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 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...

 
 By Patrick Curtis    Local    January 1, 2021 

Anchorage third graders share letters with elders

"What is serendipity?" my 8-year old third grader asked me recently. I was so pleased to have just the story to offer him to illustrate sudden, unexpected good fortune, thanks to a phone call from...

 

Kodiak senior property tax exemption deadline, Jan. 15

Alaska offers an exemption to seniors from paying property tax on the first $150,000 of their home’s value. Different areas may offer an exemption on a higher value, and different boroughs set different deadline dates to apply. Kodiak Borough’s...

 

Music in isolation: Senior center chorus adapts to pandemic

"Mute yourself! Is everybody muted?" What strange request is this from a chorus director, beginning a singing session? She's looking directly at us, checking us out. "OK, everybody's muted. Now let's...

 

Life and holidays at the Kenai Lake cabin

"My favorite place in Alaska is my Grandpa Clayton's cabin down at Kenai Lake," wrote Taral Clayton, my nine-year-old-niece back in 2004. "My Grandpa has a lot of neat things inside the cabin such as...

 

Nominees sought for Alaska Ocean Leadership Award

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has opened the nomination period for the 2021 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. The center established the awards to recognize those who have made significant contributions to ocean sciences, education and resource...

 

Alaska Native American Heritage Month lecture series

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor the November 2020 Lecture Series in honor of Native American Heritage Month and Walter Soboleff Day. The series this year will be offered virtually and will focus on citizens and shareholders in Alaska...

 

Annual meeting focuses on historic preservation in Alaska

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) will hold their annual membership meeting virtually via Zoom on November 5 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the announcements of the Historic...

 

Making Alaska greener through recycling

Every day, new steps are being taken to improve recycling programs throughout Alaska. Anchorage Solid Waste Services announced in August that it would start allowing recycled greasy pizza boxes as...

 

AnchorRIDES offers free grocery delivery

The Municipality of Anchorage has launched a new grocery delivery service for seniors, age 60 and older, and for people who have disabilities that prevent them from using People Mover buses. People can now arrange for AnchorRIDES buses to pick up the...

 

Networking for Anchorage, Mat-Su area providers

Interested in learning more about businesses and agencies providing senior services in the Anchorage and Mat-Su area? Want to get the word out about your own service? The monthly Service Providers Breakfast (formerly known as the Interagency...

 

Broadcasting, podcasting and breaking down stereotypes

Jon Scudder is a Michigan native and has lived in Alaska since 1997. He is a retired 20-year Air Force enlisted member and presently works in civil service at 673d Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base...

 

Coming through the Canada border is still not a sure thing

While a Mi'kmaq friend has crossed into Canada to access his reserve in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, Canada, it has been difficult for a member of the Skagway Traditional Council. The council is a...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Local    August 1, 2020

Alaska senior centers differ in approach to activities during pandemic

When the novel coronavirus COVID-19 reared its head in March, senior citizens were advised to take notice. This new illness was hard on those age 65 or older, people were told, and indeed, four months later, statistics bear this out: 80% of COVID-19...

 

Vote without putting yourself at risk

The right to vote is preserved in Alaska for all eligible voters, even during these times of coronavirus pandemic. In other words, in order to vote, you do not have to go in person anywhere and potentially expose yourself to the coronavirus, to long...

 
 By Dana Paperman    Local    July 1, 2020

Seward and walking poles: A beautiful match

With senior centers closed during the coronavirus pandemic, senior centers have been forced to make adjustments to their supported fitness programs, whether via ZOOM classes or taking activities...

 

Chugiak senior center says donation is well-timed

Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center (CERSC) accepted a $25,000 donation from the organization's Foundation fund at a presentation June 4, with organizational staff and local leaders in attendance. "The...

 

Free online Tlingit language course

Editor’s note: This press release was received June 22, 2020. With COVID-19 continuing to threaten communities across Alaska, ongoing Tlingit language revitalization efforts are particularly at risk. Many Tlingit culture camps and language study...

 

Annual Wasilla fundraiser returns, virtually

Be part of Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc.’s virtual Miles for Meals 5K fundraising event. Miles for Meals is WASI’s largest fundraising event of the year, supporting Meals on Wheels of the Mat-Su Valley. Using the proceeds, WASI strives to end...

 

Anchorage mayor proclaims Older Americans Month

Whereas, older Americans contribute to the fabric of our community and are keepers of our rich, cultural history; and Whereas, the Municipality of Anchorage acknowledges that the meaning of “to age” has changed for the better; and Whereas, the...

 

Time to get gardening

Join Julie Riley, Tanana District Extension horticulturist on Fridays and Tuesdays for free, informal discussions on gardening in Interior Alaska, via Zoom web videoconferencing using your computer, smartphone, iPad or tablet. No internet service or...

 

Mary Shields receives Ron Hammett Award

Mary Shields is the 2020 recipient of the distinguished Ron Hammett Award from the Municipality of Anchorage's Senior Citizens Advisory Commission. Annually, the award recognizes an individual who dem...

 

Celebration 2020 will be a "virtual" event

"Celebration," the enormous biennial Native American cultural event originally scheduled to take place this year in Juneau, is being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place this year,...

 

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