Loren Holmes

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Mitch Seavey of Sterling seems to be running slightly faster than Nome’s Aaron Burmeister , but both of them are now running long and risk being caught by the slightly-more-conservative teams on their heels. Seavey and Burmeister ran almost 13 hours non-stop through the night in an effort to put...
Loren Holmes
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That terrible trail mushers worried about became a reality Saturday, as mushers made their final push down the Yukon River. It was all the talk of the mushers. Mitch Seavey, the second in to the checkpoint, who told checkers immediately that there's “not much solid trail out there.” The 2004 champs...
Loren Holmes,Suzanna Caldwell
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GRAYLING -- Based on the times out of this small Yukon River village of 208, Martin Buser had extended his lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to nearly five hours. In second place was Aily Zirkle of Two Rivers, Alaska, who was runner-up in last year's race to Nome. Persistent, poor weather...
Loren Holmes
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Early Friday, the leaders of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race gathered in Anvik, the first checkpoint on the mighty Yukon River after tough push from the abandoned gold-mining town of Iditarod. The 2013 race was turning into a poster child for global warming as snow melted, the trail worsened and...
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The Alaska village of Anvik, population 82, is the first Iditarod Trail checkpoint on the mighty Yukon River. The town originally was located on the northeast side of the river, but its residents moved across the Yukon with the establishment of an Episcopal mission and school in 1887, according to...
Loren Holmes,Jerzy Shedlock
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Martin Buser, the four-time Iditarod champion from Big Lake, Alaska, reached the mighty Yukon River early Friday morning when he pulled into the Anvik checkpoint at 2:17 a.m. Tired from the grueling trip from Shageluk, Buser enjoyed a special meal that greets the first musher to the Yukon and then...
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Of all the towns along the Iditarod Trail from Willow to Nome, none may be a more welcome sight for mushers than Takotna. The village of about 50 residents is located on the banks of the Takotna River, and it has become a favored stop for racers taking their one mandatory 24-hour layover during the...
Loren Holmes
At the remote Alaska village of Takotna, dogs howled in the night Wednesday during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The musher closest to the camera is Joar Leifseth Ulsom, and behind are Ray Redington Jr. and Cim Smyth. Meantime, mushers had smiles as big as the famous Takotna pies as they headed...
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The last run of day three of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was to be a night flight, shuttling journalists. Conditions for the short hop were high overcast, no moon. Excellent visibility, flat terrain and short distance makes for safe night flying, which won't be true in many locations. Dark...
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Conditions were calm and beautiful for flying along the Iditarod Trail from Nikolai to McGrath on Wednesday. But weather changes were expected, with a high pressure system idled north and a low pressure system moving up from the Bering Sea. The big southerly wind flow on Wednesday brought...
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