Free Mini Classes Being Offered April 6 – 10

Extension Week in Delta ~ April 6 – 10

Come join the Cooperative Extension Service and the Delta Partners for Progress in celebrating the arrival of spring with 5 days of FREE mini classes. Classes run 1 to 2 hours and will be held either at the:
– Jarvis Office Center CES Conference Room OR Delta Career Advancement Center
Space is limited and some classes will be providing supplies. Please register with the CES office in Delta by contacting Christy or Phil at 895-4215, or stop by the office located in the Jarvis Office Center Room 114. Monday – Friday 8:00 to 4:30. Registration deadline is Friday, April 3rd.

Monday, April 6
10 a.m. – Weed Control in Gardens, Phil Kaspari – Agriculture Extension Faculty
Learn about the weeds that take root in your garden and how to take control.
– This class will be held at the Jarvis Office Center CES Conference Room

1 p.m. – Composting , Steven Seefeldt, Agriculture & Horticulture Agent – Tanana District.
Learn about composting in the interior. From start to finish we will go over what is needed to create and use a workable compost.
– This class will be held at the Delta Career Advancement Center

3 p.m. – Pests and Beneficial Insects in the Garden, Darcy Etcheverry, IPM/Agriculture Program Aide – Tanana District.
Insects play important roles in our gardens. Learn about common Alaska insect pests and the beneficial insects that can keep them in check. We will also cover plantings for attracting beneficial insects.
– This class will be held at the Delta Career Advancement Center

4 p.m. – Medicating Livestock, Lisa Lunn, Veterinarian UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension
If you raise ruminant livestock, there is a good chance that at some point you will need to administer medication.  We will discuss how to read and understand medication labels, calculate drug dosages, and document withdrawal times.  Discussion will also include safe administration of medication to the animals

6 p.m. – Is My Animal Sick?  Lisa Lunn, Veterinarian UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension
Ruminants can hide illness, making it difficult to know when they need veterinary attention.  We will discuss normal and abnormal vital signs, so that you can make an informed decision about the health of your animal.
– Both of these class will be held at the Delta Career Advancement Center

Tuesday, April 7
10:00 a.m. – Medicating Livestock, Lisa Lunn, Veterinarian UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension
If you raise ruminant livestock, there is a good chance that at some point you will need to administer medication.  We will discuss how to read and understand medication labels, calculate drug dosages, and document withdrawal times.  Discussion will also include safe administration of medication to the animals.
– This class will be held at the Delta Career Advancement Center

1 p.m. – Using Your GPS
Marla Lowder, 4-H & Youth Development Agent
Learn how to use a GPS. Marla will have GPS equipment for you to learn on.
– This class will be held at the Jarvis Office Center CES Conference Room

3 p.m. – 4-H Meet and Greet
Marla Lowder, 4-H & Youth Development Agent
– This class will be held at the Jarvis Office Center CES Conference Room

3 p.m. – Greenhouse Heat, Art Nash, Energy Specialist
– This class will be held at the Jarvis Office Center CES Conference Room
Wednesday, April 8
10 a.m. – Wood Stove & Cut-Split-Stack for Seasoned Firewood and
– This class will be held at the Delta Career Advancement Center

1 p.m. – Private Woodlot Management for Firewood, Glen Holt, Eastern Alaska Forester
Glen will discuss, wood stove, seasoning your firewood and managing your woodlot for firewood.
– This claass will be held at the Delta Career Advancement Center

6:00 p.m.  Seed Starting and Transplanting Part 1, Meghan Lene Salcha-Delta Soil & Water Conservation District Agronomist  – Meghan will provide information on how and when and how to start your own bedding plants with a follow up in two weeks on transplanting.  Part 2 will be held on Wednesday April 22nd
– This meeting will be held at the Jarvis Office Center CES Conference Room

Thursday, April 9
10 a.m.- Making Healthy Breads, Roxie Dinstel, HHFD Agent
Learn to make fresh bread with lots of healthy ingredients. You’ll even go home with your own bread loaf, ready to rise and bake.

1 p.m. – Cleaning Green, Marsha Munsell, HHFD Program Assistant
Many of us are beginning to react to the wide variety of chemicals we come in contact with each day.  Come learn how to reduce some of the chemicals in the home by using simple ingredients.

3 p.m. – Sourdough, Marsha Munsell, HHFD Program Assistant
Learn to feed, pamper, and use your sourdough starter.  If you don’t have one, come and get one.

6 p.m. – Alaska Grown Herbs – Roxie Rodgers Dinstel, HHFD Agent & Marsha Munsell, HHFD Program Assistant
An overview of herbs that grow well in Interior gardens.  Learn how to grow, preserve, and use herbs to enliven your meals.

– All of today’s classes will be held at the Jarvis Office Center CES Conference Room

Friday, April 10
1 p.m.- Growing Herbs, Meghan Lene Salcha-Delta Soil & Water Conservation District Agronomist     Learn how to grow a variety of herbs indoors and out.
– This class will be held at the Jarvis Office Center CES Conference Room

1 p.m. – Specialty Food Market – Kate Idzorek, Food Research Technician 1)What are Alaska’s Cottage Foods Exemptions and how can I sell my product under them? 2) Other options for selling my food products. 3) Basic marketing tips and best practices for the Farmers Market.
– This class will be held at the Delta Career Advancement Center

6 p.m. – The Many Rewards of the Mushroom Hunt,  Sveta & Igor Yamin-Pasternak
For many subsistence harvesters, returning home with a bounty of wild mushrooms marks not the end but the beginning of hard work. Some methods of preparing or preserving mushrooms take hours of tedious processing. Attend this class to decide whether it is worth the trouble!
– This class will be held at the Delta Career Advancement Center

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Extension Week in Delta – Mini Classes

Come join the Cooperative Extension Service and the Delta Partners for Progress in celebrating the arrival of spring with 5 days of FREE mini classes. Classes run 1 to 2 hours. Space is limited and some classes will be providing supplies. Please register with the CES office in Delta by contacting Christy or Phil at 895-4215,, or stop by the office located in the Jarvis Office Center Room 114. Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Friday, April 3.

Nineteen free community classes, from mushroom hunting and composting to seasoning firewood, will be offered April 6-10 in Delta Junction.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Delta and the Delta Partners for Progress will host the mini classes as part of Extension Week in Delta.

Other topics will include making healthy bread, medicating livestock, greenhouse heat, private woodlot management, seed starting and transplanting and more. There will also be a 4-H meet-and-greet. Classes will run one to two hours at the Delta district Extension office and at the Delta Career Advancement Center. See the full schedule at

Instructors will include Extension agents and staff, a representative of the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District and mushroom enthusiasts. Register for the classes by calling Christy Roden or Phil Kaspari at 907-895-4215 or stop by the office in the Jarvis Office Center. The registration deadline is April 3.

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Seward’s Day Photo Competition

SEWARD, Mar. 27. 2015 – In honor of the March 30th holiday celebrating William H. Seward, Friends of the Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) is hosting a photo competition aimed at promoting historic preservation in Alaska.

Through social media, FJLH is calling for photos that capture how history is living on in Alaska communities today. This can be a historic place, building, or other structure; it can be an endangered site or a restored/rehabilitated structure. In addition, photographers will include a short explanation for why the historic place or structure is important to them.

Since the beginning of the month photos have come in from around the state. Photographers have until 12 p.m. noon on Seward’s Day, Monday, March 30 to enter.

“We want to show the intrinsic value that historic places have in our communities,” said Nellie Metcalfe, Community Outreach Coordinator for FJLH. “Since 1976, the Federal government has offered financial incentives for the restoration of historic landmarks – in recent years investing over $4 billion in restoration projects around the U.S. – yet, in Alaska, only five projects have ever taken advantage.”

Seward boasts three of those five projects; FJLH hopes to be the fourth.

“We hope this competition will generate more support for our project and ones like it, and encourage more preservation projects around the state,” Metcalfe said.

Winner(s) will receive a small prize package, including two Alaska SeaLife Center tickets, and special recognition on FJLH’s social media pages and other media platforms. The winning photo(s) will be used in FJLH’s media campaign to promote preservation in Alaska.

There is no entry fee. Participants need only submit a photo (or up to five) to one of FJLH’s social media pages to be eligible to win. If you do not use social media you are welcome to submit a photograph to

For more information on competition rules, and terms and conditions, please visit FJLH’s Facebook page at

About Friends of the Jesse Lee Home:
FJLH is a non-profit dedicated to restoring the historic Jesse Lee Home in Seward, Alaska; the home where 13 year-old Benny Benson designed the Alaska state flag in 1927. In 2001, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill recognizing the Home as a site of historic significance to all people of Alaska and has since appropriated more than $8 million to the restoration of the facility. When its doors open again, the Jesse Lee Home will be the Balto School, a statewide, residential leadership school for Alaska high school juniors.  Learn more about the project at or Like our Facebook page at, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @jesseleehome.

Nellie Metcalfe

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PCI Remembers 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake Victims; Stresses Need to Be Prepared

March 27, 2015

PCI Remembers 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake Victims; Stresses Need to Be Prepared

JUNEAU — The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) joins the state of Alaska and the nation in remembering the victims of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and urges residents to be financially and physically prepared for future earthquakes.

Governor Bill Walker has proclaimed today “1964 Alaskan Earthquake Remembrance Day.” The magnitude 9.2 earthquake was the second largest earthquake in recorded history. The earthquake and its subsequent tsunamis killed more than 130 people.

“PCI joins Alaska in remembering the people who died as a result of the powerful 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake,” said Armand Feliciano, PCI regional manager. “Today also is an important reminder that a devastating earthquake can strike at any time—with little or no warning. Homeowners need to protect themselves and their property with emergency plans and appropriate insurance coverage.”

The standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not provide coverage for earthquake damage, which means homeowners need to consider earthquake insurance as a separate policy. PCI urges all residents to review their insurance policies and talk to their agents about coverage options.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides additional earthquake preparedness tips, including:

• Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your home, workplace and car.

• Make a family communications plan.

• Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.

• Fasten heavy items such as pictures and mirrors securely to walls and away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit.

• Brace overhead light fixtures and top-heavy objects.

• Get professional help to repair any potential fire risks like defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.

• Install flexible pipe fittings, which are more resistant to breakage and can help avoid gas or water leaks.

• Secure your water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances by strapping them to the wall studs and bolting to the floor. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed that is triggered by strong vibrations.

• Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations and get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.

• Be sure the residence is firmly anchored to its foundation.

• Store flammable liquids, such as painting or cleaning products, in a garage or outside shed.

• Hold periodic earthquake drills with your family and teach everyone to Drop, Cover and Hold On. Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. Reinforce this information by moving to these places during each drill.

PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write more than $183 billion in annual premium, 35 percent of the nation’s property casualty insurance. Member companies write 42 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 27 percent of the homeowners market, 32 percent of the commercial property and liability market and 34 percent of the private workers compensation market.

Clara Fitzgerald

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Photo of the day March 27

There won’t be many more days of this kind of scenery.  Spring is here and the weatherman is saying we can be looking at breaking some record temps this weekend.     Steve DuBois

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Free Grant Writing Workshop

*The Mat-Su/Copper River District Office is hosting a grant writing workshop on March 30*, from 1-€“5 p.m live in Palmer and via video conference in Kenai, Fairbanks, Delta, Nome, and Homer.

The focus will be on effective grant writing strategies for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service programs such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program. *The workshop is free but registration is required.

View the flier  or call 895-4215 or 745-3360 for more information or to register.*

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Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli Straighten Up & Fly Right – the Nat King Cole Tribute

April 4

Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli have crafted a tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop—Nat King Cole—from his hits to the well-loved tracks of sophisticated cool jazz.

Nat King Cole broke the pop barrier with his smoky, smooth vocals, stringing along a huge number of solid hits right after his first “Straighten Up And Fly Right” soared up the charts in 1943. As a singer, he was called “the best friend a song ever had,” and Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli make his music live on.

“It’s a mark of how much Lewis understands what people want from a piece of music that he remains one of jazz’s most broadly popular figures, yet still holds on to an unshakeable degree of respectability.” —BBC

Fairbanks Concert Association
794 University Avenue
Fairbanks, AK

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Pre-purchase tickets online at, or in-person at Grassroots Guitar. Tickets for some events may also be available for purchase at the door, but we make no promises that the concert you want won’t sell out!


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BLM Alaska to Host NPR-A Regional Mitigation Workshop in Fairbanks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Bureau of Land Management Alaska will host a two-day workshop on a strategy for regional mitigation in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).  The workshop will take place at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall, 111 W. Clay Street, Fairbanks, Alaska.  The workshop will be held on March 31 and April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.  The public is invited to observe.

Participants at this workshop will help plan for the development of a Regional Mitigation Strategy to address impacts from the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth One (GMT1) oil and gas development in the NPR-A.  Participants in the workshop will include oil industry representatives, federal and state government staff, Alaska Native interests, North Slope community members, conservation proponents, and other interested stakeholders.

The workshop is designed to develop a stakeholder-driven process to identify projects and measures that will offset impacts to subsistence uses that cannot be fully mitigated by normal avoidance and minimization stipulations and best management practices in the NPR-A.  Mitigation projects may include establishment of conservation easements or leases on areas with critical environmental, subsistence or cultural significance, as well as cleanup of previously disturbed sites.

For more information, contact Serena Sweet at (907) 271-4543 or

Thom Jennings

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USARAK aviation trains for emergency missions

U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – U.S. Army Alaska’s Aviation Task Force personnel trained with civilian and military emergency responders March 25 to familiarize air crews and civilian personnel with each others’ procedures leading up to the Army providing assistance for civil search and rescue emergencies.

Under the agreement with the 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Army will provide assets that may include medical evacuation helicopters to assist in emergency situations in Alaska under provisions of Defense Support to Civil Search and Rescue. These assets will be available only at the request of the Alaska RCC.

The aviators trained Wednesday with Alaska State Troopers and civilians from Wilderness Search and Rescue, to respond to a simulated car wreck at Mile 65 of the Elliott Highway near Livengood, Alaska. The training gave the responders a better understanding of what medical evacuation assets may be available, how to request assistance, how to communicate at the scene and how to safely interact with the air crew on their arrival.

John Pennell
Public Affairs Office

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Photo of the day March 26

March Morning
I captured this quick shot of Mt. Moffit with the morning sun illuminating the peak on my way to work on this particular day. Sebastian Saarloos

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Air Force continues F-35 fleet placement process with Interior Alaska meetings – TONIGHT

By Dorothy Chomicz 

FAIRBANKS — The Air Force will hold three public scoping meetings in the Interior next week as part of the decision-making process involving the placement of F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base.

The meetings will be held in Fairbanks, North Pole and Delta Junction and are intended to inform the public as well as to identify any concerns or issues community members may have about the likely basing of 48 F-35 fighter jets at Eielson.

Public testimony will not be taken at the meetings, but interested persons can submit written comments.

The Air Force previously had considered eight other locations for the first Pacific squadron of F-35s until naming Eielson as the preferred site in August.

The Pentagon has yet to confirm definitively that the jets will be housed there, but actions such as the inclusion of $37 million in the proposed federal budget to build an F-35 flight simulator facility at Eielson are seen as strongly indicative they will be.
Nadine Winters, executive director of the North Pole Economic Development Corporation, is part of team of local business leaders dedicated to getting the F-35s to Eielson.

“If this happens, were going to get 48 planes out there, and that means 3,000 new jobs, and that’s just associated with those two squadrons. It’s going to be a huge economic boon to the community. Huge,” Winters said.

Though the meeting is mainly informational and public testimony will not be taken, it’s still important that people attend, according to Winters.

I think by showing up, you’re showing your support for this, because it’s something we’ve been advocating for a long time,” Winters said. “It’s an opportunity for the public to go listen to what the Air Force has to say about this proposal.”

The F-35 is meant to replace a series of aircraft in the military inventory, including the Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcons, which are now stationed at Eielson, the A-10 Warthog, the Navy’s F-18 Hornet and the Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier II “jump jet.”
Meeting schedule:
• North Pole: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, North Pole Worship Center, 3340 Badger Road, North Pole
• Fairbanks: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Westmark Hotel and Conference Center, 813 Noble Street, Fairbanks
• Delta Junction: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Alaskan Steakhouse & Motel, 265 Richardson Highway, Delta Junction

Written Comments
Comments on the proposal can be submitted at the scoping meetings, by mail or via the project website at: Written comments can be mailed to:
354 FW/PA
354 Broadway Avenue, Suite 15A
Eielson AFB, AK 99702

Comments deadline
Although comments can be submitted to the Air Force at any time during the EIS process, scoping comments are requested by Friday, April 17, 2015, to ensure full consideration in the draft EIS.

More Information
Eielson AFB Public Affairs Office: 377-2116 or

This entire article has been reprinted from the Fairbanks Daily News Miner

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Local Businesses Now Accepting Debit/Credit Cards

City Hall, Delta Community Library, and the Landfill can now accept credit/debit cards!

Thanks to Wells Fargo for helping with the installation and showing the employees how to use the machines.

There is a $1 convenience fee per transaction (no fee for donations) and a $5 minimum, to use these machines.

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City of Delta Landfill Has Changed to Summer Hours

Spring Cleaning?

The City of Delta Landfill has switched to summer hours:
Tuesday 11 – 5
Friday 11- 5
Saturday 9- 3

Dump Rates: 8¢ per pound ($160.00 / ton).

Remember to cover your trash if hauling in an open truck, and that Credit/Debit cards are now accepted – yet another way to pump up those frequent flier miles.

Load up and drive on out to MP 257.2 Richardson Highway, just beyond the Fort Greely gate — Mike would love to see you!

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Photo of the day March 25

On our first day of spring, this is what it looked like. The temperatures are warming enough to melt the snow around lake margins and on the lake ice, but lakes themselves are still frozen with several feet of ice and the mountains are still pure white.
Steve DuBois

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Website for New Farmers

USDA’s website has in depth information for new farmers and ranchers, including: how to increase access to land and capital; build new market opportunities; participate in conservation opportunities; select and use the right risk management tools; and access USDA education, and technical support programs. These issues have been identified as top priorities by new farmers. The website will also feature instructive case studies about beginning farmers who have successfully used USDA resources to start or expand their business operations.

Danny Consenstein
Executive Director
USDA Alaska Farm Service Agency

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

To my neighbors on Rodgers, Reeve, and Sheldon Avenues and Jack Warren Road… I will not be responsible for your dogs getting sick because YOU don’t care enough about YOUR pets to keep them on a leash or a cable run when you choose to let them go outdoors. IF you’re going to let your pets make a mess in my yard when they dig through my trash and my compost bin and eat things that are not healthy for them, at LEAST come clean up the mess YOUR pets make in my yard. I don’t allow my assistance dog to be a jerk in your yard. The very least you can do is to return the favor likewise. Show a little respect for your neighbors who have sacrificed the “normal” use of our bodies for an ungrateful nation making the commercial jets you flew here in safer.

Thank you for remembering to be a good neighbor

D Chadwell

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Photo of the day March 24

Robert Service asked, “Were you ever out in the Great Alone when the moon was awful clear, and the icy mountains hemmed you in with a silence you most could hear, with only the howl of a timber wolf…while high overhead green, yellow, and red the Northern Lights swept in bars?” (The Shooting of Dan McGrew). To which I answered, “Yes.”       Steve DuBois

“Robert William Service was a British-Canadian poet and writer who has often been called “the Bard of the Yukon”. He is best known for his poems “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, from his first book, Songs of a Sourdough.”

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Alaska Ag Leader (Bryce Wrigley) Joins Western SARE Administrative Council

Western SARE welcomes Bryce Wrigley, Alaska Flour Company/Wrigley Farms, to its Administrative Council as the Sustainable Agribusiness Representative.

Bryce has farmed all his life and raises barley, wheat, and straw in Delta Junction Alaska. He is the Alaska Farm Bureau President and District Manager for the Soil and Water Conservation District. He is active in efforts to increase food security in Alaska and develop new markets for local agriculture, including food and fuel. He and his family built their flour mill to provide locally grown flour for Alaskans as a way of increasing food independence in Alaska.

The Administrative Council, working with Western SARE Regional Coordinator and staff in Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and California, sets guidelines, develops calls for proposals, and establishes project priorities. The council tries to ensure that funded projects have the appropriate balance and diversity that can represent the region’s wide-ranging geography and subject matter.

More information about Western SARE can be found at

SARE is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that functions through competitive grants conducted cooperatively by farmers, ranchers, researchers and agricultural professionals to advance farm and ranch systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities.

Stacie Clary
Communications Specialist
Western SARE

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March 27, 1964 Earthquake ~ 51st Anniversary

The account of March 27, 1964 Earthquake as experienced by Karl “Hap” Wurlitzer, owner of Hatcher Pass Lodge.  Told to Deborah Snyder in the mid 90’s.

It was the last day of camp at Camp Denali (Ft. Richardson) serving his time in the National Guard.  The marching band was playing in formation the earth began to shake.  Thinking at first he was becoming ill, he realized it to be an earthquake when the ground began heaving like a blanket in the wind.   Birch trees were whipping so violently that the tops touched the ground, and cars were rolling back and forth every ten feet.  Personally, he was disappointed because he was only minutes away from civilian life.  Now he was under federal orders to remain on duty because the emergency.

The men were dismissed for the day to check their homes but were to return the next day for active duty.  As he drove into the city of Anchorage, he could see the McKay building.  It was stilll standing only because of the steel beams built into the structure.  It has since then been boarded up becasue of the structural damage it had received.  In the basement of the McKay building his friend had an office.  When the building started shaking, his friend ran out to the street and ran for two miles because of  his fear of being trapped under falling debris.  The Chevy showroom had collapsed only leaving the cement supports showing, and the face of the J.C. Penney building had fallen.

Upon arrival at his home, a bachelors’ abode of eight men, the insides were in a shambles.  As a point of interest, this is the same house the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens lived in years prior.  The appliances were topsy-turvy, as if someone had taken the house and had shaken it.  the girlfriend of his friend, Jack Bruce, was sitting on the couch crying because Jack was at the Alyeska Ski Resort when the earthquake hit.  There were reports of avalanches.  They were later informed that he was safe, but bridges needed to be repaired to reach the resort.  At this time, Mr. Bruce was an art teacher at the high school in Anchorage.

The following day, Hap was patrolling the Turnigan Heights area to ensure against looting of  property and to maintain a presence.  After a few days, he and others were replaced by a volunteer crew.  As follow-up work, Hap found himself doing assessing damaged buildings and seismic evaluations.

At this time, he was selling jacuzzi whirlpools and was self-employed in a car dealership.  With the government grants given to people and the insuance money received by the residents of Anchorage, his jacuzzi sales went up.

Hap related that Dr. Perry Meade, an acquaintance, lost his two children during the quake.  They had fallen into a crevice and were never found.  Another friend, Bob Atwood, lost his home.  The quake’s affect on peoples’ lives affected Hap personally.  He now stops and thinks each time the earth trembles, “Is this another such quake of ’64?”

Reflecting on the happenings of that day, Hap said the timing is an important factor of consideration.  The time of day and year limited the damage and individual danger (but there is no dimishing the pain of that day in lives).  Early morning would have found people in their beds.  Winter temperatures would have increased the risks of the lives involved.  This fact can only cause us to conclude that there is One who has our times in His hands.

Deborah Snyder

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Proper Parent REFUSAL of the AMP Testing (Common Core)

Attention School Board Members, School Districts, Teachers, Parents, Students and Members of the Community:

I am forwarding you the email below which I received from Dr. Barbara Haney addressing the assessments that will soon be underway.  This provides confirmation that parents have not only the right but the mechanism for their children to not take the AMP assessments if they so choose.  I do hope you make this option known to the parents and students before administering the tests.

Please take the time to review the link provided which explains how parents (students) have a choice of whether or not they wish for their child to take the AMP Tests and have that data collected in the P20W database along with other sensitive personal data.

This is the Information on how to refuse the AMP test.   All you have to say is NO THANK YOU.

President of the Alaska State Board of Education explaining that a parent has the right to refuse the test.  http://youtube/msKkNq0fBtQ

Not all who should be aware of this have been notified and contacted.  Please make sure all those you know who are involved and affected are aware of this information.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Dr. Haney.

Pamela Goode
Delta Junction

Below is the letter from Barbara Haney for all to read and share:

Dear Friends,
In a very strange turn of events, the District Test Coordinator Manual written by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development was recently sent to one of our parent activists. Strangely, it was sent to a member of our group by an official of ASD in an effort to prove to us that Alaska doesn’t share the AMP test in the P-20W (database), which is clearly not true.

However, the document appears to be authentic. It can be found at

Based on this information, it seems that REFUSE will get a family out of the test, but it does not appear to get a student out of the P-20W. Withdrawal still appears at the present time to be the only way out of both the test and the data.

The key here is that the District Test Coordinator Manual does provide a mechanism to refuse the test.
According to page 112, an email, letter, note, or phone call is sufficient evidence that a parent has refused testing. The Opt Out language is not recognized–Parent Refusal is the language.
On page 112, the procedure for parent refusal is given; but it is given after a lengthy legal discussion of the right of the Alaska Department of Education to impose the test and the consequences of this refusal. Nevertheless, the procedure for Parent refusal is given.
On page 113, there is a log sheet titled “Assessment Log and Irregularity Report.” This page shows the information the state wants on each refusal and shows how district coordinators are to enter the data.

The question is… does this data go into the P-20W? The screen information appears to have the same “look” as the Online Alaska Student Information System subscreen for Parent Refusal, which gets to the other original issue of the P-20W. This is something that needs to be clarified, but as far as I can see, this is a legal way to proceed to not take the test. However, it appears that Withdrawal is the only method to escape the P-20W.

However, the method to refuse the test appears to be documented in the test manual. It probably doesn’t get a family out of the P-20W.
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Please share this information with others and in any presentations you might give or any relevant email lists you may have that relates to common core, or any other forum, private or public, that you see suitable and relevant.

Barbara Haney, Ph.D.
Alaskans Against Common Core
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Rep. Colver Urges Second Look at Gasline Routes

March 23, 2015  JUNEAU, ALASKA  —  Representative Jim Colver (R-Palmer) today offered two amendments on the floor of the House of Representatives that would require the state to look at rerouting the proposed in-state ASAP line and the Alaska LNG gasline down the Richardson Highway.

“Routing the gasline down the Richardson Highway will bring jobs and energy relief to Fairbanks, Interior Alaska and residents of the Copper Valley struggling with the high cost of heating oil and electricity. It would be a huge boost to the local economy.”

HB 132 relates to the duties of the AGDC, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.  AGDC has the critical responsibility of ensuring that Alaska’s vast North Slope natural gas resources are available for the maximum benefit and use of Alaskans. The Corporation is advancing two alternatives – the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) and the Alaska LNG project.

“House Bill 132 is the appropriate vehicle to consider an alternative route.  My constituents in the Copper River Valley and Prince William Sound regions are being neglected by the current gasline plans.  I will continue to represent the interests of those Alaskans I represent in the House.”

If a gasline were rerouted down the Richardson Highway, a branch line could tee off at Glennallen following the Glenn Hwy to Palmer to serve southcentral Alaska along a ROW already secured in 2005 by the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

Contact: Rep. Jim Colver  907-465-4859

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Photo of the day March 23

Time to dive into another week, just ask this owl.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Fairbanks ~ A Woman’s Affair

A Woman’s Affair, sponsored by the Law Office of Rita T. Allee, is a trade show organized specifically for women about women. This total women’s show is a place to make contact with women owned businesses, discuss important health issues, get tips for managing finances, become aware of new career opportunities and education possibilities, see the latest fashions, enjoy a makeover or massage, pick up new home-decorating ideas and gardening information, or discover a new hobby…all under one roof.  Click here for a list of fun and educational seminars available on Saturday and Sunday.

The 2014 event was a great success. Over 160 different businesses and agencies participated and the three-day event had a public attendance of nearly 4000. The public loved the “feel” of the show and enjoyed the opportunity of gathering educational information and shopping. The seminars and health fair that took place throughout the weekend were a huge attraction and were well received by all who attended

Friday Night Wine Tasting


Friday Night Wine Tasting

Friday evening, March 27, will open with a wine tasting from 6pm to 9pm (wine served 6:30-8:30). The evening is sponsored by Northland Hearing and the wine is provided by Brown Jug. Like the rest of the weekend, the event is always a huge success and a fun night out!  Tickets are $30 at the door and include the tasting, hors d’oeuvres, great door prizes, and a weekend pass to A Woman’s Affair.  A great deal!  Non-alcoholic tickets are available for $12 and include everything but the wine.

Each year a Natural Health section is incorporated into the show. It’s a great opportunity to increase public awareness of choices for natural health and healing in the Fairbanks Community. There is also a health fair sponsored by U.S. Health Works, Fairbanks. Their wonderful addition offers services such as Blood Pressure, Height/Weight, BMI/Body Fat %, Cholesterol Check, Glucose Check, Pulmonary Function Testing, and Physical Therapy Advice.

Women’s shows are hot and sweeping the nation in every major city. A Woman’s Affair is your chance to market your business or agency to a large cross section of our community in a single weekend.

Fri., March 27 – Wine Tasting 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Fri., March 27 – Trade Show 6pm to 9pm
Sat., March 28 – 10am to 5pm
Sun., March 29 – 11am to 5pm

Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
3019 Riverview Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Ph: 907.474.9082

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DMV Will be Closed This Week

Delta Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed for training this week.

We will be open on March 31st from 1-5.

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Photo of the day March 20

Alaskan children know what to do with firewood.  Just ask Grandpa Dwight.
I love how my little guys love to build stuff! So cute to see them stacking up walls for their fort!    Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Entry Level Civil Construction Heavy Equipment Operator & Mechanic Academy

– You must be at least 17 years old (19 to apply for a CDL slot). Ten candidates will be selected.
– Must possess a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license.

This is the 10th annual academy offering awareness training and the opportunity to learn about career options. Skills learned can be transferred to many different industries. A CDL option is available for four applicants meeting the additional CDL driving instruction requirements. You cannot apply for a CDL slot only and must be accepted into this year’s Academy, unless otherwise approved.

– Construction is a drug-free environment and participants are tested.
– Participation in the academy is based on an application process and the training is free to successful candidates. Lunch is provided. Assistance with room and board for out-of-town participants might be available.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015, 1:00 pm or April 3, 2015, 1:00 pm if applying for a CDL slot
Interviews will be completed by: May 20, 2015
For information and application CALL: (907) 895-4605

An educational consortium funded through the Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Business Partnerships, Partners for Progress in Delta helps operate the Delta Career Advancement Center.

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Photo of the day March 19

White-tailed ptarmigan are difficult to see because they generally occur fairly high in the mountains but they are very tame. So if you can find one they are fairly easy to approach and photo. For this photo, I was snowmachining (that’s snowmobiling for nonAlaskans) along the Canwell Glacier with Bill Todd. I saw this ptarmigan feeding on berries under the snow and crawled along on my belly following it for about 30 minutes trying to align the bird with the mountains and the glacier and finally it turned and looked at me and I got this shot.  Steve DuBois

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Gary “Alaska” Sloan, aka “Alaska Slim”

WOW! Fifty years of music. Yep, that’s how long Gary “Alaska” Sloan, aka “Alaska Slim”, has been making music. From blues to techno, seems he’s played um all.

Where is he today? Diamond City Arkansas is where he makes his home with wife Sandy. They make a pilgrimage to Alaska in the summer. Playing a few shows across the state and at the fair in Palmer.

At age seventy I wonder how much longer we will be able to enjoy this man of many musical talents. I know if he comes up this year I will be there to hear him.

Achievements? Hmmm, where to start? Folks, he’s jammed with some of the best. John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, John Mayall, James Cotton, Luther ‘GUITAR JR’ Johnson, Wynton Marsalis Band, Reese Wynans, Elvin Bishop, Billy Preston, and Lazy Lester among others.

Gary organized two tours (with a horn section) for Wolfman Jack revues in 1989 and 1992, backing Freddy Cannon, Del Shannon, Coasters, Drifters, Platters, Tokens, Shirelles, Mary Welles, Bo Diddley and Little Anthony as well as the Wolfman himself. He’s was even featured in a Maxwell House coffee ad in 1994 playing, of all things, a harmonica player!

He also won a blues competition at the King Biscuit Festival and went on to emcee the festival for several years.

In November 1996 he went to Belgrade, Serbia to headline a blues festival (Jr. Wells headlined the first night, Gary the second), tour Yugoslavia and produce a CD by the band that backed him ‘RAWHIDE”. He returned in April 1997 to tour to support that CD. This took him to cities that no American had ever visited and happened in between the two wars. He still keeps in contact with his friends there via e-mail.

So, will we be seeing him, and loving his live music again this summer? Only time will tell. I do hope he makes it back to The Great Land to make some more great music.

Dean Reaves

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ASSE Student Exchange Program

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!

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Career Step’s Army Wife Network scholarship

$2,000 Military Spouse Scholarship Career Step and Army Wife Network have joined forces to support and strengthen the military community. In an effort to help military spouses find the resources they need, Career Step has partnered with Army Wife Network to present a military spouse scholarship program to provide the financial jump start a spouse may need to gain the education needed to improve their life.

Career Step’s Army Wife Network scholarship offers one deserving military spouse $2,000 that can be used for higher education at the institute of their choice. Current spouses of service members who are active duty or veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or National Guard are welcome to apply. There is no age requirement, but the student must be planning to start school in 2015 or 2016 if they are not already enrolled.

To apply candidate must submit an 800-1000 word essay and/or video on how you plan to use your education to benefit your family and/or community. Competitive candidates will cite specific experiences that encouraged them to continue their education or specific situations where they can apply their skills. The essay should be submitted through the application form and the video should be submitted as a YouTube link. The deadline for the 2015 application and essay submission is April 24, 2015.

For more information click on the hyperlink to visit

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Photo of the day March 18

What a wonderful way to depict Alaska, The Alyeksa Pipeline with a hint of Northern Lights.  Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Planning Your Trip to Arctic Man

The Lodge at Black Rapids
Milepost 227.5 Richardson Hwy.  (907)388-8391



Planning your trip to Arctic Man?  Add the Lodge at Black Rapids to your plan. We have package specials to make your trip to the mountains more comfortable and memorable! With lodging and dining options, and even transporation to and from the excitement, we can help keep you safe and warm!

Visit our website for more details, or call us at (907) 388-8391

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Photo of the day March 17

Can you find the insects on the two potato flowers? Look close. There’s a mosquito on the bottom one. There’s another bug on the flower above it. Photo by Barb Tharp

 Web Editor Note: I wanted a green pic for St. Patrick’s Day, so we have a nice summer photo.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Alaska Best Plumbing & Heating Coming to Delta

Alaska Best Plumbing & Heating will be coming to Delta Junction the week of March 23rd.

Call to schedule your annual maintenance and take advantage of our Spring clean and tune special

Save $25.00

Call 895-6506 to schedule your appointment.

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Special Promotion from the Harlem Globetrotters

As the Harlem Globetrotters prepare for the last leg of their North American Tour, the world famous team will run a special promotion for their littlest fans. From now through March 29, the Harlem Globetrotters will offer half-price tickets for children ages 3-12, fans can visit to purchase tickets. The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their “2015 Washington Generals’ Revenge”Tour to the Carlson Center in Fairbanks on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.

Note: Harlem Globetrotter Slick Willie Shaw will visit Fairbanks for a series of community appearances Wednesday, April 8. To request an interview, please email Ruby Ramirez at or call 602-707-7022.

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Photo of the day March 16

Caribou Highway
On this particular morning, I saw quite a few caribou and managed to catch this one crossing the Richardson Highway. Sebastian Saarloos

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Interior Building Show ~ Mar 20 – 22

March 20, 21, & 22, 2015
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska

The Interior Alaska Building Association’s Home Show has become a major community event for people interested in every aspect of northern living. It is the only home show in Fairbanks and has become the unofficial kick off to spring and the building season in our community. From financing to new construction to remodeling to refurnishing…it’s all there in one location on one floor with lots of free parking. There are free seminars all weekend long with tips and advice on improving your home and saving you money!

The 2015 IABA HOME SHOW will be an excellent chance for vendors to market goods to a wide cross section of our community. Early registration indicates another sold out event. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to be part of the excitement, profit, and fun.

3019 Riverview Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Ph: 907.474.9082

Fri., Mar. 20 – 2 pm to 8 pm
Sat., Mar. 21 – 10 am to 6 pm
Sun., Mar. 22 – 11am to 5pm

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FDA Presents Ring of Fire

Created by Richard Malty and William MeadeDirected by Peggy Ferguson

March 27 – April 12

A contemporary American musical revue featuring the best-known songs of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Featuring thirty-two all time song hits, including Big river, Daddy Sang Bass, If I Were A Carpenter, Ring of Fire, Jackson, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Going to Memphis, Folsom Prison Blues, Man in Black, Why Me, Lord? , A Boy Named Sue, Rugged Old Flag, I’ve Been Everywhere, Cry, Cry Cry and I Walk the Line – among many others. The musical features the country band on stage and a cast of ten singing actors.

Riverfront Theater 1852 2nd AvenueFairbanks, AK 99701

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Photo of the day March 14

A moose eating the peanut butter I put out for the chickadees. It also eats the birds’ sunflower seeds. Does this behavior make this is chickamoose? Steve DuBois

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