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February 16, 2020   No Comments

ICHC Hits

What is the difference between US versus Canadian scandals.

Things a middle-schooler should not know.

Thought for today.

[See, I haven’t been spending all my time tracking puppies in the snow…]

February 15, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 15

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Sled DogRob is about 5 miles from the finish this morning while Olivia is almost 65 miles from Whitehorse.

Olivia arrived and the Red Lantern was extinguished at approximately 10:00PM CST. I can’t give an exact time because the satellite tracker has been saying that she was 365 feet from the finish for a quarter of an hour and she was moving at a speed that would have move her that distance in less than a minute.

Update: the official time is 9:58PM CST.

The Current Standings at 10:00PM CST ( 8:00PM PST):

Finished At Whitehorse
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
3 Cody Strathe (2)
4 Allen Moore (4)
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
6 Ryne Olson (8)
7 Nora Själin (6)R
8 Richie Beattie (1)
9 Pat Noddin (13)R
10 Rob Cooke (12)
11 Olivia Webster (7)RΦ

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 15, 2020   No Comments

VD

HeartWhy are you being hustled by street vendors to buy sad and drooping former roses, vegetative matter that missed the cut for bouquets, or were too late to the hospital?

Blame Esther A. Howland (1828 – 1904) of Worcester, Massachusetts. Her guilt is writ large by the Greeting Card Association’s Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary. She imported the concept to the US from Britain to bolster her father’s stationery store in 1847.

Of course, it wasn’t long before the stationers had infiltrated school boards and imposed the now mandatory exchange in the classroom to push the low end product of Asian children and prisoners.
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February 14, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 14

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Sled DogRob and Pat are about 75 miles from the finish this morning while Olivia is almost 25 miles from Braeburn.

The Red Lantern & Olivia are at Braeburn. She can leave at 11:15PM CST.

At 9:45PM CST Rob and Pat are about 40 miles from Whitehorse with Pat in the lead. Rob still has his entire 14 puppy team in harness.

The Current Standings at 9:45PM CST ( 7:45PM PST):

Finished At Whitehorse
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
3 Cody Strathe (2)
4 Allen Moore (4)
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
6 Ryne Olson (8)
7 Nora Själin (6)R
8 Richie Beattie (1)
Beyond Braeburn
9 Rob Cooke (12)
10 Pat Noddin (13)R
At Braeburn
11 Olivia Webster (7)RΦ

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 14, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 13

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Sled DogOlivia made it to Carmacks early this morning and is resting. Rob and Pat are about 10 miles from Braeburn with Rob still running all 14 puppies. Nora is about 45 miles from taking the first rookie honors at Whitehorse.

The Current Standings at 5:00PM CST ( 3:00PM PST):

Finished At Whitehorse
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
3 Cody Strathe (2)
4 Allen Moore (4)
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
6 Ryne Olson (8)
Beyond Braeburn
7 Nora Själin (6)R
8 Richie Beattie (1)
At Braeburn
9 Rob Cooke (12)
10 Pat Noddin (13)R
Beyond Carmacks
11 Olivia Webster (7)RΦ

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 13, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 12

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Sled DogCody is almost finished and Olivia and the Red Lantern are resting at Pelly Crossing.

At 5:30PM CST Nora is at Braeburn and Olivia is about a half hour from McCabe Creek.

The Current Standings at 5:30PM CST ( 3:30PM PST):

Finished At Whitehorse
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
3 Cody Strathe (2)
4 Allen Moore (4)
Beyond Braeburn
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
6 Ryne Olson (8)
At Braeburn
7 Nora Själin (6)R
Beyond Carmacks
8 Richie Beattie (1)
9 Rob Cooke (12)
10 Pat Noddin (13)R
Beyond Pelly Crossing
11 Olivia Webster (7)RΦ

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 12, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 11

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Sled DogOlivia is making the last climb of the trail while Brent is within 41 miles of the finish. Dawson to Pelly Crossing is over 200 miles with one major and several medium climbs involved. Michelle trails Brent by just under 20 miles.

Brent made it to the finish just before 5PM CST.

There is fresh snow on the trail between Braeburn and Whitehorse.

At 9PM CST Olivia is resting at Stepping Stone while Pat is at McCabe’s Cabin and Michelle finished at Whitehorse.

The Current Standings at 9:00PM CST ( 7:00PM PST):

Finished At Whitehorse
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
Beyond Braeburn
3 Cody Strathe (2)
At Braeburn
4 Allen Moore (4)
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
Beyond Carmacks
6 Ryne Olson (8)
At Carmacks
7 Nora Själin (6)R
8 Richie Beattie (1)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
9 Rob Cooke (12)
10 Pat Noddin (13)R
Beyond Dawson
11 Olivia Webster (7)R

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 11, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 10

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Sled DogMichelle and Brent are leap-frogging each other and resting on the trail. She had an hour lead out of Carmacks and the tracker says that he’s within a mile of her now. They have about 150 miles to go to Whitehorse.

At 8PM CST While Brent and Michelle are taking an 8-hour mandatory stop at Braeburn, Olivia is resting at Scroggie Creek, and Nora is about 8 miles from Pelly Crossing.

The Current Standings at 9:30PM CST ( 7:30PM PST):

At Braeburn
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
Beyond Carmacks
3 Cody Strathe (2)
At Carmacks
4 Allen Moore (4)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
6 Ryne Olson (8)
At Pelly Crossing
7 Nora Själin (6)R
Beyond Dawson
8 Rob Cooke (12)
9 Richie Beattie (1)
10 Pat Noddin (13)R
11 Olivia Webster (7)R

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 10, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 9

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Sled DogLive Tracking shows Michelle at Pelly Crossing with Brent about two hours behind at 10:25AM CST. Dave is set to leave Dawson in a half hour with Chase leaving in the afternoon and Olivia in the evening.

The Canadian Rangers reported an excellent trail out of Dawson, but significant moose activity on the trail to Pelly Crossing.

Brent blew through Pelly Crossing to take the lead back from Michelle who was resting there. Dave Dalton scratched at Dawson because some of his dogs had contracted a stomach virus. Chase Tingle also decided to scratch at Dawson for the “good of his team”. [Dawson has road connections and the dog handlers and truck were there for the 36-hour break.]

The Current Standings at 7:30PM CST ( 5:30PM PST):

Beyond Pelly Crossing
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
At Pelly Crossing
3 Cody Strathe (2)
Beyond Dawson
4 Allen Moore (4)
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
6 Ryne Olson (8)
7 Nora Själin (6)R
8 Rob Cooke (12)
9 Richie Beattie (1)
10 Pat Noddin (13)R
11 Olivia Webster (7)R

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 9, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 8

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Sled DogBrent and Michelle are approaching Scroggie Creek. Olivia made it to Dawson early this morning, she won’t be leaving until afternoon tomorrow. Allen Moore and Rob Cooke are the only ones still running with all their dogs in harness.

Nora is the last to leave Dawson tonight. Tomorrow Rob and Richie will be out at about 3:20AM CST. Pat gets to leave at around 5:30AM; Dave at 11AM, Chase just after 3PM (the one hour penalty); and Olivia gets back on the trail at 6:45PM. All times CST, Subtract 2 hours for the local time zone.

The Current Standings at 9:15PM CST ( 7:15AM PST):

Beyond Dawson
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
3 Cody Strathe (2)
4 Allen Moore (4)
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
6 Ryne Olson (8)
7 Nora Själin (6)R
At Dawson
8 Rob Cooke (12)
9 Richie Beattie (1)
10 Pat Noddin (13)R
11 Dave Dalton (10)
12 Chase Tingle (14)
13 Olivia Webster (7)R

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 8, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 7

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Sled DogThis morning everyone is in the Yukon. Brent can’t leave Dawson until 7:43PM tonight and there will a slow day as the last six make their way to Dawson and rest.

At 7:43PM CST – Brent left on time and Michelle has an hour and 11 minutes before she can go.

The Current Standings at 9:00PM CST ( 7:00PM PST):

Beyond Dawson
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
At Dawson
3 Cody Strathe (2)
4 Allen Moore (4)
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
6 Ryne Olson (8)
7 Nora Själin (6)R
8 Rob Cooke (12)
9 Richie Beattie (1)
10 Pat Noddin (13)R
Beyond Eagle
11 Chase Tingle (14)
12 Dave Dalton (10)
13 Olivia Webster (7)R

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 7, 2020   No Comments

Yukon Quest 2020 – Day 6

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Sled DogMichelle should be in Dawson shortly while Allen and Cody are 30 miles back. Since Brent was the last to start he is truly the race leader as the other teams have to serve their start differential in Dawson.

At 2:30PM CST everyone is beyond Eagle and Cody and Allen are almost in Dawson.

At 5:30PM CST Olivia has crested American Summit. It’s all downhill from here.

At 10PM CST no changes until tomorrow morning. The last 6 teams are still in Alaska. The leaders are on their mandatory layovers.

The Current Standings at 5:30PM CST ( 3:30PM PST):

At Dawson
1 Brent Sass (15)
2 Michelle Phillips (11)
3 Cody Strathe (2)
4 Allen Moore (4)
Beyond Eagle
5 Torsten Kohnert (9)
6 Ryne Olson (8)
7 Nora Själin (6)R
8 Rob Cooke (12)
9 Pat Noddin (13)R
10 Richie Beattie (1)
11 Chase Tingle (14)
12 Dave Dalton (10)
13 Olivia Webster (7)R

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Yukon Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 6, 2020   No Comments

Unbelievable?

This occurred in the county to my west. I dealt with some pretty dumb people when working in upstate New York, but no one this dumb. ‘Florida man’ strikes again.

February 5, 2020   No Comments