Videos: Kotzebue gives hero's welcome to Iditarod champ Baker

March 22, 2011 

Video screen grab of Iditarod champion John Baker's arrival at the Kotzebue airport on Monday.


Kotzebue blogger Cathy Jones has posted video of Iditarod champion John Baker's return to his hometown Monday afternoon. Baker was greeted at the airport by cheering fans. Then he was taken in a motorcade (which appears to have included every emergency vehicle in Kotz, with sirens blaring) to a reception at the school, where he gave a speech in the gymnasium. Traditional drumming and dancing wrapped up the festivities. Read more about Baker's homecoming at The Arctic Sounder and about the 2011 Iditarod here at

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