Crime & Courts

Alaska State Troopers will be at Arctic Man after all

Alaska State Troopers have agreed to attend Arctic Man 2016 after the state's public safety commissioner consulted with Gov. Bill Walker.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Gary Folger said troopers will provide officers for the annual event. Enhanced highway traffic enforcement will be in effect, along with search and rescue troopers on standby for immediate response.

"I want folks to enjoy Arctic Man whether as a participant or spectator, but overall please use common sense, be responsible and watch out for each other. This is and can be a wonderful outing," Folger said.

Arctic Man is a race in which a downhill skier glides down a mountain, grabs a towline behind a snowmachine, gets pulled up a second peak and skis down to the finish line.

Organizers said last year's race attracted 13,000 fans at the venue off the Richardson Highway near Summit Lake.

Last week, troopers reported that they would not set up a command post at Arctic Man, citing budgetary restrictions. The event's officials said the event would have its own security.