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The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee welcomed two new board members this year: current Iditarod champion and four-time K300 race winner Pete Kaiser, and longtime race volunteer Ashley Glasheen.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has a new manager: Paul Basile.

He’s the race's first full-time race manager, and will oversee the three signature races and the local races. The K300 Race Committee had relied on two part-time employees for the past few years, but the organization felt that it was time for a change.  

The Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club at the Alaska USA Wrestling State Tournament.
Darren Lieb / Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club

The Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club amassed over 50 podium finishes in the Alaska USA Wrestling State Tournament last week in Wasilla. The club racked up nine gold medals, with many athletes collecting multiple medals in different categories.

Landon Smith was undefeated in the tournament, taking home gold in both freestyle and folkstyle in the Cadet 16 and under 113 pound weight class. 

NYO Medals Come Back To Y-K Delta

Apr 30, 2019
Tommy Bayayok Jr.

This year, athletes from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region brought two first-place finishes back from the Native Youth Olympics. 

Kaeli Amik took a first in the girls' Alaska high kick, and Tristan Anaver came in first in the boys' seal hop. They are both students in the Lower Kuskowkim School District. 

American Ninja Warriors Nate DeHaan and Nick Hanson on DeHaan's Warped Wall
Katie Basile

The television show “American Ninja Warrior” enters its 11th season next month, and again will feature the Eskimo Ninja, Nick Hanson from Unalakleet. Nick visited Bethel last week to hang out with his buddy, fellow American Ninja Warrior, Nate DeHaan. These two comprise two thirds of all the Ninja Warriors to ever come from Alaska. KYUK sat down with the two ninjas to talk about how they became friends, and what it means for them to represent rural Alaska on the show.


A musher takes off during the 2018 Kuskokwim 300 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

As sled dog fans and mushers wind down from the Iditarod, they can mark their calendar for one of next year's big mid-distance races.

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Bethel welcomed home its own Iditarod champion in grand fashion Monday night. Musher Pete Kaiser returned to Bethel on the evening jet after winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. KYUK was at the airport as the town celebrated.


Bethel Musher Takes Home Iditarod Red Lantern

Mar 19, 2019
Red Lantern Award winner Victoria Hardwick of Bethel finishes her rookie Iditarod run on March 18, 2019.
Davis Hovey / KNOM

It was a long last leg, but Bethel rookie Victoria Hardwick crossed the Iditarod finish line in Nome on Monday afternoon. Davis Hovey with KNOM was there when Hardwick earned the race’s Red Lantern Award for finishing last.


Rookie Jessica Klejka mushes into the Takotna checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail on March 7, 2019.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

Musher Jessica Klejka completed her rookie Iditarod run Friday night with 11 dogs. She finished in 31st position after spending 12 days, 7 hours, and 12 minutes on the trail. Klejka grew up driving dogs in Bethel and dreaming of completing The Last Great Race. Now that dream has come true, and Klejka says that nothing could have prepared her for the experience.


2019 Iditarod Champion Pete Kaiser receives a standing ovation at the Iditarod Finishers Banquet at the Nome Recreational Center on March 17, 2019.
David Dodman / KNOM

When Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser from Bethel accepted his race winnings Sunday, the crowd rose in a standing ovation, filling the Nome Recreational Center with applause. After three hours of ceremony and speeches, Kaiser was the final musher to take the stage.


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