Fairbanks Ice Dogs Are On A Roll: Freezing Rain Causes Unsafe Conditions, King Cove Project Advances

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The Fairbanks Ice Dogs extended their winning streak to 13 games after sweeping the Coulee Region Chill in Fairbanks last week. On Thursday, the Ice Dogs dominated the Chill with an 8-0 shutout. On Friday, the Ice Dogs won 4-3 in overtime after Erkka Vanska scored a goal with 34.2 seconds left. On Saturday, the Ice Dogs rallied from a two-goal deficit to win 4-2. The Ice Dogs are leading the North American Hockey League’s Midwest Division with 61 points. Later this week, they play the division’s No. 2 team, the Janesville Jets, in Wisconsin.


A cocktail of freezing rain, sleet and snow fell Jan. 16, creating treacherous driving conditions. Slippery roads played a role in auto collisions and drivers slid off roads throughout the Interior. The storm left more than 2,000 Golden Valley Electric Association customers without power. Children may have rejoiced, as schools and government offices opened late on Wednesday due to the results of the storm. 


It didn’t take too long for the air to chill and the snow to start falling. The National Weather Service reported that 10.8 inches of snow fell on Fairbanks through Sunday at midnight. Outdoor enthusiasts of all types were able to make fresh tracks this weekend. 


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land-swap deal with the King Cove Native Corp. on Monday, which advances the King Cove Road project one step closer to construction. The plan is to build a gravel road to connect the village King Cove with an all-weather airport in the nearby village of Cold Bay. A land exchange was necessary due to a 12-mile section of the road bisecting the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Roads are typically prohibited in designated wilderness areas such as Izembek, which was created in 1980 when Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. 

However, King Cove officials and some Alaska politicians have advocated for the road’s construction through this refuge. Located on the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula, adverse weather at King Cove can make evacuations dangerous. Between 1980 and 1994, 12 people have died waiting for medevac services out of King Cove. 

Constructing this road could save lives in King Cove and even the lives of the Coast Guardsmen who put their own lives at risk to conduct medevac operations out of the community.


Jeff Cook, who is president of the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation, took the top spot in the American Cancer Society’s 2017 Real Men Wear Pink campaign by raising $120,000. He was the top fundraiser against 3,100 people nationally.

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Fairbanks Ice Dogs are on a roll: Freezing rain causes unsafe conditions, King Cove project advances
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