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Iron Dog Leaders Reach Kotzebue, Other Racers Caught in Norton Sound Snow Storm

24 teams in the 2020 Iron Dog are battling treacherous conditions as they race along the Norton Sound coast.  Tyler Acklestad and Nick Olstad maintain their first position lead as they buckle down on the last 10 miles towards Kotzebue where they will spend the night. As of 5pm, Acklestad and Olstad officially checked into Kotzebue. […]

Senator Olson Discusses State Budget Deficit, VPSO Program, and REAL ID

Senator Donny Olson says shake-ups in the Senate Finance committee have put rural legislators at a greater advantage in 2020. This legislative session, Olson marks education funding, the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program, and pushing for a full PFD, among his top priorities. KNOM’s Emily Hofstaedter recently spoke to Senator Olson about these topics […]

Nome Council Could Approve Expenditures for NPD and Other Budget Amendments

Papers in Nome City Council chambers

Final discussions on FY 2020 budget amendments continue tonight during a re-scheduled Nome City Council regular meeting. One notable amendment includes $266,391.88 in increased spending for Nome Police, nearly $100,000 of that amount would cover additional officer and dispatch overtime. Nome also looks to join other municipalities around the state in adopting the uniform code […]

Field Down to 24 Racers, Aklestad and Olstad Leading Into Shaktoolik

The lead racers in the 2020 Iron Dog are bearing down on Koyuk as the field begins its northwards climb to the Kotzebue loop, a section of trail unfamiliar to many of the competitors. Tyler Aklestad and Nick Olstad have maintained their lead since our last update, checking out of Shaktoolik at 11:29am. According to […]

All But One Iron Dog Team Into Galena, Leaders Onto the Norton Sound Coast

Team #8, Aklestad/Johnson

By the time the first day of racing was over in the 2020 Iron Dog, four teams had already scratched from the race, bringing the field down to 25. The 2,400-mile snowmachine race began yesterday morning in Fairbanks, and as of 7am today, racers have already started checking out of Galena, about 400 miles into […]