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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mushers drop out of Games
Poor winter weather conditions on the Kenai Peninsula and beyond are causing dark clouds to loom on the horizon for at least one Arctic Winter Games event.

Last-minute details coming together at venues for Games
Arctic Winter Games participants arrive in just a few days, and event organizers say area facilities are ready to greet the young athletes.

Bus routine change planned
As schools in the central Kenai Peninsula start preparing for the Arctic Winter Games, motorists commuting to and from work will begin seeing an absence of the ubiquitous yellow school buses normally plying area roadways during morning and evening drive times.

Games volunteers learn international etiquette tips
When the international guests arrive for the Arctic Winter Games next week, it may not be a good idea to point. Even if they ask for directions.

Eater’s Digest
The name says it all. Grand Burrito Restaurant in Soldotna offers a grand dining experience in a comfortable café setting. The second I walked in the door, the sights, sounds and smells brought me back to Costa Rica. Traveling down the coast of this friendly Central American country, real restaurants were few and far between, but tiny mom and pop cafés called “sodas” could be found in every town. These were often nothing more than front porches with a table or two that the homeowner had put out to offer a home-cooked meal to weary travelers. Meals were made while you waited, nothing was pre-made. The portions were generous and the food was delicious. The same is true for Grand Burrito.

No missing Rib or Adam’s apple in Kenai Performers new production
The Garden of Eden is dancing with color, light, birdsong and romance at the Kenai Performers Old Town Playhouse this week! This winter’s musical comedy, Adam and Eve Thru the Ages, springs to life with “The Diary of Adam and Eve,” taken from the short story of the same name written by Mark Twain. It has been set to music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the team that wrote the music for Fiddler on the Roof.

Ready to make 6,000 meals a day for AWG athletes
Under the guidance of Dean Hamburg and Dan Hastings, AWG Co-Chairs of the Food Service committee, 75 dedicated food service volunteers will make and serve in excess of 6,000 meals a day plus snacks, commencing Saturday with the arrival of young athletes from the global north. Dean and his team will be handling some 15,000 pounds of fresh produce, 10,000 gallons of milk, 50,000 portions of bread products to accompany another 50,000 4 ounce protein portions. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District warehouse and freezer is stacked with some 45 pallets of food and support supplies that have been donated from various sources. Matanuska Maid has donated the milk and yogurt products, Diamond M Ranch has contributed more than 600 pounds of locally grown meat products, Kenai Wild some 600 pounds of Alaskan Salmon, Kellogg’s more than 240 cases of cereals and Coca Cola over 52,000 bottled beverages, just to mention a few.

AWG Quilt Challenge draws entries from circumpolar north
Since their inception the Arctic Winter Games have been more than athletic competitions and have always included a series of cultural events unique to the arctic north and its people. Invariably the spirit of the games inspires communities to participate in ways that represent past and present social activities. Such is an event that may become a hallmark of the 2006 Games to be held on the Kenai Peninsula; the Arctic Winter Game Quilt Challenge.

Outdoors
Perhaps the hardest lake for me to fish on the Kenai Peninsula is Hidden Lake. I have invested at least ten days of my life fishing there and have only one lake trout to show for my efforts. This year I once again ventured out to the lake to try and land one of the trophy lake trout this lake is famous for. My son Travis and I had real good success this year on Kenai Lake and thought we were ready for some action on the big lake. After all a lake trout is a lake trout right?

Army of volunteers turns out for AWG orientation
With 2,700 volunteers from Seward to Homer registered to be assigned to a wide variety of tasks for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to be held on the Kenai Peninsula AWG officials anticipated around 800 of those would turn out for the orientation Saturday at Kenai Central High School. AWG volunteer manager Kathy Moore was excited when an estimated 1,800 turned out for their training and pick up their official AWG volunteer gear. “It was incredible, a real tribute to this community and our ability to host this world class event,” said Moore.

NOAA braces for cutbacks
The Kenai Peninsula relies on fire forecasts, environmental regulation enforcement, tsunami alerts and other catastrophe prevention services heavily supported by an agency expected to suffer a 50 percent budget reduction in Alaska.

Seniors get chance to exercise, socialize
Kenai Peninsula senior citizens had the opportunity to exercise, socialize and have fun this past week during the third annual Senior Olympic Games.

Joseph Andrew VanRaden
Former Kenai resident Joseph Andrew VanRaden died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, from injuries sustained in a pedestrian-automobile accident near Palmer.

Joseph Andrew VanRaden
Former Kasilof resident Joseph Andrew VanRaden died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, from injuries sustained in a pedestrian-automobile accident near Palmer. He was 15.

State’s oil tax structure must stand on its own
Completion of the natural gas pipeline contract represents a historic milestone that will provide for Alaska’s future through both increased revenues and by spurring future oil and gas development. This contract will define the economy of Alaska and shape our future for decades to come.

Libraries becoming more important in filling community role
For whatever reasons (diminishing budgets?), use, maintenance and staffing of many Alaska public school libraries are waning. The Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) libraries differ from public libraries, as they are utilized primarily for reference and research to support students.

Community Events
Wrestling club seeks membersPancake dinner ready to flipSpaghetti feed fundraiser slatedPeninsula fair quilters square offCancer fundraiser slatedTropical stories plannedClothing donations soughtSafety Day presenters soughtTeam will work for uniformsHost families soughtHope resources receives grantMartial arts class availableAWG seeks crutch donations

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean’s listBiggs advancesKnight performs in concertStalnik becomes ADS scholar

Around the Peninsula
Recycling meeting planned CPGH board of directors to meet Global warming to be discussed Cancer fundraiser slated Free health screenings set Bear baiting clinic planned Parenting seminar scheduled

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Around the Peninsula
HEA schedules Kasilof meter upgradesSpaghetti feed fundraiser slatedPancake dinner ready to flipCold climate building workshop setDinner fundraiser primed

Murkowski says plan will benefit Alaskans
In his transmittal letter accompanying House Bill 488, Gov. Frank Murkowski laid out his arguments for adopting the proposed new tax regime for oil and gas production and the incentive tax credit mean to encourage further exploration and production.

Taxation rate will likely rise
Rates meant to modernize the way Alaska taxes oil and gas production proposed Tuesday by Gov. Frank Murkowski are unlikely to emerge from Legislative review unchanged, members of the Alaska House said Friday.

Nikiski girls top Seward on senior night
Not bad, for 30 percent shooting.

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