(Suzanna Caldwell/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 6 February 2012) -- Six mushers have left the Circle checkpoint and are heading up the Yukon River toward Slaven's Cabin. Hugh Neff of Tok is in the lead, followed by Brent Sass, Abbie West, Allen Moore, Sonny Lindner and Jake Berkowitz, according to the Yukon Quest SpotTracker site. Four mushers, Lance Mackey, Kristy Berington, David Dalton and Joar Leifseth Ulsom were reported in Circle this morning. All other mushers were reported out of Central this morning, with the exception of Misha Peterson, who was delayed after one of her dogs got loose on the trail over Eagle Summit. Veteran musher Sebastian Schnuelle, who is reporting on the race from the sidelines, said on the Yukon Quest Facebook page that another musher found the dog and brought it into Central and Peterson should be clear to continue. ... As of 9 p.m. Sunday, 15 mushers had arrived in Central. Most had taken their mandatory four-hour stop at Mile 101 and many were back on the trail, starting on the 75 miles toward Circle.
Posted 6 February 2012; 3:44:52 PM. Permalink
(Radio Sweden, 6 February 2012) -- The Winter cold snap hits residents in the far north of Sweden as temperatures plummet. -34°C, though, is no barrier to the staging of Sweden's first ever outdoor swimming championships. Staying in the north, we find out how Sweden's indigenous race [sic], the Sami, celebrate their national day today. And we visit Stockholm fashion week!
(TASS via Voice of Russia, 6 February 2012) -- The first nations of the Russian Arctic are to celebrate the first annual International Day of Cold on February 28 and 29. The events will be centred on the port city of Arkhangelsk on the coast of the White Sea. The organizers say they want to attract public attention to problems and opportunities in the Russian Arctic.
Posted 6 February 2012; 2:55:58 PM. Permalink