Craig Medred

General -- the disabled Husky puppy from Fairbanks so cute he tore people's hearts out -- has found a new home. Owner Andrea Huisman went looking for help after she recognized that supporting a puppy with no front legs would be too much of a struggle for a newly single mom with four children. Huisman revealed her predicament on Craigslist and the world responded. Huisman spent almost a month vetting hundreds of people who wanted to help General, before announcing on Facebook that she'd finally found an ideal place for him close to home....

Craig Medred

Mallard ducks on Wednesday were paddling the ice-free waters of Chester Creek along the ceremonial route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race through Anchorage's university-medical district. Nearer downtown, there were puddles of standing water along the route.

But there looked to be just enough of an icy blanket frozen to the asphalt of the Chester Creek Trail and connecting bike trails to speed dog teams to the Bureau of Land Management's Campbell Airstrip on the lower Hillside.

Where the ice cover was lacking, municipal employees were hard at work with snowmachines, sleds and shovels as they transported and then spread snow collected earlier in the winter on bare areas...

Craig Medred

A 36-year-old Anchorage cyclist has absolutely shattered the record for the time it takes man or beast to cover the 350 miles of Iditarod Trail up and over the Alaska Range from the headwaters of Cook Inlet to the Interior community of McGrath.

Oh, what a difference the weather makes in Alaska.

Even first-time Iditarod Trail Invitational champ John Lackey sounded shocked Tuesday upon his arrival in McGrath in 1 day, 18 hours and 32 minutes. Lackey took 10 hours and 11 minutes off a cycling record set last year, which was itself a record by more than 14 hours...

Craig Medred

Alaska is continuing to clamp down on the use of drones to aid in hunting and fishing.

The Alaska Board of Game, which sets wildlife regulations, a year ago approved regulations blocking hunters from using remote-control aircraft to locate big game , and the Board of Fisheries has now moved to prohibit commercial fishermen from using drones to spot schooling salmon.

The latest action came Sunday at the Fish Board meeting in Sitka. Board members shot down the use of drones for economic reasons...

Craig Medred

All alone high in the Alaska Range on Monday, cyclist Andrew Kulmatiski was blazing along the historic Iditarod Trail at a pace hard to believe.

Veterans of the Iditarod Trail Invitational human-powered ultra-distance race put him on pace to pedal a fat bike into the Interior village of McGrath in a time faster than that of any dog team in the history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. A one-time road racer from the state of New York and now a professor of wildland resources at Utah State University, the 42-year-old Kulmatiski is a rookie in the Iditarod Trail Invitational race to McGrath but no stranger to Alaska. He spent several years teaching at the University of Alaska Anchorage...

Craig Medred

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, the second-largest after Wrangell-St. Elias, is also the second-worst national park in the nation, according to a Fox News' list of "America's Worst National Parks, " coming in right behind South Carolina's Congaree National Park. Among the criticisms raised: • No "real gates.'' The only gates are natural. The area the park covers was named by legendary conservationist Robert Marshall in the 1930s . He thought the Brooks Range mountains near the head of the North Fork Koyukuk River formed a natural gateway to the Arctic plains to north. • "No roads." Guilty....

Craig Medred

Just to the north of Alaska's largest city, the true hard men and women of the Iditarod Trail on Sunday headed north from the old port of Knik in a race against time and weather. Out ahead of them somewhere, Bill Merchant, the organizer of the Iditarod Trail Invitational, was pushing a trail up Rainy Pass and through this year's supposedly impassable Dalzell Gorge, which is passable because almost anything in Alaska is passable for the fit, skilled and determined. Behind Merchant, the Iditarod charge was to be led by a gang of fat-tire bikers who, with a little luck, might well set a record on the 350-miles of trail over the Alaska Range to McGrath in the Interior....

Craig Medred

The modern day wizards of weather know exactly why the climate conspired to unleash February rain and floods on Alaska -- a state once mocked across the nation as " Seward's Icebox ," is now proclaimed as the climate-friendy "place to be" in the 21st century by The New York Times.

Blame an aberrant jet stream that has taken to swirling south from Asia into the Pacific Ocean tropics, where it grabs a load of warm, moist air and then heads north to deliver it to Alaska, with predictable results...

Craig Medred

As a gang of Alaska snowmachine racers Wednesday celebrated their arrival at the Nome halfway point of the 2,000-mile Iron Dog wilderness race, a couple of competitors from Outside were 115 miles back along the Iditarod Trail in Golovin trying to repair a pair of snowmachines that Tuesday went down like submarines.

Dieter Strobel from Minnesota and Randy Gravatt from Idaho were just lucky that when their ships sank the water was only about waist deep -- if you can call being up to your waist in water in 15-degree temperatures lucky...

Craig Medred

Dried out after a night in the tiny, riverside community of McGrath in Alaska's normally frigid Interior, the leaders in the 2,000 mile Iron Dog snowmachine race were paddling north again today into one of the weirdest Februarys in recent history.

Having spun their way over bare ground and flooded trail north of the Alaska Range after leaving Big Lake on Sunday, the race leader awoke Monday to what promised to be another wet and mushy day on the trail. The 10 a.m. temperature in McGrath was 37 degrees. Just to be clear for Alaskans, that would be 37 degrees above zero. The average low for McGrath on this date is 8 degrees below zero. The record low for the date is 48 degrees below zero...

Craig Medred

Pages