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


Missing hiker found safe in Denali National Park

A hiker missing in Denali National Park over the weekend was found Sunday evening.

According to the National Park Service, 42-year-old Mukunda Egen of California was located by a helicopter at the headwaters of the Sanctuary River around 7:45 pm on Sunday.

Before being located on Sunday, Egen had last been seen Friday night about six miles away in the area of the Teklanika campground. Egen and a hiking partner became separated when Egen took a different route back to the campground. The pair lost sight of each other in foggy conditions, and Egen’s companion attempted to retrace their route before returning to the campground early Saturday morning and notifying Denali National Park rangers. Search efforts began Saturday morning, with approximately fifty people contributing to the search by air and ground.

Though he did not have additional food or water with him, and was not equipped for staying overnight in the wilderness, park officials say that Egen was in good condition when found by rescue personnel.

Search efforts underway for missing hiker in Denali National Park

According to the National Park Service, approximately forty people are searching for a missing California hiker in Denali National Park.

42-year-old Mukunda Egen is seasonally employed in the area of the park, and was last seen Friday night in the area of the Teklanika Campground. Park officials say Egen is six feet, one inch tall, and weighs around 170 pounds. He has brown hair, a short beard, and was last seen wearing an orange jacket and gray hat. Egen is described as a “novice backpacker,” and the National Park Service says he only had a small amount of food and water in a daypack.

Egen was hiking with a partner on Friday. The pair separated Friday around 11:00 p.m. Egen’s hiking partner says Egen complained of knee pain earlier in the day hike and opted to take a less steep path back to the campground. Park officials say Egen’s companion attempted to retrace their route, then contacted rangers after reaching the campground early Saturday morning.

Weather and terrain are impacting search efforts, with rain and fog currently covering the search area. The National Park Service says five teams of hikers, two helicopters, and two search and rescue dog teams are currently combing the area.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“The Education of a Novice Packrafter”, by Willi Prittie


Talkeetna resident and wilderness adventurer Willi Prittie

remembers two unforgettable learning experiences on fast-flowing water,

one with friends on a warm desert river,

the other on a cold flooded creek in Southcentral  Alaska.

(This program was originally broadcast in June 2014)

KTNA broadcasting local shows over the weekend, otherwise, KSKA programming

Friday afternoon–KTNA is not able to broadcast good quality live-received programming like NPR and BBC news programs.

Our volunteers will still be able to host local announcements and music shows.

Enjoy KSKA’s weekend schedule!

Governor Walker, Mat-Su Assembly discuss budget cuts

At the end of last month, Governor Bill Walker vetoed items in the state budget totaling nearly $1.3 billion. Walker says the vetoes were necessary in order to cut state expenditure at a time of significant revenue shortfall.


“There’s nothing on the horizon that’s all of a sudden going to turn the situation around. We would need to have about 1.8 million barrels of oil in a pipeline that has 500,000 barrels today. We’re going to need to have oil at $120 a barrel that is $45 today. Neither of these is going to happen. I just can’t make decisions assuming that’s going to happen.”


The most controversial of his decisions was effectively capping this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend check for each Alaskan at $1,000. Beyond that, however, many cuts have effects that are trickling down to municipalities. For example, Governor Walker’s decision to scale back reimbursement for school bonds means $5.7 million less in revenue for the Mat-Su Borough. Read More »

Susitna Writer’s Voice–On My Way to the Apocalypse, by Ellen Thea

Susitna Writer’s Voice–On My Way to the Apocalypse, by Ellen Thea

Tips for Healthy Living 7-15-2016

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A  live 15-minute conversation about health and health news

from the Sunshine Community Health Center:

It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with in-studio guest Keith Kehoe,

Physician Assistant at the clinic.



On this program, Keith talks about the relationship between chicken pox and shingles, how to identify an outbreak of shingles, and why he recommends a shingles vaccine for people in their sixties.

Keith also wants people to know about a free four-day camp for young people 15 to 21 who might be interested in careers in behavioral health, a field which has too few providers in Alaska.  The camp starts August 1st in Anchorage.


2016 Cardboard Boat Regatta



by: Katie Writer – KTNA

Another year of nautical fun in the sun. By Katie Writer

Northern Susitna Institute enjoyed another year of sunny skies for the 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta held at Christiansen Lake.

The spectators of the 2016 Carboard Boat Regatta enjoyed looking closely at the boats before they entered the water. The various shapes and sizes look like works of art when untouched by water. But as soon as they shove off from shore, it becomes quite obvious which ones have a short life span. For Finn Benischek and Tristan Shelby, their boxlike boat design, “The Mudskipper” had some double motives. The pair managed to make their way around three of four marks, and then capsized before the crowd. “Go SeaHawks,” was spray painted on the hull and it was obvious that the race was not complete until this was in full view. Read More »

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Mosquitoes, Tourists, and Summer Sunlight”, by Bill Was

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Talkeetna blogger Bill Was writes about his attempts to adjust to a few aspects of summer in the Susitna Valley.




Today just happens to be yet another gorgeous late morning here in the Talkeetna area; the sun rides hot and high in the azure sky while gentle WSW breezes riffle the new leaves on trees and other plants. The temperature is already above 60°F on its way to the middle seventies; that’s perhaps fifteen degrees above normal but then that’s how the temps have been running. After a ‘winter’ – and I use the term very loosely – sleep the landscape has once again exploded into summer’s color and foliage. And with this seasonal shift came additional markers of the late spring in south-central Alaska; the mosquitoes are out in force, the village is once again awash in tourists and there is no longer a dark night sky.

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