Update: The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod clock stopped at 7:51 p.m. on May 2, 2018. The organizers are determining a winner.
Original story: The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod has sunk, leaving only its colorful, wooden points sticking out of the rotten ice. But the line connecting the tripod to a ticking clock is still holding, and the clock continues counting down to break up.
One of the signs that winter is nearing its end can now be seen on the river. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod was erected in front of Bethel. Whoever guesses the closest time to when the ice breaks and carries the tripod away will win $12,500, the same amount as last year.