10th Annual Dinner Gala & Auction

- Wear a Sport Jersey enter once to win a door prize
- Wear a Hockey Jersey enter twice to win a door prize

5-6pm Lots of fun, cake walks, free prizes, pictures over the years, check out auction items
6-7pm Dinner
7-9pm Auction, silent auction & lots of prized

Advance ticket sale only ~ contact Stacy at (775) 722-1553

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FCA Presents Stories from the Explorer’s Club

Power point by lamp oil in an historic setting
Palace Saloon, November 3 – 13

Join us at the Palace Saloon, Pioneer Park for some turn of the century ambiance and informal talks by local experts — all running up to our presentation of Split Knuckle Theatre’s performance of “Endurance”. A play which merges Shackleton’s Antarctic exploration with a story of modern day perseverance.

Monday, November 3rd, 6:00 pm
“Watching ice grow: Wintering in Antarctica and continuing a hundred years of science in McMurdo Sound” with Andy Mahoney

Wednesday, November 5th, 6:00 pm
“Rediscovered: Polar Exploration in the 20th Century” with Mike Castellini

Thursday, Nov 6th, 6:00 pm
“Visions of Endurance: The Films and Photographs of Frank Hurley” with Len Kamerling

Monday, Nov 10th, 6:00 pm
“Resiliency Discovered: Ernest Shackleton’s Unparalleled Leadership” with Mike Castellini

Thursday November 13th, 7:00 pm
“Polar Music in the Days of Whalers and Sailors” with Paul Krejci

Refreshments will be served.

Donations accepted at the door.

Co-presented by UAF Department of Theater and Film

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank Alaska.

All attendees over 21 may enter a drawing for a very special door prize: a bottle of Shackleton Whiskey, to be drawn on the final evening.

You Tube video

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Photo of the day Ocotber 30

I  spotted this Robin and a few of his buddies eating berries one afternoon, a couple weeks ago. Maybe their lingering is pointing to a mild winter. Yeah, I’m gonna go with that!
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Acacia Floral & Gifts Open House ~ Nov 8

Stop in and See What’s New

***FREE DRAWINGS***

Check out our gift ideas
- Christmas ornaments – Designer Bows – Centerpieces – Fruit Baskets – Cards – Candles – Russel Stovers Candies – Gourmet Truffles – Tanning Bed & Lotions – Stuffed Animals – Gift Baskets – Balloons – Gift Wrap – Boxed Cards – Plants – Candy Bouquets – Gourmet Fudge – Crystals

Come in and Join US for OUR Customer Appreciation Day!
Stop in for the food.  The Girls will have all the Good Olds Plus Lots of New Dishes

Special Sale for This Day ONLY!!!!
Great time to start your Christmas Shopping

FREE GIFTS with PURCHASE

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80′s Adult Dance

The Aurora Community Activity Center is happy to present the 80′s Adult
Dance! Join us Saturday, November 15th, 8pm-12am for a night of nostalgia.

Tickets are available for purchase beginning November 1st- $15 in Advance,
$20 day of/at the door. Open Post Event, ages 18 and over.

For more information, contact the CAC Front Desk at 873-4782.

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Trick or Treating Safety

Garison Safety Office
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Walk Safely

Cross the street at corners, using crosswalks.

Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

Children should have adult supervision while they are trick or treating. Stick to familiar areas that are well lit and it’s a good idea trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Safe
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s ision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Careful
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Hallowee nd
may move in unpredictable ways.
- take extra time to look for kids at intersections/crosswalks. nter and exit driveways slowly and
carefully.
- Don’t have distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

Ft. Greely, Safety Office
873-5239

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Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Oil and Gas Project in Alaska

BLM Releases Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for  Proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Oil and Gas  Project in Alaska

Proposed Plan Balances Resource Protection and Development; Project would be First Production from Federal Land in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Unit oil and gas development project (GMT1), opening the way for the first production of oil and gas on federal land in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) and providing a new source for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

“Reaching this stage of permitting is a major milestone for the project and for the future of balanced, responsible Federal oil production in the NPR-A,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “This SEIS reflects a thorough analysis of the potential environmental effects across a range of development alternatives and is the product of robust public engagement and input from stakeholders, including Alaska Native communities.  The GMT1 Final SEIS advances BLM’s NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan and encourages responsible energy development in the Arctic while ensuring that unique Alaskan resources and local subsistence values are protected.”

As proposed by ConocoPhillips, Alaska, Inc., the project would include construction of an 11.8-acre drilling pad in the northern portion of the 23-million acre NPR-A.  Along with above-ground elevated pipelines and an electric power line, the GMT1 project would provide access to both Federal and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation oil and gas resources.

The Final SEIS released today identifies Alternative B as the BLM’s Preferred Alternative that would provide for up to 33 development and injection wells on a single well pad at GMT1 as well as an approximately eight and one-half mile gravel road that would provide access for spill and emergency response.  The Final SEIS concludes that both Alternatives A and B substantially reduce the potential impacts of aircraft overflights relative to other alternatives, which is particularly important to local communities and subsistence users.

Importantly, the Final SEIS describes a robust and innovative suite of best management practices and mitigation measures to avoid, minimize, and compensate for potential impacts to the environment and subsistence uses.  In addition to the Best Management Practices and mitigation measures required by the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan, the BLM will include in its Record of Decision additional mitigation measures for the project that may include development of a long-term Regional Mitigation and Monitoring Strategy; establishment of a BLM compensatory mitigation fund to promote conservation and restoration in the NPR-A, including potentially legacy well remediation; aircraft and traffic operational requirements to minimize impacts on caribou; a road access agreement to facilitate access for local Native communities while restricting non-local access; and contributions to scientific study to monitor wildlife populations, habitat, and ecosystem processes potentially impacted by development.

The BLM’s extensive public engagement included eight public meetings on the proposal in North Slope villages, Anchorage, and Fairbanks during the 45-day public comment period. The agency received comments from a variety of stakeholders and interest groups, including other Federal agencies, environmental groups, industry, and Alaska Native communities and corporations. The Final SEIS includes consideration of a comprehensive range of possible project alternatives, including roadless and seasonal-development alternatives.

Before making a final decision on the project, the BLM will consider the views of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, which are currently reviewing a Clean Water Act application by ConocoPhillips for the project.  The Corps must select the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative (LEDPA), and that decision will be considered in choosing the alternative ultimately selected by the BLM in its Record of Decision.

At about 23 million acres, nearly the size of Indiana, the NPR-A, located on Alaska’s North Slope, is the largest single block of federally managed land in the United States. By law, the BLM administers the NPR-A for the purposes of oil and gas leasing along with protection of areas containing significant subsistence, recreational, fish and wildlife or historical or scenic value. The Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 as amended, which transferred the Reserve from the Navy to the Department of the Interior, mandates maximum protection of such areas while conducting an expeditious program of oil and gas leasing.

Since 1999, nine lease sales in the NPR-A have garnered more than $261 million.  Currently, 205 authorized leases cover more than 1.73 million acres in the reserve.  In 2011, President Obama directed the Secretary of the Interior to conduct annual oil and gas lease sales in the NPR-A. Previously lease sales had been held every two years.  The BLM’s 2013 Area-Wide Integrated Activity Plan identified 11 million acres in the NPR-A for protection of natural values while making available 72 percent of technically and economically recoverable barrels of oil for development.  To date, only exploratory drilling has occurred in the reserve.  The Greater Mooses Tooth project would facilitate the first production and transportation by pipeline of oil from federal lands in the NPR-A.

To view the Final EIS, go to: http://www.blm.gov/ak. The BLM will formally publish the document in the Federal Register on Nov. 7, 2014. A Record of Decision will be issued at least 30 days after the publication of the final SEIS.

Kathleen Muschovic

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Photo of the day October 29

For most of the year, moose lead uneventful lives. Their time is largely spent feeding, resting, and moving from place to place. Moose typically avoid other moose during winter, spring and summer—they are not social animals that live in groups like caribou or Dall’s sheep. During fall, moose become social and their lives change dramatically as the season for mating—also known as rutting—unfolds. Behaviors emerge that have been dormant for the past year as moose engage in rituals related solely to reproduction. Their uneventful lives quickly become hectic as bulls compete for breeding rights and cows seek out mating overtures from bulls. Verbiage excerpts from the National Park Service
Photos Courtesy Steve Dubois

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First Baptist Church Harvest Festival

Friday, October 31, at 6:00 PM, First Baptist Church will have it annual Harvest Festival.

This is a community event open to all children, ages pre-school to 6th grade.

We have games, bouncy houses, treats, snacks and candy.

This is a safe WARM place for your children to come and have fun.  We also have a place for parents to relax while their children explore the activities.

For more information call the church at 895-4490.

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Obituary “Jane” Jennie Elizabeth Storey

“Jane”
Jennie Elizabeth Storey
July 21, 1939 – October 13, 2014

In the early evening hours of October 13, 2014, a band of heaven’s angels came for Jennie (Jane). She had declined previous invitations with a great courage and insistence to remain with her family.

Jane Storey, 75, was a long time resident of Delta Junction. She was born July 21, 1939 in Indiana, PA. Her parents were Harry and Mary Matthews and she had four siblings.

Jane’s early years were in Avonmore, PA. She was always a popular girl with many friends. It was a typical small town scene with ball games, swimming in the water holes, and winter sledding. Her unique personality was always apparent, and whatever the setting, she provided guidance to her peer groups and family far beyond her years. This personality trait was evident throughout her life.

Jane met her husband, Jim Storey, during their high school years. They had a loving relationship that was to last their lifetime. They were married when Jim was a young soldier, and much of their accomplishments were due to Jane’s capabilities and adaptability as a military wife in foreign countries.

Jane and Jim were blessed with two daughters and two granddaughters.

The family’s last military assignment was Alaska. Jane had a great appreciation for the vast wonders of Alaska. She skied on the slopes at Black Rapids and hiked, fished, and camped along many trails and lakes. However, she had no talent for firearms. She was known to say, “My shooting is pretty good, but my aim is bad.” Berry picking, pies, and jam making were her strong suit. She won blue ribbons for her blueberry pies at the fair. She was a member of the Delta Presbyterian – Faith Lutheran Church and of Igloo #35/19 of the Pioneers of Alaska.

Jane beamed with happiness about her two granddaughters, whom she adored. For Jane, the girl’s visits and stays-over were pure joy. There were special preparations for the visits. The main attraction was always the apple strudel, set to come out of the oven just after their arrival.

Jane was surrounded by family as she slipped away and the angels took her. She is survived by her husband, James (Jim) Storey of Delta Junction; her daughters Mary (Joe) Sheehan of Fairbanks, and Sheila (Chris) Johansen of Fairbanks; her granddaughters Talia Johansen currently at the University of Utah, and Makenna Johansen currently at Western Washington University; her sister Alda Foeks of Brockway, PA; and her brother James Sinclair of North East, PA. Jane also always considered her brother-in-law, Conrad Storey and sister-in-law Edwinna Confer to be her charges. She was preceded in death by her sister Elsie Matthews Bennardo and her brother Sam Matthews.

Services will be held on November 1, at the Delta Presbyterian – Faith Lutheran  Church at 2 p.m. Fellowship will follow at the Delta Community Center. Condolences may be mailed to the Storey family at PO Box 1082, Delta Junction, AK  99737.

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The Delta Junction Trick or Treat Guide

Click here to print your copy to take with you on the road.

The Delta Chamber of Commerce wishes you a Safe and Happy Halloween

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Halloween Crime Prevention Tips

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Although children look forward to tricks, treats, and ghoulish garb, Halloween can be fraught with fright for parents, with candy given to their kids by strangers and a legion of masked and costumed trick-or-treaters at the door. However, following a few safety tips can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike.

To ensure that trick-or-treaters, you, and your house stay safe, remember the following tips.
• Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night.
• Keep your house well lighted, both inside and out; you wouldn’t want to miss any particularly good costumes, would you?
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your DA Police (907) 873- COPS 2677

To make sure even the scariest costumes are safe, keep the following in mind when buying or designing one.
• Try makeup instead of masks; it’s more comfortable and doesn’t obstruct vision the way masks can.
• Check to ensure that costumes are flame-retardant so that young ones are safe around jack-o’-lanterns, candles, and other flames.
• Keep costumes short to ensure that the only trip taken is the one around the neighborhood.
• Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and remind trick-or-treaters to carry glow sticks and flashlights.
• If a costume involves any sort of fake weapon, make sure that it is made of a flexible material such as cardboard or foam. Or, avoid the whole problem of weapons by challenging your child to design a costume that is scary without one.

Keep in mind the next few tips to make sure your trick-or-treater’s night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun.
• Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around alone are never as safe as those in groups, and especially not at night. Younger kids should be accompanied by a parent or trusted neighbor.
• Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time set when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you.
• Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars.

After a successful and safe night around the neighborhood, remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them.
• Remind your children not to eat treats until they’ve come home. To help ensure this, feed them a meal or a substantial snack before they go out.
• Check all treats at home in a well lighted place. Be especially wary of anything that is not wrapped by the factory or that is no longer sealed.
• Remind kids not to eat everything at once, lest they be green even without the makeup.

For even more tips, see our Playing it Safe on Halloween: Pointers for Parents (PDF) www.mcgruff.org/halloween.php reproducible brochure.

To help kids get ready for trick or treating, we have several resources.
• Be sure they read McGruff’s Halloween advice on McGruff.org www.mcgruff.org/halloween.php
• Have them help McGruff carve a virtual jack-o’-lantern at McGruff.org
www. mcgruff.org/games/carving.php and print a Halloween safety poster when they’re done.

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Photo of the day October 28

Only 185 more days of winter. Photo Courtesy Whit Aillaud

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Overdue Roundup Taking Place – Please Help Us

It’s time for another Overdue Roundup! We’ve turned on the high beams and checked our shelves for stray and missing books — now it’s your turn. 544 items overdue at present,  1,763 items listed as LOST (which means more than ONE YEAR overdue)…yikes… can you help?

Check your book shelves, backpacks and tote bags…. the DVD player, the computer, the portable devices…. look under the couch, the bed and the seats of the vehicles (even the ones you park for winter — the snow isn’t deep yet and it’s not cold, either!)…….quiz the kids/spouse/neighbors and let’s find what belongs back in your library so we can check materials in and share them all over again.

Remember, there are never any overdue fines at DCL — if you’ve moved to put something in the “guilt” jar at the front desk, you’ll get a free smile and our grateful thanks! If your a bit shy, don’t forget the outdoor book drop is available 24/7 — thanks in advance for your help.

Joyce McCombs and Staff

 

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Disaster Prep ~The Journey

by Dave Robinson

Fall 1999.  Preppers everywhere were cautiously making plans for something called Y2K.  Some computer geek somewhere opined that computer chips everywhere were going to freeze up at one second after midnight, December 31, 1999. The idea caught on and spawned a movement to prepare for life without computers or chip-driven electronics.  I won’t go into detail but the concept made some sense.  Enough so that several folks considered the possibility of the electrical grid collapsing and knocking out every computer and electrical component on the planet.  As a result thousands purchased generators.

I made a call to my buddy who happens to be an electrical engineer.  My logic was that he was the best qualified person I knew who could answer my question.  The conversation went something like this:

Me:  I just bought a generator and would like to know the best way to hook it into my house.
Him: Why did you buy a generator, for Y2K?
Me: Yup.
Him: Well I’m glad you bought a generator, but you’re not going to need it for Y2K.
Me: Silence.
Him: You’re going to need it for the earthquake.
Me:  What earthquake?

At that my friend schooled me on the ongoing seismic activity of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the very real likelihood of a major earthquake and subsequent tsunami impacting the coast of Oregon.  I learned due to the geographical structure and soils composition coupled with the several dozen bridges that would be damaged, our region would be completely cut off from any assistance for a considerable time.

No electricity, no phone service, no trucks coming into the area carrying groceries or anything else for that matter.  Yes indeed, a generator was going to come in handy!

Likewise a shortage of consumables like batteries, toilet tissue and other needed items   when stores can’t get resupplied.  Not only will our lives be disrupted, but first responders will be unable to respond.  Fire fighters, police officers and EMS (ambulance) personnel are going to be so overwhelmed that your emergency will be way down the list.  That’s when you will become someone’s hero.  Every neighborhood will need good Samaritans to check on the elderly, the injured and the stranded.  Mapping Your Neighborhood will become more than just a “feel good” exercise, but the reality that lives are being saved just because someone had the foresight to organize their neighborhood.

Not too long ago someone asked if there was some kind of warehouse with a stockpile of food supplies.  The answer is no.  The only supplies available are those each person has on their pantry shelves.  There are a few food banks serving the needy, but those supplies come from fragile streams of donations and some government programs and would soon be wiped out.

The best time to prepare is BEFORE the disaster!  Don’t be lulled to sleep by the gentle music of the “Procrastination Symphony”.  Next time you’re at the store, pick up just one extra non-perishable item.  Just one item!  Set it aside and then keep adding to it.  Just in case!

This column is a direct descendant of that conversation with my engineer buddy.  Maybe your preparedness will hinge on a similar pivotal moment, like reading this.

As always send your questions and comments to disasterprep.dave@gmail.com.  Previous columns can be found on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com.

Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us”.

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Pinching Pennies ~ Who Will Farm

Who will farm Alaska’s abundant farmland? This is a question that I have been grappling with ever since I arrived in Fairbanks about 10 years ago. It seems inevitable that with an increasing human population, the loss of farmland elsewhere and our slowly improving road and railroad infrastructure, the millions of acres of potential farmland in Alaska is going to be producing crops.

There are more than 750 farmers and ranchers in Alaska right now and the numbers have been increasing steadily over the last few years. Most are small operations with people working regular jobs to support their families, but there are a number that farm as their only source of income. And some of those have enough to sell to the large grocery stores in the state. Peony growers have established a growing export market and rhodiola growers may soon follow. There has been talk about a disease-free export potato seed market to Asia and other regions.

What will the future bring? Will more small farmers and ranchers continue to start up and slowly grow? Will there be new agriculture projects like the one that brought Midwest farmers to the Matanuska Valley and a state effort in Delta Junction? Will large corporations, (e.g. Simplot) or foreign countries buy up hundreds of thousands of acres to export products for their own profit or needs?

This past summer Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education state Professional Development Program directors held a meeting in Fairbanks that focused on projects to aid agriculture professionals. Along with the Extension agents, in attendance were board members who farm in the West. During farm tours in Fairbanks and Delta Junction, it was obvious that they were seeing potential that was novel to me.

One rancher, in response to a question about how he would ranch here, spoke about a cattle operation he could set up that would bring calves up in the spring to feed on pastures and send the carcasses out in the autumn for sale outside. There would be no expenses for overwintering animals and few jobs for Alaskans. Is that what we want for the future of agriculture on our millions of farmable acreage?

Another farmer spoke about advertising in colleges of agriculture to attract the sons and daughters of farmers to bring their expertise and money to expand agriculture in Alaska. Certainly we can teach them how to farm in our ecosystem. Should we do this?

My daughter and son-in-law, who just moved to Seattle, bought a large bag of fruit and vegetables for $7 from a nearby fruit and vegetable stand. At the same time I bought five smallish apples for $7.50 up here at a big grocery store. It seems to me that shipping all this food from elsewhere to Alaska is crazy. There is so much we can grow here and as farm sizes increase it seems food prices should decrease. Do we want more agriculture? And who do we want doing the farming and ranching — local startups, experienced farmers, big corporations, etc.? Should we be sitting back and watching things happen or should Alaskans attempt to direct the growth?

In speaking with many Alaska farmers and ranchers, and with people in the Division of Agriculture, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and with scientists and Extension agents at UAF, no one seems to have an overall, well thought-out plan for what agriculture could be in the future and how to get us there. I am not sure how to even begin these discussions but they should be inclusive. Agriculture worldwide is always changing for a multitude of reasons. Can we guide that change into something that is beneficial to the people of Alaska or should we take a wait-and-see approach? As your local agriculture and horticulture Extension agent, I am eager to talk about the future of Alaska farms.

Steven Seefeldt is the Tanana District agriculture and horticulture agent for the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He can be reached at 907-474-2423 or ssseefeldt@alaska.edu.

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Photo of the day October 27

Saturday was a nice day to go out and enjoy the scenery. Here is a picture of Jarvis Creek at 12-Mile Crossing. All of the glacial melting is done, and the water is crystal clear.
Photo by Ellen Clark

 

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North Haven Communities Halloween Celebration & Haunted House

North Haven Communities extends an invitation to the Delta/Greely community to
attend their Annual Haunted house and Trick-or-Treat on October 31st from 4-8
p.m.  This is an OPEN POST EVENT

- Candy
- Prizes
- Trick-or-Treating
- Halloween

4:00 – 8:00pm
October 31

Location

 

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Delta Junction Volunteer Fire Department Annual Halloween Open House

Friday, October 31, 2014
6:30 to 9:00pm

Fire Station at 1325 Delta Avenue
(behind the Public Works building on the Richardson Hwy.)

 

Come join the fun and games with
Delta Junction Volunteer Fire Department
Alaska State Troopers
Delta Medical Transport
Delta Chamber of Commerce

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2014 Winter Fundraising Program – See’s Candies

Lucille Stock will be at IGA every day 9 – 11:30 am and 1 – 5pm

Orders have to be paid for with check or cash when the order is made. Make checks out to SOROPTIMIST

See’s Candies is a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Detection.

For your convenience we have a form you can print out if you prefer to do your order at home and just drop it off to Lucille when you come into town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pinching Pennies ~ Identity Theft

Last year, 384 Alaskans reported they were victims of identity theft and nearly $2 million was lost in fraud schemes, according to the “2013 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book.”

Identity theft is a growing problem. Whatever we can do to protect ourselves from thieves will help us keep control of our money, credit and our good name.

Personal information can be stolen from computers, homes, mailboxes, trash cans and vehicles. Identity thieves look for any information they can use, including dates of birth, mothers’ maiden names, Social Security numbers, credit card and bank account numbers, passwords and PINs. If you have ever watched the dumpster divers at the waste sites, you know how easily this information can be obtained.

Consumers can help protect themselves from identity theft with these tips and suggestions from the Better Business Bureau:

Shred all personal documents, including credit card and banks statements, old tax returns, insurance forms, financial and utility statements and health forms. The information present on these documents can be used to get into your current accounts. However, the larger value is in using your information to open new, fraudulent accounts.
Do not carry Social Security or Medicare/Medicaid cards in a wallet or purse. These cards can be sold to others to use or the information on the cards can be used to establish an identity for different accounts.

Never respond to emails or callers requesting to “verify” information. Never give out bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers to unsolicited callers. Recent scams have included bogus calls from banks, credit card companies and government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service. None of these groups contacts account holders by email or by phone. They will contact you by mail first, then may instruct you to call them. If you receive a call and you aren’t sure about the caller, hang up and look up the phone number independently, then call back to conduct your business.

Minimize the personal information printed on personal checks. Do not include Social Security, driver’s license or phone numbers.

Monitor all credit card, cellphone and bank account statements every month to make sure all transactions are valid. If a charge doesn’t seem familiar, call and ask for more information. These companies will be glad to help you determine if it is a legitimate charge.

Sign and write “check photo ID” on new credit cards as soon as they are received. This second check by merchants will keep someone from stealing and using your credit cards. If the photo ID doesn’t match the credit card, the merchant won’t accept the card.
Create unique passwords for each account that do not include any personal information, such as dates of birth, child’s name or birthdate or mother’s maiden name. Change these passwords on a regular basis so no one will be able to access your accounts. In 2014, the most commonly used password is “123456,” followed by “password” as the second most common. If you are using either of these or a variation, you are begging for trouble.
Do not store passwords, tax returns or other financial information on a computer hard drive. Keep anti-virus software up-to-date.

Check credit reports at least once a year. Obtain a report from each of the three credit bureaus for free every year at www.annualcreditreport.com.
If you are interested in securing your identity, we have a program to offer you. This weekend you can attend the Secure Your ID Day, a free identity theft prevention event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Shoppers Forum Mall in Fairbanks.

Alaska ShredCo LLC will have a mobile shredding truck on site and will accept up to three bags or boxes of unwanted documents per person. Please note that cardboard and three-ring binders cannot be accepted. Staff from the Better Business Bureau will also be collecting old cellphones for Verizon HopeLine.

Come by and take in the educational programs. The Attorney General’s Office will present a program at 11 a.m. on preventing identity theft and I’m presenting Smart Money Moves at noon. Join us for this free financial event on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is associate director of Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at rrdinstel@alaska.edu or by calling (907)474-7201.

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Photo of the day October 25

Fall crab apple tree.  Photo Courtesy Letha Burcham

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FREE: Certified Babysitter Training

With First Aid/CPR Certification

ALL DGSD Students 12 & up

November 6, 2014
9am – 2pm
Location: Career Advancement Center (Across from High School)

Registration: huskycounseling.weebly.com

Call Lindsay Pinkleman at 895-4460 for more info

Course Instructor: Gerri Withers
Child, Youth & School Services Coordinator

A partnership between the DGSD & Army Child, Youth & School Services

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Big Delta Concession Contract Preliminary Decision

PRELIMINARY DECISION
to offer a
CONCESSION CONTRACT FOR OPERATIONS OF BIG DELTA STATE HISTORICAL PARK

The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is considering soliciting proposals to provide visitor food services at Big Delta State Historical Park, under a concession contract authorized under AS 41.21.027.

Big Delta State Historical Park has been managed to preserve and interpret the site, its buildings, and its structures as representative of important periods and themes in Alaska’s history.  One of the primary activities enjoyed by the public is the cultural history interpretive program offered at the Park.  The visitors have also come to expect food services to be provided at the Park.

From 1987 to 2013, the Restaurant Facility at Big Delta State Historical Park was operated by Whitestone Farms, Inc. under Concession Contracts.   During the 2014 season, Chocolate Gypsy, Inc. operated the Restaurant Facility under a Concession Contract.  The facility is open May 15 through September 15 each year.

The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for meeting the requirements of AS 41.21.027 in considering a concession contract.   Although it is impossible to delineate at this time all of the features of a concession contract, the division anticipates that the contract will provide for:

a. An exclusive right to manage the Restaurant Facility at Big Delta State Historical Park, providing food services to the visiting public.

b. A reasonable fee schedule to be set by contract, subject to Division review and approval.

c. Adequate and effective safety precautions.

d. Adequate accommodations for persons with disabilities.

e. A five-year term, with option to renew at the pleasure of the Division for two additional ten-year terms.

f. A prohibition from significant interference with ordinary and traditional use of Big Delta State Historical Park.

g. Full compliance with all relevant state and local laws.

1.  Identification of local concerns

Pursuant to AS 41.21.027(c)(1), the Department has conducted a preliminary inquiry to identify local concerns regarding the potential decision to enter into a concession contract for the operation of the Restaurant Facility at Big Delta State Historical Park.  Public Notice was posted in Delta Junction at the Post Office, City Hall, and IGA Grocery Store October 8, 2014.  It was also provided through the Delta News Web on October 9, 2014.

The following discussion summarizes the concerns and comments expressed by the public and during public discussions with the Northern Area State Park Citizen’s Advisory Board during their October 13, 2014 meeting.

2. Preliminary Findings

a. Findings pursuant to AS 41.21.027(b)

I find that authorizing a concession contract providing for the private operation of food services at Big Delta State Historical Park is consistent with the statutory purposes of the Park – to preserve and interpret the site, its buildings, and its structures as representative of important periods and themes in Alaska’s history.   Further, authorizing a concession contract will enhance public use and enjoyment of the park unit while maintaining a high quality environment and the opportunity for high quality cultural history interpretive programs.

This authorization will provide services that are not feasible or affordable for the state to provide directly.  Contractors have been operating a restaurant at the Park for over 25 years.  Private management is essentially the only option for continued management and operations of this restaurant facility.  The previous contractors have shown that providing high quality food services encourages visitation and enhances the public’s understanding for and appreciation of Big Delta State Historical Park and its important cultural resources.  I find that entering into a concession contract for operation of the restaurant facility at Big Delta State Historical Park is based upon and consistent with the expressed need and desire of the public.  The majority of the public supports the continuation of a concession contract for these services.

A concession contract of this nature will not create unacceptable adverse environmental effects as the contractor will continue utilizing the infrastructure originally established at Big Delta State Historical Park.  The contract will contain stipulations to further protect sensitive resources in the park.

In addition, the concession contract will require the accommodation, at no additional cost, of ordinary uses of the area.   This includes use of the latrines and water at no cost, for example.

I find that any contract to be offered would require that the contractor hire Alaska residents, to the extent available and qualified, when hiring persons to work under the contract.

Further, I find that any contract to be entered into will require payment to the State of a minimum of 3 percent of gross revenue for the concession.  I find that such a share of revenues is a fair and equitable portion, given our experience with and review of the costs of doing business in the past.  The Department will establish maximum charges assessable by the concessionaire, and will retain control over the level of fees and design and appearance of any park improvements or renovations that may occur.

Any concession contract to be entered into will encourage the contractor to accommodate visitors with special circumstances, including handicapped persons, senior citizens, and school children.

Any contract to be entered into would also require termination of the contract if there were substantial violation of the contract or AS 41.21.027.

b. Findings pursuant to AS 41.21.027(c)

1. Assessment of existing visitor use.

Existing visitor use is accommodated through interpretive presentations or self-guided tours of the Park and food and gift services.  It is not expected that operation under a concession contract will differ from the past use.

2. Assessment of potential conflicts with wildlife, water, scenic values and other resources.

It is not expected that any potential conflicts with wildlife, water, scenic values, cultural resources or other resources will result from this concession contract under the proposed contract stipulations that are intended to protect local resources from impacts.

3. Services to be provided and terms of contract.

The services to be provided include management, maintenance and operation of the restaurant facility at Big Delta State Historical Park, providing food services to the visiting public.  The specific terms and conditions of the contract are too numerous to be listed in detail here.  However, in addition to the general terms previously identified herein, the Division anticipates that the terms of any concession contract would be substantially similar to the terms previously required in the most recent concession contract issued by the Division in the past.  The Department does, however, reserve the right to amend contract terms as may be in the best interest of the State.

4. Authorization to manage and operate the Restaurant Facility at Big Delta State Historical is appropriate.

All comments received show support for the Restaurant Facility at Big Delta State Historical Park to be operated by a private business.

5.    The Northern Area State Park Citizen’s Advisory Board supports the State’s interest in requesting proposals for a concession contract to operate and manage the Restaurant Facility at Big Delta State Historical Park.

By a unanimous vote of the board members during the October 13th, 2014 meeting, the board showed their clear support for the RFP process leading to a concession contract.

I find, therefore, that it is appropriate for the Department of Natural Resources to issue a Request for Proposals to seek a qualified business to operate the Restaurant Facility at Big Delta State Historical Park, and to continue providing food services, through a concession contract.    As previously noted, the commercial operations are consistent with the purposes for which Big Delta State Historical Park is managed, relevant state law, and with the desire of the public users of the area.

Dated in Anchorage, Alaska, this 24th day of October, 2014.

 

 

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UAF Community & Technical College Offering Nurse Aide Training

UAF Community & Technical College
Nurse Aide Training
Delta Area
March 23rd, 2015— May 21st, 2015

 Course will consist of in-class/ video-conference with Fairbanks
 The course includes First Aid & CPR
 There will be trips to Fairbanks for skills/clinical experience
 Includes some Saturdays
 The Alaska State Certification Exam will be given at the end of the class
 Background checks required prior to clinical experience and approval to sit for State Exam

Prerequisites:
 High school diploma or GED or instructor permission
 All students must take ACCUPLACER and demonstrate a reading score of 65 or above
 Must be physically capable of ‘full duty”- Meaning that a student can lift 50 pounds repetitively and be able to bend and kneel repetitively

Required Immunizations:
Please bring documentation to your first day of class
 A two-step PPD test within the last year
 Documentation of two MMR’s (measles, mumps, rubella) or titer to prove immunity
 Hepatitis B series or titer to prove immunity
 Chickenpox vaccine or titer to prove immunity

Estimated Costs
Tuition ($174cr.) $1566.00
Health Insurance* $750.00
Technology Fee $45.00
UA Network Fee $45.00
Books (approximate $134.50
Parking ($3/day) $45.00
State Application Fee $260.00
Fingerprint Card/Photo $35.00
Estimated Total $2880.50

* If no other insurance

Registration must be completed by Feb. 17, 2015
Accuplacer Testing by appointment
Call: 895-4605
For More Information or make Accuplacer appointment

Proposed Course Schedule

Mar 23, Time 5-9pm, Location: Delta, Day: Introduction to CNA class

Mar 25 – May 4, Time 5-9pm, Location: Videoconference, Day: Videoconference

Apr 4, Time: 9am – 3:30pm, Location: Delta, Day: Paperwork/Skills

Apr 11, Location: Delta, Day: 1st Aid/CPR

May 2, Time: 9am – 5pm, Location: Delta

Apr 22 – 25 and May 11 – 22, Time: Various, Location: Fairbanks, Day: Skills, Clinical, State Exam

UAF is an AA/EO Employer & Educational Institution

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Pinching Pennies ~ Handwashing

Fall is over us and winter is here.. We’ll soon be closed up inside the house or workplace with lots of other folks, sharing cold and flu germs. Not only is a cold or flu uncomfortable, it is expensive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that the flu costs approximately $10.4 billion in hospital stays and doctors’ visits for adults.

One of the best ways to fight germ sharing is to properly wash your hands and do it often.

Handwashing is a do-it-yourself vaccine against sickness. Proper handwashing can keep you healthy.

Research shows us that when children have been taught how to properly wash their hands, they have half the rate of sickness of those who do not wash properly.

Handwashing, without doubt, is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent the spread of respiratory and intestinal infections. These infections take the lives of millions of children in developing countries and are responsible for the majority of all child deaths.

The steps are simple but crucial for our health. Think of five steps: wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry.

Wet your hands with warm, running water. Clean running water should be used, because standing water might have been contaminated by prior use. The temperature of the water doesn’t matter for germ removal, but warmer water may allow you to keep your hands in the water longer. Once your hands are wet, turn off the faucet to save water.

Lather your hands with soap. There is no need to use the antibacterial variety, unless you are a health professional. In fact, there is no added health benefit for using antibacterial soap over common soap. Soap, as compared to plain water, more effectively removes germs because of the surfactants that float germs off the surfaces being scrubbed. You are also more likely to scrub longer when you use soap.

Scrub your hands a minimum of 20 seconds. Think of this as the process of friction removing all those germs and microbes from your hands. Sing the happy birthday song twice and you’ll have scrubbed for about 20 seconds.

Rinse your hands again with warm running water to get rid of the soap suds and the accumulated germs and soil.

Dry your hands. Commercial settings such as restaurants or child-care centers specify that you use a paper towel and throw it away. At home, we might use a hand towel, but make sure it is changed often to keep us from sharing those washed-away germs with others in the home. If anyone in the house is sick, be sure to use a paper towel.

Germs are everywhere. Think of all the surfaces you touch in a day and imagine how many other people have touched it before you. Stair rails, doors, phones, desks, cabinet tops and the remote buttons are rife with shared germs. One year when my kids were in high school, they tested surfaces and found that the buttons on the soda machine were the germiest spots in the school. It is impractical to keep all these surfaces sanitized. So washing your hands is the best way you can guard against sickness.

Regular handwashing is the best way to remove germs, avoid sickness and stop the sharing of germs.

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is associate director of Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at rrdinstel@alaska.edu or by calling 907-474-7201.

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Letter to the Editor

Op-ed:  Marijuana Infused Candy Presents Danger to Children

Dear Editor,

With Halloween coming on, and the November election just days away, it is a good time to consider the dangers that will be presented by marijuana edibles should ballot measure 2 succeed. Today, marijuana edibles have come a long way from the homemade brownies of the 1960s. Edibles have become commercialized and are being manufactured as lollipops, gummy bears, candy bars, fudge and any number of other child attracting forms in addition to the more familiar cookies and brownies.  If ballot measure 2 passes, marijuana edibles will present a real and present danger to Alaskans.

Shops all over Colorado are luring customers with marijuana laced confections, and in more than a few cases consumers have had bad reactions to the products.  Earlier this summer, a WY college student unfamiliar with the use of cannabis was tempted to buy a cookie which packaging said contained 6 1/2 “portions”. When the recommended 1/6 of the cookie failed to illicit the desired effect, he ate the rest of the treat, and not long after had a psychotic reaction. He began to wreck the hotel room, then to the horror of his companions who were unable to control him, he leapt to his death from a 4th floor balcony to the lobby floor of a Denver hotel. While this was the most dramatic case of marijuana poisoning since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado earlier this year, it is not the only one. Colorado’s poison centers have reported a significant increase in calls for assistance related to cannabis poisonings, and even veterinarians are reporting an uptick in deadly pet poisonings due to marijuana edibles.

Most troubling are reports from Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver which reports that in the first 7 months of this year they received 13 children, most aged 3 and under, who were suffering from marijuana poisoning. That is up from 8 marijuana edible exposed children in all of 2013.

Of the 13 children admitted for marijuana toxicity since recreational cannabis was legalized in Colorado this year, seven became critically ill from edible marijuana and required intensive care. Two of these children were so critical that they required the insertion of a breathing tube. Additional children have become ill from marijuana but did not need hospitalization at Colorado Children’s Hospital.

When you watch your kids dig into that Halloween candy this year, think about how hard it would be to keep them away from the marijuana laced versions of their favorite treats. Kids don’t read packaging and don’t understand that poor judgment or carelessness can have deadly consequences. Do what you can to protect Alaska’s children. Please VOTE NO on Ballot Measure 2!

Respectfully,
Kalie Klaysmat
Soldotna, AK

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Photo of the day October 23

“Frosty Sunrise” The sun comes up along an icy Jarvis Creek on Saturday morning. The temp was about 12° f, making for some chilly fingers operating the camera. Photo by Sebastian Saarloos

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Photo of the day October 22

This reminds me of the “partridge in a pear tree” thing except these aren’t partridge and the last time I checked, pear trees won’t grow in Alaska’s Interior.  Photo by Dwight Phillips

From the editor
‘They could be 4 calling birds” 

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Be safe this Halloween by following NFPA’s fire safety tips

October 21, 2014 – Glowing jack-o-lanterns, festive decorations, spooky costumes – Halloween offers tons of festive fun, but it does come with hidden fire dangers that can be truly scary. Fortunately, by following some simple safety precautions from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you can ensure a day of safe fun for your family and trick-or-treaters.

“Everyone loves decorating their homes and wearing colorful costumes on Halloween, and we want them to enjoy it all,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy, “but this holiday can quickly turn hazardous if proper precautions aren’t taken.” Candle decorations and costumes with billowing or long trailing fabric are a fire risk, according to Carli.

NFPA’s most recent statistics show that decorations were the first items to be ignited in 920 reported home structure fires on average each year, resulting in six civilian deaths, 47 civilian injuries and $12.9 million in direct property damage.

In addition, nearly half of decoration fires in homes occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source. Forty-one percent of these incidents were started by candles; one-fifth began in the living room, family room, or den.

The Sparky the Fire Dog® website features tip sheets, kids’ activities, an e-card, and a Sparky pumpkin-carving template. For parents and teachers, NFPA also created a simple Halloween fire safety tip graphic.

Video:  NFPA’s Lisa Braxton says planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can make the difference between a safe and tragic holiday.

NFPA provides safety tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween, including:

·         When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can clearly see out of them.

·         Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

·         Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

·         It is safest to use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times.

·         Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

Lorraine Carli
Public Affairs Office
publicaffairs@nfpa.org

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Photo of the day October 21

Summer 2014 was pretty dismal for humankind , but there weren’t many complaints
from potato kind. Photo by Whit Aillaud

 

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Kid’s Super Saturday ~ Oct 25

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U.S. Army Alaska jumps into Vigilant Shield

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – As the land component of Joint Task Force-Alaska, U.S. Army Alaska will conduct an arctic mobility exercise called Spartan Pegasus Thursday, Oct. 23, at Donnelly Drop Zone near Fort Greely.

The exercise is part of Vigilant Shield 2015, an annual North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command exercise to train participants in Homeland Defense processes. Vigilant Shield is primarily a command post exercise, but field training exercises may occur at multiple locations including Alaska.

Spartan Pegasus is a multi-component, joint training event that will further refine planning and mission capabilities and collaboration between U.S. Army Alaska, the U.S. Air Force and the Alaska National Guard. The exercise will demonstrate U.S. Army Alaska’s capacity to deliver forces to provide site security in remote, austere environments on short notice.

Approximately 55 paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will depart Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, near Anchorage, and parachute 300 miles north into Buffalo Drop Zone on Fort Greely. The scenario is to alert, prepare and deploy forces on short notice into a remote, Arctic environment to secure a crash site in an area not accessible by road. U.S. Army Alaska is the only command in the U.S. Army trained and equipped to provide extreme cold-weather airborne forces support to the joint force.

This joint, multiagency training event will include strategic airlift support from the U.S. Air Force and the Alaska National Guard. It further refines the joint capability to provide flexible, tailorable forces to the Joint Forces Commander as part of Vigilant Shield 15. Training events like Arctic Pegasus allow us to maximize training resources across multiple units to maintain our readiness on a wide array of mission sets across the Pacific and Arctic regions.

John Pennell
Public Affairs Office

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Secretary Vilsack to Address AFN Convention

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Address Alaska Federation of Natives

Millions in USDA funding and new Projects for rural Alaskan Communities to be Announced

Who:   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Time of Speech: Thursday, October 23rd at 10:20 a.m.
Where: Dena’ina Convention Center: 600 West 7th Avenue; Anchorage, AK 99501, in the Main Hall

Also,  FSA is rolling out new, expanded loan programs for Alaska’s beginning farmers. 
USDA Expands Access to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced improvements to farm loan programs by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.
The microloan changes will allow beginning, small and mid-sized farmers to access an additional $15,000 in loans using a simplified application process with up to seven years to repay. Microloans are part of USDA’s continued commitment to small and midsized farming operations.

Danny Consenstein
Executive Director
USDA Alaska Farm Service Agency

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Photo of the day October 20

“Elk Browsing”
Photo by Ruby Hollembaek
 Alaska Interior Game Ranch

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General Prep ~ Fire Escape

Winter weather is just around the corner.  Fire season has been lifted and long, cool evenings are ahead.  It seems earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards and Ebola come to mind when we think of disasters, and those are the events that get all the attention, however residential fires are the most common disaster in the United States.  Every year more than 2500 people die (that’s seven (7) people per day) and nearly 13,000 are injured in home fires in our nation.

Deaths and injuries can be minimized when families establish and practice a home fire escape plan.  The American Red Cross says you only have two minutes to escape a structure fire.  F.E.M.A. recommends practicing your home fire escape plan twice a year.

Here are some tips:

1. Find two ways to get out of each room.
2. If a primary exit is blocked, you will need an alternate escape route.  A second story room might mean using a ladder to get to safety.
3. Make sure windows aren’t stuck and screens can be easily removed.  If security bars are in place, make sure they can be properly opened.
4. Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
5. Place smoke alarms on every floor of your home.  The Red Cross recommends placing one in each bedroom.
6. Replace your batteries every year, and replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.

Fewer and fewer households in our region are burning wood for heat anymore, but if you still enjoy the comforting warmth of a wood fire, make sure your chimney is cleaned and inspected each year.  Various kinds of wood burn in various ways.  Some burn slowly and some burn faster.  Different kinds of wood and different conditions leave various levels of creosote inside the chimney.  Every chimney should inspected for safety and to be cleaned, if necessary.

Successfully preparing for the disaster of a home fire is no accident!  It just may save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Disaster preparedness isn’t rocket science!  Simply consider a game of “what if” and then make plans for what can go wrong.  Lay in supplies, keep your gas tank on the upper half and always have a back-up plan.  Many years ago when I was a student pilot, my flight instructor told me that a pilot always keeps an emergency landing area in mind, just in case.  This is no small feat in Western Oregon where there aren’t a whole lot of flat, level wheatfields to set a plane down.  The point being, you’ve always got to have a plan in mind in the event the whole system collapses.

There’s a lot of talk about Ebola right now.  Do you have a plan in place if this disease comes to our region?  Have you discussed with your family at what point do you keep the kids home from school?  At what point do you stay home from work?  In other words, have you considered the concept of a self-quarantine and what that may mean?  Having said that, do you have enough supplies on hand to get through a period of quarantine?

This is never about causing fear, this is about stimulating some thought and preparing for the “just in case” events that may or may not come our way.

As always, send your comments and questions to disasterprep.dave@gmail.com.  You may check out my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com.  Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon and author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us.”

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Army helps Sitka celebrate Alaska Day

SITKA, Alaska –The U.S. Army began its long relationship with Alaska in 1867, right after the territory was purchased by America from Tsar Alexander II of Russia for $7.2 million – about two cents per acre.

After the purchase, American soldiers from the U.S. 9th Infantry sailed to what was then called New Archangel (now Sitka), the seat of Russian power in the territory. There, atop a local prominence now known as Castle Hill, the Americans watched as the Russians took down their flag. As the transfer was completed, the soldiers raised the flag of the United States over what was to become the 49th state.

Since that day the Army has played a key role in Alaska’s development. As in years past, this year on the 65th official Alaska Day ceremony in Sitka, the Army once again returned to help re-enact the historic transfer ceremony and bask in the friendship of the local population.

John M Pennell
Public Affairs Office

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Alaska Making Progress on Afterschool Programming

Household Survey: Parent Support for Afterschool Increases, But Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs Persist in Alaska

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Strong participation among students, increasing parent support and high satisfaction with afterschool programs among parents is driving progress in meeting the need for afterschool program in Alaska, according to a new household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. But the 2014 edition of America After 3pm also shows that demand for afterschool programs in Alaska still far exceeds supply, and the number of children who would participate if an afterschool program were available exceeds the number of children currently enrolled in afterschool programs in the state.

The America After 3pm survey included 30,000 American households and 207 in-depth interviews with Alaskan parents.  It found that 19% of Alaskan students, 25,631 children in all, are enrolled in afterschool programs, up from 18% in 2009, when the survey was last conducted. But 31,445 Alaskan students are still without adult supervision in the afternoons. The parents of 45,365 Alaskan children not already in an afterschool program say they would enroll their child if a program were available.

Afterschool programs provide a critical support to Alaska’s working families. Afterschool programs gave 78% of working parents surveyed peace of mind about their children when they are at work. 75% of Alaska parents agree that afterschool program help working parents keep their jobs.

The Alaska Afterschool Network is statewide collaboration supporting, strengthening and advocating for afterschool programs in Alaska and is a project of the Alaska Children’s Trust. Founded in 2013 with a grant from the Mott Foundation and local support from the Alaska Children’s Trust, State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Rasmuson Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Wells Fargo, Association of Alaska School Boards, and United Way of Anchorage.  Contact Thomas Azzarella, Director, for more information.

Thomas Azzarella
Director of the Alaska Afterschool Network
Alaska Children’s Trust

 

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Photo of the day October 17

“May Day Sunset”  9:14 PM  – Delta River. Sebastian Saarloos 

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Fall Festival Cardio Burn

Saturday, Oct 25
6 – 8pm at the CAC
For more information call 873-2696

Event is Open to the Entire Delta/Greely Community

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