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The King Mantra

Jeff King has an suggestion for future runnings of the Iditarod: schedule the race around the lunar calendar, so mushers can enjoy a full moon while on the trail. In his interview with Laureli Kinneen in the checkpoint of Ruby, the former Iditarod champion was full of praise for the gorgeous moon of the night…

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On-Air Update: Thursday, March 8 (5pm)

In Thursday’s 5pm Iditarod Update, Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson go over the lead mushers into the Cripple checkpoint. With trail reporter Laureli Kinneen – on the phone from the Ruby checkpoint – the three review the progress of Mitch Seavey, Lance Mackey, and John Baker, as well as the current trail conditions and lots…

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For Scott Janssen’s Dog, a Very Close Call

“The dogs are everything in this race,” Scott Janssen says. After an emotionally tumultuous experience on the trail, it’s a sentiment the Anchorage musher affirms with new emphasis. As Janssen told KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen in Takotna, he had a frighteningly close call with one of his sled dogs, Marshall, during the run from…

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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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In Takotna: DeeDee Jonrowe and Josh Cadzow

In Takotna on Wednesday afternoon, DeeDee Jonrowe echoed the priorities of many of her fellow mushers: taking stock of her dogs, and sleep. Her mandatory 24-hour layover was a chance to catch up on rest, not just for herself but, also, for the dogs that had run through the deep snow of much of this…

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Western Alaskans in Takotna: Pete Kaiser and Michael Williams, Jr.

Among those currently taking their 24-hour layovers in Takotna are Western Alaskan mushers Pete Kaiser and Michael Williams, Jr. KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen caught up with both mushers Wednesday afternoon. Bethel musher Pete Kaiser – the champion of last month’s Paul Johnson Memorial Norton Sound 450 – says he’s generally happy with his position in Iditarod…

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Nikolai Roundup: Gebhardt, Berkowitz, Sass, Bailey, & Williams

At mid-week, it’s a time for rest for many of the mushers in Iditarod 40: including five of the competitors KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen interviewed last night in the checkpoint of Nikolai. Judging by their replies, the rest is well-deserved: the trail has presented challenges for both longtime veterans and Iditarod rookies. But, almost unanimously, the…

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On-Air Update: Tuesday, March 6 (5pm)

In Tuesday’s 5pm Iditarod Update, Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson talk about the close standings of the first mushers to depart the Nikolai checkpoint, as well as the competitors still resting there. Hear our live race update from Tuesday evening:

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