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Anger after high school swimmer disqualified for suit that broke ‘modesty rule’

Referee ruled swimsuit exposed too much of student’s buttocksAlaskan schools district says decision was ‘heavy handed’The decision to disqualify an Alaskan high school swimmer for wearing a swimsuit that exposed too much of her buttocks has come under …

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Alaskan Native musher Pete Kaiser wins Iditarod in one of closest finishes ever

Kaiser, 31, wins Iditarod for first time in 10th attemptAlaskan Native is first musher of Yup’ik descent to winWinning margin of 12 minutes among narrowest everThe 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ended in a predawn close finish on the snow-cove…

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Musher loses huge lead in Alaska’s Iditarod Race after dogs go on strike

Nicolas Petit says dogs stopped after he shouted at themPetit also lost lead last year after getting lost in blizzardMusher Nicolas Petit lost a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday when his dog team refused to keep going after he ye…

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Chasing Denali: how four miners created one of climbing’s greatest mysteries

In 1910, four gold prospectors summited North America’s tallest mountain in a single day, using little more than donuts and rudimentary equipment. But were they telling the truth?April 1910. High above their diggings in the mining district of Kantishna…

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Sled dogs test positive for banned drug for first time in Iditarod history

Several canines test positive for opioid pain reliever Tramadol but Alaska race officials refuse to name musher involvedFor the first time in the history of the world’s most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested posi…

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Iditarod musher ‘felt like a hostage’ during snowmobile attack in race

  • Aliy Zirkle gives details after vehicle driven into dogsled team
  • Local man arrested over ‘two-hour’ attack claims he was drunk

A musher who was subjected to a harrowing attack during this month’s Iditarod dogsled race has given details of her ordeal. Aliy Zirkle said the incident lasted for nearly two hours.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested over the incident, which occurred 582 miles into the 975 mile race, near the village of Nulato. Arnold Demoski claims he was drunk during the attack and doesn’t remember driving his snowmobile into the teams of Zirkle and four-time Iditarod winner Jeff King. One of King’s dogs was killed in the attack, while other animals in both teams suffered serious injuries.

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Dallas Seavey wins fourth Iditarod dog race in competition marred by violence

  • Musher wins 1,000 mile race in record time ahead of father
  • Man charged with assault over crash that killed dog

Dallas Seavey won his third straight Iditarod dog sled race early on Tuesday morning, crossing under the burled arch on Front Street in Nome for his fourth overall title in the last five years.

Seavey completed the nearly 1,000-mile race in a record time of eight days, 11 hours, 20 minutes and 16 seconds. He arrived in Nome at 2.20am local time. Seavey said at the finish that he spent the first two-thirds of the race “dead on my feet” and had never been so tired. “This was a heck of a trip, all the way from the start. It was up and down,” Seavey said. “But we made it work.”

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Skier falls 1,000ft down Alaskan mountainside and survives – video

A professional skier loses her balance and tumbles 1,000ft (304.8 metres) down an Alaskan mountainside and survives. Angel Collinson says she was lucky to walk away with only ‘two sprained fingers and a bit of bruising’ after her 2015 accident in the Neacola Range. The video of her fall was released on YouTube to promote ski safety

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Alaska’s Native Youth Olympics offer nest for indigenous values

Neither game nor sport, an annual tournament particular to Alaska builds on the subsistence traditions of whalers, seal hunters and life in the high north

More than 500 kids convened in Anchorage this weekend for the 45th annual Native Youth Olympics. They came from all the corners and crevices of America’s largest state, stitched together by dint of history and commerce, from Unalaska in the Aleutian chain, the Arctic shore-ice of Barrow, the river villages of the Kuskokwim where it meets the Bering Sea, and for the first time in decades from abroad. A small delegation from White Horse in Canada’s Yukon Territory gave an international accent to an event that is, by nature of Alaska’s patchwork of native cultures, already cosmopolitan.

NYO is the tournament-style home to a competition comprised of 10 events, with different ones occasionally swapped in and out from year to year. It’s the younger sibling to the adult World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and Arctic Winter Games, with many of the seventh-12th graders from NYO graduating into a community of athletes ringing around the circumpolar North.

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Alaska’s Native Youth Olympics offer nest for indigenous values

Neither game nor sport, an annual tournament particular to Alaska builds on the subsistence traditions of whalers, seal hunters and life in the high north

More than 500 kids convened in Anchorage this weekend for the 45th annual Native Youth Olympics. They came from all the corners and crevices of America’s largest state, stitched together by dint of history and commerce, from Unalaska in the Aleutian chain, the Arctic shore-ice of Barrow, the river villages of the Kuskokwim where it meets the Bering Sea, and for the first time in decades from abroad. A small delegation from White Horse in Canada’s Yukon Territory gave an international accent to an event that is, by nature of Alaska’s patchwork of native cultures, already cosmopolitan.

NYO is the tournament-style home to a competition comprised of 10 events, with different ones occasionally swapped in and out from year to year. It’s the younger sibling to the adult World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and Arctic Winter Games, with many of the seventh-12th graders from NYO graduating into a community of athletes ringing around the circumpolar North.

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Iditarod 2015: The toughest dog sled race on Earth – in pictures

Now in its 42nd year, the Iditarod has been called the “last great race on Earth”, and no wonder, as it covers 1,000 miles of the roughest, toughest yet most beautiful terrain Alaska has to offer. The mushers and their dog teams must contend with temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility and long hours of darkness

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Alaskan Dallas Seavey wins 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in record time

Seavey earns comeback victory in eight days and 13 hours, his second win in three years

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Dogs of the Alaska Iditarod 2014 – in pictures

The town of Nome, Alaska, is brimming with excitement on Monday as volunteers work on late-minute preparations at the Iditarod finish line

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Iditarod race draws dogs and mushers to Alaska for epic contest

The Iditarod dog-sled race, across 1,000 miles of Alaskan wilderness, gets under way on Sunday