Saturday, March 4, 2006

Volunteers scramble to put Games to bed for athletes
Where chemical formulas and laws of physics once strove to penetrate the craniums of Kenai Central High School students, the mechanics of bunk beds and the covering of mattresses fully occupied those same heads on Thursday.

Reader remembers Gowdy
I was on my way to catch a flight at Orlando International Airport in early 1985 when I saw legendary television announcer Curt Gowdy walk past me. Despite being honored with the Ford Frick Award by the MLB Hall of Fame the previous year, Gowdy was by then considered “over the hill” and banished from live telecasts, probably due to his advancing years interfering with his ability to remember certain players’ names. He was at that time still narrating the successful “American Sportsman” television program with his friendly, distinctive voice.

Volunteers make a good team
The Boys and Girls Club sends out a big thank you to the positive and caring individuals who took time out of their busy lives to coach a team in third- and fourth-grade basketball league.

Soldier salutes community
My family and I would like to thank the people of the Kenai Peninsula for all the support you gave to us during my deployment in Iraq. Your thoughts, prayers, e-mails, letters and packages you sent to me were much appreciated.

Efforts for seniors go a long way
On behalf of present and future members of the Sterling Senior Center, we want to express a heartfelt thank you to the seniors of Sterling who conceived, planned and performed in the fundraising effort called “South Pacific in Sterling” on Feb. 18.

CIRCAC grateful to those who participated in discussion
The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (CIRCAC) would like to extend its sincere appreciation to all who attended our panel discussion last Friday on the recent Seabulk Pride incident.

Women ready to ride for cancer
Women are gearing up and revving their engines to take on the snowy Caribou Hills and support cancer patients at the same time, at this weekend’s Way Out Women annual snowmachine ride.

Tyvek, boards can’t stay for long
Many Alaskans jokingly refer to blue tarps as roofing material and Tyvek as Alaska siding, but the weather-resistant building wrap won’t fly as a permanent protective coating in Kenai’s business district.

Marine expert: Safety not ‘rocket science’
The Kenai Peninsula dodged a bullet when the Seabulk Pride ran aground near Nikiski last month and was successfully refloated without a major oil spill. The risk of such future disasters can be reduced by 80 to 90 percent, marine safety expert Rick Steiner said last week.

Man dies in Homer shootout
Alaska State Troopers are investigating a shootout at Homer Airport early Wednesday evening between law enforcement officers and a wanted fugitive that left the fugitive dead and a toddler with him critically wounded.

Alaska has largely sidestepped the establishment of noxious weed species, a problem that costs millions in taxpayer dollars in the United States every year. But weeds are gaining ground and if not controlled could plunder Alaska’s economy and biodiversity.

The muskrat winter Olympics: Endurance under the ice
I noticed while watching the 20th Winter Olympics at Turin, Italy, that the winning times of speed skating events were separated by mere hundredths of seconds. For example, only 0.09 seconds separated gold medal winner Enrico Fabris from silver medal winner Shani Davis in the 1,500-meter event.

Around the Peninsula
Budget survey deadline today Solar classes set to shine Historical Society to meet Tropical stories planned Special services set

Sports Briefs
The Cook Inlet Academy boys and girls basketball teams picked up victories over Nikolaevsk Thursday in Soldotna.

Dumb luck or intelligent design?
The trial against the school board in Dover, Pennsylvania for presenting Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution has finally ended. Intelligent design is a growing movement among scientists and others that offer an alternative to evolution as the reason for our existence. Writing about the trial’s conclusion, Melissa Nann Burke of the Legal Intelligencer says:

Church Briefs
Prayer workshop slated Addictions group meets Clothes available Baha’i classes continue Kenai Aglow meeting slated Soldotna aglow to meet Nikiski holds bible study Group studies book of Joshua Band concert set to play

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