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Iditapod bonus: Anchorage interview with Sean Underwood

Sean Underwood got the surprise of a lifetime last week. The 28-year-old musher found out four days before the start of the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that he'd be competing in the event. Long-time musher and four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King had to drop out of the race at the very last minute, and tapped Sean, one of his dog handlers, to fill in.

Meet Sean Underwood, the musher who found out last week he’d be racing the 2020 Iditarod

Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King tapped Underwood, a 28-year-old from Atlanta, to take over his sled dog team after he had emergency surgery.

Last-minute switch: Iditarod musher Zoya DeNure is out and her husband is in

Race commentators said two-time Iditarod finisher Zoya DeNure was having health issues. Her husband, John Schandelmeier, is taking over the sled dog team.

Q&A: Defending champion Pete Kaiser is eyeing his second Iditarod win

The 32-year-old Bethel musher is on the trail with most of his sled dog team from last year, and he’s gunning for another victory.

‘It’s pretty much everywhere’: Iditarod mushers should prepare for deep snow, race officials say

Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman said the word for this year’s race may be “patience” as teams navigate deep snow along much of the trail.

Iditarod mushers send trail mix, lasagna and frozen pork to race checkpoints

The food and gear drop is part of the massive web of logistics to prepare for the annual 1,000-mile sled dog race.
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UAA enrollment drops 10% this fall after summer of tense budget battles

It follows tense state budget battles and accreditation issues for the Anchorage university, and adds additional financial loss to a system that’s already cash-strapped and stressed.

‘It’s never, ever been your fault’: Alaska bishop offers apology in wake of report on sexual abuse

The report found evidence of sexual misconduct by 14 men who worked for the Archdiocese of Anchorage, nearly all of them priests.