KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

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KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Sen. Wilson will not run for Lt. Governor, says filing was accidental

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, addresses his colleagues in the Senate on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, addresses his colleagues in the Senate on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Alaska Public Media and KTOO’s Andrew Kitchenman contributed to this report.

On Wednesday, State Senator David Wilson filed a letter of intent to run for lieutenant governor. Later the same day, he amended that filing, saying he is not running.

Wilson, a Wasilla Republican, said he made the filing accidentally, and does not intend to run for any statewide office in 2018. He declined to elaborate on how he accidentally filed to run for the state’s second highest office, and says he has no further comment on the issue. Wilson won his current seat in last year’s election after serving on the Wasilla City Council. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Scientific Truth vs. Political Agendas”, by Bill Was

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Canine Snowplows

An essay by Talkeetna resident Bill Was,

from his blog at talkeetnatraces.com

In the wake of the UN sponsored meetings in Paris covering climate change once again the ‘news’ – and I use this term very loosely – is abuzz with the gamut of views from outright denial to fanatical following. I concur that the earth’s climate appears to be warming but I remain very unsure as to what part human beings have played in this scenario especially as versed with how much of this change stems from some naturally occurring geologic pattern or meteorologically based shifts.


2014 Election: Talkeetna is an Island of Blue in a Red Upper Valley

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

With all but one precinct reporting as of late Tuesday night, both local incumbents for the state legislature seem to have retained their seats by wide margins. Both Senator Mike Dunleavy and Representative Wes Keller received more than sixty-six percent of the vote, meaning they will return to Juneau for the legislative session later this winter.

Voter turnout in the Upper Valley was fairly consistent with the 2010 and 2012 elections. Only Willow showed a turnout higher than 40%. Talkeetna and Susitna both had turnout over 36%, and 26% of Trapper Creek’s eligible voters came to the polls on Tuesday. Because early and absentee ballots are not counted as part of the precinct they come from, overall turnout in House District 10 was higher than for any individual precinct, and totaled just over 48%.

In statewide races, every precinct in the Upper Valley, with the exception of Talkeetna, voted for Republicans. Talkeetna broke for Democratic or Non-Affiliated candidates in every race for state legislature and statewide office.

On the ballot issues, the Upper Valley precincts followed suit with the statewide trends. Susitna, Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, and Willow all voted “Yes” on legalization of marijuana, raising the state’s minimum wage, and requiring legislative approval for large mines in the Bristol Bay area.

These results are still preliminary. Statewide, thousands of absentee and questioned ballots remain to be counted. It’s currently unknown how many of those were cast in the Susitna Valley.

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…)

Morning Newscast – Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

KTNAs morning news, weather forecast, Denali echos, announcements for February 22nd. Host is Sue Deyoe. Headlines – Local Red Cross needs assistance; 3.4 earthquake hits Talkeetna; CPB funding cut in House bill.  16 min.

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Morning news cast – Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

KTNA news, weather, announcements and Denali Echoes, for Monday February 14, hosted by Trisha Costello. Local news headlines:  Bills before Congress threaten funding for public radio. (16 min)

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Bills threaten to eliminate funding for public radio

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

With a new Congress seated and a still ailing economy, a political movement is underway to severely cut federal spending. Congress  has several bills before them that could impact the future of public radio. And this goes for every public radio station in the country as well as community radio right here in Talkeetna.

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Larry DeVilbiss is officially the new mayor of the Mat-Su Borough

Monday, January 31, 2011

Larry DeVilbiss officially became the new mayor for the Mat-Su Borough when he took the oath of office last Friday at the Assembly chambers in Palmer. In a special election held in early January, DeVilbiss managed to receive 3,964 votes. The runner-up candidate Brian Sullivan received 2,616 votes. (more…)