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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

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Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

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Obituary for Ann Heck

Monday, July 17, 2017


This obituary was submitted by the family:

Ann Jeanette (Hughes) Heck, 80, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, died peacefully on July 2, 2017 in Gresham, Oregon. Ann was born July 8, 1936 in Colfax, Washington, the daughter of Ethel Enid (Stephens) and Oral Kenneth Hughes. She grew up on the family wheat ranch in Thornton, Washington; graduated from Rosalia High School, where she was active in 4-H, FFA and FHA. She attended the University of Washington where she learned to sail and met JoeL Heck, her husband of 63 years. She earned her B.A. from Washington State University and her M.A. from Oregon State University.

Ann was an adventurer and moved with her husband and three small children to Alaska in 1961. In Alaska Ann was a homemaker, home builder, teacher, homesteader, dog sledder, trapper, hunter, fisherwoman, and leader of 4-H, Montana Creek Mother’s Club, Upper Susitna Seniors, and the Sunshine Seventh-Day Adventist Church. After retirement Ann and JoeL taught English in China and Turkey. After calling Alaska home for over 50 years, Ann and JoeL returned to the Thornton farm, where Ann joined the Rosalia Garden Club, the Whitman County Historical Society’s Perkins House, and the Pullman Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Ann’s love of music lasted to the end.

Ann was pre-deceased by her parents and sister, Carolyn Bostich. She is survived by her husband, daughters Wendy Coffin (Jeff) and Melani Ament (Bobby), sons Kim (Jennifer), and Timothy; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered by extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Rosalia Garden Club.

Obituary for Ricky Ray Koch

Monday, June 26, 2017

Obit Photo Rick

This obituary was submitted by the family:

On June 18, 2017, Father’s Day, Ricky Ray Koch, age 60 lost his life in a motorcycle accident while riding with close friends on the Dalton Highway near Livengood, Alaska, out past Fairbanks. His friends tried to perform CPR on him but were unsuccessful.

A Funeral Mass will be held 29 June at 1:00 pm at Our Lady Of The Angels Catholic Church, 225 South Spruce Street, Kenai, AK followed by a Celebration Of Life at the Kenai Senior Center, 361 Senior Court, Kenai, AK starting at 5:30 PM.

For the Celebration Of Life attendees are invited to wear loud Hawaiian shirts, awful camouflaged shorts and/or mismatched prints in honor of Rick’s truly horrendous fashion sense.

Every July for the past 21 years Rick has organized the Glenn Koch Memorial 1 Pitch Softball Tournament in Talkeetna, Alaska. This year the tournament will be renamed the Glenn & Rick Koch Memorial 1 Pitch Tournament. The tournament will be held in Talkeetna, Alaska, 7-9 July, 2017. Saturday, 8 July, at noon-ish there will be an Opening Ceremony with a dedication to Rick. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Pam Rannals at 907-733-2355.


Obituary for Herbert William Theodore

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This obituary was submitted by the family:

We all look to the day when we can join our loved ones, for Herbert William Theodore, on May 8, 2017 at Mat-Su Regional Hospital, at the age of 85, the Lord took his hand and walked him through the Gates of Heaven to suffer no longer from the battles he had with cancer.
Settler’s Bay Community Church will open their doors at 1pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 for a viewing and memorial. Pastor Mike Sloane will officiate. Burial services will follow at Knik Cemetary (Mile 13 on KGB Road). A potlatch will be held after the burial. (more…)

Remembering Elinore Ebling

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Elinore Ebling with Sarah Kehoe, one of her many friends in the community.

Elinore Ebling with Sarah Kehoe, one of her many friends in the community.


Longtime Talkeetna resident Elinore Ebling passed away last weekend. A faithful KTNA supporter, Elinore also graced our airwaves. The audio segments below are taken from our “Nuggets” program.







The first one is from one of Holly Stinson’s “Neighbor Nuggets”, in 2007, when she talked with several residents in the Question Lake area. Holly included part of the cut “Eblings’ Waltz”, that musician Larry Zarella, another neighborhood resident, wrote for Ace and Elinore Ebling.

The following is from a 2010 Valentine’s Day Nugget, hosted by Colleen Love, in which Laura Wright talked to Elinore about how she met her husband (man of many names), the many places they lived, and what makes a good marriage.



Michael Vaughan Remembrance

Monday, February 20, 2017

Recently, KTNA learned of the passing of Michael Vaughan.  Vaughan played a vital role in getting KTNA on the air, and served as the in-house engineer for many years.  To honor his memory, KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with some of the people who worked alongside Michael Vaughan during his time at the station.



Michael Gwillym Vaughan

Monday, February 13, 2017

Michael Vaughan-MGV

Obituary submitted by the family:

Michael Gwillym Vaughan died February 8, 2017 in Wasilla, AK. Early onset dementia had taken up most of what made Michael a brilliant and infinitely curious man. He was born in Boise, Idaho, on October 24, 1942, to Timothy and Alice Vaughan. Michael grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, and moved to Spokane, Washington, in 1954. During his high school years, he became a ham-radio operator and obtained his first class FCC license, the start of his life-long association with communications technologies. After attending Washington State University he moved to Seattle and started working at public radio station KRAB. He then got a job with SatCom, and began working on the big dish in Brewster. He moved to Talkeetna, Alaska, in 1970 to work at Bartlett Earth Station, where he stayed until they closed the doors three decades later. Michael was involved in public radio his whole life and was instrumental in starting KTNA, Talkeetna’s public radio station. After retiring, he worked as an engineering consultant for many public radio stations across Alaska including KSKO McGrath, KZPA Fort Yukon, and KHNS Haines. For many years, he volunteered with Ski for Light, a program dedicated to enhancing the lives of the visually or mobility impaired. An outdoorsman and adventurer who loved the glaciers and the rivers, Michael was equally at home on raft, dog sled, skis, or on foot, oblivious to cold, devils club, mosquitoes and other elements of the Alaskan wilderness.

Michael is survived by his sister Jane Rehms (spouse John); children (and spouses) Ixtla Vaughan, Dylan Vaughan (Natalie) George Vaughan (Molly), Meghaan Blomberg (Andy); grandchildren Tuk, Finn, George Gwillym, Timothy, Helene, Evan, and Jackson; wife Deborah Vaughan and first wife Carole Hemingway. There will be a celebration of Michael’s life in Talkeetna this spring.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” (Henry David Thoreau)


The family of Michael Vaughan will be having a Celebration of Life at the Latitude 62 on Sunday, April 30th.   Please join us anytime between 3 pm and 6 pm.


Nuggets-Lynn Stevens 6-5-2008

Monday, April 11, 2016

Long time Talkeetna resident Lynn Stevens passed away at age 104 on March 18th.

On May 6th, there will be a memorial at Horizon House, in Anchorage, where she was living. It’s at 3 pm.On May 7th, a service and reception will be held at Wasilla Presbyterian Church, at 2 pm. Cards may be sent to family at P.O. box 80134, Fairbanks, AK 99708.

In this archived program, Lynn Stevens talks to KTNA’s Nuggets host Holly Stinson in 2008.

Obituary for Patricia Grosz

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Submitted by the family:

Longtime Alaska resident and beloved wife and mother, Mrs. Patricia Josephine Grosz, née Callahan, 69, passed away at home surrounded by family on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Patricia was born on August 18, 1945 in Spenard, Alaska to Nellie Ivy Callahan, née Atwater, and John Leahy Callahan. She was the second youngest of 4 siblings. Her father nicknamed her “Paddy” when she was young, inspired by her name and her Irish heritage. When Paddy was a little girl her father moved the family to Gold Creek. The family homesteaded there for several years before becoming seasonal residents, spending summers out on the tracks and winters in Anchorage. (more…)

A force in the Talkeetna community passed on this morning.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

This obituary was submitted by Roberta Sheldon’s family.

Roberta Bille Reeve passed on the morning of June 4, 2014 in the company of her family at her Talkeetna home.  Roberta dearly loved the community and people of Talkeetna.  Her Celebration of Life will be held at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Talkeetna on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 4:00pm.

Roberta was born May 14, 1940, to Robert Reeve and Janice “Tilly” Reeve.  She was their firstborn daughter, named after her father who founded Reeve Aleutian Airways.

Roberta graduated from Anchorage High School, class of 1958.  She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she made deep and lasting friendships with Alaskans from across the state.

She worked in administration for Reeve Aleutian Airways and then traveled the world in her job as a stewardess for a variety of non-scheduled carriers including Flying Tiger Line.

In 1964 she married Don Sheldon and moved to Talkeetna where they co-owned and operated Talkeetna Air Service.  Roberta celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of her arrival in Talkeetna on May 21, 2014.

Roberta was passionate about many environmental and preservation matters.  Her drive emanated from a desire to safeguard the character and integrity of those areas she cared for deeply.  She was a driving force behind the Talkeetna Historical Society and directly responsible for preserving numerous historical Talkeetna structures.  Roberta was exceedingly effective in shaping multiple local and regional land use plans.  She faithfully served as the Chair of the Talkeetna Community Council for many years where she established a voice for Talkeetna and a framework from which to enforce community desires.  Roberta was also a frequent advisor to countless community and environmental groups that tremendously benefited from her insight, and her organizational and writing skills.

As a historian and writer, Roberta contributed to many publications including Alaska Magazine.  She authored many published opinion pieces and letters to the editors of Alaska based news publications.  Roberta also wrote The Heritage of Talkeetna and The Mystery of The Cache Creek Murders, two authoritative books on life and historical accounts of the upper Susitna Valley.

She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Sheldon.

Roberta is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Holly and David Lee, daughter and son-in-law Kate Sheldon and Steve Mairose, son Robert Sheldon and daughter-in-law Marne Sheldon, granddaughters Tilly Sheldon Geiger and Reeve Mairose and grandsons Taylor Sheldon, Ryan Sheldon and Cameron Sheldon.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the organization Roberta lovingly created named the Talkeetna Defense Fund, P.O. Box 292, Talkeetna, AK 99676.