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Archive for March 2012

Kaiser: It was “Soft and Slow” Coming in to Unalakleet

In Unalakleet, Bethel’s Pete Kaiser talked about the state of his Iditarod race with KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen. Kaiser said it was “soft and slow” in the latter part of the run from Kaltag to Unalakleet (beyond the Old Woman cabin, a common resting place for inbound mushers), but he hoped his dogs could…

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On-Air Update: Sunday, March 11 (5pm)

In Sunday’s 5pm Iditarod Update, Ben Matheson and Ric Schmidt join trail reporter Laureli Kinneen – calling in from the Unalakleet checkpoint – to talk about the withdrawal of Jake Berkowitz, as well as the top leaders out of Unalakleet and lots more:

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John Baker: Trail Could “Finally” Improve on the Coast

It was a soft, “slow” trail from Kaltag to Unalakleet, John Baker told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen on Sunday. The 2011 Iditarod champion, however, was holding out hope that the trail along the Norton Sound coast, starting in Unalakleet, would “finally” become more of what his dogs are accustomed to. (More than perhaps any other part…

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Burmeister: Team is “Just Rockin’ Right Now”

After a few years away from Iditarod mushing, Aaron Burmeister’s re-entry into the Last Great Race, some had predicted, would be a humble one. Instead, he’s leading the pack. In Unalakleet – where the Nome musher arrived in third position, at 8:30 Sunday morning – Burmeister said his “team is coming together.” The dogs are…

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Dallas Seavey: “Eye on the Big Goal”

To call Dallas Seavey confident may be an understatement. “I appear to be the fastest team in the very front part of the race right now,” the 25-year-old musher from Willow, Alaska told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen on Sunday. “Everything’s going really well.” Seavey’s split times paint a similar picture. Although Dallas Seavey was 51 minutes…

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In Unalakleet, Zirkle Takes Home Gold After a “Grinding” Run

Aliy Zirkle came into the Unalakleet checkpoint at daybreak on a very cold Sunday morning, with frost hanging from her neck warmer, eyelashes and eyebrows. The Two Rivers, Alaska musher was first to Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on the Norton Sound coast (which the Iditarod trail follows all the way to the finish line in…

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In Kaltag: Zirkle and Baker

Aliy Zirkle pulled into Kaltag in first position Saturday morning. She was in good spirits but said both she and her dogs were in need of rest – not least because of some involuntary naps along the trail. Zirkle’s dogs were also facing an issue with hair loss on their feet, related to moisture buildup…

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On-Air Update: Saturday, March 10 (5pm)

We’re back to covering Iditarod 2012 after a day full of snowmachines. In our 5pm Iditarod Update for Saturday evening, David Dodman and Laura Collins review the top mushers into the Kaltag checkpoint – especially Aliy Zirkle and John Baker – and talk about the upsets and surprises in the current Iditarod leaderboard:

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Nome-Golovin 2012: Interviews at the Finish Line

Here are some of our live, finish-line interviews with the competitors of the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race, taken just moments after the racers stepped off their sleds. John Bahnke III of Nome (fastest time overall and first in Class A/Open Class): Evan Booth of Nome (2nd place in Class A/Open Class): Art Amaktoolik of Elim (3rd…

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