Mitch Seavey was first to Kaltag Saturday night. He has a strong position for now but knows it’s still a long way to Nome — especially with his son close on his heels.
The two-time champion was the first to leave Galena early Thursday and arrived in Huslia more than 80 miles up the trail at 8:18 p.m.
At this point in the Iditarod, rest becomes a strategic calculation: both for the energy involved and the potential plans it discloses to other competitors.
Wade Marrs led two past Iditarod champions into Ruby last night. 350 miles into the trail, racing is underway as teams plot their next moves along the Yukon River.
Matt Shuckerow, Communications Director for Congressman Don Young, explained the benefit of a provision for a Galena land transfer included in the NDAA, “In 2013 there was massive flooding from the Yukon River… By securing the transfer, this gives Galena the option to potentially move that town, to ensure their safety from future floods.”
GCI recently announced plans to bring high-speed internet to ten more communities in the region this year. Stebbins is on that list, and while many are excited for faster service, some fear their subsistence lifestyle could suffer.
Salmon fishing is underway on the Yukon River, but runs are expected to be below average this summer season.
Legal alcohol sales began in Bethel last week. Some community leaders are concerned about how sales may affect dry villages.
Emmonak’s city manager has sent the disaster declaration to Gov. Bill Walker and the Alaska State Legislature, requesting $750,000.
On Friday, some Iditarod mushers chose to push their teams before taking the mandatory break on the Yukon River.