KTNA’s morning news, weather forecast, Denali echos, announcements for April 21st. Host is Sue Deyoe. Headlines – Chinook crews to deploy; Wasilla man recently arraigned for DUI dies on Parks Highway. 16 min.
Kahiltna Basecamp Put In – B company’s 52nd Aviation Regiment’s “Sugar Bears” assist with Denali’s operations each spring.
The sights and sounds of spring in Talkeetna not only include birds returning to their summer home, dripping water and children playing, but Army Chinooks and Blackhawks. The military aircraft from Fairbanks, along with 15 or more troops, show up in Talkeetna each spring for training. The annual event is one of the most unusual peace-time missions in Army helicopter airlift operations history. However, this year is different.
A trial in federal court in Fairbanks last week concerning an arrest in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve a may set a precedent for other national park and preserve cases in Alaska.
71 year old Jim Wilde, his wife and a friend, were power-boating up the Yukon River from Circle last September on a moose hunting trip. They were approached by National Park Service rangers in another boat. The rangers said they wanted to conduct a routine boat safety check. (more…)
The State of Alaska recently made a land deal with a corporation that owns land inside Denali State Park. That deal is being called a win-win situation by both parties. What it may mean in the future is a large hotel built inside the park boundaries, but also road access for both parties with less impact on the surrounding area. Sue Deyoe has the story..
The former chief of planning for Denali National Park, Mike Tranel, has been named superintendent for Klondike Gold Rush National Park in Skagway. He helped Denali Park complete its backcountry management plan as well as other management plans. Since 2008, he has been in Washington DC representing Alaska parks on regulatory and policy issues. (more…)
Occassional Talkeetna resident Vern Tejas holds the world’s seven summit record, but it is now being challenged by a former rugby star from Wales. A 33-year-old man has put Denali, as well as the North and South Pole, on his list of quests to successfully climb the world’s seven summits in seven months. Tejas owns the record for completing the world’s seven summits in a record 136 days, but that record doesn’t include the 2 poles. (more…)
(aired thurs.) The climbing team of Artur Testov and Christine Feret are unsure of their next move in their attempt to successfully summit Denali in winter. (more…)
KTNA’s morning news, weather, announcements and Denali Echoes, with Will Peterson. Local news headlines: Talkeetna Historical Society needs board members; Legislation introduced to clear right of way through Denali National Park for in-state gas pipeline.
The Alaska delegation introduced legislation to Congress that would clear the way for an in-state, natural gas pipeline to be built along the Parks Highway. The bill is aimed to authorize a right-of-way along the highway and also through a small portion of the Denali National Park. (more…)