The Drama Debate and Forensics team is headed to Anchorage tomorrow to compete at the state competition. The team has been researching and preparing since the last meet for the state topic: abolishing the capital gains tax. Co-captain Frances Barry feels well-prepared for her final debate as a Kayhi King. “I feel better prepared than the past, but it’s also the most complex resolve I have ever had to debate,” said Barry. Coach David Mitchel said he is also aware of the difficulty of such an intricate topic. “It’s a tough issue. There are a lot of angles to cover and it’s tough to say stuff that always makes sense, ” said Mitchel. “A lot of parents have joked about that students would ask them about capital gains tax, and they would have to look it up themselves.” Regardless, Mitchel is confident in the team’s ability even with the difficult topic that will be debated. “We have a really good group, and they have all deserved it,” said Mitchell. “They have been studying a lot. They are more prepared than we have been in the past.”
During the winter months driving becomes dangerous for many reasons, such as snow, black ice, and impaired vision. All these winter conditions greatly reduce a driver’s capability to make a smooth and safe stop, and make a turn around a snow or ice-covered corner, but what are some tips to drive safe during these conditions? What are the best ways to drive during winter? Kayhi maritime teacher Rick Collins has some knowledge for winter drivers. “Make sure you watch the road conditions. If you see sparkly ice in your headlights, you know reflecting from your headlights at night okay, that would give you an indication that you have icy road conditions,” said Collins. “You have to think about the temperature – were the roads wet today? And is the temperature now down below freezing? And if that’s the case than you really need to pay attention for black ice and things like that.” Some people say black ice is the most dangerous part about driving in the winter; others say it’s the wet snow that don’t allow your tires to grip the ground causing you to slide when you try to apply pressure to your breaks. What most people don’t know is the right time to use your brakes and how much pressure to use. “You want to apply reasonable amount of brake pressure before you turn, because that will shift the momentum of your car forward, and put a little bit more weight on your front tires. When you make a corner your front tires will be a little bit more weighted and less likely to push through the corner,” Said Collins. “I think it’s really important to get out to a really open parking lot somewhere, and practice a little bit. Like learn to correct slides, but you know don’t drive reckless to where you are going to run into something but, get used to cars sliding a little bit and get used to how they handle in the snow.” Another important factor during winter driving is the type of vehicle that you use, with the right type of tires. A two-wheel drive vehicle is probably not the best choice if you were going to drive with snow or ice on the road. Kayhi junior Brayden Linne knows a little bit about what type of vehicle to drive during the winter. “All-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles are a must in Ketchikan. We don’t get a lot of snow but when we do, we have hills and we have congested traffic, and you know those are a bad combination,” said Linne. “Having good tires and make sure you have tires that are suitable for winter driving conditions, but if your running out with slick worn out tires your maneuverability and braking is going to be greatly reduced. Basically go slow so you don’t rear end somebody when you try to stop. Pump the brakes so you don’t slide”. What’s the most dangerous part about winter driving? “Black ice. You don’t know it’s there and it’s slick,” said Linne. “Drivers are unaware driving at a high rate of speed on poorly lit highways and not realizing that they hit black ice, so I think that’s a really dangerous combination,” Many people have crashed and have gotten in close calls because of winter driving conditions. Rick tells his close call. “One time driving down the hill from Smithers, we had cold weather up on top of the mountain where we were skiing. Partway down the mountain, a layer of snow and the ice melted and made a lot of water on the road. The temperature dropped and the ice kind of flooded over the rocks. It became a gravel road so there weren’t any rocks to grip from, and we ended up with about a half inch to an inch of snow to about an inch of snow covering the ice.” said Collins. “We were then driving in an inch of fresh snow with gravel underneath but we found out later that we were driving on an inch of snow with ice underneath. There is this one corner on that hill that is sloped the wrong direction and we barely caught the edge of the snowbank and we were able to get out. Later that day there were about fifteen cars that got wrecked.”
The Rotary Interact Daddy-Daughter Dance will be taking place on this Sunday from 2-4 P.M. The dance will be held at Kayhi in the commons. All the proceeds go to TAFCOM, a Tanzanian organization that facilitates community development projects.
The Kayhi Kings basketball team is facing off against their conference rivals the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend at home. Both nights, C-team will play at 4:45, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:15. Going into this weekend having not played Juneau, Kayhi is looking to bring the same, if not more, intensity that they brought to the Kayhi-Thunder Mountain matchup last weekend. Kayhi junior Cody Kemble said the team will bring more energy to the court this weekend. “I thought last week the team lacked intensity in the first half,” said Kemble. “We have definitely been working on bringing it for the whole 32 minutes every game.” Kemble also said that the crowd is a big help during games like these. “It really helps when the crowd gets into it,” said Kemble. “It gets us in a groove, and especially helps during these critical conference matchups.”
This year’s Sadie Hawkins dance will be held in the Kayhi Aux Gym 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. following the boy’s Varsity vs. JD game on Feb. 16. There will be a $5 entry fee. This year’s theme is unlike any other, it’s a country throwdown. For each cowboy and cowgirl there will be a $5 entry fee. Dance committee co-chair, Keri Thomas, said she was unsure about this change at first, but now she is looking forward to the twist of themes for this year’s dance. “I’m actually pretty excited to try something new try something new at a dance,” said Thomas. “It will end up being a lot of fun for those who dress up and embrace the theme.” There will be a live band playing for the first hour of the dance. Kayhi’s very own Mr. Sivertsen and his band will be rocking the stage. His band, The Free Radicals, is a country pick band that will be playing for the first half of the dance. There will be a caller there teaching the Virginia Reel for the people who don’t know how to do it. So, time to get those cowboy boots and leather pants out of the closet, come on down to the Sadie Hawkins Country Throwdown Dance.
The Kings split with Thunder Mountain last weekend. Friday night, Kayhi trailed the Falcons until the end of the 3rd quarter taking the lead 38-36 resulting in a 54-48 victory. Saturday night the Falcons took the lead from the start making it a 19 point game within in the first quarter 22-3. Kayhi went on a run in the second half making it a 5 point game 65-60. The Kings fell to the Falcons 77-67. Junior Captain Marcus Lee was the leading scorer both nights of the conference matchups. Lee scored 19 Friday night and finished with a career high 38 points Saturday night. “Saturday night was a career high for me in scoring but unfortunately we lost,” said Lee. “I really wasn’t aware of how much I scored until after the game when my teammates told me. Hitting my career high is very cool but then again winning is more important.”
The Kayhi Kings are facing off against the Thunder Mountain Falcons at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium tonight and tomorrow night. C team will play at 4:45, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:15 both nights. The Kings have not yet played the Falcons this season, but went 3-2 against Thunder Mountain last year. Kayhi junior Marcus Lee said that the team should do well in the next conference games. “I think we will do very well the next few games,” said Lee. “The chemistry and the way we play together has been great and we’re just looking to build more of that and use it to our advantage these next conference games.”