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Feature Interviews (2010)

Hospitality in Takotna: Jan Newton

The pie is good in Takotna, Alaska. Very good. The food is free, and the hospitality is legendary. And – oh, right – it’s an Iditarod checkpoint, too. Jan Newton has been in Takotna since 1972 – a year before the Iditarod Sled Dog Race began – and she’s seen a lot pass through her…

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“Mush, Mon!”

Newton Marshall says he likes it in Alaska, and that’s a very good thing: the rookie Iditarod musher has traveled all the way from Jamaica to participate in The Last Great Race. So far he’s braved frostbite and strong winds at Rainy Pass, and Alaska’s sub-zero temperatures are a substantial shift from the warmth of…

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In Nikolai: Chris Adkins

A pack of mushers pulled out of the Nikolai checkpoint mid-morning on Wednesday. Among them was rookie musher Chris Adkins from Sand Coulee, Montana, the son of veteran musher Terry Adkins. Chris Adkins took a few minutes just before his departure from Nikolai to talk with our trail reporter Laureli. Despite some sled trouble, he…

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In Nikolai: Jim Lanier

Pink duct tape, trail “roller coasters,” and hints of a new musical composition for this year’s race banquet: that’s what veteran musher Jim Lanier had to share with us at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday. Hear our interview with Jim Lanier: http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2010/03/iditarod-2010/03_09_2400_nikolai_lanier_edited.mp3 As of latest information, Lanier is in 26th position; he left Nikolai with…

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In Nikolai: Western Alaskan Rookies

William “Middie” Johnson told us on Tuesday that he feels pretty good “because the dogs feel pretty good.” Pete Kaiser struck a similar tone: he said his run/rest schedule will be largely dependent on how his dogs are feeling. Both Johnson and Kaiser are rookies to Iditarod 38, and they took some time while in…

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In Nikolai: New Generations

The Iditarod has long been a family affair. This year, a handful of young mushers are following their fathers on the trail: sometimes, literally. At the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday night, our race reporter Laureli spent a little time with Quinn Iten (of Kotzebue, Alaska) and Dallas Seavey (of Seward). Quinn’s father Ed Iten is…

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In Nikolai: Zack Steer

Musher Zack Steer was in an appreciative mood when he pulled into Nikolai on Tuesday. When our on-the-trail reporter Laureli caught up with him, he was full of praise for his dog team – as well as for the “gourmet” food that the checkpoint had to offer: http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2010/03/iditarod-2010/03_09_2400_nikolai_steer.mp3 Zack Steer was in 10th position as…

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In Nikolai: Aliy Zirkle

What will it take to make it to Nome in first place? Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle says she’ll need “a good dog team” and a double dose of luck. Zirkle spoke with us at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday; she reflected a bit on the trail thus far, the balance between race strategy and race…

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In Nikolai: Mitch Seavey

Mitch Seavey was doing better than he’d expected when he arrived in Nikolai on Tuesday morning, but as he told our race reporter Laureli, he still had “chores to do.” The elder Seavey – a former Iditarod champ – shared his thoughts on his team’s potential for this year’s race, as well as what it’s…

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In Nikolai: Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey has won three Iditarods in a row, and in 2010, he’ll try to make it four. But as Mackey admits, that’s all up to the dogs. Mackey talked with our race reporter Laureli during his rest in the Nikolai checkpoint. He talked about the state of his dog team, the pacing of the…

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