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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

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 - 11:10 am

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 - 5:31 pm

Big Wild Ride Coming To Talkeetna Tuesday

Endurance road bikers will be riding through a huge chunk of Southcentral and Interior Alaska as part of the 90-hour, 1200 kilometer Big Wild Ride. The race began at 11:59 last night.

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July 22, 2013 - 5:02 pm

State Receives Plan To Recover Sunken Bulldozer Near Talkeetna

For more than two months, a bulldozer has sat underwater in a small alpine lake near Talkeetna.  Now, the State of Alaska says they have received a plan to recover the equipment.

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July 18, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Denali Climbing Season Wraps Up

Climbing season draws more than a 1,000 adventurers to Talkeetna each summer. Most have their sights set on the summit of Denali, and this year, more of them succeeded than ever before.

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July 17, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Overdue Hikers Found Safe On Stampede Trail

Three overdue hikers have been found safe on the Stampede Trail, according to the Alaska State Troopers. On Monday morning, State Troopers and paramedics from the Tri-Valley Fire Department received a report that Jensen Green of Talkeetna, Nate Perkins and Kia Bridges of Utah had begun a hike down the Stampede Trail west of Healy on Saturday and were expected to return Sunday.

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July 16, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Native Corporations Concerned Over Dam Study Trespassing, Safety

A group of seven Alaska Native Corporations and associations are accusing the Alaska Energy Authority of trespassing as the agency does preliminary study work on the Susitna-Watana Dam project. Seven Alaska Native Corporations are expressing concerns over trespassing and land use by Alaska Energy Authority contractors working on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric project.

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July 11, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Man Becomes Oldest Climber To Summit Denali

2013 has been a historic year on Denali. On the same day that a group of descendants of the original summit team made it to the peak, an Alaskan man completed his record-breaking ascent.

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July 10, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Centennial Denali Climb Members Return To Talkeetna

A group of climbers that successfully retraced the hundred year old footsteps of their ancestors by reaching the summit of Denali last month have completed their long walk out to civilization. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke to some members of the climb in Talkeetna and has this story.

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July 8, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Flightseeing Tour Returns To Talkeetna After 3 Nights On Ruth Glacier

Six passengers and their pilot are safely in Talkeetna today after three nights weathered in at the foot of Denali. John Nealon was flying a DeHavilland Beaver belonging to Talkeetna Air Taxi on a flightseeing tour Tuesday afternoon, when the weather forced him to make an unscheduled landing on the Ruth Glacier.

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July 5, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Unusually High Percentage Of Climbers Summiting Denali

An unusually high percentage of climbers are topping out on North America’s highest peak this summer. In a normal year only about half the climbers attempting Denali reach the peak, but right now the summit rate is 73 percent. It’s the highest success rate recorded on the mountain since 1977. Park officials attribute the streak to relatively good weather during the busiest part of the climbing season.

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July 2, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Details Released On Rescue From ‘Into The Wild’ Bus

The events leading up to Christopher McCandless’ death were compiled in the book Into the Wild, which was later made into a motion picture. Since the release of the book and movie, many have trekked down the 20 miles of the Stampede Trail to visit the former Fairbanks city bus where McCandless died.

July 2, 2013 - 11:24 am

Centennial Denali Expedition Reaches Summit

History was repeated last Friday when the Centennial Denali expedition reached the summit of North America’s highest peak. The summit team is made up of four men representing the first party to reach the summit of Denali as well as four guides from Alaska Mountaineering School.

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July 1, 2013 - 1:53 pm

KABATA Gets ‘Golden Fleece’ Award From Watchdog Group

A Washington-based watchdog group has given its “Golden Fleece” award to the Knik Arm bridge project in Southcentral Alaska. Taxpayers for Common Sense says the group behind the project, the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, or KABATA, “has failed Alaska’s citizens and wasted millions of federal taxpayer dollars, with little to show for it.”

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June 27, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Three New Wildfires Reported In Upper-Susitna Valley

New fires have been reported along the Kashwitna River, near the junction of the Susitna River and Watana Creek and a third fire closed almost 30 miles of the Parks Highway north of milepost 317.

June 27, 2013 - 11:58 am

Search Continues For Man Who Allegedly Fired On Troopers Near Big Lake

Tuesday morning, Alaska State Troopers tried to stop a driver on Big Lake Road in the Mat-Su Valley’s Big Lake area.

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June 25, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Low Fish Returns, Late Breakup Proving Problematic In Susitna Valley

Sport fishing is a major part of life in the upper Susitna Valley, but a combination of low numbers and a late break-up are making life difficult for both Fish and Game and area fishing guides.

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June 12, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Group Commemorating 100 Year Anniversary Of First Denali Summit

Friday marks the hundred year anniversary of the first summit of Denali, known as Mt. McKinley to many outside of Alaska. This year, more than 1,000 climbers will attempt to summit North America’s highest peak. One group, however, has a particularly close link to the original 1913 party. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with the members of that group as they finalize preparations in Talkeetna.

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June 7, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Three People Killed in Trooper Helicopter Crash Near Larson Lake

An Alaska State Trooper helicopter rescue ended in tragedy on Saturday night when the rescue helicopter crashed near Larson Lake, killing all three people on board.

April 1, 2013 - 10:28 am

Bear Kills Hiker In Denali National Park

This weekend marked a tragic first for Denali National Park. On Friday, three hikers near Toklat road camp made a discovery that would lead to the first bear mauling fatality in the Park’s history.

August 27, 2012 - 5:13 pm