Dogs and Friends Hike

Guided Walk (Registration required) Bring your (well-socialized) leashed dog on a 3-mile walk and meet fellow canine adventure enthusiasts and learn about dog friendly destinations. Register at www.ernc.org. Free; $5

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Guided Walk (Registration required) Bring your (well socialized) leashed dog on a 3-mile walk, meet fellow canine enthusiasts, and learn about dog-friendly destinations. Register at www.ernc.org.

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Family Tradition: Alaskan Guardsman makes debut appearance in K-300

His hands trembled with anticipation, soaked in a mixture of anxiety and excitement. The room was quiet as the mushers of the Kuskokwim 300 waited to pick a bib number which would determine their starting order. He knew he was ready, but the helm he was about to take up was still overwhelming. He had never run a team of dogs further than 75 miles, and dog sledding was a family tradition. Staff Sgt. Thomas Carl, an Alaska Army National Guard infantryman with B Company, 1-297th Infantry Battalion, competed in his first Kuskokwim-300 dogsled race in Bethel, January 19-21, 2018. Carl is an Akiak native and the son in law of Michael Williams  Sr, a village council member known statewide for his 16 appearances in the Iditarod and 29 in the K-300.  This year, due to health concerns, Williams Sr. asked Carl to drive his team.

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