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John Thain

Stories by John Thain

  • 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 […]

  • Local

    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.

  • Local

    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.

  • Arctic Man 2014

    Arctic Man skier doesn’t let anything keep him down

    by John Thain on Apr 12, 11:36

    Simon Risberg, 20, is living a dream. “I always wanted to ski in Alaska,” he said. This year, Risberg is competing at the 2014 Arctic Man. In his event, skiers go straight down a mountain, get a lift by snowmachine up another mountain and then ski back down. Risberg is doing it all without legs. […]

  • Arctic Man 2014

    Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Arctic Man

    by John Thain on Apr 11, 21:18

    Some call it Alaska’s Spring Break. For revelers, racers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, the annual Arctic Man event is a chance to socialize and spend time in the Alaska wilderness. The popular ski and snowboard race routinely draws thousands of spectators and participants to the Hoodoo Mountains near Paxson. “People go to church — they […]

  • Local

    Community comes together for high school basketball

    by John Thain on Mar 19, 20:42

    ANCHORAGE - For the Western Alaska community of Shaktoolik, March is all about high school basketball. Wednesday, the Shaktoolik Wolverines faced the Seldovia Sea Otters, competing for third place in the 1A division of the ASAA state basketball championship at the Sullivan Arena. At least 20 people from the village of around 250 traveled to Anchorage for […]

  • Local

    The art of paramotoring

    by John Thain on Feb 26, 21:22

    ANCHORAGE – Take a drive down the Seward Highway and you may seem them — kite flyers, sometimes on skis, sometimes paragliding down the mountains. But you can’t fly a kite without wind, so one group of adventure-seekers took matters into their own hands. Click the play button on the video box to watch.

  • Local

    Operation Santa Claus visits St. George Island

    by John Thain on Nov 27, 19:01

    ST. GEORGE ISLAND – Tuesday, the National Guard brought the 57th annual Operation Santa Claus to St. George Island. The yearly outreach effort brings Santa, Mrs. Claus, a team of elves and plenty of Christmas presents to children throughout rural Alaska. Click the thumbnails to the left to view the complete photo gallery.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Zombie musical debuts just in time for Halloween

    by John Thain on Oct 15, 0:23

    EAGLE RIVER – “Shake Rattle and Rot!” It’s a teenage zombie musical put on by the Alaska Fine Arts Academy. CBS 11 photojournalist John Thain takes us to the undead uprising in Eagle River, but don’t worry — these aren’t your typical zombies. The show runs every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. through […]