Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, February 18th, 2021

a person in a blue jacket petting his sled dogs
Musher Dallas Seavey is returning to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year. The four-time champion’s success streak came to an abrupt halt in 2017 when race officials announced that several of his dogs tested positive for a prohibited pain reliever. Seavey says he did not give the drug to his dogs, and the race cleared him of any wrongdoing in 2018. Seavey now lives on a vast property in Talkeetna with more than 100 sled dogs. He says he’s coming back to the Iditarod with a new perspective after wading through some of the biggest challenges of his life. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

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Thursday on Alaska News Nightly:

Alaska sees some of its lowest COVID case counts in months. And, musher Dallas Seavey returns to the Iditarod after a scandal rocked his career four years ago. Plus, a project in Unalakleet aims to create more affordable housing using shipping containers.

Reports tonight from:

  • Andrew Kitchenman and Rashah McChesney in Juneau
  • Nat Herz, Lex Treinen and Tegan Hanlon in Anchorage
  • Dan Bross in Fairbanks
  • Angela Denning in Petersburg

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