The proposal to bring the 2006 Arctic Winter Games to the Kenai Peninsula is now in the hands of the International Committee in Whitehorse Canada.
At a press conference at Borough Hall last week, the 400 some page document was officially presented to Borough Mayor Dale Bagley by Soldotna Parks and Recreation Director Andrew Carmichael, prior to being personally driven to Whitehorse for delivery to the Arctic Winter Games headquarters.
Carmichael said the committee opted to make the drive because it had concerns about having the mail meet the deadline, and that it wanted to underscore the Peninsula's effort to go the extra mile to become the 2006 host community.
The 15 copies of the bid proposal taken to Whitehorse was the culmination of a 40 member volunteer committee made up of community officials, professionals and interested citizens. The delivery team of five included Jack Brown, Andrew Carmichael, Bill Grimm, Brandii Ohlsen, and Debra Holle. The team hit the road in Carmichael's pick up immediately following the Kenai Chamber's Hooked on Kenai celebration Saturday night, arriving in Whitehorse Sunday evening about 8:30pm, according to Brandii Ohlsen, "It was 18 hours up and 18 hours back. We spent the night Sunday evening in Whitehorse, and at 10:00am Monday morning turned the proposal over to Karen Thomas of the International Committee at the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame, then hit the road for home and arrived here Tuesday morning at 8:30am," said Ohlsen.
Apparently it was the first time that the Arctic Winter Games International Committee had received a personally delivered proposal. The Whitehorse newspaper and two local radio stations covered the event. "I think the Committee was impressed at the enthusiasm that was represented by hand delivering our proposal," added Ohlsen. "This proposal really emphasizes that we are one community, we are the Kenai Peninsula, and it will be very good for all of us who sometimes have felt isolated from the rest of the community to work together in hosting this event," commented Mayor Bagley.
The International Committee will review the bid proposals from the Kenai, Fairbanks, and Juneau, and make brief site visits in February or early March next year before making their final decision.
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