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    Iditarod musher’s dog missing after running away from handler

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 26, 12:07

    Iditarod 43 rookie musher Laura Allaway is reaching out to the public for help to find her sled dog that went missing after running away from an Anchorage handler. Allaway made the decision to drop the 3-year-old Alaskan Husky named Sarabi at the Nulato checkpoint because the dog was developing a sore shoulder. She hauled […]

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    Cindy Abbott wins Iditarod 43 Red Lantern

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 23, 7:47

    The final musher for Iditarod 43 made it to Nome Sunday evening. The Red Lantern goes to Cindy Abbott, who finished the Last Great Race in 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes and 51 seconds. The award is for the last musher who successfully crosses the burled arch. This was Abbott’s third attempt at finishing […]

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    Iditarod 2015 finish a family affair for rookie musher Alan Stevens

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 22, 16:44

    It was a moment 12 days, eight hours and 43 minutes in the making for Alan Stevens, as he crossed the finish line in Nome on Saturday. “I’m so happy to see him come in,” said Paula Stevens, Alan’s mother. Paula and her husband, Mark, made the trip from Texas to watch their son make […]

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    Web Extra: Scott Janssen says Lance Mackey rescued his dog team outside of Koyuk

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 21, 13:07

    Iditarod 2015 musher Scott Janssen scratched just outside of the Koyuk checkpoint. Janssen said his team lost the trail, and they spent more than 12 hours stranded on the ice in the worst blizzard he’s ever seen. A search-and-rescue team found him hypothermic, with a sleeping bag draped over him and his 11 dogs. “I couldn’t […]

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    Emotional Iditarod 2015 finish for Lance Mackey in Nome

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 21, 12:27

      Lance Mackey and his brother, Jason, came down Front Street in Nome side-by-side. The veteran musher’s finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race could be classified as solace amid many hardships. “He’s a survivor,” said Aaron Burmeister of Lance, who lost two dogs — Stiffy and Wyatt — along the trail. Jason finished […]

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    Cause of death can’t be determined for Mackey’s 2nd lost dog

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 20, 19:58

    Iditarod 2015 trail officials report another death of a dog on Lance Mackey’s team. At approximately 5:15 p.m. Friday, 3-year-old Stiffy passed away unexpectedly on the trail between Elim and White Mountain. The necropsy performed on Stiffy revealed some abnormalities, but the cause of death could not be determined, according to a release from Iditarod […]

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    First female Iditarod winner celebrates in Nome 30 years later

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 20, 17:22

    Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod on March 20, 1985. Exactly thirty years later, she’s celebrating in Nome by watching this year’s mushers cross the finish line. “I can’t believe it’s been 30 years,” she said. “I think about some of these mushers racing today and I think I have dog […]

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    Iditarod chef prepares meal to bring volunteers together

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 20, 0:24

    It wasn’t a typical Iditarod trail meal for volunteers on Thursday night. Deb Smykalski — who goes by Debski — has been the Iditarod’s cook for the past 10 years. She shipped up 28 steaks for a special dinner that she paid for herself. “They’ve been talking about, whoa, when are we going to have […]

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    Dallas Seavey wins 2015 Iditarod Race

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 18, 4:13

    Dallas Seavey has done it again. Pulling under the wooden arch in Nome at 4:13 a.m with a total time of 8 days 18 hours 13 minutes 6 seconds, the 28-year-old veteran musher from Willow, Alaska won his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Wednesday. This is his third first-place finish, having also won […]

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    Nome celebrates ahead of Iditarod finish with Bering Sea Beer Fest

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 17, 21:26

    The best place for beer tasting in Nome for the Irish holiday wasn’t in a bar, it was on the Bering Sea. “I think it’s cool I’m standing on the ocean drinking beer,” said Ben Siwiec. In its fifth year, the Bering Sea Beer Festival was a Saint Patrick’s Day party with an Alaskan twist. “It’s why […]

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    Iditarod Trail Invitational: A race to Nome on bikes, feet and skis

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 17, 20:29

    While mushers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are still making their way to Nome, another group of competitors crossed their own Nome finish line on Monday. Started in the year 2000, the Iditarod Trail Invitational — initially called the “Iditasport” – invites 50 people a year to test their mettle in three categories: running, […]

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    Female inmates continue tradition of caring for dropped Iditarod dogs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 17, 19:23

    Iditarod dogs are heading to Nome, but not all of them will make it that far down the trail. Race officials say it’s not uncommon for mushers to drop hundreds of dogs along the way. Most dropped dogs are flown into Anchorage where handlers pick them up, but dogs that need to spend the night […]

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    Watch LIVE: The 2015 Iditarod finish from Nome

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 17, 16:56

      UPDATE: Dallas Seavey has won his second consecutive, third overall, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Read the story here Video of his finish into Nome will be added to this story shortly.   Original Story: This year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is expected to have a champion sometime in the early morning hours […]

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    Iditarod mushers face harsh winter conditions

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 17, 10:53

    Mushers in the 2015 Iditarod race have been facing subzero temperatures along the trail. Bib #52 Rick Casillo describes what it takes to continue on the trail despite the harsh winter conditions.

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    George Attla, Jr.’s spirit lives on in Huslia

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 17, 8:53

    This is the first year Iditarod mushers have traveled to Huslia, a small village with a rich mushing history. That history includes being home to the “Huslia Hustler,” George Attla, Jr. He died last month at 81 years old. Photojournalist Nick Swann visited Attla’s dog yard where neighbors say his spirit is still very much […]

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    Dallas Seavey leaves White Mountain, retains lead

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 17, 7:46

    Update at 7:54 p.m. – Dallas Seavey left the White Mountain checkpoint at 6:10 p.m., exactly 8 hours after arriving. He was in good spirits as he prepared to leave White Mountain, but was quick to point out that this race is far from over. “This is ominously too familiar — a team out front […]

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    ‘Musher-grams’ bring positive vibes to Iditarod trail

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 16, 21:17

    The pool table in the Unalakleet checkpoint was filled with warm wishes for mushers on the cold trail. “A lot of times it’s family,” said Gwen Rodman. ”A lot of times, it’s just fans.” Rodman, who is also musher Karin Hendrickson’s mother, is one of the volunteers who took down the phone message in Anchorage and […]

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    Dallas Seavey catches Burmeister, arrives first into Koyuk

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 16, 13:47

    UPDATE: Dallas Seavey was the first musher out of Koyuk, leaving at 4:48 p.m. Original Story: After giving chase for most of the evening, 2014 Iditarod winner Dallas Seavey arrived at the Koyuk checkpoint at 12:34 p.m., a mere 3 minutes ahead of Aaron Burmeister. Facing light winds and temperatures in the single digits — […]

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    Iditarod volunteers repurpose scratched mushers’ food, gear

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 16, 7:09

    While most of the mushers make their way to Nome there are some who won’t cross the finish line. By Sunday night, six had scratched and one was disqualified. Their food bags they sent out, however, are left at the remaining checkpoints. Through 30-mile an hour winds, volunteers in Unalakleet worked to collect anything they […]

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    Burmeister first to Unalakleet, earns Gold Coast Award

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 15, 16:11

    Aaron Burmeister was the first musher to reach the Bering Sea coast, pulling into Unalakleet Sunday afternoon at 3:49 p.m. under sunny skies and temperatures around 0 F. With his arrival, the 39-year-old Burmeister earned the Wells Fargo “Gold Coast Award” and $3,500 worth of gold nuggets. Aliy Zirkle, last year’s “Gold Coast Award” winner, […]