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Petit Out, Kaiser In

Mar 12, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

It’s a race, but a race without Nicolas Petit. Some thought the Iditarod was Petit’s race to lose this year, and he did just that. When his dogs refused to run on the Norton Sound ice it opened a door, which Bethel musher Pete Kaiser did not hesitate to run through. 

Race Tightens As End Nears

Mar 11, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

The end of the Iditarod is looking like a two-man race, but it is also too early to count Jessie Royer out. The three teams are running close together, but Pete Kaiser was the first into Koyuk this morning with Joar Leifseth Ulsom following him an hour later. Their departure this afternoon was a repeat of their arrivals, with Kaiser leaving at 2:15 p.m. after dropping one dog and Leifseth Ulsom keeping pace: he left at 3:15 p.m. and also dropped a dog. Kaiser is running with nine in his team; Leifseth Ulsom with eight.

Zachariah Hughes

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser came into Koyuk at a little before 9 a.m. on Monday. Joar Leifseth Ulsom, last year’s winner, was an hour behind him, checking in at 9:59 a.m. Jessie Royer came in almost two hours later at 11:46 a.m. Of the three top teams, she has the largest with 12 dogs. Leifseth Ulsom has nine and Kaiser has 10.

Kaiser To Koyuk; Parents To Nome

Mar 11, 2019
Ben Matheson

Dog mushing has built some strong bonds among mushers and their families in Bethel. Parents of three local mushers talked on the radio Monday morning about what it was like raising a child who wanted to work with dogs.


Ice Crossing Challenges Mushers

Mar 11, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

In the dark, four mushers were feeling their way through bad ice on Norton Sound overnight. In past races, this is a place where the Iditarod has been lost by teams that seemed to have it in the bag. It’s also a place where those who took the chance going out in poor conditions have won it. 

They're Off Along The Coast Of Norton Sound

Mar 10, 2019
Ben Matheson

As Sunday afternoon bleeds into evening, Nicolas Petit heads out of Unalakleet. With no ice and warm temperatures, he and others are banking on cooler nighttime temperatures for their teams as they hug the coast of Norton Sound on the way to Nome. Fourteen miles behind Petit is a clump of three teams: Pete Kaiser, Jessie Royer, and Joar Leifseth Ulsom, the winner of last year’s race. None of these mushers are strangers to the top 10.

Iditarod Front-runners Rest At Coast

Mar 10, 2019
Ben Matheson

While Nicolas Petit bedded down his dogs in Unalakleet Sunday morning, the other three teams at the front of the Iditarod race were doing the same thing outside of town. Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Jessie Royer, and Pete Kaiser camped together off the trail just 20 miles out of Unalakleet. Mitch Seavey joined the group early this afternoon. 

Niklas Wikstrand On Racing Pete Kaiser’s Dogs

Mar 10, 2019
Bev Hoffman

KNOM's Ben Matheson speaks with Niklas Wikstrand in Shageluk about taking Bethel musher Pete Kaiser’s b-team through some tough trail.


Klejka Makes Impressive First Iditarod Run

Mar 10, 2019
Bev Hoffman

Bethel Rookie Jessica Klejka is making a fine showing on the Iditarod as she runs her team of 11 dogs up the Yukon. She was on her way to Eagle Island on Sunday morning, approaching the last segment of the run on the river.

KNOM's Ben Matheson talked to her yesterday in Shageluk after making it past the notorious tussocks around Iditarod.

Petit First To The Coast

Mar 10, 2019
ben Matheson

Nicolas Petit broke trail to the coast, arriving in Unalakleet at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday. Behind him is Joar Leifseth Ulsom, with Jessie Royer and Pete Kaiser a few miles back. These four teams dominated the lead up the Yukon River. The only difference was that Kaiser led the way into the last checkpoint of Kaltag. There, he took his required 8-hour rest, and then caught up to the front pack with a fresh team of 11 dogs. Petit and Leifseth Ulsom both have 10 dogs in their teams and Royer has 13. 

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