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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Emily Schwing is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Spectators await the start of the 2014 Iditarod in Willow. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Iditarod Veterans Anticipating Rough Trail Conditions

The 42nd annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race is underway. Dog teams left Willow Sunday. They’re making their way toward the Alaska Range, where the trail is reportedly extremely rough.

March 2, 2014
Ceremonial Start Kicks Off 42nd Iditarod

Ceremonial Start Kicks Off 42nd Iditarod

On Saturday, mushers lined out their dog teams in downtown Anchorage for the Ceremonial Start of the race. This year’s race includes six former champions and at least 20 mushers vying for a top-10 finish.

March 2, 2014
Not only is he the Kiwi Musher, but Curt Perano may also be the frostiest musher on this year's Yukon Quest trail. Credit Julian Schroder / Yukon Quest

The ‘Kiwi Musher’ is a Rookie, But He’s No Stranger to Mushing

The Yukon Quest has once again proven itself as one of the toughest races in the Far North. Of the 18 mushers who signed up for this year’s race, only eleven may finish. The race has claimed rookies, and seasoned veterans alike, but there are still a handful of teams plugging along toward the finish line outside of Whitehorse. KUAC’s Emily Schwing caught up with the “Kiwi Musher” and has this profile.

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February 12, 2014
Brent Sass answers questions about his accident during a press conference in Whitehorse.Credit Mark Gillet / Yukon Quest

Sass Still Planning for Iditarod

The Yukon Quest Race Organization held a press conference with Brent Sass this morning (Tuesday). The musher discussed the accident that led to a serious concussion and took him out of this year’s race. The musher was emotional, but he’s confident about his future mushing career.

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February 11, 2014
Allen Moore Wins 2014 Yukon Quest

Allen Moore Wins 2014 Yukon Quest

Allen Moore has won the Yukon Quest International Sled dog Race for the second consecutive year.  Moore’s team is known for its petite stature, perky ears and wagging tails and they didn’t disappoint.  They jumped in harness and yelped after arriving at Takhini Hot Springs 30 miles outside of Whitehorse.

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February 10, 2014

Yukon Quest: Race Stories Abound

Despite the effort of trailbreakers, Mother Nature has thrown plenty at mushers during the race. Almost every team has arrived with a story about a mishap on the trail.

February 7, 2014
Yukon Quest Leaders Race Into Dawson City

Yukon Quest Leaders Race Into Dawson City

A fast pace at the front of the pack has Yukon Quest teams spread out over nearly 200 miles of trail. Cody Strathe who’s running in 4th place isn’t expected into Dawson City until the early evening, roughly 18 hours after the first team arrived at the half way point.

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February 5, 2014

Top Three Mushers Strategize As They Come And Go From Eagle

The top three Yukon Quest teams arrived in Eagle in the wee hours of Monday morning, well ahead of schedule. It was clear as they relayed their tales that teams are starting to strategize as they near the half-way mark in this year’s race.

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February 4, 2014

Front Of The Pack Shapes Up On Yukon Quest Trail

A decided “front-of-the–pack” is beginning to shake out on the Yukon Quest Trail. A fast trail means mushers are looking for ways to hold back dog teams.

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February 3, 2014
Mandy Nauman is the only woman racing in this year's Yukon Quest. Credit Trail Breaker Kennel /

Nauman May Be the Only Woman in this Year’s Quest, But She’s One Tough Rookie

Not everyone who signs up for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race actually gets a dog team to the start line.  When sign-ups opened last fall, at least two women added their names to the roster, but one dropped out two weeks ago.  That leaves one woman in a field of 18 mushers.

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January 29, 2014

2014 Yukon Quest Set to Start Despite Warm Weather

Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Officials are keeping a close eye on the weather and trail conditions as they prepare for the starts of the 1000 mile race this Saturday.

January 27, 2014

President Declares Federal Disaster For November Storm Victims In Alaska

President Barack Obama declared a federal Disaster for Alaska Thursday, making federal dollars available for victims of storms that occurred back in November.

January 23, 2014
Mike Ellis spent more than a week organize food and gear for his drop bags. Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks.

With Drop Bags Delivered, Yukon Quest Mushers are One Step Closer to Race Day

On Saturday, volunteers with the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race gathered drop bags from mushers in both Whitehorse and Fairbanks. Over the next two weeks, race personnel will deliver the bags to nine checkpoints along the 1,000 mile trail. Packing more than 1,500 pounds of food and gear for a remote sled dog race is a long, logistically-challenging process.

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January 20, 2014

New Study Shows Alaska Natives Are More Vulnerable To Flu

Indigenous populations in Alaska and Australia are more vulnerable to flu. That’s according to a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, scientists are using their finding to help native populations fight flu in the future.

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January 15, 2014

Trailbreakers Prepare Yukon Quest Route

Trailbreakers are busy packing and clearing the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race trail. There are no major changes planned for the route this year. This will be one of the busier years on the Alaska side of the trail, where dog teams are likely to encounter open water.

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January 13, 2014
Jars of fish and marine invertebrates line shelves in the basement of the Museum of the North.

Thousands Of New Fish Specimens Double Museum’s Collection

The University of Alaska, Fairbanks Museum of the North recently acquired as many as 150,000 fish and marine specimens from the National Marine Fisheries Service.  The acquisition means the museum’s fish collection has doubled in size.

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December 16, 2013

US Women’s Nordic Team Entering Third World Cup Week

The U.S. Women’s cross country ski team will take part in their third weekend of World Cup racing Saturday.

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December 12, 2013

Former Legislator, Teacher, Homesteader Niilo Koponen Dies

Fairbanks educator and former state legislator Niilo Koponen passed away Tuesday of natural causes, according to the family’s website.

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December 5, 2013

APU’s Randall Second in World Cup Race

Alaska Pacific University’s Kikkan Randall claimed a silver medal in the women’s classic-style sprint race in this season’s opening World Cup event in Kuusamo, Finland. It was the first day of cross-country ski racing.
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November 29, 2013

Wildlife Buffer Area Proposed for Denali

Environmental groups are asking the state and the federal government to exchange or purchase land to create a permanent wildlife buffer along the eastern border of Denali National Park.

November 27, 2013