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How to get a more sustainable yard this spring with battery-powered products | | April 24, 2018
(BPT) - Years ago, lawn care could hardly be considered an eco-friendly business, but today’s market has changed thanks to new technologies and emission regulations. The result leaves homeowners with the best of both worlds — the ability to create…
6 ways to revive your home with essential oils | | April 24, 2018
(BPT) - Essential oils, highly concentrated essences of plants, have the power to improve our lives, revive our spaces and boost our mood, whether it's through diffusing them to add a fresh scent to the kitchen, creating a spa-like oasis…
Custom settings make smartphones easy, accessible to older users | | April 24, 2018
(BPT) - The digital generation gap is slowly narrowing, as older users come to more fully grasp smartphone technology and appreciate its many benefits. New technologies make it easier than ever to maintain social contacts, monitor health and preserve independence.…
To Raise Creative Kids—Let Them Play | | April 24, 2018
(NAPSI)—Fostering a child’s courage to express creativity is perhaps one of the most important goals that parents can set for themselves.
Twenty Ways To Cook Up Some Safety At Home | | April 24, 2018
(NAPSI)—Cooking and eating with family and friends can be delightful as long as you’re careful. Here are 20 hints from health and safety experts that can help:
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 24, 2018
By David P. Goldman | The following is adapted from a speech delivered on February 21, 2018, in Bonita Springs, Florida, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar. China poses a formidable strategic challenge to America, but we should keep in mind that it is in large part motivated by ...
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 24, 2018
It is always instructive when a member of the political left has a fit of pique. It usually illustrates mindset. Take, for instance, the snit by Juneau Rep. Sam Kito III over Juneau’s three lawmakers, who live at home during the session, losing their per diem. Kito, a Democrat, in the past justifi...
The Midnight Sun | April 24, 2018
Parish is stepping aside so his former legislative aide Rob Edwardson, who's currently on the Juneau Assembly, can run for office. The post Rep. Parish announces he won’t run for re-election, meaning Juneau will get an all-new delegation appeared first on The Midnight Sun.
The Midnight Sun | April 24, 2018
After a commission eliminated session per diem for Juneau legislators, a Juneau legislator proposed cutting everyone else's per diem by 75 percent. The post Legislative Council rejects Juneau legislator’s proposed 75 percent cut to per diem appeared first on The Midnight Sun.
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 23, 2018
As the economy turns around, shaking off eight years of Barack Obama, 14 states are posting record-low unemployment. Spoiler: Alaska is not one of them. Those states, The Hill reports, stretch ideologically from California, with a 4.1 rate, to conservative Texas, at 3.9. Hawaii’s 2.0 rate is the n...
The Midnight Sun | April 23, 2018
The conference committee on the bill met after nearly a year of deadlock on the measure and requested powers that would let it rewrite key parts of the bill. The post AKLEG Recap, Week 13: Legislature nearing deal to restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund appeared first on The Midnight Sun. | April 23, 2018
Buddy Bailey from Bailey's Furniture sat with Dorene to talk about a special promotion that they have with Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 22, 2018
By Tom Brennan | It’s easy to think that our legislators are blowing smoke about Alaska’s budget problem, but actually they are just being careful. There is plenty of money available to deal with this year’s budget crunch, even if they are dragging their feet on reducing state spending. T...
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 22, 2018
If you can say anything about Democrats, it is this: They never give up. Now, the Democratic National Committee is suing, among others, the Trump campaign, the Russian government and Wikileaks, claiming they conspired to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. Other defendants in the multimillion-do...
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 21, 2018
By Colin Grabow | Kirk Vashaw, CEO of the Spangler Candy Company, employs more than 500 workers at his company’s Bryan, Ohio, production facility. He says he’d like to hire more, and with 900 applicants for jobs last year there is no shortage of interest. But Vashaw says that the federal go...
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 21, 2018
  There finally is good news for Alaska. North Slope oil prices have climbed to their highest point in more than three years – with North Slope crude reaching $73 a barrel on Wednesday. What this will eventually mean for the economy, now sputtering along in a recession, or the oil industr...
With More Buyers Out There, These Home Upgrades Can Really Pay Off | | April 20, 2018
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - It's time to stop thinking of Millennials as totally uninterested in owning anything just because they were early adopters of Uber.
Virtual Colonoscopy Is Becoming a Reality for More People | | April 20, 2018
(NewsUSA) - Colorectal cancer deaths are slowly declining, but shocking racial and ethnic disparities remain.
Millions of smokers go online for help to quit each year | | April 20, 2018
(BPT) - The internet is the first place many people go to get information on how to quit smoking. In fact, more than 12 million U.S. adults — a third of all smokers — turn to the internet for help…
In your face: Top 10 cities with beard bragging rights | | April 20, 2018
(BPT) - Each year, men’s grooming leader Wahl pinpoints cities from across the country most likely to embrace their bearded brethren. So where are these havens for the hairy? Check out this year’s Top 10 Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities…
The most common causes of homeowners insurance claims | | April 20, 2018
(BPT) - The value of homeowners insurance is often thrust into the national spotlight when natural disasters happen. The devastation and financial loss they can cause reinforces the importance of making sure you have adequate insurance coverage to rebuild if…
4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements | | April 20, 2018
(BPT) - Whether you're working on a spring home improvement project or a summer task, this is the time of year when you focus on improving your home both inside and out. As you look for ways to make your…
Seeing Is Believing When It Comes To Road Safety | | April 20, 2018
(NAPSI)—Although properly functioning vehicle lights, wipers and mirrors allow for better visibility while driving, these items are all too often forgotten or ignored when people perform basic auto care, says the nonprofit Car Care Council.
Lifesaving Ideas Rewarded | | April 20, 2018
(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the approximately 47 million Americans over 65—or hopes to be someday—there could be good news for you.
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 20, 2018
Gov. Bill Walker, who is running for re-election, has a huge hurdle to jump in the coming months – he is almost as unpopular as failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll earlier this month puts her approval rating at 27 percent. MorningConsult polling&#...
The Midnight Sun | April 20, 2018
All attention was turned to the crime bill hearing on Thursday as many in the capitol delighted in a messy bill hearing. The post Friday in the Sun (April 19): The ‘Repeal and Replace SB 91’ edition appeared first on The Midnight Sun.
Celebrating Good Health During Older Americans Month | | April 19, 2018
(StatePoint) The contributions of older Americans are celebrated each May during Older Americans’ Month. This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes that you are never too old to enrich your physical and emotional well-being.
Tips and tricks to keep your car looking new this spring | | April 19, 2018
(BPT) - The colder weather is fleeting, flowers are blossoming and the grass is just a little greener, which means spring is finally here. While most of your time will be spent preparing your home, clothes and family calendars for…
Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home | | April 19, 2018
(BPT) - Helping a parent stay active and healthy at home can be achieved with careful planning. The rewards of personally caring for, or managing the care of, a loved one who needs help are innumerable. It’s an opportunity to…
DIY tips for homeowner tile installation | | April 19, 2018
(BPT) - A bathroom remodel is on the agenda for 31 percent of homeowners in 2018, according to a survey by Lightstream, a national online lending division of SunTrust Bank. Those remodeling efforts can take many forms, but arguably the…
Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes | | April 19, 2018
(BPT) - Most of us know the feeling: Tax season can be a frustrating and stressful time. You have to gather lots of documents, remember all the changes in your life over the past year that might affect your return,…
Healthcare hints: 5 savings tips for budget-conscious consumers | | April 19, 2018
(BPT) - As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their healthcare.
Home-Brewed Coffee That's As Good As It Gets | | April 19, 2018
(NAPSI)—Have you ever pondered the delicious cup of coffee served up at your favorite coffee shop and wished your hurried morning home-brewed cup could be just as good? If you use one of the push-button pod brewing systems, you are…
Stop What You're Doing And Download These Free Money-Saving Tools ASAP | | April 19, 2018
(NAPSI)—The stock market is down and it's tax season. We've got money on our mind and how to save it. So we've rounded up our top three favorite apps to help you save or at least make sure you don't…
Become Credit Savvy And Help Better Protect Your Identity | | April 19, 2018
(NAPSI)—How much do you know about credit, credit reports, credit scores and how they work? Even if the answer is “not much,” there are resources available to help you learn more about credit and put you in the driver’s seat. | April 19, 2018
(BPT) - When it comes to healthy living, many can agree that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Eating clean, exercising often and practicing self-care are just a few essential tactics necessary to achieve optimal wellness.…
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 19, 2018
In a textbook example supply v. demand and entrepreneurship, the Alaska Railroad needed a more economical way to paid its passenger cars – and a local business formed and stepped up. The railroad was shipping some of its 45 passenger cars to Seattle every year, putting them back on tracks and ...
The Midnight Sun | April 19, 2018
The Senate initially refused to sound off against a federal rollback of lenient marijuana policy, but the final joint resolution stands up in support of Alaska's industry. The post AKLEG Recap, Day 93: Senate passes House’s pro-pot joint resolution after balking at earlier attempt appeared fi...
The Midnight Sun | April 19, 2018
Legislators will still have to figure out whether they will approve boosted funding for this year. The post Legislature approves ‘early’ funding for education, but debate over school funding isn’t over appeared first on The Midnight Sun.
5 tips to create a personalized shed | | April 18, 2018
(BPT) - The backyard. It’s your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It’s the place to go not only for “me” time — but quality time with friends and family.
5 ways to upgrade your grilling game | | April 18, 2018
(BPT) - Upgrading your grilling game is about more than just food, it’s about creating an outdoor living experience in which guests feel comfortable and relaxed — an atmosphere where lasting memories are made. Fortunately, transforming your backyard into BBQ…
Health care costs in retirement: Can you separate fact from fiction? | | April 18, 2018
(BPT) - As their 65th birthday looms, many people eagerly anticipate the affordable access to health care that Medicare will provide. After all, Medicare covers everything, right? Not exactly. Because of this common misconception, many people are caught off guard…
The real bottom line: Maximize the value of your Medicare dollar | | April 18, 2018
(BPT) - In a recent survey, 43 percent of newly retired people said they were spending more on health care than they planned. One of the primary reasons? An unintentionally misguided approach to choosing their Medicare coverage.
3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology | | April 18, 2018
(BPT) - More and more Americans are shifting to a greener lifestyle, and if you’re one of them, you're always looking for ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Cutting your energy usage is a big part of that,… | April 18, 2018
(BPT) - Although it’s no secret a woman’s fertility decreases with age, how much do you actually know about what’s going on in your own body when it comes to fertility? With 1 in 2 millennials choosing to delay starting…
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 18, 2018
By Walter E. Williams | When World War II ended, Washington, D.C.’s population was about 900,000; today it’s about 700,000. In 1950, Baltimore’s population was almost 950,000; today it’s around 614,000. Detroit’s 1950 population was close to 1.85 million; today it&...
Anchorage Daily Planet | April 18, 2018
By Tom Rosshirt | My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston.It was a benighted time for people with AIDS. There were no antiretrovirals then. There was nothing much you could do for an AIDS patient, but hold his hand. And many ...
The Midnight Sun | April 18, 2018
It's going to be a busy year. The post Gov. Walker debuts first campaign ad of 2018 as ‘Independent. Alaskan.’ appeared first on The Midnight Sun.
The Midnight Sun | April 18, 2018
The House also passed a bill officially naming Sept. 11 as "Patriot Day." The post AKLEG Recap, Day 91: House clamps down on new bills appeared first on The Midnight Sun.
The Midnight Sun | April 18, 2018
It wasn't a particularly exciting end to the voter-approved 90-day session. The post AKLEG Recap, Day 90: Session plods on without an end in sight appeared first on The Midnight Sun.