Sixty-nine mushers, each with a team of 16 dogs, are on their way to Nome in the Iditarod Sled-dog Race. Mushers include three Alaska Natives: Inupiaq John Baker of Kotzebue, Yup'ik Pete Kaiser of Bethel, and Yup'ik Michael Williams, Jr., of Akiak.
In an attempt to increase the numbers of moose and caribou available for hunters, state officials killed a pack of 11 wolves the National Park Service had been studying for the past seven years.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness month, and the National Eye Institute wants to remind people, especially Alaska Natives age 40 and up, to get an eye exam to prevent permanent blindness due to glaucoma.
Dr. Ann Coleman is a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, and Chair of the National Eye Institute Glaucoma Subcommittee. She says the disease is associated with high pressure in the eye that damages the optic nerve.