Stories about sporting events.

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.

Bethel Mushers At Front and Back Of Iditarod

Mar 18, 2019
Bev Hoffman

Bethel mushers made bookends of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 

When rookie Victoria Hardwick crossed the finish line in Nome on Monday at 1:51 p.m. she became the last musher to finish the race, earning her the Red Lantern Award, which will be awarded at a special Red Lantern Banquet tonight in Nome.

With Pete Kaiser winning the race last week, today’s finish means that Bethel has a team at both ends of the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Iditarod Red Lantern Nears Nome

Mar 17, 2019
Bev Hoffman

There seems to be a wait-off between the two teams in the rear of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. This afternoon, Bethel rookie Victoria Hardwick was eligible to leave White Mountain over 10 hours after the previous musher to leave the checkpoint; there are no teams remaining behind her. She finally left at 1:46 p.m. on Sunday.

Klejka 31st Across Iditarod Finish Line

Mar 16, 2019
Beverly Hoffman

Jessica Klejka mushed her team of 11 dogs across the finish line in Nome at 10:12 p.m. on Friday. Her rookie run in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is the fulfillment of dreams that started when she was a young girl in Bethel learning to run dogs on local trails.