The Good (and Careful) Samaritan

Recently a killer blizzard struck the eastern part of our nation.  The stories of heroism, survival and human kindness make me proud of mankind.  Time after time motorists stopped to lend a helping hand to someone who was stranded.  Some towed another out of a snow-filled ditch.  Others left hot coffee and sandwiches for complete strangers while they waited for the roads to clear.

Then there are the stories of tragic consequence as a result of insane behavior.  According to Fox News, a 26 year old man stopped to help another man whose car had spun off the road and into the ditch in the midst of the storm.  As the Good Samaritan approached the stricken vehicle and offered assistance, the driver became belligerent and ultimately pulled a gun and shot and killed the Samaritan.

No, I will not allow this report to deter me from stopping to help someone in distress. I realize this is an extreme, isolated case and most folks are more than happy to receive assistance.

The news report goes on to say that the person who had lost control was under the influence of alcohol and by the time the S.W.A.T. team arrived, they found him passed out. He is now facing a murder charge.  This is a situation all too familiar to police officers and EMS personnel.  When contact is made, the first responders never know if the person is high on drugs or booze or just having a bad day.  Possibly the person just had a serious battle with his spouse and is in a dangerously precarious state of mind.  The police are trained and equipped to handle these guys so they don’t back away..

My advice:  If you stop to render assistance and the victim doesn’t seem “quite right.”  Back away, and call the professionals.  They may take a while to get there, but at least you’ll be alive to tell the story to your kids when you get home.

When there is a disaster, whether a snow storm, hurricane, tornado or earthquake, there will always be victims and heroes.  The victim is trapped under debris or in a ditch, while the hero is there for the rescue.  Victims are usually dealing with a huge fear factor and every first responder and ER nurse will tell you, “scared people behave badly.”  Disasters bring out the worst AND best in people.  The tragedy is compounded when the hero is injured or killed trying to help someone.

We all need help from time to time and even more so when there’s a disaster.  There is a need to pull together and lend a helping hand.  There are always risks involved, listen to your gut, if it tells you something doesn’t feel right or something’s wrong, back off.

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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Delta Fish & Game Advisory Committee ~ Feb 17

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 6:30 PM
City Hall Conference Room, Delta Junction

CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES  January 20, 2016
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
CORRESPONDENCE
– Any

OLD BUSINESS
– Any

NEW BUSINESS
– ADF&G Staff Updates
– Update on Dall Sheep Working Group Meeting
– NASA Hunter Project; Dr. Todd Brinkman, UAF
– Further Discussion of Board of Game Statewide Proposals
– Potential Meeting Location Move
– Discuss Board of Game Proposals for submission
• Hunting Coyotes with Dogs
– Potential Agenda items for next meeting
• March 16, 2016
ADJOURN

Other Dates and Deadlines:
State:
March 17, 20156 BOG Work Session; Fairbanks
Comments due March 4, 2016

March 18-28, 2016 BOG Statewide Cycle A & B; Fairbanks
Comments due March 4, 2016

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Photo of the day February 5

Top of the World – Black Rapids – Susitna Glaciers

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Ladies’ Night at Sportsman’s Warehouse ~ Feb 11

PrintSportsman’s Warehouse in Fairbanks will be hosting a ladies’ night to benefit the Breast Cancer Detection Center on Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7 – 10pm

Contact Phone(907)374-8800
Website

Enjoy discounts, games, prizes, silent auction, and a wall of guns raffle.

Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska mission, programs, and services.

The first 100 women to attend will receive goodie bags.

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Photo of the day February 4

This moose is not very good at hide n’ seek. Scott Skaleski

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Entry Level Civil Construction Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic Academy

constructionSign up now! Enroll in the Entry Level Civil Construction Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic Academy

June 7 to 24, 2016
Monday through Friday, 7 am to 4 pm
Delta Career Advancement Center
Delta Junction, Alaska

This is the 11th annual academy offering awareness training and the opportunity to learn about career options. Skills learned can be transferred to many different industries.

• 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.
• You must be at least 17 years old. Candidates must choose between an emphasis in either operating equipment or in the mechanics of heavy equipment. Space is limited.
• Must possess a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license.

Pick up an application at Delta Career Advancement Center, or visit the Partners for Progress in Delta website:
www.partnersforprogressindelta.org  Application Deadline: April 22, 2016, 1:00 pm. Interviews will be completed by: May 18, 2016.

For more information and application, call (907) 895-4605

partnersprogress

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All American Presidents Pancake Breakfast

santaseniorsSanta’s Senior Center in North Pole will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, February 13.  All are welcome to attend.

Suggested donations are $6 Adults and $5 Children
8am – 11am

Santa’s Senior Center
101 E. 5th Ave
North Pole

Buy Your Sweet a Treat At Our Bake Sale/Gift Shop!

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Mt. McKinley Bank’s A Taste of Art Fundraiser

Please join us for ‘A Taste of Art’ presented this year by Mt. McKinley Bank on February 20.

It is sure to be a Starry Night with the blues and golds from the Vincent van Gogh’s painting lighting up the room.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will support the programs and services that Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption provides to children, families and individuals in need throughout our community.

Doors open at 6pm Dinner served at 7pm Auction starts at 8pm

Event Chairs: Aaron Pletnikoff & Sara Smith
Feature Artist: Sara Tabbert

Westmark Hotel and Conference Center
813 Noble StreetFairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 457-6874
Event Website

Admission Fee: $65.00
Kara Nash Event Organizer
Phone: (907) 687-8444

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Photo of the day February 3

Castner Glacier Access: This unimproved road is located at mile 217.3 on the north side of Castner Creek. The road ends after 1/2 mile, turning into an unimproved foot path heading up the side of Castner Creek, where this photo is taken.
A 1/2 mile hike leads you to the Castner Glacier. This trail is not maintained and not marked.

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Defend America Concert by Little Country Entertainment

defendDefend America  Little Country Entertainment presents  DEFEND AMERICA CONCERT with John Michael Montgomery, Confederate Railroad and Ty Herndon! Saturday, February 27 at 7PM

John Michael Montgomery

John Michael Montgomery

Tickets available at the Carlson Center box office (W-F, 11AM-4:30PM), Ticketmaster by phone 1-800-745-3000, Ticketmaster online and at Fred Meyer kiosks in the state of Alaska.  Website: http://bit.ly/

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Photo of the day February 2

On January 26, this was the “road” to my office at the  AT&T Site by Black Rapids. I was able to drive my Excursion up to the site. Photo by Scott Skaleski

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33rd Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Starts Feb 6

yukon-quest-logoThe Yukon Quest has been run every February since 1984 across 1,000 miles/1,600 km of wilderness trail between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska.

This incredible international winter sports event starts regardless of weather conditions.  The race lasts 9 to 14 days depending on weather, trail conditions and team speed.

The 2016 race will start Saturday, February 6th at 11 am in Fairbanks, Alaska. Starting on the Chena River near the Cushman Street Bridge in downtown Fairbanks.

Yukon Quest Start Line Updated February 2

Due to jumble ice on the Chena River, the 2016 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race will see a shift in the start line location to ensure the safety of the dogs, mushers and public.

The start line will be located on the river side of the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center at 101 Dunkel Street in Fairbanks and will continue on to the Chena River. A map of the new location can be found here.

The Yukon Quest store will remain open at 550 First Avenue, where spectators can get all their trail information and merchandise will be available for purchase.

http://yukonquest.com/sites/default/files/files/1%202016%20YQ%20Start%20Map.pdf

Website

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Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide prevention training is being offered by the Army Substance Abuse Program for all DA Civilians this week.

If individual agencies need Suicide Prevention to be conducted at the agency location because of scheduling conflicts please contact the ASAP Manager who will work to accommodate agency dates, times and location preferences.

Information regarding this week’s training:

Who: All DA employees*
What: Suicide Prevention
When: Thursday, 4 FEB 2016, 9:30-11:00 am.
Where: Post Sanctuary
Why: Army Regulation 600-63**

(Suicide Prevention for Military Personnel will be offered on 24 FEB 1300-1500 at the Post Sanctuary).

*This training is available to anyone who has access to Fort Greely: military dependents, veterans, and civilian contractors.

**Army Regulation 600-63, directs that all DA Personnel will receive Suicide Prevention training annually.  DA Personnel include Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard Members, DA Civilians and Contractor employees as contractual agreements mandates.

POC:
Heather Green
ASAP Program Manager
907-873-3785

Submitted by Rodney Mcnany

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Paracord

Duct tape, zip ties, WD-40 and flat black spray paint are all basics for any tool kit. Bug-out bags have their basics as well. Water, filter, fire-starter, extra meds, paracord… Wait, what’s paracord. Almost any prepper worth her salt knows that there are times when things just need to be secured or you just may need a few feet of line. More and more folks are discovering the versatility of paracord.

Originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes, it is commonly known as 550 cord or 550 paracord referring to the nominal breaking strength. Most paracord is described as a nylon kernmantle rope which is made up of nylon strands braided around an inner core for strength. These strands can be unravelled to make sewing thread, dental floss or even fishing line. Also now available is “fire cord.” One of the inner strands is made from jute and some is impregnated with a flammable accelerant. So in time of emergency, unravel your cord, pull out the center filament and strike it with your fire starter. Bingo instant fire.

A quick search on the internet shows paracord used in firefighters escaping the second floor of a burning building. Another story reports an emergency snow shoe repair in arctic backcountry. There is even a wildland firefighter replacing a melted shoelace with paracord. So how is it all these people have their paracord so handy you ask? Survival bracelets braided from paracord. Just do an internet search for paracord and probably the first thing that pops up is a wide selection of survival bracelets. Braided from twelve feet or more of paracord a survival bracelet is almost required gear for backpackers, outdoorsmen, firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel. They come in all sorts of colors and some even have useful items integrated into the design. Mine has a whistle and a fire striker built in to go along with the fire cord core. Some also have a small compass and even a built in thermometer .

The idea is if you are ever in a situation where you need a rope or heavy string, simply unravel your braided paracord bracelet and you suddenly have several feet of usable shoelace or rescue rope or even firestarter. And the designs aren’t just limited to bracelets. How about a key fob or lanyard or rifle sling? All these and more are available for purchase online, but if you’re a do-it-yourselfer you can make your own. Even Walmart sells a kit with all the starter supplies and a step-by-step instruction book. Bulk paracord is easily available and can be used to hoist your food supplies off the ground when camping, securing your tent if the regular tent ropes aren’t up to the task or if you’re really in a survival situation, making a snare to catch something to eat.

Bracelets come in all kinds of themes. All branches of the military are represented along with most colleges (yes I even found one to celebrate the University of Oregon Ducks). They come in camo, pink camo, and every conceivable color combination you can imagine. So now you have one more item to add to your get-home/bug out bag. Paracord. Not expensive, but priceless if you need it.

As always send your comments and questions 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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Fairbanks ~ Beach Party Social Dance

beachpartyFriday, February 5
8:30pm

Leave the dark and cold of February in Fairbanks behind and join us where you really want to be… the beach!

Throw on your brightest Hawaiian shirt, sip a cold drink, and dance your worries away at this relaxing social.

No experience or partner necessary. Please bring clean, non-marking shoes.

Admission Fee: $5 members, students, & military/$6 general public

Pioneer Park Dance Center
2300 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Website: www.ballroomfairbanks.org

 

 

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Photo of the day February 1

A couple of nervous looking moose. Photo Scott Skaleski

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Obituary ~ Wayne E. Conley

wayne_conleyWayne E. Conley
1933 – 2016

Wayne E. Conley, long time Alaskan and ardent fisherman, passed away on Jan. 9, 2016, from COPD (Chronic Pulmonary Disease) in Rainier, Wash., at age 82, surrounded by family.

He was born on March 8, 1933, to Gladys Fellows and Sam Herringer in Rochester, Minn.

In 1960, the Air Force reassigned him to Fairbanks, Alaska. He lived in various locations, including: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Clam Gulch, Homer and Delta Junction, Alaska.

While living in Delta Junction, dad operated a small guide service on the Clearwater River called Silver Fox charters. His favorite pastime was catching a grayling on a fly rod. Dad was also a very talented taxidermist: he specialized in mounting moose, caribou and deer antlers. He passed this trait on to his daughter, Carolinda. Dad was pretty much a jack of all trades. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He worked as a carpenter on construction jobs, was a Pipe fitter on the North Slope and once owned and operated a plumbing business in Gainesville, Fla. Dad enjoyed hunting and often had his children in tow. His number one rule was: if we shoot it, we eat it. Nothing goes to waste. He kept his freezer full of moose, caribou and fish, with plenty to share. Dad enjoyed playing horseshoes and pool. He won a few tournaments in his days. He was a member of the Moose and Elks clubs along with the American Legion. He frequently took his children to the summer picnics they held. Dad was a tall handsome man who loved to dance and compliment the ladies with his one liner, ” Pretty As You Are .”

He was a man of many tales and experiences. He sported a gold chain about his neck that had three grizzly bear claws attached – a reminder of who won that battle. Although he lived most of his life on the edge, and even had a few run ins with the law, in the end he accepted Jesus into his heart. It gives our family great comfort to know that he made it into the gates of Heaven. He loved his family, whether biological or not. He is preceded in death by his mother and father. He leaves behind his children, Curtis Conley, Wayne Jr., Linda Kay Conley, Carin Quigley, Marion Conley and Carolinda Wright; along with his children by choice, Danielle Young and her daughter Alison, and Evonne, Patty and Susie Beavers. He leaves behind his grandchildren, Erika Lopeztello Jones, Joelene Conley, Amanda Vanderbilt, Raymond and Rachel Wadley, Sam Conley and Mike and Kirsten Selby. He leaves behind his great-grandchildren, Donovan Conley, whom he spent much time with, Tatiana and Alexa Interno, Sofia Jones, Mikayla Pender, Brooke and Jayden Munger and Kayelyn, Kira, Lorelei and Ronan Wadley.

Dad will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. His ashes will be cast into the Clearwater River this summer. Condolences can be mailed to Carolinda Wright, P.O. Box 670384, Chugiak, AK 99567.

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UAF Cooperative Extension Service Offering Small Business Workshops

Available by video at the Delta Career Advancement Center
Thursdays/Saturdays
$25 per session
Bring your lunch

February
Taxation for small businesses
Thursday, February 4 – 12pm – 2pm

Starting a small business
Thursday, February 11 – 11am – 2pm

Writing a business plan
Thursday, February 18 – 11am – 2pm

Record keeping & taxes for artists & artisans
Thursday, February 25 – 11am – 1pm

March
Beginning social media & mobile marketing
Saturday, March 12 – 10am – 12pm

Intermediate social media & mobile marketing
Saturday, March 19 – 10am – 12pm

How to develop ideas into businesses
Saturday, March 18 – 1pm – 3pm

For more information and registration: http://bit.ly/ces-sbw

Made possible by Partners for Progress in Delta

For more information, contact Kathryn Dodge:
(907)474-6497 or kdodge@alaska.edu
Or contact the local CES office at 895-4215

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Prism Optical of Alaska is coming to Delta

February 8th & 9th at the Family Medical Center

Complete pair of eyeglasses starting at only $99 (exam additional)
With select flexible titanimum frames and single vision plastic lenses only $119
Wiht single vision plastic Transistions Gray lenses $189

For an appointment call (800)478-5510
(on only the days of the visit call Sach at (907) 717-3770 for an appointment)

Most insurance, Medicaid and Denali Kid Care accepted.
All major credit cards accepted

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ANSEP aims to provide year-round support for students with Mt. Edgecumbe ANSEP Acceleration High School

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Last week the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) began discussions with state legislators to present a plan for the future of Mount Edgecumbe High School. If adopted, this plan will give more students access to ANSEP’s proven educational methods, expand ANSEP’s mission to include elementary education, business management, psychology, other additional degree programs, and save the State of Alaska nearly $6 million annually.

“Alaska’s education system consistently ranks near the bottom of the list in performance, yet we spend more per student than almost any other state. ANSEP is striving to change that, and Mount Edgecumbe ANSEP Acceleration High School is a step in the right direction,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder.

With misinformation already circulating about the proposal, ANSEP is eager to share the facts about a potential Mount Edgecumbe ANSEP Acceleration High School, including:

  • Based on University of Alaska Anchorage requirements, Mount Edgecumbe ANSEP Acceleration High School curriculum will allow a student to earn 39 credits towards a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, 39 credits towards a Bachelor of Business Administration Management, 29 credits towards a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, or 46 credits towards a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Science- as well as 31 General Education Requirement credits.
  •  Students who graduate from Mount Edgecumbe ANSEP Acceleration High School will enter college with enough credits to go on and earn an undergraduate degree in as little as three years.
  • Students currently enrolled at Mount Edgecumbe will remain at the school on a four-year high school course track.
  • All current employees of Mt. Edgecumbe will become University of Alaska employees.
  • Students and their families will benefit from savings on an entire year of college tuition.
  • In addition to advanced math and science courses, the school will offer college-prep and college courses in writing, history, Native languages, and physical education, among others.
  • The plan includes a transitional phase. In year one, there will be no changes. In year two, ANSEP will admit freshman under a new curriculum designed to graduate students in as little as three years if they wish with as many as 46 university credits.  Students who entered Mount Edgecumbe prior to the change will continue on their current path to graduation.
  • With three years in high school and three years in college, students will be career ready by age 20.
  • The school will continue to support athletics and other extracurricular activities in their current format.

ANSEP has offered its five-week, summer Acceleration Academy to Alaska high school students since 2009. Through this component, high school students can advance one level in math or science each summer and earn college credit at the same time. As a summer component, Acceleration Academy can serve approximately 100 students each year. Mount Edgecumbe ANSEP Acceleration High School would bring this opportunity to an estimated 400 students year-round. Like Mount Edgecumbe boarding school, ANSEP’s pre-college components are residential and require students to live on campus at the University of Alaska Anchorage. ANSEP had 500 students on the UAA campus last year in Middle School Academy and Acceleration Academies.

“ANSEP has a history of broadening opportunities and creating success for Alaska Native and rural students for more than 20 years, and ANSEP Acceleration High School is the next step in making this success attainable for more Alaskans,” said Schroeder. “Even students in our state’s best schools require remediation when they get to college, and our goal is for students to enter college ahead of the game rather than far behind. Through our plans for Mount Edgecumbe ANSEP Acceleration High School, we will create greater opportunities for more young Alaskans, and the state, the students and their parents will save a significant amount of money.”

About ANSEP
The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP), founded by Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder, Ph.D., is part of the University of Alaska system. The program strives to effect systemic change in the hiring patterns of Alaska Natives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career fields by placing its students on a path to leadership. Beginning at the middle school level, ANSEP’s longitudinal model continues through high school and into undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs, allowing students to succeed at rates far exceeding national numbers. In 2015, the organization launched ANSEP STEM Teacher in an effort to remedy Alaska’s rural education issues by supporting students pursuing STEM-related teaching certificates. ANSEP plans to place one ANSEP STEM Teacher in every Alaska village by 2025. More information on ANSEP is available at www.ansep.net and on the program’s Facebook (facebook.com/ansep) and Twitter (@ansep_ak) pages.

Nikkie Viotto
Junior Account Executive
Thompson & Co. Public Relations
O: 907.561.4488

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Fairbanks Arts is Accepting Entries for the 22nd Annual Statewide Poetry Contest!

Fairbanks Arts is Accepting Entries for the 22nd Annual Statewide Poetry Contest!

The purpose of the contest is to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high quality poetry. The winners of the Statewide Poetry Contest are invited to read their poems at a special literary event during National Poetry Month in April at Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way.

DEADLINE:   FEBRUARY 15, 2016 at 6pm

Divisions & Awards:
Adult          1st Place $150 | 2nd Place $100 | 3rd Place $50
High School    1st Place $100 | 2nd Place $50 | 3rd Place $25
Middle School  1st Place $75 | 2nd Place $40 | 3rd Place $20
Elementary     1st Place $50 | 2nd Place $30 | 3rd Place $15

ENTRY FEE:
Grade, Middle and High School:     $3 per poem or $10/four poems.
Adults:     $4 per poem or $13/four poems.

GUIDELINES:
• Open to Alaska residents only.
• No more than four poems per author may be entered.
• All poems must be original and not previously published.
• Each must be typed or formatted to an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of
paper and may not exceed 100 lines in length.
• A separate cover page should include name, address, phone and
division, as well as the titles of all poems submitted. Author’s
name should not appear on any poems.

Website

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Windfall Savings for Your Woodpile

(The first paragraph is a note from Roxie)
In spite of the lower prices we have enjoyed on our heating oil, the cost of keeping the house warm remains the largest utility bill we face. If you are using wood to help decrease this cost, wood prices aren’t cheap. With the heavy snows, you may have trees that are bending over or have gotten pushed completely over. These are perfect candidates to help reduce your costs for wood. But it should be seasoned before being used. Glen Holt, our Cooperative Extension forester, wrote the column this week to tell you the best processes for deciding what to cut, how to dry it and how to use it.

Our changing Alaska seasons also often bring on some events not so lovely. A couple of those events include heavy snows that bend and break some of our slender trees and strong winds that break off or topple some of our largest trees.

Storms that cause power outages because of heavy, wet snow on power lines also cause many of our slenderest trees to bend far over and touch power lines. They can sometimes create snowy tunnels over driveways and narrow roads. Never cut a tree that is touching or could fall on a power line. Contact your local electric utility, GVEA in Fairbanks, to handle the situation.

Trees that break off or tip over can’t be saved. Likewise, young pole-size trees bent far over by heavy snow and nearing the ground will never again be able to overcome the stress they’ve undergone and stand back upright. Within a few years, they will die due to lack of sunlight. Trees in this condition need to be cut and salvaged before they rot and become a total loss.

Snow bending is apparent within a stand of birch trees located on forested hillsides and slopes. Slender birch are also prone to bending when adjacent to an opening in the forest. Roadways, driveways and home sites create openings and trees that are used to growing in a dense stand become exposed on one side. Little can be done to prevent tall, slender trees from bending adjacent to forest openings. Eventually, the forest edge adjacent to an opening is naturally thinned of those more slender trees and the sturdiest, most robust ones survive.

The best way to deal with bent or toppled trees is to cut them up for later use as soon as possible. Spruce beetles will infest windblown spruce the following summer by late May. By July, adult beetles will fly and infest other live standing spruce. This buildup of beetles can infest nearby spruce. It is important to cut up downed spruce before they attract and become infested by spruce bark beetles.

Dead or dying birch trees begin to rot within two years if not cut up into firewood and split more than once to adequately season.

While most of us can’t get all our firewood from our yards, we can save money on the cost of our woodpile by promptly processing downed and damaged trees and adding them to the woodpile to season.

Remember, if you cut, split, stack and dry your wood in late winter or early spring — before the sap flow begins — it will become seasoned and most likely dry to 20 percent moisture content or less for use when you need it the following wood-burning season.

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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UAF Department of Theatre & Film Presents Closer

closerCloser by Patrick Marber, directed by Ian Buoncore.
Over the course of five years​,​ four characters intertwine themselves​: sleeping with, fighting with, and ultimately breaking up with each other.

Alice, a stripper, and Dan, an obituary writer, fall for one another. The following year Dan falls for Anna, a professional photographer. Alice, heartbroken, returns to stripping and meets Larry, a dermatologist as well​ a​s Anna’s husband. Later Anna returns to Larry. Dan discovers this and confronts Larry. And so on.​ The play takes us end-over-end exploring the unseen betrayals between the four lovers.

Variety calls the play

“…brilliant and bracingly adult…bruising and beautiful, shatteringly funny and devastatingly sad. The play’s dialogue has a raw emotionality rarely heard in art or life. It cuts like broken glass…full of bitter, intelligent, unvarnished truth.​”
Recommended for mature audiences only.

Directed by Ian Buoncore as a Senior Theatre Major Directing Thesis.

Friday, February 12, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 13, 7:30pm
Friday, February 19, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 20, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 21, 2pm

Salisbury Theatre, in the Great Hall on UAF’s campus

Ticket price
More info: http://www.uaf.edu/theatrefilm

University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Theatre & Film
311 Tanana Drive, Fine Arts Complex, Suite 302
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5700 907-474-6590
theatre.film@alaska.edu

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Photo of the day January 29

Another of my neighborhood inhabitants, the White-Winged Crossbill.
Photo by Dwight Phillips

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Delta/Greely School Board Work Session ~ Feb 4

dgsdProposed AGENDA
TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: School Board Conference Room
Mission Statement:
The Delta/Greely School District provides each student with opportunities to become a
responsible and productive member of society.
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BOARD MEMBERS:
Richard Mauer, President
Dana Mock, Vice Pres.
Eileen Herman, Treasurer
Barbara Parker, Clerk
Rebecca Wilburn
Flower Cole
Eileen Williams
Mercedes Ronnander, Student Representative
LTC Detrice Mosby, Military Representative

A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call
C. Pledge of Allegiance
D. Correspondence to/from Board
E. Discussion Items
1. Budgeting Priorities – Public Comment/Discussion
F. Future Meetings
1. Business Meeting February 18, 2016
2. Self Evaluation/Goal Setting February 12 – 13, 2016
3. Work Session March 3, 2016
G. General Comments from the Public
H. Comments from the Board
I. Adjournment

Board Goals for 2015 ~ 2016

1. Facilitate the planning, programming, budgeting, execution and reporting of a short and long term maintenance program.
2. Provide resources and guidance to review and update the existing strategic plan by Dec. 2015.
3. Increase communication through use of technology and social media.
4. Provide resources and guidance for development of district standards/indicators to improve student performance

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The Alaska Community Foundation Supports Nonprofit Organizations Across Alaska

acf(Anchorage, ALASKA) – The Alaska Community Foundation is pleased to announce that more than $47,000 in grant awards were made to help 11 Alaska nonprofits strengthen their ability to provide services in the state. The Strengthening Organizations grant awards are used to support leadership development, organizational development, and program development for professional staff and board of directors. This grant cycle, proposals ranged from public relations and communications strategy for Covenant House Alaska, leadership development training for board members for Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage, strategic planning for Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District, organizational development for Ketchikan Youth Initiatives, and more. For a complete list of recipients please visit our website: www.alaskacf.org.

The Strengthening Organizations Program is unique in the funding it makes available to nonprofits, as it focuses on internal capacity building. This program awards capacity building grants up to $10,000, with typical awards ranging from $3,000-$5,000, to 501(c)(3) nonprofits or equivalent organizations, which may include tribes, schools, churches and local government agencies and programs.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and the next deadline is March 1, 2016. The Alaska Community Foundation program staff strongly encourages interested applicants to submit drafts for review a minimum of two weeks before the deadline. For more information or to apply, visit The Alaska Community Foundation at www.alaskacf.org/grants or call (907) 274-6700.

Special thanks to Rasmuson Foundation for supporting this grant program.

Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation is a statewide platform for philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Holding approximately $75 million in more than 360 funds for the benefit of Alaskans, ACF grants $3-4 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. Our mission is to transform gifts from Alaskans into an extraordinary contribution for our state’s future. For more information, visit www.alaskacf.org or call (907) 334-6700.

Brittany Hales
Development & Communications Associate

The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C. Street, Ste 110, Anchorage AK 99503
Main 907.334.6700/855-336-6701
Direct 907.274.6715

www.alaskacf.org | @AKCommunity | Facebook.com/AlaskaCF

Pick.Click.Give.

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Pesticide certification training offered ~ Feb 8

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer three-day training sessions for pesticide applicators in February and in April.

The first session will be offered by videoconference Feb. 8-10 in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Soldotna, Palmer, Delta Junction and other communities as requested. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an exam scheduled after the training. The training will also be offered April 25-27 in the same communities. Extension agents and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel will teach the classes.

The state requires certification for anyone who uses or sells restricted pesticides. Certification is also required for anyone who is a pesticide consultant, engages in the commercial or contract use of pesticides or supervises their use at a public location.

The training costs $55 and includes the exam and necessary study materials, which are available at Extension offices or by mail. Register for either class online at http://bit.ly/ces-workshops or at local Extension offices. Participants are encouraged to become familiar with the materials and math needed prior to the training.

For more information and to request another training location, contact Janice Chumley at 907-262-5824 or jichumley@alaska.edu.

ON THE WEB: www.uaf.edu/ces/ah/psep/pesticide-training-sessio/

Phil Kaspari
Agricultural Extension Agent
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Cooperative Extension Service

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POETS You are invited to enter

Artists Embassy International’s 23rd annual Poetry Contest.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

All prize winners will receive a certificate suitable for framing, be invited to read their prize winning poems and a ticket to the  2016 Dancing Poetry Festival, at The Palace of the Legion of Honor – San Francisco, CA.

Three Grand Prizes of equal value, will receive $100 each plus the poems will be costumed, choreographed, and performed at the 2016 Dancing Poetry Festival plus a videotape for. Each Grand Prize Winner will be invited on stage for photos with the dancers.
Twelve Second Prizes will receive $25 each
Thirty Third Prizes will receive $10 each

CONTEST RULES
Line Limit: 40 lines maximum (for ease of choreography). No limit on number of entries.
Poetry must be suitable for family audiences.
Send TWO typed, clear copies of each entry
Show name, address, telephone number, e-mail and how you heard about us, on one copy only.
Anonymous copy goes to the judges.
Poems must be in English or include English translation
Entry Fee: One poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10
Make checks out to: Artists Embassy International
Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US currency
No poems will be returned.

Send all entries and fees to arrive by May 1, 2016
AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung  jhcheung@comcast.net
704 Brigham Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 – USA

See What We Do
www.dancingpoetry.com

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Photo of the day January 28

Sunset from the ACS Paxson site. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski

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Festival of Lights ~ Feb 6

16folMeet at the Sullivan Roadhouse at 4:45 for the 5:00 pm start of the 2 mile walk
– “Light yourself up” with a headlamp, wear a string of lights, or carry glow sticks
– Enjoy free hot chocolate, sponsored by Debbie Joslin Realty and free trail mix
– Free glow sticks for children by Patriot Fireworks
– The 2 mile walk will end at the Liewer Community Trail at the Delta High School
– The Festival of Lights finale fireworks begin at 7:00 pm at the Delta City Park compliments of the Delta Chamber of Commerce

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ~ Marijuana

In continuation of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week todays message addresses Marijuana and comes from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

MARIJUANA – Some Things to Think About:
– In 2011, Marijuana was reported in over 455,000 emergency room visits in the United States, over 13 percent involved people between the age of 12 and 17.
– Nearly half of high school seniors report having used marijuana, and 6.5 percent are daily marijuana users.|
– Marijuana can be addictive.  Is unsafe if you are behind the wheel.  Is associated with school failure for young people.  High doses of Marijuana can cause psychosis or panic during intoxication.

Could your kids be at risk for substance abuse?

Families strive to find the best ways to raise their children to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.

Good communication between parents and children is the foundation of strong family relationships. Developing good communication skills helps parents catch problems early, support positive behavior, and stay aware of what is happening in their children’s lives.

Encouragement is key to building confidence and a strong sense of self and helps parents to promote cooperation and reduce conflict. Many successful people remember the encouragement of a parent, teacher, or other adult. Consistent encouragement helps youth feel good about themselves and gives them confidence to:
Try new activities
Tackle difficult tasks
Develop new friendships
Explore their creativity

Negotiating solutions can provide parents a way to work together to solve problems, make changes, promote & improve cooperation, and teach youth how to:
Focus on solutions rather than problems
Think through possible outcomes of behavior
Develop communication skills

Setting limits helps parents teach self-control and responsibility, show caring, and provide safe boundaries. It also provides youth with guidelines and teaches them the importance of following rules.

Supervision is the centerpiece of effective parenting during childhood. When youth begin to spend more and more time away from home, monitoring their behavior and whereabouts is challenging. Supervision helps parents recognize developing problems, promote safety, and stay involved.

FINALLY, it is important for federal employees to remember that federal law on marijuana remains unchanged.   Marijuana is categorized as controlled substance under Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act.   Thus growing or intentional marijuana possession is illegal, even if an individual has no intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense marijuana.   In addition, Executive Order 12564, Drug-Free Federal Workplace, mandates that (a) Federal employees are required to refrain from the use of illegal drugs; (b) the use of illegal drugs by Federal employees, weather on or off duty, is contrary to the efficiency of the service; and (c) personal who use illegal drugs are not suitable for federal employment.  The Executive Order emphasizes, however, that discipline is not required for employees who voluntarily seek counseling or rehabilitation and thereafter refrain from
using illegal drugs.

Heather Green, BA, MSW
ASAP Manager
USAG Fort Greely, Alaska
COM: 907-873-3785
CELL: 907-505-0610
heather.green7.civ@mail.mil

Submitted by Rodney Mcnany
Public Affairs Office

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Photo of the day January 27

I was making soup in the kitchen while talking on the phone as I walked into my living room I looked up and this little fellow was looking right in the window!
Photo by Dwight Phillips

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What’s For Lunch in February

There will be three menus posted for the school district this month.
Click on the name of the school to print out the menu:

2016_des_febDelta Elementary

2016_dms_febDelta Junior High

2016_dhs_febDelta High School

The lunch menus will also be added daily to the Delta News Web page in the school blogger.

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Why Study Drug Abuse and Addiction?

Abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and illicit and prescription drugs cost Americans more than $700 billion a year in increased  health care costs, crime, and lost productivity.   Every year, illicit and prescription drugs and alcohol contribute to the death of more than  90,000 Americans, while tobacco is linked to an estimated 480,000 deaths per year.

People of all ages suffer the harmful consequences of drug abuse and addiction.

*Babies exposed to drugs in the womb may be born premature and underweight. This exposure can slow the child’s intellectual development  and affect behavior later in life.

*Adolescents who abuse drugs often act out, do poorly academically, and dro out of school. They are at risk for unplanned pregnancies, violence,  and infectious diseases.

*Adults who abuse drugs often have problems thinking clearly, remembering, and paying attention. They often develop poor social behaviors as a  result of their drug abuse, and their work performance and personal relationships suffer.

*Parents’ drug abuse often means chaotic, stress-filled homes, as well as child abuse and neglect. Such conditions harm the wellbeing and  development of children in the home and may set the stage for drug abuse in the next generation.

How does science provide solutions for drug abuse and addiction?

Scientists study the effects that drugs have on the brain and on people’s behavior. They use this information to develop programs for  preventing drug abuse and for helping people recover from addiction. Further research helps transfer these ideas into practice in our communities.

There are people who care and resources available here at Fort Greely to help you deal with substance abuse and or behavioral health issues.  Reach out to one of the following today:

Army Substance Abuse Program Manager: Heather Green @ 907-873-3785
Military Family Life Consultant:  Tony Jones @ 907-803-3563
Chaplain Major Ernest Ibanga @ 907-873-4397
Employee Assistance Program Manager: Cheryl Adamson @ 907-361-1381

Civilian employees and their families, retirees, and military dependents may receive short-term counseling and referral for services.  Problems may include but are not limited to: alcohol abuse and drug use, health-related problems, marital/emotional/behavioral/ financial stress, job stress, or  other problems affecting employees or family members.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides the following:
*Privacy and confidentiality
*A network of providers
*Management consultation
*Supervisor and employee training
*Educational seminars in the workplace

POC:
Heather Green, BA, MSW
ASAP Manager
USAG Fort Greely, Alaska
COM: 907-873-3785
CELL: 907-505-0610
heather.green7.civ@mail.mil

Submitted by Rodney Mcnany

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Data Privacy Day 2016

BBB URGES PUBLIC TO KEEP PERSONAL INFORMATION SECURE

Anchorage, Alaska – January 26, 2016 – Taking that Facebook quiz to find out one’s spirit animal might seem like harmless fun, but one wrong click could put a person’s online data at risk. To help combat security threats Better Business Bureau is participating in Data Privacy Day 2016.  This year’s theme is “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.” The day is recognized annually on Jan. 28 to promote awareness on the importance of online privacy and protecting your personal information.

According to a survey conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Zogby International only 26 percent of Americans felt “their home computer was safe from viruses” while a mere 21 percent felt safe from hackers.

The job of keeping online data secure is shared by both businesses and citizens.

Business professionals can ensure they are keeping their customers personal information safe by participating in the following business practices:

  • Be transparent: Be open with your clients on how personal information is collected, used and shared.
  • Communication is key: Keep an open dialogue with the public about what privacy means to organizations and how it’s maintained.
  • Keep employees accountable: Demonstrate to your employees the vital role they play in keeping customers data secure. Empower your team to take charge on maintaining privacy.

Likewise, citizens can be equally as vigilant when protecting their personal information.

  • Be WiFi wise: Not all public wireless networks and hotspots are secure, which could result in someone gaining access to a computer or mobile device. Limit access on public WiFi and avoid logging into key accounts.
  • Lock it up: Just as someone would lock the front door, consumers need to secure their devices. Use strong passwords or passcodes to lock tablets and smartphones.
  • Think before clicking: Be wary of communications that urge you to act immediately or offers something that sounds too good to be true.

Join the conversation! Participate in a Twitter chat at noon Jan. 27. Follow @STOPTHINKCONNECT to learn about staying protected online. To join in use the hashtag #ChatSTC.

Learn more about National Privacy Day by visiting www.staysafeonline.org.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 | michelle.tabler@thebbb.org
David Quinlan, Vice President of Marketing: 206-676-4119

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The Delta Twirlers Present Circus De France

deltatwirlers

One show only – Saturday, January 30 at 6pm.
Delta High School – big gym

No charge

Juggling, Hoola Hoops, Unicycles

Door prizes

Special Appearances

Come on, Come all.

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Photo of the day January 26

Beside the roadhouse and the lakefront view, a small church resides across the highway at Meiers Lake. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski

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Radon Presentation and Kits Offered in Delta Junction ~ Feb 1

Cooperative Extension energy specialist Art Nash will give a short presentation about radon and distribute free radon detection kits Feb. 1 in Delta Junction.

Nash will visit the Extension office in the Jarvis Office Center from noon to 1 p.m. Nash says that radon, which may contribute to lung cancer, is a serious danger in some Alaska homes. Understanding where radon comes from, how to detect it, and how to take care of it are important in maintaining healthy air quality. For more information, contact Nash at 474-6366 or alnashjr@alaska.edu.

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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Weeks

The Fort Greely Army Substance Abuse Program is participating in observinghe National Drug & Alcohol  Facts Week which runs from January 25-31, 2016.

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Weeks (NDAFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to SHATTER THE MYTHS about drug and alcohol abuse.

The purpose of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is to connect students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug abuse and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

Why Celebrate National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week?  About a third of high school seniors report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year; about 5 percent of seniors report nonmedical use of potentially addictive prescription pain relievers; and more than 20 percent report smoking marijuana in the past month.  Many teens are not aware of the risks to their health, to their success in school and the dangers while driving under the
influence.  When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.

For this event the Fort Greely Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) will be going into the local junior high and high school and sharing education and prevention strategies aimed at addressing myths and facts about drug abuse. The Fort Greely Team can anticipate a daily educational message from the Army Substance Abuse Program via email distributions throughout the duration of the campaign. Taking a few moments to read and be familiar with  the information provided may very well make a difference in your life or that of a loved one or friend.

Information that will be provided and shared this week comes from studies and publications from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and can be further explored at
https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/public-education-projects/national-dru
g-alcohol-facts-week.

POC:
Heather Green, BA, MSW
ASAP Manager
USAG Fort Greely, Alaska
COM: 907-873-3785
CELL: 907-505-0610
heather.green7.civ@mail.mil

Submitted by Rodney

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Photo of the day January 25

I photographed this little Boreal Chickadee eating a chunk of bread. It’s so cute how they step on the bread to hold it still while they eat. Photo by Nanette Minesaki

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