Suzanna Caldwell

It’s been 10 days since the last musher crossed under Nome’s burled arch, but one musher is still looking for one of her trail partners.

Sarabi, a 3-year-old dropped Iditarod dog in rookie musher Laura Allaway’s team, is still missing after she ran away from her handler in South Anchorage’s Oceanview neighborhood March 21, the same day Allaway finished the race in 46th place.

Since then, an informal group of volunteers has been scouring Anchorage, posting fliers everywhere from Girdwood to Eagle River in an attempt to find the husky. There have been sightings across Anchorage, including in Eagle River, but none have led to the capture of the brown and tan Sarabi, who is microchipped and was last seen wearing a blue collar with a tag indicating she’s an Iditarod dog...

Suzanna Caldwell

The Denali Highway, one of the state’s most popular winter recreation areas, is getting cleared roughly two weeks earlier than usual.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said crews would begin clearing one of the road’s two lanes starting Wednesday. The clearing will begin on the Cantwell side of the road all the way to the Susitna River Bridge at Mile 80 of the highway. Bailey said the early efforts aren’t necessarily the result of the low-snow year but instead an effort to get early access to the bridge in order to perform maintenance...

Suzanna Caldwell

Defending champion Dallas Seavey pulled into White Mountain at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, taking another step toward what would be his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race title...

Suzanna Caldwell

KOYUK -- Jeff King’s Monday evening run here was challenging as his dogs struggled to run on the sugar-snow-covered trail heading into the coastal village.

But things got even crazier for King when he was charged by what he called a “rabid seal.”...

Suzanna Caldwell
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KALTAG -- Ask most Iditarod racers how they’re doing and, most of the time, they'll say everything is fine...

Loren Holmes,Suzanna Caldwell

KALTAG -- Ask most Iditarod racers how they’re doing and, most of the time, they'll say everything is fine.

Many competitive mushers hide their game faces behind frosty fur ruffs and icy fleece neck guards, not wanting competitors to see them struggling. Few who watch mushers from afar ever get to see mushers' hands close up.

With brutally cold temperatures haunting Iditarod racers the last six days , hands have become more vital than ever. Racers are working to care for their dogs swiftly while at the same time working to fight off cold and injuries to their own extremities...

Suzanna Caldwell

Musher Aaron Burmeister talks about his 15-hour run breaking trail through a snowstorm on the Norton Sound coast after he arrived in the Iditarod checkpoint in Koyuk on Monday, just minutes behind defending champion Dallas Seavey...

Suzanna Caldwell

Dallas Seavey, defending Iditarod champ, looked well-positioned to potentially grab back-to-back titles when he pulled into the coastal community of Koyuk Monday, mere minutes ahead of challenger Aaron Burmeister...

Suzanna Caldwell

Nome's Aaron Burmeister led the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to the icy coast of Alaska's Bering Sea and the checkpoint of Unalakleet on Sunday afternoon, but he didn't get much of a chance to celebrate.

Less than four hours after the frosted, 39-year-old musher received the warm welcome for which the checkpoint is famous, defending champ Dallas Seavey from Willow pulled in behind a string of 12 very strong-looking dogs and was almost as quickly gone into the howling coastal winds...

Craig Medred,Suzanna Caldwell

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