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Feature Interviews (2011)

In White Mountain: Ramey Smyth, Making Final Assessments

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text and photo by David Dodman   In White Mountain Monday night, Ramey Smyth’s dogs were happily eating their food. Hungry dogs eating well are always a good sign, but Smyth didn’t seem over-confident. His dogs “gave everything they had to get here (White Mountain),” Smyth said to KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen.…

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DeeDee Jonrowe in Unalakleet: “I Love it Here”

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman As she’s heading towards Unalakleet, DeeDee Jonrowe says she gets “happier and happier.” The beloved Iditarod veteran has a special connection to Unalakleet (the first checkpoint on the Norton Sound coast), where she caught up with KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen and talked about her “history” in the village.…

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At Baker’s Heels: Smyth, Gatt, Neff

text by David Dodman; audio by Laureli Kinneen In Unalakleet Sunday morning, veteran musher Aaron Burmeister said of John Baker, “this is his race.” That may yet be true, but as Day 8 of Iditarod 39 comes to a close, Baker’s lead has narrowed. Departing Unalakleet, Baker had a comfortable 3-hour cushion over Hans Gatt,…

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Despite “Little Problems,” John Baker’s Way Out Front

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman Is this John Baker’s race to lose? The Kotzebue musher doesn’t say so, but he might be in the minority. Baker was first into the Unalakleet checkpoint this morning, more than two hours ahead of any of the other mushers, and he was greeted by a crowd of…

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Schnuelle, “Stubborn” and Steady

text by David Dodman; audio by Laureli Kinneen Sebastian Schnuelle says he likes having a “big team,” and so far, he’s got one: as of 5pm Sunday, his 14 dogs make Schnuelle’s team the largest of Iditarod’s current top 10. In Kaltag, Schnuelle talked to KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen about his “stubborn” approach to…

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Baker and Smyth in Kaltag, Nelson in Anvik

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman We’re back to Iditarod after lots of Nome-Golovin snowmachine action today! Here’s our latest interviews. First, Robert Nelson, in the Anvik checkpoint, talks to KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen about catching the “mushing bug,” a few problems with his dog team, and his experiences on the trail…

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In Anvik: Aliy Zirkle, Running Her Own Way

text by David Dodman; audio by Laureli Kinneen Aliy Zirkle doesn’t like to let her run/rest schedule be dictated by checkpoints. If she wants to run her dogs for 9 hours and the next checkpoint won’t appear until 12 hours, well, then she’ll just camp out on the trail. It’s beautiful on the trail, Zirkle…

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In Anvik, Mushers Look to the Coast as They’re Chasing the Leaders

photos and audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman “They’re good dogs,” Ramey Smyth says of his team; but as for how they’ll fare in the rest of this year’s Iditarod, he’s reserving judgment until Kaltag and Unalakleet. Smyth (pronounced “Smith”) talked with KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen in Anvik, where he’s taking his…

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In Anvik, Mackey’s “Down” But “Not Out”

audio and photo by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman Lance Mackey has a talent for writing his own narrative: especially when he’s the underdog. “Ever since I was a little boy,” Mackey says, “I’ve had obstacles to deal with.” His latest obstacle is a simple problem of “numbers.” With days of hard mushing still…

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