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


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Sixth Graders at Su Valley, by Nova Popasadora

The Media Skills class at Su Valley Junior / Senior High School produced podcasts which they uploaded to SoundCloud. KTNA airs one each Tuesday at 12:30. In this one, Nova gets some opinions and information about integrating a younger grade of students at the school next fall:



Writer’s Voice–The Bridge Time of Year, by Robin Song

Robin and friendly redpoll

Robin and friendly redpoll

Robin Song thinks of this time of year

as a bridge between seasons.

She found very unusual tracks

in the crusty snow on a recent walk.




It’s a quiet time in the yearly cycle; what I think of as a “bridge”.

The winter is behind us, and the frenetic energy of spring hasn’t quite begun.

Migratory birds are just beginning to trickle into the North Country.

We’ve been gifted with an early spring,

coming on the heels of an exceptionally mild winter. Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living

A  live conversation about health and health news from the Sunshine Community Health Center. What’s happening at the clinic, what’s happening in the medical world, and the news in the local health scene. It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with guests from the clinic. Physician’s Assistant Keith Kehoe was this week’s in-studio guest.


State House Passes Recreational Marijuana Bill

On Thursday the Alaska State House of Representatives passed a bill concerning recreational marijuana.  House Bill 75  amends current statutes defining marijuana so that they explicitly include marijuana concentrates.  In addition, the bill sets a limit on the number of total plants that may be in a single household.  Last November, Alaska voters passed Ballot Measure 2, which legalizes recreational marijuana, and allows an individual to have up to six plants in his or her home.

Citing concerns that residences housing multiple adults could lead to substantial grow operations, the House bill places a cap of twenty-four total plants on a single household.  Attempts on the House floor to reduce that number to twelve failed.

House Bill 75 also lays some of the groundwork for allowing marijuana businesses to register with municipalities.  The bill also adds marijuana clubs to the list of businesses that municipalities can choose to ban.  Commercial growing, processing, retail, and testing facilities are also up to each municipality.  In the case of unincorporated areas, such as the Upper Valley, the borough governments can assume local control.  The bill also gives municipalities the authority to enforce any local ordinances.

The bill now proceeds to the State Senate.  A different bill dealing with recreational marijuana has passed the Senate, and is currently in the House Judiciary Committee.

Su Valley Voice for April 1, 2015: TKE Principal Lisa Shelby

Classics for Kids–The Wizard of Oz #2

Cari Sayre continues the book The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.

Writer’s Voice–Dead Guy Up the Tracks, by Peter Mathiesen


Talkeetna resident Peter Mathiesen

reads a chapter

from his recently published book,

Tales of the Alaska State Troopers.


Senate Subcommittee Eliminates Public Broadcasting Funding

On Thursday, a Senate Finance subcommittee removed all funding for public broadcasting and the Alaska Rural Communications Service. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with the subcommittee chair about the decision, and has this story:

Senator Mike Dunleavy, whose district includes the Upper Valley, began Thursday’s budget subcommittee meeting with a warning that this iteration of the state’s Department of Administration budget contains significant cuts.

“There’s going to be a lot of good programs across the board that may not be funded, and as we go through this, it’s not necessarily a judgement on those programs, but it has to do with the fact that we may not have the money to pay for everything.  Actually, we don’t have the money to pay for everything.” Read More »