Special to The Ely Times

The canyon walls will remain silent this Martin Luther King weekend. There are four entities needed to make Fire & Ice a successful weekend, White Pine County Tourism, Cave Lake State Park, White Pine Chamber of Commerce and Mother Nature.

Unfortunately only three decided to hold up their end of the bargain.

Mild temperatures and little to no moisture throughout November and December have made conditions that are not conducive to building snow sculptures.

“We have been forced to make the decision to cancel Fire & Ice for this year,” Meg Rhoades said. “The event will be back next year and additional plans are being made to expand so that regardless of weather conditions the event will go on.”

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time the festival has been cancelled. In 2013 Fire and Ice was been cancelled and again in 2015 due to lack of snow and very thin ice.

The Ely Rotary Annual Ice Fishing Derby is still expected to run as scheduled on Jan. 27.

The Fireworks Express will be running as planned Saturday night. On Jan. 13, the train will leave the station at 4:30 p.m. with the fireworks scheduled to happen between 6 and 6:30 p.m. at the west end of town.

You won’t want to miss this spectacular, one of a kind show, with fireworks being shot from a moving train.

Call 775-289-2085 or visit www.nnry.com for tickets. This will be the last train of the season until April.