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KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

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Oosik Classic Ski Race Draws Hundreds to Talkeetna

 

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The Oosik is one of the largest classic ski races in the country.  This year, just under 700 skiers came from all over Alaska to Talkeetna to participate.  Just two weeks ago, however, there were serious concerns on the part of the race organizers.  Temperatures were high, and the snow on the ski trails was quickly taking on the consistency of concrete.  With time ticking away before the event, Denali Nordic Ski Club member Chris Mannix had some friends over to make a sacrifice to the patron god of skiers.

“We’ve done it once before, and it worked then, so we did it again.  We burned skis and it snowed.  Ullr smiled on us.” Read More »

Natural Observations–Life in the birch trees

 

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Natural Observations host and producer Robin Song tells about the birds and animals that she observes using the cavities and branches of the birches outside her cabin. Audio is 9:43.

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Trees are vital to many species of birds and mammals. I’ve been observing two birch trees in particular, for a few years, now. They live east and west of the cabin in which I live as caretaker on Birch Creek Ranch. The one to the east is very tall and years ago lost its crown in a wind storm. Read More »

Sunshine Medical and Dental Directors Talk Present and Future for the Clinic

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The Sunshine Community Health Center has been in the news regularly since last summer, with most stories focusing on staffing controversy. Now, the Clinic has a permanent Medical Director in place once again.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with Medical Director Shelis Jorgensen and Dental Director Dr. William Frantz, and has this report: Read More »

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Mark Wildermuth’s Iditarod report 3-11-2014

Mark’s last report for the season, where he discusses the big surprises at the finish:

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Classics for Kids–Doctor Dolittle #6

KTNA volunteer Cari Sayre continues with the adventures of  Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting.

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KTNA General Manager Reports From the Iditarod Trail

On Monday, KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with General Manager and Iditarod Trail Sweep Will Peterson.  Below is the audio of their discussion of the race and the trail.  Note that since this interview was on Monday, the winner of the race had not been determined yet, and Jeff King of Denali Park appeared to have a commanding lead.

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House Bill 77 Returns With Revisions

The controversial bill to change the way the Department of Natural Resources handles some of its permits has been revised and a new draft is being discussed in the state senate.

House Bill 77, which stalled at the end of last year’s legislative session due to a lack of votes, caused a stir when some legislators and members of the public viewed it as a way to allow the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to cut a significant portion of the public process out of permitting decisions.  Legislators and representatives from DNR participated in multiple meetings around the state, including one in Talkeetna, to hear concerns from Alaska residents.  Most of those concerns centered around three issues within the bill.   Read More »

Second Fat Tire Bike Race is Held in Talkeetna

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This past weekend, the second annual Mike Sterling Memorial Bike Race was held in Talkeetna.  Unlike summer events like the Clean Air Challenge or the Big Wild Ride, this race featured a type of bike specially built for ice and snow.

Fat tire bike racing has grown significantly in popularity over the last few years.  The bikes are not an uncommon sight in and around Anchorage, and more riders outside of the city are joining in.  At last weekend’s race, approximately eighty competitors pedaled their way for twenty, forty, or sixty miles on off-road trails. Read More »

Glenallen, Nenana Eliminate Su-Valley in Conference Basketball Tourney

The Su-Valley Rams basketball teams will not be appearing at the state tournament next week.

Over the weekend, the Su-Valley men and women competed in the conference basketball tournament.  Both teams fell short in the finals.  On Friday, the men’s team fell to Glenallen, and the women’s team lost to Nenana.  Glenallen faced off against Nenana in both final games.

On Saturday, the Su-Valley women claimed third place by defeating Tri-Valley 56-26.  The Su-Valley men fell short of third place with a 71-59 loss to Effie Kokrine.

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