Before the ceremonial start Saturday of the 2018 Iditarod, veteran musher Ketil Reitan of Kaktovik remarked on how fewer Inupiaq people are dog mushing nowadays. Fewer than 10 mushers out of the 67 competing in this year’s Iditarod are Alaska Native.
The effort to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System took a step forward Thursday. The House Transportation Committee voted to instruct staff to draft legislation that would establish a public corporation to take over the system. But it’s a long way from a done deal.
The protective equipment is specifically for the hundred miles of trail through the Alaska Range, on past Rohn and into Nikolai. Jim Lanier has broken enough bones in the course of his mushing career to dress with precaution in mind.
After signing in, Ray Redington Jr. and all 16 of his dogs pulled in for a rest at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Just one minute behind him was Mats Pettersson, who led the full pack of mushers for a stretch of the evening before being overtaken not long before arriving.