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BAKER WINS

text by David Dodman The state of Alaska is about to have a very good day. John Baker has just won Iditarod 39. The Kotzebue musher, an Alaska Native with strong roots both in rural Alaska and in the Iditarod itself, has just crossed the finish line in Nome with 10 dogs. Congratulations to John…

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In White Mountain: Ramey Smyth, Making Final Assessments

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text and photo by David Dodman   In White Mountain Monday night, Ramey Smyth’s dogs were happily eating their food. Hungry dogs eating well are always a good sign, but Smyth didn’t seem over-confident. His dogs “gave everything they had to get here (White Mountain),” Smyth said to KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen.…

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Who? and When?

text and photo by David Dodman; audio by David Dodman, Laureli Kinneen, and Linda Maack On the eve of the Iditarod finish, a lot of fervent race fans are asking themselves the same two questions: who’s going to win this race? And when will that happen? For now, the first question is almost impossible to…

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On-Air Update: Monday, March 14 (5pm)

audio by Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson Hear Monday’s 5pm on-air Iditarod Update: almost certainly the last before we have a champion! Tonight, Ric and Ben talked about John Baker’s and Ramey Smyth’s chances at the 2011 championship and ran down the rest of the leader board:

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Nome-Golovin 2011: More Interviews and Photos

audio by Leah Radde; photos by Matthew Smith; text by David Dodman As we’re gearing up for this year’s Iditarod finish (which we expect to happen in less than 24 hours!), we’re also decompressing from this Saturday’s fast-and-furious running of the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race. In case you missed our live coverage Saturday afternoon, here’s a…

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DeeDee Jonrowe in Unalakleet: “I Love it Here”

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman As she’s heading towards Unalakleet, DeeDee Jonrowe says she gets “happier and happier.” The beloved Iditarod veteran has a special connection to Unalakleet (the first checkpoint on the Norton Sound coast), where she caught up with KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen and talked about her “history” in the village.…

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At Baker’s Heels: Smyth, Gatt, Neff

text by David Dodman; audio by Laureli Kinneen In Unalakleet Sunday morning, veteran musher Aaron Burmeister said of John Baker, “this is his race.” That may yet be true, but as Day 8 of Iditarod 39 comes to a close, Baker’s lead has narrowed. Departing Unalakleet, Baker had a comfortable 3-hour cushion over Hans Gatt,…

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On-Air Update: Sunday, March 13 (5pm)

audio by Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson Hear our on-air Iditarod Update from 5pm Sunday. Ric and Ben discuss the race standings into the Norton Sound coast, John Baker’s lead, and even potential times for this week’s championship finish:

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Despite “Little Problems,” John Baker’s Way Out Front

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman Is this John Baker’s race to lose? The Kotzebue musher doesn’t say so, but he might be in the minority. Baker was first into the Unalakleet checkpoint this morning, more than two hours ahead of any of the other mushers, and he was greeted by a crowd of…

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