Mrs. Smith Kindergarten Class Shares How to Cook a Turkey

turkey1Michael – Mom will buy a recipe book, and then she will put yummy stuff inside the turkey. Then she cooks it in a pan on the stove at 2 degrees. It cooks for a little bit, adn then we eat it!

Rylan – You buy a turkey in Fairbanks. Then you take all the meat out. Mommy pours Sprite on it. Then you put it in the oven and cook it on hot. It takes a long time to cook. When it’s done cooking you cut it up and eat it!

Evan – First you have to butcher a turkey. Then you take the guts out. Then you skin it. You put it in a crockpot with pepper and salt. It cooks for one hour. Then you take it out and eat it!

Max – You buy a turkey at the grocery store. Then you take it home and cook it. You can put salt on it if you want. You cook it in the oven for 2 minutes. When you hear the beeping you take it out and eat it!

turkey2Roscoe – You have to shoot a turkey and bring it home. You have to take out and the heart out. You put some sugar, eggs and pepper on it. Then you put it in the microwave and cook it for 3 minutes. When the microwave beeps it’s done and you  can eat it!

Izza Isabella – First you have to buy a turkey. Then you put salt and pepper on top of the turkey. Then you roast it in a crockpot. You cook it for 76 minutes. then you take it out of the crockpot and eat it. It will taste good!

Sarah – You find a turkey out in the field where can see one moving. If you run at it and the turkey is not watching you, you can grab it and bring it inside to bake it. You leave the turkey in the oven for 15 minutes until you hear a noise coming from the oven. Then you turn the dial and it’s all done!

Travis – You buy a turkey from a farm. You put salt on the turkey. You cook it in the oven for 9 minutes. Then you eat it!

Matthew –  You buy a turkey at a house. Then momma stirs it up and cooks it on hot in the oven. Then it turns into chicken soup and its yummy!

Aolie – First we buy a turkey or we shoot one. Then you put it in the hot oven for about 10 minutes. You take it out and let it cool off then eat it!

Yelahia – You buy a turkey at the supermarket. We cook it in a pot. We put adobo on it and then we eat it.

turkey3Joseph – First you have to buy a turkey and bring it home. Then mom puts BBW sauce on it nad puts it in the crock pot. Then she takes it out and it’s done!

Corben – To cook a turkey you need an oven and a baker. You kill a turkey, and then you cook it in the oven. You cook it a really long 5 degrees. It takes a long time. Then you take it out of the oven and wait for it to cool off. Then you eat it!

Brooke – My mom buys a turkey from the commissary. She makes the turkey normal and she puts it in the oven. It cooks for about 20 seconds and then you take it out of the oven and eat it!

Emma – First you have to buy a turkey from a store. You cut it and make a little hole and you put stuffing in the hole. Then we cook it on the stove for about 20 minutes I think. Then we eat it!

Keyshlanie – You buy a turkey at the commissary. Then we cook it in the oven for 5 minutes. Then we eat it.

Anastasia – You have to find a turkey to kill. Then you take the turkey home to cook it. You put spicy stuff on top of then turkey and then you bake it in a baker for 65 minutes. Then you take it out and eat it!

Valencea – You have to go out and shoot a turkey. Then you put it in the oven. The oven has to be hot. It will cook for maybe an hour. After it’s done cooking you take it out of the oven and then you will eat it!

turkey4Melody – You have to grab a turkey around its legs and cut the legs off. You take the liver off, then you put the feathers in your hair for decorations. You put salt on the turkey and then put frosting on it. Get some whipped cream and strawberries and put that on top of the turkey. Put the turkey in the oven and cook it on medium for 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven, put it on the table, and eat it!

Ezekiel – You get a turkey from the freezer and you put it in the oven. It cooks on hot for like 12 minutes. You set it out of the oven and put it on a plate and then heat it up!

Levi – You hunt the turkey down. Then you cut it up and put flavoring on it. You cook it in a frying pan for 2 or 3 minutes. When it’s all cooked up my mom tells me it is ready to eat. Then we eat it!

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4th Annual Christmas Bedtime Story


The Delta Imagination Library and the Delta Community Library are joining together to present the Fourth Annual Christmas Story Time Pajama party on Friday, December 4, from 6:30-8 p.m. This event will be held at the Delta Community Library on Deborah Street and is open to all families of young children.

Stories, PJs, teddy bears, and blankets all are a part of the Imagination Library’s Christmas Bedtime Story party. Children are invited to hear ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, sing some favorite Christmas songs, make a fun craft, and take home a gift bag.
Library Director Joyce McCombs will be showing some of her extensive collection of the Clement Moore’s classic poem The Night Before Christmas and will also read it for all to enjoy.

The Delta Imagination Library is the local branch of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which mails brand new books to children, free of charge to the families. Thanks to generous community support, the group currently sends books each month to over 200 local children. Any child under the age of 5 years residing in the Delta/Greely area is eligible to register; please visit or call  803-8118 for more information.

This event is structured for children participating in the Imagination Library Books (0 – 5 years old)

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DHS HEROES 2nd Annual Stuff-A-Stocking for a Senior Citizen community event

stuffstockingSpread a little holiday cheer to those in need!

1. Reuse/Buy/Make a Stocking
2. Choose Male/Female
3. Stuff it with NEW Goodies (Max $20)
4. Drop Off at DHS of Holiday Bazaar Dec 5th

No Slip, Gripper Socks
Personal Care Items
Playing Cards
Crossword/Suduko Books
Pocket Knife
Magnifying Glass
Gift Card
Picture Frames

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Taking Care of Ourselves

Winter is here to stay and the majority of us want to hole up in our homes and places of work. It is smart to want to stay warm. However, we still need to take care of our minds, bodies and spirit and not let them become idle. It is also important for us adults to set the standards for our kids so they understand the importance of staying healthy.

Our nation has the highest rate of obesity it has ever had. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “More than one-third (34.9 percent) of U.S. adults are obese. Youth obesity has declined but is still too high at 17 percent.”

This winter try to think of ways to engage yourself and your kids in a physical activity. You can go outside and take a brisk walk or head to the Big Dipper to walk. You can take the kids outside and play in the snow. If you have equipment, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and skijoring are always good forms of exercise. Play an indoor sport, play Xbox or Wii games for exercise, do exercise programs or start an exercise program in your own living room. There are lots of organizations that you and/or your kids could get involved in. 4-H has the Social Dance Club that provides great exercise. Do it morning or night, but whatever you do, get moving and include your kids.

How about your mind? How can you keep it healthy? Play games like Scrabble, do crossword/Sudoku puzzles, read books and get outside for fresh air. It has been proven that if you exercise your brain and your body, you can help prevent or slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss. We need to keep our brains active so let’s turn off the TV and go play a game with the kids or friends and keep our brains functioning and learning.

I work with an individual who is always talking about going to her Zen place or taking care of Zen. Whatever a person calls it, there is a part of us that is our inner balance that needs a break from our daily tasks and time to focus on it. Whether this is through meditation, yoga, a religious ritual or whatever, we need to stop and just let our inner being have some cleaning time.

According to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, there are now 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. The foundation’s website notes, “Every 68 seconds a person gets Alzheimer’s and it is the sixth leading cause of death in America.” The foundation also talks about the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention. Two of them are diet and exercise for both the body and mind

We can help ourselves and our youth to have a better, longer, healthier life if we stay active in mind, body and spirit and teach them the importance of it also. So this winter when it is tempting to sit down and veg out in front of the TV, stop and think about where you want your life to be in 10, 20, 30, etc. years from now. Most importantly, spend time with your family and friends through fun and engaging activities.

4-H is a youth organization for youth K-12 that helps youth learn about certain items of interest to them, but also teaches them life skills that will help them in the future. 4-H is a club structure that has leaders who are adult volunteers with current background checks. To learn more about the local 4-H program, contact Marla Lowder, Tanana District 4-H agent, at 474-2427 or You can also check out our web page at

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GCI Invites Customers to Celebrate red Friday

gciANCHORAGE, Alaska – To celebrate the successful launch of 1 GIG red Internet service, GCI is turning Black Friday into red Friday. With 38 stores statewide GCI is a holiday shopping destination. Special giveaway items and door buster prizes will accompany the specials throughout the weekend.

Hoverboards, also known as self-balancing scooters, have been touted as “one of the most sought after gifts” for the 2015 holiday season. Each GCI store will have a hoverboard that customers can come to the store to enter to win. In larger locations customers can win a hoverboard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The i1 Hover is a scooter that is rechargeable and has Bluetooth speakers that can link to the users smartphone. In addition, the scooter has LED strips, flood lights, has puncture proof wheels and can reach speeds of up to 12 miles per hour.

In Anchorage customers can also enter to win exclusive Xbox One prize packages. All Anchorage residents now have access to GCI’s 1 GIG red service. This provides the fastest Internet speeds of up to 1-gigabit-per-second in Alaska. These Xbox One prize packages include a brand new Xbox One (1TB FIFA), three games, and three months of 1 GIG red Internet service from GCI. These packages are valued at over $1,000 each.

GCI Gift Boxes return for the third year. The first shoppers at every GCI store on red Friday will choose a gift box. Each gift box contains a gift certificate for prizes ranging from a Video On Demand movie certificate, Alaska Airlines miles, $100 GCI gift certificate, or even a Samsung Tab 4 tablet.

GCI also invites shoppers to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Bank of Alaska.  A big, red barrel will be at all 16 locations in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Wasilla from November 23-27. GCI was also a proud sponsor of the FBA Thanksgiving Blessing event, which provided meals to over 11,000 Alaska families in the Anchorage and Mat-Su areas.

“red Friday weekend is going to be a lot of fun at GCI. Come to our stores, get some of the best tech gifts and enter to win some truly amazing prizes,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “Have some fun while you are enjoying this big shopping weekend. Our GCI2U delivery service can even bring your packages to you for free if you are in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai or Soldotna.”

For more information about GCI services and store locations, please visit

Stephanie Plieness |Thompson & Co. PR | 907-561-4488 |

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Photo of the day November 24

“Aurora Alignment”
The Moon, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter all line up on the morning of October 7, 2015 with some colorful aurora adding to scene. Sebastian Saarloos

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Gingerbread House Entry Form

15gingerbread– Entry forms are available at the Delta Junction Library
– Drop off entries Monday, December 7 before 5:00 pm
– Pick up entries Saturday, December 12 before 4:00 pm
– Entries dropped off and displayed at the library until December 12
– Prizes awarded in each category, age groups and for People’s Choice

Category and entry type (circle one):
*Age: 2-5 (child) *6-11 (youth) *12-17 (teen) *19&up (adult) or (professional)
Categories: (Circle One)
1. Traditional gingerbread (Did you bake it? If so, it’s traditional)
2. Gingerbread kits (Did it come in a box/no baking? Then it’s a kit)
3. Graham cracker houses
4. Gingerbread men and women—they should be dressed their best!

– Max size of base should be no larger than a cookie sheet
– Everything on the Gingerbread house must be edible

You have three options this year to obtain your copy of the gingerbread form.
Print your order from here
Copy it from the Chamber Facebook page
Pick up a form at the Delta Community Library

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Shopping Addiction Part II

Shopping is one of America’s favorite pastimes. There are always things that must be purchased, such as groceries, but shopping has become a way many people while away the hours. However, shopping and buying can put a hole in your budget.

We often talk about how some people are “shopaholics.” They can’t seem to stay out of the stores. How many pairs of shoes or jeans does a person really need? Even though your closet may be full, do you find yourself spending time and energy shopping? In the same manner that alcohol and drugs are highly addictive, shopping can join this group as an addictive activity.

Just like other addictions, shopping is a disease of emotions. When we talk about stopping any addictive behavior, we tend to fight it with logic or shame, neither of which works very well. In the same manner that you can’t shame someone for drinking too much, you can’t shame shoppers into stopping their destructive behavior. Pointing out that they won’t have money for rent also doesn’t work well. The shopper already feels inadequate and socially isolated. When you point out this behavior, they feel worse than ever. What is the treatment? Go shopping and spend even more money? It becomes a cycle of overshopping, feeling bad, then shopping to feel better, which makes you feel bad.

Shopping addiction can be cured, but it takes time. First, figure out what triggers cause you to shop. Are you bored? Guilty? Mad? Keep track of what is going on with you when you choose to shop. Write it down and figure out what makes you want to shop.

Examine why you shop. Shopping probably fills a psychological need such as excitement, pleasure or confidence. By discovering why you shop, you’ll be able to control when you shop. The shopping urge won’t go away until you figure out what need shopping fills in your life. Are you craving acceptance? Bored? Frustrated?

Does shopping give you pleasure, or does it make you avoid something as in loneliness, fear or inadequacy? What part of shopping makes you feel good? Is it the rush from getting a good deal? Or is it the social part because you are going with your friends? Knowing what you are getting out of this activity will help you control the urge.

Find an alternative to fill this need. This is the classic trade-off of losing a bad habit and replacing it with a good habit. Instead of shopping on Saturday, spend your day volunteering at the food bank or the health fair. Turn that need for an activity into something that benefits others.

Sometimes just replacing the bad habit isn’t enough. You have to consider what it is that you value the most. Do you treasure the time you spend shopping more than the time you spend with your family? A friend of mine described it well when she said addiction is when you put anything, whether it is shopping, alcohol or credit, above the relationships in your life.

Change your surroundings. Instead of walking through the store to shop, take a hike. There aren’t places to spend your money in the great outdoors. Stay out of stores, and remove the temptation to shop. Also consider where you are seeing ads that make you want to shop. You might consider eliminating television watching, reading magazines or even the ads in the newspaper. Those advertising gurus are good. They know how to make us want to buy. Begin to recognize what triggers your shopping urge and avoid it.

Find someone for support. It might be a friend or family member or even a self-help group. Addiction is hard to end, no matter if it is alcohol or shopping. So find someone who will be that conscience and will remind you to not spend money.

Shopping, like all addictions, takes time and persistence to kick. But it only happens if you take positive steps and keep on the track.

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 907-474-7201.

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Pinching Pennies ~ Power Shopping

This is the week for power shopping. We have Black Friday and even Cyber Monday ahead of us. Despite the good prices, you may find that the season may tempt you to lose track of your good intentions. Now is the time to make a plan to shop sensibly this holiday season.

First, make a list. Decide whom you will buy for and what you might want for them. The best budget plan can be completely undermined by indecision. Looking around for a gift with no ideas is a surefire way to overspend. Make a list early in the week to allow time for the next step.

Compare prices. Take a look at those Black Friday ads. See where items on your list are at the best prices. Take a moment to shop online. See if you can get the item at a cheaper price. But don’t forget to add in the cost of shipping. Sometimes we can pay more here in Fairbanks and still come out ahead when shipping is included.

Be open to new ideas. Can some of these items with great prices work into your list? But it should be a replacement for a gift idea on the list, not be in addition to the original item. That is one way we sometimes overspend, by purchasing additional gifts.

Don’t get carried away. These marketing gurus know how to separate us from our hard-earned money. The carols are playing on the loudspeaker, the prices are good and we fall into the trap. All this is to lure us into the store for some special prices, then we just keep shopping. And the second round of prices are not quite as low as those that attracted us at first. The specials are called loss leaders. The store knows it will lose money, but it gets you to spend on additional items (those with a higher profit margin) while you are in the store. If you truly want to save money, buy the extra special prices then walk away. Plan the rest of the shopping for later.

Keep track of when you have reached your limit. When you have finished your list, quit shopping! Continuing to look and willy-nilly wandering through the store will just help you blow your budget. You know you are going to find something else you must buy.

I’m one of those who shop all year long for Christmas. Sometimes it is easy to keep buying even though everyone is already taken care of. This time of year, I get everything out of the hiding places and take account of what has already been purchased. If you shop like I do, you may need to check items against your list and see what remains to be purchased. Don’t overdo — stick to the list.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great ways to fill your Christmas list. Just don’t break the budget when you do.

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 907-474-7201.

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Holiday Shopping Countdown

BBB Offers a Guide to Gifting and Giving

Anchorage, Alaska — November 23, 2015 — While shoppers gear up for the biggest shopping weekend of the year, Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to not get overwhelmed with door buster sales. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers plan to spend an average of $463 on family members this holiday season.

And while enormous crowds are expected to hit the stores for “Black Friday,” eager shoppers will also be taking advantage of deals during “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday.”

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington offers up the following advice on finding the best selections, saving money, staying safe and giving wisely.

  • “Shop Surely” on Black Friday: Before waiting in line for hours and braving the boisterous crowds, know what’s really being offered. Learn how to read ads and understand “badvertising” at Spot a bad ad? Use #AdTruth on social media to warn others.
  • “Shop Small” on Small Business Saturday: The best prices and best selection are not always at the big box stores. On November 28, look for “Shop Small” signs at thousands of small and independent businesses. Share your experience with us by taking a selfie at a favorite small business and share it on social media with #BBBHolidayHelper and #ShopSmall.
  • “Shop Savvy” on Cyber Monday: Online sales are expected to top $105 billion this holiday season. Shop safe online: look for the lock icon and https for secure URLs, watch out for look-alike websites, and use a credit (not debit) card. More tips on being a savvy shopper are available from the Digital IQ initiative at
  • “Give Wisely” on Giving Tuesday. When the shopping frenzy is over, December 1 is all about being generous. Make sure the charity you select will be a good steward of your money. Check out for charity reviews from BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Use BBB’s Holiday Helper as a guide to gifting and giving and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest consumer tips and alerts.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 |
David Quinlan, Vice President of Marketing | 206-676-4119

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UAF Community & Technical College ~ Nurse Aide Training

nurseaide16UAF Community & Technical College ~ Nurse Aide Training
Delta Area
March 21, 2016 – May 23, 2016

Registration must be completed by March 4, 2016
Accuplacer Testing by appointment

Call 895-4605
For more information or make Accuplacer appointment

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

Estimated Costs
Tuition ($183cr.) $1647
Health Insurance $750*
Technology Fee $45
UA Network Fee $63
Books (approximate) $135
Parking ($3/day) $45
State Application Fee $260
Fingerprint Card/Photo $35
Estimated Total $2980
Partners for Progress
Voucher Credit – $450 $2530
* if no other insurance

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

Required Immunizations:
To be completed BEFORE first day of class. Please bring documentation to the first day of class.
– Two-step PPD test within the last year
– Documentation of two MMR’s (measles, mumps, rubella) or titer to prove immunity
– Hepatitis B series or titer to prove immunity
– Chickenpox vaccine or titer to prove immunity

Proposed Course Schedule
3/21, 5-9pm, Location: Delta, Introduction to CNA class
3/21-5/2, various days, 5-9pm, Location: Delta, Videoconference
4/2, 9am-3:30pm, Location: Delta, Skills & Paperwork
4/9, 8:30am-7pm, Location: Delta, CPR & First Aid
4/20-4/22, Various Times, Location: Fairbanks, Skills
4/30, 9am-5pm, Location: Delta
5/10-5/23, Various Times, Location: Fairbanks, Skills, Clinical, State Exam

UAF is an AA/EO Employer & Educational Institution

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Photo of the day November 23

The Delta River, near Black Rapids Glacier just days before the frigid cold diminishes its flow.    Photo by Dwight Phillips

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DCDA Presents “A Christmas Peril”


Delta Christian Drama Association, a local community theatrical troupe that has been performing high quality stage plays in Delta Junction for over a decade, invites you to join them for their latest creation. “A Christmas Peril” will debut some talented new actors, and promises plenty of humor and suspense for all ages. In addition, you will not want to miss the powerful performance of guest vocalist, Gregory Patterson, from Indianapolis
In DCDA’s original 2015 script, Ryder Pratt is desperate to get a myTym device for Christmas. Most of his peers already own Appollyon Technologies’ wildly popular wearable “life app” system, and by all accounts it makes Appollyon’s competitors’ technology seem like an abacus in comparison. The problem is that Ryder’s Dad, Gerald, won’t let him have one. Gerald Pratt is an IT expert and seems to be under the impression that the gadget isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, Dad even suggests that Appollyon’s founder and CEO, Drake Abaddon, may be more interested in exploiting his customers, than in offering a legitimate product. Go figure.

Well, where there’s a teenage will, there’s a way. With the help of his best friend, Patryk Kaufman, Ryder gains access to the forbidden device, right under Dad’s nose. That’s when life starts to get really weird for the boys and their siblings! As the myTym takes over their home and life, it begins to look like their lives are literally at risk.

By providential circumstance, a mysterious efficiency consultant shows up, bringing a glimmer of hope. It won’t be easy, but Zemana Caphriel believes that if they learn to focus on “His time”, they just might be able to reverse the terrifying effects of the myTym virus. The finale will leave you breathless with the wonder and awe of Christmas’ poignant truth.

This theatrical production can be experienced at Living Waters Assembly of God Church across from IGA and beside Interior Hardware in Downtown Delta Junction. Showings will be December 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 6:00 pm each evening. Admission is free and a silent auction will be held on site to offset production costs. For further information visit or call 907-895-5289.

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Photo of the day November 20

A lonely cabin between Big Delta and Shaw Creek sits quiet under the aurora on a moonlit, -24 degree night.      Photo by Steven Miley

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Sullivan Roadhouse Holiday Lighting Celebration ~ Nov 28

The Sullivan Roadhouse Gardeners & Elves invite you to Come celebrate the Spirit of Christmas

Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm
Location: Sullivan Roadhouse


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Four Scams That Will Ruin Holiday Travel Plans

BBB Advises Consumers to Beware of Travel Schemes

Anchorage, Alaska – November 19, 2015With so many Alaskans planning out-of-state trips over the next few weeks, Better Business Bureau warns holiday travelers to be on the lookout for common scams aimed at stealing someone’s money and identity.

According to AAA, nearly 46.9 Americans will travel over 50 miles from home over the Thanksgiving weekend, increasing the opportunity for fraudsters to target unsuspecting travelers.

Before booking the next big trip, BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns vacation goers to watch for these four costly travel scams:

  • Fake Travel Websites: Beware of look-alike websites when making hotel and airplane reservations. Book directly with the hotel, airline or reseller’s website. Otherwise scammers can steal your personal and credit card information and leave you without a place to stay.
  • Bogus Wi-Fi hubs: Never use public Wi-Fi, including hotel internet access, for online banking or other financial account management. Fraudsters can easily create fake Wi-Fi hubs, then gain access to personal information and passwords.
  • Slick Hotel Tricks: Even after hotel guests arrive in their rooms, scammers will easily fool victims by calling and claiming to be the front desk asking to verify information. Never give out credit card numbers or personal data over the phone. Instead, visit hotel management in person.
  • Vacation Rentals: Watch for fake rental listings and too good to be true vacation packages. Scammers can easily hijack legitimate online listings and make it look like their own. Deal directly with the property owner or manager and be sure to verify that the property actually exists by researching online.

Remember, do not post travel photos while on vacation if your home will be unoccupied. That is a red flag to burglars. Carry just needed credit cards, identification and insurance cards in your wallet while traveling. And, notify your credit card companies of the dates and destinations, especially if traveling internationally.

Do your research, be vigilant about possible fraud and then, enjoy your vacation! For BBB Business and Customer Reviews from a Brand you Trust, go to

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 |
David Quinlan, Vice President of Marketing: 206-676-4119

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Photo of the day November 19

“Veteran’s Day Sunset”
Thanks to all who have served! This is what the sunset looked like along the frozen Delta River at around 3:30 pm on Veteran’s Day. Sebastian Saarloos

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Photo of the day November 18

Spotted a coyote heading up the hill near Rainbow Mountain.
Photo by Scott Skaleski

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Smiling Moose Presents First Friday

Smiling Moose will be hosting another First Friday on Friday, November 20.

Come and meet Terry Christensen and John Unruh.


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Home Fire Safety

Often when we think of disaster preparedness, we think in terms of earthquake, massive storm or major power outages. The concept of disaster gets more personal when there is a home fire.  Everyone knows someone who has lost everything in a house fire.  I have spoken to two people within the last several weeks who have had their own private disaster when fire destroyed their homes and all their belongings.  Happily, both parties were quick to add that, “At least no one was hurt.”

Home fires are the most common form of disaster in the U.S.  Last year fire departments in the U.S. responded to 370,000 home fires resulting in nearly 14,000 injuries and 2,520 civilian deaths. Damages in the amount of $6.9 billion occured as a result.  Here are some other facts regarding fires in the home:

Most fires start in the kitchen from cooking accidents.  (42%)  Home structure fires peak around the dinner hour, between 5:00 and 8:00 PM.

Seven percent of home fires start in the bedroom, most often from smoking.  These fires caused 25% of home fire deaths.

Nearly two-thirds (62%) of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

The good news is that for the past 35 years, the trend is improving.  In 1977 there were 723,500 home fires resulting in 5,865 deaths.  Every year there have been fewer fires and fewer fatalities.  Today those number are less than half what they were.  It seems folks are becoming more and more careful with hazards.

Safety tips are always available from your local fire department, but some things to keep in mind include, keep fresh batteries in your smoke alarms, usually once a year will do it.  Some folks use their birthdays as reminders, and some use January 1, but whichever method you prefer, just do it!  If you need smoke alarms, buy them.  They are simple to test, simple to use and simple to install.

For those who burn wood for heat, now would be a good time to get your chimney inspected and cleaned.  Soot and creosote can build up in your flue and ignite, rapidly involving your entire house.

For kitchen safety, stay in the room if frying, grilling or broiling food.  If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.  A leading contributor of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.  Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires.

As the holiday season approaches, avoid overloading electrical circuits, and although no one uses candles on their Christmas trees anymore, many people still use candles throughout the home.  Never leave a small child and a lit candle alone in the same room.  If your tree is real, keep it watered daily, make sure you use strings of lights that are in good repair, because one third of Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.

Fire prevention can be practiced by everyone and in most cases it’s not a case of disaster preparedness, but rather disaster prevention!  I’ll take that any day.

As always send your comments and questions to  Previous columns are found on my blog at  Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us.”

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Public Service Announcement

The Annual Delta fair meeting will be put on hold until further notice pending an audit thanks!

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Photo of the day November 17

It was a beautiful, crisp, clear day here in the Junction. Dwight Phillips

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Photo of the day November 16

The moon starts to rise over Granite Mountain while Donnelly Dome looks on beneath the aurora. Photo by Steven Miley

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Photo of the day November 13

One could say I am chewing on frost-covered willow branches,  but I would like to go on record and say that I am also smiling for the good vittles I am gnawing on.
Photo by Scott Skaleski

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Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure ~ Nov 19

izzie7:30PM Thursday, November 19th
Fairbanks:  Hering Auditorium

Already one of the most acclaimed comics of his generation, Eddie Izzard is developing an equally stellar reputation as a film, television and stage actor.

Izzard embarked on the Force Majeure World Tour around the globe in 2013. From Cardiff to Kathmandu, Moscow to Mumbai, Izzard visited 25 countries throughout Europe, USA, Africa, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, and the Far East. He has performed at Wembley Stadium, Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl and now he’s is playing here in Fairbanks.

Izzard’s bizarre, tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives are lauded for their creativity and wit. His comedic musings have earned him some top awards including Olivier, Drama Desk and two Emmys®.

Yes, he’s really coming.

Yes, there are still tickets available at, 490-2858, and Grassroots Guitar

Yes, Lavelle’s has agreed to stay open late so you can eat after the show. It’s a Thursday, but Eddie Izzard is coming to Fairbanks, let’s celebrate!!!!!

Sponsored by Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC

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2015 Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

thankgiving15November 26, 2015

Noon till 4pm
Location: Community Center

Looking for any volunteers that would like to donate some of your time to help make this a very successful Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Moose Lodge Bazaar ~ Nov 14

wotm15A Fundraiser for the local Women of the Moose who graciously donate funds once a month to raise money for local youth and community activities that are non profit.

Some examples are: EMT, Project Christmas, Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Horse Club, Scouts, 4-H, Athletic Groups at the High School and many more.

There will be chili and hotdogs for lunch. Even if you don’t want to purchase anything at the Bazaar, come and have a bite of lunch. There will be a small fee charged for lunch.

Time to start your Christmas shopping, come check out the bazaar on Saturday. Below is a list of some of the items you can purchase.

Handmade fleece items, Toys, crafts and Christmas Decorations, Special syrups, vinegars and potpurri, jams, etc., Handmade jewelry, Handmade sewn fur hats, gloves and ect., Mary Kay, Scentsy, WOTM: Used Christmas Decorations, ornaments and household decorations, and much, much more.

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Are You Addicted to Shopping?

roxieWe all have things we need to buy, and we always want to get a good deal on what we have to buy. However, has the buying become the thrill, not the product itself?

Researchers from the University of Bergen have developed a method to measure shopping addiction. The Bergen Shopping Addiction Scale is based on other addiction models such as drug addiction or alcohol addiction.

Let’s face it. Modern technology has made easy to shop. You can shop from the Internet, retail shops here in town, your phone and even on the television 24-hours a day. Goods are always accessible. If you are addicted to shopping, it is easier to get your “fix” than if your addiction is alcohol. The liquor stores and bars at least close sometime.

Who is most often affected by shopping addiction? It’s probably not a surprise to many of you that this condition is more predominant in women, but age also has an effect. Many people begin on the path to shopping addiction in their late teens, and the propensity to shop decreases with age. If you consider both men and women who are diagnosed with a shopping addiction, personality type has a great deal of influence on who is shopping. Two types of people most affected are those that score high in extroversion and neuroticism. Those with these personality traits are more at risk of developing shopping addiction.

Researchers say that those who are extroverts are typically social and sensation seeking. They will shop to express their individuality and social status.

On the other hand, those who are anxious, depressive and have low self-esteem use shopping to escape these unpleasant emotions or feelings. The challenge is that people shop to fill the unpleasant feelings, yet if debt results from that shopping, they begin to feel even more depressed. It becomes a cycle leading to more shopping.

Those people who are less likely to engage in problematic shopping are those that are agreeable, responsible and have good self-control.

The researchers list seven signs that people are compulsive shoppers.
• You think about shopping/buying things all the time.
• You shop/buy things in order to change your mood.
• You shop/buy so much that it negatively affects your daily obligations (e.g., school and work).
• You feel you have to shop/buy more and more to obtain the same satisfaction as before.
• You have decided to shop/buy less, but have not been able to do so.
• You feel bad if you for some reason are prevented from shopping/buying things.
• You shop/buy so much that it has impaired your well-being.

If you can say that you “agree” with four of seven of these statements, you may be suffering from shopping addiction.

Next week we’ll talk about ways to cure a shopping addiction.

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 907-474-7201.

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Keys for Making Life Better

By Glenn Mollette

The world in general can be a dim place.  However here are eight keys to making life better.

Key one – Learn new skills. Education and training are a part of life. Do not embrace the “I am stuck” mentality. You can teach old dogs new tricks. Education does not necessarily mean college although it may. There are many trades you can learn today via self-study. Community college and vocational schools also offer a lot of learning opportunities you can complete in less than a year. Keep learning.

Key two – Live healthy. A long life is never guaranteed no matter what we do. We can at least do our part by not being stupid. Daily activity and cutting back on food portions are important. Eliminate smoking and drink only in moderation. Halloween through New Year’s is a big health mess up period for many. So now is the time to beware.

Key three – Save money. This is very difficult to do if you are living on a meager income. Even putting a few dollars away each week or month might save you when an emergency arises. Having a little money on hand to pay cash for something instead of using credit will be a relief.

Key four – Live enjoyably. Allow yourself to do something every day that you can really get into. This may be simply reading, listening to music or could be a myriad of hobbies. Enjoy your life.

Key five – Have a plan. Work toward something. Have something to look forward to. Involve your mind in a project or projects that keep you focused each day on moving forward toward accomplishing something. This could be as easy as cleaning out the garage or making a quilt. Have something you are doing today and tomorrow.

Key six – Stay bright on the inside. Don’t be negative or bitter about life. Allow yourself to laugh. Enjoy some humor along the way.

Key seven – Real relationships. You need a friend or two. Close relationships whether they are family or friends give us real people to share life with. You probably aren’t going to find these on social media. Be careful of too many because a person of too many friends will soon come to ruin.

Key eight – Always vote. Sounds out of place in this column but it’s a major factor in bringing about community and society change, which impacts your life greatly.

There is never one silver bullet for making our lives happy. We can’t depend on the government or even people to make us happy. We have to take responsibility for ourselves and do the best we can with the lives we have been handed.

Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.

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Photo of the day November 12

Winter pipeline view. Photo by Dwight Phillips

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Recently I accepted a new position at UAF and in so doing changed from the Tanana District agriculture and horticulture Extension agent to the state horticulture specialist and the faculty advisor for the Georgeson Botanical Garden. I will continue many of the Extension agent tasks until a new person is hired.

One of the big perks of the new position is getting to work at the botanical garden. Pat Holloway spent most of her amazing career creating and building up the garden, conducting world-class research, discovering that Alaska can be a player in the international market for peonies and educating thousands of people about which plants grow in Fairbanks and how to grow them. The garden has structures for events and gatherings. There are a multitude of nooks and crannies throughout the garden where one can find solitude, beauty and relaxation. There are places for children to explore and learn. There is so much potential at the garden, and we are excited to find creative solutions to build upon this strong base.

However, there are some challenges to face as well. We are all aware of the huge budget cuts in Alaska. Just a few years ago, there were four full-time people at the garden. Now there is one full-time garden manager, a part-time administrative assistant and me, the faculty advisor. So how do we make up for the lack of university employees? We do it with grants for research and education that pay for graduate students and summer hires. I am working with others on several grant proposals that will provide for research on a variety of topics as well as outreach.

We also do it with the donations you give when you enter the garden. We do it by expanding endowments and other types of donations. For example, we already have generous support from the Beistline, Ohlson, Risse and Babula families, organizations, clubs and so many people who are volunteering their time and resources helping us to maintain or create new garden beds.

And we do it by charging for events. I am meeting with organizations, the Georgeson Botanical Garden Society, other faculty and interested individuals to determine how best we can work together to improve and enjoy the benefits of this amazing resource. Our team will be putting into place policies and plans that should result in a return of previously suspended events and activities at the garden. We are determined to open the botanical garden back up to these events, but the fees will need to increase.

Most importantly for me, we will be restarting research trials and installing some fences to protect the research plots. We will be hosting workshops, tours, and educational events, although these endeavors will build slowly. We hope that we can continue to attract volunteers to help us with the work, to adopt or create new garden plots and features and to be docents to answer visitors’ questions.

Feel free to contact me with new ideas for supporting and improving the Georgeson Botanical Garden. And feel free to join me in my walks through this amazing place. A bit of heaven, really.

Steven Seefeldt is the state horticulture specialist for the Georgeson Botanical Garden, a part of the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension. He can be reached at 907-474-1831 or

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Photo of the day November 11

Moose calves near Black Rapids Army Facility. Photo was taken late fall.
Photo by Scott Skaleski

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Winter Online Courses for Farmers Open for Registration

nefarmers*Learn to farm online this winter from Northeast Beginning Farmer Project*

Winter is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the pace, and build
new skills for the coming growing season. The Cornell Small Farms Program
is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available
through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers
learn from the latest research-based education.

Since 2006, the program has offered high quality, collaborative learning
environments online and each year educates hundreds of beginning and
established farmers through these courses.

*Are there courses for me?* From aspiring to experienced farmers, there is
a course for nearly everyone. There’s a handy chart on our course homepage
to direct you to the right courses for your experience level.

*What are the courses like?* All of our courses consist of weekly real-time
webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time
in an online setting. If you aren’t able to attend the live webinars, they
are always recorded for later viewing.

*Qualify for a 0% interest loan*! Participants who complete all
requirements of one or more online courses are eligible to be endorsed for
a 0% interest loan of up to $10,000 through Kiva Zip.

*Each course is $200, but up to 4 people from the same farm may participate
without paying extra.* See the course description page for more on the
course learning objectives, instructors, and outline

*Courses often fill very quickly, so don’t miss your chance to sign up

*Winter 2016 Online Course List:*
BF 102: Markets and Profits – Exploring the Feasibility of Your Farming
Ideas                 Jan 14 – Feb 28

BF 120: Veggie Farming – From Planning to Planting       Jan. 13 – Feb. 17

BF 140: Small-scale Organic Grain Production – Is it Right for Your Farm?  Jan 19 – Feb 23

BF 151: Intro to Maple Syrup Production     Jan 12 – Feb. 16

BF 201: Effective Marketing – Sell Smarter, Not Harder    Jan 11 – Feb 21

BF 203: Holistic Financial Planning – Building Profit into the Picture    Jan 20 – Feb 24

BF 231: Grazing Management – Improving Your Triple Bottom Line   Jan 14 – Feb 18

BF 121: Veggie Farming – From Season-Long Care to Market   Feb 24 – Mar 23

BF 150: Farm-Scale Mushroom Production – For Fun and Profit   Feb 23 – March 29

BF 202: Planning to Stay in Business – Writing Your Business Plan   Feb 4 – March 10

BF 103: Taking Care of Business – Understanding the Business, Regulatory,
and Tax Implications of Your Farm    Mar 7 – Apr 11

BF 220: Season Extension with High Tunnels – Know Before You Grow   Mar 22 – Apr 19

For more information contact:
Erica Frenay, Online Course Coordinator,
Steve Gabriel, Online Course Support,

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2015 Fairbanks Holiday Marketplace

holidaymktShop early, stay warm, and have fun with our one stop shopping extravaganza at the Carlson Center this weekend! We have over 175 mini specialty stores with literally thousands of gift ideas.  With everything from art, jewelry, gourmet food, books, furs, woodwork, knives, skin care, and more, we have something for everyone on your list!  For more information and a complete list of participating businesses, please visit our website.

The Holiday Marketplace is a one stop Christmas shopping extravaganza for Fairbanks and outlying areas. From hand-made soap, to beaded earrings, to imported wool sweaters…

It’s all together in one location on one floor with lots of free parking. Admission is $5 at the door, children 12 and under are free.

The show’s continued success attracts not only local but state-wide businesses and artists. Over 180 different vendors participated in the 2014 event and it had a 3 day public attendance of over 8000. With 2015 comes all of your favorite booths as well as some exciting new gift ideas.

Fri., Nov. 13 – 12 noon to 8 pm
Sat., Nov. 14 – 10 am to 7 pm
Sun., Nov. 15 – 11 am to 5 pm

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Letters Aloud Program
















Monday, November 16 at 7pm
Delta Community Center

Admission by donation

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Photo of the day November 10

Leaving Haines on the ferry
Steve DuBois

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BBB Combats Scammers This Veterans Day

BBB Helps Veterans and Their Families Diffuse Scammers

Anchorage, Alaska – November 10, 2015 – As Alaskans honor former military personnel on Veterans Day, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urge consumers to remain vigilant against scammers targeting veterans.

According to the Consumer Sentinel Network, nearly 100,000 military members complained of being targeted by financial crimes in 2014, with identity theft and impostor scams topping the list. Con artists often use malevolent tactics to steal the money and identities of veterans and their families.

Better Business Bureau reminds service men and women to watch for these common military scams.

Phone Scams: Impostors pose as Veterans Administration employees and call veterans to request that they update their credit card, bank or other financial records with the VA. Fraudsters use scare tactics by threatening cancelation of benefits in order to collect birthdates, Social Security numbers and bank account information.

Rental Listings: Cyber thieves create bogus online rental listings and lure in potential victims by offering military discounts. Victims are asked to wire deposits and first month’s rent to “landlords” who happen to be out of the country.

Military Loans: Sketchy lenders promise “instant approvals” and no credit checks, but loans often carry extremely high interest rates and hidden fees.

Insurance Policies: Solicitors make false statements or inflate claims regarding the benefits of policies they offer, using high-pressured sales pitches to sell expensive—and often unnecessary—life insurance policies.

Donors looking to give to a military-affiliated charity this Veterans Day are urged to use Wise Giving Alliance in finding a trustworthy charity.  Consumers are also advised to research businesses through before giving out personal information, making payments or giving donations.

Since 2012, service men and women have been utilizing BBB’s Military Line, a program that provides free resources to all branches of the U.S. military, including financial literacy information, scam alerts and access to BBB services such as complaint handling and dispute resolution.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 |
David Quinlan, Vice President of Marketing | 206-676-4119

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The 1st Annual Turkey Trot Snowshoe Race

turkeytrotParking at the Delta High School Front Parking lot

A turkey will be awarded for the 1st male and female finishers

For more information call Dave (907)347-3705

Snowshoes can be rented at the Ft. Greely Outdoor Rec Services



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Smiling Moose Presents First Friday ~ Nov 13


Friday, November 13
5 – 7pm

John Unruh from Fairbanks, French Pastry Pins

Fran Hallgren from Delta Junction, making Custom earrings while you wait

Come and meet the Vendors!

Shop our special sales and new holiday items!


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Free Christmas Concert ~ Gregory Patterson

gregory_pattersonGregory Patterson Coming to Delta Junction in December
Sponsored by Delta Christian Drama Association

Greg is an accomplished singer and pianist, who has performed all over the U.s. A classic baritone, his singing style is impressive for its power, control, range and versatility. His excitement, humor and energy guarantees an unforgettable Christmas experience.

Born in Oklahoma City, raised in Houston, North Carolina and Mandeville Jamaica, Greg has also lived in Arcadia Florida. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He played the piano and sang baritone for two years in a Bible College quartet. He was the lead singer for Hoosier Harmony Quartet, and he also sang in Branson, MO. with “The Sweethearts of Branson”. He has been a solo artist for many years and has sung all over the U.S. He has a classic baritone voice with impressive range, power and versatility.

Comfortable with a wide range of genres, Greg’s love for Southern Gospel music is evident in each song that he delivers with excitement and energy. You will see that Greg speaks and sings in a way that reflects his changed life and his energy on stage reflects in his audience. Whether you speak to Greg on the phone or in person, on the road or at home, his excitement and enthusiasm will show that he loves the One that he sings about time and time again. Listen to an example of Greg’s work on his Youtube channel by simply searching the keyword: thepattsong

Performing on these dates and locations:
Delta High School Gym: Nov 29 – 7pm
Clearwater Baptist Church: Dec 1 – 7pm

For more info, contact George Hosier at 895-5289

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