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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

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
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