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


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.

Denali Women-Betty Menard-5min18sec

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

KTNA anniversary audio–Nuggets: The Climbers’ Memorial

Friday, April 19, 2013

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

This week, a Nuggets program from 2008, produced and hosted by volunteer Maureen McLaughlin, about the history and relevance of the Climber’s Memorial at the Talkeetna Cemetery. She talks to Brian Okonek and Colby Coombs. Audio is 25 minutes.

Climbers’ Memorial anniv audio 25 min

In 2009, four more names were added to the memorial, in 2010, another four; in 2011, nine people lost their lives in the Alaska Range. Ten different nations were represented during those years.

Six more climbers’ names will be added to the wall for 2012 during the ceremony on Saturday April 20th.





Environmental Assessment on climbing allocation for Mount McKinley

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

An Environmental Assessment (EA) for the allocation of climbing permits

between commercial guided climbing operators and independent, non-guided

climbers on Mount McKinley is now available for public review and comment, (more…)

Denali National Park and Preserve to increase mountaineering use fee

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Denali National Park and Preserve recently concluded a multi-year public

engagement process regarding a proposed increase to the Special Use Fee

that directly supports management of climbing activities on Mt. McKinley

and Mt. Foraker. After a lengthy examination of current program costs,

analysis of public comment, and collaboration with national climbing

organizations, Denali National Park and Preserve will increase its

Mountaineering Use Fee from $200 to $250 for youth ages 24 and under, and

$350 for all other Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker climbers. (more…)

Johnston continues to hold record for youngest to summit Denali – 10 years later

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ten years ago on June 17th an 11 year old Talkeetna resident became the youngest person to successfully summit Denali.  That record still stands.  At age 21, Galen Johnston has had a myriad of experiences since that time. This week, he spoke about that climb and reflects on how it influenced him…


Three rescues in one night keep Denali climbing rangers busy

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Denali rescue helicopter and rangers were busy Monday night dealing with a number of mountaineers with high altitude issues.  In three seperate incidents, one patrol dealt with HACE patients.


Climbers in fall on Denali identified

Friday, May 27, 2011

The names of the climbers in the fatal fall on Denali late Wednesday night have been released.

The four person team that fell from Denali Pass were led by Alpine Ascents International.  Their lead guide, 34 year old Suzanne Allen and client Peter Bullard, age 45, of China (an English national), died in the fall. (more…)

Two more climbers die on Denali Wednesday night

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A fatal fall high on Denali took the lives of two climbers late Wednesday night and severely injured two others. These are the third and fourth deaths on the mountain this year, with seven deaths overall in the Alaska Range this climbing season. Reporter Sue Deyoe has more on the most recent accident.