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Zaiden Alexander

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Story last updated at 5/29/2011 - 2:15 pm



Toney, Musgrove welcome son

Steven Musgrove and Tatjana Toney of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Simon Curtis Musgrove, at 3:09 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He was 8 pounds, 6 ounces. He joins sister Paiton.

McGlasson family grows

John and Kaley McGlasson of Wasilla announce the birth of their son, Zaiden Alexander McGlasson, at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2011. He was 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21 inches.

His grandparents are Tammy Dukowitz of Kenai, and Rick and Michelle McGlasson of Kenai.


Milliron earns degree from UAF

Max Milliron, a 2007 graduate of Soldotna High School, graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks on May 15. Max received his B.S. degree in biological sciences, graduating magna cum laude and completing his final semester on the Chancellors's list. He is the son of Steve and Randy Milliron of Soldotna.

Barkman earns master's degree

Karla Carol Felchle Barkman, of Soldotna, was awarded a Master of Education degree from Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D.

Porters earns bachelor's degree

Sasha Alyce Porter was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Human Sciences at South Dakota State University's spring commencement on May 7.

Awards and honors

Pfeifer recognized for community service

Olivia Pfeifer of Soldotna, a junior attending Kenai Central High School, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion to signify her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program last week during an awards night program in the auditorium of Kenai Central High School.

Pfeifer is being honored for raising $6,000 to protect nuisance birds at the Kenai Municipal Airport with her "Airport Bird Control Dog" (ABCDog) program.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. More than 5,000 Local Honorees were then reviewed by state-level judges, who selected State Honorees, plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia, based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

For more information on this year's Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit

Flag poetry/essay winners announced

The following local students are winners at state-level judging in the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Flag Poetry/Essay Program:

First place -- Molly Kiski, first grade, Soldotna Montessori Charter School; Anna Shelden, third grade, Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science; Heidi Watkins, fourth grade, Aurora Borealis Charter School. Second place -- Addison Downing, sixth grade, Connections, Sterling. Third place -- Josh Hieber, second grade, Soldotna Montessori; Kaden Schrock, eighth grade, Connections, Seward.

Rohloff earns honors at Southern Oregon

Emily Rohloff, a freshman biology major currently attending Southern Oregon University, was named to the President's list for the last two terms. To be on this list, a student has to maintain a 4.0 GPA while taking a minimum of 13 credit hours. She was also awarded outstanding biology student of the year. Emily is the daughter of Jay and Paula Rohloff of Soldotna.

Watkins elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Hannah Christine Watkins, a graduating senior majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society. Her parents are Jed and Chris Watkins of Kenai.

Soldotna chamber scholarship winners announced

The following students have been awarded Soldotna Chamber of Commerce 2011 Scholarships:

* Chamber Scholarship winners:

Michael Horton, Cook Inlet Academy

Delissa Severson, Soldotna High School

Elisha Hollers, Skyview High School

* Vocational Scholarship:

Katrina Truesdell, Soldotna High School

* Vera Howarth Scholarship:

Michael Horton, Cook Inlet Academy

Robbie Smithwick, Soldotna High School

News and notes

Oilers seeking host families

The Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club is looking for housing for Oilers baseball players for the 2011 season. The players arrive in early June and the season ends in late July. Host families receive season tickets and a rewarding, summer baseball experience. Contact the Oilers housing coordinator Kathy Gensel at 262-9263 or call the Oilers office at 283-7133.

Relay for Life countdown under way

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

Relay for Life schedule of events:

Bank Night: May 31 and June 1, 5:30 p.m., Bridges in Soldotna

Survivor Dinner: June 3, 5:30 p.m., Skyview High School

Opening Ceremonies: June 3, 6:30 p.m., Skyview High School track

Luminaria Ceremony: June 3, 11 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast: June 4, 7 a.m.

Closing Ceremonies: June 4, 1:30 p.m.

Show support for Cancer Survivors!

At the Relay for Life, teams of people camp out at Skyview High School and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relay for Life is an overnight event up to 24 hours in length.



If you think the Kenai Peninsula is beautiful in the summer, you should see it when cloaked under a thick blanket of white with the aurora borealis rippling through the celestial canopy above.


Whether intentionally seeking berries for jellies and jams or just out for a casual hike, residents and visitors will find the 50-some varieties of wild berries in Alaska hard to resist.


There’s adventure and beauty in the wild country, but also an element of risk.

2010 Peninsula Clarion award winners

Best Education Reporting
1st Place – Dante Petri, “All under one roof

Suzan Nightingale Award: Best Columnist

2nd Place – Will Morrow, “Voices of the Clarion”

Best Sustained Coverage

3rd Place – Dante Petri, “Mt. Redoubt Eruption”

Best News Photo

3rd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Bear Rescue

Best Photo Portrait
3rd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Ear Gauger

Best Audio Slideshow
2nd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Learning to ski

Best Use of Story and Photos by a Journalist
2nd Place – Joseph Robertia, “Dipnet disaster averted

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