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The Beautiful Matanuska Valley

April 7, 2014
The Beautiful Matanuska Valley

This new book by Helen Hegener includes chapters on Palmer, Wasilla, and other communities within the Valley, both still-existing and long-gone. Stories and photos of Knik, Sutton, Matanuska, Big Lake, Chickaloon and others tell the story of the founding, settling, and development of the area, while details about the Valley’s geography, geology, transportation, agriculture, mining,...
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Beyond Ophir

September 28, 2013
Beyond Ophir

“In the darkness of a midwinter Alaska evening, with sundown around 3 pm, I round a corner and run into not only a moose but two moose, a cow and a calf. I stop just as the cow lowers her head and charges, right past the team and then past me. This puts me...
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2013/2014 Races

September 11, 2013
2013/2014 Races

Click here for the NORTHERN LIGHT MEDIA RACE CALENDAR Other race calendars and information: Go Mush maintains a listing of distance sled dog race web sites, including the Alaska Excursions 120, Sheep Mountain 150, GinGin 200, Knik 200, Copper Basin 300, Yukon Quest, Northern Lights 300,  Tustamena 200, Iditarod, Kobuk 440 and many others around the world. Race coverage on Go Mush includes the World...
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The Lost Patrol

September 8, 2013
The Lost Patrol

The intrepid officers of the Canadian Royal Northwest Mounted Police regularly traveled the northern reaches of the Yukon and Northwest Territories by dog team, delivering the mail and staking a continuing claim to these remote lands for the Government of Canada. The route was often perilous, with extreme temperatures and dangerous lake and river...
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All Alaska Sweepstakes

May 21, 2013
All Alaska Sweepstakes

  The historic All Alaska Sweepstakes is the subject of All Alaska Sweepstakes: History of the Great Sled Dog Race, by Helen Hegener, now in a new edition, revised with 60 pages of new content and photographs. Hundreds of beautiful photos by Jan DeNapoli, Joe May, Donna Quante and others tell the story of the...
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An All Alaska Sweepstakes Tale

April 24, 2013
An All Alaska Sweepstakes Tale

My current project is a reprinting of my 2010 book, All Alaska Sweepstakes: 2008 Centennial Race. No major changes, just moving the book to a different format and cleaning up a few typos in the original, but working on it has been good preparation for another long-term project, an in-depth book on the entire...
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Matanuska Colony Barns

March 30, 2013
Matanuska Colony Barns

It’s been my good fortune to live in the Matanuska Valley off and on for over 40 years, and the Matanuska Colony barns have always been a part of my life in Alaska. Driving the roads around Palmer and Wasilla one often sees the old structures, glimpsed down a tree-lined lane or silhouetted against...
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Iditarod 2013: Buser’s Run

March 4, 2013
Iditarod 2013: Buser’s Run

The 2013 Iditarod got off to a blazing start with four-time champion Martin Buser setting a blistering pace out of Willow. Leaving in the first place position with bib #2 (#1 is honorary and does not race), Buser ran his 16-dog team straight through the night, passing checkpoint after checkpoint and surprising volunteers with...
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Best of the Quest

February 4, 2013
Best of the Quest

The 30th anniversary running of the Yukon Quest has brought it all together for an exciting event, and as the mushers make their way over the Yukon trails to Dawson City, their fans from around the world are finding plenty to help them keep track of their favorite teams. There are some world-class media...
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2013 Northern Lights 300

January 31, 2013
2013 Northern Lights 300

The 2013 Northern Lights 300, which finished on Monday, set a blazing pace from Big Lake to Finger Lake, while keeping fans at rapt attention with some very surprising developments along the trail. It was a race which generated some compelling ‘tales of the trail’ for Monday evening’s banquet, and as the mushers told...
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About Northern Light Media

Northern Light Media, founded in 2007, is an Alaskan company which publishes nonfiction books about Alaskan topics. Titles currently in print include The Matanuska Colony Barns (2013), Along Alaskan Trails (2012), Yukon Quest Album (2010), and The All Alaska Sweepstakes (2009). Northern Light Media has also produced a documentary DVD, Appetite & Attitude: A Conversation with Lance Mackey, about the four-time Iditarod & Yukon Quest Champion. Northern Light Media has produced two popular and well-attended Mushing History Conferences; and is an active supporter of the Northern Lights 300 Sled Dog Race, run in January, on the Iditarod Trail, from Big Lake to Finger Lake and return. You can contact us at helenhegener@gmail.com

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