Acacia Floral Fairy Garden Classes

Acacia Floral will be giving Fairy Garden Classes Classes begin on Wednesday, September 10th from 3:30 to 5:30pm

Then as follows:
Saturday, September 20   -  Time: 12 to 2pm
Saturday, September 27 -  Time: 12 to 2pm
Wednesday, October 1  -  Time: 3:30 – 5:30pm 

The cost for each class will be $100, fees are to be paid prior to class. $50 of your fee will go towards materials for the fairy garden you will be taking home with you. Each class will consist of 6 people, so if you have a large group, be sure to book early.

We will show you how to make your choice of a living, half and half, or all preserved fairy garden.  Let your imagination run wild!  You can create a fairy garden as small as a tea cup to a large indoor size.

Things to consider: if you already have a container or plants you’d like to use, or any other items you would like to incorporate into your project, please feel free to bring those items with you to class. Check pinterest for great ideas.

We have a good variety of fairy garden items to choose from . Stop by and see our selection and our fairy gardens on display to get some ideas before we start classes.  This may also give you an idea of what you may wan to bring with you and also what will be available here at Acacia for you to create your fairy garden with.

This is a 2 hour class so planning ahead will help us to use this time more efficiently.  If you have any questions or want to enroll for the class give us a call at 895-4137 Monday – Friday  9am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm

Lisa will be giving this class



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Thank you to the Community

We would like to send out a note of thanks for all the help, support and prayers the community of Delta Junction has given us these past 9 months.  So many people have come to help us through all the hardship and stress of Steve’s Stem Cell Transplant, to name everyone by name would take pages and pages. So forgive me for not listing names.

Just know that every bit of help has been appreciated and we are very thankful to live here surrounded by so many great people.  The Stem Cell Transplant has gone well and Steve should be returning to Alaska soon.  The kids and I will be so happy to have him home!

Thank you again for all your help!
Mathea, Steve, Logan, Jakob and Clara Meurer

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Thank You to Lisa and Acacia Floral

Wow, This sure was a lovely surprise from Lisa yesterday. By her showing her
act of kindness and reminding all of us to be happy, She sure put so many
smiles on so many people’s faces all around Fort Greely and in Delta
Junction. BKSS MDA Lodging would like to pay it forward with a big “THANK
YOU” and hope this will put a smile on her face as she did to all of us.

We are so blessed to be a part of Lisa’s first National “BE HAPPY DAY”.

Thank you!
Amanda Sanders


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Photo of the day August 21

Rhubarb plant in Tok, Alaska. This thing was 6 feet tall if it was a foot. Huge blossoms and at least 6 feet in diameter. I had to get a pic with it!
Tracey Mendenhall Porreca/Birch Leaf Photography

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Kudos for Rika’s New Chef!

“This is the best food we have had since our trip began!”  I hear this statement (words may vary at times) over and over again from tourists who stop by to have a bite of food, or are on tour with one of the bus companies.

Inna (“eenah), our new chef, is doing a wonderful job of turning out some very tasty morsels and entrees.  Being the mother of nine children and running her own kitchen at home, has given her the experience and creativity to make the taste buds dance with delight.

Stacey, her assistant, also has the talent of creating hot and cold sandwiches that will satisfy any hunger.  We would love to have you visit and experience what others have experienced this summer.  Drive out to Rika’s Cafe and give yourself as treat.  Hope to see you soon!  ~Deborah Snyder, Front Mgr.

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Photo of the day August 20

Here’s a common shrub to Alaska’s Interior, the shrubby cinquefoil or more commonly known as, a Tundra Rose. Taken a bit after midnight, earlier this summer, this image depicts what it looks like after 21 hours of daylight! Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Alaska Growers School Begins Sept 24

Hello Farmers, Gardeners, and everyone in between!

I am excited to announce the next Alaska Growers School begins September
24! This training offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative
Extension Service will be offered by webinar and teleconference Wednesdays
at 5:30 p.m. through Dec. 17, across Alaska. The Alaska Growers School is
ideal for Alaskans who wish to start a farm or expand an existing one for
profit or for subsistence.

This training will emphasize farm planning and risk management but will
include the basics of whole farm planning, growing vegetables, berries and
fruit, raising poultry and livestock, and using season extension
techniques. Resources for financial and technical expertise and loan
programs also will be covered. Instructors will include Extension agents
and staff, agriculture professionals and farmers. The fee is $95 however,
tuition waivers are available. For more information, to register*
(available 8/11/14) or apply for a waiver, check out our website:

*Currently Enrollment is only available at:

Enrollment is open through September 8th, and space is limited, so don’t
delay, sign up today!

This project is supported by the Washington State University Western
Extension Risk Management Education Center and the National Institute of
Food and Agriculture.

For more information, call Glenna Gannon, the Alaska Growers School
coordinator, at 452-8251, ext. 3281 or

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Photo of the day August 19

“Color River”
The Delta River in the summer can be a colorful place when the weather is good. We have had lots of rain this year, so our nice sunsets have been limited. Sebastian Saarloos

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Better Future, Better Employment

Looking at your future and wondering what is ahead?

Want to climb the ladder in your present employment, or you want to better your employment?

But you do not have a diploma.  We can HELP!

Adult Learning Programs of Alaska’s GED (General Education Development) Office located in the AMC Building in the Jarvis Complex in Delta Junction is equipped to help you meet your goal(s).  For registration and assessment/placement testing, call Deborah Snyder, (907)803-3115 to make an appointment.


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4-25 Airborne Brigade to deploy task force to Kosovo

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska –Elements of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division have been identified to deploy to Europe this fall in support of ongoing peacekeeping operations in Kosovo as part of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), specifically Multinational Battle Group-East (MNBG-E).

A small contingent of paratroopers assigned to the headquarters element of the 4/25th and several hundred paratroopers assigned to 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment will deploy in late September.

The Spartans will first travel to Hohenfels, Germany, where they will spend approximately two weeks at U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center participating in Kosovo-specific training that will prepare them for follow-on peacekeeping operations.

From Germany, the Spartans will travel to Kosovo where the 4/25th headquarters element will assume command and control duties as MNBG-E at Camp Bondsteel, located outside the city of Ferizaj. The element from 1-40th Cavalry will move to Camp Novo Selo, outside the capital city of Pristina, to conduct joint, multinational peacekeeping operations as part of MNBG-E.

KFOR commenced operations in Kosovo on June 12, 1999, two days after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 in order to enforce the peacekeeping aspect of the resolution itself.  As a part of KFOR, MNBG-E conducts peace support operations in accordance with UNSCR 1244 in order to provide a safe and secure environment and to allow freedom of movement throughout Kosovo.  They do so by working in tandem with host nation security forces.

While operating as a part of MNBG-E, Spartan paratroopers will work daily alongside military service personnel from not only Kosovo, but from several partner nations as well, which include Poland, Ukraine, Armenia, Slovenia, Germany, Turkey and Hungary.

The headquarters element from the 4/25th and the element from 1-40th Cavalry will relieve the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, respectively, both of which are home-stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

The upcoming tour of duty in Kosovo is expected to last nine months with the deploying Spartans returning to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in July 2015.

Lt. Col. Alan Brown
U.S. Army Alaska’s Public Affairs Officer

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Photo of the day August 18

Two fox kits sit watching me, take their picture.Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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3rd Annual 5K Fun Bun Run

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Mystery Photo Winner for Aug 11 – 17

The winner of last week’s mystery photo is Eunsuk Klein

We had 6 correct entries this week.

Eunsuk will receive a gift certificate from the Buffalo Center Drive-In, courtesy of John and Linda Sloan


The mystery photo was  part of the Delta Presbyterian/Faith Lutheren church sign located on the Richardson Hwy.

Thank you for each one that submitted their guess.

Thank you John and Linda Sloan.


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VETERANS VFW State Service Officer Visit ~ Sep 10

Gerry Glover will be in Delta Junction at Delta Junction Senior Center

September 10, 2014
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Gerry will be available to answer your questions about VA Entitlements and provide FREE assistance filling out the application forms for VA Entitlements.

Contact Info: Gerry Glover
Office # (907) 257-4801
(888) 353-7574 Ext. 4801

**VFW membership is not a requirement**

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Apply Now for Reimbursement for Farm Expenses (RTCP)

Application Period for Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP) Ends September 8!

Farmers and ranchers in Alaska can apply for the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP). Apply by September 8, 2014 for this USDA Farm Service Agency program providing relief from high transportation costs.

Eligible farming expenses include:

Chemicals, Feed, Fertilizers, Lime, Gas, Fuel, Oil, Machinery, Equipment, Vehicle, Seed & Plants, Supplies, Vet. Supplies, Parts, etc.

Easy-to-file application forms, FAQ’s and other information will be available at, at FSA offices in Palmer and Delta, or at other USDA offices around the state.


Applications close on September 8, 2014.

(Receipts must be submitted by November 3, 2014.)

Danny Consenstein
State Executive Director
Alaska Farm Service Agency
800 West Evergreen, Suite 216
Palmer, AK  99645
907.841.4890 (cell)
Alaska FSA website

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Rika’s Schedule for August 18-24

It is a slow week.

Tuesday, 19th 12:30-2:30
Wednesday, 20th, 10:30-12:30
Sunday, 24th, 8-9:30am

Always subject to change, please call to confirm.

Deb Snyder, mgr. (907) 803.3115

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Photo of the day August 15

“Rainbow Mountain Rainbow”
A storm blew through while I was hiking Rainbow Gap and produced this rainbow that started on top of Rainbow Mountain!   Sebastian Saarloos

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Photo of the day August 14

Sunday night was the second “supermoon” of the year, with the moon being 14% closer to Earth and 30% brighter than normal. I used an online moon rise calculator to determine the direction it was going to rise from and then positioned myself near Donnelly Dome to get it rising over the Granite Mountains. It actually popped above the horizon about 30 minutes later than the official moon rise time, because it had to clear the mountains first. Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

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America’s Depression, Robin Williams, Millions more

By Glenn Mollette

Robin Williams made us laugh but we’re not laughing now as we mourn his suicidal death.

His tragic ending has placed a national spotlight on the seriousness of depression. In the midst of this heart wrenching tragedy maybe good will come as people may openly discuss their daily demons of clinical despair.

We know that millions of Americans deal with depression. The statistics differ from sources but we can safely say most Americans have been depressed a few times during life. Many are never treated while others sadly become addicted to alcohol, prescription drugs and even turn to illegal drugs to cope with their mental battles

Robin Williams had it all, it seemed. Something was missing and even with clinical help he couldn’t eliminate the internal monster that dogged him to his unfortunate ending.

Who am I to spout out a few answers in lieu of one who had accomplished so much and was loved by so many?  My rambling feeble thoughts are insignificant but I have to wonder some of the following:

Did he have two or three people in his life that he could really talk to? Most people don’t.

Had his life become void of challenge? Maybe the lack of new goals and new ambitions dulled the sound of the morning trumpet that beckons us to spring from our beds with energy.

Further, we know that he was dealing with his health; it is commonly reported that depression surrounds heart surgeries. He had gone through an aortic valve replacement, a very serious surgery.

For all of us who have known at least a few depressing moments in life I would offer the following: Try to have one or two people that you can talk to about anything. Reinvent yourself from time to time and do something different.

Get out of the house as much as possible. Limit your daily media including TV, social media etc. Try to get daily exercise. Physical work and activity clears some of the mental cobwebs. And, connect with your Creator. Look up for a source of help and strength that nothing or no one else can give.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author.

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Don’t Get Cheated by Back-to-School Gimmicks

BBB Issues Tips for Safe Online Shopping and Apartment Hunting

Anchorage, Alaska. — August 14, 2014 — As Alaskans prepare to fork out more cash this school year, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington offers advice for both parents and students before they hit store shelves and online stores.

According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school shopping will top $26 billion this year. Online shopping is on the rise with more than half of students using their smartphones to make purchases.  This could open the door for scammers to target shoppers.

Meanwhile, thousands of college students are apartment hunting.  If they’re not careful, they could fall into bad lease terms.

BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received 171 complaints against apartment complexes this year alone.

To be a savvy shopper and wise renter, BBB advises consumers to:

1. Be wary of ads or links offering gift cards for filling out surveys or entering contests. These links could lead to malicious sites that could download malware to a smartphone or computer.  Remember: ads that look too good to be true, often are.
2. Be on the lookout for text message scammers.  Scammers are known to send text messages claiming to be brand name stores asking consumers to claim freebies by texting their personal information.  These are likely phishing scams that could lead to identity theft.
3. Understand tenant’s rights and responsibilities.  An apartment lease should always include specifics on how all maintenance and repair concerns are handled.  It should also clearly state what the rent amount covers, such as utilities or cable TV.
4. Know the red flags of a rental scam.  Be careful of landlords who are located elsewhere or require a substantial deposit before handing over the keys or even showing the property.  Steer clear of landlords who ask renters to wire money through services such as Western Union or MoneyGram.
5. Take precautions before moving in.  Document the apartment’s condition by taking pictures of the unit prior to move-in.  This will protect renters from being held responsible for damages they didn’t do.

For more trustworthy consumer tips and BBB accredited property management companies, visit

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 |
David Quinlan, Senior Director of Public Relations: 206-676-4119

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Pinching Pennies ~ The Season for Fresh Fruit

Fresh vegetables are in season. Locally at the farmers market, greens are in good supply this week with kale, spinach and collards leading the pack. Zucchini and yellow summer squash are just starting to get ripe and there are a few tomatoes coming on to the market.

Vegetables are an important part of a good diet. According to the latest recommendations, half your plate should be vegetables.

At this price, though, you want to make sure that you get every nutrient that is provided in the vegetables. It is estimated that nearly 25 percent of the food you bring into your house is lost through waste. Taking care of those vegetables so you get all the natural goodness is important to your food budget.

When you get home with those wonderful fresh vegetables, how do you keep them at their best? Different vegetables have different storage methods. Potatoes and onions are stored at room temperature, while greens, squash and beans need to be kept in the refrigerator.

Many vegetables are highly perishable. Peppers, fresh beans, squash and greens should be used within a two- to three-day period for maximum flavor and freshness. These vegetables should be stored in a perforated plastic bag and stored in the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator. The plastic bag helps conserve moisture and freshness, while the holes in the bag keep the moisture from causing rot.

Store cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, onions and garlic at room temperature. Refrigerator temperatures can cause cold damage and keep the vegetables from properly ripening.

Be sure to keep vegetables away from direct sunlight. This is particularly important with potatoes. Potatoes exposed to sunlight develop a form of chlorophyll called solanine that show up as green spots. These green sections of the potato are a natural toxin and are poisonous. There isn’t much danger of you eating the green spots since they are very bitter. That’s why the bags that potatoes come in are tinted brown, to protect the potatoes from developing solanine under the lights in the store.

Never use detergent or bleach to wash produce. Fresh water will do the job. Rinse vegetables under running water just prior to serving. Give the same treatment to those with skins and rinds, even if they aren’t eaten. Bacteria that might be present on the rind can easily be transferred to the part you eat during the peeling process. Wash just prior to eating since washing removes some of the natural preservatives in plants.

The exception to this rule is head lettuce or leafy greens. They should be washed immediately when you get home and then refrigerated. If the vegetables are labeled ready-to eat, washed or triple washed, they don’t have to be washed. All cut, peeled or cooked fruits and vegetables (as all foods) should be refrigerated within two hours.

Cooperative Extension has a great series of publications on how to use those fresh Alaska vegetables. Our Alaska series features information on selection, storage, preservation and a few recipes to try out in using them. Go to the Cooperative Extension foods and nutrition publication page at and check for publications on beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, corn, lettuce, potatoes, summer squash, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, winter squash, chard, herbs and pumpkin seeds. You can also drop by the Extension office at 724 27th Ave., Suite 2, for a copy of any publication.

Fresh vegetables are one of the best parts of summer. Buy good quality produce, take care of it properly, and cook it lightly to conserve nutrients.

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 or by calling 907-474-2426.

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Local Anchorage Youth Boxer Wins International Tournament

Anchorage – Alaska Boxing Academy a local youth boxing nonprofit organization is pleased to announce that Arthur Tauiliili, 12 year-old, of Anchorage, was crowned champion of the eleven to twelve year-old, 114 lb. novice weight division at the 2014 Ringside World Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri, July 30th to August 2nd. Arthur Tauiliili is the youngest boxer from Alaska to win the tournament.

Ringside World Championships is an annual four day amateur boxing tournament that hosts national and international boxing teams. The boxers compete at levels of novice, open and masters divisions.

Arthur Tauiliili a student at Clark Middle School began training when he was 10 years-old at the Alaska Boxing Academy a local Anchorage nonprofit, under founder and head coach David Carey. This is Arthur Tauillili’s second year competing at the Ringside World Championship. Last year he placed 2nd in the tournament. This year’s 1st place has earned Arthur a belt as the reigning champion.

Additional information about amateur boxing in Alaska can be found at the Alaska Boxing Academy website:

For more information please contact David Carey at 250-9372.

Submitted by
David Carey/Founder & Head Coach

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Photo of the day August 13

Yes, Alaska can have thunderstorms. This was at Fort Greely, AK on Monday night.  Heather Holbrook Photography

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9th Annual Soup at the Sullivan Roadhouse

The 9th Annual Soup at the Sullivan Roadhouse Museum (SRM)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
11:30am ’til soups gone (usually 1:30pm)

- “garden fresh” home made soups
- fresh baked breads
- home made ice cream
- tea, punch and cucumber water

This FREE event is cordially sponsored by the Delta Chamber of Commerce and friends of the SRM.

Donations are welcome – proceeds go towards the care of the SWM gardens and grounds.

Thank you to our gracious volunteers who provide this wonderful lunch served in our community.

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Social Media Sites Could Lead to ID Theft

Better Business Bureau Warns That Some Websites Can Compromise Personal Information

Anchorage, Alaska – August 12, 2014 – Whether it’s giving online birthday wishes, connecting with former classmates or gaming with friends, social media has become a powerful networking tool for businesses, consumers and, now more than ever, crooks.

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns of new tricks aimed at stealing the personal information of not only online users but their contacts, too.

According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, consumers lost more than $780 million last year because of internet crime; nearly 50% more than in 2012. With recent data breaches and more online sharing, BBB advises social networkers to click cautiously.

·         Post with care. Avoid sharing private information publicly. Steer clear of posting birthdates, family names and relatives’ information online.

·         Check privacy policies. Read and understand how websites use information they collect and be sure it’s never sold to an outside party.

·         Keep guard. Games, quizzes and surveys are fun, but if they require entering personal information, don’t respond and stop playing.

·         Click with caution. Avoid following links that are unsolicited, even if they appear on a social media page. One wrong click could lead to unwanted sites or add malware to a computer.

·         Block the fakes. Beware of fake social media profiles that appear to be using the names of friends. Be cautious about “friending” people.

·         Strengthen passwords. Change passwords frequently, at least once every six months. Use long phrases, numbers and a symbol to help prevent hackers gaining access to accounts.

Visit StopThinkConnect for more information on how to stay safe online, and connect with BBB and its Social Hub for the latest news and consumer alerts.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 |
David Quinlan, Senior Director of Public Relations: 206-676-4119

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Photo of the day August 12

A beautiful summer day at Donnelly Lake. Sunday August 10, 2014.
Photo Courtesy Steven Miley

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Photo of the day August 11

“Alaska Storm”
Last week we had a few storms roll through, lightning and all! I was hoping to get a strike on camera, but wasn’t able to.. but I did get this shot of the cell over Fort Greely. The airfield tower can be seen in the bottom left.
Sebastian Saarloos

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Mystery Photo Winner for Aug 4 – 10

The winner of last week’s mystery photo is LJ Woodcox

We had 7 correct entries this week.

LJ will receive a gift certificate from the Buffalo Center Drive-In, courtesy of John and Linda Sloan

The photo this week is the miner and mountain range of the Frontier Pull Tabs sign located above the business on the roof.

Thank you for each one that submitted their guess.

Thank you John and Linda Sloan.


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Rika’s Bus Schedule For Aug 11 – 17

Monday, 11th 12:30-2:30
Tuesday, 12th, 10:30-2:30
Wednesday, 13th, 10:30-3:00
Saturday, 16th, 12-1:30

Due to bus schedule changes, please, call to confirm.

Hope to see you.

Deb Curtis, (907)255-3324
Deborah Snyder, (907)803-3115

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Photo of the day August 8

Clearwing Hummingbird Moths were very abundant this year.
Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

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Performance by the African Children’s Choir

The African Children’s Choir performed at the Delta High School on August 6, hosted by the First Baptist Church. The performance was amazing.
Photos Courtesy Jeff Lansing

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Photo of the day August 7

Sunset over Delta Junction, evening of 7/21. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski

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NFPA announces second annual NEC Challenge

Electrical professionals nationwide put their code knowledge to the test

August 6, 2014 — The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced that its second annual NEC Challenge is firmly underway. The NEC Challenge is an interactive competition that invites electrical professionals across the country to put their code knowledge to the test. Last year’s inaugural Challenge was created in celebration of the release of the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®).

As one of the world’s most widely used codes for the built environment, the NEC sets the standard for safe electrical installation and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards; it is adopted and used in all 50 states.

“Last year’s NEC Challenge was a great success, and served as a fun, interactive way to bring attention to many important elements of the code,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. “Now that the electrical community is more familiar with the Challenge, we anticipate an even more heated competition with broader participation.”

The first of this year’s NEC Challenge was hosted at NJATC-NTI in Ann Arbor, Mich., July 26 to August 1. Upcoming challenges will be held at the following trade shows:

·         NECA/Chicago, Ill. – September 27-30, 2014

·         IEC/Baltimore, Md. – October 22-25, 2014

The winner of each challenge will receive an Apple iPad® and a copy of the 2014 NEC, and will go on to compete against one another in a live webisode championship consisting of three rounds of gameplay, including a head-to-head final round challenge between the top two contestants for the grand prize of $5,000. The first and second runners-up will receive $1,500 and $500, respectively.

The NEC Challenge is also available for gameplay online. The top five performers are listed in real-time on the website’s leaderboard, and will be awarded prizes on a weekly and monthly basis. Visit to take the online NEC Challenge, and to stay up-to-date on upcoming events and announcements.

About the National Electrical Code®
NFPA has been the developer and publisher of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®) since 1911. The NEC continues to be the most widely used code for the built environment in the world, establishing the standard for safe electrical installations. The code has been adopted in every state in the U.S., in many territories, and in several countries. For more information about the 2014 edition of the NEC, visit

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at

Lorraine Carli
Public Affairs Office

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NY Times: Russian Hackers Amass More than 1 Billion Internet Passwords

BBB Warns Consumers to Be Proactive in Securing Personal Data

Anchorage, Alaska – Aug. 6, 2014 –The New York Times reported this morning that a Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

While details are still limited, including which companies have fallen victim or how the hackers conducted the breach, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urges consumers to protect their online accounts. The Times reports the hackers appear to be using stolen information to send spam on social networking sites like Twitter, and could be selling personal data on the black market.

BBB understands there is not much consumers can do to prevent data breaches from happening, but vigilance will help minimize the risk of falling victim to identity theft.

- Change passwords. Never use the same password for every online account or website.
- Monitor credit and bank statements. Go online to verify account information and do not wait for paper statements.
- Set up alerts. Set up automatic activity alerts on banking and credit card accounts and with the three credit reporting agencies.
- Report suspicious activity. Immediately report unauthorized charges and place a credit freeze on any compromised accounts.
- Save receipts. Keep all receipts handy in case charges need to be substantiated

Also visit, a website run by the Federal Trade Commission, for more tips on avoiding scams and protecting your computer.

Scammers will likely take advantage of this high-profile public data breach to phish for personal information. Over the next few weeks, be extremely wary of unsolicited emails or phone calls from purported financial institutions. Do not click on links, download attachments or provide sensitive information—like Social Security numbers—to unknown parties.

Business owners:  Make sure that your customers’ information is being protected. Check out BBB’s free Data Security – Made Simpler guide for businesses at

All Americans are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three credit bureaus; the only official source for these reports is at

Visit for the latest consumer alerts and stay connected with the latest information from BBB on its Social Hub.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 |
David Quinlan, Senior Director of Public Relations: 206-676-4119

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Pacific Alaska Lumber brings Zigma to Alaska.

Anchorage, Alaska: “Pacific Alaska Lumber has signed an agreement with Zigma Ground Solutions”, said John Horjes, PAL Director of Business Development. “PAL is the newest North American distributor, and will stock ‘TuffTrak XL’ and ‘Liberty mats’ in Seward, Alaska.”  The Seward facility is ‘multifunctional’, providing truck and rail delivery to all points local and north, while maintaining barge deployment synergies, ready to serve other locations in Alaska.

Zigma is recognized as a global leader in designing and manufacturing temporary access and ground protection mats. Zigma mats maximize performance, safety, value, and are 100% recyclable at end of life. Manufactured from recycled high density (HD) or ultra high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene, they are chemically inert, avoiding leaching of possible pollutants.

Zigma joins PAL’s offerings of Traditional and CLT mats that include Rig, Crane, Road, Access, and Specialty mats.

PAL serves all industries of Oil & Gas, Electric & Transmission, Mining & Construction, Bridge & Marine, and all locations in Alaska.

Pacific Alaska Lumber provides (direct-ship) materials to all areas of Alaska, and specializes in full container and truckloads.


For further contact:
John Horjes
Director Business Development
Pacific Alaska Lumber, Co.
421 West First Ave
Suite 245
Anchorage, AK 99501

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Photo of the day August 6

Preparing dinner about 11pm at our camp spot on the Kesugi Ridge, Wednesday July 30th. The Kesugi Ridge hike offers an amazing view of Denali on those rare, clear days. The next morning we were surrounded by low clouds and not even a peek of the mountain could be had.  Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud

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The African Children’s Choir to Perform Tonight

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Delta High School
Hosted by First Baptist Church
(907) 895-4490

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their
charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.
The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional
Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A
free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African
Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and
development programs.

Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s
Choir) works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya,
Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over
52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through
its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is
to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on

The African Children’s Choir has had the privilege to perform before
presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England,
Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The Choir has also had
the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie
Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith, and other
inspirational performers!

Most recently, the African Children’s Choir accompanied South African opera singer, Pumeza Matshikiza, on some tracks for her debut album which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Promotional support of this community concert is greatly appreciated.

The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief
organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children
today so they can help Africa tomorrow.

No tickets, donations welcome.

Lydia Sherwood
Presto Public Relations
(360) 733-2149

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Photo of the day August 5

Just returned from a 3 day float trip… went down Tangle Lakes into the Delta River. Stalked a really nice bull caribou but he eluded me and nearly got a griz. Lots of hard work and beautiful country. I could seriously do without the bugs (which were plague status) and listening to griz walking in the river two feet away through the tent was not fun. But waking up to this makes it all worth it. Photo Courtesy Michael Rogers

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Clearwater Revival Music Festival Updates

August 15, 2014
1pm – 2am

Over 12 hours of live music on the river

Music, Food, Drinks, Auction & Multi-Item Raffle
Fun for the entire family!!

NASDUCK Races 6pm

Location: At the end of Remington Road on the Riverbank at The Clearwater Lodge

All ages event from 1pm – 8pm
After 8pm this is a 21 and over Event

Clearwater Revival Music Festival
$20 entrance fee (also gets you a book of 5 raffle tickets).
Under 21 is $10 entrance fee

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Clearwater Lodge to assist in the rebuilding effort.

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Modifications to Unit 13 Federal Subsistence Hunt Map

The Bureau of Land Management Glennallen Field Office has recently modified the Game Management Unit 13 Federal Subsistence Hunt Map in the vicinity of Paxson Lake.  Updated maps can be obtained from the BLM Glennallen Field Office from 8 to 4:30, Monday – Friday, excluding Federal holidays.  Maps can also be viewed and printed from the following website:

For more information, contact the BLM Glennallen Field Office at 907-822-3217.

Marnie Graham
Public Affairs Specialist
BLM Glennallen Field Office
P.O. Box 147
Glennallen, AK 99588
907-822-3217 Office

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