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


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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Midsummer Night’s Dream Opens Tonight at Su Valley

Each year, students at Su Valley perform one of William Shakespeare’s plays with a bit of a twist in setting or presentation. This year’s show is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. KTNA’s Phillip Manning went to the final day of rehearsal and spoke with Director Kathy Trump about the upcoming show.


Four Su Valley Wrestlers Qualify for State

Last weekend, while the Su Valley Volleyball Team was fighting its way to a third place finish at the state tournament, four Su Valley wrestlers were busy qualifying for the state championships in their sport.

Aiden Jolley and Cooper Stec both placed second in their respective weight classes to earn their way to the state tournament later this week. Dalton Pinard finished first in the 152-pound division, and Marshall Pinard won the 285 pound division.

Marshall Pinard is no stranger to the state championship tournament, and has finished in the top three in his weight class in previous years.

The state tournament begins on Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Susitna Writer’s Voice – StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Flemming 12-11-16


In this episode of Susitna Writer’s Voice, SatrDate Susitna, host Kathleen Fleming talks about mercury, the moon appearing very close to a bright star, the Geminid meteor shower, and the “long night moon”.

Code Error Could Allow Talkeetna Cannabis Dispensary to Bypass Borough Permit

An oversight in Mat-Su Borough code could allow a marijuana store to open on Talkeetna’s Main Street without a conditional use permit from the borough.   At public meetings this week, some Talkeetnans expressed their concerns and asked the Mat-Su Borough Assembly to step in. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana by Alaska voters in 2014, municipalities and the state have crafted regulations and tax structures for how to govern the new industry. In October, Mat-Su Borough voters rejected a ballot question that would ban commercial marijuana. In other areas of the state, the process is further along. Sara Williams of the borough’s marijuana advisory committee told the Mat-Su Borough Assembly that twenty-three licenses for commercial marijuana facilities were issued statewide on Tuesday, including three cultivation facilities in the Mat-Su Valley. Williams says that retail facilities are still months away due to borough permitting requirements.

“We won’t see retail stores in the Mat-Su until early next year some time. We’ll probably see the first one, I think, on the planning commission’s docket in March.”

That timeline could be accelerated, however. Marijuana facilities within the Mat-Su are required to obtain a conditional use permit from the borough. The way code currently reads, however, facilities already inside a special land use district are exempt from the requirement. One retail facility planned for Downtown Talkeetna, named The High Expedition, fits that exemption. Read More »

Su Valley Voice for December 7th, 2016: Mat-Su EMS

This week on Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning spoke with Lisa Behrens, Mat-Su Borough Deputy Director for EMS, and Dr. Tom Check, Mat-Su Borough Medical Director, regarding emergency services’ role in the borough as a whole and the Upper Valley, as well as plans for the future.