35 pro-class teams from around the state will compete in the 2017 Iron Dog race starting Saturday, February 18th, with the halfway ceremony in Nome scheduled for February 22nd.
Yukon Quest Executive Directors Natalie Haltrich and Marti Steury, before the race start, delve into the history and deeper purpose of the race, focusing especially on the two nonprofits that operate on both sides of the US-Canada border.
This will be Royer’s rookie run in the Yukon Quest, although she’s been running dogs for 25 years. She has claimed a spot in the top 20 in Iditarod the past three years in a row – with her best run in 2015, taking 4th place.
After arraignment in Nome last week, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Charles on Thursday, January 26th, at the Unalakleet Courthouse.
Strutz made the announcement Friday, stating his retirement will be effective on May 31, 2017.
Friday night, 20 teams will depart from the Kuskokwim 300 starting line in Bethel, vying for the champion’s share of the largest K-300 purse to date: $150,000 in total.
A diverse roster of competitors from around the world will be kicking off the 34th annual Yukon Quest — from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Fairbanks — on February 4th.
A January 9th press release explains that Pitka was chosen due to her “strong record of public involvement in subsistence and natural resources management.”
A total of 127 people received aid from the Red Cross.
Suspects have been identified. The total number and names of those suspects have yet to be released, as Troopers continue their investigation.