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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Clear skies mean smooth skiing, shooting for biathletes
Biathlon skiers welcomed the clear skies stretched above the Tsalteshi Trails during Thursday afternoon’s races, after they faced blizzard-like conditions on Tuesday. But skiers still had to contend with Team Yamal, a small team of Russian skiers that has so far taken the Arctic Winter Games’ ski biathlon by storm.

Northern gymnasts have no problem gaining altitude
Coming off a gold medal performance in team competition earlier in the week, Team Alberta North gymnasts appeared to be the ones to beat in individual events Thursday.

Personal best the thing to beat in Inuit games
In the one foot high kick, part of the Inuit games at the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, competitors aim to improve their own records.

Focus on: Badminton, At Soldotna Middle School
· Goal of game: Best of three games; 15 points wins men’s games, 11 points wins women’s games; scoring is only when serving, and when, 1) having hit the shuttle over the net and onto the floor of the opposing side’s court; 2) your opponent hits the shuttle into the net or out of bounds; 3) the shuttle hits the opponents’ clothing; or 4) the shuttle is hit by your opponent before it crosses the net.

Illness can’t keep Gilday from gold
Jill Gilday of Team Northwest Territories has not always had a healthy body at the Arctic Winter Games. Her body of results, on the other hand, has been plenty healthy.

Event is fair game for Alaska crafts
Eskimo doll pins with faces of reindeer leather and seal fur for coats, cribbage boards with bears, moose, caribou and conifers, nature photos, salmon-themed mosaic art, Inuit-inspired jewelry and jars of fireweed jelly are all on display and sale at the Kenai Mall through Sunday as part of the Arctic Winter Games cultural festivities.

Games biathlon range can’t stay at Skyview High School
The biathlon range Arctic Winter Games athletes are using for ski and snowshoe events this week is top flight, with 10 sets of targets, 8-foot fluorescent lights for night shooting and hoods covering the targets to keep off snow.

Jeans are hot among cold-climate shoppers
One team found their jerseys to be somewhat see-through and created an emergency run on sports bras.

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Survey’s success will make community better informed
The youth surveys are done, and while the results will not be tabulated for a few weeks (stay tuned!), we are delighted to report that approximately 43 percent of the students (over 760 students) in grades six, eight,10 and 12 completed the Prevention Needs Assessment. More than have ever participated in a survey of this kind before, this will allow the central Kenai Peninsula to have information that is specific to our area regarding how youth are handling such factors as availability of drugs, peer pressures to engage in alcohol, tobacco and drug use.

Reader: Long-term mine effects need to be considered
I see one local business leader is complaining about people opposed to development. He seems to be for development no matter what the long term cost. I am quite sure he is gung ho for the Pebble project. Short-term greed must be balanced against long-term environmental damage.

Business support ensures D.A.R.E. program’s success
The Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have worked cooperatively for the past 15 years to teach fifth-grade students the D.A.R.E. program at the Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai.

Conger gets 45 years after murder, eluding officers
William D. Conger was sentenced in Kenai Superior Court on Wednesday to 45 years in jail for the 2003 murder of John Tulin in Seward.

Determination keeps Kasilof musher in race
What could have been an unfortunate turn of events for Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race may turn out to be an interesting side note.

Spirit makes future brighter
From the looks of things, our future is in good hands. If the Arctic Winter Games are any indication of what we have to look forward to, there’s a lot of potential for good things to happen.

Razor clams available year-round
As the year progresses and daylight eats deeper into morning and night, one of the first activities to announce spring’s arrival is seeding the minds of hungry Alaskans.

Arctic bird makes extremely rare appearance on peninsula
While Peninsula residents have been focused on international visitors from throughout the Arctic region, other visitors have slipped in relatively unnoticed. Chunky white birds that also reside in the Arctic region have made an extremely rare appearance on the Kenai River Flats; three McKay’s buntings have been spotted at the end of Cannery Road, feeding on seeds among the dunes near the mouth of the Kenai River.

Around the Peninsula
Genealogical society plans eventsSoHi after-grad committee to meetSoHi to host parent nightWomen invited to take a breakBlood drives set to draw

Fatal crash leads to legislation that regulates DVDs, TVs in vehicles
Watching a DVD movie on a television monitor while steering your car down the highway may defy common sense but apparently it isn’t against Alaska law.

Cities on hold on gay benefit rights
City officials on the Kenai Peninsula are in a holding pattern to see what the state is going to do about gay-partner employment benefits.

SoHi cagers open NLC tourney with wins
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team took a big step toward a state tournament berth Thursday, defeating Palmer 48-45 in overtime in the opening round of the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Colony High School in Palmer.

Christianity, an experience of the heart
For 18 years, I was a fly fishing guide.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsCommunity outreach service setChurch to host Olympic serviceMatrix church to meetKenai Aglow meeting slatedSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski holds bible studyCross art exhibit set

Gebhardt not penalized for using snowmachine
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race officials decided not to penalize Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt for borrowing a snowmachine to track down his team during the race.

Games a Rewarding Experience for Translators
In an excited Norwegian accent, Tor Holmboe talks about meeting some, “wonderful Smi, and absolutely thoroughly enjoy rubbing shoulders with them.” With a slight Russian accent, Natalia Johnson tells of enjoying, “the truly international spirit in the schools.”

Think Pink! NWT musher makes fashion statement while winning Gold Ulu
What’s pink and furry, and runs like the wind?

‘Awesome, dude!’ Athletes dance their cares away
Hundreds of Arctic Winter Games athletes took a break from competing Wednesday night and attended a dance in their honor at the old Sears mall in Kenai.

Terry Brooks brings magic to the Arctic Winter Games
Terry Brooks’ official Arctic Winter Games badge identifies him as “Chair of the Accommodations Committee 2008.” But you wouldn’t know that to listen to him.

Kenai Peninsula College student journalists publish the Ulu News
If you like what you’ve been reading in the newspaper you’re holding, credit Kenai Peninsula College journalism students who are serving as the credentialed reporters for the Ulu News, the official publication of the Arctic Winter Games.

2008 Arctic Winter Games return to birthplace in Yellowknife
Like the salmon, the 2008 Arctic Winter Games will return to their birthplace two years from now when they are held where the games originated in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Games a Rewarding Experience for Translators
In an excited Norwegian accent, Tor Holmboe talks about meeting some, “wonderful Smi, and absolutely thoroughly enjoy rubbing shoulders with them.” With a slight Russian accent, Natalia Johnson tells of enjoying, “the truly international spirit in the schools.”

President of AWG Host Society: Bagley’s personal look at the Games
Dale Bagley, President of the Host Society for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, shared his personal thoughts with the Ulu News on this year’s Games and the preparation that led to this circumpolar event on the Kenai Peninsula.

‘Awesome, dude!’ Athletes dance their cares away
Hundreds of Arctic Winter Games athletes took a break from competing Wednesday night and attended a dance in their honor at the old Sears mall in Kenai.

Speed skater chooses Arctic Winter Games over “Canadian Idol” TV show
Multitalented Bracken Burns, speed-skater of Northern Alberta, had to make a choice between skating with the Northern Alberta team at the Arctic Winter Games, or singing for the televised talent show “Canadian Idol.” Much like “American Idol,” if you’re chosen to perform on “Canadian Idol,” you have a chance for fame and fortune in the music industry. Burns chose Alaska, and the Arctic Winter Games.

One-Foot High Kick takes center stage
During most Arctic games, the One-Foot High Kick takes the spotlight and it was no different on the Kenai Peninsula this week.

‘Release the Spirit Within’ closing ceremonies to be an event to remember
The Closing Ceremonies of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games will mark the beginning of the end of an event that will last in memories for years to come.

Catch your breath! Miss the target or run the loop in biathlon
The 3-kilometer snowshoe biathlon sprint on Wednesday forced athletes to run quickly then instantly switch over to being a calm rifle shooter. “Catching your breath” takes on a whole new meaning in this sport.

Yamal contingent misses borscht, but enjoys competition, friendliness
This is only the second time Yamal—representing Russia—has participated in the Arctic Winter Games but they brought a country-size contingent with them.

Can-do spirit guides organizers of 2006 and 2008 Arctic Winter Games
As the organizers of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games bring their duties to a close, the 2008 team is eager to step forward. Both groups addressed challenges during the closing days of the current Games.

Jabila’ina Dancers join the Games festivities
“We were invited by the Arctic Winter Games,” said Wanda Reams, explaining simply the Jabilaina Dancers’ presence at the Games.

An interview with Gerry Thick, President of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee
Involved with the Arctic Winter Games since 1984, Gerry Thick, has been the president of the International Committee since 1996, and has been overseeing various responsibilities of the Games throughout the week. The Ulu News was able to catch up with him on Thursday and asked him about this year’s Games and what they mean to him.

Cultural contingents’ performances dazzle AWG 2006
The Arctic Winter Games continued its tradition of honoring the cultures of the circumpolar peoples involved by producing cultural performances throughout the week.

Team Sami marks second Games by winning Ulus, showing team spirit
This year marks just the second time the Sami people have participated in the Arctic Winter Games and it likely won’t be their last if team spirit and the 16 Ulus—four of them Gold—as of Thursday, is any indication.

President of AWG Host Society: Bagley’s personal look at the Games
Dale Bagley, President of the Host Society for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, shared his personal thoughts with the Ulu News on this year’s Games and the preparation that led to this circumpolar event on the Kenai Peninsula.

Last day to buy Alaska-made handiwork, art at AWG Craft Fair
While Alaskan-made crafts at their best have been available at the Arctic Winter Games Craft Fair since Thursday, participants and spectators better hurry to get their souvenirs before departing for the far reaches of the circumpolar north after Saturday’s Closing Ceremonies.

Speed skater chooses Arctic Winter Games over “Canadian Idol” TV show
Multitalented Bracken Burns, speed-skater of Northern Alberta, had to make a choice between skating with the Northern Alberta team at the Arctic Winter Games, or singing for the televised talent show “Canadian Idol.” Much like “American Idol,” if you’re chosen to perform on “Canadian Idol,” you have a chance for fame and fortune in the music industry. Burns chose Alaska, and the Arctic Winter Games.

Team Yukon powers through longer periods to ice hockey Gold Ulu
Team Yukon’s bantam hockey team won the Bronze Ulu in a playoff game against Northwest Territories with a final score of 5-1 on Friday.

Knuckle hopping competition ‘seals’ end of Inuit Games
The Inuit Games came to a close Thursday with the Open Men’s knuckle hop competition. The final gathering of volunteers, spectators and participants all were in good spirits as this part of the Arctic Winter Games wound down.

Yukon girls, Alaska boys win Bronze Ulus in basketball
The Yukon girls basketball team overcame foul trouble and injuries to beat Nunavut 75-63 in the Junior Female Bronze Ulu game at Cook Inlet Academy on Friday.

One-Foot High Kick takes center stage
During most Arctic games, the One-Foot High Kick takes the spotlight and it was no different on the Kenai Peninsula this week.

History in the making: First-ever combined teams skate to Gold Ulus
Figure skaters from Team Alberta North and Team Yamal proved they know what the Arctic Winter Games are about when they made history Thursday night.

Think Pink! NWT musher makes fashion statement while winning Gold Ulu
What’s pink and furry, and runs like the wind?

Team Alaska’s Kami Cabana skis to Gold Ulusevery day
Kami Cabana didn’t set out to be an international skiing champion; it was something that came naturally to her, just like her ability to shred the slopes.

Yamal contingent misses borscht, but enjoys competition, friendliness
This is only the second time Yamal—representing Russia—has participated in the Arctic Winter Games but they brought a country-size contingent with them.

The ‘Spirit of the Games’ remains strong as closing ceremonies near
Many people involved with the Arctic Winter Games realize that the Games are as much about kindness, honesty and hard work as they are about competition. Examples can be found nearly every day.

Terry Brooks brings magic to the Arctic Winter Games
Terry Brooks’ official Arctic Winter Games badge identifies him as “Chair of the Accommodations Committee 2008.” But you wouldn’t know that to listen to him.

Team Yukon rendezvous with a comet; spacecraft status unknown
Twelve Team Yukon youth volunteers rocketed into space from the Arctic Winter Games leaving behind their Earth-bound comrades as they toured the galaxies.

Kenai Peninsula College student journalists publish the Ulu News
If you like what you’ve been reading in the newspaper you’re holding, credit Kenai Peninsula College journalism students who are serving as the credentialed reporters for the Ulu News, the official publication of the Arctic Winter Games.

Games involvement: Reasons vary; success the same
Arctic Winter Games general manager Tim Dillon likens himself to a conductor, with his orchestra made up of 2,800 volunteers. And he says he’s well-aware that the motives that drove these people to devote their time to the Games varied.

Jabila’ina Dancers join the Games festivities
“We were invited by the Arctic Winter Games,” said Wanda Reams, explaining simply the Jabilaina Dancers’ presence at the Games.

Medal Counts
Alaska: Alberta North: Greenland: Northwest Territories: Nunavik Quebec: Nunavut: Saami: Yamal-Nenets: Yukon:

Catch your breath! Miss the target or run the loop in biathlon
The 3-kilometer snowshoe biathlon sprint on Wednesday forced athletes to run quickly then instantly switch over to being a calm rifle shooter. “Catching your breath” takes on a whole new meaning in this sport.

Cultural contingents’ performances dazzle AWG 2006
The Arctic Winter Games continued its tradition of honoring the cultures of the circumpolar peoples involved by producing cultural performances throughout the week.

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