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.
From a stranded seal to a dangerous hole in Yukon River ice, recent stories from KNOM’s news department offer a special glimpse into what makes Western Alaska so unique — and, at times, so challenging.
Search and Rescue personnel are marking the hole, which is located near the OP Lighthouse and the spit. The hole is on the left side of the Yukon for those traveling upriver.
Jeffery Kimoktoak, 26, was found about 60 miles north of Elim just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday. He has no reported injuries, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Watch three videos of Lance and Jason Mackey discussing dog deaths, saving another musher’s team, and if they have another 1,000-mile race left.
A look at Western Alaska’s John Baker and Pete Kaiser midday Wednesday from the trail between Tanana and Ruby.
In rural Alaska, “race season” rolls on. Early March finds us in-between two of the long-distance competitions that most excite our region: Iron Dog and the Iditarod.
Team 20 rode into Nome around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. In Faeo and Quam’s final miles to town, their speeds increased as temperatures cooled over the sea ice.
Racers from Nome, McGrath, Kotzebue, Bethel, and Galena are part of the field of 37 teams racing this year’s Iron Dog.
A Shishmaref resident died Sunday night in a snowmachine accident. According to a statement from the Department of Public Safety, witnesses saw 20-year-old Jay Weyiouanna crash…