Matt Tunseth
Jeff Oatley and Jay Petervary were the first finishers of the 1,000-mile event in the Iditarod Trail Invitational, pedaling from Knik to Nome in 15 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes.
Beth Bragg
The Glennallen Panthers will be the only defending state champions playing in Tuesday’s semifinals of the Class 1A and Class 2A state basketball tournaments after action Monday, March 16, 2015, at Sullivan Arena. 
Loren Holmes,Suzanna Caldwell
Mushers need their hands, often bare, to do things like fix their sleds, change runner plastics, unhook brass clips, massage dogs' tired muscles or work ointment deep into the crevices of their dogs’ feet. Those tasks require nimble fingers, often fingers that have to be exposed to extreme cold temperatures.
Suzanna Caldwell

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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.Burmeister was still resting at the checkpoint by the time Seavey pulled out shortly before 5 p.m., and will have some catching up to do if he still hopes to take the title from Seavey.He spoke with Alaska Dispatch News shortly after arriving.
Suzanna Caldwell

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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. Seavey passed Burmeister just outside the checkpoint, after letting the Nome musher break trail most of the way from Shaktoolik. Seavey left about four hours after first arriving, and spoke with Alaska Dispatch News before his departure.Watch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Suzanna Caldwell at suzanna(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Loren Holmes
Defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Dallas Seavey clung to his lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday as soft, punchy snow on the trail across Norton Bay slowed what had been a blistering run toward Nome.
Alaska Dispatch News
Race leading mushers arrive in Unalakleet along the Norton Sound coast on Sunday, March 15, 2015.
Alaska Dispatch News

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Clear and cold -- that's been the theme of the weather so far during the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. After a warmer-than-usual winter around the state that forced the race's traditional Willow start to be pushed north to the cooler Interior locale of Fairbanks, mushers have been met with biting cold that's left fingers frostbitten and faces frigid.But, there's an upside. All the clear weather has meant that there are some great views of the northern lights, which offers something to watch while standing outside in the middle of the night waiting for mushers to arrive.Sunday morning saw just such a happy coincidence, as the aurora emerged in the skies over Kaltag, the last stop along the Yukon River for the Iditarod mushers.
Tara Young

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Alaska Native elder Lorena Paniptchuk now lives in Unalakleet, but she was born and raised in Shaktoolik, north along the Bering Sea coast. She learned how to sew from her grandmothers and mother, and from watching the older girls in her village. She started by making baby booties and gradually learned how to make hats, kuspuks, parkas and mukluks. She also learned how to cut wolf and wolverine skins for sunshine ruffs.Paniptchuk is thankful for her skills and to have something to keep her hands busy. She wishes the younger generation would take interest in similar activities, to keep them out of trouble and to pass down the traditional ways. “I wish young people around here would have a desire to learn things and live right, no drugs and no alcohol," Paniptchuk says. Cataracts have slowed Paniptchuk's sewing and beading for the past few years, but she manages to keep at it. Life in the remote Alaska village isn’t cheap; fuel, food and other necessities are costly so Paniptchuk still makes traditional wares by hand to get by.“I’ve got to try to survive whatever way I could,” she says.
Loren Holmes
When mushers leave the Kaltag checkpoint, they leave the Yukon River and make the run to Unalakleet and the Bering Sea coast.
Loren Holmes
While thermometers read minus 10, it seemed twice as cold in the Koyukuk dog lot nestled on the banks of the Yukon River.​
Bob Hallinen
The Buckland Sissauni defeated the Yakutat Eagles 41-40 in overtime in the first round of the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament at the UAA Wells Fargo Sports Center on Saturday, March 14, 2014.The Seldovia Sea Otters defeated the Kotlik Falcons 67-47 in the first round of the boys 1A Alaska State Basketball Championships at the UAA Wells Fargo Sports Center on Saturday, March 14, 2014.The tournament features 16 girls teams and 16 boys teams from throughout the state. The championship games will be held on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at the Alaska Airlines Center on the UAA campus.

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