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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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

Keep CPH locally owned
I have been extremely disappointed in the Clarion's editorial remarks this last month regarding the changes at Central Peninsula Hospital. I can only assume that such support for something as ridiculous as this joint venture (JV) was, would stem from the fact that CPH has been a large financial contributor to this paper through it's almost daily advertisements.

Hospital good just the way it is
I was just released from the Central Peninsula Hospital today, Sept 9, 2010, after a fall I took from a ladder that broke seven ribs and caused bleeding from my right kidney and liver along with a few other bumps, scrapes, and bruises. This accident happened on Sept 4, 2010. Thanks to all for your prayers, concern, visits, and phone calls to cheer me up and check on me, as well as cover my wife with an umbrella of concern and care.

My Right to Not Vote
I've heard many outcries to the 27-percent showing for the latest election. The most common and passionate objection is soldiers past and present laid down their lives for our right to vote, so how dare we disrespect them by not showing up at the polls?

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.

'Fill the Boot' folks say thanks
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local citizens of the Kenai Peninsula for their outstanding generosity during the recent Muscular Dystrophy firefighter "Fill the Boot" fund raising effort.

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.

Support library expansion bond
In the upcoming Oct. 5 election patrons of the Soldotna Library and others who live in the city of Soldotna have a chance to vote on a bond issue proposal that will pay for about one-third of the money needed for the proposed expansion. In this way part of the needed funds are paid by future city residents.

U.S. needs to return to Constitution
This letter is in response to the letter written by Mike Beck on Sept. 6 about the Constitution of this great country. First of all, Mr. Beck, your letter was one of the more educated and intelligent letters I have read in this paper in a long time and you hit it right on the money.

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.

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.

Junked cars become point of contention
Two years after Dusty Farrell Rhoades' last complaint, around 23 junked cars line the right-of-way by Soldotna Auto Salvage.

Hunter ends up empty handed, tireless
Ideally a moose hunt ends with a grueling grunt home and a very full freezer.

Photo: Tie-dye mountain

KPC Process Tech grads find work in weak economy
Stories about recent college graduates struggling to find work are hardly uncommon these days, but in the past year Kenai Peninsula College Process Technology and Industrial Process Instrumentation grads have done well bucking that trend.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Pet Photo: Daddy's little helper

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

KPC's Spring 2010 Dean's List
Chelsea Alward, Ashley Anderson, Hannah Andrews, Christopher Baker, Dia Baker, Jodie Banks, Travis Barnes, Kirstin Bauer, Christopher Beale, Christopher Bender, Ashley Blatchford, Patrick Blood, Cody Booth, Joshua Braud, Kylie Brown, Trudy Brown, Joshua Brunnhoelzl, Melody Cardwell, Gabriel Cazares, Serhat Cetinkaya, Waleed Cheema, Brandon Church, Alexander Chythlook, Brieta Clemmer, Jonathon Collins, Donald Combs, Kyle Conner, Katie Cowgill, Kimberly Cude, Brian Denesen, Cade Dickey, Randall Dowd, Owen Dukowitz, Triva Evans, Lisa Ferguson, Guillermo Flores, Alexander Foster, Copper Fuller, Robert Goodwin, Kelsey Gray, Nathan Grilliot, Krystin Habighorst, Mike Hanrahan, Kiley Hansen, Carl Hanson, Tina Harness, Hannah Heath, Jennifer Heath, Katie Hunter, Anjuli Inglima, Vania Iumatti-Lodewyk, Richard Jobe, Aaron Julien, Alfred Kangogo, Ruth Keino, Kresenda Keith, Mark Kruse, Zackary Lahti Maley, Marko Lemtukei, Trish Magnusen, Anoop Malik, Patrick Malone, Callie Martin, David Martindell, Cristy Matthews, Erynne McAndrews, Denis McNiel, Tera Miller, Deanna Moore, Jason Moore, Adam Moua, Alice Nelson, Amy Neuharth, Charlotte Nicolet, Kendall Nielsen, Grace Olendorff, Katarzyna Pacyna, Marilyn Pamplin, Matthew Parshall, Lana Perry, Jana Porter, Danielle Rangel, Nickelle Reagle, Micah Reynolds, Roman Schilling, Danielle Severson, Donica Severson, Elaine Shelton, Dawnjalee Smith, Kathleen Smith, John Stenglein, Kristie Stockton, Shauna Thornton, Michael Trepanier, Julie Tucker, Maggie Ulen, Sarah Walton, Joshua Werba, Amber Whitaker, Calvin Williams II, MichaelWoroniecki, Stephen Wright, Stig Yngve.

Photo: 'Good to know'

KPC's Spring 2010 Chancellor's List
Matthew Apted, Anna Beale, Grant Blossom, Alex Bonnecaze, Benjamin Booker, Benjamin Bowden, Devin Boyle, Austin Bundy, Crystal Bussell, Janine Carlough, Kelli Cassidy, Carolyn Choate, Joireen Cohen, Tommy Collinson, Cristine Conner, Curtis Conner, David Coon, Anneliese Cornejo, Michael Craig, Greta Danielson, Jessica Davis, Paul Deda, Sean Flanagan, Darla Forman, Jennifer Freeman, Halley Gillis, Caleb Gordon, Douglas Hallmark, Andrea Hansen-Hanzuk, Evan Hatfield, Aaron Hensel, Angela Hill, Laura Hill, James Hollowell, Richard Hubby, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Humphrey, Jeremy Hunter, Ruth Johnson, Chelsea Kaas, Cassandra Kendall, Taewhan Kim, Lily Kjelstad, Justin Klawitter, Megan LaCross, Nathan Lane, Kirsten Laulainen, Wesley Main, Joel Manalo, Jonathan Mann, Dolores Mares, Andrew Mattson, Joshua McQueen, Morgan Mena, Desiree Merculief, Megan Muir, Lawrie Murray, Justin Oleson, Kirstin Padgett, Marycela Padgett, James Pazar, Robert Pepper, Pepper Piper, Jacob Pokryfki, Joseph Ramirez, Calee Robison, Chelsea Robustellini, John Roedl, Ryan Saltzgiver, Eugene Sarren, Mariel Savage, Tiana Schnider, Eric Simpson, Harry Smith, Remy Spring, Benjamin Sweeney, Cathy Taylor, Lucas Thein, Elizabeth Tough, Dana Vergoossen, Brett Weimer, Travis Wingster, Hugh Winston, Caroline Wright.

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Local Sports Briefs

Kodiak sweeps Homer Invitational

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.

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.

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.

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

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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