Iditarod musher discounts critics after dogs refused to run

U.S. 03/22/19, 00:10

The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska wilderness race when his dogs refused to keep running dismissed critics who say he ran them too hard and chalked it up to a bad memory that spooked them.The team stopped last week after Frenchman Nicolas Petit yelled at a ...

PHOTOS: Remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill

U.S. 03/20/19, 23:03

It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989, when an Exxon Shipping Co. tanker ran aground outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, spewing millions of gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the pristine Prince William Sound.The world watched the aftermath unfold: scores of herring, sea otters and birds ...

‘Ugly Dogs’ group helps Alaska students raise trip money

Sports 03/13/19, 11:49

Social media fans of a rookie Iditarod musher have used their #UglyDogs group to raise money for students at a rural Alaska school.Twitter followers of musher Blair Braverman helped raise field-trip funds for students at Top of the Kuskokwim School in the race checkpoint town of Nikolai, KTVA in Anchorage ...

Alaskan Native Pete Kaiser wins Iditarod sled dog race

Sports 03/13/19, 07:01

Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod early Wednesday, throwing his arms over his head and pumping his fists as he became the latest Alaska Native to claim victory in the iconic sled dog race.Kaiser, 31, crossed the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian ...

Alaska, Norwegian mushers battled for Iditarod lead

Sports 03/12/19, 07:45

An Alaskan and a Norwegian are running neck-and-neck in the world's most famous sled dog race.GPS trackers show Pete Kaiser of Bethel, Alaska, and defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Joar Ulsom of Norway are within a mile of each other as the mushers near the finish line in ...

French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

Sports 03/11/19, 14:07

Musher Nicolas Petit lost a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday when his dog team refused to keep going after he yelled at one of the animals.A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during a break ...

Frenchman maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Europe 03/09/19, 19:23

A Frenchman continues to lead this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Nicolas Petit was the first musher Saturday to leave the checkpoint at Eagle Island, about 592 miles (953 kilometers) into the 1,000 mile (1609 kilometer) race across the Alaska wilderness to Nome.Petit, who was last year's runner-up, now lives ...

Scientists revise magnitude of recent Alaska earthquake

Science 03/08/19, 19:14

Seismologists announced Friday the magnitude of Alaska's powerful Nov. 30 earthquake has been revised to 7.1 from the earlier magnitude 7.0Alaska Earthquake Center officials say in a release the change comes after quake data was reviewed by multiple agency and academic groups.U.S. Geological Survey spokesman Paul Laustsen says the change ...

European mushers, Alaskan battling for Iditarod lead

Europe 03/08/19, 18:25

Two men living in Alaska but with European ties and a Fairbanks musher are battling for the lead in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Race leaders Nicolas Petit, a native of France, Norwegian Joar Uslom and Alaskan Jessie Royer are all at the checkpoint in Grayling, about 530 miles ...

Live feeds and GPS: Rugged Iditarod has high-tech support

U.S. 03/08/19, 01:16

People are using technology to track Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race far from the competitors tackling the off-the-grid route.Fifty-one mushers as of Friday are traveling long stretches between remote village checkpoints with no other company but the dogs pulling their sleds. However, their progress is monitored from several hotel ...

Frenchman Nicolas Petit retakes lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Sports 03/07/19, 20:15

Frenchman Nicolas Petit is back in the lead in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Petit had earlier led the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race and retook the top spot Thursday. He was first to leave the checkpoint at the ghost town of Iditarod, the halfway point of this year's race.He left with ...

Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle takes lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Sports 03/06/19, 14:04

Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle is leading in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.She is seeking to become the first woman to win in nearly three decades.Zirkle is a three-time second-place finisher in the 1,000-mile (695-kilometer) race.She was first to leave the Ophir checkpoint Wednesday morning, 432 miles (695 kilometers) into ...

State officials propose elder-care facility rate increases

Health 03/05/19, 21:38

State officials are proposing rate increases of between 40 percent and nearly 140 percent for residents of Alaska's state-supported elder-care facilities, according to health department documents.Clinton Lasley, director of the division overseeing the state's Pioneer Homes, said in an interview that to cover proposed budget cuts, the homes are looking ...

Alaska musher leads in the early stage of the Iditarod

U.S. 03/04/19, 13:53

A longtime musher from southwestern Alaska is in the lead of the early stages of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Pete Kaiser was the first musher to leave the checkpoint at Finger Lake. He is a 31-year-old running in his 10th Iditarod,Kaiser stayed only five minutes Monday morning after arriving ...

Defending Iditarod champ remains self-proclaimed ‘goofball’

Sports 03/03/19, 10:31

Joar Leifseth Ulsom may not be flashy or brash, but he has sled cred.The quiet, unassuming 32-year-old defending champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race leads the field of 52 mushers hoping to be the first to reach Alaska's western coast after a thousand-mile (1,600-kilometer) trek across the Alaska ...

Update: Crowds cheer kickoff of Alaska’s famed Iditarod

U.S. 03/02/19, 15:16

The Latest on Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):10:30 a.m.Cheering crowds lined snow-heaped streets in Alaska's largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with a short sprint through town.Before setting off, the ...

Big crowds expected at kickoff of Alaska’s famed Iditarod

Sports 03/02/19, 00:41

Big crowds are expected to converge on Alaska's largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kickoff the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a short ceremonial run along snow-heaped streets.The fan-friendly event in Anchorage brings spectators up close to the 52 musher-dog teams gearing up for the ...

Image issues hound start of Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race

Sports 03/01/19, 15:36

The world's foremost sled dog race kicks off its 47th running this weekend as participants strive to push past a punishing two years for the sport's image. Some of the drama has been resolved for Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. In December, race organizers cleared four-time winner Dallas Seavey of ...

Cat that has lived in Alaska general store is being evicted

Health 03/01/19, 14:50

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A cat named Stormy that has spent more than six years as a fixture in a remote Alaska general store is being forced out after officials notified the store owners that the cat’s presence violates food safety standards. The Fritz Creek General Store near the small city ...

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