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John Thain

Stories by John Thain

  • 2015 Iditarod Mushers

    Steve Watkins

    by John Thain on Feb 01, 23:34

      Some people seek out adventure on the occasional weekend. Steve Watkins looks for it every day. “There’s nothing like a strong, compelling, physical challenge to get you up and get you motivated,” he says. It’s what led him to the armed forces in 1999. “I never thought I’d serve in a war, much less […]

  • 2015 Iditarod Mushers

    Lev Shvarts

    by John Thain on Feb 01, 23:28

      There was a time when Lev Shvarts only had one dog, but that didn’t last long. “Dogs are like potato chips, you can’t have just one,” he says. He now has about 30, but he didn’t grow up mushing dogs. “I was born in the Soviet Union, doesn’t exist anymore, good for us all,” […]

  • 2015 Iditarod Mushers

    Chuck Schaeffer

    by John Thain on Feb 01, 13:59

      As a young boy growing up in the small community of Kotzebue, Chuck Schaeffer dished out a lot of dog food. “I tried to hide from all my chores when I was a kid and I’m the only one of my siblings that became a dog musher,” he explains. “Everyone else is smarter than […]

  • Health

    New business markets ancient tea

    by John Thain on Dec 26, 21:36

    When Sarah Susook first harvested five pounds of chaga, she said, it sold out within the day. Chaga is a fungus that grows primarily on birch trees. It’s not always easy to find. “A lot of walking and rough terrain,” Susook said. But she doesn’t mind. “I enjoy being in the woods, it’s like my […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Minnesota climber begins solo ascent of Denali

    by John Thain on Dec 19, 21:45

    Post by KTVA 11 News. TALKEETNA - Climbing season on Denali is long over, but for Lonnie Dupre, it’s just beginning. The 53-year-old Minnesota man is attempting to be the first person to summit it alone in January. It’s his fourth attempt after trying similar expeditions in 2013, 2012, and 2011. The closest he came was […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Run, Forrest, run: Running against the odds

    by John Thain on Nov 06, 22:31

    It was a grassroots campaign from a young, relatively unknown politician from the small town of Cordova: Forrest Dunbar did not win a seat in Congress this week, but he did come closer than many expected. KTVA followed Dunbar through the last month of his campaign for a behind-the-scenes look at a race that surprised […]

  • Web Exclusives

    Web Extra: Digging out

    by John Thain on Oct 20, 18:59

    We knew it was coming, but today’s snowfall still felt like a surprise. Were you ready for the snow? We asked some Rabbit Creek residents how they felt about the area’s first measurable snowfall of the season.

  • News

    72 years old and sleeping outside tonight

    by John Thain on Sep 01, 18:12

    Tonight while most of us are enjoying the warmth of our homes and the love of family, a 72-year-old woman is sleeping outside on the grass somewhere in Anchorage. She sleeps in the cold by choice, she says, not wanting to be a burden to her daughter. Hundreds of cars passed by this woman as […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage homeless evicted from illegal camps face many questions

    by John Thain on Aug 23, 11:20

    “We got to get all the way out to Muldoon before it’s too late,” yelled the man as he dragged a heavy, wheeled suitcase down Chester Creek Trail. “I gotta get my family somewhere quick.” He was walking quickly toward a pavilion in Valley of the Moon Park. “We just need to get out of […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Mount Marathon Race: “The Start”

    by John Thain on Jun 28, 16:46

    Mountain runner Clint McCool has run the Mount Marathon Race 18 times, achieving ten top-ten finishes.  He knows every step of this mountain, and tells us the challenges behind each section. In this episode, he tells us what it means to take “The Roots” or “The Cliffs.”

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Mount Marathon Race: “The Climb”

    by John Thain on Jun 28, 16:40

    Mountain runner Clint McCool has run the Mount Marathon Race 18 times, achieving ten top-ten finishes.  He knows every step of this mountain, and tells us the challenges behind each section. In this episode, he tells us about what he considers to be the most difficult part of the race, “The Climb.”

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Mount Marathon Race: “The Scree”

    by John Thain on Jun 28, 16:35

    Mountain runner Clint McCool has run the Mount Marathon Race 18 times, achieving ten top-ten finishes.  He knows every step of this mountain, and tells us the challenges behind each section. In this episode, he tells us how to handle the loose rocks of “The Scree.”

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Mount Marathon Race: “The Gut”

    by John Thain on Jun 28, 16:30

    Mountain runner Clint McCool has run the Mount Marathon Race 18 times, achieving ten top-ten finishes.  He knows every step of this mountain, and tells us the challenges behind each section. In this episode, he tells us about the many dangers of “The Gut.”

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Mount Marathon Race: “The Falls”

    by John Thain on Jun 28, 16:25

    Mountain runner Clint McCool has run the Mount Marathon Race 18 times, achieving ten top-ten finishes.  He knows every step of this mountain, and tells us the challenges behind each section. In this episode, he tells us how to safely maneuver the dangers of “The Falls.”

  • Honor Flight 2014

    Ketchikan veteran, 102, shares secret to a long life

    by John Thain on May 09, 11:17

    Ketchikan resident Henry Neligan, 102, is a former member of the Alaska Territorial Guard touring Washington, D.C. as part of the 2014 Honor Flight. When a tourist in the nation’s capital asked Neligan about the secret to a long, happy life, his answer drew more than a few laughs. Watch the video above to hear […]

  • Honor Flight 2014

    Alaska vet turns 102 on Honor Flight

    by John Thain on May 06, 20:32

    Web extra: Henry Neligan from Ketchikan turned 102 Tuesday. Honor Flight veterans sang him “Happy Birthday” and then Henry busted out a song of his own.

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Community pays respects to fallen troopers

    by John Thain on May 02, 18:25

    Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich were killed in the line of duty Thursday while conducting an investigation in Tanana. Friday, the bodies of the two slain troopers were recovered from the Interior village and taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage. A small procession accompanied their bodies from the […]

  • Arctic Man 2014

    Troopers patrol Arctic Man

    by John Thain on Apr 14, 8:35

    From disorderly conduct to DUIs, Alaska State Troopers kept busy at Arctic Man over the weekend. The popular ski and snowmachine race draws thousands of people to the Hoodoo Mountains outside of Paxson every year, and troopers are tasked with patrolling the site over the course of the two-day event. This year, according to AST […]

  • Arctic Man 2014

    Snowmachiners face off at Arctic Man 2014

    by John Thain on Apr 13, 10:38

    Alaska’s fastest snowmachiners went head to head at Arctic Man 2014 on Saturday. They were competing in the AMMC drag races. Drivers from as young as 4 faced off against each other in different age categories to prove they could “go big, or go home.” Arctic Man 2014 ended Saturday. Last year more the 13,000 […]

  • Arctic Man 2014

    Mini Arctic Man Competition

    by John Thain on Apr 13, 9:45

    This year at Arctic Man 2014 it’s not just the adults showing off their stuff, kids are getting into the act too competing in the Mini Arctic Man.