The Iditarod is honoring a late longtime race volunteer from Kaltag — Austin Esmailka, Sr. — with the Herbie Nayokpuk Spirit of the Iditarod Award.
Mitch Seavey was first to Kaltag Saturday night. He has a strong position for now but knows it’s still a long way to Nome — especially with his son close on his heels.
Unalakleet was buzzing overnight as Iditarod mushers and their dog teams arrived on the Bering Sea Coast. Their sense of urgency was palpable.
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 Saturday, Zirkle did not want to talk about her recent collision with a snowmachine. She says she wants to focus on maintaining a positive attitude for her dogs.
After the shock of the snowmachine collision that injured one of her sled dogs — and killed one of Jeff King’s — Aliy Zirkle, still shaken, was greeted warmly in the Kaltag checkpoint on Saturday.
To receive state funding, Alaska schools must have a minimum of 10 students. But some lawmakers are looking at raising the number to 20 or 25.
Rural communities — including Diomede, Kaltag, Kotzebue, and Nunam Iqua — have been chosen for a USDA water and sewer initiative.
A large mid-August pulse of fall chum and coho salmon is keeping commercial fishermen busy in the lower river, but those upriver say they have yet to meet their subsistence needs.
Firefighters from St. Michael, Kaltag, and Chevak are among those offering support in the Lower 48.