780 AM | 96.1 FM 


(907) 443-5221

Dave Turner Claims YQ-300 Win, Quest 1,000 Mile Racers Heading Towards Eagle

Sled dogs, wearing red jackets and neon-yellow booties, mush down a snowy trail with the sun low on the horizon over mountains in the background.
A sled dog team mushes along the trail near Eagle. Photo: Whitney McLaren, Yukon Quest; used with permission.

Mushers in the 2020 Yukon Quest are barreling towards warmer weather and the Yukon side of the race as they set their sights on the Eagle checkpoint.

Cold temperatures have caused problems for mushers throughout the race. Unofficially, the current leader Brent Sass told KUAC yesterday that he had to worry about the cold temperatures’ effect on some members of his team yesterday.

“I had to really pay attention to frostbite in a couple dogs because it was really cold, so I was stopping a lot to check that and move flaps around. I think I got it sorted out now.

– Brent Sass

Sass and Phillips checked out of Circle within about 10 minutes of each other yesterday morning. According to the GPS, Sass is leading the pack towards the Trout Creek hospitality stop, with Cody Strathe breathing down his neck, after vying with Michelle Phillips earlier this morning.

Eagle looks like it will bring the mushers slightly warmer weather. Currently -9° with clouds and forecast to be a high of 5° today with seven and sunny tomorrow, the racers may get a small reprieve.

For some mushers, however, a Yukon Quest race is already over. The 300-miler started in Two Rivers, seeing racers mush through Central to Circle, then turn around and finish in Central. Five mushers have finished so far, with Dave Turner taking home first place by a margin of 20 seconds.

Image at top: A sled dog team mushes along the trail near Eagle. Photo from Whitney McLaren, Yukon Quest (2019); used with permission.

Share this story


Recent Posts

MS Westerdam Passengers Recall Icy Approach to Nome

Holland America’s MS Westerdam has arrived in Nome. The cruise ship that holds over 1,900 passengers is anchored just off the coast of Nome, too big to dock in the port. Small tenders that hold about 80 passengers each are ferrying visitors to and from the shore throughout the day.

Read More »

First-Ever KNOM Radio Music Fest Draws a Crowd, Drives Donations

Selma Casagranda serenaded audience members with a few of her original songs. Casagranda is from Seward and one of four finalists from KNOM’s 2023 American Idol search. Audience members joined the King Island dance group for an invitational dance. One of KNOM’s 2023 American Idol search finalists, Martin Paul of

Read More »

June 20: Rick Thoman’s Climate Highlight for Western Alaska

The following is a transcript from Rick Thoman’s weekly “Climate Highlight for Western Alaska” provided to KNOM Radio. Thoman is a Climate Specialist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The largest wildfire on the Seward Peninsula since 2019, the Goldbug Fire,

Read More »

Westerdam: First Visitors Expected Around 8 a.m.

Holland America’s MS Westerdam cruise ship will anchor just outside of the Nome Harbor the morning of June 21, bringing with it a wave of tourists to Nome.  According to City of Nome Harbormaster Lucas Stotts, the ship’s passengers will first arrive by tender around 7:45 a.m. The last tender

Read More »



Work for Us:




(907) 443-5221 


(907) 868-1200 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.