Senate Bill 91 is the first bill Governor Walker signed into law in 2017. It allows the State of Alaska to use federal funds for distributing naloxone. Also, two mushers from this year’s Iditarod sled dog race brought attention to the opioid epidemic by carrying opioid overdose rescue kits in their sleds along the trail.
In Fairbanks, 72 mushers hit the trail today, marking the start of competitive racing in Iditarod 45. The temperatures are expected to be frigid, the snow cover thick.
The grandson of an Iditarod founder will be the first musher to hit the 2017 trail on Monday morning, leading a pack of 72 competitors from Fairbanks to Nome.
72 teams will compete on this year’s trail from Fairbanks to Nome. The race begins in 12 days, with the ceremonial start on March 4th.
This will be Royer’s rookie run in the Yukon Quest, although she’s been running dogs for 25 years. She has claimed a spot in the top 20 in Iditarod the past three years in a row – with her best run in 2015, taking 4th place.
Twenty-seven-year-old Travis Loughridge left Shungnak on Saturday around noon and was expected to arrive in Fairbanks by Monday evening. According to Alaska State troopers, it is believed that Loughridge broke through the ice at a water crossing and died from hypothermia.
A diverse roster of competitors from around the world will be kicking off the 34th annual Yukon Quest — from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Fairbanks — on February 4th.
Judge Mannheimer’s two-year term started January 1st and runs through December 31, 2018.
The 2017 race from Anchorage to Fairbanks starts on February 18th, with halfway ceremonies in Nome scheduled on February 22nd.
“I am truly standing on the shoulders of giants, of leaders in our native community,” says Nome’s Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle.