Kenai Peninsula residents oldestMonday, October 20, 2014 8:30am
- HOMER, Alaska (AP) - A state official says the Kenai Peninsula has some of the highest percentages of older Alaskans in the state. The Homer News says Alaskans 50 and older account for 36 percent of the population on the peninsula, compared with 27 percent of the population in that age group statewide. State demographer Eddie Hunsinger discussed Alaska's growing senior population during a presentation Friday at the Homer Senior Center. Hunsinger's discussion was part of the first South Peninsula Senior Summit. Hunsinger says the aging trend is expected to keep climbing. In two decades, seniors aged 65 and older on the peninsula are expected to make up nearly 25 percent of the population there, compared with 15 percent statewide and 20 percent nationwide.
Juneau musician donates $100K to local causesMonday, October 20, 2014 8:15am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Juneau musician marked his 87th birthday by donating $100,000 to four local organizations. The donation by Ron Maas is to be divided equally among Juneau Jazz & Classics, Juneau Alaska Music Matters, the Juneau Symphony and the Glory Hole, a shelter and soup kitchen. Maas, a trumpeter and leader of the Thunder Mountain Big Band, tells the Juneau Empire that when he was growing up, his family never had much to eat. He said he learned the need to help others. Maas and his wife are long-time members of Juneau's arts scene and have made major donations before, including a $50,000 gift to the symphony and a scholarship to the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. In 2008, they received a Mayor's Award for Patrons of the Arts.
First measurable snow falls in AnchorageMonday, October 20, 2014 8:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The first measurable snow of the season has fallen in Alaska's largest city. The Alaska Dispatch News reports (http://is.gd/r3xFhM) six-tenths of an inch fell on Sunday at the National Weather Service's Sand Lake office. And that was just the start. The agency says in a statement that another 1.5 inches fell there after midnight. Snow depths from the first snowfall varied widely over the municipality. Eagle River had three-tenths of an inch of snow, but one part of the Hillside south of O'Malley Road had 7 inches. There was also a measurement of 8 inches of snow along Turnagain Pass early Monday morning.