KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

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KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Early voting continues in the Upper Valley through Monday

Nationwide, early voting numbers are currently double what they were a week out from the election in 2012. According to NBC news, more than 26 million ballots have already been cast.

Early voting began in Alaska last week and will run through next Monday for those who may not be able to vote on Election Day next Tuesday.

In addition to the high-profile and contentious presidential race, Upper Valley voters will have a voice in choosing one U.S. Senator, the lone U.S. Representative, and the Alaska House District 10 seat. The two candidates for House District 10, David Eastman and Patricia Faye-Brazel will both be part of a special Su Valley Voice this Thursday at 10:00 am on KTNA.

Two ballot measures are also on the 2016 ballot. Ballot Measure 1 would allow for automatic voter registration whenever an individual applies for a Permanent Fund Dividend. The ballot measure does allow for an opt-out for automatic voter registration.

Ballot Measure 2 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the State of Alaska to issue general obligation bonds, backed by the state, to fund postsecondary student loans.

Early voting locations in the Upper Valley are at the Talkeetna and Trapper Creek public libraries. The Talkeetna library is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Trapper Creek library is open noon to 7:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, and noon to 6:00pm on Saturday.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Stories of Portugal (part 2), by Karon Jahn

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15,000 miles of travel in Europe without an itinerary

yielded many stories.

Here are some from a favorite country.

Karon begins part 2 as she leaves the Algarve Coast.



Seeking a more Portuguese flavor, I boarded a train north to Aveiro. Only the locals in Lagos seemed to know the town, verifying for me that my western European dinner companions had not seen much of Portugal. I was told to eat the Ovos moles, where chocolate takes on a whole new meaning of flavor. And buy the salt scrub.

So I headed north again, this time staying on the Atlantic coast. I arrived a bit south of Porto. Aviero lives up to its title of “Portuguese Venice.” It is a working community of canals and boats, with a nod to tourism. Two months later I spent a few days in Venice, Italy and decided that I liked Aviero better. Why? Because I discovered Aviero’s prolific use of Azulejo blue tiles, its ever present cathedrals whose bells rang merrily each hour on Sunday, Art Nouveau buildings around every corner, and a music store hidden in a small plaza blasting Fado.

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Tips for Healthy Living–10-28-2016


A  live 15-minute conversation about health and wellness

from the Sunshine Community Health Center.

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

Deborah Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the clinic.

On this segment, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and other types of depression are the main topics of discussion. Deborah Young, one of the recent behavioral health providers to be hired at the clinic,  also talks about how diagnosis and treatment of depression is part of integrated health care at SCHC.

Su Valley Voice: House District 10 Candidates

This month, both candidates for Alaska House District 10 joined Phillip Manning for Su-Valley Voice for a one-on-one discussion of their policy views and vision for the state.


Patricia Faye-Brazel (Recorded October 5th, 2016)


David Eastman (Recorded October 26th, 2016


On November 3rd, Su Valley Voice will be a candidate forum with David Eastman and Patricia Faye-Brazel.


Susitna Writer’s Voice–Stories of Portugal, (part one), by Karon Jahn


15,000 miles of travel in Europe without an itinerary

yielded many stories.

Here are some from a favorite country.

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Last February, I sat shivering in a taxi on a cold morning as the driver asked me “a donde quieres ir?” He’d thoughtfully spoken in Spanish, as that was the language I’d used when I slid, gratefully, into the warmth of his backseat. Thirty minutes earlier I’d jumped off the train, tote slung over my shoulder, and marched purposely through the small station in Evora Portugal. In my search for early morning coffee I’d barely noticed the exquisite blue-tile murals or the lone taxi. Failing my quest, I’d returned to the train station, the only constant in my 90 days of travel with no itinerary. Staring out the window, and for the first time in my life, I answered the question all taxi drivers ask stating: “I have absolutely no idea.” He smiled, and replied in perfect English: “I will drop you in front of the Tourist Information Center.”

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Moose Creek Fire now at forty-six percent containment

The Moose Creek wildfire between Palmer and Sutton is now forty-six percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry, and that number is expected to continue upward.

On Tuesday, officials had expressed hope that calmer winds would make fighting the 303-acre wildfire less difficult. That appears to have happened, and Incident Commander Phil Blydenburgh says firefighters were no longer forced to “chase” the fire, and were able to start holding it in place.

The Division of Forestry says the fire was mainly smoldering and creeping on Tuesday, with some open flames and tree “torching” in the interior. Blydenburgh expects the containment percentage to continue to rise as firefighters use hoses, engines, and bulldozers to ensure the wildfire doesn’t spread.

The Moose Creek fire started over the weekend and grew to over 300 acres. At its peak, more than ninety personnel were involved in the effort to extinguish the fire. Some resources are now being demobilized as crews come closer to full containment.

Man arrested in Downtown Talkeetna; charged with threatening others with bat

On Tuesday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers responded to a call of a man threatening people with a baseball bat in Downtown Talkeetna.


According to Troopers, 29-year-old Jensen Green destroyed private property and made at least one person fear imminent injury during the incident.


Troopers arrested Green and transported him to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer. He is charged with fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

Firefighters hope calmer winds will make fighting Moose Creek fire easier

More than ninety people are currently fighting the Moose Creek wildfire between mile 54 and 58 of the Glenn Highway.

The Moose Creek fire is currently estimated at 328 acres. The fire began over the weekend, and strong winds caused it to grow rapidly. According to the Alaska Division of Forestry, winds in the area have been between twenty-five and thirty miles-per-hour with gusts of up to sixty miles-per-hour.

Officials hope that calmer winds will make containing the Moose Creek wildfire easier. Winds in the area are expected to be about half as strong as over the weekend.

In addition to the Moose Creek fire, firefighters responded to a five-acre fire on Monday that was started by a downed power line. Ground crews and helicopters were able to contain the new fire before it spread significantly.

As of Tuesday morning, the Moose Creek Fire is twenty-two percent contained.

Talkeetna’s “Ole Dahl Cabin” Gets Structural Boost

Scott Holcomb stands in front of the Ole Dahl cabin. Photo: Katie Writer - KTNA

Scott Holcomb stands in front of the Ole Dahl cabin. Photo: Katie Writer – KTNA

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

A historic Talkeetna cabin has been placed back on its foundation after structural restoration work. Grants from the Alaska Association of Historic Preservation and Talkeetna Community Council revenue sharing funded the restoration of the Ole Dahl Cabin near the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Scott Holcomb, who did a substantial portion of the structural work, about the project.

Talkeetna Historical Society Executive Director Sue Deyoe, says more work remains to be done on the historic cabin, which will require additional funding.