Loren Holmes

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Just 300 people live in the Koyukon Athabascan village of Huslia, but for those lined up along the street leading to the Huslia dog yard and cheering in race leader Aaron Burmeister -- the first Iditarod racer ever to arrive in the mushing mecca of Huslia -- it felt a whole lot bigger. ​...

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The 119-mile stretch of trail between Tanana and Ruby might be long, but it wasn’t lonely...

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TANANA -- Puffs of warm breath formed little clouds in the frigid air embraced by the dozens of people who turned out in this historic musher community on Tuesday to greet the arrival of Martin Buser, the leader in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race...

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MANLEY HOT SPRINGS -- Clear and cool weather greeted mushers on their first night on the Iditarod Trail, though "cool" might have been an understatement...

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The first musher to leave the starting line in Anchorage on Saturday for the 43rd Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will be Canadian rookie Rob Cooke. Seventy-eight mushers later, veteran racer Zoya DeNure will be the last musher to leave...

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Veterinarian checks are an annual ritual for every four-legged athlete in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

With 78 teams signed up for the 43rd Iditarod, over 1,200 dogs must be checked this year before they are cleared to mush in the 1,000-mile race...

Loren Holmes

As an Anchorage cardiologist, Mark Selland has an impressive resume: medical school, internships, cardiology fellowships. But he also has an impressive resume when it comes to outdoor escapades...

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Roaring motors and riders in orange helmets clustered under gloomy skies in downtown Anchorage Saturday for the ceremonial start to the Iron Dog snowmachine race, an earnest bid to boost exposure for what’s billed as the longest, toughest race of its kind...

Devin Kelly,Loren Holmes
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A rockslide and a subsequent vehicle crash closed the Seward Highway for about two hours early Thursday morning...

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Unseasonably warm weather has wreaked havoc on Iditarod mushers all winter, affecting everything from training to packing gear. With the race rerouted north, something as routine as packing drop bags suddenly became a little more complicated...

Suzanna Caldwell,Loren Holmes

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