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 Chamber says summer season was above average

Friday, October 12, 2012

With the end of tourist season, Talkeetna has slowed down to a more leisurely pace. The Tourism Industry across Alaska is settling in to their spreadsheets to have a look at the numbers. To get an idea of how 2012 has treated Talkeetna so far, KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton spoke with Chamber of Commerce President Andi Manning, and has this report.


Su Valley Voice-State mental health and substance abuse boards in Talkeetna

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The guests on this Su Valley Voice represent the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. They discuss behavioral health in Alaska with host Lorien Nettleton, and hear from several residents.

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A community feast for behavioral health

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Boards on Alcohol and Substance abuse are holding a quarterly meeting in Talkeetna this week, and on Tuesday Evening they are hosting a community potluck to engage residents about behavioral health.

Kate Burkhart is the Executive Director of the Alaska Mental Health Board. She says that in order for the combined Boards to do their job of providing planning and coordination of behavioral health services for the state of Alaska, they get out into communities as often as possible.
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Yoder Road closed Monday

Monday, October 8, 2012

The culvert added near the Montana Creek bridge on Yoder Road after the weekend closure failed to prevent another washout on the road.

Video and photos by Yoder Road resident Robert Ambrose.


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Yoder Road passable

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Yoder Road was passable Sunday by driving through water, and a work crew was adding a second culvert to Yoder Road after these photos were taken.

unofficial camping area-photo by Robert Ambrose

Looking toward Spur Road from new culvert-photo by Robert Ambrose

Saturday-Yoder Road wash-out

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Notice to Yoder Road residents: Local fire department personnel report that Yoder Road has washed out in several places today.

Next stop for boards on Mental Health and Alcohol Abuse: Talkeetna

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Mental Health Board and the Alcohol and Addiction Substance Abuse Advisory Boards will meet in Talkeetna¬† over three days to gather input from citizens, officials and community members about how the system works, and how it can be improved. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more:


Early assessment puts Flood cost at $11.9 million

Friday, October 5, 2012

The State of Alaska is making disaster assistance centers available to flood-affected individuals to apply for assistance grants in several areas throughout the Mat Su Borough in the coming week. In Talkeetna, residents can submit applications to begin the application process for grants to recover losses from the flood, on Monday and Tuesday at the Upper Susitna Senior Center.

The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has identified 13-hundred structures affected by Septembers flood disaster. As homeowners continue to slog through paperwork for disaster claims, FEMA has stepped in to join the state’s recovery efforts. (more…)

Responsible adults invited to imbibe beer by the boatload at the Talkeetna Brewfest

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Beer brewers from around the state and pacific northwest will be represented at the first-annual Talkeetna Brewfest on Friday night at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. Hosted by the award-winning Denali Brewing Company and the Northern Susitna Institute, a broad selection of suds will be available for sampling starting at six.

The event will offer a dizzying array of brewed options in four-ounce servings, while generating some funds for the Northern Susitna Institute.

Sassan Mossanen, one of the owners of Denali Brewing Company, helped organize the Brewfest, after the original idea came around several years ago. After being forced to re-schedule the event due to flooding in Talkeetna on the original date, he says its a high honor and a good cause.


As a preview of what is in store this Friday night, Mossanen offered this mouth-watering summary of some of the beers scheduled to be poured at the festival: