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Nome Iditarod Events Postponed Due to COVID-19 Threat

City of Nome Council Chambers. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus; KNOM

Iditarod mushers will still be finishing on Front Street in Nome next week, but the City of Nome will not be hosting any race-related festivities. All non-essential City buildings will be closed from March 14-31st due to concerns over a potential outbreak of COVID-19. After meetings with state medical officials, the Iditarod Trail Committee announced […]

One Rookie, One Veteran, Both Competing with ‘A-Team’ Dogs

All of the 2020 Iditarod teams are unique, but this year both Sean Underwood, a rookie, and Tim Pappas, a veteran, have the same opportunity to run what would be considered other mushers’ dogs. KNOM’s Davis Hovey spoke with these two mushers about their insights into the four-legged animals they’re traveling behind. On a sunny, […]

24 Hour Layovers Underway, Decisions on Where to Stop Split

McGrath is certainly not as popular as Takotna when it comes to choosing a checkpoint for a 24-hour layover. The majority of the 2020 Iditarod mushers blew through McGrath in favor of Takotna, Ophir, and some even pushed onto Cripple before stopping. Wade Marrs, looking for a fourth top ten finish, was the fourth musher […]

NSHC Bans Visits to QCC Over COVID-19 Concerns

The Nome hospital at dusk, viewed from the front, with light streaming through its windows.

The Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) is implementing a visitation ban for Quyanna Care Center (QCC) and stricter rules for visiting the regional hospital in Nome and village clinics. NSHC is citing precautions for the novel coronavirus as the reason for the change. There are currently no confirmed cases of the virus in Alaska. NSHC […]

Nome Common Council to Discuss Canceling Iditarod Festivities

Double doors with a small placard reading "Council Chambers."

The Nome City Council will be meeting at noon today, Thursday March 12, to discuss canceling Iditarod festivities due to the COVID-19 threat. The emergency session will be held in Nome City Hall at noon. Nome City officials say they have been putting out hand sanitizer in public places and doing extra cleaning in city […]