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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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