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


2016 Oosik Classic Results

On Saturday, over 500 skiers participated in the 2016 Oosik Classic Ski Race. As usual, skiers ranged from members of competitive collegiate teams to casual racers in costumes.

Sixty-one skiers competed in the longer thirty-nine kilometer race. Among the men, third place went to Nicholas Lovett with a time of one hour, fifty-seven minutes, forty-eight seconds. Jan Cech took second place with a time of one hour, fifty-seven minutes, one second. Michael Fehrenbach won the race with a time of one hour, fifty-five minutes, thirty-eight seconds. The top three women were Martina Himma at two hours, twenty-nine minutes, twelve seconds, Hanna Slotte with a time of two hours, twenty-two minutes, and first-place finisher Shalane Frost with a time of two hours, twenty minutes, thirteen seconds.

The vast majority of this year’s participants skied the shorter twenty-five kilometer race. The top three men’s finishes were Gary Snyder in third, Andrew Hull in second, and Gus Schumacher in first with a time of one hour, nineteen minutes, nineteen seconds. The top three women were Sadie Fox in third, Krista Heeringa in second, and Christina Turman in first with a time of one hour, thirty minutes, twenty-three seconds.

Troopers seek help in finding Willow man


Henry Hodge (r). Photo Courtesy: Alaska State Troopers

Update:  Troopers say that Henry Hodge has been found safe.  The Silver Alert has been canceled.

The Alaska State Troopers have released a Silver Alert for a missing Willow man.

Troopers are seeking information on the whereabouts of 76-year-old Henry Hodge. Hodge is five feet, ten inches tall, and weighs one-hundred-ninety pounds with gray hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing black Levi jeans, a red plaid shirt, black vest, and tan jacket. Hodge was driving a white Dodge Ram four door with license plate FUW497. The truck also has a red Honda generator in the bed. He was last seen on Erika Drive in Willow.

Troopers ask that anyone with information call 907-451-5100 or 9-1-1.

Silver Alerts are issued when vulnerable adults go missing and are believed to potentially be in danger.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Not Your Ordinary Milk Cow”, by Maureen Chambrone

Maureen as a witch

Maureen as a witch





It was fall of 2006 and, for as much as I wanted to finish my almost done cabin in Talkeetna, I just had to escape. A huge log chipping operation was going on well within hearing distance of what had been a semi remote and peaceful place for me. I could not bear listening to the BEEP!   BEEP! BEEP! of backing up semis and logging equipment and the 24 hour drone in the distance where I once had heard silence. So I went to Mexico.

I found an ad in The Caretaker Gazette for a caretaker needed on a 17,000 acre ranch in a remote part of the Sierra Madres. After minimal e-mailing where I told about myself in just a few sentences, Cindy, the co-owner of the ranch, had accepted me. “I just had a hunch about you,” she told me later.

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Mark Wildermuth’s Iditarod Report 3-14-2016

Recorded live from the KTNA studio on Monday evening:

Mark Wildermuth’s Iditarod Report 3-13-2016

Recorded live from the KTNA studio on Sunday evening:


Nulato man faces 12 charges in alleged snowmachine attack on Iditarod front-runners

Troopers have filed a dozen charges against a Nulato man after he admitted to what two Iditarod mushers describe as attacks on their teams.


On Saturday morning, musher Aliy Zirkle reported that a snowmachine hit her sled while she was between checkpoints. Zirkle told race officials that the rider made multiple passes at her and her team before reaching Nulato. Zirkle was uninjured, and one of her dogs was bruised.

Four-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King was less fortunate. He was hit from behind by what is believed to be the same snowmachine. One of his dogs was killed in the incident, and five more were injured.

Just before noon on Saturday, troopers arrested 26-year-old Arnold Demoski of Nulato for the incident. Demoski is charged with two counts of Assault in the third degree, one count of Reckless Endangerment, one count Reckless Driving and six counts of criminal Mischief in the fifth degree.

In an interview given to KTUU television in Anchorage prior to his arrest, Demoski said he was intoxicated during the incident, and did not mean to cause harm. He added that King was one of his favorite mushers growing up.


Both Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King continued their runs to Nome. King fell from the top five positions to outside of the top 10. As of Sunday night, Zirkle had fallen from second to fourth position.

Mark Wildermuth’s Iditarod Report 3-11-2016

Recorded live from the KTNA studio on Friday evening:



Mark Wildermuth’s Iditarod Report 3-10-2016

Recorded live from the KTNA studio on Thursday evening:


Mark Wildermuth’s Iditarod Report 3-9-2016

Recorded live from the KTNA studio on Wednesday evening:
(Sorry, no recording from Tuesday evening).