September 22, 1991 |
An Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher has been charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly bludgeoning to death 14 unwanted husky puppies. The Anchorage district attorney's office accused Frank Winkler of inflicting "severe and prolonged physical pain or suffering" on the puppies. The charge filed Friday is a misdemeanor, with each of the 14 counts carrying a maximum penalty of a year in jail.
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.
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.
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.
February 24, 2010 |
The designer of the crash-plagued Whistler Sliding Center track said there was never any pressure from Olympic organizers to make the circuit as fast as possible. "No, not at all, in no shape or form," veteran track designer Ugo Gurgel said Tuesday. Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed when his sled flew off the track at speeds nearing 90 mph during a training run just hours before the Olympic flame was ignited. After an investigation by local authorities, officials of the Vancouver Organizing Committee and International Luge Federation blamed the fatal crash on human error.
February 12, 2010 |
Just hours before the caldron was lighted to mark the start of these Winter Olympics, a young athlete's life was snuffed out in a horrific crash on the world's fastest luge track. On a morning training run under the first blue sky in days, Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, of the Republic of Georgia lost control of his sled at about 80 mph as he came out of the final curve -- nicknamed Thunderbird -- and approached the finish line. He catapulted over the outer lip of the track and slammed into an unpadded roof support post.
January 30, 2012 |
The Supreme Court and the Obama administration, already headed for a face-off in March over the constitutionality of the healthcare law, appear to be on another collision course over whether church-run schools, universities, hospitals and charities must provide free contraceptives to their students and employees. The dispute stems from one of the more popular parts of the new healthcare law: its requirement that all health plans provide “preventive services” for free. That category includes vaccines and such routine screenings as cholesterol checkups and mammograms.