January 3, 2009

Cold forces delay in Alaska festival

Plans for a big celebration of 50 years of Alaska statehood scheduled for Saturday in Wasilla were postponed due to bone-chilling temperatures, organizers said.

Plans call for the festival to go forward next Saturday, but only if the temperature rises to at least 10 degrees below zero. That might seem cold to people in the Lower 48 but is considerably warmer than the minus-25 cold currently blanketing the Anchorage area.

Plans include a bonfire and sledding. Wasilla, an Anchorage suburb, is the home of Gov. Sarah Palin and her family.