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Iditarod 2019, Day 7: Jockeying on the Yukon

Iditarod’s lead mushers pushed to the Yukon River checkpoints as Thursday night turned into Friday morning. Nicolas Petit was first to Anvik, but other mushers remain competitive as the sun heads toward the horizon Friday night. Here’s a recap of KNOM’s coverage of Iditarod on Friday, March 8.

Nic Petit Is First to the Yukon

Musher in green jacket kneels next to resting sled dog team at nighttime

Nic Petit was the first musher to reach the Yukon River, arriving in Anvik at 4:23 a.m. Friday morning. It earned him $3,000 and a meal prepared by chefs flown in from an Anchorage hotel.

‘Dear Friend of KNOM…’ (March 2019)

The values of KNOM make the mission radiate Christ: being a friend and companion while providing respectful service based on Catholic ideals. With all three values working in concert, the heart of the mission beats strong and steady, unobtrusively, and with great love. Take away any value, and the mission loses its breath.

MRI to Save Lives

Group of people smiling and laughing inside Nome hospital as woman holds large scissors up to gold-colored ribbon.

A new Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine at the Nome hospital will save lives. That’s according to Preston Rookok, board member for the Norton Sound Health Corporation. The new machine will also save money and travel time.

Here Come the Dogs

Aaron Burmeister at the Ceremonial Start, Iditarod 2014

The Iditarod, leading dozens of mushers and hundreds of dogs across 1,000 miles of wilderness, is an annual source of fascination and excitement for KNOM listeners. But “race season” isn’t just about sled dogs.

Class Culture

Teenager stands inside high school workshop, wearing winter hat

Each “Winterim,” Nome-Beltz High School offers a set of short-term electives for students to study subjects not on the regular course menu. This year, two Winterim courses involved Alaska Native culture: enhanced leadership skills and Native handicrafts.