicken pox and shingles, how to identify an outbreak of shingles, and why he recommends a shingles vaccine for people in their sixties.

Keith also wants people to know about a free four-day camp for young people 15 to 21 who might be interested in careers in behavioral health, a field which has too few providers in Alaska.  The camp starts August 1st in Anchorage.


2016 Cardboard Boat Regatta



by: Katie Writer – KTNA

Another year of nautical fun in the sun. By Katie Writer

Northern Susitna Institute enjoyed another year of sunny skies for the 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta held at Christiansen Lake.

The spectators of the 2016 Carboard Boat Regatta enjoyed looking closely at the boats before they entered the water. The various shapes and sizes look like works of art when untouched by water. But as soon as they shove off from shore, it becomes quite obvious which ones have a short life span. For Finn Benischek and Tristan Shelby, their boxlike boat design, “The Mudskipper” had some double motives. The pair managed to make their way around three of four marks, and then capsized before the crowd. “Go SeaHawks,” was spray painted on the hull and it was obvious that the race was not complete until this was in full view. Read More »

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Mosquitoes, Tourists, and Summer Sunlight”, by Bill Was

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Talkeetna blogger Bill Was writes about his attempts to adjust to a few aspects of summer in the Susitna Valley.




Today just happens to be yet another gorgeous late morning here in the Talkeetna area; the sun rides hot and high in the azure sky while gentle WSW breezes riffle the new leaves on trees and other plants. The temperature is already above 60°F on its way to the middle seventies; that’s perhaps fifteen degrees above normal but then that’s how the temps have been running. After a ‘winter’ – and I use the term very loosely – sleep the landscape has once again exploded into summer’s color and foliage. And with this seasonal shift came additional markers of the late spring in south-central Alaska; the mosquitoes are out in force, the village is once again awash in tourists and there is no longer a dark night sky.

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Borough finalizes sale of MV Susitna

As of last Thursday, the Mat-Su Borough no longer owns the MV Susitna.


When the borough acquired Susitna, the intent was to establish a ferry service between Port Mackenzie and Government Hill in Anchorage. While the Mat-Su Borough moved forward with the plan, the Municipality of Anchorage could not decide where a ferry dock and terminal should be placed, and the plan ultimately fell through.


Following years of attempts to sell the vessel, and a recent round of multi-million dollar repairs, the borough has sold the ship, a former naval prototype, to the Philippine Red Cross. The Susitna is on its way to the South Pacific, where it will be used as an emergency hospital ship for the thousands of islands that make up the Philippines. Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living–7-1-16

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. Today’s conversation is all about bacteria…good bacteria and bad, including the infection called “swimmer’s ear”, and how to treat it at home.

Denali Report for July 1st, 2016


As of Thursday, 1,139 climbers are registered to attempt Denali, and 170 are on the mountain. Nine hundred, fifty-two climbs have been completed, and 574 people have made it to North America’s highest point, making the current summit rate sixty percent. Sixteen climbers attempted Mt. Foraker this season, with seven making it to the summit.


After a rocky start, the summit rate for Denali this year has continued to steadily rise. Prolonged storms kept early climbers from reaching the top of the mountain, but those who came later have had markedly better luck as far as the weather is concerned. As the season winds down, however, the National Weather Service is advising mountaineers to prepare for potentially heavy snowfall through today. Read More »

Governor Walker announces shutdown of Knik Arm Crossing, Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric projects

In addition to discussing vetoed items in the state budget, Governor Bill Walker used this  morning’s press conference to announce that he is shutting down two megaprojects in the Mat-Su: the Knik Arm bridge, and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.



Large projects can often be contentious, and two of the more controversial projects in the last few years have been the Knik Arm Crossing and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. Governor Bill Walker says those projects will now come to an end, not necessarily due to their controversial nature—Governor Walker describes himself as “pro-construction”—but due to the state’s financial situation.

”I ran for governor to build Alaska, not to balance the checkbook. We’re balancing the checkbook because that’s the hand we were dealt. It pains me to shut down anything involving a construction project or an infrastructure project.”

Governor Walker says that the studies and prep work that have gone into both megaprojects will be preserved. Susitna-Watana alone has spent nearly $300 million on studies as part of its federal licensing process, and Walker does not want that data to be lost. Read More »

Overdue hikers bound for “Into the Wild” bus found safe

Two overdue hikers were found in good condition by National Park Service rangers in the Denali National Park area on Sunday.

According to the National Park Service, 25-year-old Michael Trigg of South Carolina and 27-year-old Theodore Aslund of Georgia were delayed on a trip to visit the abandoned Fairbanks Transit bus used as a shelter by Christopher McCandless. McCandless’ story was popularized by the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

The two men started their trip on June 20th. They shared their plans on Facebook, and asked that friends contact emergency responders if they did not return by June 24th. When the hikers did not report back on social media, concerned friends called the National Park Service. Read More »