JUNEAU (AP) -- House members on Monday honored Iditarod pioneer Joe Redington Sr.'s contribution to the state by voting to rename 15 miles of the Knik-Goose Bay Road in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough after him.
Redington is viewed as the ''Father of the Iditarod'' for his efforts in establishing the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Beverly Masek, R-Willow, called Redington an Alaska hero.
''He helped to build the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be a huge international event,'' Masek said.
House Bill 44 passed the House unanimously. If it also passes the Senate, the Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Trail will run past the Iditarod Sled Dog Race headquarters and the Redington homestead. The legislation is the first bill to pass the House this year.
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