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


Stubbs The Cat passes away at twenty

Stubbs, often referred to as the "Mayor of Talkeetna." Stubbs passed away late last week. Photo courtesy of the Spone Family.

Stubbs, often referred to as the “Mayor of Talkeetna.” Stubbs passed away late last week. Photo courtesy of the Spone Family.

Stubbs the cat passed away in the overnight hours between Thursday and Friday, according to his owners.

For nearly two decades, Stubbs, so named due to his lack of a tail, was a regular sight for locals and visitors at Nagley’s General Store and the West Rib Pub and Grill. In that time, he went from being a store cat to receiving the title of “Mayor Stubbs.” Talkeetna is unincorporated and has no mayor, but the title stuck, and news of the feline mayor has made international news on multiple occasions. Read More »

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 7-23-2017


Partial solar eclipse in New Zealand in 2008. (Credit: Greg Hewgill)

More audio paragraphs from a previously aired StarDate Susitna (this one from June) about what to expect during the solar eclipse August 21st, whether you’ve made plans to travel to the path of totality, (thousands of miles of traffic jams?, food shortages?) or will be here in the upper Susitna Valley (where we’ll hope for clear skies that morning).

Photo is about what the Aug 21 eclipse will look like from the Upper Susitna Valley, but only through eclipse shades! Eclipse shades still available at KTNA.



The Ecology of Glacial Rivers: How fish have adapted to silty water

Longnose Sucker, photo by Annie Helmsworth

Longnose Sucker, photo by Annie Helmsworth

The second of a new series from the Susitna Salmon Center: The Ecology of Glacial Rivers. This segment, by Jeff Davis, describes how suspended sediment changes conditions in main channels of glacial rivers, and how fish have adapted to these changes.

The main channels of glacial rivers carry a large amount of fine sediment suspended in the water column during the summer months when runoff from glaciers is at its highest. This sediment gives glacial rivers their brown or turbid appearance. The amount of sediment can be reduced in glacial rivers that contain lakes, as some of sediment is deposited in the lakes.

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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.