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A Good Deed

Athenae at First Draft suggests Let’s mail some Legos to Alaska. This was in response to all of the really rotten things that have been going on.

This is related to the campaign by rookie musher Blair Braverman and her #UglyDogs supporters to help Alaskan schools.

The address of the K-2 class being targeted is:

Miss Angela’s Class
DLMS
PO Box 90
Grayling, AK. 99590-0090

Grayling has a population of about 200 and is on the Yukon River. It can only be reached by bush planes, boat when the river is ice free, or dog sled & snow machine when it’s frozen.

Post cards from far away places are very appropriate to connect the kids to the outside world. I sent some Legos and will get some touristy post cards tomorrow.

March 19, 2019   9 Comments

Iditarod 2019 fini

Red Lantern

The “widow’s lamp” was extinguished yesterday at 4:51:49 PM CDT [1:51:49 PM AKDT] when Victoria Hardwick & team ran under the Burled Arch in Nome. The Red Lantern Award is given to the final finisher of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The musher receives a red lantern trophy.

As this year’s Iditarod Champion, Peter Kaiser received $50,000 and the Official Truck Award – a 2019 Ram 1500 4×4 truck valued at $40,000. He completed the race in 9 days 12 hours 39 minutes and 6 seconds.

Morrow, Peter Kaiser’s lead dog, a 7-year-old female who has led Kaiser’s team into Nome three years in a row, was chosen by mushers to receive the City of Nome Lolly Medley Memorial Golden Harness Award as the most outstanding lead dog. She received an embroidered gold-colored harness.

As the top placing rookie, Ed Hopkins received Rookie of the Year honors: a $2,000 check & a commemorative trophy.

As the musher who bettered her previous finish by the most places, Paige Drobny received the Most Improved Musher Award: $2,000 in cash & a commemorative trophy.

Mats Pettersson was chosen by fellow mushers to receive the Sportsmanship Award: a $3,000 check & a commemorative trophy.

Mushers selected Lance Mackey as the Most Inspirational Musher Award: a paid entry fee for the 2020 Iditarod.

Mushers gave Golden Clipboard Awards to both Rohn and Eagle Island as outstanding checkpoints. They received commemorative plaques.

Aaron Peck was selected for the Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award as the person who emulates “Herbie: The Shishmaref Cannon Ball” in his attitude on the trail. Aaron received $1,049 in “pocket change” inside a Northern Air Cargo jacket.

The race veterinary team selected Aliy Zirkle to receive the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for outstanding dog care while remaining competitive throughout the race: a paid entry fee for the 2020 Iditarod & a commemorative trophy.

Below the fold the checkpoint awards:
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March 19, 2019   2 Comments