INTERVIEW: Sitting down with Aliy Zirkle in Galena

On Friday, before Aliy Zirkle and her team's run-in with a person riding a snowmachine who, according to an Iditarod press release, deliberately tried to harm her and her team, KNOM's Emily Schwing sat down with her during a Galena during Zirkle's mandatory 8-hour layover.

Iditarod mushers in striking distance surprise themselves

As top Iditarod teams reached the checkpoint at Galena, several were trying to account for their spots at the top of the pack. Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes spoke with three mushers surprised for one reason or another with their place in the standings. Download Audio

Fans show support as Zirkle moves through Kaltag

Shock is the best way to describe the reaction from spectators and mushers alike as news of a rogue snowmachine attack on two well-known mushers broke early Saturday morning.

Checking in with Iditarod mushers Baker and Burmeister

Mushers and their teams are making their runs down the Yukon River. KNOM’s Emily Schwing caught up with two mushers who have roots in Western Alaska mushers to find out how their races are going.
Jeff King in Ruby. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)

How chefs cook wilderness gourmet on the Iditarod Trail

One of Jeff King’s prizes for reaching the Yukon River in Ruby before anyone else was a five-course meal supplied by on of the Iditarod’s sponsors. And as Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes reports, the meal might mean more to the chefs than it does for the musher.

Trail Mix: No need for five-course meal in Ruby when there’s $5 bear soup for sale

Near the first Iditarod checkpoint on the Yukon River, the Ruby Bible Church was selling a soup and sandwich lunch special for $5. When I arrived, there were three options to pick from, and I went with the "Seven Bean and Black Bear" offering.

Trail Mix: McGrath’s Iditarod auction

Iditarod is far more than dog racing. Small Alaska communities celebrate the arrival of longer days and the people in the community. McGrath hosts an auction fundraiser each year when the Iditarod rolls through to raise money for a local organization and a family in need. KNOM’s Emily Schwing stopped into the bar Tuesday night to get a first hand look at what the auction is all about. Download Audio

Trail Mix: At an Iditarod checkpoint, the snowbank is the studio

Trail Mix is Alaska Public Media's trail reporters inside look at covering the Iditarod sled dog race. Emily Schwing knows a lot more than I...
The Berington sisters arrived at the Takotna checkpoint together Wednesday just before noon. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)

Trail Mix: ‘Logistics are the hard part’ in Iditarod coverage

There's really not a lot of "planning" for this. I'm only two days in, and I feel like more attention goes towards tracking flights, coordinating deadlines, and finding Internet than it does to figuring out who's at the front of the race and why.

Trail Mix: An Iditarod reporter’s ambitious reading list

Trail Mix is Alaska Public Media's trail reporters' inside perspective on covering the Iditarod. Whenever I travel, I bring something to read. Even...
A team leaves the gate at the Iditarod ceremonial start on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Photo by Patrick Yack/Alaska Public Media)

Teams work out the kinks in the Iditarod’s early stages

It was busy overnight in Skwentna as teams passed through the second checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail and made their way into the Alaska Range. Teams are shaking out the kinks early as they settle into race mode.

Anchorage Police Department: Road Closures for Iditarod Event

In preparation for the 2016 lditarod Sled Dog Races, the Municipality of Anchorage will be closing off several downtown streets for event set-up. In order to provide ample notice, 'No Parking' signs will be placed within the closure areas at least 48 hours in advance of the road closures. Anchorage Police Department officers will be on traffic control detail for the duration of these events and will be able to assist drivers with directional instructions.

Lack of snow shortens Iditarod start from 11 to 3 miles

A lack of snow in Alaska's largest city has led the world's most famous sled dog race to shorten its ceremonial start this weekend. Download Audio

Anchorage, Willow will host Iditarod starts despite low snow

Organizers have decided that a lack of snow in the Anchorage area won't force a route change for this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The start of the race will be staged as usual in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage. Download Audio

Low snow causes havoc again with Iditarod

Another low snow year in Alaska is playing havoc with the world's most famous sled dog race, at least for the start.

Iditarod unlikely to start in Fairbanks, officials say

Fairbanks officials say the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is unlikely to start in the borough this year.