Alaska State Troopers now say they will have a limited presence at this year’s Arctic Man ski and snowmobile race. It’s a switch from last week when troopers said budget cuts would likely keep them away from setting up a command post at the race.

After consulting with the governor’s office, Public Safety Commissioner Gary Folger said troopers will enforce traffic laws as well as put search and rescue troopers on standby. He said the priority would be on life and death issues.

Arctic Man runs April 4 through April 9. Organizers are expecting as many as 15,000 people to attend the event, which will be held off the Richardson Highway near Summit Lake.

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