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A look back at the “nightmare” trail behind

Jeff King approaching Rohn

The early stretches of the Iditarod trail were brutal this year, according to almost everyone who dared to mush across it. The dirt-bare trail leading up to the Rohn and Nikolai checkpoints was beset with a lack of snow and a variety of natural obstacles and hurdles that kept mushers struggling both to avoid injury and…

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Update News: January 27th, 2014

In Monday’s news: Gov. Sean Parnell introduced his new education package with a small increase for school funding; Pres. Obama’s declaration of a natural disaster in Western Alaska last week means public assistance money will be made available through FEMA; Former manager of the Fort Yukon Native Village Corporation faces felony embezzlement charges next month;…

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Sounding Board: Iditarod

The 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins this Saturday, March 2nd, with a ceremonial start in Anchorage at 10am. The Last Great Race has changed in many ways since its first run in 1973. This Thursday on Sounding Board (February 28, 2013 at 10am), let’s talk about the evolution of Iditarod! How has the…

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Colleen Robertia: “The dogs saved my life last night”

Colleen Robertia came into Unalakleet in need of rest and recuperation – both for herself and for her dogs. She says she’s not accustomed to the colder weather of northwestern Alaska. The cold, dry climate of the last stretches of the Iditarod trail, Robertia says, can quickly dehydrate her sled dogs and freeze the moisture…

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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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In Unalakleet, Zirkle Takes Home Gold After a “Grinding” Run

Aliy Zirkle came into the Unalakleet checkpoint at daybreak on a very cold Sunday morning, with frost hanging from her neck warmer, eyelashes and eyebrows. The Two Rivers, Alaska musher was first to Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on the Norton Sound coast (which the Iditarod trail follows all the way to the finish line in…

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Kaiser: “However we place, we’ll place”

For a musher with a sled dog championship in his immediate past, Pete Kaiser’s outlook in Iditarod 2012 may seem modest: “however we place, that’s how we’ll place,” the Bethel musher says, adding that he wants to “try to get to Nome as fast we can safely get there.” Kaiser was the champion of the…

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