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Team 39, Barber and Lapham, champion 2024 Iron Dog

Team 39 won the 2024 Iron Dog.

February 26, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter Teams competing in what’s known as the toughest and longest snowmachine race in the world, the Iron Dog, reached the finish line in Big Lake, about an hour north of Anchorage, yesterday. The purse for the race is $224,000, the largest in Iron Dog history. The race started […]

Iron Dog teams leave halfway point, slated to finish Sunday

Team 39 was the first to hit the trail this morning.

February 22, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter Eighteen teams racing in the world’s longest snowmachine race, the Iron Dog, left the halfway checkpoint in Nome this morning. The first duo on the trail this morning was Team 39, veteran racers Brett Lapham and Cody Barber. The team from Willow arrived in Nome on Tuesday (Jan. […]

Team 39 leads Iron Dog racers into Nome

Snowmachiners reach the halfway checkpoint for 2024 Iron Dog.

February 20, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter Lead racers in the world’s longest snowmachine race, the Iron Dog, made a beeline for Nome today. It’s the halfway mark on the over 2500 mile course, which runs north across the state. A few dozen people were crowding the corner of Bering and Front Street waiting for […]

Racers hit the trail for the longest snowmachine race in the world, Iron Dog

Snowmachines lined up on a frozen lake.

February 19, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter Twenty-four teams of two left Big Lake on Saturday for a race north to Nome. The 2503 mile race, known as Iron Dog, is the longest snowmachine race in the world. Iron Dog passes through over twenty rural communities, like McGrath, Unalakleet and Shaktoolik. They’ll face rugged terrain […]

Gambell VPO charged with sexual abuse

St. Lawrence Island, AK

February 12, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter A warning to readers, this story discuses sexual abuse of a child. A Gambell village police officer was charged last month [Jan. 27] with two counts of sexually abusing a teenage girl. Charging documents say troopers in Nome received a report that 24 year-old Leonard Apangalook had sexually […]

Russian Mission man charged with murder after Monday shooting

The badge of the Alaska State Troopers.

February 8, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter A man in Russian Mission has been charged with murder, after Alaska State Troopers say he fatally shot a man there Monday. Charging documents say 45 year-old Richard Pitka shot 46 year-old Patrick Changsak in the shin, at his home in the village about 70 miles northeast of […]

Pool officials to wrap up repairs at end of the month

February 6, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter Nome’s only swimming pool was closed to switch from a saltwater system to chlorine last summer. It was supposed to reopen in September, but manufacturing delays and supply chain challenges have delayed the opening.  Contractors are making repairs to the pool, according to a release from the City of […]

This year’s honorary musher named for his lasting impact on the sport

February 1, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter The countdown to the Iditarod is on. An honorary musher is named each year to start first at the Downtown Anchorage ceremony. This year’s honorary musher has been involved with the “last great race” for over three decades. The Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) named Wilson Hughes this year’s […]

Public port meetings: strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results

January 30, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter Nome is planning to build the nation’s first deep water port in the Arctic and officials are wondering how they can use it to diversify the community’ economy. Just a handful of meetings have generated a plethora of ideas. Building a deepwater port in Nome could create a […]