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


Borough to Consider New Alcohol Tax

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Story by KTNA’s Melis Coady:

Matanuska-Susitna Borough voters will decide on October 1st whether to approve a 5 percent alcohol tax.
On July 16th, the Mat-Su Assembly voted 6 to 1 to suggest a tax on alcohol sales in bars, restaurants and liquor stores.
The ordinance is almost identical to one that is used in Fairbank’s North Star Borough.
It is estimated that the tax could bring in $1 million annually. The intention of the proposed tax was to find other sources of income to directly fund education and emergency services. (more…)

Rate Hike Could Be Forthcoming for Water

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The debt of the Talkeetna water and sewage system is significantly higher than previously reported.  On July 12th, KTNA reported, after the Sewer and Water Advisory Board meeting, that the debt owed to the Mat-Su Borough for shortfalls in operating expenses was around $300,000.  At the meeting this Wednesday, Board chair Karen Schapansky said that the number is closer to $500,000, in addition to $160,000 borrowed from the Borough’s “revolving loan” process.

As a result of the consistent deficit of the sewer and water system, Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss plans to ask for a 10% rate increase for customers of the borough-run utility.  A borough memorandum indicates that the ordinance will be introduced at the August 6th Assembly meeting. (more…)

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Newspaper Delivery driver killed in Parks Highway rollover

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A single car rollover occurred at mile 77 on the Parks Highway Monday Morning. The driver, and sole occupant, Zachary Green, age 19, of Willow, was driving home after delivering newspapers and fell asleep while driving. Green was traveling Southbound when his 1983 Jeep pick-up truck crossed the centerline and the Northbound lane of travel before entering the ditch and rolled over. Green was pronounced deceased on scene

Yes they can! Denali Brewing Co. now available in 12-oz servings

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

by Melis Coady

The Denali Brewing Company recently participated in the Mighty Matanuska Brewfest this past weekend at the state fairgrounds in Palmer, where they took home the People’s Choice award for the third year in a row with their Purple Haze blueberry beer. As KTNA’s Melis Coady tells us, Denali Brewing has more than one thing to celebrate this week.


Assembly okays tower committee, regulations on towers in November agenda

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Mat Su Borough Assembly on Tuesday Night passed a resolution creating an advisory committee on Tall Towers. The resolution, sponsored by Mayor DeVilbiss will be made up of members of the Tall Tower industry and citizens of the borough, and will be charged with advising the assembly on regulations governing tall towers. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more:


Resource harvests for subsistence use under study in 2013

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Subsistence will be conducting a survey of how residents are using the land and resources of the Susitna Valley. That survey is scheduled to start in January 2013. To give residents a better idea of what the survey hopes to understand, the research team was in Talkeetna on Friday night to give an informational presentation. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more.

The Circus Never Leaves Town

Monday, October 15, 2012

by Phillip Manning
With winter fast-apporaching, Talkeetna residents are likely to start looking for activities to stay active and healthy during the colder months, especially activities geared toward children.  The Green Light Circus is a youth-centric fitness and recreation program in Talkeetna.  While the summer circus camp and performance is their highest profile event, the circus does not, in fact, leave town once the show is over.

Council eyes dyke repair, RailRoad embankment as areas for flood mitigation

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Talkeetna Community Council has identified a number of measures they would like the Borough and State to address to diminish the impact of future high water flood events.

Council Member Robert Gerlach is asking the Mat Su Department of Public Works to look in to the conditions that contributed to higher-than normal flood waters during September’s flood event. (more…)