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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

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 - 5:42 pm

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 - 5:42 pm

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 - 5:26 pm

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 - 6:02 pm

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 - 5:07 pm

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 - 5:31 pm

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 - 5:08 pm

1 Dead In Talkeetna Spur Road Crash

Just after 8:00 am on Monday, Alaska State Troopers and Talkeetna Emergency Services received a call of a vehicle collision near Mile 11 of the Talkeetna Spur Road.

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December 23, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Wasilla Man Gets Frostbite Running from Troopers Near Cantwell

On Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers received a call just after 2:00 pm about a vehicle in the ditch at Mile 201 of the Parks Highway.

December 20, 2013 - 10:07 am

Susitna Dam Funding Cut In Proposed Budget

Governor Parnell’s state budget totals $12.4 billion, and includes drawing $1.1 billion from reserves. Many capital projects saw significant cuts in the proposed budget, including the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.

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December 13, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Upper Susitna Food Pantry Hosts Thanksgiving Blessing Event

The Thanksgiving season is known in America for its big family meals. For many people in Southcentral, that meal is able to happen because of the generosity of a number of individuals and organizations.

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November 27, 2013 - 4:01 pm

4 Charged With Illegally Shooting 2 Moose In Denali National Park

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage announced last week that four men from Southcentral Alaska had been charged with illegally shooting two bull moose inside Denali National Park in 2012.

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November 26, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Troopers Arrest Idaho Fugitive in Willow

On Sunday, Talkeetna Wildlife Troopers arrested a man wanted in Idaho after conducting a traffic stop in Willow. The driver, Dustin Simpson, is wanted for probation violation.

November 21, 2013 - 10:05 am

Fallen Tower In Willow Brings Attention To Tall Tower Regulations

A cell and repeater tower that was blown down by strong winds east of Willow late last month has brought the issue of tall tower regulations to the forefront in the Mat-Su Valley. The Borough currently has an advisory committee looking into what requirements should be put on companies that wish to build cell and broadcast towers.

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November 18, 2013 - 5:09 pm
Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

Alaska Railroad Adopts New Right of Way Use Policy

The Alaska Railroad Corporation has adopted a new policy regarding residential uses of Railroad rights of way. Over the last 30 years, some property owners adjacent to the rail line have created lawns, gardens, or structures that extend into the right of way near the tracks. Now, in order to begin or continue using the right of way, property owners will need a permit from the Railroad.

November 14, 2013 - 11:36 am

Troopers Conduct 2 SARs In Mat-Su

The Alaska State Troopers were involved in two search and rescue operations in the Mat-Su Borough on Sunday.

November 13, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Warmer Temperatures Delay Bear Hibernation

Winter has been late in coming, this year. Temperatures are only now starting to get to levels near the seasonal norms. While that has meant extra time to split wood and change vehicle tires, it has also meant that bears have been active later in the year than usual.

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November 8, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Flood Insurance Reform Act Could Mean Higher Premiums

In 2012, the Flood Insurance Reform Act was passed in order to cut the costs of running the National Flood Insurance Program. It increases premiums and removes subsidies for residents under certain circumstances, including those who have multiple flood claims. There’s one very clear reason why Congress felt they had to act.

October 29, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Denali Park Rangers Discover Remains Of Small Pets Cooked In Campfire

Last Thursday, an employee at Denali National Park made a disturbing discovery while driving to the site of the landslide on the Park Road. He saw trash scattered near a turnout at Mile 7 and stopped to investigate. What he found has Park staff baffled.

October 29, 2013 - 5:05 pm

State Expanding Advertising Efforts After 2012 Tourism Bump

Tourism numbers are in for the 2012 summer season, and tourism experts say that the results are encouraging. Now, the state and tourism groups are looking at expanding their strategies to bring even more people to Alaska.

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October 23, 2013 - 5:22 pm