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Feature: Talkeetna’s Ghosts

by:  Alberto Garcia

Most people have had a moment in their lives where something unexplained happens.  Some believe it to be supernatural, and others say that there is a reasonable explanation for everything.  When KTNA’s summer intern, Alberto Garcia, began hearing strange things, he consulted a local author who had written about some of Talkeetna’s ghost stories.

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Talkeetna has become my home over the summer. I live with three roommates in a cabin owned by South Texas professor Karon Jahn, located in the Christiansan Lake area. My roommates and I were given the opportunity to experience an Alaskan, summer adventure where we would sightsee, work part-time and earn college credit by taking a 10-week internship. Read More »

Montana Creek Holiday Follow-Up

Last week, KTNA’s Phillip Manning went out to the Montana Creek bridge on Yoder Road to see the area before what was expected to be a very busy holiday weekend.   Over the weekend, he went back, and found something he wasn’t expecting:

The first thing that struck me as I drove over the Montana Creek bridge is how few people were in the area.  I have heard stories of the massive crowding that happens on busy weekends, and have seen photographs to back up those claims, but only a few campsites were visible.  The next question in my mind was, “Why?”  It was a beautiful, warm day, and the water level did not look high enough to discourage campers.  I met up with area resident Brian Hauge, who was thinking much the same thing.

“Typically, there would be six or seven in there, and they would be all the way down the deal in here…I’m surprised.” Read More »

Classics for Kids–The Adventures of Tom Sawyer #7

KTNA volunteer Cari Sayre continues The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain.

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Borough Official Updates Talkeetna Council on Flood Recovery and Control

At Monday night’s meeting, the Talkeetna Community Council received an update from Borough Emergency Manager Casey Cook regarding federal money for recovery from the fall 2012 flood.  Cook also shared a new piece of information regarding the Talkeetna Flood Service Area that could have implications on future flood mitigation efforts.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more:

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If one were to choose a single word to describe funding for flood mitigation and recovery in the Upper Valley, a good choice would be “complicated.”  With more than a dozen agencies involved from the borough to the federal level, it’s easy to get confused by the process.  In short, after the fall 2012 flood was declared a disaster, the Upper Valley became eligible for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Actually getting that money, however, is a long process that involves mountains of paperwork. Read More »

Study: Death of Breeding Wolves Linked to Pack Demise

by:  Emily Schwing, KUAC Fairbanks

A new study indicates that the death of a wolf has implications for the rest of the pack, depending on the size of the pack and the dead wolf’s sex.  As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, the study is in response to the legal trapping of a breeding female that was part of a well-known wolf pack that was frequently spotted in Denali National Park.

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In 2012, a local trapper took a breeding female from the Grant Creek wolf pack that was known to den near the Denali Park Road.  A second female died and no wolf pups survived that year.  A new study suggests the death of those breeding females resulted in the pack’s dispersal.
“We found that in most cases where a pack ended, there was the loss of a breeder beforehand.” Read More »

Talkeetna Celebrates Hot, Eventful Independence Day

With Independence Day falling on a Friday this year, expectations were for a busy holiday weekend.  Visitors turned up by the hundreds for events in downtown Talkeetna on Friday, and many stayed throughout the weekend.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning was there as well, and has this report:

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The festivities kicked off on Friday at noon with the Fourth of July Parade on Main Street.  Local residents of all ages, as well as some businesses, took part on foot or on float.  While the parade itself was short, just over nine minutes, it heralded the beginning of a day full of activities.   Read More »

Writer’s Voice–On My Way to the Apocalypse, by Ellen Thea

 Ellen Thea reads from her small-book-length

poem, On My Way to the Apocalypse.

The illustrated poem book is available from her,

and from Dancing Leaf Gallery in Talkeetna.

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It was December 21, 2012.

I was on my way to the apocalypse,

minding my own business,

when a funny thing happened….

 

Scotty beamed me up.

 

A Mayan madman jumped out in front of me

and shouted, “Fooled ya!”

 

Meanwhile, a bluebird started singing

loudly, madly, badly, out of tune, off key

while a monarch butterfly spiraled around me

and a fairy danced up a blade of grass.

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Wednesday afternoon, Denali National Park held the official dedication ceremony for the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station.  Attendees included multiple members of the Harper family, notable figures in the Alaska climbing community, and Senator Lisa Murkowski.  K-T-N-A’s Phillip Manning was also there, and has this report:

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The Talkeetna post for Denali National Park has been named for Walter Harper for months, but Wednesday marked the official dedication.  Harper, a Koyukon Athabascan, was the first known person to set foot on the summit of Denali in 1913.  A century later, an act of Congress renamed the Talkeetna Ranger Station in his honor.  This week, some of Harper’s descendants, representatives of the Park Service, and one of the U.S. Senators who pushed the legislation through were in Talkeetna for the ceremony. Read More »

Residents Concerned About Unregulated Camping near Montana Creek

With the holiday weekend beginning this Friday, and the weather forecast to be favorable, Talkeetna and the Upper Valley are likely to see a flood of visitors.  Weekends are already busy on Talkeetna’s Main Street with visitors coming from the Lower 48, and major holiday weekends mean even more people coming from elsewhere in the state.  There will be a parade, music, and a lot of money to be made for businesses and nonprofits.  In addition, however, there is also the potential for increased impacts from camping, four-wheeling, and other activities, as KTNA’s Phillip Manning explains:

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This past Memorial Day weekend saw a larger influx of Alaskans to the Upper Valley who might otherwise have gone to the Kenai Peninsula, if not for the large wildfire that was burning at the time.  Four-wheelers of every type could be seen up and down the side of the Talkeetna Spur, and the combined impact of the additional off-road vehicles and additional campers led the Talkeetna Community Council to bring it up during its June meeting. Read More »

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