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Iditarod 2011

In Nikolai: Newton Marshall

text by David Dodman; photo by Ben Matheson; audio by Laureli Kinneen You wouldn’t think that someone from Jamaica would describe 20-degree temperatures as “hot.” But Newton Marshall isn’t speaking for himself; he’s speaking for his dogs. The Jamaican musher is back in 2011, and in Nikolai, he caught up with KNOM trail reporter Laureli…

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Patience in Nikolai: Ken Anderson and Pete Kaiser

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman “Be patient” and “go slow”: that’s the mentality of Ken Anderson for the race he’s run so far. It’s a view that Bethel musher Pete Kaiser seems to share; despite all that’s been said about this year’s “fast” trail, Kaiser says he’s “taking it easy” so far…

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Storey Scratches

text by David Dodman; photo by Ben Matheson Rookie musher Bob Storey has scratched from Iditarod 2011. The Auckland, New Zealand musher exited the race this morning at the Rainy Pass checkpoint, according to the Anchorage Daily News’ Iditarod Live: The Sled Blog. (As of 11:07am, Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail blog has yet…

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Jessica Hendricks Scratches

by David Dodman Veteran musher Jessica Hendricks has scratched. The Two Rivers, Alaska musher has run four Iditarods – including this one. She exited the 2011 race in the Nikolai checkpoint at 9:25pm Tuesday with only 8 dogs: by far the smallest sled dog team then in the race. (Mushers must have at least 6…

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On-Air Update: Tuesday, March 8 (5pm)

audio by Ric Schmidt, Ben Matheson, and Laureli Kinneen Hear one of our on-air updates from Tuesday night. In this 5pm broadcast, Ric, Ben, and Laureli – on the phone from the trail – talk about Paul Gebhardt’s scratch, the fast trail, and lots more: Again, you can hear Iditarod Updates on KNOM (96.1fm, 780am)…

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Nikolai Roundup: Neff, Swenson, Lindner, (Ramey) Smyth

text by David Dodman; audio by Laureli Kinneen For Hugh Neff, outcomes on the Iditarod trail are “a matter of fate, timing, and whatever Mother Nature has in store.” With regards to Mother Nature, at least, Neff and many of his fellow mushers seemed keenly aware of the weather on Tuesday. When he talked with…

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4-Time Champs in Nikolai: Buser and Mackey

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman In this year’s Iditarod, there’s no shortage of superlatives for the trail conditions: so far, at least. At the Nikolai checkpoint earlier today (Tuesday), four-time champions Martin Buser and Lance Mackey – respectively, the first and sixth mushers to arrive there – talked with KNOM trail reporter…

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Three Teams Scratch: Owens, DeNure, Gebhardt

by David Dodman Tuesday saw the first three scratches in Iditarod 2011; all three are race veterans. The first scratch likely came as sad news to many in Nome. According to Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail blog, Nome-raised Melissa Owens withdrew from the race at 2am Tuesday morning in the Rainy Pass checkpoint. Eye says that…

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In Nikolai, a Healthy Dose of Medicine, Before the Race

photo by Ben Matheson; audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman The 41 volunteer veterinarians of the Iditarod fulfill a crucial role: making sure the dogs of The Last Great Race are healthy and fit for the trail. In Nikolai this Sunday, long before a single sled dog or musher arrived, one volunteer vet…

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Generations of Western Alaskans, Rookies No Longer

text by David Dodman; audio by Laureli Kinneen; photos by Ben Matheson The last time Paul Johnson ran the Iditarod, in 1986, fellow musher Mike Williams, Jr. was in diapers. The two men are separated by a full generation – Johnson in his early 50s, Williams in his mid-20s – but they’re both running their…

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