Su Valley Voice for January 17th, 2018: 25th Anniversary

This week on Su Valley Voice, we celebrated KTNA’s 25th anniversary.  Host Phillip Manning was joined by Jim Sykes, project coordinator for getting the station online, Tom Waite, who was the first voice to go out over KTNA’s airwaves, and Sue Deyoe, former News Director and current Board President for KTNA.        …

Three candidates on Senate Seat E shortlist

The Alaskan Republican Party has decided on three names to submit to Governor Bill Walker to fill the currently vacant District E senate seat. On Monday, party officials from local and state levels met to decide which candidates would be put forward to take the seat vacated by Mike Dunleavy, who resigned in order to…

Legislators pre-file bills in advance of session

As the Alaska State Legislature begins its 2018 session, lawmakers will have many proposals already on the table. In addition to bills left over from last year, representatives and senators have pre-filed legislation for this session. In total, more than thirty bills and resolutions were submitted. Topics for the pre-filed legislation cover a broad range…

Senior center board member resigns after public calls for his ouster

After a significant community outcry, one member has resigned from the Upper Susitna Seniors, Inc. board of directors, and the board president says the organization is looking at policies regarding future directors. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more: Normally, the regular monthly board meetings of Upper Susitna Seniors, Inc. do not draw much of a crowd,…

Knik 200 begins Southcentral sled dog racing season

The 2018 running of the Joe Redington, Sr. Knik 200 (results) began on Saturday morning at Deshka Landing in Willow. In temperatures hovering around zero, twenty-eight mushers were poised to set off on their first race of the season. According to Robert Sexton, race manager for the Knik 200, the race began in Willow as…

Randall Kowalke files to run for Alaska Senate

Mat-Su Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke has filed a letter of intent to run for the Alaska State Senate. He is running for the District E seat currently held by Senator Mike Dunleavy, who is running for Governor. Kowalke says several people have approached him about running for the Senate. He says he spoke with…

Didi Dada: A sisterly project

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA A new Pop Up Shop has filled the former Talkeetna Real Estate cabin at the Y with a variety of goods presented in an artistic fashion.   Ali Lee is the woman behind the name, Didi Dada who combines her worldly experiences with her business adventures. KTNA’s Katie Writer visited…

Anja Radano prepares for her first Iditarod

For most of her fourteen years in Alaska, Anja Radano has been involved in the mushing world. Her first experience with sled dogs was helping musher Melanie Gould with one of her Iditarod runs. After working with the dogs, Anja says she quickly developed an addiction to the sport and the animals themselves. “You get…

Alaska comes in 29th in state health ranking

United Health Foundation has released its annual health ranking for each state, and Alaska is in the middle of the pack. According to the report, Alaska ranks as the 29th healthiest state in the Union, one spot higher than last year. In a number of categories, Alaska ranks near or at the bottom. Alaska has…