The Shishmaref Cannonball is gone.

Herbie Nayokpuk has died. An ever-smiling icon of the Iditarod and ambassador of good will everywhere, Herbie grew up and continued to live in the small coastal town of Shishmaref, which is slowly disappearing because of changing climate conditions. His name is probably unknown to 99% of you, but he was a touchstone for the people of Alaska. Good mushing, Herbie.