The normally snow-covered bay was slick ice this year. Combined with winds capable of blowing sleds off the trail, that portion of this year's Iditarod caused hardships for many mushers. Their travails were "horrible" to watch, said one witness.Craig Medred
Ralph Silas, a 57-year-old man who traveled between Koyukuk and Nulato was last seen in mid-January and reported missing in mid-February. The remains found on the Koyukuk River are thought to be his.Alaska Dispatch
Dallas Seavey on Tuesday seized his second Iditarod title, setting a new speed record, in a wild finish to this year's race. After previous race leader Jeff King scratched before Safety, Seavey passed Aliy Zirkle at that checkpoint and never relinquished his lead, in a repeat of his 2012 victory.Craig Medred, Suzanna Caldwell
The weather appeared to be stopping the Iditarod frontrunners on Monday night and Tuesday morning, as Jeff King scratched and new race leader Aliy Zirkle checked into Safety, but didn't check out at the last stop before Nome, only for Dallas Seavey to blow through the checkpoint.Alaska Dispatch
OPINION: A proposal before the Legislature would amend the Alaska Constitution to allow public dollars to flow to private and religious schools. But the people who wrote Alaska's constitution discussed the targeted sentence at length and included it for some very good reasons.Vic Fischer
Those monitoring House Bill 77's progress will have to move quickly to study the measure, which now is of more limited power. The bill's first public hearing in the Alaska Legislature is Wednesday.Pat Forgey
Only two years after a humbling defeat near the shores of the Bering Sea, grizzled Jeff King from the community of Denali Park in the heart of Alaska is poised to claim the crown as one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champions of all time.
In a rare political statement, the Alaska Supreme Court has come out against legislative efforts to change Alaska's judicial nomination process. But that political role for the justices has now drawn criticism, too, with one legislator saying he was "appalled" at the court's involvement.Pat Forgey
Superlatives were seldom in short supply during this Iditarod, a race that will be remembered for its lack of snow as much as a pace that may see more than a half-dozen mushers break the record time of 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes.
Jeff King pretty much has his fifth Iditarod win in the bag, and, at age 58, he is poised to bump aside Mitch Seavey aside as the oldest musher ever to win. At an age when many are sizing up rocking chairs, King seems to be attacking life with a new-found enthusiasm.Craig Medred
Last year, two lengthy articles in national outlets covering the Iditarod played to stereotypes about flying in Alaska. But in reality, chartering an aircraft during the race is a lot less dangerous than most media reports suggest. Colleen Mondor