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Fans hope Alaska Aces stay despite uncertain future

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Brent Sass drops out of Iditarod 2017 lineup

Alaska Aces

Alaska Aces ownership considering ceasing operations

Iditarod

Decisions: Mushers pack and send meals at Iditarod food drop

Iditarod

Officials work to get Fairbanks ready to host Iditarod start

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  • Alaska Aces

    Fans hope Alaska Aces stay despite uncertain future

    by Dave Leval on Feb 18, 19:04

    Their colors look familiar, but this glacier blue is not the one fans often see at the Sullivan Arena. The Rams are one of the dozens of youth teams in the region. They are also ardent fans of the team whose colors they share, the Alaska Aces. “They’re the home team for Anchorage,” said young […]

  • Iditarod

    Brent Sass drops out of Iditarod 2017 lineup

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 18, 12:48

    The Iditarod Trail Committee announced late Friday night that a well-known name in the mushing community would not be hitting the trail for this year’s race. Without further explanation, the ITC made the announcement of 35-year-old Brent Sass’ voluntary withdrawal from the 2017 lineup on Facebook. Sass scratched from the 2017 Yukon Quest in Central on […]

  • Alaska Aces

    Alaska Aces ownership considering ceasing operations

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 17, 16:47

    The Alaska Aces, the state’s largest professional sports organization for nearly a decade and half, is considering ceasing operations after the current season, according to sources familiar with the situation. “Nothing has officially been decided yet,” Aces co-owner Jerry Mackie said in a phone interview Friday. “We’ve been struggling. Look at the fans in our stadium. It’s […]

  • Iditarod

    Decisions: Mushers pack and send meals at Iditarod food drop

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 17, 10:42

    You’re going on a 1,000 mile trip from Fairbanks to Nome. What do you bring? For mushers preparing for the Iditarod sled dog race, it’s about the essentials. At Air Land Transport, bags were being filled, hauled, stacked and readied for travel. Provisions would then be sent out, waiting for the mushers as they arrive […]

  • Iditarod

    Officials work to get Fairbanks ready to host Iditarod start

    by Associated Press on Feb 16, 8:44

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Preparations for the world’s most famous sled dog race are underway in Fairbanks now that the race’s official start has been moved from the Anchorage area. Iditarod officials announced the switch last week due to low snow conditions in the Alaska Range. The Fairbanks North Star Borough has been working with […]

  • Local

    It’s safety first for the Iron Dog Race

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 15, 21:11

    Two thousand and thirty-one miles — that’s the distance of the Iron Dog Race. It will start at Big Lake on Sunday after a ceremonial day Saturday in Anchorage. The trail will take them to Nome, then back to Fairbanks. It’s a long way and a lot can happen. But the 2017 Donlin Gold Safety Expo Wednesday at Cabela’s […]

  • Alaska Aces

    Fresh air and an outdoor game suit the Alaska Aces just fine

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 14, 22:22

    Even professional hockey teams need a change of pace occasionally. So when in Alaska, do like the Alaskans. Go outside. Once or twice a season, the Alaska Aces will shed the Sullivan Arena practice ice for the natural surface of the Bonnie Cusack Memorial Outdoor Rink, next door to the Sully.  It serves a break away from the usual. “You […]

  • Local

    Matt Hall wins the 2017 Yukon Quest

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 14, 12:06

    Last updated at 3:54 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 It was only a matter of time. One of the rising stars in sled dog racing, Matt Hall, claimed his first Yukon Quest title Tuesday as he arrived in Fairbanks at 12:05 p.m. The 25-year-old from Two Rivers also has third- and fourth-place finishes in the […]

  • Sports

    Car enthusiasts log ice time at Big Lake

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 13, 6:30

    Think you can drive on the ice? The folks at Big Lake want to hear from you. In subzero temperatures, the engines ran hot as racers blasted around the track for a Sunday drive. It’s a bimonthly event on Big Lake for the Alaska Sports Car Lions Club. “The ice racing itself has been going […]

  • Local

    Stassel remains upbeat despite injury that ended his snowboard season

    by Dave Leval on Feb 12, 12:31

    Ryan Stassel is relaxing at his South Anchorage home. “Feeling pretty good. Yeah, I don’t know, wish I could be out riding right now,” the 24-year-old professional snowboarder said. Unfortunately, he will have to wait until next winter, as his season is finished. Stassel broke a bone in his foot while he competed in a world cup […]

  • Iditarod

    Commentary: It’s ‘safety first’ for Iditarod restart change

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 11, 16:22

    The Iditarod restart is moving again. It’s not what anyone wanted, but KTVA 11’s Dave Goldman tells says it’s a matter of safety first.

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod restart move means financial hit for Willow businesses

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 10, 23:00

    The Alaskan Host Bed and Breakfast in Willow is booked up for Iditarod weekend. “For this kind of event, we usually have bed rolls on the floor. We usually have dog mushers here,” owner Jim Huston said Friday. But he expects to see all the reservations cancelled now that the restart is officially moving to […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod 45: Interactive Trail Map

    by KTVA Sports on Feb 10, 13:07

    Citing a lack of snow and poor trail conditions through the Alaska Range, the Iditarod Trail Committee unanimously decided to move this year’s official restart to Fairbanks. (Route seen in blue on the map above.) Per Iditarod rules, mushers traditionally take the southern route (seen in orange above) on odd numbered years. This is only the […]

  • Iditarod

    Citing poor trail conditions, Iditarod moves restart to Fairbanks

    by Megan Edge on Feb 10, 11:35

    Behind closed doors the Iditarod’s board of directors made what race marshall Mark Nordman described as a “hard decision” in a “somber” room. Iditarod 2017’s restart is moving to Fairbanks for the third time in the race’s history. Citing poor snow conditions in the Rainy Pass and Dalzell Gorge area, the Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) […]

  • Iditarod

    Straw owns the day as Iditarod start approaches

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 10, 7:21

    It’s not a question of what, but where — I’m referring to straw. It was yet another sign that the Iditarod is fast approaching. At Air Land Transport in Anchorage on Thursday, volunteers prepared 1,635 bales of straw bound for checkpoints across this year’s race. But where will that straw be headed? With questions still lingering […]

  • Local

    It’s dome, sweet dome: Fox Hollow steps forward to handle new business

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 08, 22:03

    Losing an indoor sports facility in some spots around the country would be a nuisance, though hardly a big deal. But not in Alaska. Not in winter.  With the collapse of The Dome last month also went a place many teams and leagues count on, especially during these harsher weather days. So how did a spot known for golf […]

  • Local

    Mustangs ready to run as they get another shot at state crown

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 07, 22:49

    The Chugiak High School Mustangs hope that B-K-H translates into W-I-N. With a more experienced unit, the Mustangs are back in the same spot as a year ago—the state tournament. After falling to West Anchorage High School in the finals, Chugiak is now the top seed. They want to get back to that same game, but with a different outcome. […]

  • University of Alaska

    Wiggs makes it a historic week for UAA basketball

    by Dave Leval on Feb 07, 15:44

    What a week it’s been for University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) basketball player Sekou “Suki” Wiggs. The senior guard from Seattle earned the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s (USBWA) National Player of the Week award for NCAA Division II, after his performance in home victories over nationally ranked Western Washington University (WWU) Vikings and Simon Fraser […]

  • Sports

    Hickel traded from Boston to Connecticut

    by Dave Leval on Feb 07, 13:23

    Zoe Hickel appeared well on her way to a second straight Isobel Cup, as she and her Boston Pride teammates remain undefeated in the second season of the National Women’s Hockey League. That road just got bumpier. Boston traded the Anchorage native Tuesday to the last place Connecticut Whale, for the Whale’s first pick in […]

  • Local

    Bartlett hockey finds support and friendship from West cheerleaders

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 03, 18:04

    Sometimes your friends come from unlikely places. The Bartlett High School hockey team doesn’t have cheerleaders at their games, but the West High School team does.  The Eagles’ support crew took notice. “One day, at our last West-Bartlett hockey game, we looked at the Bartlett crowd and there was about 10 people, which kind of […]