In the 2016 running of the Kobuk 440, rookies Jason Mackey, John Vanderwall and Damon Tedford are hitting the trail with dogs, and advice, from well-known race veterans.
On Thursday, it was an enthusiastic send-off for sled dog teams and mushers as they left the start line of the Kobuk 440.
Dog teams will pass through six Western Alaska villages. The winner is expected across the finish line on Saturday.
Hansen won the race after one day, eight hours, and five minutes on the trail. That’s about five hours faster than second-place finisher, Diana Haecker of Nome.
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Construction crews began work on Tobuk Alley two weeks ago. They’ll move throughout Nome over the next three months.
The Nome-Council 200 begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Challenging Nome’s Diana Haecker and Stephanie Johnson is Paul Hansen of Kotzebue.
Champion Dallas Seavey also earned top honors, taking home $75,000 and a new truck for his first-place finish.
In Takotna, Katherine Keith was in characteristically good spirits, despite the “excruciating hot” of this year’s trail, so far.
Senator Donny Olson joined Republicans in the Senate majority last month, and with that move came funds for one more staffer.
The closure would save more than a million dollars outright, but some say it would come at the expense of kids who live in western Alaska.