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Story Last modified at 10:36 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Local mushers speed through Tok

Chugiak's Nathan Sterling finished fifth, and fellow local Ed Wood was 13th in the Tok Race of Champions Adult Unlimited Speed class race on March 27 in Tok.

Willow's Egil Ellis won the two-day, 32-mile race with a total time of 1 hour, 40 minutes and 55 seconds. Sterling was less than eight minutes back, while Wood came in about 17 minutes behind Ellis.

The finish gave Sterling a fourth-place showing in the overall International Sled Dog Racing Association's season point standings, while Wood finished ninth. Ellis won the overall title.

Also racing in Tok was Jennifer Sterling, who finished seventh in the 8-Dog Speed class and sixth in the 6-Dog Speed class. She finished fourth in both classes in the season standings.

Eagle River man snags snowmachine

Eagle River's Henry Carrillo was one of the big winners in the Iditarod's annual Winter Raffle, which awarded more than $190,000 in prizes following a drawing on April 3 at the Great Alaskan Sportsman Show in Anchorage.

Carrillo's prize was a 2010 Ski-Doo Renegade Sport 550F snowmachine, donated by Alaska Mining and Diving Supply. His was one of 20 winning tickets drawn, with each ticket holder winning prizes that included pickup trucks, a new hot tub, airline tickets and Alaska vacations. The raffle is one of the Iditarod's largest fundraising events.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.