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–2-17-2017

Diane Ziegner

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

Diane Ziegner, a registered yoga therapist in Talkeetna.



Diane tells a little about her background and philosophy in yoga, and touches on the benefits of yoga as a holistic activity (it benefits the mind and the body). She emphasizes that there are different styles, schools and traditions of yoga practice, and encourages beginners to sample different classes and instructors to find the right fit.


Chinese take-out comes to Downtown Talkeetna

Joy and Mai Phanhly inside the Salted Pickle.  Photo - Katie Writer

Joy and Mai Phanhly inside the Salted Pickle. Photo – Katie Writer

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Joy and Mai Phanhly have opened their doors to a new business on Main Street in downtown Talkeetna that serves Chinese food.

Although their restaurant front is under the name, The Salted Pickle, they plan to change the name to “The Lucky Dragon” in March. The are a takeout only business and their menu includes egg rolls, dumplings, egg drop soup, chicken, beef and seafood dishes. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with the new owners of the Salted Pickle.

StarDate Susitna 2-12-17

Kathleen for StarDate

Host Kathleen Fleming brings our attention to the waning moon, four planets currently visible, the bright winter stars, and the two solar eclipses this year.

Here’s a link to a site showing the phases of Venus







Michael Gwillym Vaughan

Michael Vaughan-MGVObituary submitted by the family:

Michael Gwillym Vaughan died February 8, 2017 in Wasilla, AK. Early onset dementia had taken up most of what made Michael a brilliant and infinitely curious man. He was born in Boise, Idaho, on October 24, 1942, to Timothy and Alice Vaughan. Michael grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, and moved to Spokane, Washington, in 1954. During his high school years, he became a ham-radio operator and obtained his first class FCC license, the start of his life-long association with communications technologies. After attending Washington State University he moved to Seattle and started working at public radio station KRAB. He then got a job with SatCom, and began working on the big dish in Brewster. He moved to Talkeetna, Alaska, in 1970 to work at Bartlett Earth Station, where he stayed until they closed the doors three decades later. Michael was involved in public radio his whole life and was instrumental in starting KTNA, Talkeetna’s public radio station. After retiring, he worked as an engineering consultant for many public radio stations across Alaska including KSKO McGrath, KZPA Fort Yukon, and KHNS Haines. For many years, he volunteered with Ski for Light, a program dedicated to enhancing the lives of the visually or mobility impaired. An outdoorsman and adventurer who loved the glaciers and the rivers, Michael was equally at home on raft, dog sled, skis, or on foot, oblivious to cold, devils club, mosquitoes and other elements of the Alaskan wilderness.

Michael is survived by his sister Jane Rehms (spouse John); children (and spouses) Ixtla Vaughan, Dylan Vaughan (Natalie) George Vaughan (Molly), Meghaan Blomberg (Andy); grandchildren Tuk, Finn, George Gwillym, Timothy, Helene, Evan, and Jackson; wife Deborah Vaughan and first wife Carole Hemingway. There will be a celebration of Michael’s life in Talkeetna this spring.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” (Henry David Thoreau)

2017 Iditarod Official Start Moved to Fairbanks

by:  Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media

Once again, the Iditarod is moving to Fairbanks.

The race’s board of directors met today in Anchorage and voted
unanimously to change the starting point from Willow to Fairbanks. Almost
immediately after the decision was made behind closed doors, Race Director
Mark Nordman held a press conference that local TV station KTVA broadcast
live on Facebook.

“Everybody was really somber. We went through communities and
effects with, taking of the dogs first and the mushers and the communities
and the cultural aspects and the economics and everybody knows what a big
decision this was to make, and how it does effect so many. These are very
good friends of Iditarod’s out there, and you know it’s tough for all of

This is the third time the re-start has moved to Fairbanks in the race’s 45 year history. And it’s the second time in a row the event will not go through it’s southern route, skipping communities like Anvik, Shageluk, and Grayling. The Fairbanks trail heads west toward Galena before veering north to Huslia  then back down to the Yukon. The general routing is similar to the original 1925 trail used during Nome’s diptheria outbreak.

Nordman says in spite of good winter conditions across the vast majority of
the traditional route, snow is unacceptably low in one critical section of
the trail in the Alaska Range around Rainy Pass and into the Dalzell

“Fairbanks has good snow, even the coast has good snow, McGrath
has good snow, but nobody was thinking snow. When you start seeing 12, 14
inches up in the mountains that’s really low snow to try and go ahead over
that terrain. We’re used to feet.”

Organizers were heavily criticized in 2014 when they decided to allow
mushers to race through that same section of the trail. Ice and abysmal
snow conditions led to injuries and equipment damage.

The Iditarod’s ceremonial start will still take place in Anchorage on the
first Saturday in March. After that, teams will head to Fairbanks, where
the re-start will take off on Monday the 6th.

Su Valley Voice For February 8th, 2017: Randall Kowalke


This week on Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning was joined by Mat-Su Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke.  They discussed recent assembly activity and issues facing the Upper Valley and the borough as a whole.

Talkeetna Ridge Trail Plan Under Development

by: Katie Writer – KTNA

The Talkeetna Ridge Trail Development Plan has been a work in progress since fall of 2016.

The Talkeetna Ridge Trail can be accessed from both Comsat and Beaver Road and is a multi-use, year round trail system.

The Talkeetna Parks Advisory Committee (TPAC), a subcommittee of Talkeetna Community Council, Inc., has been working with the Mat-Su Borough on the project.

Agnew-Beck is the consulting firm that was awarded the contract from TCCI for the planning process, which includes mapping and hosting public meetings. In this stage, they are gathering feedback from the users and neighbors and adjoining landowners in order to create the plan to fulfill the project. Agnew-Beck is soliciting public comment on the current state of the plan.

As of Tuesday, over 20 comments have been filed. The comment period ends on Friday, February 10th.

The Ridge Trail Development plan draft can be viewed on the Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. website.

Comments can be emailed to: Molly Mylius with Agnew Beck and Iris Vandenham with TPAC.

Anchorage Ski Coach Applies Technique Learned in Talkeetna

Galen Johnston Photo courtesy: Galen Johnston

Galen Johnston Photo by Thomas O’Harra and courtesy of Galen Johnston

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Galen Johnston is a Nordic Ski Coach at Alaska Pacific University.

He coaches skiers from age 11 all the way to 87 year olds and sometimes travels as a ‘wax tech’ with the APU Elite team to races including the US National Championships.

Galen spoke with KTNA’s Katie Writer about growing up skiing in Talkeetna.


Galen Johnston (L), cheers on junior skier Luke Jager (R) Photo by: Jim Jager and courtesy of Galen Johnston

Galen Johnston (L), cheers on junior skier Luke Jager (R) Photo by: Jim Jager and courtesy of Galen Johnston

The Denali Nordic Ski Club has invited Galen Johnston to host a technique clinic this Saturday at Talkeetna Lakes Park.


Citizens Climate Lobby Alaska Tour Includes Talkeetna

Citizens Climate Lobby is in the midst of its Alaska Tour to discuss climate change and potential remedies with Alaskans.  On Tuesday, representatives of CCL will speak at the Grove in Talkeetna at 7:00 p.m. Tamara Staton and George Donart spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning about the organization’s goals and plans.  In the following excerpt from their interview, Staton and Donart explain the carbon fee and dividend system, a major plank of Citizens Climate Lobby’s plan to reduce carbon emissions.