Time is Winding Down

We are now in the final week of 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic ticket sales. Don’t miss your chance at the $10,000 prize! Be sure to buy your tickets and submit your guesses before Monday, April 20th at 7:00 PM.

Tickets will continue to be sold by Bethel youth at AC and the YK Fitness Center, as well as at the Camai Festival this weekend. Additionally, tickets are available at the K300 Booth at AC, ID Variety, the VFW and BCSF. Drop boxes for completed guesses are located at AC, the VFW, Wells Fargo, Q2, BRHS, Ravn, Grant and BCSF.

Upriver communities can purchase tickets in Aniak from the Junior High Girls Basketball team.

Tickets are also on sale from individual agents in Kipnuk and Atmautluak; call 545-8483 for more information.

Remember, the deadline is Monday, April 20th at 7:00 PM!!!


“Guess by Mail” Deadline: April 10th

We hope that by now you’ve heard that those outside of the Bethel area can participate in this year’s Kuskokwim Ice Classic through our new “Guess by Mail” system.  To allow extra time for delivery and processing, all guesses made by mail have an early deadline and must be postmarked NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH. Tomorrow!

For full instructions please select the “Guess by Mail” menu option from above.

Please note, the April 10th deadline only applies to guesses made by mail. All other participants have until Monday, April 20th at 7:00 PM to purchase tickets and submit guesses.


Ice Thickness Update #2!

For many winters, on the last day of every month, Bethelite Kevin Murphy has drilled a hole through the frozen surface of the Kuskokwim River with a hand-powered auger and measured the thickness of the ice, which he then reports to the National Weather Service. Yesterday Mr. Murphy was kind enough to let us tag along as he took what will most likely be his final measurement of the 2014-15 winter. If you’ve been following us here at www.iceclassic.org, you may recall that last month, on Februrary 28th, Murphy reported a measurement of 35 1/2″.  Yesterday’s measurement of the river ice in front of the Bethel City Dock was precisely 34″, meaning the ice has shed 1 1/2″ in the last month. Murhpy indicated that 34″ is on the low end of the normal range for this time of year. What does that mean for break-up and the Ice Classic? That, friends, is up to you! Be sure to buy your tickets and get your guesses in soon… The deadline of April 20th at 7pm is fast approaching! Check out some photos of Kevin Murphy and his young assistant on the river yesterday evening.

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Ice Thickness Update Tomorrow — Guess the Measurement and WIN an Amazon Gift Card!

This evening we’ll join local ice-thickness expert Kevin Murphy on the river for what will more than likely be his last measurement of the season. We’ll  post an official report with photos tomorrow morning, but in the meantime, how thick do you think the ice is?  Post your guess in the comment section of this post on Facebook before midnight tonight (3/31 ) AKST. The closest guess, to the nearest half inch without going over, wins a $25 Amazon gift card!