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Archive for March 2012

Bad Fruit and Too Much Chess

When my roommate asked me earlier this winter if I wanted to purchase a chess board I reluctantly accepted because I didn’t think we would get our moneys worth out of it. Boy, was I wrong. To stave off the boredom of the dark, cold days this winter we’ve sat down for no less than…

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Subsistence (Or Something Like It)

Alaska is unique for many reasons, and one of the big ones is just how much food people get from natural or wild sources. Fish, game, and wild greens and berries all make up a substantial amount of the local diet. And with food prices very high in places like Nome, and even higher in…

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Elder Voices: Frances Wright

Frances Wright turned 94 this March, and when she tells stories, you know she hasn’t wasted any of that time. Born in Council, and raised in Solomon, Frances has vivid memories – and tells amazing stories – of growing up in a household that spoke Inupiaq, of hunting and trapping for food, of gathering driftwood…

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The Calm After The Storm

Iditarod 2012 is over! Life is returning to its regular pace, and Nome is calming down after the flood of visitors and excitement.  Routine responsibilities are back, but the memory of the craziness of Iditarod Nome is still fresh. Congratulations to Dallas Seavey, and all the rest of the finishers on a job well done!…

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Serpentine Hot Springs

It’s the first day of spring today. We’re in for a few glorious bright, clear, light months. It’s still cold, dipping to double digits below, so my mind often drifts to warm thoughts. I’m thinking specifically of a trip last summer to a remote hot springs area. Serpentine Hot Springs is as much about the…

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Extended Interview: Sebastian Schnuelle Talks Iditarod 2012

Sebastian Schnuelle is a musher who’s raced the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. But he wasn’t mushing in Iditarod this year: instead, he followed the mushers along the trail on a snowmachine, sharing his experiences through blogs, Facebook posts, and photographs. Now retired from competitive mushing, he has unique insight into how mushers approach the…

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Iditarod Arrives in Nome

Mushers in Iditarod 40 began arriving in Nome on Tuesday evening. Since then, as of this posting, 35 mushers have crossed under the burled arch on Front Street in Nome and have completed the nearly 1,000 mile journey from Anchorage to Nome. There are still 18 mushers on the trail and they are slowly but…

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Brent Sass, Rookie of the Year (photos and audio)

Brent Sass is the Rookie of the Year of Iditarod 2012, the first rookie to pull under the Burled Arch. Sass – a veteran of the Yukon Quest, another long-distance sled dog race in Alaska – took 13th place in this year’s Iditarod, pulling to the finish line at 11:25am Wednesday morning. Hear our live…

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Under the Burled Arch, Hear Finishers 5 to 10

It’s been a busy Wednesday on Nome’s Front Street, as Iditarod mushers have continued to arrive: throughout the early morning hours and past daybreak. From sunset to sunrise, our reporters have been there to greet the top finishers of the Last Great Race. Hear our live finishes of 5th through 10th place: Peter Kaiser of…

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