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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Veterinarians haul surgical equipment by boat and plane and operate in village kitchens and tribal courtrooms, providing a free service aimed at reducing the countless unwanted dogs in remote villages where there is no veterinary care and police are frequently forced to kill strays.