March 3, 2006 |
Growing up in the late 1950s and early '60s, Eric Rogers never missed episodes and reruns of the television series "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon." The show chronicled the fictional adventures of a Northwest Mounted Police officer and his trusty dog, Yukon King, as they tracked down villains in the Canadian wilderness during the gold rush. "I always thought it would be great to have a lead dog named King and go on all these adventures," Rogers said. "But as I grew up and matured ...
May 10, 2005 |
IT'S just another Monday taping of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" at NBC Studios in Burbank. Only the Ohio tourists and Valley groupies filing into Studio 3 for an hour of yuks with Leno don't know it yet, but they are about to come face to face with a time traveler from the early 20th century era of exploration. "We've got Norman Vaughan with us tonight!" pipes Leno, warming up an audience that can't quite place the name. "This man, ladies and gentlemen, is a living legend.
April 8, 2005 |
A three-time musher in the Iditarod dog sled race has been found guilty of animal cruelty after officers found some of his dogs dehydrated and so emaciated that their spines and hip bones were visible under their skin. A judge fined David Straub $300 for violating Matanuska-Susitna Borough code. The borough north of Anchorage had previously withdrawn the license that allowed him to keep more than four dogs.
March 6, 2005 |
Aside from wild moose trying to stomp the dogs and the risks of plunging into the icy ocean or river in inky darkness, the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a jaunt in a park. Except this is Mother Nature's Most Extreme Park, not the kind of meadows where most dog lovers take their Rovers to run around. Mushers don't scoop up the poop, fling Frisbees or throw sticks to fetch.
March 18, 2004 |
Mitch Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in nine days, 12 hours, 20 minutes and 22 seconds on Tuesday night, his 11th run on the 1,100-mile route from Anchorage to Nome. Seavey, 43, crossed the finish line just before 10:30 p.m. His previous best finish was fourth in 1998. "I'm sort of in disbelief," Seavey said. "I think everybody's happy to have an Alaskan boy win the Iditarod."
March 2, 2004
Sled-dog teams that power Alaska's Iditarod and all its merchandising spinoffs also stoke the anger of animal rights advocates. While man and dog meld along the rugged, 1,150-mile route from Anchorage to Nome, the 75-pound canines clearly do the heavy pulling at the race's online store. "It's pretty indicative of the fascination with these four-legged athletes," said Stan Hooley, executive director of the Iditarod. Hats, pins, T-shirts and coffee mugs are among the big sellers.