|John Baker thanks the crowd for welcoming him home.|
|The crowd is entertained by the Northern Lights Dancers.|
Signs on local businesses praising John's accomplishment can be seen around this village. Rothman's Store hung one near the entrance of their store. Some wondered when the first place prize would be arriving: a work truck. Would it be transported from Nome by barge this spring or some other route? He also won $50,000.
|Villagers enjoy the beautiful weather.|
The excitement in the community lingers as spring conditions prevailed in this coastal village located above the Arctic Circle. The temperatures increased to 30 degrees today with an occasional snow shower. Residents are ready for the long winter to end as the hours of daylight continue to increase substantially each day. Time to put up the black out curtains or aluminum foil on the windows. It's time to be outdoors amid the melting snow. While we villagers play outdoors, local dog mushers like John Baker are preparing their teams for the next big race -- the Kobuk 440 which begins and ends in Kotzebue.