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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

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

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