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On-Air Update: Tuesday, March 6 (5pm)

In Tuesday’s 5pm Iditarod Update, Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson talk about the close standings of the first mushers to depart the Nikolai checkpoint, as well as the competitors still resting there. Hear our live race update from Tuesday evening:

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In Nikolai, Rick Swenson Seems Right at Home

Rick Swenson knows the Iditarod as perhaps no other living person does. The only five-time winner of the Last Great Race, Swenson has been mushing in Alaska since 1973. Forty years in, Swenson is still determined to be competitive with his peers, whose talent he rates as “awesome.” In his interview in Nikolai with KNOM’s…

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King: “For the most part, it’s just been great”

When Jeff King says “it’s nice to be here,” one imagines the veteran musher is talking about more than just a checkpoint. Sure, King sings the praises of Nikolai – its “nice temperatures, nice people, good food” – but the former Iditarod champion also seems excited to have returned to the race from which he…

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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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In Nikolai: Aliy First to be Welcomed

After waiting about an hour at the banks of the Kuskokwim River, Aliy Zirkle’s team appeared from the river bend. Zirkle was first into Nikolai this morning at 9:14 with 16 dogs – she arrived 22 minutes ahead of John Baker, with Lance Mackey and Hugh Neff close behind and said they may have let…

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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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Nikolai in Photos

photos by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman What’s a checkpoint look like? The Iditarod trail passes through a wide variety of terrain – from the forested trails of southcentral Alaska to the treeless expanses of the Seward Peninsula. In Nikolai, where the weather has been mostly warm and pleasant (for humans, at least, if…

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In Nikolai: Billy Snodgrass, Paul Johnson, and Wattie McDonald

audio by Laureli Kinneen; photos by Ben Matheson; text by David Dodman Billy Snodgrass has his “share of complaints” about Iditarod 2011 thus far. He’s dropped more dogs than he’d prefer, he’s disavowed his original goal of finishing in the top 20 – now, he just wants to finish, period – and he’s a rookie…

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