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On the Yukon, in good spirits: Katherine Keith

Katherine Keith in Ruby

“I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it,” Katherine Keith says. “The fun part for me is just realizing that I get to take a dog team across the state of Alaska, and I’m (just) about the luckiest person in the world, you know?” With good weather, “beautiful” trail, and a dog team – pulled from John Baker’s…

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On-Air Update: Friday, March 7 (12p)

The leaders are on the Yukon, making their way through Ruby, Galena, Nulato, and Kaltag. All racers have to take a mandatory 8 hour layover at one of these points along the river, so standings on paper are still not yet reliable on where mushers fall in the actual lineup. In Kaltag, it will become…

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Baker, strategizing runs and rests in Ruby

John Baker in Ruby

It was an “uneventful, cold” run to Ruby, John Baker says. “Things went smoothly.” The Kotzebue musher and 2011 champion (and current record-holder for the fastest Iditarod run ever) talked with KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen in Ruby on Friday morning. With Laureli, Baker talked about the strategy of when and where he’s taking his mandatory rests…

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Kotzebue’s own – John Baker and Katherine Keith – in Nikolai

That John Baker’s team got to Nikolai with “nothing broken” certainly counts as both a relief and an accomplishment for any musher in this 2014 Iditarod. Among competitors, Iditarod volunteers, and race onlookers, the talk in these early days of the race never seems to drift far from the trail – specifically, how challenging it’s…

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At race’s start, Western Alaskan mushers take stock of challenges behind them – and yet to come

Pete Kaiser

It’s been a season of non-ideal trail conditions for Iditarod mushers, and that’s certainly true for the competitors from Alaska’s western regions. For Pete Kaiser, a young but highly accomplished musher and Iditarod veteran, poor conditions prompted him to move his training activities this year to Nenana, Alaska from his hometown of Bethel (on the…

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Berkowitz, in Kaltag, “in good spirits”

“The dogs are doing great,” Big Lake, Alaska’s Jake Berkowitz says, “and we’re in good spirits.” As of late Saturday night, the 26-year-old Berkowitz has ample reason to feel excited about his 2013 Iditarod run: he’s in 5th position and mushing with the largest team (15 dogs) of Iditarod’s top 20 competitors. But in his…

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