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 By Ken Stewart    News    September 1, 2021

The best time to prepare for an emergency is right now

September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and Alaska's unique geography can leave us vulnerable to a multitude of emergency situations like wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis--to name a few. The...

 By Ken Stewart    Local    September 1, 2021

Classes return for lifelong learners

Fall is back to school time, with educational programs for older adults kicking off their fall semesters. Here is an overview of the OLE and OLLI programs’ offerings. OLÉ! Anchorage OLÉ, which stands for Opportunities for Lifelong Education, is rar...

 By Ken Stewart    Local    July 1, 2021

Discounts, upgrades for Alaska's broadband service

The COVID-19 pandemic solidified our dependence on the internet. Throughout the Lower 48, high speed internet access is a given. In Alaska’s rural – and at times, urban – communities, high speed internet access can be hard to come by. According to th...

 By Ken Stewart    News    May 1, 2021

Payee Representatives scramble to continue service

In the fall of 2019, representative payees in Alaska were involved in a controversy with the Social Security Administration over the legality of charging a certain fee for representative payee services. A representative payee is a person or...

 By Ken Stewart    Local    May 1, 2021

Alaska senior centers are cautiously re-opening

Like flowers in spring, senior centers across the state of Alaska are beginning to open up again. Most have been closed since March 2020, a time we collectively remember as the end of "normal" life....

 By Ken Stewart    News    April 1, 2021

DMV closure proposal meets resistance

The Alaska State Legislature is still working on the next steps for the Department of Administration’s (DOA) proposed closing of six rural DMV locations around the state of Alaska, including Delta Junction, Eagle River, Haines, Valdez, Tok and H...

 By Ken Stewart    Local    March 1, 2021

Juneau program connects friends with seniors

Friends of Seniors, Catholic Community Service (CCS) Juneau's latest volunteer program, addresses gaps in community care. The program matches senior participants age 60 and older with local...

 By Ken Stewart    News    February 1, 2021

Proposed state DMV closures raise alarms

Gov. Dunleavy's FY2022 budget includes the same fiscal agenda he has long promised: budget cuts. Released on Dec. 11, 2020, the FY2022 proposal calls for the closure of six Division of Motor Vehicles...

 By Ken Stewart    Local    January 1, 2021

Anchorage program assists with electric bills

Municipality of Anchorage residents have another option for utility relief during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Anchorage Aging & Disability Resource Center’s (ADRC) Utility Assistance Program. Separate from the Alaska Department of Health and Social S...

 By Ken Stewart    News    December 1, 2020

Apply now for assistance with heating costs

Congress has released funding for the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), granting Alaska a total of $17.4 million to award assistance to low income households struggling with utility bills for the 2020-2021 season. LIHEAP is...


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