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

LKSD eJournalism screenshot.

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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Jackie Larson with one of his dogs at the Bogus Creek 150 finish line in Bethel.

Jackie Larson with dog. – Photo by Chris Pike

Jackie Larson won his second Bogus Creek 150 Saturday morning, crossing the finish line in Bethel at 10:54 a.m. with eight dogs. Led by Bessie and Lightening, the Napaskiak musher beat out Lewis Pavilla running the team from Max Olick’s Bad River Kennel.

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Akiak Dash Mass Start

by Daysha Eaton on January 17, 2015


Pete Kaiser, 27, of Bethel has come close to winning the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, finishing third place a couple of times. He’s also run the Iditarod several times finishing in the top ten twice. Because of the icy conditions this season, he decided to spend two months in the Interior to put miles on the dogs where there was some snow. Going into the K300 this weekend, he says that was the right decision for his team.


Defending Kuskokwim 300 champion Rohn Buser, age 25 of Big Lake, believes his dogs are even better than his winning team last year. The two-time champion says he’s here to win and his dogs are ready for the ice trail ahead.

Brent Sass, 35, of Eureka, Alaska has competed in the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest and is a repeat winner of the Gin Gin 200 but this will be his first K300. He says he knows the conditions will be challenging but the time is right to test out his young team.

Lance Mackey, 44, of Fairbanks is one of the most accomplished mushers in the sport. He is the only musher to win four consecutive Iditarods. He’s also won the Yukon Quest four times. He is now attempting his fourth K300. He last ran it in 2012 when he finished fifth. After a few years of rebuilding his kennel he has three teams in the race this year.

Current, the online newpaper of public broadcasting, reports six of the 14 2015 Alfred I duPont-Columbia University journalism awards went to public broadcasters.

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Horse Tribe, a new one-hour documentary premiering this November from Director/Producer Janet Kern, explores the renaissance of the legendary horse culture of the Nez Perce–with the help of a charismatic Navajo horseman, Rudy Shebala.

Shebala has an exceptional gift of equine expertise, but faces challenges in Idaho–a land far from his traditional Navajo home. His intuitive mentorship also guides at-risk teenagers to develop self-esteem through the strong medicine of horses. With his passion for Native American identity, he brings national attention to Nez Perce horse culture. However, Shebala’s personal demons ultimately imperil his accomplishments for the tribe.

Kern originally set out to the Nez Perce to portray children and society flourishing in the company of horses, and the adaption of an ancient equestrian tradition into one with a modern purpose. But as the story evolved over the years, it became more complex. A man was in crisis and a community was in conflict–leaving their beloved herd to an uncertain fate.

Horse Tribe is an epic story about the connection of human to animal, history to life, individuals to community, grief to resolve, and values to action. Through her own experience, Kern recounts, “The inexplicably generous instincts of a people who have experienced incomprehensible loss are a lesson, a mystery, and a gift to me and to everyone they touch.”

Horse Tribe received major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Vision Maker Media.  For viewing information in your area, please visit www.visionmakermedia.org/watch

About Vision Maker Media
Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media–to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships. For more information, visitwww.visionmakermedia.org.