KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

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KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

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Wasilla Man Arrested for DUI, Assault, Weapons Charge in Talkeetna

On Thursday, the Alaska State Troopers arrested Joseph Garner Jr. of Wasilla for assault, DUI, and misconduct involving a weapon in Talkeetna.  Troopers say that Garner, age 33, was driving his motorcycle under the influence of alcohol and stopped in the road near a home on Dragonfly Hollow Drive.

Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says that the homeowner went outside to make sure everything was ok, and eventually allowed Garner to pull into the driveway.  The resident then went inside, and Ipsen says Garner began acting strangely and banging on the door.  The door was locked, and Garner was unable to get inside.  He then displayed a handgun and walked around the house.  Beth Ipsen says Garner did not threaten to shoot anyone. When troopers arrived, Ipsen says that Garner was very cooperative.  The responding trooper arrested Garner and transported him to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, where he is being held on $5,000 bail.

Going My Way? Writer Attempts Aerial Hitchhike from Key West to Barrow

Amber Nolan upon arrival in Tok, Alaska. www.JetHiking.com

In Talkeetna, a writer is looking to hitch a ride to Point Barrow.  She doesn’t want to go by ground, however.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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At KTNA, we often have people contact us asking for help finding a ride.  Normally, it’s someone needing to get to town for an appointment or looking for a ride to the airport.  On Wednesday, a very different kind of ride-seeker walked through our doors.

MANNING: So, you’re hitchhiking by plane, trying to reach all fifty states?


That’s Amber Nolan.  She’s a travel writer who has been hitching rides on private aircraft for the better part of two years.  Her goal for this leg of her journey is to make it from Key West, Florida, to Point Barrow, Alaska.  Amber says her work has taken her all over the world, but she had not seen as much of America as she would like, so she decided to start traveling. Read More »

Sheep Hunter Rescued Near Talkeetna

Also on Wednesday, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of an injured hunter in the Heart Mountain area, northwest of Talkeetna.  Troopers say Chris Kahahawai of Wasilla was sheep hunting when he fell and suffered a compound fracture to his shoulder.  Kahahawai was able to use his satellite phone to contact his family, who then called the troopers.  Kahahawai was too injured to leave the area on his own.  The 11th Rescue Coordination Center was contacted and responded with an HC-130 airplane and a Pavehawk helicopter.  The air rescue team found Chris Kahahawai at around 5:00 pm and were able to transport him to Anchorage for treatment of his injuries.

Hikers Rescued From Stampede Trail

On Wednesday, the Alaska State Troopers reported a search and rescue operation that occurred last week on the Stampede Trail near Healy.  On Wednesday, August 6th, a Wisconsin woman called troopers to report that she had received a distress message from a SPOT locator near the intersection of the Stampede Trail and the Teklanika River. The Tri-Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded with ATVs from Healy and located the party of Matthew Peot, Thomas Young, and Kenneth Young.

Troopers say that Thomas Young was injured when he tripped and fell while carrying an ax.  The Tri-Valley volunteers gave the three hikers a ride out of the area.

The Stampede Trail is the route to the abandoned bus that served as a temporary home for Christopher McCandless, the subject of the book and film, Into the Wild.

Borough Assembly Will Meet Again on a $12m Question

On Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly met to discuss a letter from the Federal Transit Authority asking for repayment of $12 million in grant funds.  That money was used to fund a ferry project between Port MacKenzie and Anchorage that was never completed. Most of Tuesday’s meeting took place in executive session.  The Assembly decided to hold another meeting on August 21st to continue the discussion.  Deputy Mayor Ronald Arvin says the Assembly needs to know more before making a decision on how to respond to the FTA letter.

“There are several potential solutions and responses to that, so we’ve asked staff to put together some additional information, because we couldn’t arrive at a conclusion without knowing some additional details, and that will be the basis of the [August 21st] meeting.” Read More »

Oil Tax Referendum Ignites a Neighborly Sign War

by:  Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN

On top of being the most expensive ballot measure in state history, next week’s referendum on oil taxes may also be one of the most contentious. The polling shows a tight race, with the state’s voters almost equally divided on the question. Which means that no matter which side you’re on, it’s almost inevitable you’ll have to deal with someone who disagrees. Alaska Public Media’s Alexandra Gutierrez has this story of a block divided.


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Denise Roselle and Dan Anderson share a lot as neighbors. He plows her driveway; she lets him park his truck there. Their Spenard ranch homes are nearly identical save the paint jobs. But there’s one area where they’re clearly divided.

ROSELLE: I am voting yes on Proposition One.
ANDERSON: I am voting no on Proposition One. Read More »

Classics for Kids–The Adventures of Tom Sawyer #11

KTNA volunteer Cari Sayre continues The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain.

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The Free Box is Closed, but Maybe Not Forever

Talkeetna is home to a number of stores, most of which cater to visitors.  One, however, is more geared toward locals, and you don’t need much money, none, in fact, in order to shop there.  Recently, however, it has closed its doors, leading to concern among some locals.

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For the last few days, the windows and door of the Free Box Community Store have been boarded up.  That left many local residents wondering if the store will ever re-open.  Nancy Yow, board president for the Free Box, says permanent closure is unlikely.

“Don’t panic.  It’s just reorganization.  It’s happened however many times before, and we’ve always gotten better.” Read More »

Search for Missing Fisherman Ends

On Saturday, the search for a missing fisherman around Willow Creek was called off.  Jerry Warner of Missouri was last seen on August 3rd walking upstream from an RV campground for a solo fishing trip.  The Alaska State Troopers describe Warner as an experienced outdoorsman, but say that he did not have survival gear or a cell phone with him when he was last seen.

The six-day search included troopers, Mat-Su Borough emergency responders, and volunteers from a number of search and rescue groups.  Up to forty people were searching for Warner at one point using dogs, ATVs, boats, and a helicopter, but no sign of him has been found.  Troopers say that they will analyze and respond if any new clues to Warner’s location are found.  His photograph and description have been added to the Alaska State Trooper website along with more than ninety other missing persons.

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