Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
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Casey Grove is host of Alaska News Nightly, a general assignment reporter and an editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at cgrove@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Casey here
a dog next to a box

Delmer, who doesn’t miss a thing

Delmer is six years old and racing in his fourth Iditarod, Pete Kaiser said.
a musher gets a kiss from a dog

Dallas Seavey wins record-breaking sixth Iditarod

Musher Dallas Seavey dashed across the finish line in Nome on Tuesday, breaking a tie with five-time champ Rick Swenson.
a musher puts booties on a dog

Iditarod set to mint Dallas Seavey as winningest musher of all time

If he wins, Dallas Seavey will have overcome a penalty earlier in the race for not sufficiently gutting a moose he shot after it attacked his team.
huskies next to a dog truck in a snowy street

Titan, of golden lineage

“He’s a sweet boy," Dallas Seavey said of Titan. "There’s a lot of things I love about him."
an aerial view of a musher on snow

Dallas Seavey leads Iditarod, eyeing a record-setting sixth win

Seavey regained the lead after a two-hour penalty earlier in the race.
a man puts pepperoni on a pizza

This Unalakleet restaurant is delivering hot pizza and warm messages to exhausted Iditarod mushers

Mushers’ family, friends and fans began calling Peace on Earth weeks ago to place pizza orders. Many asked for special messages to be written on the boxes.
a dog gets a kiss oustide

Skookum, the rowdy one

Lauro Eklund said Skookum means solid or strong, and it's the perfect name for a rowdy dog who's "beating up on his siblings all the time."
a musher putting foot ointment on their dogs outside, the dogs are wearing red coats

Iditarod teams contend with frigid temperatures and sleep deprivation heading to the coast

The mushers are adding clothing to themselves and their dogs to stay warm in subzero windchills.
a black dog in a truck

Mayhem, ‘the sweetest girl on the team’

“She loves to be pet, so every time you’re walking by, she gives you a paw," said Anna Berington.
a musher puts out straw for their dogs

‘Tons can happen’: Iditarod teams mush into race’s second half

“We’re only halfway in the race, and tons can happen,” said musher Pete Kaiser.
a sled dog rests on a mat outside

Schooby, the old man

Nicolas Petit says Schooby “carries the world on his shoulders.”
a musher eats a meal inside

Iditarod musher Petit and his dogs chow down in Ruby after arriving first to the Yukon River town

Both the Big Lake musher and his voracious huskies were eager to eat, having made it to the Yukon River first Thursday night.
a musher talks to another man outside

Iditarod ‘made the right call,’ Seavey says of penalty for insufficient moose-gutting

Musher Dallas Seavey was assessed a two-hour penalty for failing to properly gut a moose he shot earlier in the race after it attacked his team.
dogs under blankets

Iditarod mushers care for dogs, sleep, eat and repeat during their 24-hour breaks

The 24’s, as they’re called, are mandatory and a welcome reset for the weary teams.
a woman gazes at her sled dog

Iditarod back-of-the-pack mushers and their dogs are learning on the fly

Sean Williams is a second-time rookie and says he’s doing less screaming this year, while Deke Naaktgeboren is enjoying watching his dogs start to gel.
a musher applies foot ointment to a dog

Iditarod dream rekindled: Wally Robinson returns to the race after nearly a quarter-century

Robinson was a rookie in 2001, finishing 40th. It was his one and only attempt, until now.
a vet looks over a dog team

An angry moose and bare ground mark a brutal first quarter for Iditarod teams

Dallas Seavey recounts his moose encounter as his team rested at the checkpoint in Nikolai, about 250 miles into the 1,000-mile race.
A man runs with a dog that has three legs down the street as his team prepares to run the Iditarod.

Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey shoots moose to protect his dogs, officials say

Seavey says he stopped to gut the moose, a requirement under race rules.
A dog team runs through the snow

The race is on: What to know about the 2024 Iditarod

What’s the route this year? How are trail conditions? We answer those questions and more.
A man in a green jacket waves to fans on a street in downtown Anchorage Alaska.

Three Iditarod champions vie for another victory

Dallas Seavey is gunning for a record-breaking sixth victory, while Pete Kaiser and Ryan Redington are both hoping to notch a second win.