FAST AND FURIOUS— Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King rounds the corner of 4th Avenue and Cordova during the ceremonial Iditarod start in Anchorage, on March 1.
Photo by Diana Haecker
DEFENDING CHAMPION— Eager to repeat his 2004 and 2013 feat of winning The Last Great Race, Mitch Seavey of Seward and his Iditarider John Radtke of Florida leave the ceremonial start line on Saturday, March 1, in Anchorage. As usual, Seavey has family on the trail as his son Dallas, the 2012 Iditarod champion, is competing and son Danny is driving a team of young dogs on the Iditarod trail. The 42nd running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is taking the trail along the Northern route, crossing the Alaska Range, a vast stretch of the interior before heading onto the Yukon River. From there the trail leads from Kaltag to Unalakleet and up the Norton Sound coast to Nome. This year is billed to have one of the most challenging trail conditions due to an unusually warm and snowless winter in most parts of Alaska.
Photos by Diana Haecker
EMCEES— Nome Mayor Denise Michels and Iditarod Board Director
John Handeland of Nome represented Nome at the ceremonial start line
Iditarod 42 is onits way to Nome
By Diana Haecker
69 Iditarod mushers left Willow, many scratch after Alaska Range due to rough trail
The day before the ceremonial start of Iditarod 42 in Anchorage, melting ice and snow was dripping off roof tops, cars splashed through sizable puddles and mushers avoided talking about the weather.
Port proposes modest rate increase
By Sandra L. Medearis
The Nome Port Commission will be handing up a revised package of port tariff rules and regulations for Nome Common Council approval.
Nome Board of Education crunches budget numbers
By Sarah Miller
The Nome Board of Education met February 25 in a regular work session to discuss the Superintendent’s proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year. Needing to make up a $274,000 deficit and faced with the challenge of working with some as-yet unknown figures, the board looked at possible options for balancing the budget including with drawing from the district’s fund balance, cutting expenditures, and requesting more funds from the city council. Board President Betsy Brennan stated, “We’re looking at options that will have the least impact on classrooms.”