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In Kaltag: Zirkle and Baker

Aliy Zirkle pulled into Kaltag in first position Saturday morning. She was in good spirits but said both she and her dogs were in need of rest – not least because of some involuntary naps along the trail. Zirkle’s dogs were also facing an issue with hair loss on their feet, related to moisture buildup…

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

We’re back to covering Iditarod 2012 after a day full of snowmachines. In our 5pm Iditarod Update for Saturday evening, David Dodman and Laura Collins review the top mushers into the Kaltag checkpoint – especially Aliy Zirkle and John Baker – and talk about the upsets and surprises in the current Iditarod leaderboard:

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On-Air Update: Friday, March 9 (5pm)

In our 5pm on-air update for Friday, March 9, Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson review the leaderboard with trail reporter Laureli Kinneen calling in from the Ruby checkpoint. The three talk about Aliy Zirkle, Dallas and Mitch Seavey, and lots more:

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Kaiser: “However we place, we’ll place”

For a musher with a sled dog championship in his immediate past, Pete Kaiser’s outlook in Iditarod 2012 may seem modest: “however we place, that’s how we’ll place,” the Bethel musher says, adding that he wants to “try to get to Nome as fast we can safely get there.” Kaiser was the champion of the…

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An Insider, Reporting from the Sidelines: Sebastian Schnuelle in Ruby

Former Iditarod musher Sebastian Schnuelle isn’t mushing a sled dog team in 2012, but that doesn’t mean he’s staying off the trail. Following the trailbreakers and the mushers on his snowmachine – and reporting as an “armchair musher” for the Anchorage Daily News – Schnuelle brings a deep insight into the strategies of Iditarod mushers…

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The King Mantra

Jeff King has an suggestion for future runnings of the Iditarod: schedule the race around the lunar calendar, so mushers can enjoy a full moon while on the trail. In his interview with Laureli Kinneen in the checkpoint of Ruby, the former Iditarod champion was full of praise for the gorgeous moon of the night…

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Burmeister, in Ruby, Having “a Great Run”

“Today, things are looking really good,” Aaron Burmeister told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen on Friday. With an eye to the Iditarod championship, the Nome-born musher says “(we) have a good shot at it.” In our interview in the Ruby checkpoint, Burmeister talked about the state of his dogs, as well as the challenges of making a…

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Seavey, in Cripple: “I’m out here to win”

“This is a special team,” Mitch Seavey says of his 2012 sled dogs, and he’s got the split times to prove it. Seavey was second into the Cripple checkpoint, arriving 2:16pm Thursday afternoon. (Jim Lanier arrived there first, winning a first-to-Cripple prize of $3,000.) Seavey, however, arrived in Cripple first among the mushers who’d completed…

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On-Air Update: Thursday, March 8 (5pm)

In Thursday’s 5pm Iditarod Update, Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson go over the lead mushers into the Cripple checkpoint. With trail reporter Laureli Kinneen – on the phone from the Ruby checkpoint – the three review the progress of Mitch Seavey, Lance Mackey, and John Baker, as well as the current trail conditions and lots…

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