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


Jenne and Pratt pass away over the weekend

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Two home deaths of long time Talkeetna residents occurred this past weekend.

Gene Jenne, age 81, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday.

Jenne owned and operated Three Rivers Laundromat  and gas station in downtown Talkeetna with his wife, Rose, for years. He was a well-known, and a well respected community member that everyone will remember fondly. Gene did a number of things for the community behind the scenes that not everyone was aware of — he was known as a person with a big heart that did a lot for the community.

The family is planning a memorial service that will be announced to the community soon.

(Listeners can go to Nuggets to listen to a half hour conversation with Rose and Gene in 2009)

Alaska State Troopers  responded to a call on Sunday afternoon about a deceased family member on Barge Road near Talkeetna.   Troopers said Anna Pratt, age 57, died at her home Sunday. No foul play is suspected.

Pratt was also a long time member of the community. Her children attended and graduated from Su Valley High School and were well known top athletes.   She and her husband were both formerly real estate agents in Talkeetna.  She was recently on the list to be interviewed for the position of Talkeetna Historical Museum curator.

Fast killed near downtown Talkeetna Friday evening

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Alaska State Troopers responded to reports of a gunshot at 9:15 Friday evening at the Latitude 62 in Talkeetna.

Dirk Fast, age 53, of Talkeetna was shot and killed inside the restaurant bar. (more…)

Efforts continue on retrieving Puryear from Tibet

Friday, October 29, 2010

Close friends are continuing to assist Michelle O’Neil Puryear to bring her husband back to the U.S.  Joe Puryear died tragically on Labuche Kang in Tibet on Tuesday. He was 37 years old.  Puryear’s climbing blog is posting information about the retrieval effort and how friends can contribute.  Readers can go to an article here in the Seattle Times for a tribute to Puryear and for more information on the climb.

Mountaineer Joe Puryear dies in Tibet

Mountaineer Joe Puryear dies in Tibet

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Joe Puryear in Tibet in 2007. photo courtesy of Mike Gauthier

Climbers and mountaineers in Talkeetna and around the world are mourning the death of Joe Puryear.  He died Tuesday while trying to pioneer a route on Labuche Kang, a mountain in remote Tibet. (more…)

Obituary – Wayne R. Richardson

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Talkeetna resident Wayne Richardson died on October 12, 2010.  The information below is from his family.  There is a link to a beautiful video tribute (it takes a bit to load and about 10 minutes to watch):

Wayne Ralph Richardson was born November 13, 1951 to Ralph and Irene (Domine) Richardson in Marshall, MN. Not sure if he would even survive, Wayne was baptized three days later while still in the hospital. (more…)

Richardson dies of cancer

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A well-known face along Main Street in Talkeetna has died of cancer. (more…)

Talkeetna resident Kogl dies

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Long time Talkeetna and Denali Park resident Sandy Kogl died Monday after a long illness. (more…)

Talkeetna resident Ardella Hagen dies

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ardella at her art booth , photo courtesy of Dora Miller

Talkeetna resident Ardella Rose Nelson Hagen, 79, died on August 11 at home after a brief bout of cancer.  A funeral was that evening at Talkeetna Baptist Church with Rev. Wes Hudson officiating.  (more…)

Nuggets-Talkeetna and Trapper Creek old-timers, Part 2

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Host Holly Stinson provides an edited version of an original Granny’s Radio Recipe show with Emmila Denny and Roberta Sheldon reminiscing about the old-timers in the Susitna Valley.  In this second part we get a peek at the post office of the past, hear stories about Colonel Johnson, Frank Monnikes, and the “Whose-a-Vitches”,  along with a dumpling recipe for Danish soup.

Audio (mp3) is about a half hour