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The discovery day that started the Klondike Gold Rush

Three men found a large deposit of nuggets on Aug. 17, 1896, which started the famed Klondike Gold Rush. George Washington Carmack, who came north in 1885, James Mason, better known as Skookum Jim,...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2019

Celebrating Ernie Kovacs' birth centennial

Opening last summer in Jamestown, New York, the National Comedy Center will launch an exhibition honoring comedian Ernie Kovacs beginning with a Festival on August 7-11 (see www.comedycenter.org). "It...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    August 1, 2019

Think you're covered? Not so fast

I don’t know how many times I have heard someone say “I don’t need to do any estate planning. I have a will and it does what I want”. Oh, I wish it was that easy. A will is a good and...

 

Disk recovery, lost keys, TV tracking

Q. My computer was crushed in an accident. I was able to rescue the drive from the wreckage, but how do I copy my files onto a new computer? A. This can be a surprisingly complex task. Simply installing the old drive into a new computer will not...

 
 By Edna Woolston    Columns    July 1, 2019

Time is an Eagle: Remembering Edna Woolston

Editor’s note: Long-time Senior Voice readers will remember Edna Woolston’s frequent columns from her home in Sutton, sharing stories about her days there with her husband and their animals, and her thoughts and recollections about many aspects...

 

Student load debt is a crisis for seniors

If you think America's college loan crisis – with more than $1.5 trillion worth of debt – is only a young person's problem, think again. The federal government is now garnishing the fixed-income Social Security benefits of seniors in its...

 
 By Jordan Lewis    Columns    July 1, 2019

Is physical health the be-all to successful aging?

In rural communities across Alaska, it is not uncommon to see young people on four-wheelers or snow machines, riding around town with family and friends and spending time outdoors. On the same roads you see elders walking alone or with others to...

 
 By Ocean Le    Columns    July 1, 2019

Lessons learned about type 2 diabetes, Native Americans

In the United States, American Indians and Alaska Natives have a greater chance of having type 2 diabetes than any other racial group. This is troubling because without medical intervention, the progression of type 2 diabetes may lead to other...

 
 By Laura Atwood    Columns    July 1, 2019

Social hour a pleasure for both kittens and admirers

What happens when you mix kittens and the residents of Providence Alaska's assisted living facility, Horizon House? You get the Kitten Social Hour! Kitten Social Hour had a humble beginning. An...

 

Kitchen table became a venue for international sharing

Many diverse conversations took place at our kitchen table when my husband Gary and I lived in Slana, partly because we ran a bed and breakfast in an area of Alaska that is off the beaten trail, but...

 

Black Wolf Squadron lands in Nome

The U.S. Army Service's famed "Black Wolf Squadron" planted its mark on Alaska history in 1920, when four biplanes flew across our northern skies in an attempt to prove the feasibility of long-distanc...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2019

Terry Moore as Valentino's Lady in Black

Since her first film role in 1940, Terry Moore has appeared on the big screen in each of the subsequent eight decades. Recently celebrating her 90th birthday, the actress plays a lead role in the...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    July 1, 2019

Were you admitted as an inpatient?

Here’s an interesting question: The last time you were admitted to the hospital, were you admitted to the hospital as in inpatient? “Kirk, you’re crazy as a loon,” you might respond, “of...

 

Killing iTunes, dying PCs, and missing email

Q. A few weeks ago I read that Apple was killing iTunes. How will I load music onto my iPod? A. In early June there was a flood of dire sounding news about the end of iTunes. Let me put some of the more alarmist implications to rest. Apple is...

 
 By Jordan Lewis    Columns    June 1, 2019

Successful aging means sharing and teaching

Being surrounded by grandchildren and children from the community is a blessing for anyone, and especially when you are given an opportunity to share what you have learned in your life. While we are doing interviews in Elders’ homes across Alaska,...

 
 By Gayle Schuh    Columns    June 1, 2019

June is the month of gay pride celebrations in many Alaska cities

A child drawn to the rainbow stickers on display was heard asking his mom, “What’s a Pride?” “Pride is when you get to celebrate loving who you are,” was her perfect response. For the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community, much...

 

RIP LGBT: Let's end sexual orientation initials

While leaving a recent nonprofit meeting another member was muttering aloud, obviously annoyed. I questioned why. He said: “Ugh, ‘A’ means ‘Ally’, it has always meant ally, not ‘Alternative.’” I agreed; he was correct. What...

 
 By Angie Boddie    Columns    June 1, 2019

Grandfamilies cut across class and ethnic groups

Caregiving provided by grandparents serves as a safety net for children in need of parenting regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Approximately 2.9 million grandparents make...

 

Fishing for lures leads to a scary swim

To get to his construction job site those early summer mornings in 1974, my husband, Gary, could either drive 24 miles into Fairbanks and then another 25 miles to Eielson Air Force Base, or drive 4 mi...

 

Nome town boy makes good

Seventy-seven years ago this month Japanese Zeros bombed Dutch Harbor and then occupied Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. Why? Because they thought that two months earlier James "Jimmy"...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2019

Congratsamundo, Anson Williams, for saving lives

As one of the most popular television shows in the late 70s to early 80s, "Happy Days" helped propel many cast regulars into the production side of show business. Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most...

 

Will you be financially secure after retirement?

Ah, retirement -- the “golden years.” Visions of fit youngish-looking seniors cavorting on a white-sands beach. Beautiful perfect-teeth smiles glowing on their faces, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and brilliant blue-green waters glistening...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    June 1, 2019

Oh no! Another holographic will

Seated across the desk from me is the dejected widow. Arrayed around her are her children, there to give support. The mood is sad, as it always is in the days after a husband and father has died. “I...

 

Travel tips, new PC skills, Linux for old hardware

Q. What advice can you share for traveling with personal tech devices this summer? A. Plan ahead for Internet connectivity, storage space and power. Our phones and tablets thrive in environments with speedy internet. When the internet is slow, interm...

 
 By Jordan Lewis    Columns    May 1, 2019

Elders' perspective on how to age successfully

This is the first in a series of articles by Jordan Lewis, PhD, with comments and reflections on “Alaska Native Successful Aging - What it means to be an Elder,” which are two studies completed in 2009 and 2019. Jordan is an Associate Professor...

 

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