Over the weekend, Kobuk 440 racers found themselves in the middle of the pack — and faced the decision of how they would run the rest of the race.
In Ambler on Friday, Kobuk 440 mushers focused on their dogs’ rest, pacing, and the trail ahead. Near the mid-point of the 440-mile course, it’s still anyone’s race.
A whaling crew from Savoonga landed its second bowhead of the season this week.
In the 2016 running of the Kobuk 440, rookies Jason Mackey, John Vanderwall and Damon Tedford are hitting the trail with dogs, and advice, from well-known race veterans.
After Disaster Declaration, Emmonak Seeks Aid to Rebuild Commercial Fishery and Public Safety Infrastructure
Beyond rebuilding five structures, the emergency funding would help Emmonak buy a new fire truck and construct a water line booster station.
On Thursday, it was an enthusiastic send-off for sled dog teams and mushers as they left the start line of the Kobuk 440.
Dog teams will pass through six Western Alaska villages. The winner is expected across the finish line on Saturday.
Roger Hannon, 22, went missing in blizzard conditions last Thursday while traveling between Elim and Koyuk.
The Planning Commission presented the City Council with an ordinance that would require all vacant properties to be registered and maintained.
Emmonak’s city manager has sent the disaster declaration to Gov. Bill Walker and the Alaska State Legislature, requesting $750,000.