It’s getting close to the time when mushers will make some of their last moves. It’s only a matter of time before decisions on the trail turn into race results.
State agencies no longer need a Department of Environmental Conservation permit to use herbicides and pesticides on state property and rights of way.
It will take more than a week for Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which began Sunday, to cover nearly 1,000 miles. But every minute counts — and several mushers are trying out special pants that allow them to race without stopping for bathroom breaks.
It may still be winter, but it’s not too early to start thinking about bears in Juneau.
Shell’s damaged Kulluk drill rig has arrived in Unalaska, a week after leaving Kodiak.
Mushers have known since the start that this year’s race is likely to be fast, but many seemed surprised that the blistering pace would pick up so early.
In a late night vote, the Alaska House passed legislation that would change the way water rights are processed.
In this year’s competition, there are a handful of first-time racers — but those aren’t the only rookies. One is veterinarian Greg Reppas, whose job is to ensure the dogs are healthy throughout the race.
The Alaska Senate has unanimously passed a resolution urging Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
The closure, although temporary, is a blow to the struggling fishing industry in the western Aleutians.