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Monday, March 13, 2006

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Badminton Basketball Biathlon Cross-country skiing Curling Dene games Hockey Indoor Soccer Inuit games Snowboarding Snowshoe biathlon Snowshoeing Speed skating Table tennis Wrestling - Inuit

Games result is gold
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games are now officially over, and International Committee members, athletes, coaches, volunteers and visitors agree that in terms of hosting the event, the Kenai Peninsula deserves the gold.

Soccer, shrunk to fit
One of the unique things about the sport of soccer is that the game can be adapted to fit the venue. That might explain its popularity across northern latitudes, where the sport has been moved inside and is played in every type of arena, from tiny gyms to large field houses.

In Games, badminton is no picnic
When most people think of badminton, they think of a backyard game played while waiting for the summer barbecue to fire up.

Friendship on Ice
There were referees streaking toward players to break up shoving after the goalie covered the puck, a player dropping a rival with a solid cross-check and a goalie nudging just a little bit forward to trip up an attacker after the whistle blew.

Hunting for heritage
Surrounded by television cameras and microphones, one of the Inuit games’ greatest spokesmen had a hard time describing his latest feat.

Farewell: Games over
Singing, dancing and last-minute pin trading were all on the agenda for the closing ceremonies of the Arctic Winter Games in the Soldotna Sports Center on Saturday night.

Frigid footrace
Competitors in traditional skin footwear race with snowshoes Friday on trails behind the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building in Soldotna.

Right at home
If a Kenai resident were on the prowl for a video of Friday’s gold ulu matchup between Team Alaska and Team Northwest Territories, they wouldn’t need to look very far. At least a half dozen camcorders captured the final junior girl’s basketball game, and chances are at least a few of those videos will stay on the Kenai Peninsula.

Students’ teamwork should not go unnoticed
The Arctic Winter Games are here. Whether or not a person supports the games being here on the peninsula, the fact remains that we are in the midst of hosting hundreds of athletes and coaches from many countries. Our community is involved in a huge undertaking and it is that sense of “community” that I would like to address.

Choice depends on faith
Recently there have been articles in the Clarion about evolution versus creationism. Evolution theorists believe our highly unique universe of matter, energy, space and time was created out of nothing by pure chance. Creationists believe the Bible that says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Your choice depends on your faith.

Reader: What’s the fear?
Why are the Republicans so afraid of an investigation? If there was nothing to hide, there would be an immediate investigation. If Clinton had stubbed his toe or sneezed, there would be an immediate investigation.

Genealogical club helps people find history in obscure records
Determined to dig up information about gold rush relatives? Uncertain if tales about Grandma Lou are actually true? Interested in finding out if any long-lost kin were kings and queens, or perhaps scoundrels and scalawags? The Kenai Peninsula Totem Tracers Genealogical Society may be able to help.

Man’s past could be feature presentation
It was late October and cold in the Vosges Mountains, the kind of weather that made you want to linger safe and warm behind the front lines. But orders were orders, and the ones just handed the soldiers of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team promised zero security and all the wrong kind of heat.

Bill would help charitable gaming advertise
Nonprofit agencies that raise money through charitable gaming such as lotteries and raffles can walk into any newspaper office and buy space in which to advertise their fundraising activities.

Borough goes another round on gravel pits
A yearlong effort to rewrite the way the borough’s code governing land-use permits is applied to gravel pits is about to take another turn.

Mary Elaine Little
Longtime Kenai resident Mary Elaine Little died Thursday, March 9, 2006, after a long illness at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 42.

Rolling into residency: Experience brings reporter closer to feeling like Alaskan
I don’t expect to feel like an Alaska resident until I am standing at the mouth of the Kenai River grasping a dipnet, but with one death-defying Alaska experience already under my belt I feel a bit closer.

Area athletes should get a shot at biathlon
In a culture haunted by the spectre of school shootings, it was a minor miracle that the Kenai Peninsula School District and Arctic Winter Games host society were able to build a shooting range for Games biathlon competitions at Skyview High School.

Around the Peninsula
Bee keepers buzzing SoHi after-grad committee to meet Safari club to meet Child abuse to be discussed Ruffner to discuss kayak adventure Flight instructors meeting set Chicken dinner fundraiser slated AFS dinner scheduled Class of 1976 members sought Civics project seeks donations

Peninsula People
Peck deploys to Australia

Around the Peninsula
Community concert set Herb growing class set to sprout Horse development to be discussed Bazaar tables available Agility class planned for pooches

Work of heart
Work of Heart is a column devoted to spotlighting certain nonprofit organizations, the heart of area communities.

Births
· Constance and Joe Nicks of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Giaseena Lauree Nicks, at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds. 2 ounces and measured 20 1/8 inches.

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Wasilla girls keep crown
For the second straight year, the Homer girls basketball team met Wasilla in the championship game of the Northern Lights Conference tournament and lost.

Nikiski girls still rule
The Nikiski girls defeated Seward 67-47 in the girls championship game of the Southcentral Conference tournament at Houston on Saturday.

CIA boys win Peninsula Conference championship
The Cook Inlet Academy Eagles boys basketball team clinched a state berth by defeating Seldovia in convincing fashion 63-29 during the Peninsula Conference boys championship game at Bristol Bay High School.

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