Sunday, March 5, 2006

Workers will see overtime
From the police officers providing security to the cooks preparing Alaska dishes, employees throughout Kenai and Soldotna are stretching their work weeks to accommodate the athletes and spectators arriving to participate in the Arctic Winter Games.

Eager athletes ready for competition, fun
The only thing more unusual than seeing the succession of massive Boeing 737 airplanes that began landing at Kenai Municipal Airport in the wee hours of Saturday morning, was seeing the ear-to-ear smiles on the faces of the young athletes who stepped off those planes despite how early in the morning they arrived and how long some of their flights had been.

Inconsistent log books hinder halibut options
Inconsistent logbook data for saltwater charter boats and missing information are frustrating renewed efforts to map out halibut charter boat fishery regulation options for southeast and southcentral Alaska.

Zip Mart clean up continues; monetary relief awarded
State environmental engineers may next try blowing air into the groundwater to force spilled gasoline vapors to the surface for collection near the defunct Zip Mart gas station in Sterling.

Sharon Lynne Traughber
Longtime Nikiski resident Sharon Lynne Traughber died Sunday Feb. 19, 2006, at home with family by her side, after a prolonged illness. She was 58.

Cathy Michelle Corder
Former Soldotna resident Cathy Michelle Corder died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, after a prolonged illness at her home, in Idaho City, Idaho.

Virginia L. Caro
Former Kenai resident Virginia L. Caro died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at the Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Wash. She was 77.

Dave Billingsley
Kenai resident Dave Billingsley died unexpectedly Thursday, March 2, 2006, at his home in Kenai. He was 50.

Food for your thoughts: There’s a lot of Twinkies out there, and that’s a fact
Earth reached a milestone of sorts on Feb. 25. Somewhere on the planet a baby was born, pushing the world’s population above 6.5 billion.

It’s time for celebration
After three years of planning, fundraising, stress and excitement, the Arctic Winter Games kick off tonight.

Around the Peninsula
DeForest to discuss library history Parent night set

Ninilchik musher leads Oregon rookie on the trail
Rachael Scdoris — a legally blind musher from Bend, Ore. — may have impaired vision, but that hasn’t stopped her from being focused on what has become a single, engrossing, all-consuming goal — to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome.

My best friend
Piper, 5 months old, naps with a paw around Willow, 5 years old. Both dogs belong to Bill and Rose Sirois of Kenai.

Nikiski girls finish undefeated in conference
The Nikiski girls basketball team wrapped up an undefeated season in the Southcentral Conference on Friday with a 68-17 victory at Susitna Valley.

CIA senior boys get rousing send-off
It was an evening of a first and lasts Friday at Cook Inlet Academy.

Local College Welcomes Team Alaska with Pizza Feed
Nine buses loaded with Team Alaska athletes descended on Kenai Peninsula College Friday night for pizza and drinks. Sponsored by the college and University of Alaska Anchorage, the pizza was furnished by Pizza Boys and the drinks were donated by Coca-Cola.

Tsalteshi trails await athletes
Groomed and in good condition is how the expected 60 Arctic Winter Games athletes for cross-country skiing, the ski biathlon and the snowshoe biathlon will find the course.

Behind-the-scenes unity and spirit motivate Games organizers
Preparation for the Arctic Winter Games took on new urgency last week, as organizers worked to meet the last-minute needs of athletes, guests, volunteers, and media. The staff at the Games headquarters expected those challenges and took them in stride.

Games security a top priority
Security for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games has been two years in the making, involving the FBI, Homeland Security and local law enforcement. “The plan has been set in motion and we’re ready,” said John Lucking, Jr., Soldotna chief of police and Games security co-chair.

Native American Music Award-Winning Group, “Pamyua,” Performs at Local College
Kenai Peninsula College hosted the musical group, Pamyua, as a Showcase event in celebration of the Arctic Winter Games on Saturday. This was the group’s first performance on the Peninsula.

Officials report no problems with international arrivals
Security officials agreed Saturday morning there had been no real problems with the arrival of international flights at Kenai Municipal Airport

Arctic Winter Games begin with athletes’ arrival on Kenai Peninsula
The Artic Winter Games literally landed at Kenai early Saturday morning as the first in a long line of jumbo jets set down at Kenai Municipal—now International—Airport at 12:01 a.m. with the first arrivals from Alberta North. Every out-of-state athlete, coach and interpreter landed in Kenai with the exception of the Smi contingents, who were bused from Anchorage.

Team Alaska gets a special welcoming surprise
Hours of time, donations from organizations across the state, and volunteer effort went into preparing 400 “goodie bags” for Team Alaska’s at Kenai Peninsula College.

Visitors Center Hosts Cultural Events
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is hosting a variety of free events and activities this week, celebrating the Arctic Winter Games and life in the North.

Soldotna Sports Center Skaters
The Arctic Winter Games brings not only athletes from the circumpolar north, but also performers of all ages.

College Opens Doors to Free Internet Access for AWG Visitors
Kenai Peninsula College has opened its doors to Arctic Winter Games visitors who want to access their email accounts or surf the Internet during the Games.

Medical volunteers provide 24/7 care across the Peninsula
Arctic Winter Games athletes can rest comfortably knowing that a team of well-trained medical professionals will be on-hand around the clock in case they fall victim to an accident or illness.

Local Organizations Make Arctic Winter Games Green
Four organizations and companies with a “green” attitude are working together to ensure the Arctic Winter Games trash does not wind up in the borough landfill.

Adam and Eve in Kenai
Adam and Eve have arrived on the Kenai Peninsula for the Arctic Winter Games.

Melted Ice Sculptures
One lone ice sculpture stands as the sentinel over the remains of the Alaska State Championship Ice Carving Contest held during last month’s Peninsula Winter Games (PWG).

Arctic Winter Games Cauldron to be lit Sunday night
The focal point of the March 5 Opening Ceremonies for the Arctic Winter Games will be the lighting of the cauldron. Its flame will burn throughout the week, as a symbol of spirit of the Games.

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