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.
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.