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Lance Mackey was one of the feautred mushers in LKSD's eJournalism video projects. Image courtesy LKSD.

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Students from all over the YK Delta produced several videos about the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. KYUK provided a few pointers to the students at the start of their eJournalism intensive. The intensive course is aimed at training and preparing students for careers in media and information technologies.

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K300: Start to Finish

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Humanitarian Award winner Kristin Bacon. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Humanitarian Award winner Kristin Bacon. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Musher Kristin Bacon won the humanitarian award for excellent dog care during the Kuskokwim 300. The race presented the award during the banquet Monday night. She ran a team of mostly Jeff King’s dogs in her first Kuskokwim 300.

Rookie of the year went to Raelyn Shover, who ran one of three teams from Lance Mackey’s kennel. She finished in 16th place.

2015 Kuskokwim 300 winner Pete Kaiser of Bethel, the first local musher to win in 29 years, received a standing ovation. He thanked family, friends, and the entire YK Delta region for years of support.
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Rohn Buser came in second place in the 2015 K300.

Rohn Buser came in second place in the 2015 K300.

The Kuskokwim 300 race committee has made a decision about Martin and Rohn Buser going off the main race trail. What that decision was remained confidential at the well-attended race banquet Monday evening.

Race manager Zach Fansler said race the committee came to a consensus and decided to assess penalties which he did not name. However, the race times announced at the banquet for the father and son mushers were 10 minutes longer than their posted times.

Both Rohn Buser and Martin Buser drove their teams on Church Slough back to Bethel, veering off the race trail that follows the Kuskokwim river. Locals say the route is  slightly shorter.
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Jonrowe thanks her team at the finish of the 2015 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Ben Matheson  / KYUK.

Jonrowe thanks her team at the finish of the 2015 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

With the arrival of the final musher, veteran Dee Dee Johnrowe, all of the Kuskowkim 300 mushers are safely off the trail.

Jonrowe came into Bethel at 1:24 Monday morning with a team of 6 dogs. She was moving slowly on the trail from Tuluksak and spent time parked on the ice outside of Kwethluk. Jonrowe thanked each of her young dogs in the chute and said she was glad to be back in Bethel.
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Pete Kaiser at the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 finish with his lead dogs, Palmer and Rosie. - Photo by Chris Pike

Pete Kaiser at the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 finish with his lead dogs, Palmer and Rosie. – Photo by Chris Pike

Bethel’s Pete Kaiser is the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 champion. Kaiser and his team crossed the finish line in Bethel at 5:31 Sunday morning with a team of nine dogs in the 36th running of the race.
Kaiser is the first local musher in 29 years to win the race.

Rohn Buser had a seven-minute edge on Kaiser as they left the final four-hour layover at Tuluksak Sunday morning after midnight. Kaiser passed Buser on the way to Bethel.

Listen to the full finish line interview with Pete Kaiser.

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Photos: 2015 Akiak Dash

by Shane Iverson on January 18, 2015

Johnnie Evan of Tuntutuliak won this year’s Akiak Dash.  The 65-mile sprint race is always a thriller for race fans who enjoy the mass start at the beginning to the close finishes.

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Jeff King in Tuluksak. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Jeff King in Tuluksak. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Jeff King has the fastest runtimes from Aniak to Tuluksak in the second half of the Kuskokwim 300. KYUK’s Ben Matheson spoke with the 9-time champion in Tuluksak as he prepared to drive his team back to Bethel.

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Pete Kaiser works with his team in Tuluksak. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Pete Kaiser works with his team in Tuluksak. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Seven minutes separate Pete Kaiser and Rohn Buser with 50 miles left to run in the 2015 Kuskokwim 300. Kaiser will leave at 12:38 a.m. as he attempts to overtake defending champion Buser, who leaves at 12:31 a.m. KYUK’s Ben Matheson spoke with Kaiser in Tuluksak as he prepared for his push into Bethel.

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Johnnie Evan wins his third Akiak Dash Title in this year’s running. Photo Chris Pike/KYUK

Johnnie Qaluvialler Evan of Tuntutuliak won the Akiak Dash in Bethel Saturday evening.  Evan topped thirteen other  teams competing in the region’s premier sprint race by maintaining a steady lead for the duration of the 65-mile course that runs from Bethel to Akiak and back .
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