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Update News: February 17th, 2014

In Monday’s news:

  • With the start of the 2014 Iron Dog Snowmachine Race last night, racers discuss the course, gear, and their ambitions;
  • Secretary of State Kerry says in a letter to Sen. Begich he’s creating an Arctic ambassadorship;
  • A bill that would allow qualified VPSO’s to carry firearms clears a senate committee;
  • Iditarod Trail Committee Board of Directors meet today to decide whether to move the race’s restart to Fairbanks;
  • Musher Brent Sass has announced he’s withdrawing from this year’s Iditarod after injuries sustained in the Yukon Quest race.