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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

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
Talkeetna ‘Mayor’ Begins Recovery After Dog Attack

Talkeetna ‘Mayor’ Begins Recovery After Dog Attack

Talkeetna’s honorary mayor is recuperating after a dog attack over the holiday weekend. Stubbs the cat gained worldwide notoriety last summer when his story went viral on a number of news agencies. He is currently recovering from surgery to repair a punctured lung, but has numerous other injuries that still need to be treated.

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September 4, 2013

Palmer Men Killed in Sutton Plane Crash

A plane crash north of Sutton Thursday night claimed the lives of both men on board. Alaska State Troopers sid the Rescue Coordination Center received a report of an overdue aircraft Thursday night. No formal flight plan had been filed and the plane was reported overdue by family members. The 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were deployed and located the aircraft, a Citabria Champion, early Friday morning. Rescue personnel were unable to land, but were hoisted to the ground. The team discovered Adam Norton and Derrik Swanson, both of Palmer.

August 30, 2013

Talkeetna Struggling With Sewer / Water Debt

Talkeetna is currently struggling with a growing debt from its water and sewer system. It’s one example of a problem that is rapidly spreading through the state, where small communities can’t pay the operating and maintenance costs of systems more than twenty years ago with federal funds.

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August 29, 2013

Nature Conservancy Will Review Susitna Dam Studies

A worldwide environmental conservation group is becoming more involved in the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. This summer, contractors working under the Alaska Energy Authority have been conducting 58 studies to assess the environmental impact of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric project.

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August 27, 2013

Cancelation of Celebrity Cruises Will Impact Local Businesses

This week, Royal Caribbean, parent company of Celebrity Cruises, announced that the M/V Millennium will not be making its last round of sailings in Alaska. The cruise ship, which is more than 80 feet longer than the Titanic, was forced to return to Ketchikan while sailing to Seward due to a propulsion issue, and is now on its way to dry-dock in the Bahamas. The passengers who had their cruise cut short have been offered full refunds and credit for a future cruise by Celebrity.

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August 26, 2013

Flood Threat Minimal With Heavy Rain

Communities that were hit by last fall’s floods do not need to start heading for high ground, yet. Rivers are rising in the Mat-Su and Anchorage, but major flooding is not expected right now.

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August 21, 2013
Debris from 1947 camp

Retreating Denali Glacier Reveals Trash from 1947 Expedition

With climbing season over, mountaineering rangers in Denali National Park have turned some of their attention to conservation. A team just returned from the Muldrow Glacier after spending two days picking up decades-old trash from climbers that has begun melting out of the ice. More photos…

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August 20, 2013

Scientists Use Glacier For Glimpse Into 1,000 Years Of Climate Change

Five years of planning went into a drilling project in the heart of the Alaska Range. The scientists involved weren’t drilling for oil, however. They are part of a team studying glacier ice to better understand how the climate has changed over the last thousand years.

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August 6, 2013

Su Dam Opponents Ask For Documents Explaining FERC Decision

Opponents of the Susitna Dam have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to release documents explaining their decision not to require in-depth climate change studies.

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August 5, 2013

Susitna King Salmon Numbers Looking Up

King Salmon numbers for the Susitna are looking better than other runs in the state.

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August 2, 2013

Public Speaks at Sunshine Clinic Board Meeting

On Tuesday night, the Sunshine Community Health Center Board of Directors met. In addition to regular Clinic business, the Board allowed an extended period for community members who wished to speak to the recent dismissal of Medical Director Dr. Mary Loeb. Ultimately, no direct action was taken on the subject of Dr. Loeb or Executive Director David Bryant.

August 1, 2013
Search For Missing Anchorage Man Expands North

Search For Missing Anchorage Man Expands North

The search for Wallace Dunn, 81, of Anchorage has been expanded north after a tip indicated that he might have been near the Montana Creek Campground on July 13.

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July 30, 2013

Talkeetna Man Accused in Roadhouse Break-In

A Talkeetna man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into the Talkeetna Roadhouse early Sunday morning. Augustus Shoulders, 19, is charged with causing approximately $2,000 in damage to the building.

July 30, 2013

Flightseeing Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Parks Highway

Sunday night yet another DeHavilland Beaver aircraft got in trouble. A Talkeetna Air Taxi flightseeing plane made an emergency landing on the Parks Highway.

July 30, 2013

Mat-Su Assembly Approves Money For M/V Susitna Upkeep

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly has voted to approve more than $65,000 for the upkeep costs of the M/V Susitna. The prototype ferry was constructed by the U.S. Navy, and was acquired by the Borough in order to provide a means of crossing the Knik Arm. The plan to construct suitable docking facilities never came to be, and the ferry remains moored in Ketchikan.

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July 23, 2013