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New Report Questions Susitna-Watana Economics; AEA Responds

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A new fiscal analysis of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project questions the Alaska Energy Authority’s estimates regarding how much the 735-foot tall dam would cost the State of Alaska, if built.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has this report:

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On Monday, economist Gregg Erickson released his analysis of the financial picture of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.  The report was commissioned by Trout Unlimited, a conservation group that opposes the project.  Erickson has worked for the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Washington D.C. think-tank, and in multiple roles for the State of Alaska.  He says that, from his perspective, Susitna-Watana doesn’t pencil out.

“There is no market test that this proposed project meets.  There’s every evidence that they’ve underestimated the cost and overestimated the demand.  It doesn’t seem at all likely that the project could be built without very, very large amounts of state subsidy.” (more…)

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KTNA On Air Auction

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DBCLogoTune in to today between 1pm – 3pm and 8pm – 9pm to bid on items from the following business.

Denali Arts Council, Denali Brewing Company, Ciri, CubbysMarketplace logo

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Cubby’s Market Place,
Mountain High Pizza Pie

MHPPlogo Denali Dry Goods, Studio Z Yoga, Talkeetna Historical Society and the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.

KTNA extends a big THANK YOU to all of the business that have supported this fund raising effort.

Report Challenges Susitna-Watana Economics

Monday, December 8, 2014

A new analysis claims that the economics of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectic Project are unfeasible.  The report was commissioned by Trout Unlimited, a group opposing the project, and it was carried out by economist Gregg Erickson.  In it, Erickson says that the Alaska Energy Authority’s cost projections for the 735-foot tall dam leave out major factors, such as leasing and purchasing Alaska Native-owned land and building nearly $900 million in new electrical transmission lines.  Gregg Erickson also says that large projects built by AEA have a history of coming in over budget.

AEA’s estimate of the cost of Susitna-Watana is around $5.2 billion.  Erickson says that the plan to pay for the megaproject would end up being much higher than AEA estimates.  He says the five percent interest rate being used in official projections is “unrealistically low.”  Erickson claims that the hydro project only pays for itself under a narrow set of assumptions.

Susitna-Watana Project Manager Wayne Dyok disputes many of Erickson’s findings.  Dyok says that other large hydro projects have come in at budget and many received financing at less than five percent interest.  AEA plans to release additional feasibility information in January, including a third-party financial analysis that Dyok says falls within ten percent of AEA’s estimates.  Dyok maintains that the economics of the megaproject are viable.

Su Valley Volleyball Returns to State Tournament

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Su Valley High School volleyball team will return to the state tournament later this week to defend their title.  The Rams will face off against Dillingham at 5:30 on Thursday in the quarter-finals.  The winner of that match will then face the victor in the matchup between Kenny Lake and Craig.

The bracket for this year’s 2A volleyball tournament means that there could be a rematch of last year’s championship game between Su Valley and Unalaska for the state title.

Spur Road Rollover Results in No Injuries

Monday, December 8, 2014

On Monday morning, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a vehicle rollover near Mile 5 of the Talkeetna Spur Road.  Troopers say 19-year-old Paul Wilton of Talkeetna was driving north in a Toyota pickup when he lost control.  The truck went off the road and ended up on its roof.  Wilton reported wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, and troopers say he was not injured.

The KTNA On Air Auction Kicks Off Today at 1pm

Monday, December 8, 2014

Coming up on the auction today are items from the following donors.

CubbysMarketplace logo

Talkeetna Roadhouse

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Talkeetna Air Taxi

Denali Brewing Company, Talkeetna Roadhouse,Princess-Cruises_CBN_Vert_Blue_RGB

Talkeetna Air Taxi,Studio Z, Cubby’s,

The Alaska Railroad and Princess Cruises.

Tune in between 1pm and 3pm and again at 8pm for your chance to bid.

KTNA extends a big THANK YOU to all of the business that have supported this fund raising effort.

Tough Sledding Out of Rohn May Get Easier in 2015 Iditarod

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In 2014, half of all the mushers who scratched in the Iditarod did so in Rohn, and more suffered damage to their sleds or themselves.  Next year, with a quarter-million dollars worth of trail work, and a little help from Mother Nature, Iditarod officials hope that number will be much lower.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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One of the things the Iditarod is known for is its challenging terrain.  Some stretches of the trail are more treacherous than others.  This March, one of the worst sections of the Iditarod Trail was between Rohn and Farewell Lakes.  Lev Schvartz of Willow is one of several mushers who scratched in that section.  He describes trail conditions this past March:

“There’s no snow.  The buffalo tunnels were just super rough, stumps sticking out all sorts of places.  It was like being a pinball in a pinball machine.” (more…)

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Bryan Bearss Named as Substitute for Injured Musher Karin Hendrickson

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Karin Hendrickson

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Last week, six-time Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson suffered injuries that will prevent her from participating in the 2015 Iditarod.  Hendrickson is on the road to recovery, and it was announced Wednesday that, while she will miss the race, her dogs will not.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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Last week, Karin Hendrickson was injured in an accident that epitomizes being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  She was on a training run with her dog team and a four-wheeler to the side of the Parks Highway when a vehicle lost control on the icy road and struck her.  Hendrickson suffered three broken vertebrae and an injury to her leg.   She counts herself lucky, given the circumstances.

“It’s pretty incredible, because people don’t usually get hit by cars and walk away from it.  I didn’t walk away, but I’m doing really well.”

Karin Hendrickson is beginning inpatient therapy, which will be followed by more physical therapy after she is released.  She says that her injuries will prevent her from continuing to train for the 2015 Iditarod.

“I just have to be really careful and not do anything jarring or jumping around, which means no dogs for quite a good, long while.” (more…)

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KTNA On Air Auction Dec 8th – 11th

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

KTNA is pleased to announced that there will be an On Air Auction December 8th through December 10th.

Tune in Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 3pm and 8pm to 9pm for the opportunity to bid on one of many items.

Many businesses have contributed wonderful gifts and services for KTNA to Auction

We would like to thank

Great Harvest Bread Company

Mountain High Pizza Pie

Talkeetna Air Taxi

Talkeetna Roadhouse

Bear Tooth/ Mooses Tooth

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra

Studio Z

Alaska Railroad

Birch Creek Ranch

Kaladi Brothers

Ciri

Norther Susitna Institute

Denali Brewing Company

Talkeetna Historical Society

Denali Arts Council

Cubby’s

Denali Zipline Tours

Denali Nordic Ski Club

K2 Aviation

Princess Lodge

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