March 7, 1993
For Westminster veterinarian Nicholas Herrick, turning the Big 4-0 in December had more than the usual significance.His wife, Becky, decided to send him to Alaska as a birthday present.It was she who urged him to apply for a position as one of the trail veterinarians for the running of the 21st Iditarod Sled Dog Race."It's something that he's always wanted to do," said Ms. Herrick, who remained at home with their daughters, Natalie, 11; Holly, 10; and 7-month-old Susanna.On Tuesday, he flew to Alaska to join 20 other veterinarians who were chosen from around the world to monitor the health of the dog teams on the 1,157-mile run from Anchorage to Nome.
March 10, 1999
Dan Dent's dreams of completing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have come to a bloody end on a frozen river northwest of Anchorage.The Baltimore investment adviser's hands were badly bitten on Sunday, just nine hours into the race, when he tried to break up a fight among his dogs. He resumed the race, but Iditarod officials saw by Monday evening that he had lost most of the use of his hands, and forced him out. He was then flown back to an Anchorage hospital for treatment."It was a pretty ugly end to a good story," Dent said yesterday from his hospital bed.An Iditarod rookie, Dent, 57, was running last among 55 mushers in the grueling 1,100-mile race from Anchorage to Nome.
February 27, 2001
It's been a cold, cold world at Ilchester Elementary School the past month or so. At least it has been for the first-graders in Robin Sharp's class. The fourth-graders in Julie Bartel's class might say that for them, it's been somewhat of a dog's life. But that will change tomorrow when the two teachers leave the shelter of the school building for colder climates and "ruff"-er challenges. Bartel and Sharp have been preparing their classes for the teachers' departure to Anchorage, Alaska, where they will participate in the snow-covered state's best-known sporting event: the Iditarod sled dog race.
March 14, 2007
Iditarod L. Mackey wins race in just over 9 days Lance Mackey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, becoming the first musher to win major long-distance North American sled dog races back-to-back. Mackey crossed under the famed burled arch in downtown Nome, Alaska, early yesterday evening, completing the 1,100-mile Iditarod in just over nine days. He celebrated as he came down Nome's Front Street, alternately waving a fist in the air, then high-fiving fans who lined the street. His family mobbed him at the finish line.
March 21, 2001
LOVE TO LEARN WITH THE LEARNING SITE If you like games, you'll love The Learning Site by Harcourt School Publishers at www.harcourtschool.com. This fun, colorful site features all your favorite subjects, from reading to social science. Each section's activities are categorized by grade level. The site map has links to games and activities. The art section is filled with activities about architecture, cave paintings and relief sculptures such as Mount Rushmore. The health section has info about your brain, teeth, skeleton and the food pyramid.
December 25, 2005
Norman Vaughan, 100, who as a young man explored Antarctica and spent much of his life seeking adventure, died Friday at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He joined Admiral Richard Byrd on his expedition to the South Pole in 1928 and 1930 as a dog handler and driver. Days before his 89th birthday, he and his wife, Carolyn Muegge-Vaughan, returned to Antarctica and climbed to the summit of 10,302-foot Mount Vaughan, the mountain Admiral Byrd named in his honor. Mr. Vaughan's exploits included finishing the 1,100 mile-Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race six times after age 70. At age 96, he carried the Olympic torch in Juneau, passing the flame from a wheelchair, 70 years after he competed in the Olympics as a sled dog racer.