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Katie Basile

Multimedia Producer/Director

Katie Basile is a photographer and multimedia storyteller from Bethel, Alaska. 

After graduating with a degree in Photojournalism from the University of Montana, Katie lived in Prague and interned with Spectrum Pictures. Eventually she settled in Brooklyn, New York where she lived and worked for six-years.

Katie recently returned home to Bethel, Alaska where she continues to focus on documentary work and explores multimedia storytelling with rural Alaskan youth.

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Pete Kaiser has won the 41st running of the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. For the fifth time in six years, the Bethel local was crowned champion of what is called the toughest mid-distance mushing race in the world.

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Thirteen mushers began the 2020 Akiak Dash with a mass start on the frozen Kuskokwim River in Bethel. The sprint race ran upriver to the halfway checkpoint of Akiak before turning downriver to finish in Bethel. Mushers competed for $30,000 in prize money and the title of the fastest team on the Kuskokwim.

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Twenty-one Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race teams charged out of Bethel the night of Jan. 17 on a hard-packed trail headed to Aniak, while seven teams raced upriver in the Bogus Creek 150. Hundreds of race fans came out to send off the teams before being treated to a fireworks show.

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On the night of Friday, Jan. 17, 21 of Alaska’s top sled dog racing teams will run up the Kuskokwim River to Aniak and back in the 2020 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Several past champions are back, including four-time champion Pete Kaiser and last year’s winner, Matthew Failor. 

 

The Bogus Creek 150 will see seven teams race overnight to Bogus Creek before turning around and pushing to the finish line in Bethel. 2019 champion Jason Pavila is back to defend his title against six of the Y-K Delta’s fastest teams.

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The population of Red Devil, Alaska may be dwindling below 20 residents, but those who remain are fiercely connected through family history and a reliance on the abundant subsistence foods. Carefully manicured lawns, lush vegetable gardens, and tidy homes line the dirt paths of the small community. Summer break allows for school-aged children to return home to Red Devil, bringing energy and welcome noise to what is nearly a ghost town otherwise.

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10:00 a.m. The reported tundra fire off Bethel’s Wildlife Lane on Thursday morning turned out not to be a tundra fire at all. Instead, Bethel firefighters extinguished a burning pickup truck and bicycle in the Old Crow sandpit. The flames did not spread beyond the vehicle.

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The Scammon Bay dancers returned to the Cama-i stage for the first time since their Elder, Maryann Sundown, passed away in 2011.

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Watch as 18 mushers face off for the 40th running of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog race. 

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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.

 

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If you missed the Facebook Live stream of the 2019 Kuskokwim 300 musher drawing you can watch it here.

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