The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Sport Norwegian musher wins Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska

16:21  14 march  2018
16:21  14 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

Mushers hit the snowy trail as Iditarod kicks off in Alaska

  Mushers hit the snowy trail as Iditarod kicks off in Alaska Competitors took to the snowy trail as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicked off Sunday in Alaska following a trying year for the annual event.Musher Cody Strathe of Fairbanks and his 16-dog team were the first to take off across frozen Willow Lake, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Anchorage.Sixty-seven teams are signed up for the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) trek over mountain ranges, frozen rivers and other dangerous terrain. The winner is expected to reach the finish in the old Gold Rush town of Nome in about nine days.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Joar Ulsom of Norway won the world's most famous sled dog race Wednesday after a grueling dash across Alaska's rough terrain, but he earned tens of thousands of dollars less than last year's top musher at the struggling Iditarod.

Navy starts under-ice submarine exercise off Alaska's coast

  Navy starts under-ice submarine exercise off Alaska's coast ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Navy has begun five weeks of submarine training and testing off Alaska's north coast that will include breaching the massive underwater vessels through Arctic sea ice.The exercises, which also include the collection of scientific data, are dubbed Ice Exercise 2018, or ICEX18, and are scheduled every other year.Rear Adm. James Pitts, commander of the Undersea Warfare Development Center, said in an announcement that the Navy builds experience with every ICEX."We are constantly testing new tactics, techniques and procedures under the ice and this exercise allows us to do so on a larger scale and alongside our U.K.

"It's pretty unreal I pulled it off," Ulsom told reporters at the finish line in Nome, Alaska.

After nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers), Ulsom and the eight dogs on his team came off the Bering Sea ice onto Nome's main street. He slapped hands with fans who lined the streets and went under the finish line at 3 a.m. local time Wednesday.

"I don't know what to say about it. It's out of this world," he said before hugging each of his dogs. His supporters crowded the finish line, one waving Norway's flag.

Ulsom's victory generated heavy media attention in Norway, a winter sports nation still basking in the glory of winning the most medals at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"This is completely insane. It's fantastic to win this race here," Ulsom said, according to Norwegian broadcaster NRK. "It was rather tough. It was hard to keep my tears back when I crossed the finish line."

Norwegian Cruise Passenger Rescued After Fall Overboard

  Norwegian Cruise Passenger Rescued After Fall Overboard A passenger on a Norwegian cruise fell overboard Tuesday night and was rescued by the crew.Tuesday evening, off the coast of the Bahamas, one of the guests onboard the more than 1,000-foot-long vessel fell off and into the ocean below.

The 31-year-old, who took the lead Monday when Nicolas Petit got off course in a blizzard, became the third person born outside the U.S. to claim the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. He's also the second Norwegian after Robert Sorlie, a two-time winner who cheered Ulsom's progress along the trail.

Ulsom said he had no idea he had taken the lead when Petit got off course. He saw a sled track ahead of him, and figured he would find someone resting at the checkpoint.

It was a pleasant surprise when he found out he was the first musher to arrive, and figured he had "a good shot at taking it home then."

Ulsom moved in 2011 from Norway to Willow, Alaska, the dog mushing capital of the U.S. He first entered the Iditarod in 2013, when he was named rookie of the year, and has never finished below seventh place. His previous best finishes were fourth-place rankings in both 2017 and 2014.

Ulsom picks up about $50,000, a drop from the 2017 winner's earnings of more than $71,000.

Passenger rescued after falling overboard from Norwegian Epic cruise ship

  Passenger rescued after falling overboard from Norwegian Epic cruise ship <p>A passenger fell overboard from the Norwegian Epic cruise ship Tuesday night near the Bahamas, and crew members boarded rescue boats and saved her in the darkness.</p>Kareen Kennedy, a Lake Mary insurance claims adjuster, was eating dinner at roughly 9 p.m. in the fifth-deck Taste main dining room when an announcement came over the intercom three times: "Code Oscar portside.

The race, which began March 4, has been suffering financially and lost the Wells Fargo bank as a major sponsor over the last year. Organizers have blamed animal rights activists for putting pressure on sponsors.

The Iditarod also was marked by fallout from its first-ever dog doping scandal. Race officials announced that the team of four-time champion Dallas Seavey tested positive for the opioid painkiller tramadol after his second-place finish last March but said they could not prove he gave the drug to his dogs.

Officials did not punish Seavey but changed race rules to make mushers responsible for any positive drug tests. Seavey, who won four titles between 2012 and 2016, denied giving drugs to his dogs and sat out this year's race in protest.

The Iditarod also reprimanded but did not fire the head of its drug testing program on Monday after a musher claimed Dr. Morrie Craig threatened him minutes before the race's start.

Musher Wade Marrs said Craig threatened to expose him as another musher who had a positive drug test last year. Iditarod spokesman Chas St. George has said Seavey's team had the only positive test.

Marrs, who is president of the Iditarod Official Finishers Club, said he felt Craig was trying to punish him for criticizing how the race handled Seavey's case and to silence him before a mushers meeting this week.

The Iditarod said the context and intent of the conversation between Marrs and Craig differed but acknowledged that it was ill-timed. Officials also said Craig should only communicate test results to board members and that any further actions deemed detrimental to the race would result in further disciplinary action, including possible termination.

Sixty-seven mushers started the race north of Anchorage. Eight of those, including Marrs, left the race.

___

Associated Press writer Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark contributed to this report.

Superstore chain Fred Meyer to stop selling guns, ammunition .
Superstore company Fred Meyer says it will stop selling guns and ammunition. The Portland, Oregon,-based chain in an announcement Friday, March 16 says it made the decision after evaluating customer preferences. The company has more than 130 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) Superstore company Fred Meyer says it will sto The Portland, Oregon,-based chain in an announcement Friday says it made the decision after evaluating customer preferences. The company has more than 130 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!