Elizabeth Sours rode in the open class, beating Katrina Carter by less than 30 seconds. Carter received $1,300 in prize money, while Sours brought in $2,800 for being the fastest racer overall.
The ice road that spans from Kotzebue to Noorvik and Kiana closed earlier this week. A few residents now find their vehicles stuck on the wrong side of the road.
Lela has lived all across Western Alaska during her lifetime, but the constants in her life are faith and family.
The annual Archie Ferguson/Willie Goodwin, Sr., Memorial Snowmachine Race is put on by the Arctic Circle Racing Association. It has been ongoing for more than 50 years.
Western Alaska’s lack of infrastructure and reliable basic services affect KNOM listeners profoundly. Through your support, it’s been a frequent subject of recent news stories.
The next installment of our #FocusWesternAK series takes us above the Arctic Circle, to the community of Noorvik.
Merna and Albert Sheldon left the community of Noorvik in a skiff on Monday, July 18th to go berry picking with a 4-year-old boy; they drowned as they were returning up the Kobuk River.
“There will be no delays. There will be vivid, vibrant colors, and it will be immediate, interactive sharing of data and information back and forth between people,” says GCI’s Heather Handyside.
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.
Dog teams will pass through six Western Alaska villages. The winner is expected across the finish line on Saturday.