Ice Alaska

Steve Iverson, left, and John Weed smile after learning they were each elected to the board of Ice Alaska for 2019.


Ice Alaska held its board election last week, seating one newcomer and one returning board member.

The nonprofit, which was founded in 1990, hosts the World Ice Art Championships.  The competition has long brought ice carvers to Fairbanks to square off in ice sculpting skills as well as brought locals and tourists alike to see the results.

Steve Iverson, of Fairbanks, and John Weed, of Orlando, Florida, emerged from the recent election with seats on the board, according to an Ice Alaska news release. Iverson has been reelected for his second term, while Weed is a new member.

Board members serve three-year terms.

The organization has faced some strife in recent years.

In December 2016 the organization’s building burned down. The ice carving championship was still held in 2017 but was canceled in 2018.  Also in 2018, Ice Alaska sued former leaders Hank Bartos, Dick Brickley and Hoa Brickley, as well as the Brickley business D&H Enterprises, LLC, alleging they intentionally put the organization into debt.  The trial, which was initially set to begin this month, is now scheduled for June 2020.

The World Ice Art Championship returned in 2019 to the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds, under a new Ice Alaska board. The nonprofit plans to host the 2020 World Ice Art Championship from February to March of next year, weather permitting.

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