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


Thank you!

Thank you to all of the businesses who donated to our auction, the volunteers who helped pitch, and all of our bidders.  We appreciate all the support you provide to KTNA!  Thank you from all of us at KTNA.

Makerspace puts technology in the hands of Su Valley students

by:  Enoch Snider

Once the last bell rings at Susitna Valley High school, Ed O’Connor, a science teacher there, opens his door to students enthusiastic about learning. Ed hosts something called a makerspace after school every Thursday. This space is an environment where ideas are encouraged to blossom and having fun learning is seen as paramount over accomplishing specific tasks.

“This whole maker space idea, you don’t really have particular goals. It’s kind of wild experimentation, and   hopefully great things can come from it, but you’re not driven by those great things, you’re driven by having a good time. And if something really tremendous happens from it, that’s almost a side effect. Enjoying a challenge is the lesson.” Read More »

Su Valley grads, Principal, highlight community and teamwork

The Su-Valley graduating class. Photo courtesy of Michelle Crow

The Su-Valley graduating class. Photo courtesy of Michelle Crow

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

There were 27 Susitna Valley high school graduates this year with over $200,000 of scholarships awarded to the senior class.

Most of the awarded scholarships were academic and principal David Booth applauds the teachers and staff for enabling this shared success.

“We’re at 96.4% graduation rate this year. Really what is shows is when a staff works together and they offer as much as they can to their kids, that our students here really can do what they can what they could do at a large school and they can earn those scholarships. We’re an absolutely high performing school.” Read More »

Obituary for Herbert William Theodore

This obituary was submitted by the family:

We all look to the day when we can join our loved ones, for Herbert William Theodore, on May 8, 2017 at Mat-Su Regional Hospital, at the age of 85, the Lord took his hand and walked him through the Gates of Heaven to suffer no longer from the battles he had with cancer.
Settler’s Bay Community Church will open their doors at 1pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 for a viewing and memorial. Pastor Mike Sloane will officiate. Burial services will follow at Knik Cemetary (Mile 13 on KGB Road). A potlatch will be held after the burial. Read More »

Archaeologists plan dig in Talkeetna

Photo courtesy Talkeetna Historical Society

Photo courtesy Talkeetna Historical Society

This summer, long time resident Jonathan Durr is leading an archeological dig in an area between the Talkeetna Village Airstrip and the Susitna River. KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with Jonathan about the upcoming dig.


Su Valley Voice for May 17th, 2017: Randall Kowalke

This week on Su Valley Voice, Mat-Su Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning about issues before the assembly that impact the Northern Valley.  Topics included Kowalke’s support of Mayor Vern Halter’s line-item budget veto, the proposed sales tax to fund the Talkeetna Sewer and Water District, and the status of plans for a parking lot in or near Downtown Talkeetna.


DOT: Denali Highway open

Rainbow over the Denali Highway. Photo by Melissa Osborn, ADOT&PF

Rainbow over the Denali Highway. Photo by Melissa Osborn, ADOT&PF

The Denali Highway is now open to the public for the season, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation.

On Tuesday, DOT announced that the highway is opening after about a month of maintenance to remove snow, thaw culverts, and make repairs. While the Denali Highway is open, DOT says that some ongoing maintenance could occur, specifically bridge work near milepost 111.

The Department of Transportation recommends that anyone planning to travel the Denali Highway contact 5-1-1 for up-to-date information.

Borough Assembly to consider sales tax for Talkeetna Sewer and Water tonight

On Tuesday evening, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly will consider whether to put a three-percent sales tax within the Talkeetna Sewer and Water service area on the borough’s October ballot.

The sewer and water system has operated at a deficit for years, and has had to take out money from the borough’s revolving loan fund. In addition, the sewer lagoon was out of compliance for a significant period of time. While the testing numbers from the lagoon have improved in the last year, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is currently in closed-door talks with the borough about how to handle the violations. That could result in addition capital costs.

Both locals and borough officials have acknowledged that making the system solvent with the user fees of fewer than 200 customers is difficult, and perhaps unrealistic.

Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke has proposed the three-percent sales tax for the service area to cover the current fiscal gap and build capital funds. The idea of a sales tax saw approval from the Talkeetna Community Council, the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce, and the Talkeetna Sewer and Water Advisory Board.

The Assembly meets at 6:00 pm on Tuesday in Palmer. If the ordinance passes, residents living within the sewer and water district will have the final say on the sales tax on October 3rd.

Talkeetna Tako opens on Main Street

Tim Hennick (L) and John Wagley (R) in front of Talkeetna Tako.  Photo:  Katie Writer

Tim Hennick (L) and John Wagley (R) in front of Talkeetna Tako. Photo: Katie Writer

by:  Katie Writer – KTNA

There are no shortages of good food to eat in Talkeetna and recently, new business owners John Wagley and Tim Hennick have added Talkeetna Tako for food choices. They are open Tuesday-Sunday from noon-10 pm or until the food runs out.

KTNA’s Katie Writer spoke with John Wagley about their recent opening.