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Feature Interviews (2012)

King: “For the most part, it’s just been great”

When Jeff King says “it’s nice to be here,” one imagines the veteran musher is talking about more than just a checkpoint. Sure, King sings the praises of Nikolai – its “nice temperatures, nice people, good food” – but the former Iditarod champion also seems excited to have returned to the race from which he…

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In Nikolai, Baker “a Little Behind”

At the Nikolai checkpoint, John Baker told KNOM that he was “running a little bit behind.” It wasn’t anything major that delayed him – the 2011 Iditarod champ cited “changing booties” and other incidentals – but Baker said he was about 45 minutes behind his target when he pulled into Nikolai Tuesday morning. Baker, however,…

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In Nikolai: Aliy First to be Welcomed

After waiting about an hour at the banks of the Kuskokwim River, Aliy Zirkle’s team appeared from the river bend. Zirkle was first into Nikolai this morning at 9:14 with 16 dogs – she arrived 22 minutes ahead of John Baker, with Lance Mackey and Hugh Neff close behind and said they may have let…

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For First Teams to Rainy Pass, Trail Not So Bad

2012 Yukon Quest Champion Hugh Neff was the first to arrive and leave Rainy Pass today. Before the race, mushers heard the trail through the pass was rough due to all the snow that’s fallen this winter. The early frontrunners say the trail was surprisingly well set. That all can change with the weather advisory…

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Pre-Race Perspectives: Jonrowe, Moon, and Mackey in Anchorage

“I’m tired of getting ready,” DeeDee Jonrowe said in Anchorage late last week. The longtime Iditarod musher told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen that she was eager to hit the trail: to “get out” and “get going.” Jonrowe shared with us a few of the things that made her excited to pick up the snow hook: in…

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Iditarod 40: Western AK Mushers

Reigning champion John Baker is the first Inupiaq champion in the history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Last year, he won in record time of 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes and 39 seconds and says his dogs appear faster this season: When asked which mushers Baker is concerned about, he did not mention four-time…

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