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.
This year marks the Pioneers of Alaska’s 100th Grand Igloo Convention in Fairbanks. Nome igloo member Lew Tobin says he goes to the convention to listen to “people that were here at the start of Anchorage, or when gold mining was still the only thing you did here…(when) just surviving was the only thing you did here.”
As of 5pm Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an online fundraising effort began, donors had already contributed $26,000 towards the search efforts for Nome’s Joseph Balderas.
The most contentious new rule requires caribou hunters to carry a harvest ticket with them while hunting. That’s according to Charlie Lean, chair of the Northern Norton Sound Advisory Committee.
The same team to make it first into Nome, Team 8 — Tyson Johnson and Tyler Aklestad — crossed the finish line to claim the $65,000 first place prize.
Last weekend, snowmachiners got a taste of trail conditions Iron Dog racers will face on their snowmachines this year.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will review commercial, subsistence, and boundary proposals for the Norton Sound and Port Clarence Fisheries.
The race’s roster includes 11 rookies and 14 veteran mushers, including defending champion Brent Sass of Eureka.
Emily looks back at her year, which has been the toughest one yet, but also the most notable.