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Human Remains Found in ‘Talkeetna Area’ Cabin Fire

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Alaska State Troopers report that a cabin fire in the Talkeetna area killed one person.  According to the troopers, the initial call was received just before midnight on Saturday night.   When troopers arrived from the Talkeetna post, the cabin had burned to the ground.  The next day, they returned with a Deputy Fire Marshal to search in the daylight.  Human remains were found during that search.  No positive identification has been made of the remains, and the investigation is ongoing.  Troopers say foul play is not suspected at this time.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says that, since there is currently no positive ID, no further details, including the location of the fire, are being released.  Talkeetna Fire Department Chief Ken Farina says that he had not been notified of a structure fire in the Talkeetna area on Saturday.


This is a developing story.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Lonnie Dupre Continues His Attempt at Denali History

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Climber Lonnie Dupre is continuing his attempt to be the first person to climb Denali solo in the month of January.  He has given regular updates via sat phone, and his Facebook page is tracking his progress.  As of Tuesday morning, Dupre was camped at 14,200 feet and planning to haul his gear to 15,000 feet.  From there, he will establish caches and continue to acclimate as he waits for a weather window to attempt the summit.  In his last sat-phone update, recorded on Monday, Dupre says he is feeling fit after a day of rest.

You can follow Lonnie Dupre’s progress on his Facebook page.

Talkeetna Community Council Notes from January 5th Meeting

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

This story has been updated to better reflect the Mat-Su Borough’s role in the float plane lease program on Christiansen Lake.

On Monday, the Talkeetna Community Council board of directors held its regular monthly meeting.  Most of the discussion centered around float planes on Christiansen Lake, but other topics got attention as well, including flood mitigation and nuisance beavers.

On the issue of flooding, the board noted on Monday that the process of including East Talkeetna in the Talkeetna Flood Service Area is making progress.  Currently, all of Talkeetna east of the railroad tracks is not covered under the Mat-Su Borough’s flood service area.  That means that the borough cannot currently allocate funds or conduct any work on flood control in the area.  The issue is in the hands of the borough clerk, and will ultimately require a vote by all residents of both East Talkeetna and the current flood service area. (more…)

Temperatures Drop Below Zero for the First Time Since March

Monday, January 5, 2015

Over the last few days, temperatures have dipped below zero degrees Fahrenheit.  The last time temperatures hit sub-zero was on March 7th, 2014, when the recorded low was seven-degrees-below-zero.  The overnight hours between Sunday and Monday marked the coldest temperatures of the new year, with the mercury plunging to fifteen-below.  Anchorage and other parts of the Railbelt are still waiting to see the first sub-zero day in over a year.

Drivers Identified in Fatal Parks Highway Accident

Monday, January 5, 2015

On Monday, the National Park Service identified the two drivers killed in a head-on collision near mile 236 of the Parks Highway, inside the boundaries of Denali National Park.  The drivers were Patrick Dafoe, age 28, of Wasilla and Antril Sanguinettio, age 51, of Anchorage.

Because the accident occurred inside the park’s boundaries, the National Park Service is leading the investigation.  Monday’s announcement did not include additional details regarding the possible cause of the crash.

Top Five Web Stories for 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Using statistics from KTNA.org, we have put together a list of the top five most popular stories among our web users.  They run the gamut from silly to tragic.

Coming in at number five is the April Fool’s Day story that claimed Mayor Stubbs was pregnant.  While most listeners and readers were not fooled, the story still proved very popular.

The fourth most popular story on our website was the announcement of the Permanent Fund Dividend amount in mid-September.  While this year’s $1,884 was not record-setting, it was a marked improvement over the amounts over the last few years.

Our third most-clicked story was of Otis Orth, the Trapper Creek man who was rescued in large part due to his dog, Amber.  Orth had been thrown from his snowmachine, and Amber was able to eventually bring help back to him.

In second place is the story of Amber Nolan, who hitchhiked from Florida to Alaska through general aviation.  Her ultimate goal was to get to Barrow, but she didn’t quite end up making it.  Still, her story was very popular amongst KTNA listeners.

Finally, the most-clicked story of the year was a sad one.  In May, a fall from high on Denali claimed the life of one climber.  The year proved a difficult one, with the lowest summit rate in decades, but no other climbers suffered fatal accidents.

You’ll have a chance to hear some of these stories over the course of the next week, as KTNA reviews some of the most interesting stories of 2014.  If you had a favorite story from 2014, tell us about it on Facebook or on our website, KTNA.org.

Upper Valley Family Receives ‘Overwhelming’ Support After House Fire

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

On Friday, a fire burned a significant portion of one Talkeetna family’s home.  Nobody was injured in the fire, and one member of the family says that support from the community has been a great help in a difficult time.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has this story:

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Less than a week before Christmas, the Evans family is recovering from a fire at their home near Mile 6 of the Talkeetna Spur Road.  Laurie Evans says she arrived home from work on Friday afternoon and saw the house in flames.  Her daughter 21-year-old Ashli, was home when the fire started, and had already called 911.  Laurie Evans says that Ashley was home by herself when she noticed smoke.

“She covered her face with a wet rag and went into her bedroom to try to figure out where the smoke was coming from.  It was coming from the bed, so she threw the blankets off of it.  And, the bed just burst into flames.” (more…)

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Talkeetna Bachelor Society Awards Funds from 2014 Auction

Friday, December 19, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, Phillip Manning, wishes to make it known that he sits on the board of directors for the Talkeetna Bachelor Society.

Earlier this month, the Talkeetna Bachelor Society held its annual Bachelor Auction and Ball.  The event is a charity fundraiser aimed at organizations in the Upper Valley.  This year, the auction took in just over $20,000.  Of that, half went to the Talkeetna Bachelor Society Fund for families in crisis.  The remainder was divided up at a meeting of the Society on Wednesday.  Organizations submitted requests for funding, which were then reviewed.

Talkeetna Elementary was awarded a total of $2500 for projects ranging from art to technology.  Su-Valley Junior and Senior High School received $1,329.  In addition, the Bachelor Society has set aside $1,000 as a scholarship for a 2015 Su Valley graduate.

Other programs that received funds included Trapper Creek Elementary, KTNA, the Talkeetna Historical Society, and a number of charities established to help feed those in need.

Wednesday’s meeting also included very preliminary discussion of next year’s event.

Lonnie Dupre Makes Fourth Winter Solo Attempt on Denali

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Lonnie Denali

Lonnie Dupre before leaving Talkeetna. Photo from Facebook. Used with permission.

On Thursday, climber and arctic veteran Lonnie Dupre  left Talkeetna for his fourth attempt to be the first person to summit Denali in January.  Before he left, he spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning.

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Climbing Denali is hard.  Even in peak season, temperatures dip below zero, and frostbite is a real concern.  In fact, this summer saw one of the lowest summit rates in decades, owing largely to weather.  Not many people attempt North America’s highest peak in winter.  Lonnie Dupre is one of the few who has.  He is beginning his fourth attempt to summit the mountain in January.  His previous attempts were all thwarted by the weather.  Dupre says he’s surprised at how mild the Alaskan winter has been so far. (more…)

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