KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

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KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Tips for Healthy Living 7-21-17


A  live 15-minute conversation about health and wellness  from health care providers in our communities. It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with today’s in-studio guest Physician Assistant Keith Kehoe, from Sunshine Community Health Center.  They talk about seasonal ailments, including allergies and swimmer’s itch, and how to avoid and treat them.



Sen. Wilson will not run for Lt. Governor, says filing was accidental

Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, addresses his colleagues in the Senate on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, addresses his colleagues in the Senate on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Alaska Public Media and KTOO’s Andrew Kitchenman contributed to this report.

On Wednesday, State Senator David Wilson filed a letter of intent to run for lieutenant governor. Later the same day, he amended that filing, saying he is not running.

Wilson, a Wasilla Republican, said he made the filing accidentally, and does not intend to run for any statewide office in 2018. He declined to elaborate on how he accidentally filed to run for the state’s second highest office, and says he has no further comment on the issue. Wilson won his current seat in last year’s election after serving on the Wasilla City Council. Read More »

News from the Ranger Station 7-20-2017

Bear tracks in Denali National Park-NPS photo

Bear tracks in Denali National Park-NPS photo

In this weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, we hear mountaineers tell several stories of wildlife seen on glaciers in the Alaska Range. There will be more wildlife stories next week.


Senator David Wilson files for lieutenant governor race

UPDATE:  Late Wednesday, Senator David Wilson amended his letter of intent filing with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to say he is not running for Lieutenant Governor.  He had filed to run for the office earlier in the day.


Original Story:

A second Mat-Su Valley Republican senator has filed for statewide office on Wednesday.

Senator David Wilson of Wasilla has filed a letter of intent to run for Lieutenant Governor in the 2018 election. Wilson, a freshman senator, files just two days after fellow Wasilla Republican Senator Mike Dunleavy filed to run for governor.

Both Wilson and Dunleavy have made headlines in the most recent session. Dunleavy left the Republican-controlled senate majority caucus over disagreements on the state’s operating budget. Wilson made news after allegedly striking Alaska Dispatch News Reporter Nat Herz. Wilson is the only candidate to file a letter of intent to run for Lieutenant Governor thus far.

New cell tower plan draws objection from Trapper Creek residents

This Friday marks the end of the written public comment period for a proposed cell tower in Trapper Creek.

All but one comment included in the official application for the tower voice opposition to the construction of the 255-foot structure near Mile 117 of the Parks Highway.

Concerns from a meeting held earlier this year include the tower’s impact on visual scenery, its potential impact on the property value of a nearby subdivision, and the belief that signals from the tower could be harmful to animals and children. Only one member of the public spoke up in favor of the new tower at the meeting in April, according to official documents.

In addition to comments from the spring meeting, a petition has been submitted with eighty-six signatures in opposition to the tower.

New Horizons Telecom, the company preparing the application for Insite Towers, says that trees surrounding the lot near the tower will help obscure its view, and that broadcast equipment will conform with federal safety requirements.

New Horizons and Insite say the tower is needed to cover gaps in cellular coverage along the Parks Highway. In response to questions regarding putting the new equipment on an existing tower, the companies say that colocation is often considered as a first option due to cost savings. In this case, the application states that the new tower would better serve wireless customers.

The application is scheduled for a public hearing on August 21st.


Sen. Dunleavy to run for governor

Senator Mike Dunleavy has filed to run for governor in 2018.

Conservative news outlet “Must Read Alaska” first reported the filing of Dunleavy’s letter of intent to run on Monday.

Dunleavy, a Republican, is the first candidate to file who currently holds elected office. He represents Senate District E, which includes the northern areas of the Mat-Su Borough and is bounded by Delta Junction and Valdez to the northeast and southeast.

For years, speculation has existed that Dunleavy would run for a statewide seat. In 2016, some considered Dunleavy as a potential primary opponent for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, though he never filed to run in that race.

Thus far, two other candidates have filed letters of intent to run for governor in 2018. Michael D. Sheldon of Petersburg filed in May, and Jacob Smith Kern filed to run in June. Governor Bill Walker has yet to file to retain his office in next year’s election.

KTNA is Hiring!

The Development Coordinator manages KTNA’s membership and underwriting programs and coordinates special events.  This position is 24 hours per week, year-round, with paid leave.  A full job description is available here.  Open until filled. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to manager [at] ktna [dot] org by August 31st. If you want to know more, contact Corinne Smith at 733-1700.

Obituary for Ann Heck


This obituary was submitted by the family:

Ann Jeanette (Hughes) Heck, 80, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, died peacefully on July 2, 2017 in Gresham, Oregon. Ann was born July 8, 1936 in Colfax, Washington, the daughter of Ethel Enid (Stephens) and Oral Kenneth Hughes. She grew up on the family wheat ranch in Thornton, Washington; graduated from Rosalia High School, where she was active in 4-H, FFA and FHA. She attended the University of Washington where she learned to sail and met JoeL Heck, her husband of 63 years. She earned her B.A. from Washington State University and her M.A. from Oregon State University.

Ann was an adventurer and moved with her husband and three small children to Alaska in 1961. In Alaska Ann was a homemaker, home builder, teacher, homesteader, dog sledder, trapper, hunter, fisherwoman, and leader of 4-H, Montana Creek Mother’s Club, Upper Susitna Seniors, and the Sunshine Seventh-Day Adventist Church. After retirement Ann and JoeL taught English in China and Turkey. After calling Alaska home for over 50 years, Ann and JoeL returned to the Thornton farm, where Ann joined the Rosalia Garden Club, the Whitman County Historical Society’s Perkins House, and the Pullman Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Ann’s love of music lasted to the end.

Ann was pre-deceased by her parents and sister, Carolyn Bostich. She is survived by her husband, daughters Wendy Coffin (Jeff) and Melani Ament (Bobby), sons Kim (Jennifer), and Timothy; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered by extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Rosalia Garden Club.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 7-16-2017


More audio paragraphs from a past Stardate Susitna program about the diversity of public events for those in the path of totality.  Also, up-to-date information about viewing the the solar eclipse from Talkeetna. It’s happening August 21st. Eclipse shades still available at KTNA.