Author: Terrie Hanke (420 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Chapter One of Iditarod XLVI

Chapter One of Iditarod XLVI took place at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla on the last Saturday of June. Mushers and volunteers gathered at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic and Musher Signup event to say out with the old and in with the new. The day started cloudy and cool but by the time the drawing …


Eye on the Trail: Early Entries for Iditarod XLVI

It’s the Eve of musher signup for Iditarod XLVI. Already seventeen mushers have indicated their intention to run by filing preliminary paperwork. Signup officially begins at 9:30 am on the last Saturday of June. The volunteer picnic and musher signup is a gala event enjoyed by all for the friendship, camaraderie as well as the …


Eye on the Trail: Redington Bronze Dedicated

Joe Redington, Sr. has been gone for 18 years. Tomorrow, June 24th marks the anniversary of Joe’s death. Today Joe’s family and friends, school officials, Iditarod fans, Borough dignitaries and artist Patrick Garley gathered outside of Joe Redington, Sr. High School to dedicate the Redington Bronze. During the dedication Stan Hooley, Iditarod CEO said, “My …


Eye on the Trail: Babes in the Forest

Twice each day at Summer Camp, the teachers join Musher Vern Halter for a puppy walk. Currently Halter has 15 puppies at Dream a Dream. Seven lanky bundles of energy were born just after Iditarod and are 3 months old. They are the gems – Topaz, Sapphire, Ruby, Zircon, Jasper, Onyx and Quartz. Eight little …


Eye on the Trail: Meet the 20th Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Heidi Sloan, a fifth grade teacher from Virginia, will serve as the 20th Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. Heidi arrived in Alaska for the 2017 Iditarod Summer Teacher’s Camp. During the next two weeks she’ll participate in training for her duties on the trail during the 2018 Iditarod and participate in Teacher’s Summer Camp picking …


Eye on the Trail: Teachers at Summer Camp

Thirteen teachers are experiencing hands on professional development at its finest. Teachers from Delaware, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Alaska, Washington, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois are in Alaska at Dream a Dream Dog Homestead with the goal of filling their teacher backpack with ideas and resources for using Iditarod as a theme for education. Iditarod …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Picture Worth 1,000 Words

You’ve heard it more than once, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Such is the case with this photo from outside Nome in 2017. The photo reveals so much that it may be worth a few thousand words. Alan Eischens wearing bib #35 is closing in on his third Iditarod finish. He’s about the …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Musher Canine Bond

 A picture can be worth a thousand words. This photo tells the story of the profound bond between musher and canine.  After arriving in Nome, claiming the Red Lantern Award of Iditarod XLV, Cindy Abbott and her leader, Banana, share a moment under the Burled Arch.  


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Buser and King Honored

Iditarod icons Martin Buser and Jeff King have been honored as inductees of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on April 27th at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Iditarod fans know these two guys are among the handful of people who have claimed Iditarod Gold four times. That, in …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – “Here Comes the Bride”

As Noah Burmeister and his Idita-rider, Natalie Miller, mushed the eleven-mile Ceremonial Start trail, the background music could have been “Here Comes the Bride.” Miller and Burmeister met last year through Iditarod when Natalie and her mother were Idita-riders. Mom rode with Noah and Natalie rode with another musher. Natalie and Noah were recently married …