Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bike and Skate Challenge a success
The first annual Soldotna Bike and Skate Challenge was held Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Soldotna Skateboard and Bike Park. The well-attended event was organized to showcase the athletic skills and commitment of a group of young people dedicated to the sports of skateboarding and BMX biking. Many community members, parents, grandparents and friends braved a cool morning to encourage the interests of Soldotna's youth.

Mize, Padlo marry in California
Sondra Lynn Mize and Nicholas Walter Padlo were married May 30, 2010 at the Los Gatos Opera House in Los Gatos, California.

Marlowes welcome son
Sam and Linda Marlowe of Sterling announce the birth of their son, Ian James Marlowe, at 2:32 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. Ian weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: A Rose by any other name
I have never had a nickname. Most people I know who share this same first name are called "Ginny" or "Virgie" but for some reason, neither ever attached itself to me for any length of time. One girl friend way back when called me "Ginny" once in awhile, but it didn't catch on so she dropped it. One of Dad's cousins was "Virgie" so to combat confusion, I remained "Virginia." And I guess I don't have any really obnoxious habits or traits because no one ever hung a descriptive name on me either. If my students had one for me, I never heard it which is probably a good thing.

White family grows
Valerie and Nathan White of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Evelyn Marie White, at 10:42 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches.

Chathams welcome new daughter
JoAnna Hall and Isaac Wayne Chatham of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Mary-Katherine Elizabeth Chatham, at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at Women's Way Midwifery. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 21 3/4 inches.

Perils of Polly: Back in the saddle -- Mongolian style
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

Broussards celebrate 40 years together
Longtime Nikiski residents John "Beaver" and Carol (McGahan) Broussard celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct. 9, 2010.

State ecosystems projected to shrink by 2100
Roughly 60 percent of Alaska ecosystems may shift in response to climate change by the end of the 21st century, according to the results of a two-year study released in September by University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Photo: Waiting for the snow

Homer man indicted for drug trafficking
A federal grand jury in Anchorage has indicted a Homer man on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

'This is our future': Childhood cancer advocates draw from personal experience
Although the chances of childhood cancer might seem improbable, it does not look so rare when it's staring you right in the face.

Corporations are speaking -- loudly
Joe Miller's U.S. Senate campaign last week filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging that Alaskans Standing Together was illegally spending money to influence the upcoming election.

Around the Peninsula

Fall Bazaar planned

Homer's Wyatt nabs Lancer crown
The hard work in the offseason of Homer's Mitch Wyatt paid off on Saturday at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Palmer.

Skyview volleyball takes 6th at tourney
The Skyview volleyball team finished sixth at the Dimond-Service tournament on Saturday in Anchorage to lead all Kenai Peninsula squads.

Wrestling community should do what it can to help Voznesenka
Thanks to Steve Wolfe

Bulldogs are back: Resurgent program set to host state this year
After winning the inaugural Denali-Kachemak Conference tournament last season and then securing the right to host the Class 1-2-3A state tournament for the next three years, the resurrection of the Nikiski wrestling program has one more logical step.

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