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John Baker: Trail Could “Finally” Improve on the Coast

It was a soft, “slow” trail from Kaltag to Unalakleet, John Baker told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen on Sunday. The 2011 Iditarod champion, however, was holding out hope that the trail along the Norton Sound coast, starting in Unalakleet, would “finally” become more of what his dogs are accustomed to. (More than perhaps any other part…

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In Kaltag: Zirkle and Baker

Aliy Zirkle pulled into Kaltag in first position Saturday morning. She was in good spirits but said both she and her dogs were in need of rest – not least because of some involuntary naps along the trail. Zirkle’s dogs were also facing an issue with hair loss on their feet, related to moisture buildup…

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On-Air Update: Saturday, March 10 (5pm)

We’re back to covering Iditarod 2012 after a day full of snowmachines. In our 5pm Iditarod Update for Saturday evening, David Dodman and Laura Collins review the top mushers into the Kaltag checkpoint – especially Aliy Zirkle and John Baker – and talk about the upsets and surprises in the current Iditarod leaderboard:

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On-Air Update: Thursday, March 8 (5pm)

In Thursday’s 5pm Iditarod Update, Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson go over the lead mushers into the Cripple checkpoint. With trail reporter Laureli Kinneen – on the phone from the Ruby checkpoint – the three review the progress of Mitch Seavey, Lance Mackey, and John Baker, as well as the current trail conditions and lots…

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Hear John Baker Departing the Takotna Checkpoint

It was early Thursday morning when 2011 champion John Baker departed the Iditarod checkpoint of Takotna. Despite the early hour (he departed at 2:01am), both Baker and his dogs seemed in good form. Baker said his dogs “took full advantage” of their mandatory 24-hour rest; surveying the trail ahead, the musher said his about his…

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In Nikolai, Baker “a Little Behind”

At the Nikolai checkpoint, John Baker told KNOM that he was “running a little bit behind.” It wasn’t anything major that delayed him – the 2011 Iditarod champ cited “changing booties” and other incidentals – but Baker said he was about 45 minutes behind his target when he pulled into Nikolai Tuesday morning. Baker, however,…

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Nikolai, in Photos

Snapshots of the Nikolai checkpoint; photos by Laureli Kinneen. (A gallery of these photos appears below the slideshow; click on any thumbnail to see the image full size.)

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On-Air Update: Monday, March 5 (5pm)

In Monday’s 5pm update, trail reporter Laureli Kinneen, live from the Iditarod checkpoint of Nikolai, joins Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson for an overview of the race standings. Ric, Ben, and Laureli talk about the lead mushers out of Rainy Pass, the impact of the recent snowfall on trail conditions, and more:

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Iditarod 40: Western AK Mushers

Reigning champion John Baker is the first Inupiaq champion in the history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Last year, he won in record time of 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes and 39 seconds and says his dogs appear faster this season: When asked which mushers Baker is concerned about, he did not mention four-time…

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