Mushers need straw — lots of straw — for their dogs during the Iditarod, and on Thursday roughly 50 volunteers in Anchorage carried, bagged and stacked about 1,500 bales of it for the 1,000-mile race to Nome.

 

Tegan Hanlon
Despite what's expected to be a long road to recovery for Nikolai Buser after a four-car crash in downtown Seattle, his family -- including his father, Iditarod champion Martin Buser -- is "just taking one day and one hour at a time."Chris Klint
Organized sled dog racing is a rapidly evolving sport. How it evolves and the direction it takes is important to those of us who participate and those who watch.John Schandelmeier

Despite being one of the sport’s more accomplished dog drivers during his best years, Sebastian Schnuelle decided after the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race— in which he recorded his fourth-straight top-10 finish — that he was done. The racing grind had become too much.

Scott Jensen

The Iditarod Trail’s most famous wild hair could be back on the trail to Nome in 2017.

Scott Jensen
Despite being one of the sport’s more accomplished dog drivers, Sebastian Schnuelle decided after the 2011 Iditarod — in which he recorded his fourth-straight top-10 finish — that he was done. The racing grind had become too much.Scott Jensen
For the unusual Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race, 17 teams of two mushers and up to 20 dogs pulled up to a humble, makeshift starting line on Thursday before a tiny group of spectators in Cantwell.Tegan Hanlon
A year after several sold-out showings in Anchorage, "The Great Alone" is scheduled to play in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Wasilla.Suzanna Caldwell
Alaska Dispatch News
An ecstatic crush of fans greeted Kuskokwim 300 hometown favorite Pete Kaiser of Bethel as he glided first into the finish chute on a brisk Sunday morning, one of only four back-to-back winners in the 37 years of the prestigious mid-distance sled dog race.Lisa Demer