Sass had his dogs ready to go right as his 8-hour rest ended in White Mountain. But they wouldn’t budge.
Buser was “worried” in Unalakleet that a “deep bone bruise” on his leg, from a fall earlier on the trail, would impact his ability to continue in the Iditarod; nonetheless, he said he was determined to mush to Nome.
In Unalakleet, mushers were hoping to hop, skip, and leap-frog their teams toward the top ten. “It’s gonna be a crowded party at White Mountain,” Kelly Maixner says. “I’d better go get there.”
Iditarod’s mid-pack racers are struggling, but for different reasons. For some, the difficulty is the race itself, but for others, it’s the challenges inside the lives they’re away from while out on the trail.
Spirits in Takotna were high Thursday, with a cluster of well-fed and rested mushers getting set to end their 24-hour layovers.
Not many Iditarod mushers have spent much rest time in McGrath this year; but not everyone took off immediately, either.
AIDEA’s proposed route to the 75-mile mineralization mining prospect near Ambler faces new complications in the wake of a declaration by Evansville Incorporated.
Upon his departure, Zach reflects on how a year in Alaska has changed (and surprised) him: “No part of me expected to like it so much, to be cajoled into new ways of thinking.”
Federal officials visited Nome and Unalakleet Friday to get a first-hand account of the region’s transportation and infrastructure needs.
When paired with a $1.3 million grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Richard Foster Building has most—but not all—of its funding needs met.