780 AM | 96.1 FM 

“YOURS FOR WESTERN ALASKA”

(907) 443-5221

Changing Weather Conditions Keep Iditarod Mushers Cautious on Return Strategy

Lev Shvarts. Photo: David Dodman, KNOM.

Brent Sass continues his lead in the Iditarod 2021 race. Willow-based musher Lev Shvarts speaks with KNOM’s Colin O’Connor about current trail conditions and looking ahead to the return trip on this year’s Gold Trail Loop.

“The Burn is pretty rough, not looking forward to going backwards, that’s for sure.

– Lev Shvarts

That is Lev Shvarts referencing the leg of the race known as “The Burn” between Rainy Pass and Nikolai which is notorious for presenting difficult riding conditions.

On-air Nome-Beltz Juniors Sara Bioff and Amari Bright give a local youth perspective on how this year’s changed race route affects their experience.

Hear more about current race standings, including an update from Climatologist Rick Thoman, by listening to this afternoon’s full update below:

Image at top: Lev Shvarts at the 2015 Iditarod Start. Photo: David Dodman, KNOM.

Did you enjoy this Iditarod 2021 story?

Consider supporting our work by becoming a one-time or recurring donor.

Share this story

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email

Recent Posts

A silver / coho salmon, held just out of the water

ADF&G Announces 24 Hour Commercial Fishing Period for Salmon

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has announced that commercial salmon fishing will open in Norton Sound Subdistricts 1-2 and 4-6 for a 24-hour period starting Saturday, July 20. ADF&G hopes to use the window to assess early-season Coho salmon abundance and ensure future management actions are well-informed.

Read More »

July 4: 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. As we head into the latter days of July, daylights starting to

Read More »

More

Newsletter:

Work for Us:

Jobs

Contact

Nome:

(907) 443-5221 

Anchorage:

(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.