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


2015 Fall Membership Drive


Fall Membership Drive

October 19- 25, 2015


Support Talkeetna Community Radio Become a member now


While you’re at it, consider becoming a SUSTAINING member of KTNA.  This lets you give a monthly amount that adds up to a big difference for your public radio station.  You may renew here online at ktna.org, call 907-733-1700, or mail a check to PO Box 300, Talkeetna, AK 99676.  Welcome to the KTNA Community!


KTNA Mission

 To operate a nonprofit, educational, community radio station with local access, to provide a broad base of educational cultural and informative programming to challenge, broaden and enrich the listening audience; to foster a sense of community within the Upper Susitna Valley; and to share programming and services with a larger Alaskan community.

Su Valley volleyball off to a solid start

The Su-Valley Rams varsity volleyball team got off to an undefeated start in conference play this month. In their first game against Wasilla Lakes on October 6th, Su-Valley won in dominating fashion, winning each set by at least fourteen points. Coach Chad Valentine selected Freshman Trisha Pevan as the player of the match on the team’s MaxPreps page.

On Thursday, the Rams beat Holy Rosary in five sets and Lumen Christi in straight sets.

Over the weekend, Su-Valley traveled to Ninilchik for the school’s annual Spikefest tournament. The Rams went undefeated and won the championship match against Birchwood Christian. Su-Valley team members Ruby Matthews, Gabby Faurot, and Sarena Dorver were named as “all tournament” players.

The Rams’ next home game is Tuesday afternoon against Birchwood.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“To See Light, One Must First Be Receptive to Light”, by Bill Was

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An essay by Talkeetna resident Bill Was.

His blog is talkeetnatraces.com

To see light, one must first be receptive to light. This favorite aphorism of mine has all the hallmarks of a stalwart maxim: it is short in length, composed of simple words and, at first blush, appears to be obvious. But the power contained in truly understanding and practicing its meaning is virtually unlimited. I’d been aware of this truism for decades but only in the last five years or so did I finally come to understand its significance and begin to practice its wisdom.  While often difficult to live, the rewards I’ve reaped far overshadow my struggles to remain receptive. Read More »

MOOSE The Movie comes to Talkeetna

This weekend, the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar will play host to MOOSE: The Movie, a feature film produced in the Mat-Su Valley and starring, primarily, Alaskans. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Chad Carpenter of Wasilla, who is the co-writer and producer of MOOSE.



Want to know more about the plot of MOOSE: The Movie? You can check out the film’s trailer on YouTube.

Talkeetna Council and borough board discuss Upper Valley floatplane base

Floatplane access in the Talkeetna area has been a topic of discussion at local meetings for over a year. Pilots and at least one business owner are seeking a publicly accessible facility for commercial, private, and transient floatplane use. The latest round of discussions took place at last week’s Talkeetna Community Council and Mat-Su Borough Aviation Advisory Board meetings. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:


Aviation is an integral part of Talkeetna’s history. Don Sheldon and Cliff Hudson are household names in the area, and planes are often seen in Upper Valley skies on skis, wheels, and floats. Some local pilots say that floatplanes now lack a proper base that’s open to the public, however. Read More »

Fall recipes: Garden moose stew


by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Harvest time seems to be the busiest time of year. If you have a garden, you know the challenge of making the most out of your harvest.

Here is a recipe that was inspired by seeing a moose browsing on the already frozen pea plants along my garden fence.  Though this particular moose walked away freely, all the vegetables did come from my garden. I thawed out some moose roast from the freezer and counted my blessings to have such nutritious game on hand.

By grilling the moose steaks, you add a delicious grill flavor to your stew.  If you don’t have a grill, you can simply cook the moose on the stove top. Read More »

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“A Day with Devil’s Club”, by Maureen Chambrone

Maureen as a witch

Maureen as a witch


Talkeetna resident Maureen Chambrone writes about a recent class focusing on a common local plant with a variety of attributes.

Su-Valley ends soccer season with strong showing at state tourney

by: Emily Tiensch – KTNA

As October began the Su-Valley soccer season came to an end. The team has had a successful second year together, and placed fourth at the recent 2A state tournament in Healy.

Su-Valley’s first game was against Cook Inlet Academy. The teams have faced off multiple times this season. The game ended with a 2-1 loss. Forward Marshall Pinard scored the Rams’ single goal. Pinard had the best weekend of his season scoring a majority of Su-Valley’s goals.

Su-Valley’s second game was against Lumen Christi. The Rams played through thirty mile-per-hour winds and cold temperatures and defeated Lumen Christi 3-2.


Su-Valley’s third opponent was Holy Rosary, from Anchorage. The two schools had a competitive season against each other, and this game was no different, as the winner would play in the championship game. Su-Valley put up a valiant effort, but finished with a slight defeat of 2-1.

On day three of the tournament, Su-Valley faced off against Nenana for the first time this season. The wind continued to blow and the air stayed cold, but fans and parents kept the players warm with hot chocolate and tea.

The final game was a rematch against Cook Inlet Academy for third place. It was also the last game that the Su-Valley seniors would play. At half time the score was 1-0 with CIA in the lead, and the pressure began to grow.

Soon after the routine half time pep-talk, Jack Starbuck scored the Rams’ first goal, tying the game. The game remained tied for the rest of regulation.

The game then went into a 30-minute overtime, and both teams scored one goal. Since a tournament can’t end in a tie, that meant a shootout. Su-Valley has not had much luck in shootouts this season, and had yet to win a game that came down to one.

Players, Jack Starbuck, Heather Holcomb and senior Logan Mabry shot the Rams’ penalty kicks, scoring once. Cook Inlet Academy made two of their three kicks, and won the game. The players were disappointed in the loss after such a tense game, but hopes are high for next year.

Tips for Healthy Living

A  live conversation about health and health news from the Sunshine Community Health Center. Guest-hosted by Phillip Manning this week, with Kirsten Strolle, Patient Advocate at the Sunshine Community Health Center in Talkeetna. They talk about her role in helping people apply for Medicaid, now that more of the population is eligible with expanded coverage, and how the program fits with SCHC’s sliding scale.