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Iditarod 2013

Berkowitz, in White Mountain, keeping the focus on dog care

In White Mountain on Tuesday morning, Jake Berkowitz had ample reasons to feel upbeat. With easily the largest team in Iditarod’s top competitors – 15 dogs, compared to the 10 dogs of both Mitch Seavey and Aliy Zirkle – Berkowitz emphasized his insistence upon looking after his team, even in the final hours of the…

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In White Mountain: Seavey and Zirkle are out front, and close

Early Tuesday morning, Mitch Seavey and Aliy Zirkle arrived into White Mountain, close enough to each other to keep things very interesting for the next 12 hours. Their arrival times were close, but the moods of the two mushers were, seemingly, more distinct. Moments after arriving into the checkpoint, four-time Iditarod champ Seavey said “I’m thinking…

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On-Air Update: Monday, March 11 (5pm)

In Monday night’s 5pm Iditarod Update, KNOM staffers past and present – general manager Ric Schmidt and longtime news director Paul Korchin, visiting from Fairbanks – pondered the factors affecting the final 24 hours of Iditarod 41. Has the 2013 race become a “déjà vu” moment – a repeat of Mitch Seavey’s championship finish in…

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Berkowitz and 15 dogs in Koyuk

Big Lake’s Jake Berkowitz is one of a handful of mushers driving 15 or more dogs at this point in the race. 15 dogs means taking the time to change a lot of dog booties. But Jake says it’s worth it. His goal is to make it to Nome with as many happy and healthy…

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From Koyuk, Aliy Zirkle

Leaders are surging forward in the 2013 Iditarod. Currently in third position, Aliy Zirkle is fighting to keep her name in the game as the race hugs the coast into Nome. She started racing a bit on the run from Shaktoolik to Koyuk, jockeying positions with Aaron Burmeister and Ray Redington, Jr. But then, she says,…

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In Unalakleet: Kaiser & Buser regrouping

Iditarod can bring many unexpected challenges: weather, trail conditions, health issues with dogs, just to name a few. All these things affect mushers along the trail in different ways. After pushing themselves with big ambitions early in the race, Pete Kaiser and Martin Buser are looking to regroup in Unalakleet. Reformulating their plans, they’re focusing…

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On-Air Update: Sunday, March 10 (5pm)

Mitch Seavey, Aaron Burmeister, and Jeff King lead the first wave of mushers from Unalakleet to Shaktoolik. Many others are waiting in Unalakleet, resting their dogs after the long run from Kaltag. In Sunday evening’s 5pm Iditarod update, KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen reports first-hand on the action in and out of Unalakleet. Daynee and Josh continue…

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King, in Unalakleet, on the “art” of his dogs’ speed

Taking in a late breakfast in Unalakleet on Sunday afternoon – sourdough pancakes with blueberry sauce – Jeff King had eating on his mind: not for himself, mind you, but for his dogs. “Right now, I think that they don’t need rest, they just need food, and to be driven, encouraged to go the correct…

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In Unalakleet, Burmeister reports a “long night”

For Aaron Burmeister, getting onto the Norton Sound coast was far from easy. “The run last night took the wind out of my sails, unfortunately,” he told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen earlier today. “It was a long night.” Speaking in Unalakleet on Sunday, the Iditarod veteran remained focused on his dogs. The many challenges of the Kaltag-to-Unalakleet…

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