Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Businesses gear up for explosion of athletes, visitors
Businesses lumbering through the winter are prematurely shaking off their slumber in preparation for the Arctic Winter Games.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Donation is music to performers’ ears
Thank you, Tesoro, from the Kenai Performers for the wonderful and generous donation of $1000. With your assistance we have been able to purchase a beautiful new piano for the community playhouse. What joy we will receive from the use of this piano in our performances, events and the many activities that go on at the playhouse.

We the people have recourse
When you think about the issue of constructing a gas line from Prudhoe Bay to Cook Inlet, the argument from the majors reflect on the ownership rights. When your house stands in the way of progress and the will of the powers that be, the argument is rights, as well.

Reader: WOW, thanks!
A great big thank you to the Way Out Women and Friends, a group that raises funds through an annual snowmachine ride to help cancer patients in our community.

Assessments going up
Opening their mail boxes later this week, real estate owners can expect to find those friendly reminders from the Kenai Peninsula Borough that we’ve been living in a rapidly rising housing market.

Mayor: Tax vote cuts like a knife
The anti-sales tax measure approved by voters in October had the impact of a knife in the heart of borough government, according to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams.

Kenai looks could change
Kenai businesses may not be “board” any longer. That is if the city council passes two ordinances tonight aimed at improving the look of the city’s business district.

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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
AWG ceremony dress rehearsal set Historical society to meet Counseling service board meeting slated

Kenai girls hoops team wins thriller against Mariners on senior night
Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, this story was omitted from Sunday’s paper. The Clarion sports department regrets the omission.

Sports Briefs
Wasilla High School swept Skyview in a pair of Northern Lights Conference games Tuesday at Skyview. In the boys game, the Warriors prevailed 70-37. Jesse Bean had 21 points for Wasilla while Greg Bosick led Skyview with 13 points. The Wasilla girls won 52-32. Nicole VanRyzin scored nine points to lead the Panthers.

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

Physically fit

KPC awarded first digital art degree in University of Alaska system
The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved Kenai Peninsula College’s proposed associate of applied science degree program in digital art at its meeting Feb. 16 in Juneau.

Stereotypes: Teenagers get blamed for everything
Within my neighborhood a letter recently was passed among the residents. It was about the theft of some cherished mementos from a family within the area.

Students go with the flow
A river runs through the Sears Elementary School library.

Around the District
School closures slated School budget survey available Free health screenings set Scholarships available Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Idea Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori Toddler House Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski North Star Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle School Soldotna Montessori Charter Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

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