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National Guard members resting at the Tuluksak checkpoint inside the Tuluksak school. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

National Guard members resting at the Tuluksak checkpoint inside the Tuluksak school. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

Throughout the night and into the early morning, dozens of cameo clad men spread across the frozen Tuluksak checkpoint. When a headlamp appeared in the distance, they sprang into action. Read more →

Bogus Creek 150 Jackie Larson poses with two of his race dogs. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Bogus Creek 150 Jackie Larson poses with two of his race dogs. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Jackie Larson and his dog team has won the Bogus Creek 150 for the second year in a row. Larson and his 10 winning dogs from last year ran past the finish line at 10:34 a.m., completing Larson’s fifth Bogus Creek 150 and winning his third championship title.
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Bogus Creek 150 race start. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Bogus Creek 150 race start. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

After over 30 years of mushing, John George and his team took second in the Bogus Creek 150, crossing the line at 11:29 a.m. He’s a race veteran, taking first in the Bogus in 2002 and first in the Akiak Dash in 2010. This year he finished almost an hour after this year’s champion, Napaskiak’s Jackie Larson.
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Start of the 2016 Bogus Creek. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Start of the 2016 Bogus Creek. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

The Bogus Creek 150 has begun, as three rookies and five veteran mushers compete for the first place prize of $6,300.

Participants will take a sharp turn off the river after the first mile, then begin a 50-mile trail on the tundra toward the Tuluksak checkpoint. Afterward, they’ll head 25 miles up to Bogus Creek and then back.

But for this year’s trail, there will only be two checkpoints, instead of three.
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Mushers, handlers and organizers attend the Kuskokwim 300 Musher's Hall meeting Jan 14. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Mushers, handlers and organizers attend the Kuskokwim 300 Musher’s Hall meeting Jan 14. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Twenty-five mushers, some local, some international–but all prepared to race this evening along icy river trails—are in Bethel for the Kuskokwim 300. The race starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. It’s the longest of three races that’ll take place over the weekend. 

Videos: Pre Race Interviews with defending champion Pete Kaiser and K300 rookie Brenda Mackey

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The Bogus Creek and Whitefish Lake fires total more than 30,000 acres. Image from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

The Bogus Creek and Whitefish Lake fires total more than 30,000 acres. Image from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

The Whitefish Lake Fire south of Kalskag is now 80-percent contained, while the nearby Bogus Creek Fire has grown to 20,000 acres, the largest wildfire in the state. No structures are threatened in either fire. Mangers want to keep the Whitefish Lake fire from reaching native allotments.

Tim Mowry is with the Alaska Division of Forestry. He says the Bogus Creek fire isn’t being actively fought, but a crew was dispatched to work on a spot fire west of the main fire.
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