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


Mark Wildermuth’s Iditarod Report 3-7-2016

Recorded live from the KTNA studio on Monday evening:

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

Kathleen for StarDate

In addition to info about what you can see in the night sky,

Kathleen talks about solar eclipses,

including the one happening this coming Tuesday, March 8th, in the afternoon.

Alaskans with the right equipment will get to see a partial eclipse, just a nibble.

Mushers share their thoughts before 2016 Iditarod


This past weekend saw the start of the 44th Iditarod Sled Dog Race. KTNA was in Anchorage for the ceremonial start and Willow. We’ll be bringing you their stories this week. In this first installment, KTNA’s Katie Writer speaks with people involved in the Iditarod at the ceremonial start.


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 this Friday’s in-studio guest Keith Kehoe, Physician’s Assistant at the clinic. They discuss the presence of influenza A in the community, and the increase in sinus infections this time of year: why that might be, the amazing amount of mucous that can be produced in a day, (a gallon!), why sinus infections are often not treatable with antibiotics, and some of the non-medicinal treatments for sinus infections. Holly asks whether there is a downside to the rapid increase in daylight, and Keith says we should all try to keep things in balance. Holly has a tip of her own about a fun way to keep your balance while getting some exercise out on the icy roads and trails of the season.

Oosik trail-meister talks conditions

Wade Hopkins, Trail-Meister for the Oosik Classic Ski Race. Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

Wade Hopkins, Trail-Meister for the Oosik Classic Ski Race. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

While out enjoying a snow machine ride, KTNA’s Katie Writer ran into

Trail-Meister Wade Hopkins while he was grooming the track for the upcoming Oosik Classic Ski Race. Here’s Wade’s report on current trail conditions.

More details on the Oosik Classic are available at www.denalinordicskiclub.org.

Borough Assembly pushes marijuana buffer zone vote to March 15th

At Tuesday night’s Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting, nearly twenty people addressed the assembly regarding rules for commercial marijuana businesses in the borough. Ultimately, the assembly chose to push a decision on the current ordinance until the March 15th meeting.

The ordinance before the assembly will set up the rules for conditional use permits for potential marijuana businesses. They include requirements for licensing and setbacks from protected areas like schools and churches. Most of those buffer zones are covered by the regulations established by the State of Alaska. One particular proposed buffer would potentially zone out all of Downtown Talkeetna from commercial cannabis.

That restriction includes a 500 foot buffer around public parks.   Parks are not included in the state regulations. The borough planning commission advised that the assembly not include the additional buffer requirement.

Most borough residents who spoke at the meeting were generally supportive of the efforts by the boroughs Marijuana Advisory Committee. Some, including former Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss advocated that a decision be delayed until after the October borough election. DeVilbiss is a supporter of a ballot question that would completely outlaw commercial marijuana in the unincorporated areas of the borough.


The ordinance is set for its next hearing on March 15th.

In Republican caucus, Cruz wins state, Trump wins Susitna Valley

If Susitna Valley Republicans chose for the whole country, Donald J. Trump would be the nominee for President of the United States.

Republicans around the state voted in presidential preference polls as part of Super Tuesday. Only voters registered as Republicans on Tuesday were eligible to vote.

Statewide, Ted Cruz won the state, with 36.4% of the vote. Trump came in second with 33.5%. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and John Kasich came in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

In House District 10, which includes the Upper Valley and runs as far south as Wasilla, Trump Received 43.6% of the vote, and Cruz received 34.4%.

Statewide, Alaskan Republican and Democratic primary voters have aligned with the eventual nominee since 2000. The Democratic caucus is on March 26th. As with the Republicans, only registered Democrats are allowed to vote in the caucus.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Scientific Truth vs. Political Agendas”, by Bill Was

Canine Snowplows

An essay by Talkeetna resident Bill Was,

from his blog at talkeetnatraces.com

In the wake of the UN sponsored meetings in Paris covering climate change once again the ‘news’ – and I use this term very loosely – is abuzz with the gamut of views from outright denial to fanatical following. I concur that the earth’s climate appears to be warming but I remain very unsure as to what part human beings have played in this scenario especially as versed with how much of this change stems from some naturally occurring geologic pattern or meteorologically based shifts.

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Arctic Entries in Talkeetna, February 2016

Arctic Entries is a live storytelling event that its Anchorage organizers brought to Talkeetna. This is the first of a series of three that are planned for this year, sponsored by the Talkeetna Historical Society. You’ll hear stories by Rollie Ostermick, Jack McDonald, Steve Durr, Jodie Rodwell, Rose Jenne, Johnny Baker, and Don Lee.

Here’s the first half:

And the second half, with about fifteen minutes of local music at the end: