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Iditarod 2014 – 15 scratches – Aliy Zirkle in the lead at Unalakleet

Race leader Aliy Zirkle had a two-hour lead out of Kaltag on Saturday and became the first musher into Unalakleet on the west coast of Alaska.  She made the checkpoint late Saturday afternoon, 52 minutes ahead of Martin Buser, four time Iditarod winner.

Blog post from Joe Runyan:

A brief note on the trail ahead to Shaktoolik. The trail, while barren, is useable. A descent from a mountain portage onto the ice leading to shaktoolik is brushy, but trail breakers are at the moment cutting brush which would normally be buried under snow. Further, the trail to Shaktoolik to Koyuk has been modified. Normally, the trail would cut directly across the sea ice on Norton sound but this year at has been directed in a huge curve to follow the shore on bare ground. I just talked to a local and he said it was rough going to be rough going overland to Shaktoolik and on the shore trail to Koyuk.

Iditarod 2014 Scratches – 8 so far…

Anchorage Daily News Update, Tuesday 5:30 p.m.:
By Kevin Klott


Jan Steves of Edmonds, Wash., joined the growing list of mushers dropping out of the Iditarod.

Steves scratched Tuesday afternoon at Rainy Pass, bringing the number of scratches to eight.

Seven mushers have officially scratched. An eighth musher, Jake Berkowitz, is also out of the race but stranded in the Farewell Burn with a broken sled, according to reports on his kennel’s Facebook page.

The most recent post by Apex Kennels is that the Iditarod is sending two airplanes to rescue Berkowitz. It said Berkowitz, his dogs and his sled will be flown to McGrath.

Berkowitz is the only musher whose race ended either in the Burn or because of the Burn. The other seven — DeeDee Jonrowe, Jim Lanier, Lindwood Fiedler, Mike Santos, Gus Guenther, Cindy Gallea and Steves — scratched before the long stretch of snow-free trail between Rohn and Nikolai.

All but one of the scratches happened Tuesday. Gallea stopped her race Monday, saying she was too sick to continue.

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2014/03/04/3357237/lanier-jonrowe-among-several-mushers.html#storylink=cpy

The Last Great Race is Underway

The 2014 Iditarod in underway.  The sled dog teams raced away today in warm weather.  The trail conditions are considered poor in some areas due to a limited amount of snow.  Course workers have made the trail passable, but certainly less then ideal.

The first 350 miles of trail from Willow to McGrath include open water and bare ground in several spots.  Here’s hoping for snow.

Iditarod 2014 List of Mushers by Bib Number

69 Mushers set to start the 2014 Iditarod Race this year.  Being an even numbered year, they will use the northern (vs southern) route which is considered the easier of the two.

Bib # Musher Name Sex City State Country
2 Curt Perano M Central Otago NEW ZEALAND
3 Paige Drobny F Fairbanks AK USA
4 Gus Guenther M Clam Gulch AK USA
5 Dan Kaduce M Chatanika AK USA
6 Mitch Seavey M Seward AK USA
7 Michael Williams, Jr. M Akiak AK USA
8 Yvonne Dabakk F Oslo NORWAY
9 Newton Marshall M St. Anne JAMAICA
10 Aliy Zirkle F Two Rivers AK USA
11 Richie Diehl M Aniak AK USA
12 Tommy Jordbrudal M Longyearbyen NORWAY
13 Kelly Maixner M Big Lake AK USA
14 Dallas Seavey M Willow AK USA
15 Michelle Phillips F Tagish YT CANADA
16 DeeDee Jonrowe F Willow AK USA
17 Jeff King M Denali AK USA
18 Monica Zappa F Kasilof AK USA
19 Allen Moore M Two Rivers AK USA
20 Scott Janssen M Anchorage AK USA
21 Christian Turner M Karratha WA AUSTRALIA
22 Robert Sorlie M Hurdal NORWAY
23 Aaron Burmeister M Nome AK USA
24 Ellen Halverson F Wasilla AK USA
25 Nathan Schroeder M Chisholm MN USA
26 Charley Bejna M Addison IL USA
27 Jessie Royer F Darby MT USA
28 Cim Smyth M Big Lake AK USA
29 Nicolas Petit M Girdwood AK USA
30 Rick Casillo M Willow AK USA
31 Lev Shvarts M Willow AK USA
32 Linwood Fiedler M Willow AK USA
33 Karin Hendrickson F Wasilla AK USA
34 Justin Savidis M Willow AK USA
35 Paul Gebhardt M Kasilof AK USA
36 Martin Buser M Big Lake AK USA
37 Jake Berkowitz M Big Lake AK USA
38 Jim Lanier M Chugiak AK USA
39 Jason Mackey M Wasilla AK USA
40 Jan Steves F Edmonds WA USA
41 Lisbet Norris F Willow AK USA
42 Cindy Gallea F Wykoff MN USA
43 Peter Kaiser M Bethel AK USA
44 Mats Pettersson M Kiruna SWEDEN
45 John Dixon M Fairbanks AK USA
46 Cindy Abbott F Irvine CA USA
47 Joar Leifseth Ulsom M Mo i Rana NORWAY
48 Travis Beals M Seward AK USA
49 Ramey Smyth M Willow AK USA
50 Marcelle Fressineau F Whitehorse YT CANADA
51 Ray Redington Jr M Wasilla AK USA
52 Anna Berington F Kasilof AK USA
53 John Baker M Kotzebue AK USA
54 Ralph Johannessen M Dagali NORWAY
55 Elliot Anderson M Big Lake AK USA
56 Kristy Berington F Kasilof AK USA
57 Matt Failor M Willow AK USA
58 Hans Gatt M Whitehorse YT CANADA
59 Karen Ramstead F Perryvale AB CANADA
60 Alex Buetow M Fairbanks AK USA
61 Hugh Neff M Tok AK USA
62 Danny Seavey M Seward AK
63 Katherine Keith F Kotzebue AK USA
64 Robert Bundtzen M Anchorage AK USA
65 Ken Anderson M Fairbanks AK USA
66 Mike Ellis M Two Rivers AK USA
67 Wade Marrs M Wasilla AK USA
68 Mike Santos M Cantwell AK USA
69 Abbie West F Two Rivers AK USA
70 Sonny Lindner M Two Rivers AK USA

Obama took more vacation on average than private-sector workers with 20 yrs on Job

Obama, who is currently in Hawaii on vacation, that will reportedly last until Jan. 5th, 2014.  He took more annual vacation days on average in his first term than the average private-sector worker gets after 20 years on the job.

He took an average of 21.5 vacations days per year in his first four years as president. By comparison, private-industry workers in the United States who have at least 20 years on the job get an average of 19 days of paid vacation per year.

I guess Camp David isn’t good enough for him…  He just spent millions of taxpayer dollars on himself, yet again…