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Gabby Salgado / KYUK

The Bethel community celebrated 40 years of Kuskokwim 300 mushing on Monday night. Race coordinators, mushers, and hundreds of the volunteers who make the race possible gathered in the Bethel Cultural Center for a night of feasting, speeches, and awards. After digging into a banquet of prime rib, cheesy potatoes, and lemon squares, the crowd settled in for the ceremony.

Katie Basile / KYUK

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

Katie Basile / KYUK

Update: the race issued the following statement this afternoon about Nicolas Petit's race.

Matthew Failor Wins Blistering Fast Kuskokwim 300

Jan 20, 2019
Katie Basile / KYUK

Updated at 7:00 p.m.  

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog race has a new champion and a new record. The hard, fast trail combined with good weather, and some of the sport's top teams made for a competitive cluster at the front of the pack. It was still totally dark, save a bright full moon, at 7:02 a.m. Sunday morning when Matthew Failor arrived at the finish line with 11 dogs in harness. The 36-year-old, who mushes out of Willow, has run the race twice before, including last year, but this is his first time winning it.

Bethel Boys Win Delta Tourney

Jan 20, 2019
Matthew Murphy

Up in Delta Junction, the Bethel Warrior boys basketball team started out winning and didn’t stop, bringing home the Dean Cummings Basketball Championship this weekend. The score at the final buzzer saw the team’s largest winning margin of the weekend: Bethel 77 to Nome 68. 

Slide Show: 2019 Kuskokwim 300 Weekend

Jan 20, 2019
Katie Basile / KYUK

K300 To Review Nicolas Petit's Finish

Jan 20, 2019
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 is reviewing the final miles of Girdwood musher Nicolas Petit's race after he acknowledged that "he left the marked trail and continued on an unmarked trail to the finish line," according to a statement from the K300. Petit arrived in Bethel two minutes after winner Matthew Failor shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. 

Race fans were in the dark about Petit's whereabouts earlier this morning as he had left his tracker in a gear bag in the Tuluksak checkpoint, about 50 miles from the Bethel finish. The race will have more information today.

Terrell Andrews Wins 2019 Akiak Dash

Jan 19, 2019
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Bethel musher Terrell Andrews completed the roughly 50-mile Akiak Dash in less than eight hours, easily winning the 2019 race.


Akiak Dash Mass Start Video

Jan 19, 2019
Victor Bee / KYUK

The Kuskokwim's fastest dog teams began the 2019 Akiak Dash with a mass start in Bethel, Alaska. The dog teams race upriver to Akiak and back down to Bethel for bragging rights and a $30,000 purse.

Video footage by Victor Bee, Mike McIntyre, Joey Mendolia, and Ben Matheson/KYUK.

Delta Tourney Trip Yields Mixed Results For Warriors

Jan 19, 2019

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 live.kdh.fm. 

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