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 By Alan M. Schlein    Columns    June 1, 2021 

Analysis: Has Biden forgotten his plans regarding drug pricing?

President Joe Biden has laid out a long list of policy priorities - some more politically plausible than others. But what he left out of his sweeping infrastructure and family relief proposals – dru...

 

Don't postpone your second dose of vaccine

In the United States, more than 40% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, however, most approved COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to provide a level of adequate...

 
 By Karen Casanovas    Columns    June 1, 2021 

Better health requires better motivation

Q: How do I get my aunt who stays with me to do some form of exercise? I know it will help her and I’ve even offered to exercise with her so she isn’t alone, but she is still resistant. A:...

 
 By Maraley McMichael    Columns    June 1, 2021 

Sorting and stirring up memories

January 15, 1963: Dear Mrs. Ridener. It is cold up there. I do not want too go. But I'll have to. I love you Mrs. Ridener. I love the collass too. Your frend Maraley While going through boxes of...

 

Settlers' early days in the Mat-Su Valley

Long before the Matanuska Valley became one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation, Russians tried to establish agricultural settlements on its fertile soil. They taught the Dena'ina how to...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2021 

Turning 80, Hollywood beauty Diane McBain tackles new career

According to Diane McBain who turned 80 in May, it's never too late to begin a new chapter in your life. Along with co-author Michael Gregg Michaud, the 60s glamour gal published her autobiography...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    June 1, 2021 

What a mess Medicaid has become

In 33 years as a lawyer, I’ve had to deal with all kinds of government agencies. It comes with the territory. At various times I’ve wrestled with the IRS, child support enforcement, Social...

 

Windows resets, text chats, and disk space apps

Q. A pro tech friend tells me that reset is no longer needed because of the way Microsoft does updates. Why do you feel it’s beneficial, given the downsides? A. If there is one universal truth in technology, it is the idea that people often...

 

We must encourage participation in health research across generations

While Latinos represent approximately 18% of the population in the United States, fewer than 5% participate in clinical trials or other forms of health research. Being left out of health research could have a significant negative impact on Latino...

 
 By Karen Casanovas    Columns    May 1, 2021

What does successful senior living look like?

Question: How do I find the right senior housing? Answer: In the search for aligning housing to individuality, maintaining dignity, and what's best for your needs, it's important to find a place that...

 

An unforgettable Dougie MacLean concert

One of the best music concerts I ever attended took place right here in downtown Palmer at Vagabond Blues, back in May of 2017. From Scotland, Dougie MacLean sang and played his guitar. He said he'd...

 

Seaworthy captain full of adventures

When news reached Seattle of gold discoveries in Cook Inlet in 1896, every available vessel was pressed into service. With ships scarce, those heading north were filled to capacity with prospectors...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2021

Ruta Lee put the 'pro' in professional

While some entertainers are renowned for their personal and professional demands while working, Ruta Lee never aspired to be a diva. Acting nonstop in film, TV and theater since the early 1950s, she...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    May 1, 2021

Just what is an LLC and what does it do?

I’m an estate planning attorney, not a business attorney. Sure, some of my clients own businesses, but my focus is on how they transfer that business smoothly to their heirs on death, not about...

 
 By Bob DeLaurentis    Columns    May 1, 2021

Cords, video stills and internet data removal

Q. My grandson accidentally sent my laptop crashing to the floor when his leg hooked around its power cord. Other than unplugging my new laptop when he visits, how do I tame the mess of cables that is lurking around my computer table? A. I am sorry t...

 

Analysis: What's in, what's out for seniors in the American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) coronavirus stimulus package, which President Joe Biden signed into law in March, was designed to defeat the virus, get vaccines in the arms of Americans, checks in the pockets of those who need it, and jump-start the U...

 
 By Quyen Dinh    Columns    April 1, 2021

To heal, we need community

Over these last few weeks, the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC) has joined Asian Americans across the country in grief and in alarm over the ongoing anti-Asian violence recently...

 

All in the name of Grandma

"So, Mom, what do you want to be called when you become a grandma?" my daughter, Erin, asked in the weeks after we learned she was expecting our first grandchild. This question set off much...

 

World War 2 brings military to Anchorage

Six years before World War II broke out, Anthony J. Dimond, Alaska's delegate to Congress, started asking for military planes, airfields, army garrisons and a highway to link the Lower 48 to Alaska. W...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2021

Paul 'Crocodile Dundee' Hogan is back – sort of

It's been 35 years since Paul Hogan unleashed the iconic character of rugged reptile-wrestling Mick Dundee onto the world in the 80s hit film "Crocodile Dundee" and two sequels. Hogan returned last...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    April 1, 2021

'Do I really need a will?' Yes you do

Sometimes when you spend all day, every day dealing with the complications of a particular area of law, the simplest question can surprise you. People ask me, on a fairly regular basis, whether they...

 

Clubhouse, new printers, battery cases

Q. What is Clubhouse? A. Clubhouse is a new social network that connects people in audio chat rooms. It has become quite popular in the last couple of months and is by invitation only. If it continues to accelerate, it will only be a matter of time b...

 

Meeting the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native caregivers

As is now well-known, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color. For American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, the virus has proven to be extremely...

 
 By Laura Atwood    Columns    March 1, 2021

Helping your shelter means more than just walking dogs

When people think of volunteering at their local animal shelter, their first thought is usually to volunteer as a dog walker. But what if walking big, exuberant dogs doesn't appeal to you or doesn't...

 

Outdoor discovery becomes daily winter delight

Recently I came in from my afternoon snowshoe laps and quickly removed all my winter gear. While waiting for my tea water to heat, I pondered my enjoyment of my favorite winter exercise. I hadn't gone...

 

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