Tim Bodony, KIYU - Galena
A prototype in-river hydropower system is currently in operation at Igiugig in southwest Alaska. It’s part of a recent surge of research that has pushed in-river hydro power closer to becoming a reality for rural communities seeking an alternative to diesel-based electricity. Download Audio
A plan to bring land-based high speed internet to the western Interior is moving forward this summer. GCI’s TerraNet uses hilltop repeater sites to pass microwave signals along the ground, rather than sending the signals to satellites in space. Download Audio
Fire crews are defending the Koyukuk River village of Hughes from a wildfire approaching from the east. Download Audio:
A 25,000-acre fire burning near the interior village of Tanana has prompted voluntary evacuations in that community for elders and people sensitive to smoke. Listen now:
The village of Nulato is beginning evacuations as the Nulato fire is approaching the new town settlement. The fire started on Sunday just a mile from the village. According to the Alaska fire service it was caused by lightning. Download Audio
After the first few mushers come through a checkpoint, the Iditarod begins to feel more like a parade or a traveling circus than a race. And like all parades or circuses, there is lots of stuff left over when the show is over and the action has moved on. Someone has to clean it all up and figure out what to do with it.
Lance Mackey describes the many health problems experienced by his dogs during the 2012 Iditarod. His main lead dog, Maple, has been in heat and the males in the team have been more interested in her than in moving down the trail. Mackey also talks about the whereabouts of his famous lead dog Larry, and his ultimate Iditarod goal.
This could be a Seavey year in the Iditarod. Mitch and Dallas Seavey have stayed out front, along with a few others, through the halfway point. Mitch Seavey was the first to reach the Yukon River at Ruby. Here is how it rolled out. Veteran musher Jim Lanier put off his mandatory 24 hour layover and collected the halfway gold nuggets at Cripple. Mitch Seavey nearly caught up with him. Aliy Zirkle decided not to rest in Cripple when she arrived four hours later and blasted on ahead, the first to leave Cripple. In between were Trent Herbst, not having taken his 24, Dallas Seavey, John Baker and Jeff King.
There are changes in the air here in Ruby. The weather has been switching between clear and stormy several times over the past two days. I came up by snowmachine from my home in Galena on Wednesday afternoon – departing under bright blue skies and driving into a gray wall of snow about halfway into my trip.