Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

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a person wearing a mask teaching students

Mat-Su superintendent says mask policy is a ‘balancing act.’ But not everyone is happy with it.

School starts in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on Wednesday and face masks will be encouraged, but optional.

Park Service rangers describe troubling conduct as hundreds of climbers attempt Denali

Park Service rangers identified a number of concerns in a blog post on the Denali National Park website titled “Troubling Trends.” In the post, they cite several problems including inadequate experience, attempting to summit too quickly, and not fully appreciating the difficulty of climbing Denali.

CEO of clinics in Talkeetna, Willow and Wasilla let go after testimony from former employees

The only clinics in Talkeetna and Wasilla have seen their CEO fired and their medical director place on administrative leave after former employees testified to bullying and mismanagement that significantly affected the health of patients.

State extends deadline to remove studded tires

On Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Public Safety issued an emergency order extending the deadline in response to continued winter weather.
A phone keypad

Alaskans will need to dial 10 digits for in-state calls

he reason for this change, according to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, is a new federal act that will designate 9-8-8 as an abbreviated number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
A train goes over a creek in a mountainous area

2021 Alaska Railroad train schedule ramps back up after pandemic cuts

The Alaska Railroad is planning to run more passenger trains this summer than in 2020, but not as many as in recent, pre-pandemic years.
A giant snowy mountain

After COVID-19 hiatus, Denali climbing season returns in 2021

In high-elevation environments, a respiratory disease has the potential to be particularly dangerous, raising the stakes for guides on Denali trips.
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2021 Iditarod start and finish moved to Deshka Landing

Deshka Landing is a little more than seven miles from Willow Lake, the normal restart point for the Iditarod.
An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015.

Mat-Su teen charged with killing his aunt and cousins was recently out of jail

A Mat-Su teenager has been charged with killing his aunt and three cousins in Palmer and Wasilla Monday.
An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015.

Four dead, including two children, in Mat-Su homicide

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Alaska State Troopers have arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths of four family members, including two children, in the Mat-Su Borough. The suspect has yet to be identified, but troopers said in a report...
a student in a classroom

Mat-Su schools to close for Thanksgiving week

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The closure comes as the district struggles to keep up with increased contact tracing and staff shortages because of COVD-19.

He survived for weeks after his cabin burned outside Skwentna , then made national news. Here’s how his story began.

Tyson Steele has made national headlines recently, after his remote home burned in December, leaving him alone and without communication for three weeks in sub-zero temperatures. He’s now in the Lower 48, but he plans to return soon.

Mat-Su Borough holds town hall on Willow Creek flood

Area residents offered a mix of praise for first responders and criticism for the lack of timely information from borough officials.

UPDATE: Mat-Su declares disaster after Willow Creek flooding forces evacuations, closes bridge

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The Willow Fire Department, Mat-Su Animal Care and the Mat-Su Water Rescue Team organized to assist those impacted by the flood.

Mat-Su Borough, AIDEA sign West Susitna access project agreement

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough and a state-owned corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding that could eventually pave the way for development west of the Susitna River.
Aerial view of the Montana Creek Fire on Wednesday night. (Photo by Katie Writer, KTNA - Talkeetna)

Forestry: Montana Creek and Malaspina Fires were started by lightning, then laid low for days

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Forestry officials say drought conditions and high winds helped fuel the fires' growth.
The Upper Susitna Food Pantry. (Photo courtesy of Andrea Manning)

Northern Valley food pantry director discusses potential veto impacts

If the cuts stand as they are, Louanne Carrol-Tysdal is not sure what the ultimate impact will be, but that the area’s elders and working poor could face increased food insecurity as the winter approaches.

Malaspina and Montana Creek Fire update for July 8th.

The following is the latest update on the Malaspina and Montana Creek Fires from the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Barricaded man commits suicide in Denali National Park

On Sunday evening, Denali Park Service Rangers found a man dead after barricading himself in a tent, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Aerial view of the Montana Creek Fire on Wednesday night. (Photo by Katie Writer, KTNA - Talkeetna)

Montana Creek Fire update for July 4th, 2019

Firefighters are continuing to battle a 250-acre wildfire in the Talkeetna area. The fire began yesterday afternoon, then quickly spread before firefighters were able to slow its progress.