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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

Low risk of Zika virus in Alaska

The World Health Organization declared Zika virus a global health emergency this week. Experts believe there is a strong link between the virus and a serious birth defect, but that the risk to most Alaskans is low. Download Audio
February 3, 2016

Faulty pump adds higher arsenic levels in Talkeetna water

Talkeetna water system customers will soon receive a notice about slightly elevated arsenic levels in the water in December and January.
January 27, 2016

Talkeetna water tests high for arsenic

Talkeetna water system customers will soon receive a notice about slightly elevated arsenic levels in the water in December and January.
January 26, 2016

State, Mat-Su Borough discuss Talkeetna sewer lagoon violations

Representatives from the Mat-Su Borough have met with state officials regarding violations of the Clean Water Act at the Talkeetna sewer lagoon, but the details of those discussions have not yet been made public.
January 7, 2016
Sen. Dunleavey won't challenge Murkowski after all

Sen. Dunleavey won’t challenge Murkowski after all

It's an election year for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and so far no one has raised significant money to run against her. One Republican who suggested last spring he might challenge her now says he's no longer considering it. Download Audio
January 5, 2016

Troopers ID body found in Willow Creek

The Alaska State Troopers have identified a body found in Willow Creek as that of 22-year-old Macklin Stevenson of Anchorage.
November 3, 2015

Willow Creek remains identified as fisherman missing since last August

The remains found on Saturday on a sandbar in Willow Creek have been identified as those of Jerry Warner, 71, of Missouri. Warner was reported missing on August 3rd of last year.
September 22, 2015
Permanent Fund Dividend announcement coming Monday

Permanent Fund Dividend announcement coming Monday

One of the most anticipated events of the fall for many Alaskans is just around the corner, the announcement of the 2015 Permanent Fund Dividend amount.
September 17, 2015
USGS takes Denali down a notch

USGS takes Denali down a notch

Just days after being officially named Denali, North America’s highest peak received a new height estimate from the U.S. Geological Survey on Wednesday.
September 3, 2015
No More Kicking the Can Down the Road: Talkeetna Starts Recycling

No More Kicking the Can Down the Road: Talkeetna Starts Recycling

Talkeetna’s Mat-Su Borough Transfer Site, often referred to by locals as “the dump,” is not the sort of place you would normally expect to find a celebration, but that’s exactly what happened on Monday when the community’s first recycling container was brought online. Download Audio
August 6, 2015
Meet The Elasmosaur: A Nessie-Like Dino Unearthed Near Talkeetna

Meet The Elasmosaur: A Nessie-Like Dino Unearthed Near Talkeetna

Earlier this summer, paleontologists confirmed that fossilized vertebrae found in the Talkeetna Mountains belonged to an ancient sea creature, the elasmosaur. This is the first time that remains of the species have been found in the state. Download Audio:
August 5, 2015

State Lifts Spending Freeze on Susitna-Watana Hydro Project

After a spending freeze by the governor and multiple attempts by the legislative minority to place it back into the state’s general fund, the Susitna-Watana Hydro Project team will now be allowed to spend over six million dollars it has left from previous years. Download Audio
July 20, 2015
State Says Sockeye Fire Sprung from A Burn Pile; 2 Face Charges

State Says Sockeye Fire Sprung from A Burn Pile; 2 Face Charges

On Monday, the State of Alaska filed charges against two Anchorage residents for starting the debris burn that turned into the 7,200-acre Sockeye Fire.
July 13, 2015

Bodies Found On Denali Highway Thought To Be Homicide

The Alaska State Troopers have identified the bodies of two people found near the Denali Highway on Sunday after what they believe to be a double homicide.
July 9, 2015

Opening of Houston fireworks stands ‘highly unlikely’

The Sockeye Fire is nearly contained, and fires continue to burn throughout the state. Now, many are questioning whether or not fireworks will be available and legal for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The state has lifted its fireworks ban, with the exception of Western Alaska. Many municipal and borough restrictions are still in place, however.
July 1, 2015
Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Update: Wednesday, June 17. 5:45 pm. Lightning strikes are thought to be the cause of two new fires that started Tuesday near the Kenai Peninsula community of Cooper Landing. Both fires are at zero percent containment and power lines have been shut off near the larger fire.
June 17, 2015
Sockeye Wildfire Threatens Willow

Sockeye Wildfire Threatens Willow

The Sockeye fire near Willow has jumped to more than 6,500 acres, consumed structures, closed the Parks Highway and is headed south. How the fire started has not been determined yet, but officials say it is human caused. "We just know it was a human caused fire and it is under investigation," said Tim Mowry, an information officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry.
June 14, 2015
Sockeye Fire: More than 4,000 Acres;  Prompts Evacuations; Parks Highway Closes

Sockeye Fire: More than 4,000 Acres; Prompts Evacuations; Parks Highway Closes

Update: 10:18 p.m. The Division of Forestry now estimates the size of the Sockeye Fire at over 4,000 acres. Willow residents from Sharen Road south to Nancy Lake Parkway are evacuating, and many people are stuck on one side or the other of the fire, which has closed the Parks Highway.
June 14, 2015

Talkeetna River Dam Project could have preliminary license revoked

A required progress report on the proposed Talkeetna River Dam is overdue, according to the federal agency that licenses large energy projects.
June 10, 2015

NTSB releases preliminary report on Talkeetna mid-air crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released the preliminary report on a midair collision at the Talkeetna Airport on May 31.
June 9, 2015