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Monday, September 13, 2010

Middle class and still uninsured
Last year I had the honor of speaking to Senator Lisa Murkowski at the Soldotna Home Town Meeting. I also had the privilege of having Senator Mark Begich call my home to discuss what issues our family faces with concern to healthcare. So one year and one "Healthcare Reform" later and where are we? We are still middle class and uninsured. As a mother, I have worked diligently advocating and piecemealing coverage for my children. We utilized COBRA insurance that was offered after winter seasonal work came to an end. With the help of federal stimulus money we were able to afford this COBRA insurance. Senator Murkowski's staff helped me navigate insurance brokers. Due to a pre-existing childhood illness, ACHIA is our only option at this time. We are still priced out of having private healthcare and do not have any at this time.

CPH makes community a better place
I have been a Kenai resident for the past 30 years.

Sending letters to heaven can help with childhood grief
I ran into a little friend whose grandpa had died, and she missed him very much. She said that one of the hardest parts was not being able to share her day with him, because he always listened. I told her to write him a letter, and send it to Heaven. Her mother told me afterwards that this has helped her a great deal.

Region remembers Sept. 11
At the Kenai Fire Department on Saturday, 343 miniature American flags stood in rows on the lawn as a remembrance to the firefighters that died during 9/11.

Sue and save: Alaska joins health-care reform lawsuit while accepting related funds
Alaska's decision to sue the federal government over parts of the new health-care reform law hasn't affected the state's decisions in complying with and implementing the new law, a senior state official said Sept. 2.

Frozen deer and divorce
To the victor goes the spoiled?

Student lobbies for theater equipment funds
It started as a class project, transformed into a personal effort and, two years later, resulted in $25,000 for the Kenai Central High School auditorium.

Shelter celebrates 25 years of helping women, children
On Friday, the LeeShore Center celebrated its 25th anniversary with an open house and free barbecue for the community.

Ramona Groomes
Soldotna resident Ramona Groomes died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 94.

Sharon Leigh Fauteaux
Sharon Leigh Fauteaux of Yoncalla, Oregon and former long time resident of Kenai, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2010 due to complications of a recent surgery. She was 69.

Mary F. Stroh
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Mary F. Stroh died Sept. 3, 2010 quietly at home with her family by her side. She was 83.

Peter Finnell Mysing
Well-known Kenai attorney Peter Finnell Mysing passed away Sunday night, Sept. 5, 2010, in an automobile accident. He was 59.

Kathy Karen Keck
Kenai resident Kathy Karen Keck died September 5, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from congestive heart failure. She was 51.

School's in session; time for a pop quiz
This Thursday school district Superintendent Steve Atwater is inviting local business leaders for a "school/business summit" to promote discussion about what our students are learning, what they aren't learning and what they need to learn.

Exercise: testing your level of fitness
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood: If ...
If you give a mom (or any female for that matter) a muffin,

Nikiski scores 42 1st-quarter points: Nikiski keeps right on rolling by trouncing Buccaneers in Greatland action
Nikiski football head coach Ted Riddall wanted to carry the momentum from last week's 51-12 win over Monroe Catholic into Saturday's homecoming game against Valdez. Ask and you shall receive.

SoHi netters split in Kodiak
The Soldotna volleyball team lost the Friday Northern Lights Conference game at Kodiak before coming back Saturday to claim a victory.

Bears earn split
The Kenai River Brown Bears opened the 2010-11 North American Hockey League campaign by splitting a two-game series with the Alaska Avalanche of Palmer. The Avs won Friday's game 5-2 at the Palmer Ice Arena before Kenai River came back to win Saturday's contest 3-0 at the Subway Sports Center in Anchorage.

Seward girls, boys nab 2nd in Palmer
The Seward girls and boys cross country teams picked up a pair of second-place finishes on Saturday in the Class 1-2-3A portion of the Palmer Invitational.

Kards blank Kodiak: Bears rush for just 69 yards, Kenai causes 4 turnovers
Kenai Central's defense held visiting Kodiak to 69 rushing yards and forced four turnovers as the Kardinals blanked the Bears 29-0 in Northern Lights Conference action Saturday at Ed Hollier Field. With the win, the Kards improve to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the league. Kodiak falls to 2-4 and 0-3.

District launches new web site
The beginning of a school year brings to mind images of fresh starts and new beginnings.

Around the District

School board to meet

Photo: 'Good to know'

School construction projects wind down
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Construction on the state's schools have wound down now that kids are occupying the hallways again.

Around Campus: KPC teams build new school home page, site
To keep pace with the ever-changing world online, KPC has ramped up the college's website to bring it up to current standards. The former site had been in place for over seven years; a virtual lifetime in the world of online technology. The site can be viewed at www.kpc.alaska.edu.

Carver cruises to Kenai Open crown
Tommy Carver compiled a two-day total of 10-over-par 154 to win the Kenai Open on Saturday and Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course.

Cowgill, Armbrust tie the knot
Katie Cowgill and Brandon Armbrust were married on June 21, 2010 at The Decanter Inn, in Kasilof.

Garcia, Quinn marry in Kenai
Martina A. Garcia and Clyde S. Quinn III were married on June 29, 2010 in an afternoon ceremony at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai. Pastor Tom Bearup officiated.

Howard, Hudson wed
Chelsey D. Howard and Christopher G. Hudson were married in a Western-themed afternoon ceremony on April 25, 2010 at the M.D. Resort in Fort Worth, Texas. Pastor Danny Robinson officiated.

Josephs celebrate 50 years together
John and Judy Joseph of Sterling celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3, 2010 at the Sterling Senior Center. The couple met on a blind date in 1958, and were married at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Missoula, Montana, Sept. 3, 1960.

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