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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

Talkeetna Ranger Station to be Renamed

The Talkeetna Ranger Station has a new name. President Obama has signed the Denali National Park Improvement Act, which officially renames the Park Service building to the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station in honor of the Athabascan climber who was the first person to set foot on the summit of Denali in 1913.

September 26, 2013

Two Hunters Rescued Near Talkeetna After Boat Capsizes

Two Mat-Su Valley men were rescued by Alaska State Troopers yesterday after their boat capsized during a hunting trip.

September 13, 2013
Denali Gets A Height Reduction from the USGS

Denali Gets A Height Reduction from the USGS

In addition, all of the climbers who attempt to summit Denali come through Talkeetna to register with the National Park Service. Any change involving the mountain is bound to have ripples in the community.

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September 12, 2013
Mayor Stubbs leaving the hospital with Lauri Stec. Photo courtesy of the Mayor Stubbs Facebook page.

Talkeetna’s Feline Mayor Returns Home

Talkeetna’s honorary mayor is recovering in his hometown after a dog attack on Labor Day weekend sent him to the hospital. The attack left Mayor Stubbs, a 16-year-old yellow tabby, with a punctured lung, broken sternum, and a four inch gash in his side, as well as other injuries.

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September 10, 2013