Iditarod Part of Valley Life Year-Round

It wasn’t so long ago in Alaska when planes, trains, automobiles — and more recently snowmachines and helicopters — replaced sled dog teams as our primary mode of conveyance.And if it weren’t for sled dog racing, this unique part of Alaska’s past may have been left behind 50 years ago, restricted to old photos and old-timers’ tales.Sled dog teams in Alaska and the Yukon did the work of hauling and carrying freight and people that was done by horses in the Lower 48.In fact, it was working — not racing — sled dog teams that introduced Joe Redington to this unique partnership between people and dogs.Read more here: http://www.frontiersman.com/opinions/editorials/iditarod-part-of-valley-life-year-round/article_86d2fdae-6f25-11e1-affe-0019bb2963f4.html

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