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John Thain

Stories by John Thain

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    From the Middle East to Anchorage: 10-year-old’s postcard project comes full circle

    by John Thain on Mar 25, 21:31

    A 10-year-old Pacific Northern Academy​ student started a global movement to send hope via postcards to refugee children in the Middle East. Now, his project has come full circle as those children have written back.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Photographer documents special bond between Anchorage seniors and their pets

    by John Thain on Mar 24, 23:36

    Dogs, cats and other pets — they’re often part of the family. At the Centennial Village senior apartment community in Anchorage, one photographer is documenting the special — and in some cases, lifesaving — relationships between man and beast.  

  • 2015 Iditarod Mushers

    Benjamin Harper

    by John Thain on Mar 05, 16:09

    Ben Harper felt right at home at the Knik 200 Sled Dog Race. After all, it runs many of the same trails as the Jr Iditarod — a race he’s finished three times. But after his 18th birthday last June, Harper was a junior musher no more. The next step was the Iditarod. “I’ve never […]

  • 2015 Iditarod Mushers

    DeeDee Jonrowe

    by John Thain on Mar 04, 19:18

    DeeDee Jonrowe has many dogs to care for, but it’s a labor of love — which works both ways. She remembers her first years in Alaska, working and living in the small community of Bethel. “The weather was cold, but the culture was wonderful,” Jonrowe said. Part of that culture was dog mushing. She starting running […]

  • 2015 Iditarod Mushers

    Steve Watkins

    by John Thain on Mar 02, 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 Mar 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.