Governor Parnell’s state budget totals $12.4 billion, and includes drawing $1.1 billion from reserves. Many capital projects saw significant cuts in the proposed budget, including the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.
According to Emily Ford, spokeswoman for the Alaska Energy Authority, $110 million dollars is needed for AEA to complete the necessary prep work for a license to build the dam. Governor Parnell’s budget gives them $10 million. The FERC application is currently scheduled to take place in September of 2015, two months after the proposed budget ends. In an email statement, Emily Ford says that AEA will be prioritizing field activities and adjusting the licensing schedule as needed, but will continue moving forward. Read More »
On Tuesday night, Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Air National Guard rescued two people near Cantwell who were isolated in sub-zero weather. According to the State Troopers, a call was received shortly after 10:00 pm from a family member who was concerned about Scott and Vivian Mayo.
Scott Mayo left the family’s cabin near Mile 105 of the Denali Highway to check his trap line sometime before Tuesday. When he did not return, his wife, Vivian, went to look for him. After neither returned to the cabin, a family member called Troopers.
A Wildlife Trooper responded on snowmachine, along with volunteers. Vivian Mayo was located about one mile from the cabin. The Trooper determined that she was suffering from extreme hypothermia due to the -20 temperature. He activated a locator beacon and contacted the 11th Air Wing’s Rescue Coordination Center. The R-C-C dispatched a Pavehawk Helicopter and C-130 airplane to assist in the search for Scott Mayo.
Air National Guard personnel located Scott Mayo shortly after 5:00 am on Wednesday. He had built a small warming fire, and was reported to be in good condition. It is unclear how long Scott and Vivian Mayo were exposed to the cold. Both were transported by helicopter to Anchorage for treatment.
Denali National Park is seeking public comment on improvements to the Horseshoe Lake Trail. The trail is located at Mile 1 of the Park Road and, according to Park Service, is used by over 200 visitors per day in the summer. The National Park Service says that the trail is eroding, and wear on the trail after seventy years of use, and some damage is being done to beaver habitat.
The Park’s plan is to extend the trail, install two water crossings, and converting an unofficial trail that leads to an overlook. Other “social trails” would be replanted. The hope is that improved access on the approved trail would prevent damage from visitors creating their own trails to reach popular areas.
The National Park Service announced on Monday that part of the southern portion of Denali National Park are now open for snowmachine use. The portion of the Park that makes up the original Mt. McKinley National Park is always off-limits to snowmachines, but the land south of the crest of the Alaska Range that was added to the Park in 1980 may now be used, according to the Park Service.
While snowmachining is permitted, the Park Service says that riding conditions could be dangerous in some areas due to thin ice, open water, and avalanche hazard.
Information, including a map of the areas where snowmachines are allowed, is available at the Denali National Park and Preserve website.
The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the end of this week. It may not be time to break out the snow shovels yet, however. The last week has seen seasonally high temperatures and abnormally unfrozen precipitation. While the weather is likely to cool significantly, the snowfall that is predicted to come with the change in the weather pattern may not bring significant snow to the Upper Valley.
Mark Byrd, forecaster with the Anchorage office of the National Weather Service says that the current expectation is that heavy precipitation will be limited to the Gulf Coast area. He says that, unless there is a significant change, inland areas are not expected to see as much precipitation as the coastal region. He does add that a significant change is not out of the question.
The return of low temperatures could still mean slick roads where rain and freezing rain fell over the last week.
KTNA volunteer Cari Sayre continues reading the story of Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie.
In this edition of StarDate Susitna, producer Kathleen Fleming talks primarily about the fading of Comet ISON, Comet Lovejoy now visible through binoculars, and the dependable Geminid Meteor Shower which should peak the night of Friday the 13th.
BY: Melis Coady
This weekend scores of people turned out for a host of Winterfest activities despite unseasonably warm temperatures including rain and fog. Friday’s festival of lights brought holiday cheer to Main Street with its theme “reality Talkeetna.” A humorous tribute to the large influx of unscripted television shows that have ducked in and out of Talkeetna in recent history.
The parade included an appearance by Santa Claus, manger scenes with a live baby goat and rabbit, numerous public works and safety vehicles, and Sunshine transit’s new bigger 14-passenger van. The procession was brought up in the rear by dozens of real bachelors on what was fashioned to look like a multicolored ice sculpture- these dashing men in trench coats were hoping to find a mate at this weekend’s events. The men threw themselves out onto on-lookers quite literally when the brakes of the vehicle they were riding on seized up on Main Street. Read More »
KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio broadcast during the past two decades. We share the past with you through this archived audio.
This week, a first-hand account of what it is like to be a member of the Talkeetna Bachelor Society, auctioned off before a rowdy crowd of women, and the revelry that follows. KTNA’s news producer Lorien Nettleton recorded this story as a newcomer to town, in 2011. He received an Alaska Press Club award for it: