Dog Mushing in Alaska 101 + Mrs. Uff Da

March is peak time for winter sports in Alaska. The light has returned, the snow is good, and
Alaskans are ready to take advantage. Dog mushing has been a part of Alaska since people first
summer in Alaska. In March, the sport has its best-known event, the Iditarod, with Anchorage’s
Fur Rondy Open World Championship Sled Dog Race. In this show we visit Ineka Kennels and
the Forto family to learn a bit more about the mushing life. Besides mushing, Nordic skiing is one of the
the oldest and most popular winter sports in Alaska. Ms. Uff Da was a consultant columnist in the
Bulletin of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Association in the 90s and 2000s. Alice and Gunnar Knapp
recently compiled her chronicles into a new book titled “The Wit and Wisdom of Mrs. Uff Da.”
Alice joins us in sharing some of Mrs. Uff Da’s advice, especially useful in these crowded times.

HOST: Paul Twardock


  • Robert and Nicole Forto, mushers with Ineka Kennels
  • Alice Knapp who has authored a new book titled “The Wit and Wisdom of Mrs. Uff Da”.
  • Darcy Dugan with Women’s Ski and Children’s Ski


Team Ineka

Robert Forto

Rondy World Fur Championship Sled Dog Race

Anchorage Nordic Ski Association

Skiing for children

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everyone does, is KSKA-FM’s Director of FM Operations. He oversees the day-to-day operations of FM broadcasting. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoor program. He also maintains the web posts for this show. You may have heard him replacing Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and you can still find him operating the soundboard for one of the live streamed programs. After escaping from the Detroit area at age 18, Bork traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he earned a communications/broadcasting degree from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, then top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first summers. After moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to return to Alaska in 2010. When he’s not involved in great radio programming, he probably rides a bike, thinks about riding a bike, dreams of bicycles, reads a book or plans the next place to go. Two more continents to conquer!

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