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


Two arrested for attempted Willow burglary

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Two Talkeetna men have been arrested and charged in connection with an attempted burglary in Willow last month. According to the Alaska State Troopers, 45-year-old Lowell Scott Johnson and 25-year-old Joshua Pate were arrested on Monday without incident. Johnson and Pate are charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, and tampering with evidence.

Troopers say the crime the men are accused of occurred on November 9th. According to the initial report on that day, two men attempted to enter a residence on Pass The Bait Avenue in Willow, but left after encountering the homeowner.

The arrest report accuses Johnson and Pate of entering the residence and assaulting the occupant in an attempt to steal property. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says that the homeowner was armed, and that the accused men fled. Both men are being held on bail at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.

Troopers: Warrant issued for Petersville break-ins

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Joel Gould

Joel Gould. Photo: Alaska State Troopers


A grand jury has indicted a Wasilla man on eight charges relating to a series of break-ins in the Petersville area in August. Charges include burglary, theft, vehicle theft, tampering with evidence, and criminal mischief.


The Alaska State Troopers have issued a $10,000 felony warrant for Joel Gould, 20, of Wasilla. Troopers say Gould is known to frequent the Anchorage, Mat-Su, and King Cove areas. Anyone with information on Gould’s whereabouts can call the Alaska State Troopers at 907-352-5401 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333. Troppers say Crime Stoppers calls may be anonymous.


A photo of Gould, released by the troopers on Wednesday, is posted at KTNA.org.

Troopers Arrest Idaho Fugitive in Willow

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On Sunday, Talkeetna Wildlife Troopers arrested a man wanted in Idaho after conducting a traffic stop in Willow.  The driver, Dustin Simpson, is wanted for probation violation.  According to Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters, Simpson’s probation was due to a charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident.  His probation violation earned him the label of “Fugitive from Justice.”  Simpson was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, where he is being held on $500 bail.

Millers Market in Houston Robbed at Gunpoint

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On Tuesday evening, an armed man entered Millers Market in Houston and demanded cash.  The man was masked, and pointed a gun at two employees, who are described by store owner Gary Miller as teenage females.  Miller says that the gunman was masked, making identification difficult. He says that surveillance footage is being reviewed for any clues, and that the tape will be provided to the Alaska State Troopers. (more…)

Man held without bail for violating protective order in Willow

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Houston man was arrested in Willow on Monday afternoon for violating a Domestic Violence Protective Order. According to Trooper reports, 49-year-old Jeffery Laplant of Houston violated the Protective Order by appearing at the workplace of a woman who had a petition against him. Troopers responded at approximately 3 pm, and after an investigation, Laplant was placed under arrest and transported to MatSu pretrial and remanded on the charge of violating a Domestic Violence Protective Order. He is currently being held with out bail.

Court order requires Trapper Creek festival to follow Borough regulations

Monday, May 16, 2011

An Alaska Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered the promoter of the Trapper Creek Bluegrass festivals to follow Mat Su Borough regulations on outdoor gatherings.

The Borough Attorney says the action came about because of citizen complaints.  Complaints on the two separate festivals started in 2006. (more…)

Missing persons case from last year still a mystery

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Last year, in April, a  30 year old man from Wasilla vanished in the Talkeetna area without a trace.  The case remains a mystery to those involved with the search.

“Chucky” Palmer, age 30


Single car accident slows traffic on Spur Road

Friday, April 29, 2011

aired wed. (4/27) – Talkeetna Fire Department and Rescue and Alaska state troopers responded to a single car accident along the Talkeetna Spur Road this morning (4/27).

According to Fire Chief Ken Farina, the southbound car struck the guard rail at the bottom of the hill at Answer Creek and traveled part way up the hill before coming to a stop.

The driver, William Helser the 3rd, age 30, was not injured. He was the only one in the car at the time. He was arrested on a driving under the influence charge..

Traffic was slowed slightly due to emergency vehicles.  Farina said their main role in the accident was traffic control to get motorists safely past the accident.

Wasilla man recently arraigned on DUI killed in one vehicle rollover near Trapper Creek

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Trapper Creek Rescue and ambulance and Talkeetna rescue responded to a motor vehicle rollover near Trapper Creek Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers responding to the accident report that a vehicle, operated by Joseph E. Carroll, 31 of Wasilla, was traveling southbound on the Parks Highway when it left the roadway and rolled multiple times, ejecting Carroll.  Citizens driving by soon after the crash attempted CPR, but Carroll was declared dead at the scene. (more…)