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Iditarod

Raine Hall, a one-time Iditarod Trail Committee staffer, has been on a personally costly and time-consuming, four-year quest to collect the memories of mushers who were around when the Iditarod was truly an adventure that left many wondering if they would reach the end.

 

Craig Medred
An Alaska legend died this week, the last of a breed who stretched back across American time and geography to Kit Carson, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone -- men who found the New World best suited to them just beyond the edge of the frontier.Craig Medred
Karin Hendrickson, a six-time Iditarod musher, was hospitalized late Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle while training with her dogs along the Parks Highway in the Willow area, according to her mother, Gwen Rodman. Tegan Hanlon
Brent Sass, who sat out last winter's Iditarod with a head injury, is the 72nd musher to enter the 2015 Iditarod.Beth Bragg
The gold-mining company is studying a $1 billion, 14-inch pipeline to pump natural gas from tidewater on Cook Inlet over the Alaska Range to a proposed Interior mine up the Kuskokwim River from Bethel. State permits are being sought.Craig Medred

Racing dogs spend their summers hanging out in the dog yard in preparation for the coming season, either lounging on or in their houses or going for short runs to stretch their legs. Working dogs earn their keep driving tourists on short runs along wooded trails or on top of pristine glaciers.

Bob Hallinen
Summer means down time for Alaska sled dogs, but mushing is never far off. The tourism season is ending and the training season will begin before long. Suzanna Caldwell
East dropped the first set against Juneau Thursday night before rallying for a 3-1 win Thursday in prep volleyball at East High. Alaska Dispatch News
Photographer Jeff Schultz has spent more than three decades as official photographer for the Iditarod, meaning he's accumulated tens of thousands of photographs and just as many stories on the race. He shares some of each in his new book.Colleen Mondor
Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King, who also won 1989 Yukon Quest, will return to the 1,000 mile race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks for the first time since 1990.Matt Tunseth

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