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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

Small-scale Hydro Project Proposed for Talkeetna River

The proposal for a massive hydroelectric project on the Susitna river is moving forward. The project has generated a lot of opposition in Talkeetna, the closest community to the dam site. Now a private company is proposing a second, smaller hydro project on the Talkeetna river.

September 26, 2014

Near Quake’s Epicenter, Businesses Escape Relatively Unscathed

Preliminary reports of damage around Talkeetna, near the earthquake’s epicenter, are minimal. Some residents and businesses reported that items had fallen off of shelves and broken, but no serious structural damage was reported as of Thursday afternoon.

September 25, 2014
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Upper Valley Agriculture: Yaks at Sunny Hill Ranch

There is growing emphasis in Alaska on locally produced food, including meat. Some cattle are being raised in the Upper Susitna Valley but many species of cow are not adapted to the severe cold of an Alaska winter. There is another animal that is suited for the conditions, though- yaks.

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September 16, 2014

Tour Bus Rollover on the Parks Highway Results in One Fatality

A tour bus rollover near Mile 173 of the Parks Highway has resulted in at least one fatality. Alaska State Troopers say the report of the rollover came in just after 8:00 am on Friday.

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September 5, 2014
Upper Valley Agriculture: Bare Hands Farm

Upper Valley Agriculture: Bare Hands Farm

The average farmer in the U.S. is nearly 60-years-old. Three young and idealistic Alaskans are defying that trend with a new farm near Talkeetna. Bare Hands organic Farm is only one acre, but its owners have big plans.

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September 2, 2014
A Susitna Valley Farm Sells Its Produce Close to Home

A Susitna Valley Farm Sells Its Produce Close to Home

Most food Alaskans consume comes from Outside. There are quite a few producers who grow and sell locally, however. Last week, KTNA’s Phillip Manning visited one farm that has been operating in the Upper Susitna Valley for the past 30 years.

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August 20, 2014
Writer Hitching to Point Barrow

Writer Hitching to Point Barrow

In Talkeetna, a writer is looking to hitch a ride to Point Barrow. She doesn’t want to go by ground, however.

August 14, 2014

Search for Missing Fisherman Called Off

The search for a missing fisherman around Willow Creek was called off on Saturday. Jerry Warner of Missouri was last seen on August 3rd walking upstream from an RV campground for a solo fishing trip. The Alaska State Troopers describe Warner as an experienced outdoorsman, but say that he did not have survival gear or a cell phone with him when he was last seen.

August 11, 2014
Troopers Looking for Missing Missouri Man on Willow Creek

Troopers Looking for Missing Missouri Man on Willow Creek

The Alaska State Troopers are looking for a missing fisherman in the Willow Creek area. According to the troopers, 71 year old Jerry Warner of Missouri left the Willow Creek Resort at about 11:00 am on Sunday to go fishing by himself. He planned to be away for a few hours. When he did not return by 7:30 pm, the troopers were contacted and a search began.

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August 4, 2014

Peony Industry Blooming in Alaska

Peonies are a growing business in Alaska. Ample sunlight and moisture make for good growing conditions, and more farmers are looking at the flowers as a profit-maker.

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July 29, 2014

Denali Climbing Season Ends, Summits Down

Denali climbing season has ended, and the numbers are not impressive. This year had the lowest summit percentage in over 25 years. A number of factors played into the lack of summits.

July 22, 2014

FERC Nominee Approved Despite Murkowski’s Objection

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm two members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. One of those nominations was approved over the outspoken objection of Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski.

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July 17, 2014

Frostbite Among Chief Dangers For Denali Climbers

It’s been a tough year for climbers attempting to summit Denali. Only 1 in 3 have made the summit. The weather also means higher risk for injuries, especially frostbite.

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June 27, 2014

Flooding Closes Portion of Denali Park Road

The National Park Service has closed the Denali Park Road past Eielson Visitors Center at Mile 66 due to flooding and significant rockfall.

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June 26, 2014

ADF&G shuts down Little Su kings for the season

Days after lifting restrictions on one river in the Susitna drainage, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is shutting down king salmon fishing entirely on another. On Wednesday, a Fish and Game emergency order states that, starting at 12:01 am on Friday, the Little Susitna River south of the Parks Highway bridge will be completely closed for kings.

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June 19, 2014

AEA Holds Public Meetings In Upper Valley, Anchorage

This week, the Alaska Energy Authority held public meetings in the Upper Valley and Anchorage to discuss the plans for the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. In addition to AEA’s updates on the progress and plans for the megaproject, opponents to the dam expressed continuing concerns.

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June 6, 2014
12-Year, Human-Powered Expedition Summits Denali

12-Year, Human-Powered Expedition Summits Denali

This year, more than a thousand people will try to climb Denali. Some of those will be making the attempt as part of a “seven summits” expedition, which involves reaching the highest point on all seven continents. One family expedition, named Top to Top, is attempting the seven summits in a way that has never been done before.

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June 2, 2014
Sylvia Montag approaches Karsten's Ridge on Denali. (Photo via fox-challenge.de)

Tacoma Climber Dies On Denali

Just days into climbing season, a mountaineer has died in an an accident high on Denali. Sylvia Montag, 39, of Tacoma Washington, became separated from her climbing partner around May 5th.

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May 9, 2014

Crews Set Up Denali Base Camp

Thursday marks the unofficial beginning of climbing season on Denali, when base camp gets set up for the thousand-plus climbers that will make an attempt to summit North America’s highest peak.

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April 30, 2014

Talkeetna Guides With Everest Experience Speak About Deadly Incident

On Friday, a deadly incident claimed the lives of at least 12 people on Mount Everest. Willi Prittie and Ellie Henke, both residents of Talkeetna, have extensive experience on Everest.

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April 18, 2014