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Diehl Leads Front-runners Into Nikolai

Mar 10, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Richie Diehl was the first musher into Nikolai, coming into the checkpoint at 10:33 a.m. on March 10. He was followed into Nikolai by Jessie Royer, Travis Beals, and Wade Marrs. Reigning Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser is four teams farther back in the parade. Bringing up the rear of that group is Jessica Klejka, one of the more recent mushers to tackle the trail from Rohn to Nikolai. She left the Rohn checkpoint with a full team a little before 10 a.m. after getting six hours of rest. There are 22 teams behind her on the Iditarod trail.

As the Lower Kuskokwim School District hosted its big regional championship game in Bethel this weekend, other regional school districts were doing the same.

Y-K Delta Musher Interviews At Rainy Pass Checkpoint

Mar 10, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Two Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta mushers are out in the front of the pack headed to Nome. Zachariah Hughes caught up to Richie Diehl of Aniak when he got to the Rainy Pass checkpoint on March 9.

Hughes also spoke with Bethel musher Pete Kaiser.

Zachariah Hughes

It’s been a tough night on the Iditarod. As dawn approached on March 10, more than half the sled dog teams in this year’s race were on the section of trail between Rohn and Nikolai. Those 26 teams, including Yukon-Kuskokwim mushers Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl, have made it through some of the more challenging sections of trail. That includes the infamous Dalzell Gorge, a place that has flipped many a musher’s sled in the past. Of the teams though the Alaska Range this morning, 13 are resting, some in the Farewell Burn. 

Iditarod Leaders Cross The Alaska Range

Mar 9, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Defending Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser was the first to arrive at Rainy Pass today, coming in at 11:35 a.m. on March 9. Travis Beals and Lance Mackey were about 12 minutes behind him. The fourth musher in was Richie Diehl, about an hour and a half later. Others straggled into the checkpoint throughout the afternoon. One of those, Aaron Burmeister, the musher who grew up in Nome and now lives in Fairbanks, left the Finger Lake checkpoint at around noon today. His was the 14th team into Rainy Pass this afternoon.

Pete Kaiser First To Rainy Pass

Mar 9, 2020

The slow pace and deep snow at the beginning of the 2020 Iditarod is not stopping last year’s champ. Richie Diehl from Aniak was the first musher into Finger Lake, arriving at 6:50 a.m. on March 9 to rest his team. He didn’t get much rest, though, as defending champion Pete Kaiser of Bethel blasted through the check point at 8:05 a.m., followed by teams driven by Travis Beals and Lance Mackey. 

Diehl left Finger Lake at 9:52 a.m., chasing the other three front runners. Kaiser's was the first team to Rainy Pass, making it there at 11:35 a.m. where he stopped to rest his dogs. 

The Chefornak Lady Shamans and Shamans each won the LKSD District Basketball Tournament championship game. They will both be headed to the 1A State Basketball Championships March 18.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The Lower Kuskokwim School District’s Basketball Tournament concluded in nail-biting fashion on March 7. Both championship games came down to one possession, with the girls’ game going into double overtime. In both the boys and girls championship matches, Chefornak matched up against Toksook Bay. Chefornak came out on top in each contest, and the Shamans and Lady Shamans are headed to state. 


Richie Diehl was the first 2020 Iditarod musher into the Finger Lake checkpoint, arriving around 7 a.m. on March 9. He is currently resting his team. Behind the Aniak musher are several teams, including Bethel’s Pete Kaiser, who is about 7 miles behind in position four. The front runners are in the heart of snow country, where the snow can be 10 feet deep just off the packed trail.

Y-K Delta Mushers Head Out On Iditarod Trail

Mar 8, 2020
Johanna Eurich KYUK

Mushers lined up to begin the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 7. In competition are three teams from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, including last year’s champion. KYUK’s Johanna Eurich has more from Saturday’s ceremonial start in Anchorage.

For Pete Kaiser, beginning this year's race is a family affair. Relatives surround him as he lines up to run his team through the city. For the ceremonial start, an extra sled, driven by father Ron Kaiser, is attached. In the main sled is his mother, Janet Kaiser, bundled up for the ride.

The Newtok Lady Jaegers beat their opponents, the Atmautluak Lady Falcons, 52-42 in their first game of the LKSD District Basketball Tournament.
Jimmy Charles Jr. / Ayaprun School

All the players in Bethel for the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s Basketball Tournament love basketball. But how much? Enough to ride 9 miles in a snowmachine sled to get to practice every day? Enough to live in a different village from your family so that you can play ball? Because some of the Newtok Lady Jaegers love basketball that much.