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


Lonnie Dupre considering retreat to 14,200

Monday, January 24, 2011

Lonnie Dupre has postponed attempts to summit Denali for now. Dupre is still at 17,200 feet for the sixth day in a snow trench he dug.

According to a post on Dupre’s blog, his expedition manager Tom Suprenant writes that he couldn’t come out of the trench due to extremely high winds and cold temperatures. Suprenant writes that Dupre’s strength and stamina is beginning to deteriorate. He’s hoping for a break in the weather to climb down to 14,200 feet and to regroup.

Dupre is attempting to become the first person to summit Mt. McKinley in January.

Tom Suprenant joined Loudon Wilson in the KTNA production studio to record the following update on Lonnie’s expedition.

Tom Surprenant speaks with Seth Klein about Lonnie Dupre’s progress on Denali.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Volunteer DJ Seth Klein sat down with Tom Surprenant on Thursday night (1/20) to discuss Lonnie Dupre’s endeavor and progress on Denali. The full eight minute interview is available below:

Seth Klein and Tom Surprenant:

NPS proposes climber fee increase

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Denali National Park officials are examining the possibility of raising mountaineering fees for those climbers wishing to climb Denali.  While the majority of Americans are probably not paying too much attention, the mountaineering community across the U.S. is weighing in and putting their boots down on the issue that concerns North America’s highest peak.  Sue Deyoe has more.

Climber Lonnie Dupre making headway in climbing Denali

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Valley Jam DJ Todd Basilone interviewed Tom Surprenant on the progress of climber Lonnie Dupre who is trying to make history by summiting Mt. McKinley in January. Surprenant is Dupre’s expedition support team member currently based in Talkeetna. Audio runs about 12 min.

Park Service releases mountaineering statistics for 2010

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More than half of the climbers who scaled Mt. McKinley last year reached the summit. Denali National Park officials say 1,222 climbers took on McKinley in 2010 and 55 percent, or 670 climbers, reached the summit. (more…)

Morning news cast – Tuesday, January 18

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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.)

Minnesota man to attempt Denali in January

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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 examines climbing fees for Mt McKinley and Foraker

Thursday, December 9, 2010

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.

Morning Newscast – Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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.)