A 27-year-old man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to charges connected with a snowmobile attack on two mushers competing in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Arnold Demoski of Nulato was sentenced Monday to six months, most of which has already been served. The sentencing comes after Demoski pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor charges of assault, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence. Demoski had been accused of driving a snowmobile at four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King, as well as Aliy Zirkle, on March 12 near Nulato. One of….Continue Reading

Iditarod sled dog race officials have approved two-way communication devices for the trail this year. But, many mushers believe it’s a bad idea and bad for their sport. KTVA’s Dave Goldman weighs in on the hot button issue affecting the Last Great Race. Follow KTVA 11 Sports on Facebook and Twitter.

Modernizing and governing a sport born long before Facebook, GPS tracking devices, cell phones and even its most recent champion, has proved to be a bit of a struggle. Much to the dismay of some Iditarod mushers, the race’s board of directors voted to leave a new rule — which will allow racers to make and receive cellphone calls during the 2017 race to Nome — nearly the same at a board meeting Friday morning. Following this year’s race, where two mushers and their teams were attacked by an intoxicated snowmachiner, the committee stripped out language from the 2016’s race rules….Continue Reading

Lance Mackey will not be racing in the 2017 Iditarod because of “health reasons,” according to a Facebook post from the Iditarod Trail Committee. Mackey, a four-time Iditarod champion, has faced medical issues for more than a decade, which has hampered his mushing in recent years. In the 2016 race to Nome, Mackey struggled with complications from Raynaud’s Syndrome — a disorder that causes poor circulation in the hands and feet and worsens in severe cold — and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. MRSA is a bacterium that can cause infections of varying severity. A superficial wound to most people….Continue Reading

The Iditarod Trail Committee says more than 50 mushers from Alaska and around the world have already signed up for the 2017 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Saturday was the first official entry day. Of the 52 entries, 12 of them are rookies to the Last Great Race, and 10 teams are from other nations, including Canada, England, France, Hungary, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden. Some submitted entries in person at Iditarod headquarters and some mailed their entries in, according to a statement from the Iditarod Trail Committee. Some well-known names returning to the race include champions Dallas Seavey, who won last….Continue Reading

Musher Travis Beals will not be allowed to race in the 2017 Iditarod, according to a statement released by the Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) Friday. Beals will also not be allowed future entry into the Iditarod for an “indefinite period of time beyond 2017,” pending his completion of a court-mandated treatment program. “The Iditarod Trail Committee Board recognizes that domestic violence is a pervasive problem in the State of Alaska and society in general,” the ITC wrote. Beals, who finished 18th in the 2016 race, faces two separate charges of misdemeanor domestic violence against a fellow Iditarod musher. He received one-year probation….Continue Reading

The Iditarod Trail Committee is reevaluating race policy and who should be allowed to participate after two domestic violence cases against one musher came to light. Musher Travis Beals, who came in 18th place in the 2016 Iditarod race, was in Palmer court Tuesday applying for a mental health treatment program. The hearing was part of court proceedings for a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an incident with another musher. According to charging documents, the victim reported the assault in Willow in December. The pair was arguing and Beals attempted to leave the property with her truck, striking her with….Continue Reading

Alaska authorities are investigating a third unwelcome encounter during this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after a female musher said two men groped her as her team passed by. Alaska State Trooper James Lester says he’s investigating the March 13 incident as harassment for now. The 27-year-old musher reported the groping at the checkpoint in the village of Nulato, almost 350 miles from the Nome finish line. It happened a day after authorities say a man on a snowmobile intentionally drove into two top Iditarod teams, killing one dog and injuring others. Lester says he’s been playing phone tag….Continue Reading

The three dogs, on Jeff King’s team, most affected in the attack by a snowmachiner on this year’s Iditarod race are all on the road to normalcy — or as normal as can be. Nash, who was killed in the incident, finally gets to go home. Carrie Skinner, the office manager for Jeff King’s Husky Homestead kennel and tour company, said Nash was cremated. This summer a memorial will be set up, complete with his kennel and flowers. Banjo — who was knocked unconscious and bled from his mouth — might need dental work eventually, but is otherwise jumping and….Continue Reading

Longtime Iditarod musher Lance Mackey will likely lose more of his fingers. The newest medical issue in the Mackey saga is likely caused by the same quick moving infection that caused him to scratch from this year’s Iditarod race, Mackey said in a phone interview from Fairbanks Wednesday. It’s another painful hurdle for the Fairbanks musher, but he said it won’t keep him away from the 2017 Iditarod. He’s doing what he’s had to do for more than a decade of medical issues, he’s letting his dogs, and his love for his team, take the lead and fuel his determination to race….Continue Reading