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


Talkeetna Community Council Notes From the 9/9/13 Meeting

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Talkeetna Community Council met on Monday, September 9th at Talkeetna Elementary School.  The meeting, normally held on the first Monday of each month, was moved back a week due to the Labor Day holiday.

The agenda started off with normal procedural issues, then moved on to discussion of the South Spur Special Use District, or SPUD.  Alex Strawn, Permit Center Manager for the Mat-Su Borough, spoke to the Council and community regarding potential issues with the proposed library.  Under the current SPUD, buildings are allowed a footprint of no more than 6,000 square feet.  The proposed library comes in at nearly 8,000 square feet.  Strawn came with a suggestion that the SPUD could be amended to allow for larger buildings as long as they were designated for “civic use.”  After discussion involving many of the observers present, the Council voted to write a letter to the Borough expressing their support for the SPUD change.  One council member, G. Denny, voted against the measure, saying that it was an example of a government making rules for private citizens, then allowing exceptions for itself.  He suggested a better alternative would be abolishment of the regulations altogether. (more…)

North Valley legislative delegation part of Republican shift

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

In Tuesday’s general election, a republican majority was strengthened in the Alaska State house, and a new republican majority was established in the Senate. Representatives for the northern Susitna Valley for both house and senate ran unopposed after winning their primary races.

Mike Dunleavy won his uncontested bid for the Alaska State Senate seat D with 94 percent of the vote. Dunleavy received 9,016 votes on Tuesday, with 536 write-in votes cast.

Wes Keller Also won his uncontested race with 97 percent of the vote, gathering 4173 votes on Tuesday, with 173 write-in ballots.

The strengthened republican majority in the House, and a Republican shift in the senate could mean swifter passage of budget agendas.  Representative Keller says the work of organizing ahead of january’s legislative session has already begun


Keller says he’s concerned about the State’s budgetary outlook, and that will continue to be a priority for the house, and now witht he support of the Senate he expects the legislature will be able to reach an agreement that was elusive in the last session.


Su Valley Voice-10-15-2012-U.S. House candidate Sharon Cissna

Monday, October 15, 2012

KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has a conversation with Sharon Cissna, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. The hour on-air is in 20 minute segments.










Presidential Debates on the big screen at Sheldon Arts Hangar

Thursday, October 4, 2012

by Melis Coady

On Wednesday night 30 people gathered at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar to watch the 2012 presidential candidates debate about domestic issues. The debate, streamed in high definition, elicited laughs and mixed reactions from the crowd as they heard Governor Mitt Romney battle President Obama over America’s sluggish economy, the merits of Obamacare, education reform and the nations energy policy. After the event, viewers overall were pleased that the candidates were civil, issue focused, and more clear about explaining differences in their policies. Many people in this area live without television or have data rate plans too slow to watch video footage of the candidates on the Internet. It was a great opportunity to see the candidates face to face on the big screen. (more…)

Susitna Community Council Meeting and Elections

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Susitna Community Council held elections last night. Four candidates sought four available director’s seats. Robert Coleman, Phenie Millier, Bob Dawson and Bronn Salmon will continue to serve on the council. The two alternate directors seats will be filled by Scott Holcomb, and will be joined by Bill Stearns.

The council discussed the pending status of a Community Improvement Project grant to build a warm storage unit on Deep Woods Way for Caswell Fire Services. (more…)

Susitna Council votes to send opinion to Redistricting Board

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Susitna Council voted to send a message to the Alaska Redistricing Board – asking for a fair share.  The letter will actually say the Mat Su area should get what the council says should be 5 1/2 House seats instead of the plan the Redistristing Board proposes,  which is 3 seats and 2 shared seats. (more…)

Trapper Creek Community Council elects board of directors

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Trapper Creek Community Council held their annual board of directors elections last week and re-elected incumbents and one new member. (more…)

Trapper Creek council to hold elections

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Trapper Creek Community Council has a slate of candidates for their upcoming election April 27th and 28th and have scheduled a potluck dinner for the community to meet and talk to the candidates. (more…)

Redistricting board introduces various plans for state districts

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Alaska redistricting board is busy posting their proposed maps and scheduling community meetings around the state.  By following the state Constitution, the timeline is fast.  The Board has until May 6th to hold community meetings.  A statewide teleconference will be held that day and the Board then holds public work sessions starting May 16th to draft the final plan for adoption by June 13th. (more…)