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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

Mat-Su Continues Funding for Ferry Storage

This week, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly went through the quarterly process of approving the next three months of funding for storage and maintenance of the MV Susitna, which currently amounts to about $18,000 per month.

March 19, 2015

Mat-Su Assembly Rejects Pot Vote

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly unanimously opposed Mayor Larry DeVilbiss’ request for an advisory vote on banning commercial marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the Valley.

March 18, 2015

Northern Lights Put on Big Display Tuesday Night

Tuesday night, the Upper Valley experienced an impressive display of the Aurora Borealis. The lights are caused by particles from the sun being thrown into space and interacting with the charged particles in Earth’s ionosphere, which begins about sixty miles above the surface. This is referred to by scientists as a geomagnetic storm. Donald Hampton researches those storms for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He says the geomagnetic storm on Tuesday was very rare.

March 18, 2015
Spectators await the start of the 2014 Iditarod in Willow. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

As The Iditarod Start Shifts North, So Does The Economic Boon

This year’s Iditarod restart will be in Fairbanks for only the second time in the race’s 43-year history. Poor trail conditions prompted the move, and many some mushers are happy with the change. For businesses in the Susitna Valley, however, there will be a significant economic impact.

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February 12, 2015

Iditarod Restart Moving To Fairbanks

For the second time in its history, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will begin in Fairbanks, though race officials still plan to hold the ceremonial start in Anchorage. Last night, the Iditarod Trail Committee’s board of directors voted unanimously to move the start of the race from Willow.

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February 11, 2015
Lonnie Dupre Returns Safely From Historic Denali Climb

Lonnie Dupre Returns Safely From Historic Denali Climb

Climber Lonnie Dupre has returned to Talkeetna after becoming the first soloist to ever summit Denali in the month of January.

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January 19, 2015
(Photo credit: John Walter Whittier)

Lonnie Dupre Becomes First Ever January Denali Soloist

History has been made on North America’s highest peak. On Sunday, Lonnie Dupre became the first solo climber to summit Denali in the month of January.

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January 12, 2015

Human Remains Found In ‘Talkeetna Area’ Cabin Fire

The Alaska State Troopers report that a cabin fire in the Talkeetna area killed one person.

January 8, 2015
Lonnie Dupre Makes Fourth Winter Solo Attempt on Denali

Lonnie Dupre Makes Fourth Winter Solo Attempt on Denali

On Thursday, climber and Arctic veteran Lonnie Dupre left Talkeetna for his fourth attempt to be the first person to summit Denali in January.

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December 19, 2014

New Report Questions Susitna-Watana Economics; AEA Responds

A new fiscal analysis of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project questions the Alaska Energy Authority’s estimates regarding how much the 735-foot tall dam would cost the State of Alaska, if built.

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December 10, 2014
Bryan Bearss Named as Substitute for Injured Musher Karin Hendrickson

Bryan Bearss Named as Substitute for Injured Musher Karin Hendrickson

Last week, six-time Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson suffered injuries that will prevent her from participating in the 2015 Iditarod. Hendrickson is on the road to recovery, and it was announced Wednesday that, while she will miss the race, her dogs will not.

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December 4, 2014
Iditarod Musher Hospitalized After Vehicle Strikes Dog Team

Iditarod Musher Hospitalized After Vehicle Strikes Dog Team

On Tuesday, Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson was injured when a Talkeetna woman lost control of her vehicle and struck the ATV that Hendrickson’s dog team was pulling.

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November 26, 2014

Military Recruiters Banned From Anchorage, Mat-Su Schools

Military recruiters are no longer welcome at Anchorage or Mat-Su schools.

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October 21, 2014
Barbara Washburn/ (Photo: Museum of Science, Boston)

Upper Valley Residents Remember Barbara Washburn

Recently, Barbara Washburn passed away at the age of 99. She was the first woman to set foot on the summit of Denali, but her legacy in the Talkeetna area has as much to do with who she was as what she did.

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October 10, 2014

AEA: Fisheries Service Criticism of Susitna Dam Studies ‘Untenable, Bordering On The Absurd’

The Alaska Energy Authority has responded to letters from the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that questioned research being done on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.

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October 9, 2014

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