Crackpot Chronicles Current Posts
Media Bar

Ellen Sander's
Classic Rock Readers

Kindle Editions:

Ellen Sander's Classic Rock Readers

A Good Read!

Click to read a sample

Back To The Garden

Good Deals!

Saturday, November 29, 2003

First Amendment Rights in Alaska get Icy Reception

Alaska Ice Hotel Controversy Heats Up
November 29, 2003 7:38 p.m. ET

Gee, could this really be a fire hazard?
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- The state fire marshal has put a freeze on construction of an ice hotel near Fairbanks, but the man behind the subarctic architecture is still chipping away.

The Alaska Fire Marshal's office on Nov. 21 ordered a halt to construction of the planned Aurora Ice Hotel at Chena Hot Springs Resort, citing unspecified building code and public safety concerns.

The 30-foot-high, seven-room Gothic palace was intended to be a tourist draw similar to ice hotels in Scandinavia and Quebec. Creator Bernie Karl had planned to charge guests $878 for a two-person, two-night stay that included Arctic-grade sleeping bags and other survival gear.

Karl is continuing work with champion ice carver Steve Brice, but now says what he's building isn't a hotel, but one of Alaska's largest works of art.

"Under my First Amendment rights, I have the right to create an ice sculpture and that's what we're doing," Karl told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner for a story in Saturday's edition. "I suppose that this could be a long, lengthy battle, but under my First Amendment rights, they can't stop me from making a work of art, I believe."

Karl said the structure, which he expects to complete by Christmas, will be very similar to the plans for the hotel.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Tom DePeter Jr. said the order to stop construction was issued because officials have many unanswered questions about the project, but he added that hotel construction could resume if the safety concerns are addressed.

"I think it's a great idea and hopefully it will be a real boon to the local economy and Mr. Karl," DePeter said.

Plans called for the structure to have 8-foot-thick side walls of snow and ice, reinforced with laminated wood arches, metal bands, chicken wire and refrigeration lines.
I wonder if this is all it's cracked up to be.

// posted by Ellen @  20:41   //Permalink// 
Ellen says hey
Mainer, New Yawka, Beijinger, Californian, points between. News, views and ballyhoos that piqued my interest and caused me to sigh, cry, chuckle, groan or throw something.

Previous Posts

Deck the Halls and Deck the Shoppers
The Flame of Inspiration Replaced by the Flame of ...
RFK's Legacy Alive -- the light of the father...
Further Adventures of Kanook Kook PM in Italy
Prisoners sneak out to the pub - UK Follies
Mistaken Identity - Keystone Kenyan Kops?
Dog Days
Big Doings in Culdesac
SquirrelMail up a Tree?
Nazi Runs for Idaho Small Town Mayor

Terror Alert Level
Terror Alert Status


Baseball Crank
This Modern World
The Peking Duck
The Talent Show
Simon World
Angry Chinese Blogger
Angry Chinese Blogger mirror
Open Letters to GWB


Web Gizmo

Technorati Profile

Site Feed

Weblog Commenting and Trackback by



This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?    Creative Commons License
The text of this work is licensed under a Creative Commons License, except those items which are cited, which belong to their original copyright holders. The photos and cartoons belong to their original copyright holders.
Inbound Links