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 airport wood salvage opens to local residents


Katelin Walczyk and Matt Hiller at the public wood salvage for the Talkeetna airport project. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

As the Talkeetna State Airport project moves forward, the contract company, AHTNA has opened up the job site to offer locals an opportunity to heat their homes.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with several people on site.

After a rainy past few weeks, the sun has returned just in time for the local wood salvage at the Takeetna State Airport. Thousands of trees were downed for the airport expansion and AHTNA is offering locals access to the project for free firewood for a two week period. Hours of operation are  from 8 am – 6 pm, Monday thru Sunday, though closed September 4th and 5th in observance of Labor Day.  Read More »

Mat-Su Health Foundation names local man as Bert Hall Award winner

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

Each year, the Mat-Su Health Foundation presents it’s Bert Hall, or “Bertie” award to an individual who the organization believes “exemplifies commitment to improving the health and wellness of Mat-Su residents.” This year’s recipient of the Bertie is Upper Valley resident Herman Thompson. Thompson spoke with KTNA’s Katie Writer about his efforts in community service.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–Nature’s Dance of Light and Sound, by Bill Was

Fall & the Kidz cropped

Growing up in the Midwest I saw all kinds of extreme meteorological conditions from ice storms to heat waves, blizzards to cold snaps and tornadoes to severe thunderstorms. Without question one of my favorite kinds of intense weather involves the aforementioned severe thunderstorms. Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living


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.

Recent thefts in Trapper Creek include two “Wounded Warrior” donation jars

The Alaska State Troopers are looking for information regarding multiple thefts in Trapper Creek. On August 5th, Troopers responded to a business after a report of burglary and theft of tools. Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters later identified the business as “Wal-Mike’s,” which is near Mile 115 of the Parks Highway. While at the scene, Troopers were told about other thefts in the area from July onward. One of the items stolen in an earlier theft was a jar with approximately $400 in it that Troopers were told was a donation jar for a charity supporting wounded soldiers.

On the morning of August 20th, Troopers were again called to Wal-Mike’s after another donation jar for wounded soldiers was stolen. This time, the jar is estimated to have contained approximately $300.

Megan Peters says there have been multiple thefts in the area in recent months. Troopers ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 745-3333 or Alaska State Trooper dispatch at 352-5401.

Su Valley Principal discusses new school year, school programs

Each year brings new faces to Su Valley Junior and Senior High School. This year, that includes Principal David Booth. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Booth about his outlook on the new school year.

Talkeetna sewer lagoon tests improve over last year, but not consistently in permit limits

While the issues facing Talkeetna’s sewer lagoon have seen significant improvement over last year, the system remains out of compliance with its state permit.


For each of the last four months, tests conducted for fecal coliform bacteria in the water flowing out of the lagoon have been lower, in some cases more than five times lower, than results from 2015. In two months, May and July, the results meet the requirements of the lagoon’s permit from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. In June and August, tests of the system are out of compliance, though August’s results are not yet official.


This year marks the third summer in which the lagoon has had results out of compliance. This year, the Mat-Su Borough’s Public Works Department has taken a number of steps to bring the system closer to compliance. Starting this spring, borough staff worked to replant the constructed wetlands that wastewater flows through after treatment. The wetlands are designed to provide natural cleaning of the water before it enters the Talkeetna River. Those wetlands were damaged in the 2006 flood.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice: StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Kathleen for StarDate

The activities of La Luna, the returning stars in a darkening night sky, and more about next year’s total solar eclipse.






Note for the link below to the viewing map of the total solar eclipse for August of 2017:  Times listed are in Universal Time and must be corrected to get local times.  Example:  UT -8 = ADT





Earth’s counterclockwise orbit around the Sun means we are always moving toward the generalized position of the 3rd quarter Moon.




Talkeetna Elementary continues to grow

Although it still may be summer mode for visitors and locals of Talkeetna, school officially started on Monday, August 15th. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Talkeetna Elementary School principal, Lisa Shelby about the 2016-2017 school year.