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Race organizers requests $1 million from the State of Alaska to
"insulate ourselves from...endless antagonism"
State of Alaska grants Iditarod $100,000 to fight animal rights activists
A partnership between the state and the federal Bureau of Land Management has erected four new shelter cabins along the Iditarod Trail in these locations:
The shelters are 16-by-16-foot cabins of spruce logs with
bunk space for six and a wood stove.
The project cost $800,000, money appropriated through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act intended to stimulate
the lagging economy across the United States. Much of the
cost involved transporting materials and crews to the site
by helicopter after reaching staging area by fixed-wing
"That's the cost of putting these things where they do the
most good," said Doug Ballou, a resource manager at BLM. "In
the Lower 48, we'd be talking about rest areas on the
"One of the long-term goals of the Iditarod Trail is to provide safe travel along the trail -- not just for the race but for the villagers who use it as part of a wider network. It's the road system for rural Alaska, and it can be life-saving."
Posted by Jim Wilke on 02/09/11 - www.TrackForum.com
"Absolute baloney. Three of these four cabins are located on
remote trails that are only used by the Iditarod every other
year. The Iditarod has to pay big bucks to break the trail
because no one travels out there. In fact, there are few
people even living in the area - the closest villages are
McGrath and Shageluk, both about 100 miles away and home to
300 residents each. The fourth is on a well traveled trail
that is only 12 miles from a village of 250. Trust me, they
won't use this thing, they'll get home. The Iron Dog trail
passes two of the four but won't use them.
Low Cost Vaccination Programs - Locally sponsored vaccination programs allow mushers to vaccinate large numbers of animals for practically nothing.
Cheap and Free Euthanasia - Mushers can take unwanted dogs to local shelters and "surrender" the sled dog for any reason at all. Most sled dogs are quickly designated "unadoptable" (having never been socialized, house broken, or allowed off a tether) and must be euthanized at the shelter's expense.
Free Food - Local shelters provide free dog food to mushers in financial distress. There are also programs hosted by musher organizations to encourage race fans to purchase food for participating mushers.
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