KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

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KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

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Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

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Su-Valley basketball loses two tight games to Effie Kokrine

Monday, March 2, 2015

Over the weekend, the Su-Valley Rams boys team lost two very close home games against Effie Kokrine Charter School.

On Friday, the Rams jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, only to have it erased in the second.  From there, the teams remained very close, with Effie Kokrine ultimately winning 51 to 49.  Dawson Matthews led the rams with 30 points and six rebounds.  Sophomore Marshall Pinard also pulled in six rebounds in Friday’s game.

On Saturday, Su-Valley trailed by fifteen points entering the fourth quarter, then mounted a strong rally, but it wasn’t quite enough.  Effie Kokrine Charter won the game 62 to 59.  Dawson Matthews and Tyran Waterhouse led the Rams with 20 and 18 points, respectively.

This weekend, the Su-Valley boys and girls will play host to the regional tournament, which will end the regular season and determine which teams move on to state.  Su-Valley is currently four games behind Interior Region leader Glennallen.

Crowley Classic: First round results for Su-Valley

Friday, February 13, 2015
Ruby Matthews tips off for Su-Valley in the Crowley Classic

Ruby Matthews tips off for Su-Valley in the Crowley Classic Photo:  Phillip Manning/KTNA

Last night, the Su-Valley Rams played their first games of the 2015 Crowley Classic Basketball Tournament.

The girls team played first, with tip-off at 6:00 pm against the Aniak Halfbreeds.  Su-Valley fell behind in the first quarter, but a thirteen point effort in the second gave Ellie Layupthem a lead that they would carry through the rest of the game.  At the final buzzer, the Rams claimed a 40-23 victory. Su-Valley scoring was led by Ellie Bietsch, who made seven baskets from the field, including a trio of three-pointers.

Later, the Su-Valley boys faced off against the Sand Point Eagles.  The Rams ended the first half with a two point lead.  After the intermission, though, the Eagles came on strong, outscoring Su-Valley by five in the third quarter and by three points in the fourth quarter. The final score was Sand Point 46, Su-Valley 40. Sand Point was led by Colton Mack, who hit seven from the field for a total of nineteen points.  Dawson Matthews led scoring for Su-Valley with thirteen.

The Rams play again tonight.  The girls game begins at 6:30, and the boys tip off at 8:00.


Dawson matthews

Su-Valley basketball faces tough competition from Glennallen

Monday, February 2, 2015

On Friday and Saturday, the Su-Valley Rams basketball teams hosted the Glennallen Panthers.  Glennallen entered the weekend undefeated in district play.  The Su-Valley boys also entered the weekend with an unblemished district record.

On Friday, the boys varsity team lost a close game to the Panthers, 49-45.  The Su-Valley girls team also lost, 53-18.

On Saturday, Glennallen notched two more victories, defeating the Rams boys team 44-29 and the girls 64-20.

The next games for both the boys and girls teams will be on Wednesday, February 4th, at Tri-Valley in Healy.

Rams basketball tops Wasilla Lake at home

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Tuesday, the Su-Valley boys varsity basketball team played a home game against Wasilla Lake.  Su-Valley pulled out a 49-37 victory to remain undefeated for the season.  The Rams were led by Dawson Mathhews’ fifteen points, three steals, and nine rebounds.  Other double-digit scorers for the game were Matt Lester and Austin Johnson with ten and eleven points, respectively.

The Su-Valley boys and girls teams will both play at home against Glenallen on January 30th.

Rams basketball takes on Tok Wolverines

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Su-Valley basketball teams are back in town after a trip to Tok over the weekend.  All of the teams opened their conference season with two games against the Tok Wolverines.  The girls varsity team lost two very tight match-ups.  The final scores in those games were 41-40 and 30-28. The boys varsity team posted two dominating victories, defeating Tok 59-13 on Friday and 68-22 on Saturday.

Both the boys and girls junior-varsity teams earned two victories each.

The boys varsity team will face off against Tri-Valley at home on Tuesday.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Nine races of the Oosik, by Dan Harrell

Sunday, March 30, 2014




Talkeetna writer Dan Harrell tells the often humorous story of his Oosik race experiences over the last nine years, and how his breakthrough in technique changed his standings. Audio is 14 minutes.

Dan Harrell Oosik 2006 to 2014 final

The Denali Nordic Ski club held the 2014 edition of the Oosik classic ski race a couple of weeks ago. Once again it was a huge success. Even though we went almost two months without any significant snowfall, trail design and trail work went ahead. Talk of making it a freestyle event was heard and much concern began to emerge as the date approached with ever diminishing snow cover. Drastic action had to be taken yet again. (more…)

Three sled-dog races agree on separate dates

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The calendar for early season dog sled races in south central had been a challenge for mushers for much of the fall. Three dog sled races had been scheduled for the same weekend. But, at the urging of mushers and the support of volunteers, race organizers were able to alter their schedules to make each of the three-races on different weekends.

The registration for the Don Bowers Memorial Sled Dog race has filled up, and organizers have started a wait-list for the 200- and 300-mile race which takes place at the end of January, 2013. The field of 40 mushers will Start in Willow on Friday, January 18th, and make the trip to Trapper Creek, returning to Deshka Landing, where the 200 mile race will finish. Teams running the 300 mile race will return to trapper creek. (more…)

Trail work at Talkeetna Lakes Park to commence

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Denali Nordic Ski Trails with help from the Borough, has been planning future ski trails in the Talkeetna Lakes Park for a number of years.  The next step in the Borough park plan is underway and it means creating new loop ski trails.  The Park will be closed for a day in order for equipment to work on the new trail system.


Mandingos stomp on the Spurs in final tournament play

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

In a thrilling end to a long weekend at the annual softball tournament in downtown Talkeetna, the Mandigos took the Spurs by surprise in a huge comeback win.

The annual slow pitch, double elimination tournament brought in a dozen teams and perhaps close to 200 people, both competing and watching the tournament play throughout the weekend.  The weather was a complete opposite of last year and allowed teams to compete without rain for the entire 3 days. (more…)