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The Yukon Quest Trail: 1,000 Miles Across Northern Alaska and the Yukon Territory

By Helen Hegener; Northern Light Media; $29.

The blurb: The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race spans some of the harshest winter territory anywhere: 1,000 miles between Fairbanks and Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon Territory.

Known as "The World's Toughest Sled Dog Race," it's an event like no other. Run every February, the race is exceptionally challenging, crossing mountainous terrain, including the dangerous and intimidating 3,685-foot Eagle Summit, as it loosely follows the course of the mighty Yukon River...

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White Plague

By James Abel; The Berkley Publishing Group; $26.95...

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Roadside Geology of Alaska

By Cathy Connor; Mountain Press; $26...

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When Age Has No Leash: Lessons Learned from Senior Dogs

By David Jensen (Independently published at itsimportanttopaws.com, $45)

The blurb: Three years ago, David Jensen and his wife Carol adopted a 12-year-old dog from the local animal care organization Friends of Pets. The dog, now named Grizzabella, had been dropped off at Anchorage Animal Care and Control, in part, because she was getting old, according to paperwork filled out by her previous family.

Today, Grizzabella is older than 15 and one of more than 70 senior dogs highlighted in Jensen's second full-color coffee table book...

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Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corp. , a leading Alaska Native Village Corporation headquartered in Kotzebue, announced the appointment of William Anderson Jr. as president and chief executive officer. Anderson will be responsible for KIC’s strategy and execution of all entities and will lead the company’s business teams. He brings more than 15 years of experience as an executive in corporations with annual revenue that have grown to $200 million dollars. Most recently, Anderson served as chief executive officer at Koniag Inc. and Ahtna Netiye Inc., where he was responsible for strategy and operations performance. He holds a Master’s of Business Administration...

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As All My Fathers Were

By James A. Misko (Northwest Ventures Press, $18.95)...

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• Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot has announced that Holly Wells has become a shareholder. Wells joined the firm in 2008. Her practice focuses primarily on Alaska municipal government and admiralty matters affecting government ports and harbors. She also represents Native and private corporations as well as individuals in various actions involving complex litigation, construction, contracts and land use. Wells provides general counsel services for health care institutions with emphasis on the unique needs of government-owned health care facilities. She routinely acts as lead counsel to municipal boards and commissions regarding ethics disputes, conditional uses, variances, and other matters. • The U.S....

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Kumin Associates Inc. announced its win of two 2014 Design Merit Awards for Excellence in Architecture . Selected from 19 submissions, two Kumin Associates projects were selected for award: The Quyanna Care Center in Nome and the Aleutian Housing Concept Design for Atka. The Quyanna Care Center is an 18-bed long-term care facility designed to provide for the well-being of the community elders of Nome in a non-institutional setting. The design features a large residential-style kitchen, living room with hearth/fireplace, beauty parlor/spa tub room, activities room and exterior south-facing balcony.

AIA Design Awards judges “were impressed by the high quality interior spaces that are sensitively lit with natural light and the attention to detail in the residents’ rooms.”...

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The Alaska State Fair announces the selection of its new general manager. Jerome Hertel will assume the role Dec. 8.

Hertel fills the position currently held by Ray Ritari, who is retiring after seven years with the Fair, and nearly 40 in the public event industry. Hertel, who is relocating from his home state of South Dakota, is currently the executive director of the South Dakota State Fair. Prior to that, he served as the event director/operations manager at the Sioux Empire Fair Association, and the food and beverage director for Ogden Entertainment Services, where he oversaw operations at Sioux Falls Arena, Howard Wood Field and Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Hertel holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota...

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Cold Spell

Deb Vanasse (University of Alaska Press, $15.95)

The blurb: From the moment Ruth Sanders rips a glossy photo of a glacier from a magazine, she believes her fate is intertwined with ice. Her fascination unsettles her daughter, 16-year-old Sylvie, still shaken by her father’s leaving. When Ruth uproots Sylvie and her sister from their small Midwestern town to follow her growing obsession — and a man — to Alaska, they become entangled with an unfamiliar wilderness, a divided community and one another. “Cold Spell” tells the story of a mother who risks everything to start over, and a daughter whose longings threaten to undo them...

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