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Jason Pavila Wins Bogus Creek 150 In Rookie Race

Fifteen-year-old Jason Pavila won the 2019 Bogus Creek 150 in his first attempt. Pavila arrived in Bethel at 9:37 a.m. on Saturday with nine dogs. Under a bright moon, Pavila outpaced veteran Bethel musher George Manutoli on a fast and cold trail overnight. Pavila brings home $8,775 from the $60,000 purse. Running dogs from his grandfather Max Olick’s Mad River Kennel, Pavila bested a veteran field of mushers and opened a lead on past champion George Manutoli. Manutoli last won this race in...

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An alleged threat by a student put the Tuluksak school on lockdown Friday, January 18, 2019. The school has provided no comment on the incident so far, and details remain scarce.
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An alleged threat by a student put the Tuluksak school on lockdown Friday. The school has provided no comment on the incident so far, and details remain scarce. Tuluksak Village Administrator Henry Peter says that Tuluksak's tribal police officers dealt with the student, putting an end to the lockdown.


Delta Tourney Trip Yields Mixed Results For Warriors

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At the basketball tournament in Delta Junction, Bethel’s Warrior boys are celebrating, but the ladies… not so much.

The Bethel boys and ladies’ basketball teams went up against Fairbanks' Hutchinson High School Hawks on Thursday, January 17. The Bethel boys won, but the ladies lost in the first day of the weekend tournament. The margin in both games was just four points. 

The Warriors won against the Hutchison Hawks by a score of 79 to 74. Bethel’s boys will face Unalaska at noon on Friday, January 18. You can listen to the game on 

Government Shutdown Energizes Annual Women’s March

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Not everyone is going to the dogs this weekend in Bethel. A group is gathering at the Bethel Cultural Center at noon on Saturday, January 19 to bring attention to both women’s and human rights, along with the impact of the government shutdown on the region.

Organizers invite everyone to attend the march, which begins and ends at the cultural center in Bethel.

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Pete Kaiser has moved to the front of the Kuskokwim 300 pack. The four-time defending champion left the Kalskag checkpoint at 6:16 a.m. on Saturday, and was followed 34 minutes later by Nicolas Petit and Matthew Failor at 6:50 a.m. About 98 miles into the race, strategies for completing the teams’ six hours of discretionary rest are scrambling the race order. 

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Fifteen-year-old rookie Jason Pavila and veteran George Manutoli are battling for the 2019 Bogus Creek 150 title. They passed through the Tuluksak checkpoint just before 5:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Nicolas Petit is the first Kuskokwim 300 musher to reach the Tuluksak checkpoint in the 2019 Kuskokwim 300. He arrived at 10:46 p.m. on Friday after running the first 50 miles upriver from Bethel.

Nenana racer Jessie Holmes pulled in three minutes behind, while Matthew Failor arrived third into the checkpoint. Nine-time champion Jeff King arrived five minutes behind Failor.


Each left as soon as they arrived and drove their teams of 12 dogs towards Kalskag.


Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 and Bogus Creek 150 racers sped upriver on a hard trail from Bethel to Tuluksak on a chilly Friday night. Eight sled dog teams began the Bogus Creek 150 from the start chute near the Bethel small boat harbor before 18 mushers and their teams left in groups of two for the 40th running of the Kuskokwim 300. Defending champion Pete Kaiser is seeking his unprecedented fifth consecutive title, while defending Iditarod champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom and top mushers like Nicolas Petit and Jeff King attempt to dethrone Kaiser.


George Manutoli was the first musher to reach Tuluksak in the Bogus Creek 150.
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George Manutoli and Jason Pavila are the first mushers to reach Tuluksak in the 2019 Bogus Creek 150. Manutoli arrived at 8:48 p.m., with Pavila only a minute behind.

Kerry Cobbledick

The weekend of K300 races begins tonight, January 18, 2019, in Bethel. The Bogus Creek 150 starts at 5 p.m. with eight mushers. Then at 6:30 p.m., the Kuskokwim 300 begins with 18 mushers signed up to leave the chute.


John McDonald

On Friday night, the Kuskokwim 300 celebrates its 40th annual sled dog race. Eighteen mushers are signed up to compete, including multiple K300 and Iditarod champions. Over four decades the race has attracted Alaska’s best mushers, while offering a growing purse and serving as a cornerstone of local mushing. But as KYUK learned during a Wednesday morning K300 talk show, the founders could not have known how well known and respected that the race would become, or the local champion it would shape.


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