It’s the time of year for the sled dog and snowmachine races that traverse the rural wilds of Alaska and captivate the attention of people across the state. Race season is back.
Friday night, 20 teams will depart from the Kuskokwim 300 starting line in Bethel, vying for the champion’s share of the largest K-300 purse to date: $150,000 in total.
The race from Bethel to Aniak and back starts at 6:30pm on January 20th.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced on Wednesday, December 14th. Joining NYO competitor Nicole Johnston are Iditarod champions Martin Buser and Jeff King, as well as Vern Tejas, the first solo climber to finish a winter ascent of Denali.
“Everything has to come together just right,” the Bethel musher — and recent K-300 champ — said about his odds of winning Iditarod 2016.
It’s the beginning of “race season” in Western Alaska: the sled dog and snowmachine races that traverse, and fascinate, our state. In January, we covered the Kuskokwim 300.
The Kuskokwim 300 starts this Friday, and Diana Haecker will be running the race for the first time.
Two dogs were injured—one fatally—in the attack before the bull muskox was killed in what officials call a clear case of “defense of life or property.”
Mushers from Nome, Aniak, Bethel, and Akiak are among the more than 60 sign-ups for the 2016 Iditarod.
A dispute over a dog kennel’s levels of noise (and smell) is testing where a musher’s right to raise sled dogs ends — and where a neighbor’s right to peace and quiet begins.