KTNA’s news, weather, announcements and Denali Echoes, hosted by Will Peterson. Local news headlines: Denali climbing statistics released; Governor Parnell pushes Susitna Hydro project; Su Valley ladies win Tri-Valley Basketball Championship. (16 min.)
Every winter there is an attempt by at least one person, if not several people, to summit Denali. This year will be no exception. A man from Grand Marais, Minn. will be in Talkeetna the last week of December bringing a film crew with him. (more…)
Denali National Park officials are asking the public for comments on the costs of the climbing program on Mt McKinley and Mt. Foraker. As budgets are examined nationwide and parks struggle to pay for services, Denali National Park is looking at their mountaineering program, which costs $1.4 million each year to operate. They are collecting input from climbers across the U.S. on the current system.
KTNA’s morning news, weather, announcements and Denali Echoes, for Wednesday, Dec.8, with Diana Haecker. Local news headlines: Borough mayoral elections to be held in January; Eight proposals for state revenue share before Talkeetna Community Council; NPS extends public comment period for allocation of climbing permits. (16 min.)
The National Park Service has extended the public comment period for the environmental assessment considering the allocation of mountain climbing permits for commercial guiding operations. (more…)
The National Park Service has opened a public comment period to examine the possibility of raising fees that mountaineers pay to climb Mt McKinley and Mt. Foraker. Despite an increase in the special use fee in 2005, the current revenue only covers 17% of the cost of the program overall. Park officials are asking climbers and others nationwide to weigh in hopes of coming up with a solution.
KTNA’s morning news, weather, announcements and Denali Echoes, with Diana Haecker. Local news headlines: Unofficial election results; Talkeetna Community Council elect officers; NPS mulls over raising mountaineering fees. (16 min.)
Joe Puryear died last week on a remote mountain in Tibet. His story has made it around the world and was picked up by the Today Show. Michelle O’Neil and others in a photo essay.
Close friends are continuing to assist Michelle O’Neil Puryear to bring her husband back to the U.S. Joe Puryear died tragically on Labuche Kang in Tibet on Tuesday. He was 37 years old. Puryear’s climbing blog is posting information about the retrieval effort and how friends can contribute. Readers can go to an article here in the Seattle Times for a tribute to Puryear and for more information on the climb.