Alaska is getting older. Its population of seniors passed the 70,000 mark last year. That’s according to the Alaska Department of Labor, which released statistics for the aging population on Friday. The number of Alaskans age 65 and older increased by more than 3,000 since 2013. That group now comprises 10% of the state’s population. The state’s median age is 34.
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Last week Governor Bill Walker took to the airwaves not once, but twice to impress upon Alaskans the dire situation the state's finances are in. On Wednesday, his State of the State address was akin to a pep talk before the big game, while on Thursday, his State of the Budget address was a wake-up call that declining oil revenue will require belt-tightening across the board. Stevens says the budget will be a challenge for everyone.
The Tebughna School in the village of Tyonek on the west side of Cook Inlet went on modified lockdown earlier this week. It was in response to a social media post naming the school that was seen as threatening by members of the community. No one was harmed and the school is now back to operations as usual.
Local musicians, singers, dancers, actors, and a few ukuleles are joining forces to recreate memorable moments from the swingin' sixties for the 1960s Show, a benefit for Homer Council on the Arts. The show features favorite songs, notable people, historical events, and TV shows from the iconic decade.
The Kenai Peninsula is joining other regions of the state in debating the finer points of cannabis regulation. At its meeting Tuesday, January 20th, the borough assembly heard from dozens of residents about the potential for a marijuana industry in the area.
After months of discussion, the Homer Advisory Planning Commission yesterday voted to keep the Bridge Creek Watershed protections in place as they were written. But the commission says conversation isn’t over yet.
A Christmas Day traffic accident in Anchor Point left a mother and daughter in pain and a community with a mission. Sunday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered at the Chapman School in Anchor Point for a spaghetti feed and auction to raise money for the family’s medical expenses.
Troopers and marijuana are on the agenda for this evening’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting. Nikiski's population is going up and with it, drug-related crime. There's a push within the community to have a permanent trooper presence. Also before the assembly is a resolution to prohibit marijuana cultivation facilities outside of cities within the borough, pending voter approval. The assembly meets Tuesday, January 20, at 6 p.m.