The Iditarod Trail Committee made the announcement yesterday, September 26th, citing health reasons for Mackey’s decision.
From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the Arctic village of Kiana, thirteen communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition.
We caught up with Brent Sass at a remote shelter cabin along the trail between Kaltag and Unalakleet as the dogs rested in a midday sun Saturday.
On Friday, some Iditarod mushers chose to push their teams before taking the mandatory break on the Yukon River.
“It’s always good to get to the Yukon,” Iditarod musher Brent Sass says.
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.
One of almost 300 wildfires in Alaska, the Nulato Fire has grown to 1,200 acres and is being battled by local firefighters with aid outside crews.
Along the Yukon River, Alaska’s intense summer wildland fires and ongoing gear restrictions for subsistence fishermen are keeping fishing to a minimum.
Western Alaska athletes had top finishes in kneel jump, toe kick, one-foot high kick, Indian stick pull, and seal hop.