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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.

The Toksook Bay Lady Islanders beat the Akiuk Lady Grizzlies 77-53 in Day 1 of LKSD's District Basketball Tournament.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

With Day 1 of LKSD’s District Basketball Tournament wrapped up, we know which teams are advancing to the semi-finals. For the girls, the Newtok Lady Jaegers will face the Chefornak Lady Shamans, and the Kipnuk Lady Falcons will play the Toksook Bay Lady Islanders. For the boys, the Nunapitchuk Wolves will match up against the Chefornak Shamans, and the Toksook Bay Islanders will square off against the Napaskiak Hawks. Semi-final games start at 3:45 p.m. on March 6.

Pete Kaiser Prepares for 'Re-Pete' Iditarod Win

Mar 6, 2020
Zachariah Hughes / Alaska Public Media

Current Iditarod Champion Pete Kaiser is gearing up for another bid at winning the 1,000 mile sled dog race. 

While Pete's busy schedule didn’t allow him to sit down for an interview before he headed off to Anchorage, he did give a hint of how training was going for him just before the start of the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race in January.

Mark Nordman, Iditarod Race Marshal.

This year the conditions on the Iditarod trail are reminding old-timers of what it used to be like back in the last century. Mark Nordman, the Race Marshal for the Iditarod, has been in charge for breaking the trail for 30 years, and he says this time, there is plenty of snow.

The Kipnuk Falcon boys basketball team with Quintin "Muggie" Peter's number 21 jersey.
Benjamin Farber / Chief Paul Memorial School

One of the villages participating in the district basketball tournament in Bethel this week lost a teammate just last month. Eighteen-year-old Quintin “Muggie” Peter was a member of the Kipnuk Falcons. He and his mother were on the Yute Commuter Service plane that crashed last month, killing both of them and three others. The Falcons say that this tournament is for Muggie.