Articles from the November 1, 2015 edition


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  • Volunteers needed for AARP tax aide program

    Jan Watson, AARP Alaska|Nov 1, 2015

    This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This program, in its 46th year, is the largest free tax assistance and preparation service in the nation. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Tax-Aide has grown tremendously since its first team of four volunteers in 1968. In 2014, 35,000 volunteers at over 5,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP...

  • Your Social Security questions answered by the experts

    Senior Voice Staff|Nov 1, 2015

    Staff from Alaska’s Social Security office will be available for questions via videoconferencing at the following locations and times: Kodiak Job Center, on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (Nov. 10 and 24), 9 a.m. to noon. Kenai Senior Center, on the first and third Wednesday of each month (Nov. 4 and 18), 9 a.m. to noon. Ketchikan Job Center, every Thursday (Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26), noon to 3 p.m. Social Security provides toll-free telephone service to all of Alaska. Residents in Alaska’s southeast communities can call the Jun...

  • His kids, her kids – who will inherit what?

    Jonathan J. David, Senior Wire|Nov 1, 2015

    Dear Jonathan: My husband and I have been married for 10 years and it is a second marriage for both of us. We both have adult children from our first marriages. We have recently been talking about putting together an estate plan, but we are having difficulty deciding how to provide for each of our respective children at either of our deaths. We each want to provide our own children with a certain portion of our assets when we die, but are not quite sure how to accomplish that. Do we just leave it to the other spouse and trust that he or she...

  • These tools can resize your photos in a jiffy

    Richard Sherman, Senior Wire|Nov 1, 2015

    Q. Is there any way I can reduce the size of a photo that was given to me in .JPG format? A. There sure is: Irfanview is a free graphics viewer/editor. Once installed, click "File", then "Open" to display your photo. With the picture displayed, click "Image," then "Resize/Resample". You will be able to choose from several options in the next window, including setting a new size by typing in the pixel dimensions, making the new picture a percentage of the original, or selecting from several standard sizes. If you click the Half button, you can...

  • Portland! Paradise of coffee, beer, books and other delights

    Dimitra Lavrakas, Senior Voice Travel Correspondent|Nov 1, 2015

    I like to find places that have an Alaska connection, and Portland, Oregon is one. A favorite old dead guy of mine, Charles Erskine Scott Wood, spent some of his early years in Alaska, but left behind a mighty legacy in Portland. In early 1877, when an infantry officer, he joined an expedition that had requested a military escort to climb Mount St. Elias, but after the group left Sitka, and without approval from superiors, Wood set off for Alaska. Ranging along the Southeast coast, he stayed in...

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