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In Western Alaska, winter’s coming – and quickly

The snow covers mountains, hills, and the tundra. On clear nights, we are blessed with colorful auroras as the night sparkles with stars and planets. The scenic majesty of bush Alaska is breathtaking during the day and at night. As the seasons change and the thermometer falls towards zero, we thank all who help us…

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September 1997: A solution for drifting snow

September 25, 1997 Chief engineer Les Brown (pictured) has almost single-handedly built the extended fence around the AM tower, preparing for the mission’s higher-power, 25,000-Watt signal. Snow drifting has always been a problem there, and Les tries an innovative solution. For (fence) pickets, he uses 1/2-inch plastic pipes, which he figures will be aerodynamic and…

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John Baker: Trail Could “Finally” Improve on the Coast

It was a soft, “slow” trail from Kaltag to Unalakleet, John Baker told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen on Sunday. The 2011 Iditarod champion, however, was holding out hope that the trail along the Norton Sound coast, starting in Unalakleet, would “finally” become more of what his dogs are accustomed to. (More than perhaps any other part…

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Nome-Golovin 2012: Interviews at the Finish Line

Here are some of our live, finish-line interviews with the competitors of the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race, taken just moments after the racers stepped off their sleds. John Bahnke III of Nome (fastest time overall and first in Class A/Open Class): Evan Booth of Nome (2nd place in Class A/Open Class): Art Amaktoolik of Elim (3rd…

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Nome-Golovin 2012: RACE RESULTS

The results are in from Saturday’s Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race! Congratulations to Nome’s own John Bahnke III, the 2012 Nome-Golovin champion! Below are the full standings from Nome-Golovin 2012, along with the finish times and hometowns of the competitors (if available). Race times have been adjusted to compensate for the starting time differentials. Congratulations to all…

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Nome-Golovin Racers, in their Own Words

It’s a beautiful day for a snowmachine race. With clear skies and sunshine – and the sounds of snowmachine engines echoing through Nome’s streets – the Gold Rush city is just hours away from the annual running of the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race. Nome-Golovin 2012 starts at 12noon, with racers departing from near Nome’s East Beach.…

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Hear John Baker Departing the Takotna Checkpoint

It was early Thursday morning when 2011 champion John Baker departed the Iditarod checkpoint of Takotna. Despite the early hour (he departed at 2:01am), both Baker and his dogs seemed in good form. Baker said his dogs “took full advantage” of their mandatory 24-hour rest; surveying the trail ahead, the musher said his about his…

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On-Air Update: Wednesday, March 7 (5pm)

In Wednesday’s 5pm update, Ric and Ben go over the departure times for mushers leaving their 24-hour layovers (during which the differentials in starting times are corrected). With a live report from Laureli in Takotna, the three talk about what Wednesday evening has in store for the checkpoint, the deep snows on the trail, and…

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