JUNEAU - The first day of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will honor a four-time race champion under a bill approved by the Alaska Legislature.
House Bill 37 establishes the first Saturday of every March as Susan Butcher Day.
Butcher, the second woman to win the Iditarod, died in August 2006 of leukemia.
The Senate on Monday approved the measure on a 14-2 vote. The Alaska House approved the measure unanimously in 2007, the first of the two-year session, but the bill languished in a Senate committee until recently.
Gov. Sarah Palin says she will sign the bill.
The last time an Alaskan has been accorded such an honor was in 1988 with the establishment of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day to honor the civil rights leader.
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