ALASKA: Ice Bets

In Alaska in winter and spring, everybody talks about the weather and nearly everybody does something about it. Midstream in the ice-locked Tanana River at Nenana, a Government railroad junction, some 60 mi. southwest of Fairbanks, a 25-ft. pole stands upright, frozen fast. "Nenana Ice Pool'' reads a sign that it holds aloft. From the pole a wire runs ashore to the trigger of a time clock. During the early spring, Alaskans pay $1 for a chance to guess the exact day, hour and minute that the ice will move far enough down the Tanana to take up the...

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