Check out Bethel Search and Rescue’s recent report to the National Weather Service River Forecast right here.
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.
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.
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!
Wednesday was an exciting day for the Kuskokwim Ice Classic as the 2015 tripod — a remarkable collaboration between students, builders and volunteers — came together on the river ice and was raised to reach for the sky. The beautiful tripod was designed by Tamyka Ayuluk and Colton Ulroan, LKSD students enrolled in the STEM program, with the support of their instructor, Kevin McCalla. Their innovative idea was brought to life by Bethel craftsman Eric Whitney. In the end, it took many hands to move and raise the tripod. BCSF and The Kuskokwim Ice Classic thanks the AVCP Welding Crew from Yuut Elitnaurviat, Dennis Dishion, Zach Fansler and Gary Baldwin for their tremendous help at the Yuut Elitnaurviat shop and on the river this week. Please enjoy the slideshow below to see the tripod going up! (Photos by John Wallace, Michelle Dewitt and Paul Basile)