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The Nation

A deepening arctic cold wave--which has stopped the mail, prevented grocery deliveries and sent soldiers into retreat--stopped oil field work, shut down a Hollywood crew and postponed one of Alaska’s top sled dog races. “It’s so cold up here the thermometer has run out of numbers,” Willie (Bossman) Pitka, a Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race official, said when the southwestern Alaska town of Kalskag hit 70 below zero. The 10th annual Kuskokwim 300, with a $50,000 purse, was supposed to start Thursday from Bethel. Extreme cold stopped the race before it could start, said Allen Auxier, race judge in Bethel.


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