Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

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.

Marine Highway cuts could mean trouble for aspiring Susitna Valley ranchers

In the Northern Susitna Valley, things like the Alaska Marine Highway System don’t often come high on the priority list, but for one family, cuts to the state’s ferry system could have a significant impact on their new business.

Willow 300 cancelled due to poor trail conditions

The Willow 300 has been cancelled due to deteriorating trail conditions.

Two Valley sled dog races canceled, another potentially in jeopardy

A pair of sled dog races has been canceled, and another may be in jeopardy due to poor trail conditions in the Mat-Su Valley.

NTSB releases initial report on deadly Alaska Range crash

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report on the flightseeing crash that killed five people earlier this month. Listen now

Pilot identified in fatal Alaska Range crash

Four people are confirmed dead with a fifth unaccounted for and presumed dead after a crash in the Alaska Range on Saturday. It is the first fatal crash in the Alaska Range involving a commercial operator since 2003. Listen now

Four dead, one missing after flightseeing plane crashes near Denali

The search for a crashed flightseeing plane in the Alaska Range has been halted after four of the five people on board were confirmed dead with the fifth missing as of Monday morning.

Denali climbing season ends, with zero fatalities

According to the National Park Service, there are no more mountaineering or ranger teams on North America’s tallest peak. Listen now

Mat-Su Borough Assembly approves Chijuk Creek timber contract

After two hours of testimony and debate on Tuesday night, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly approved a five-year contract for a large timber harvest in the Trapper Creek area. Listen now

Chijuk Creek timber sale could prove contentious at Mat-Su Borough Assembly

The Chijuk Creek timber sale has a complicated history. At its next meeting, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly will decide whether to award a five-year contract for logging in the area to Charles Nash. Listen now

Mike Shower confirmed to Dunleavy Senate seat

Senate Republicans have confirmed the appointment of Mike Shower to fill a vacancy in District E. Listen now

Walker appoints USAF veteran to Dunleavy Senate vacancy

Governor Bill Walker has appointed retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Shower to fill the vacancy in Senate District E. Shower lives in Wasilla, and currently works as a pilot for FedEx. Listen now

Knik 200 begins Southcentral sled dog racing season

The 2018 running of the Joe Redington, Sr. Knik 200 began on Saturday morning at Deshka Landing in Willow. In temperatures hovering around zero, twenty-eight mushers were poised to set off on their first race of the season.Listen now

Sheldon Chalet offers luxury at elevation in the Alaska Range

For half a century, the Sheldon Mountain House has stood above the Ruth Glacier as a shelter and gathering place. Now, it has a new neighbor in the form of a luxury accommodation just a few hundred feet away. Listen now

Fire marshal: Butte fire that claimed the lives of five girls was “cooking related”

The Alaska Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire that claimed the lives of five girls in the Mat-Su Valley Butte area last week was accidental and “cooking-related.” Listen now

Mat-Su sales tax ordinance postponed indefinitely

After hearing from more than forty people in a packed chamber, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly has indefinitely postponed an ordinance to place a two-percent sales tax before borough voters. Listen now

Entomologist tracks the year in Alaska bugs

Bugs of various shapes and sizes are part of life in Alaska, and it can be easy for them to escape notice. Listen now

‘Mayor’ Stubbs the Cat passes away at 20

Stubbs the cat passed away in the overnight hours between Thursday and Friday, according to his owners. Listen now

Senator David Wilson says he’s not running for Lt. Governor, he filed by accident

On Wednesday, State Senator David Wilson filed a letter of intent to run for lieutenant governor. Later the same day, he amended that filing, saying he is not running. Listen now

Senator David Wilson files for lieutenant governor race

A second Mat-Su Valley Republican senator has filed for statewide office on Wednesday. Listen now