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KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Classics for Kids–Pippi Longstocking #3

Cari Sayre continues reading from a children’s favorite, Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren.

KTNA’s annual membership meeting is this Sunday

Talkeetna Community Radio will hold its annual membership meeting this coming Sunday, February 22nd, at the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe. KTNA members begin gathering at 4:30 for a social hour, and the meeting begins at 5:30.

All members and prospective members are welcome to come and meet staff and board members, and find out what’s going on at KTNA. Ballots will be counted for seats on the board of directors. You may mail your ballots in, drop them off at the station by 3 pm Friday, or bring them to the annual meeting on the 22nd and hand them in by 5:30.  There will be a KTNA Board of Directors meeting immediately following the membership meeting for organizational purposes.

Su-Valley Rams take 2nd, 3rd in Crowley Classic

Girls TipoffFor more pictures from the 2015 Crowley Classic, check out our Facebook Page.

While it was not a repeat of last year’s triumph, the Su-Valley Rams both finished in the top three in the 2015 Crowley Classic Basketball Tournament over the weekend.  The Dawson Matthewsboys team lost their first game on Thursday to Sand Point, but won their second against Tanana.  The girls won both of their pool games, and were placed in the championship game on Saturday.

The Su-Valley girls faced off in the final match against the Nenana Lady Lynx.  The Rams trailed by two at the end of the first half.  In the third quarter, Nenana began to open a bigger lead, which Su-Valley was never able to erase.  The Lady Lynx won the final game 29-23, and claimed first place in this year’s Crowley Classic.  Su-Valley captain Sarena Drover had a major impact in the game with eight total rebounds and seven steals.  Ellie Bietsch led the Rams in scoring with eight points. The Su-Valley girls ended the tournament in second place.

Later on Saturday, the Su-Valley boys tipped off against the Ninilchik Wolverines in what would prove to a close, high-scoring game.  At the half, the Su-Valley Rams trailed 31-27.  They then outscored Ninilchik by nine in the third, and a fourth-quarter rally by the Wolverines fell just short.  The Rams shot forty-five percent from the field on the way to a 57-55 victory, and third-place honors.  Su-Valley captain Dawson Matthews dominated the stat sheet, leading the team in points, rebounds, and steals.  Tyran Waterhouse also came up big for Su-Valley, scoring fourteen points and bringing down seven rebounds.Sarena

 

 

MSBSD holds budget open house at Su-Valley

The Mat-Su Borough School District has released its preliminary budget for the fiscal year ending next summer.  On Thursday, school officials were at Su-Valley Junior and Senior High School to present the budget and answer questions.

According to the preliminary budget, the school district could be entering a period of structural deficit.  That deficit projection begins at $6.4 million for the 2016 fiscal year, and grows to $10.6 million by 2019 using the current budget assumptions. Read More »

Decadent Dessert Auction – One Last Chance

Thanks to all the bakers who have donated their time, ingredients and talents this week to help support KTNA and the Upper Susitna Food Pantry.

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We would like to thank Margie Waite, Lori Chesney & The Talkeetna Roadhouse, , Ruth Wood, Sue Deyoe, Cathy Teich, Glenda Walker, Hannah Kaplan, Gonzo & Twister Creek, Willow Gardee, Anita Golton & the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe, Jill Wright, AJ Sullivan, Maureen Gualtieri and Agnes Krzyzanowski.

Oreo, Chocolate Chip, Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Syrup Cheese Cake

by Gonzo and Twister Creek Restaurant

Auction Time: 12:30 -1pm

Cheesecake

Crowley Classic: First round results for Su-Valley

Ruby Matthews tips off for Su-Valley in the Crowley Classic

Ruby Matthews tips off for Su-Valley in the Crowley Classic Photo:  Phillip Manning/KTNA

Last night, the Su-Valley Rams played their first games of the 2015 Crowley Classic Basketball Tournament.

The girls team played first, with tip-off at 6:00 pm against the Aniak Halfbreeds.  Su-Valley fell behind in the first quarter, but a thirteen point effort in the second gave Ellie Layupthem a lead that they would carry through the rest of the game.  At the final buzzer, the Rams claimed a 40-23 victory. Su-Valley scoring was led by Ellie Bietsch, who made seven baskets from the field, including a trio of three-pointers.

Later, the Su-Valley boys faced off against the Sand Point Eagles.  The Rams ended the first half with a two point lead.  After the intermission, though, the Eagles came on strong, outscoring Su-Valley by five in the third quarter and by three points in the fourth quarter. The final score was Sand Point 46, Su-Valley 40. Sand Point was led by Colton Mack, who hit seven from the field for a total of nineteen points.  Dawson Matthews led scoring for Su-Valley with thirteen.

The Rams play again tonight.  The girls game begins at 6:30, and the boys tip off at 8:00.

 

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Mushers, business owners react to 2015 Iditarod changes

This year’s Iditarod restart will be in Fairbanks for only the second time in the race’s forty-three year history.  Poor trail conditions prompted the move, and many some mushers are happy with the change.  For businesses in the Susitna Valley, however, there will be a significant economic impact.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

The changing of the Iditarod restart location to Fairbanks has some mushers excited.  Four-time race winner Jeff King told KUAC’s Emily Schwing that he’s looking forward to the new route.

“I’m personally thrilled.  Not because of any other reason than I love a new trail, and I love going to new places, so I’m looking forward to some variation.”

The decision to move the start of the race came after Iditarod Trail Committee board members observed very poor conditions on parts of the traditional trail. Talkeetna musher Jerry Sousa says that some sections, like the Dalzell Gorge, are rough even under favorable conditions.

“In a good year, the trail is bad. So, if they say it’s bad and snowmobiles can’t get through there, I certainly don’t want to risk my team mushing through a bad section of trail like that.” Read More »

KTNA Decadent Dessert Auction – Day 4

Thanks to all the bakers who are donating their time, ingredients and talents this week to help support KTNA and the Upper Susitna Food Pantry.

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We would like to thank Margie Waite, Lori Chesney & The Talkeetna Roadhouse, , Ruth Wood, Sue Deyoe, Cathy Teich, Glenda Walker, Hannah Kaplan, Gonzo & Twister Creek, Willow Jardee, Anita Golton & the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe, Jill Wright, AJ Sullivan, Maureen Gualtieri and Agnes Krzyzanowski.

 

Auction Times are 12:30 – 1pm, 1:15 -1:45, 2:15 – 2:45

Nutella Cheesecake

by Willow Gardee, Anita Golton and The Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe

Auction Time: 12:30 -1pm

 

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Sourdough Almond Butter Brownies

by Jill Wright

Auction Time: 1:15 – 1:45pm

Blondies

White Chocolate Coconut Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

by Lori Chesney and the Talkeetna Roadhouse

Auction Time: 2:15 – 2:45pm

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2015 Iditarod restart moves from Willow to Fairbanks

For the second time in its history, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will begin in Fairbanks, though race officials still plan to hold the ceremonial start in Anchorage. On Tuesday, the Iditarod Trail Committee’s board of directors voted unanimously to move the start of the race from Willow, citing poor trail conditions.  Stan Hooley, CEO of the Iditarod Trail Committee, says the decision was made after board members observed potentially dangerous areas on the trail by helicopter.

“It was a pretty easy decision to make when the consensus was that the conditions were far worse than they were last year.”

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