Nome’s Cross, Conger, Hobbs, and Hansen were crowned “skimeister,” or the MVP in each of their divisions. For their hard efforts during the season, they and Nome athlete Aaron Rose will compete on Team Alaska for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in the Northwest Territories, Canada, next March.
Yukon Quest Executive Directors Natalie Haltrich and Marti Steury, before the race start, delve into the history and deeper purpose of the race, focusing especially on the two nonprofits that operate on both sides of the US-Canada border.
“Any of them would be better than what we have… And it would cost less to do it yourself,” Mayor Blanche Okboak-Garnie said of three prototype water and sewer system demonstrations given at the WIHAH conference in Anchorage earlier this week.
Salmon fishing is underway on the Yukon River, but runs are expected to be below average this summer season.
President Obama recently removed the words “Eskimo” and “Aleut” from two pieces of federal legislation, but it may take another generation for it to fade out of Alaska’s Arctic.
In a statement released last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it remains concerned about the commercial use of polar bear hides, but it says it won’t encourage the ban.
The weeklong international tournament ended Friday in Nuuk, Greenland. On the final day of competition, athletes from Nome and Unalakleet earned six medals.
The Arctic Council just concluded its first meeting under U.S. Chairmanship in Anchorage, and a select few delegates traveled up to Nome for an afternoon, touring the town and meeting locals to get a sense of what life is like in rural Alaska.
Despite a slow run that’s left Yukon fisherman waiting for fall chum, Jeff Estensen with Fish and Game said “(by) all accounts, it definitely seems like we have a pulse of fish going upriver.”
As Chinook salmon make it to spawning grounds in Canada, subsistence fishing along the Yukon ebbs as fishermen await fall chums.