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The Nome nugget. [volume] (Nome, Alaska) 1938-????, December 29, 1961, Image 8

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e Weather Numbs
Fairbanks With 62 Below Zero
FAIRBANKS, Dec. 29, UR —
' Fairbanks continued to reel under
cold weather that moved into its
second week of steady record
breaking temperatures"
•Last night’s low reading of 62
bdlow zero edged below the all
time record for the entire month
of December. The U.S. Weather
Bureau said this morning.
The previous mark was a read
ing of minus 60, taken early yes
terday morning, which had eased
by the former record of 59 below,
a reading taken back on Dec. 7,
•As thermometers in the area
continued their downward plunge,
two freight trains arrived in Fair
banks with coal Ho stoke dwind
ling bunked.
With the cold weather, '* un
usually heavy demands on the
municipal utilities system’s gen
erating plant, which have peaked j
old around 10,000 kilowatts for
the last several days, have raised
coal consumption to extraordin
arily high levels for the past sev
eral weeks. At one point yester
day, the city had only six more
hours’ coal supply in its regular
stockpiles, and preparations were
ff&de to start using a 6,000 ton
emergency coal supply.
While the bitter cold caused
problems in the city, the ice fog
which accompanied the frigid
weather continued to cause
trouble in the area. The fog, cre
ated by condensation of moisture
in the air around particles of
' 1' - ’
smoke and dust, wrapped the city
in a grey blanket, cutting visibil
ity to less than half a city block.
Airlines flying into and out of
Fairbanks have had to cancel
their flights, and low visibility
on the streets and highways sent
accident figures shooting up to
record heights. Police estimated
that auto accidents were 40 per
cent above normal for this time
of year, with most of the crashes
being caused by drivers suddenly
coming upon cars stopped on the
slippery and foggy streets and
being unable to stop.
However, police said that the
normal crime rate in the city had
been drastically cut by the cold
weather. “We have had very few
arrests, one official said, “and
it’s so cold that people are even
staying out of the downtown bars.”
The Weather Bureau continued
io predict bone chilling weather
for the next several days, with
no relief in sight.
The Weather Bureau said that
file cold temperatures have broken
[or tied ail-time low temperature
records every day since last j
The beautiful talking doll co
veted by many little girls, who
visited Toyland at the Nome
Hardware was given to Ruthie
Young, it was announced yester
day. The boy’s gift, which is a
Gilbert Hall of Science telescope
set remains unclaimed at this
time, stated Bob Herman, who
has posted numbers in his window
for all to see.
All persons Interested in the
trip for two to the Century 21
World Fair being held in Seattle,
being given by the Nome Hard
ware and the UJS.. Merc, have
until Jan. 10 to participate in this
wonderful opportunity for an ex
pense paid trip._
In Magistrate's Court
Alfred MlUgrok and Margsxat
Payenna were each fined $85 on
drunk charges.
Admitted: Peter Kunnuk, Helen
Podtoogolok, Joyce Olanna, John
Lee and Betty Albright
Discharged: Ralph Anungazuk
and George Leonard.
Cannon 5 1011
Wittie 0 0 10
Chunn 0 0 3 0
Okitkon 0 0 0 0
Atuk 3 0 0 6
TOTALS 17 8 5 42
Herman 6 1 1 13
Oman 0 2 5 2
Kungfcsuk 2 0 1 4
Johns en 0 0 0 0
Boucher 0 111
Summers 0 0 5 0
TOTALS 8 4 13 20
Bering Sea Enterprises 13,
North Star 4.
Nome Nuggets 4, Bronson’s
Water Delivery 3.
Nome Druggists 16, Northern
Commercial 3.
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Continued fair and cold. Low
tonight -41, high tomorrow -35.
In the last 24 hours: High of -35,
J<nome1amT=Th¥at¥rs| :
First Show Starts at 7:15 — Second Show, 9:30
Midnight Show New Year’s Eve
Starts 12:15 An Tickets $1.00
John Wayne — Stewart Granger — Fabian

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