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Iditarod Leaders Pull Into Manley Hot Springs

Iditarod Leaders Pull Into Manley Hot Springs

Girdwood’s Nicolas Petit pulled into Manley Hot Springs just after 3 a.m. Tuesday, with Martin Buser, Hugh Neff, DeeDee Jonrowe and Aaron Burmeister less than two hours behind. The competition in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race can only be described as stiff. There are six returning champions and a handful of other mushers vying for a top-10 finish. But, mushers are all feeling a little new to the race as they travel down an unfamiliar, rerouted trail.

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March 10, 2015
Teams prepare for the 2014 Iditarod start in Fairbanks Monday morning.  (Photo By Emily Schwing - APRN)

Buser Takes Early Iditarod Lead

Race Update 6:30: Past Iditarod champion Martin Buser and rookie Thomas Waerner were the first in to and out of Nenana Monday afternoon. They were trailed by Michelle Phillips and Jessie Royer. Buser arrived about 3:00 p.m. He took off shortly before 3:30 p.m. Waerner was bout 30 minutes behind Buser. DeeDee Jonrowe and Aliy Zirkle left Nenana minutes apart and were trailing the leaders Monday afternoon.

March 9, 2015
Aliy Zirkle heads out of Willow at the start of the 2014 Iditarod. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage.

AK: Women Who Mush

This year 78 mushers are signed up to drive dog teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but only a third of them are women. In the Yukon Quest, only 3 of 26 mushers who started this year were women. Despite the small numbers, many are up-and-coming mushers who are redefining what it means to run dogs.

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March 6, 2015
Yukon Quest finish line. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks)

Brent Sass Outduels Allen Moore For Yukon Quest Win

The bells of the historic Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Fairbanks rang in honor of legendary musher George Attla who died this week as Eureka musher Brent Sass cruised across the finish line to win this year’s Yukon Quest.

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February 17, 2015

Some Yukon Quest Teams Surprised To Find Themselves Among Top-10

There are three Yukon Quest teams currently running among the top-10 that did not plan on racing with the front-runners when they left Whitehorse. In fact, none of them were able to complete the race last year, so they returned simply to finish what they started.

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February 13, 2015
Brent Sass was the first musher to reach Dawson during the 2015 Yukon Quest. (Photo by Emily Schwing/KUAC)

Brent Sass Extends Yukon Quest Lead

The first two Yukon Quest dog teams had smooth runs up and over American Summit and arrived safely in Eagle, the sixth checkpoint on the trail.

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February 13, 2015
Denali Park musher Jeff King competes in the 2015 Yukon Quest. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks)

Jeff King Takes Cautious Approach To Frigid Yukon Quest

Jeff King won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race back in 1989. He is also well-known on the Iditarod trail, having won Alaska’s other 1,000 mile sled dog race four times. This year, he returned to the Quest, but decided to scratch from the race after only 300 miles.

February 12, 2015
Sled dogs take a rest in the dog yard at Pelly Crossing. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks)

Layovers Vital To Yukon Quest Mushers, Dogs

After Yukon Quest mushers arrive in Dawson City, they drive their teams head across the Yukon River to a public campground, where handlers build elaborate camps for the dogs. They’ll get massaged, fed and sleep for the 24 hour layover.

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February 12, 2015
Lance Mackey cooks up a snack for his dogs. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks)

For Yukon Quest Musher Lance Mackey, ‘Retirement’ Is A 4-Letter Word

Lance Mackey is currently running in 12th place on the Yukon Quest trail. He is the winningest musher in Yukon Quest history. The four-time champion is a cancer survivor and both his public and private life hasn’t always been positive. The lifelong musher knows he can’t run dogs the way he used to, but he may never be ready to hang up the harnesses.

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February 11, 2015

Lack Of Snow Pushes Iditarod Restart To Fairbanks

The lack of snow in the Alaska Range has persuaded the Iditarod Trail Committee to move the race start to Fairbanks. After a flyover, mushers say the Dalzell Gorge is impassable and the Farewell Burn area is, again, completely bare.

February 11, 2015
Brent Sass was the first musher to reach Dawson during the 2015 Yukon Quest. (Photo by Emily Schwing/KUAC)

Brent Sass First Yukon Quest Musher To Reach Dawson

Brent Sass was the first Yukon Quest musher to arrive today in Dawson City, the halfway point on the Yukon Quest trail. The 200-mile stretch of trail to Dawson City is the longest between official race checkpoints.

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February 10, 2015
Yukon Quest Trail Puts Dog Sled Designs To The Test

Yukon Quest Trail Puts Dog Sled Designs To The Test

On the Yukon Quest Trail, there are a few things mushers have to be especially picky about including a sturdy sled. Jumble ice near McCabe Creek, half way to Pelly Crossing is testing sled engineering this year.

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February 9, 2015

Yukon Quest Rookies Tout Knowledge, Experience Of Champions

Of the 26 mushers signed up to race dog teams in this year’s Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race, 10 are rookies. They might be new to the race, but a few trained dog teams with a handful of well-known and champion long-distance mushers.

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February 5, 2015

Climate Change, Weather Variability Challenge Yukon Quest Personnel, Mushers

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race starts Saturday. For more than 30 years, the race course has followed an old Gold Rush era trail that took advantage of the frozen Yukon River. But recently, there have been places where the river hasn’t frozen up. That’s starting to raise question about the impacts of climate change on Alaska’s state sport.

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February 5, 2015
Sled dogs signed up to run in this year's Yukon Quest got their final pre-race check up Saturday. (Photo by Emily Schwing KUAC)

Sled Dogs Get Their Final Pre-Race Check Up Before The 32nd Yukon Quest Starts

Over the weekend, veterinarians looked over the sled dogs that will run the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in both Fairbanks and Whitehorse. They wanted to make sure the dogs were healthy, well-fed and ready to race on the 1000 mile trail.

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February 2, 2015
Mushers Hand Off Their Drop Bags In Anticipation Of 2015 Yukon Quest

Mushers Hand Off Their Drop Bags In Anticipation Of 2015 Yukon Quest

Yukon Quest mushers dropped off all the food and gear they’ll need for the 1000-mile sled dog race in both Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon over the weekend.

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January 26, 2015

Yukon Quest Officials Consider Alternate Route

Open water on both the Yukon and Tahkini Rivers in Canada has Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Officials considering alternative routing for this year’s race, which starts in Whitehorse, Yukon and finishes 1000 miles later in Fairbanks.

January 20, 2015

Allen Moore Wins Copper Basin 300

Two Rivers musher Allen Moore has won the Copper Basin 300 for the third year in a row. This is Moore’s sixth overall win in the mid-distance sled dog race.

January 12, 2015
Omnibus Spending Bill Increases Money for Wildfire Management

Omnibus Spending Bill Increases Money for Wildfire Management

The $1-trillion dollar spending plan passed by Congress last weekend and signed by President Obama this week includes money for wildfire mitigation and management and that budget is up from years prior.

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December 19, 2014

Governor Cuts Funding for Mining Road Project That is Subject of 2-Day Meeting in Fairbanks

Tribal leaders and stakeholders representing communities that could be impacted by a proposed 220-mile industrial road gathered in Fairbanks to discuss cultural, environmental and social impacts of the road’s potential construction. The meeting is happening at time when the state is facing difficult budget decisions that could hamper the project.

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December 17, 2014