While riding a snowmachine, Paul Ayunerak of Alakanuk had gotten stuck in deep snow near his home. Troopers suspect Ayunerak died from exposure to the elements.
Twenty-seven-year-old Travis Loughridge left Shungnak on Saturday around noon and was expected to arrive in Fairbanks by Monday evening. According to Alaska State troopers, it is believed that Loughridge broke through the ice at a water crossing and died from hypothermia.
Roger Hannon, 22, went missing in blizzard conditions last Thursday while traveling between Elim and Koyuk.
In March, KNOM Radio was a “go-to” news source for our region during a frantic, fast, and closely-followed local competition: the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race.
Early Saturday morning, while on their way towards the Nulato checkpoint, the sled dog teams of Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King collided with a snowmachiner.
The 2016 Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race starts Saturday at noon on Nome’s East Beach.
The first Iron Dog teams arrived in Nome on Tuesday afternoon, led by the rec class team of Scott Ferreira of Kotzebue and Kent Smith of Marquette, Michigan.
A six-month-old baby died while traveling with his family to the Valentine’s weekend basketball tournament on February 12.
The Iron Dog is twice as long, but the number of volunteers and the time racers spend in Nome pale in comparison to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Last weekend, snowmachiners got a taste of trail conditions Iron Dog racers will face on their snowmachines this year.