Until warmer temperatures return, memories of the 2004 Peninsula Winter Games will be held in ice at various locations around the Central Peninsula. From leprechauns and Irish fiddlers, to frozen salmon and ice bears that were chipped out by talented ice carvers. Already, Ice Harvester Jerry Near of Soldotna, inventor of the Near Ice Cutter, is receiving requests from local businesses that want to be included next year, "They joke about selling ice in Alaska, but this thing is really growing and has become a fun part of the Winter games," said Near.
For the first time this year a sculpture appeared in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough offices on Binkley Street, "Ever since it went up, I've been getting calls and inquiries from people wanting to know if it's an Alaskan native, or a hockey player, so I'm making an official announcement that the ice sculpture in front of the Borough building is a Native Alaskan Hockey player," announced Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley at last week's Soldotna Rotary Club meeting.
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