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Alaska Sealife Center: Distance Learning

Counting the Iditarod SEVEN Checkpoints Visited by the Teacher on the Trail This year I had the opportunity to visit seven villages along the Iditarod Trail: Nenana, Tanana, Ruby, Galena, Nulato, Elim, and White Mountain.  Each checkpoint was unique, and they were all excited to have the mushers, dogs, and volunteers visit their village.  In …


Alaska Day: North to the Future

Hello Boys and Girls, The Iditarod offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday October 18. In Alaska, many businesses don’t close for Columbus Day so that they can celebrate Alaska Day instead. Alaska Day is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory and the raising of the U.S. flag at Sitka on October 18, …


Eye on the Trail: Stokey and Cooke in Nome

Claiming 66th place in Iditarod XLIV is Sarah Stokey.  Sarah and her fiancee, Travis Beals, operate Turning Heads Kennel near Seward, Alaska.  Sarah and Travis became engaged when Travis completed his rookie run in 2013.  He proposed and she accepted under the burled arch. Sarah was running the kennel’s puppy team.  Her goal was to …


XLI Iditarod Champion – Mitch Seavey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MITCH SEAVEY FIRST INTO NOME – IDITAROD XLI CHAMPION     Nome, Alaska – Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – IDITAROD XLI Musher Mitch Seavey (Bib # 36) of Seward, Alaska arrived into Nome, Alaska and crossed under the burled arch at 22:39 Alaska Time with 10 dogs on his team claiming his …


Mitch Seavey Wins Wells Fargo Gold Coast Award!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MITCH SEAVEY FIRST INTO UNALAKLEET – WINS WELLS FARGO GOLD COAST AWARD   Nome, Alaska – Sunday, March 10, 2013 – Mitch Seavey (Bib# 36) of Seward, Alaska arrived into Unalakleet as the leader in the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at 10:13 Alaska Time.  Seavey arrived into Unalakleet with 11 …


Iditarod Trail History Speaks

by Martha Dobson The Iditarod Trail is an official historic trail, running from Seward, Alaska to Nome, Alaska. When it was first used, men, and a few women, who were looking for new prospects turned to the lure of gold, disembarking a boat in Seward and beginning their trek for fortunes. 2012 is the fourth …


Musher Wears Two Bibs

By Terrie Hanke Musher, Dan Seavey, of Seward, Alaska drew bib #65 at the musher banquet prior to the 40th running of Iditarod but today he was wearing bib#100. Seavey rolled into McGrath with fourteen spirited dogs at 13:08 on Thursday afternoon. His first order of business was to bed down and feed the team. …


Gold and the Iditarod

 Paws Along the Trail with the Gold Rush Gold. Just hearing someone say the word creates interest and a desire to eavesdrop. The Iditarod Trail is remembered for the path it created for winter travel from the gold mines to the ports, usually by dog team.   Between the gold mines and mail carrying, dog teams …


Eye on the Trail: Stielstra and Herbst in Nome

Rookie Justin Stielstra has earned his Iditarod Finisher’s Belt Buckle coming to the finish line in 51st place. The young Stielstra is a Texas transplant with stops in Michigan along the way. Justin worked for his Uncle, Iditarod veteran Ed Stielstra helping to train the Nature’s Kennel Race team and realized that working with sled dogs …


Eye on the Trail: From Nenana

While the air temperature turned very cold over night in Nenana, the community welcomed Iditarod in the warmest way. Iditarod Officials and checkpoint coordinator Tyrell Seavey have been working with the mayor of the village and tribal leaders to design the layout and operate the first checkpoint of the 2017 Iditarod Trail. The advanced efforts …