July 5, 1994 |
Alaska is so vast and parts of it are so isolated that many residents spend most of their lives cut off from the rest of the world. But the state has taken extraordinary measures to bring the world to their doorsteps via an on-line communication network that is free to every Alaskan with a computer and a modem.
March 20, 1985 |
An exhausted Libby Riddles, enjoying a comfortable lead, mushed into Nome today to become the first woman ever to win the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage. The 28-year-old Riddles drove her team of 13 dogs under the wooden arch on Front Street at 9:20 a.m. "I can't even believe it yet," Riddles said as she stood in the victory chute. "I thought I had the team to do it. I didn't know if I could keep up my end of it."
January 31, 1989 |
Musher Joe Runyan of Nenana, Alaska, won his second straight stage in the Alpirod, leading another American sweep of the top places in the international sled dog race. Runyan, winner of last year's Alpirod, covered the 70-kilometer (42-mile) course from Maloja to Lavin in the Engadine Valley near St. Moritz in 3 hours, 7 minutes, 32 seconds, clocking an average speed of 22.396 KmH (about 13 m.p.h.
January 4, 1985 |
A sled dog saved the lives of its master and two young children after they were buried by an avalanche. The malamute, led by its master, Jean-Daniel Josi, was pulling a sled carrying a 2-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl when they were hit by a snowslide that roared down from the 5,711-foot Col de la Croix on Wednesday. When rescuers arrived, the dog, Josi and the children already were free of the snow. Josi said the dog first managed to dig itself out, then freed the others.
March 12, 1987 |
Two mushers closed in Wednesday on the ghost town of Iditarod, the isolated halfway point of the world's longest sled-dog race over the historic Anchorage-to-Nome trail, officials said. The first racer to reach Iditarod, 569 miles along the trail toward the finish line, will receive $2,500 in silver ingots and a silver trophy. Iditarod--the namesake of the 1,149-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race--was the hub of a rich mining region that produced $35 million in gold 80 years ago.
February 20, 2014 |
The first time Aja Evans took a run down the bobsled track, a sensation she likens to being stuffed in a garbage can and pushed off a cliff, she wasn't sure she wanted to do it again. Her mother insisted. "She told me to fight through it. She told me I was in this for bigger reasons than that one run," Evans said. "And I'm so glad I listened to her. " Two years after heeding her mother's advice, Evans and her pilot Jamie Greubel won a bronze medal Wednesday in the women's bobsled.
November 20, 1997 |
There's a benefit album to suit practically every taste this year, while the non-benefit efforts run from the sublime (the Burns Sisters) to the ridiculous (RuPaul). Definitely open before Christmas. *** 1/2 THE BURNS SISTERS, "Tradition," Rounder. Folkies Jeannie, Annie and Marie Burns serve up a sterling example of how to put a fresh spin on even so familiar a genre as holiday albums.
February 11, 2010 |
For television giant NBC Universal, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, is shaping up to be a bumpy downhill ride. The network, weighed down by overpaying for rights fees, expects to lose at least $250 million on its coverage of the Games that begin Friday night. Sluggish ad sales -- at least initially -- helped dig NBC deeper into the financial hole. On top of that, there are few star U.S. athletes to whip up excitement. And on Wednesday, the top U.S. female skier, Lindsey Vonn, revealed that she bruised her shin during practice last week and might not be able to compete.
March 5, 2013 |
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began on Sunday in Alaska, with 65 teams making their way through punishing wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast 1,000 miles away. Among the competitors were defending champion Dallas Seavey and four-time winners Lance Mackey, Jeff King and Martin Buser. “I love running the dogs, working with the dogs,” said Cindy Gallea, of Wykoff, Minn., whose best finish among 10 Iditarods was 33rd. “I love being in Alaska, being around the beauty.” PHOTOS: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race The Iditarod winner gets a new truck and $50,400.
December 29, 2000 |
A boy who marked his 12th birthday Christmas Day was killed when the cardboard he was using as a sled slid under the wheels of a tractor-trailer rig, authorities said. Israel Steele and two other children were sledding on cardboard down a concrete embankment near a U.S. 177 access road Wednesday, Tecumseh Police Chief Gary Crosby said. The truck driver told authorities he didn't know the child was under the truck until he glanced out his side mirror.