After not seeing a Yukon-Kuskokwim-based musher win one of Alaska’s biggest races for 29 years, Bethel fans now may be wondering if area mushers will start dominating the $130,000 race that attracts many of the biggest names in the sport.Mike Campbell
Joar Ulsom of Norway left the Kalskag checkpoint 19 minutes behind Pete Kaiser, and 2015 Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass of Eureka left 13 minutes behind Ulsom.Mike Campbell
Aiming to turn tragedy to triumph, Brent Sass of Eureka pulled out of the Aniak halfway point at 11:19 a.m. Saturday with a commanding two-hour lead in the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race.Mike Campbell
Rookie musher Diana Haecker of Nome gets to test her dogs against some of the best in the world as the world's richest middle-distance race, the Kuskokwim 300, got started Friday night. If she can beat or outlast five of the 25 starters, she can claim a nifty $3,000 check.  Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder
The inheritors of 240 acres of homesteaded property in the Mat-Su are fighting with the state to keep people off their land, which includes a portion of the historic Iditarod Trail claimed by the state.Jerzy Shedlock
Officials of the premier Kenai Peninsula race are weighing a third-consecutive cancellation because of poor snow conditions. “I feel terrible for the dogs," said musher Leon Mensch of Kasilof. “They live for winter and we don’t have winter here anymore.” Joseph Robertia
“As of today, we’re definitely planning to go the traditional route,” said Iditarod race director Mark Nordman. A final decision on which route the Iditarod will follow will be made Feb. 12.Mike Campbell
 The head of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will meet with Fairbanks officials next week to discuss possibly starting the 1,000-mile race in that city because of poor snow conditions in Southcentral Alaska.The Associated Press
Hall edged another up-and-coming musher, Ryne Olson, by 17 minutes. Three-time defending champion Allen Moore was 24 minutes behind Olson and his wife, Aliy Zirkle, was fourth, another four minutes back.Mike Campbell
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