KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by Dora Miller

KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by James Trump

Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Centennial Team Summits Denali

Monday, July 1, 2013

History was repeated last week when the Centennial Denali expedition reached the summit of North America’s highest peak.  The summit team is made up of five men representing the first party to reach the summit of Denali as well as four guides from Alaska Mountaineering School.

Denali Legislation Advances in U.S. Senate

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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On June 19th, the Senate voted unanimously to approve the Denali National Park Improvement Act sponsored by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and co-sponsored by Alaska Senator Mark Begich.  The legislation changes the name of the Talkeetna Ranger Station to the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, in honor of  the first man to stand on the summit of Denali.  I spoke with  Senator Murkowski on the significance of naming the Ranger Station after Harper.

Fatality on Denali

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The National Park Service is reporting  A 59-year-old German mountaineer suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at the 13,500-foot level of Mt. McKinley on the evening of Sunday, May 19.   Klaus Bielstein of Muenster, Germany was ascending the West Buttress route as a member of an 11-person Alpine Ascents International guided expedition. (more…)

KTNA anniversary audio–Betty Menard’s mountaineering first

Friday, May 3, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley by bringing you audio broadcast during the past two decades. We share the past with you on 88.9 FM every Friday at 12:35.

This week, one of a series of stories about women on Denali that KTNA news producer Johanna Eurich recorded in 1997. In this segment, Johanna talks to former Trapper Creek resident Betty Menard, who, at 21, became the first Alaska Native woman to climb Denali, earning her a page in mountaineering history.

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Betty Menard now spends most of her time in sunnier climes.

Striker named to top Denali National Park post

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The National Park Service has named Don Striker as its new Superintendent for Denali National Park. Striker is currently superintendent for New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton spoke with Striker about his move to one of the nation’s most recognized national parks. (more…)

Adventurer Lonnie Dupre shares stories from 25 years on the ice

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Arctic adventurer Lonnie Dupre has spent the last week in Talkeetna enjoying time with the characters around town and recovering from his most recent expedition. Dupre had attempted to climb Mt. McKinley alone in the month of January, but had to call the voyage off when weeks of potent storms kept him from being able to safely travel at high altitude in extreme cold and against tremendous winds. (more…)

Alone in the mountains – Masatoshi Kuriaki still chasing solo ascent of Hunter

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Minnesotan adventurer Lonnie Dupre has called off his quest to climb Mt. McKinley alone in the month of January after 18 days on the mountain. Beset by raging storms, extreme winds, and phenomenal cold, the climber has ceded victory to the Mountain and returned to Talkeetna.

One climber is still out in Denali National Park, steadily making his approach to the third-tallest peak in the Alaska Range. Japanese mountaineer Masatoshi Kuriaki has been steadily making his approach on Mount Hunter since December 14th. It is his 6th attempt to summit Mt. Hunter alone in Winter, a feat never before achieved. (more…)

Denali Entrance Fees altered once more

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The National Park Service is changing the way it charges visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve. Visitors now will be charged per head, not per vehicle.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says after reviewing public comments, the park service has decided to eliminate a $20-a-vehicle entrance fee and instead charge a flat $10-a-person entrance fee for visitors age 16 and older. That means a vehicle with four adults in it will have to pay $40 instead of $20. (more…)

Lonnie Dupre ready for 2nd Solo try for Denali in Darkest Month

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tuesday’s Snowstorm has delayed alpinist Lonnie Dupre’s ambition of undertaking a solo ascent of Mt. McKinley in the Month of January. Dupre, who is in Talkeetna and waiting for a weather window to open, will tackle North America’s tallest peak for a second time. To date, no climber has made it to McKinley’s summit alone in the month of January.


Dupre had planned to start his conquest of Mt. McKinley on the shortest day of the year. With just 38 days to complete his quest, he will be using the same alpine-style approach as last year to allow for fast travel, should the weather be cooperative. (more…)