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300 miles in Iditarod mushers deciding when to push — or rest

first_imgDallas Seavey, first into McGrath, with a healthy looking string of dogs. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)Iditarod dog teams have travelled more than 300 miles down the trail in the last three days.Defending champion Dallas Seavey says they’ve reached a turning point in the race.“This is getting to be far enough into the race where you’re going to start seeing some people pushing the pace start to fall back a little bit, but its’ going to be another three or four hundred miles before you really see the separation happen,” he said.Warm weather has been easy on mushers, for the most part.Open water through the Dalzell Gorge made for wet feet, but there have only been a few minor bumps and bruises in the last day on the trail.Brent Sass says warm weather has been great for his race plan.“I’ve just been having a good time avoiding checkpoints,” Sass said. “I’ve been actually getting some sleep myself, because I can’t be social out there by myself.”One musher who may have decided to socialize a little more is Hugh Neff.  After a big push early, he was the first musher to declare his 24-hour mandatory rest in Nikolai.“Obviously I pushed it pretty hard the first day, doing over 200 miles, so I’d say that’s different, but now I think we’re going to get more into just doing a more even run rest schedule,” he said.Neff says some of his decisions to modify his race plan have to do with the younger dogs on his team.“It’s a nice team, but I do have four yearlings in this team so I have to play off their youth and inexperience,” Neff said. “They’re really what I’m keying on.”As for four-time champion Lance Mackey, he says the early part of his race has been a rollercoaster.“This race is the highest of highs and lowest of lows and you don’t exactly know when they’re going to take place,” he said.Mackey had a rough couple of days from the start line through the Alaska Range.“I haven’t had a good clean run in a nice long time and that was my objective and it didn’t look like it was going to start that way,” Mackey said.But Mackey seemed to be in better spirits in Nikolai.He says his plan is to push on beyond the teams already bedding down for their mandatory 24-hour rest.last_img read more

Former FHFA Policy Analyst Joins Collingwood Group

first_img in Government, Headlines, News February 18, 2015 526 Views Former FHFA Policy Analyst Joins Collingwood Group Collingwood Group FHFA Movers & Shakers 2015-02-18 Tory Barringercenter_img The Collingwood Group, a business advisory firm based in Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday that veteran housing finance policy expert Bonnie McCloskey has joined the company as VP.McCloskey comes to Collingwood from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), where she worked as a senior policy analyst. She is Collingwood’s second recent addition from FHFA, joining months after Meg Burns, former senior associate director for the agency.In her role at FHFA, McCloskey was responsible for providing oversight and guidance to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on a variety of single-family policy and technology issues. Her work focused on creating new standards for industry information and systems utilization.Before that, she spent more than two decades at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), serving in a number of positions within the Office of Single-Family Housing. In her time at FHA, McCloskey managed all of the agency’s key technology tools, including FHA Connection, the Single-Family Data Warehouse, and the Neighborhood Watch system.In her new role, McCloskey will support Collingwood’s Risk Management and Compliance and Business Advisory practices.”After 27 years in the federal government I am excited to bring my experience to the private sector,” McCloskey said. “I look forward to helping Collingwood’s clients navigate today’s challenging regulatory landscape.””Bonnie’s experience at FHA and FHFA make her the ideal addition to the Collingwood team,” said Collingwood Vice-Chairman Brian Montgomery. “Her work spanned all aspects of the FHA business. Her expertise will be invaluable to Collingwood’s clients as they strive to be compliant with a myriad of regulations while also exploring new opportunities.” Sharelast_img read more