Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Tegan Hanlon is the deputy digital editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach her at thanlon@alaskapublic.org.
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COVID-19 vaccines may soon come to Alaska’s busiest airports

The state’s top doctor says she wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated, and offering single-dose shots at airports could be a key piece of the puzzle.

Dallas Seavey widens lead on way to Iditarod finish

Just an hour separates mushers Dallas Seavey and Aaron Burmeister, with less than 70 miles to the finish line.
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Iditarod round-up: As more teams start return trip, Seavey holds onto lead in race’s final third

More than two dozen Iditarod teams are retracing their route back to Willow Friday afternoon after reaching this year’s turnaround spot. Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey and his dogs are holding onto the lead, and another team has called it quits on the trail.
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Iditarod says musher who tested positive for COVID-19 likely became infected before race

The Iditarod is trying to track down two mushers who shared a tent with Gunnar Johnson and may have been exposed to the virus.
A musher on the back of a sled wearing a red-white-and blue hat.

Iditarod musher tests positive for COVID-19, removed from race

Minnesota musher Gunnar Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 at the checkpoint in McGrath, near mile 310 a little less than halfway through the race.
A musher rests under a parka, near a dog team and in front of a mountain range

Iditarod update: The trail gets shorter, and the race field gets smaller

The race director has chopped about 20 miles off this year's trail because of too much snow. Also, another musher has dropped out of the competition.
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Musher Aliy Zirkle is injured on Iditarod trail, flown to Anchorage for care

Aliy Zirkle's race ended Monday night after she crashed on her way into the remote Rohn checkpoint. Race officials say she suffered a concussion and other injuries.
Sled dogs eat from small, black bowls in the snow.

Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey first to McGrath

For Dallas Seavey’s first-place arrival, he won mittens made of beaver fur and moose hide, plus a beaver-fur hat. McGrath is roughly a third of the way into the race.
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Minnesota musher Cindy Gallea drops out of Iditarod, Redington takes lead

With Gallea’s scratch, 45 teams remain on the Iditarod trail. There's still a long way to go, but by late Monday afternoon, Skagway musher Ryan Redington had taken over the lead.
An Iditarod musher gives someone a high-five.

COVID-19 testing, face masks and a smaller crowd: An Iditarod like no other gets underway

Race officials put tight restrictions on who could be near the Iditarod starting line on Sunday, as part of their COVID-19 mitigation plan, leading to a much smaller crowd.
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The Iditarod starts Sunday and it will look a lot different this year. Here’s what to know.

It’s set to be an Iditarod like no other. There’s required testing and face masks, plus a shorter trail and a smaller group of mushers signed up to compete.
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University of Alaska regents give Anchorage hockey and gymnastics teams more time to fundraise

The University of Alaska Board of Regents agreed Thursday to reinstate Anchorage’s hockey and gymnastics teams as long as they reach their fundraising goals by new, extended deadlines.
A man and a woman stand in face masks.

LISTEN: Anchorage hospital workers step up to cuddle Alaska’s tiniest babies

Coronavirus-related restrictions on volunteers left a big hole in the NICU at Alaska’s largest hospital. Then, Providence workers stepped in to the help fill the need.
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Dallas Seavey returns to Iditarod after mysterious scandal rocked his mushing career

This year marks Dallas Seavey’s 12th Iditarod. But it’s the four-time Iditarod champion's first since a dog-doping whodunit turned his mushing career upside down four years ago.
Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle stands outside at a remote Iditarod checkpoint.

Alaska mushing icon Aliy Zirkle says the 2021 Iditarod will be her last

After more than two decades of competitive mushing, Aliy Zirkle posted a retirement letter on her kennel’s website Thursday evening.

Iditarod cancels 2021 ceremonial start in Anchorage

The sled dog race has called off this year’s 11-mile dash through Anchorage because of coronavirus concerns.
Packages of disposable face masks for sale at a grocery store.

Yes, in some cases, two face masks are better than one, Alaska health experts say

Even though there has been just one confirmed case of a new, more infectious COVID-19 variant in Alaska, health officials say now is the time to upgrade your single-layer cloth mask.

ANWR on hold: Decades-long uncertainty over Arctic refuge drilling continues

When Joe Biden took office, he immediately slammed the brakes on oil drilling in the Arctic refuge. So how did we get here? And, what’s next?
The Seawolf logo outside of the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union.

UAA ski team has raised funds to save itself, but uncertainty looms for hockey and gymnastics

The University of Alaska Regents gave all three sports an ultimatum in September: Raise enough money to cover two years of operating expenses, or face permanent elimination.