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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

Deal Reached For Susitna-Watana Dam Land Access

A land access dispute that threatened to delay progress on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project has been resolved, though the agreement has come later than expected.

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April 4, 2014

KABATA Legislation Passes Senate Finance Committee

The plan to construct a toll bridge across Knik Arm advanced yesterday, when the Senate Finance committee voted in favor of sending it to the floor for consideration.

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April 3, 2014
Oosik Classic Ski Race Draws Hundreds To Talkeetna

Oosik Classic Ski Race Draws Hundreds To Talkeetna

Last weekend, hundreds of skiers descended on Talkeetna for the Oosik Classic Ski Race and Tour. Some come to compete, and others wear costumes. Everyone comes to have a good time.

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March 18, 2014
Photo from the Oosik Classic Ski Race Facebook page.

Long-Awaited Snow A Welcome Sight To Oosik Classic Organizers

Organizers of the Oosik Classic Ski Race bill it as a “fun and funky” race and tour, followed by a night on the town of Talkeetna. Until recent snows, however, it wasn’t clear just how fun the race was going to be.

March 14, 2014
Photo by Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna.

Second Fat Tire Bike Race is Held in Talkeetna

This past weekend, the second annual Mike Sterling Memorial Bike Race was held in Talkeetna. Unlike summer events like the Clean Air Challenge or the Big Wild Ride, this race featured a type of bike specially built for ice and snow.

March 12, 2014
Trapper Creek Man Survives Snowmachine Crash Thanks to His Dog

Trapper Creek Man Survives Snowmachine Crash Thanks to His Dog

Dogs are an integral part of many people’s lives in Alaska, and one Trapper Creek man has even more reason to be grateful to his four-legged companion after she kept him warm during a night injured and stranded in the cold, then found the help that resulted in his rescue.

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March 5, 2014

4 Snowmachiners Rescued By Alaska Air National Guard

On Tuesday afternoon, four snowmachiners were rescued by the Alaska Air National Guard in the Talkeetna Mountains.

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February 27, 2014

Mat-Su Sport Fishermen Applaud Board Action

Sports fishermen in the Mat-Su Borough are thrilled with a change the Alaska Board of Fisheries made this week to the Cook Inlet drift-net fisheries.

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February 12, 2014

Iditarod Considers Starting In Fairbanks

The Iditarod Trail Committee is considering moving the restart of the race from Willow to Fairbanks. Saturday’s statement says that the ceremonial start will take place on March 1st in Anchorage as planned, and that the current plan is to have the restart, where the competitive part of the race truly begins, in Willow the next day. But there are concerns about trail conditions between Rainy Pass and Nikolai. If the trail isn’t acceptable by the beginning of next week, the restart will be moved to Fairbanks on March 3rd.

February 10, 2014

Hydroelectric Project Focus of Energy Hearing

The Alaska House Energy Committee heard testimony this week from the Alaska Energy Authority. While the meeting was not initially intended to focus on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project, a multitude of questions from legislators, as well as the presence of members of the Susitna River Coalition, prompted a shift that saw about half the meeting center around the proposed dam.

February 7, 2014

Joining Antarctica’s Exclusive 300 Club

It’s no secret that Alaskan winters are cold. This year, the “polar vortex” has brought frigid temperatures into the Lower 48 as well. There’s one group of people who can freely scoff at everyone who bundles up for a mere 30-below, however. One of them lives in Talkeetna.

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January 9, 2014

Susitna-Watana Dam Timeline Pushed Back

Due to hefty cuts in Governor Parnell’s proposed capital budget, the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project is having its timeline pushed back by four months.

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January 7, 2014

Environmental Leader Rick Leo Killed in Accident

A December 23rd traffic accident claimed the life of Rick Leo of Trapper Creek. Leo was a well-known writer and advocate for environmental stewardship in the upper Mat-Su Valley.

January 6, 2014