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Denali National Park, Susitna River Coalition, and Susitna Salmon Center host public celebrations

Denali National Park Ranger Roger Robinson tries his hand at the atlatl demonstration. Photo: Phillip Manning - KTNA

Denali National Park Ranger Roger Robinson tries his hand at the atlatl demonstration. Photo: Phillip Manning – KTNA

Correction:  This story has been updated to reflect the role of the Susitna River Coalition in organizing the Alaska Wild Salmon Day event.

Sunday saw celebrations that drew locals and visitors at both the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station and the Susitna Salmon Center.

At the ranger station, Monica Magari explains the day’s events.

“We’re celebrating Denali National Park’s 100th birthday, and the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station’s 20th birthday, so a variety of hands-on activities, music, birthday cake, and we kicked everything off with the river cleanup.”

Activities at the ranger station included an atlatl demonstration and various stations where children learned about the impressive qualities of some of Alaska’s wildlife. Kids tried to hold their breath as long as a beaver, run as fast as a caribou, and jump as high as a snowshoe hare. For their efforts, they were rewarded with a junior ranger badge. Read More »

StarDate Susitna 8-14-2017

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More segments from past programs about the upcoming eclipse Monday August 21st. Kathleen talks about modern eclipse-chasing, as well as eclipses in past times, and their chasers. Eclipse shades and info sheets are still available at KTNA this week during office hours, while supplies last!

Ecology of Glacial Rivers: Side Channels

The fourth in a series from the Susitna Salmon Center: The Ecology of Glacial Rivers. This segment by Jeff Davis tells how side channels and side sloughs provide important salmon spawning and rearing habitat.

The balance between the amount and timing of high flows and sediment transported from glaciers results in a number of different kinds of habitats in glacial rivers. Previously, we compared the fast main channel that contains a large amount of suspended sediment and clear-water upland sloughs that develop in abandoned channels cut off from the mainstem. Other habitat types common in glacial rivers include side channels and side sloughs. These two habitat types differ in the amount of water they receive from the main channel compared to groundwater sources.

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Tips for Healthy Living 8-11-17

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A  live 15-minute conversation about health and wellness  from health care providers in our communities. It’s hosted by Holly Stinson, with today’s in-studio guests from Sunshine Community Health Center — Physician Assistant Keith Kehoe, and Corey Ambrose, a second year medical school student who grew up in Talkeetna.  They talk about some events at the clinic and what other Talkeetna students should think about if they are interested in a career in medicine.

 

Borough Attorney: Talkeetna sales tax would have to be spent on sewer and water system

On October 3rd, eligible voters who live inside the Talkeetna Sewer and Water District will decide whether or not to institute a three-percent sales tax to pay for the system.

Since the proposal was first made, some have questioned whether the money raised through the tax would end up being spent elsewhere. According to a recent letter written by Mat-Su Borough Attorney Nicholas Spiropoulos, the sales tax revenue would have to be spent on operations and capital projects related to the sewer and water system. Read More »

The News from the Ranger Station 8-10-2017

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Savage River, Denali National Park and Preserve-NPS photo

In this weekly segment, produced by the staff of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, visitors answer the question, What is wilderness?

StarDate Susitna, 8-6-2017 by Kathleen Fleming

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A brand new show about the upcoming Great American Eclipse on August 21st:  how eclipses happen, about the path of totality, (above) and if you aren’t going there, how to SAFELY observe the partial eclipse here in the Upper Susitna Valley with eclipse shades, or using other indirect methods of viewing the eclipse, using items like a colandar, (above) or a spatula, or the dappled light beneath trees, or the sun’s reflection off water. There will be eclipse viewing gatherings at the schools, and at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station. Hear the details of all this, and don’t forget about the Perseid meteor shower at the end of the week!

Coho salmon counts rise significantly on Little Susitna, Deshka

Daily counts for coho salmon on the Deshka River.  This year (red) compared to 2016 (black).  Photo via screengrab

Daily counts for coho salmon on the Deshka River. This year (red) compared to 2016 (black). Photo via screengrab

After a very slow start, the coho salmon runs on the Little Susitna and Deshka Rivers saw a significant uptick over the weekend.

Late last week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order eliminating the use of bait for coho, also known as silver, salmon on the Little Su. As of last Thursday, only about 700 fish had passed the counting weir. The sustainable goal for the Little Susitna is for at least 10,000 cohos to make it to their spawning grounds.   Fish and Game warned that additional restrictions could be in store for anglers unless the run improved. Read More »

Tips for Healthy Living 8-4-17

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A  live 15-minute conversation about health and wellness  from health care providers in our communities. Today’s tips for healthy living are for dogs!  Talkeetna veterinarian Jennifer Pironis joined host Holly Stinson in the KTNA studio to focus on the canine members of the family.  They talked about exercise, feeding, allergies, and swimmer’s itch.