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


Talkeetna man indicted on eight felonies

A Talkeetna man has been indicted on eight felony counts relating to child pornography.

According to court records, the indictment against 31 year-old Trent Griffin was transferred to the criminal superior court in Palmer.

Griffin was indicted on three counts of possession of child pornography and five counts of indecent viewing of a minor. Each charge is a Class C felony, and carries a maximum penalty of five years.

Prosecutors claim the offenses took place between July of 2014 and April of 2015.

The case is scheduled to go to trial in late July.

My Dad’s Wedding, by Mackrey Geiger

The Media Skills class at Su Valley Junior-Senior High School produced podcasts which they uploaded to SoundCloud. Here, Mackrey describes a “true Alaskan wedding”, complete with a film crew.  This is the last of the series.

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Talkeetna Mid-air Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released the preliminary report on a midair collision at the Talkeetna Airport on May 31st.

The collision, which occurred around 5:20 pm on the 31st, involved a Cessna 172 piloted by Cole Hagge of Eagle River and a Cessna 185 piloted by Antonio Benavides of Anchorage.  The NTSB report describes Hagge as a student pilot who was alone in the smaller plane.  Four passengers on a flightseeing tour were aboard the Cessna 185 along with Benavides.

The two planes collided as they were descending to land at the Talkeetna Airport.  Hagge suffered what the NTSB describes as “serious” injuries and was hospitalized.  No other serious injuries were reported.

According to the NTSB, a preliminary review of recorded radio traffic shows that both planes broadcast position reports while in the traffic pattern.

The investigation is ongoing, and a full report will be released at a future date by the NTSB.  It is not uncommon for full reports to take a year or more to complete.

Writer’s Voice–Journey to the Forbidden Isle #1, by Tony Martin

Cuba22When it became possible for citizens of this country to travel to Cuba,

Talkeetna resident Tony Martin wasted no time getting there.

He wanted to share his experience, and knowledge gained, with others.

Here’s the first of three parts of his story:

I recently had the opportunity to visit Cuba.
I wrote down my impressions in a short piece, which I have titled: “A
Journey to the Forbidden Isle.” Hopefully, this travelogue will provide an
insight into the history, politics, economics, and the people of an incredibly
diverse and complicated country.  (Photos and text follow). Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living

A  live conversation about health and health news from the Sunshine Community Health Center: It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with guests from the clinic. This week’s in-studio guest is Keith Kehoe, physician’s assistant at the clinic. He and Holly talk about how to deal with biting and stinging insects.

AK LNG hears from Upper Valley residents

Earlier this week, the Talkeetna Community Council received an update on the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Project at its monthly board meeting.  Area residents learned a few new details about the plans for the gas pipeline and were able to ask questions regarding its route.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning was there, and has this report:

A stop at the Talkeetna Community Council meeting was not on the original schedule for the AK LNG staff.  Two open houses were scheduled for Sunshine and Trapper Creek, but the timing of the council meeting meant that Michael Nelson, Socioeconomic Lead for the project, was able to attend.  Nelson says that the preferred route for AK LNG would travel through the Upper Valley west of the Susitna River, through the Trapper Creek area, on its way to Nikiski.  Once in Nikiski, the plan calls for the gas to be liquefied and exported.  Assembly Member Vern Halter was present at the meeting, and asked whether the project’s partners, which consist of BP, Conoco-Philips, Exxon-Mobil, and the State of Alaska, are set on using Nikiski as the final destination for the pipeline. Read More »

Classics for Kids–The Prince and the Pauper #2

Cari Sayre continues the historical fiction book by Mark Twain, about two boys living in England in the 1500’s.

Borough Updates Talkeetna Council on FEMA Funding

On Monday night, the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors heard that funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is likely to be approved soon for repairs to the Yoder Road bridge at Montana Creek and the Talkeetna dike after they were damaged by flooding in September of 2012.

Casey Cook, Emergency Manager for the borough, says that, while FEMA has not officially signed the project worksheets for the two repair projects, that prospects are good.

“Once they get back to their offices and can sign the paperwork and project worksheet, that’ll come back to the state.  The state will say ‘OK’; that’ll come to us, and then we’ll be able to start doing work on that.”

Estimates of the repair costs are over two-million dollars for the training dike downstream from the Talkeetna River railroad bridge and one-point-seven million dollars for Yoder Road.  Casey Cook says those estimates only include returning the structures to their pre-flood state.

“We’ve had an engineer study come in and say how much to repair it, so that’s just the repair.   If FEMA comes in and adds mitigation on to that, it could be in the tens of [millions of dollars] to do that.”

Flood mitigation is a separate funding process.  The Mat-Su Borough will only conduct mitigation work in areas designated as a flood control service area.  Downtown Talkeetna west of the railroad tracks is currently covered by a service area, but East Talkeetna and the River Subdivision are not.  Last fall, the Talkeetna Community Council conducted an advisory vote on pursuing the addition of those areas to the flood control service area.  The vote passed with a margin of forty-eight for and ten against.  Casey Cook says a measure for the Mat-Su Borough Assembly to put the issue on October’s ballot is in the works, when Talkeetna residents will vote again.

“That opens up the door for mitigation, and flood and erosion protection, measures taken via the borough on that side of the railroad tracks, so we’re still moving forward in that regard to be able to protect East Talkeetna, the railroad tracks, and the big, open bowl that is West Talkeetna.”

While it’s not clear exactly when work can begin on the repairs to the Talkeetna dike and Yoder Road bridge, it could be as early as this fall.

Moose Club at Su Valley, by Stashia Leonard

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.  Here, Stashia talks to a couple students and the teacher involved in a unique program that teaches young people the skill of butchering a moose.