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Yukon Quest
6:39 am
Mon January 28, 2013

A Final Check-Up

A sled dog waits patiently in a box for his check-up.
Emily Schwing KUAC

More than 300 sled dogs have been cleared to run in this year’s Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.  KUAC’s Emily Schwing stopped by the vet check in Fairbanks on Saturday to find out what it takes to become a race-worthy sled dog.

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Yukon Quest
3:12 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Quest Volunteers Get to Work on Trail Markers

Paint dries on Yukon Quest trail markers.
Emily Schwing KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - Volunteers gathered in south Fairbanks last weekend (Saturday) for the first in a handful of events leading up the start of the 30th running of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on February second.  They were tasked with cranking out five-thousand trail markers for the event.

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Arts & Culture
7:10 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Changing Perspective Captures Dogs of Iditarod in New Light

Two Rivers Musher, 2000 Yukon Quest Champ and 12 time Iditarod finisher Aliy Zirkle.
Albert Lewis

Fairbanks, AK - Photographer Albert Lewis never thought much of mushing.  He lived in Anchorage for three years before he made his way to the ceremonial start of the Iditarod.  “I was pessimistic against the race," he says, "thinking that the handling of the dogs was not fair or perhaps not even nice and I was completely blown away.  These dogs were completely in their element.” Over the past year, Lewis has traveled Alaska, photographing more than 300 of the state’s best known sled dogs.

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Sports
1:07 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Sheep Mountain 150 Succumbs to Lack of Snow

Credit Sheep Mountain Lodge

Fairbanks, AK - The mushing season is in full throttle by now, but with a lack of snow, Mushers are starting to wonder how their racing season will shake out.   On Monday, organizers announced the cancelation of the Sheep Mountain 150, favorite mid-distance race in south-central.  It's not be the only sled dog race to succumb to this year’s weather.

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Sports
12:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

IFSS cancels World Championship distance event

Fairbanks, AK - The International Federation of Sled Dog Sports, or IFSS, has canceled the long distance World Championship race scheduled to take place in March. 

IFSS was hoping to make use of a 200 mile race course maintained by the Two Rivers Dog Mushers Association.  But after a dispute between the two groups over race rules and a list of banned substances, the Dog Mushers Association opted to sever ties with IFSS.  As a result, IFSS canceled the race.  Officials did not return phone calls for comment. It’s unclear if the organization was unable to host the event on its own.

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Sports
7:35 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Mushers Association Dissolves Relationship with IFSS

Fairbanks, AK- The Two Rivers Dog Mushers Association, or TRDMA, will not participate in the International Federation of Sleddog Sports World Championship next March. IFSS subscribed to the World Antidoping Code in 2008, with the goal of gaining Olympic recognition.  But the rules include a list of banned substances mushers use regularly for dog care.  There are also limitations on the extent to which mushers can provide care for their dogs during IFSS races.

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Mushing
10:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

IFSS World Chamiponship Long Distance Race in Jeopardy

Fairbanks, AK - In June, the North Pole Economic Development Corporation announced that the International Federation of Sleddog Sports, or IFSS, had accepted a bid to host the 2013 World Championships.  24 events are scheduled to take place over the course of 20 days next February and March in and around North Pole.  But disagreement over a list of banned substances for sled dogs has put the long distance race in jeopardy.  The Two Rivers Dog Mushers Association meets tonight (Monday) for their monthly meeting.  Members will make a final decision about whether to include a well-known local

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Yukon Quest
12:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

A Sit-Down With Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey arrived in Pelly Crossing early in the race, with disappointment written all over his face.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Dawson City, YK - A demoralized and disappointed Lance Mackey pulled his dog team into Dawson this morning and voluntarily scratched from the Yukon Quest.  “Apparently I’m gonna have as many bad years in a row, as I had good years in a row.”

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