Neighbors of a 30-sled dog kennel near the historic mushing capital of Nome had hoped to shut down the operation with a civil lawsuit but dropped the suit last week after a judge summarily rejected a crucial motion in the case. 

Zaz Hollander
A disagreement between neighbors living several miles outside Nome city limits is set to go to trial on June 1 over a dispute that centers on what’s acceptable when it comes to noise -- and smell -- from a dog kennel.Matthew F. Smith / KNOM
Former champions Jeff King of Denali Park and Ken Anderson of Fairbanks top the field in the distance racing finale from the northwest Alaska town of Kotzebue to Kobuk and back. Mike Campbell
This is the only time of year when one can snowmobile, ski or run dogs in shirtsleeves. The mid-day temperatures, this weekend, were in the low 40s, higher in the sun. In spite of those temperatures, there are two weeks of useable snow left on the east end of the Denali Highway.John Schandelmeier
Volunteers looking for Sarabi, a member of Iditarod finisher Laura Allaway’s team, are focusing their efforts around Mile 100 of the Glenn Highway near the Glacier View neighborhood after a resident took a photo of the dog resting in her yard April 10. Suzanna Caldwell
Kotzebue's John Baker took the early lead in the Kobuk 440 sled dog race on Wednesday night, the first of four mushers to arrive in Kiana within a half hour of each other. Alaska Dispatch News
The search continues for a dropped dog from Iditarod musher Laura Allaway's team that ran away from a handler last month in South Anchorage.Suzanna Caldwell
Sprint musher John Erhart of Tanana came from behind Saturday to win the 36th edition of the Koyukuk River Race.Alaska Dispatch News

Race leading mushers arrive in Unalakleet along the Norton Sound coast on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Alaska Dispatch News
Iditarod leaders were spread out along the trail Thursday as they settled into a variety of checkpoints to take the one mandatory 24-hour rest required along the trail. Who was really in the lead appeared unclear.Suzanna Caldwell and Craig Medred