Pinching Pennies ~ Garage Sales

It is summer and every street corner is adorned with a gaggle of garage sale signs. Garage sales are great places to pick up bargains, but not everything should be purchased at them. Some things aren’t a good idea from a money or safety standpoint. So today we are going to have two lists — what you should buy at garage sales (or secondhand) and those things you should not buy, no matter the price.

Always buy at a garage sale:

Solid wood furniture. Even with small imperfections, most older furniture is sturdy. You can buy wood furniture secondhand at the same prices that you can purchase new particleboard pieces. Scratches can be covered with new paint, or one of the fill-in crayons available at the paint stores.

Books. As long as the pages are intact and there’s no water damage, books can be a great buy at the garage sale. Stock up on your winter reading now.

High-end clothing. Clothes are expensive, especially good brands. Most of the time, clothing is quite durable and will last a long time. Check clothing for stains, tears and missing buttons before purchasing.

Sports and exercise equipment. Tennis rackets, bicycles and hockey equipment are often featured at garage sales. Check the items carefully before purchasing, but they are often a good deal. Free weights are another great bargain. They are often purchased with the best of intentions, but are sometimes not used much. However, never buy a treadmill at a garage sale. You don’t want to buy someone else’s problem and the new ones purchased at a store come with a warranty.

Dinnerware or glassware. Dishes and glasses are often a steal at a garage sale. Just because someone has broken a few pieces or has grown tired of a motif, that doesn’t mean it won’t have a new life in your house. I often stock up on pretty, single plates at sales. If I’m taking something to a potluck or a friend’s house, I don’t have to be so intent on getting the plate back. They are also great to hold a plate of cookies or a cake for a gift. Be sure to check for chips or cracks that can harbor bacteria before purchasing.

Now that we’ve talked about good things, let’s take a second look at things that should probably never be purchased at a sale:

Bike helmets. Helmets are designed to withstand one crash. So when you buy one secondhand, you never know if its life is used up.

Cribs and car seats. There are so many recalls on these items that it is difficult to keep up. If you buy one that has been recalled, all your money is for naught. Car seats are also a one-crash item, so like the bike helmets, its one crash may already be behind it.
Mattresses and upholstered furniture. As much as we hate to admit it, we have a bedbug infestation in many areas of the United States. We’ve been slower to have the same numbers here in Alaska as in the Lower 48, but the bedbugs are here, so don’t bring them into your house to infest the rest of your furniture.

Footwear. Shoes conform to the feet that are wearing them. Those feet are probably not exactly like your feet. If they look unworn, they might be a good buy, but otherwise, give them a pass.

Socks, underwear and swimsuits. These items were probably washed prior to the sale, but they just fit too closely to the body to chance purchasing them used.
Garage sales and secondhand purchases can make sense to stretch your dollars. Just make sure you make careful purchases.

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is associate director of Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at or by calling 907-474-2426.

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2014 Deltana’s Strongest Man Competition Results







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The winners are:

Light Weight 1 (175 pounds & under): Louis Creviston

Light Weight 2 (175 – 200 pounds): Peter Jayne

Middle Weight (200 – 230 Pounds): Mike Jayne

Heavy Weight (231pounds & up): James Hendrickson
The LW2 and MW winners are brothers from Fairbanks. Peter is a contractor who works in Afghanistan. James Hendrickson also resides in Fairbanks and Louis Creviston is from Delta.




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Photo of the day July 28

A different side of Mt Hayes.  Seen from the Denali Hwy.
Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski

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Rika’s Bus Schedule

Come on out for a bite, or visit our gift shop.

It subject to change.  Call to confirm.
Deb Curtis, Owner,  (907)255-3324
Deborah Snyder, Service & Gift Shop Mgr. (907)803-3115

Monday, 28th, 11:30-2:30
Tuesday, 29th, 12:30-2:30
Wednesday, 30th, 11:00-4
Thursday, 31st, 10-2
Friday, closed
Saturday, Aug. 2, 11:30-2
Sunday, 3rd, 9-12:30


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Peddle-Plod-Paddle Triathlon

Mark your calendar. August 9th is the date set for a 60+ triathlon. You need to be over 60 to participate. This is a bike, hike and paddle event designed especially for the slightly older set.

The event will begin at 11:00 AM with a 2 mile bike ride from the pipeline crossing on Quartz Lake Road to Lost lake Campground. From there you’ll hike the trail (app. 1.5 miles)to Quartz Lake via Glatfelder Cabin. To finish the event you’ll paddle between the boat landings along the shore of Quartz Lake in a kayak or canoe.

This is a non-competitive event with an emphasis on fun, exercise, camaraderie and personal satisfaction. A picnic at the Quartz Lake shelter will follow.

You’ll need your own bike and walking shoes but kayaks and canoes will be provided. If you’d like to use your own kayak or canoe, please bring it to Quartz Lake boat launch prior to the beginning of the event.

Registration fee is $10 and includes a t-shirt. For more information and to register, please call John Sloan at 907-322-4391. Registration closes Wednesday August 6th.

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Mystery Photo Winner for July 21 – 27

The winner of last week’s mystery photo is Cheryl Cooper

We had 10 correct entries this week.

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

This weeks mystery photo is outside the Red Storage Shed behind the Delta Junction Visitor Information Center.

Thank you for each one that submitted their guess.

Thank you John and Linda Sloan.



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Open Mic Comedy Night

FMWR Presents the first Fort Greely… Open Mic Comedy Night!!!

Friday 8 Aug from 8-10pm at the CAC

Sign up is open now until 1 Aug.

This event is open to adults ages 18 and over.

This is an Open Post Event!

To sign up for a 10 minute mic slot or to request more information, contact the CAC Front Desk at: 873-4782.

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FDA Presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Fairbanks Drama Association presents
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

Adapted for stage by Timothy Mason
Directed by Heath Robertson
Performed by the Teen Aged Ensemble

Friday & Saturday, August 1 & 2  – 7:30pm
Sunday, August 3 – 2pm

Hap Ryder Riverfront Theatre
1852 2nd Avenue
Fairbanks, AK

Reserve your tickets – phone 456-PLAY
Riverfront Theatre Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain time for walk up ticket sales
All tickets $10

Proudly sponsored by Banner Health
Denali Center

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Photo of the day July 25

Moose on the shore of Clearwater Lake about 10pm on July 19th.
Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

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BLM Director Discusses Oil and Gas Inspections with Industry

WASHINGTON –Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze today shared information with industry representatives about the agency’s efforts to increase oil and gas inspection capacity. In a talk at the American Petroleum Institute (API), Kornze cited a shortage of inspectors, declining budgets, and a record number of wells on public lands as issues of critical common interest.

In speaking to the API’s Upstream Committee, Kornze emphasized that the agency’s efforts to address these issues through a proposed fee system would allow the BLM to be more responsive to the industry’s operational needs. “The BLM takes its role in the nation’s energy economy very seriously. A properly-resourced BLM oil and gas program means better service for companies and more certainty for the public that operations are being conducted in an environmentally sound manner.”

The BLM is responsible for inspection and enforcement on a record 100,000 wells nationwide, with tens of thousands of new wells coming on line in recent years. At the same time, the budget for the BLM’s oil and gas program has declined 20 percent since 2007 when accounting for inflation.

“It is critical that we increase our inspection efforts to ensure that taxpayers are getting a fair return on public resources,” Kornze said.

BLM estimates that the fee system proposed in the President’s budget, similar to the authority already granted for offshore oil and gas development, would allow the agency to recruit more than 60 new inspectors throughout the country. Without additional resources to meet this critical need, the BLM may be forced to consider drawing scarce resources from other high priority efforts like permitting and leasing.

The API’s Upstream Committee focuses on upstream regulatory policy, legislative issues, and industry technical standards and recommended practices. They emphasize efforts to ensure that operations are conducted in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. The committee is open to companies producing oil or natural gas in the United States.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Thom Jennings
Public Information Officer


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Photo of the day July 24

Summit Lake House” A house up on the hill views the crystal clear waters of Summit Lake, near Paxson, Alaska.  Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos

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The Lodge at Black Rapids Presents Singer-Songwriter Melissa Beck

July 24, 2014
6:00 pm
$10 door/with dinner $35

Enjoy songs and stories about Alaska, small towns, and life’s journeys.


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Photo of the day July 23

My kids and I have walked these boards many, many times! Clearwater State Park.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Press Release Related to Child Welfare

Citizen Review Panel Releases 2014 Annual Report

As required by statute, Alaska’s Citizen Review Panel submitted its annual report to the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) on June 30th. The report offers recommendations to OCS based on data collected by the Panel during its work the previous year.

Four recommendations were made by the Panel:

- That OCS make several changes in its intake policy.

- That OCS develop a model for serving in-home cases in rural Alaska and improve its data collection on in-home cases.

- That OCS address the root of initial assessment backlog problem.

- That OCS make improved relationships with community partners a priority

The report contains detail on these recommendations and the Panel’s activities and membership for the past year. The full report is available on the Panel’s website, It was also sent to every member of the Legislature, Alaska’s Congressional delegation, and other interested parties

For more information, contact Panel Coordinator, Sylvan Robb, at 907.450.2456 or More information about the Panel can be found at

Sylvan Robb, M.A.
Principal Consultant

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Photo of the day July 22

One of the many blooming dahlias in our yard on July 18th.
Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper


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New Bowhunter Education certification requirement

The HIT Program has received numerous questions regarding how we plan to inform the public (resident & non-resident hunters) and meet their education needs due to the Alaska Board of Game’s recent decision to pass the following regulation, “Bowhunters in hunts restricted to archery only must carry their IBEP or equivalent department approved certification card on them while archery hunting in the field, and must show their card to peace officers and department employees upon request. Beginning July 1, 2016, all big game hunters using archery will be required to have successfully completed a department approved certification course. Currently, this is required if the hunt is restricted to archery only.

The HIT Program is currently completing the following actions in order to get the word out to non-resident and resident bowhunters so that they aren’t surprised by this requirement:
1.      Updates to our webpage.

2.      Emails to lower 48 State Agency contacts that proctor similar programs
Ie-International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) members and National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) members

3.      Emails to Alaska Professional Hunters Association

4.      Emails to Alaska archery and bowhunting clubs/groups

5.      Emails to Archery Trade Association membership (all archery-related retailers)

6.      Advertisements at sporting goods and archery stores

To meet the need, we plan to increase the number of Bowhunter Ed. classes offered statewide over the next two years. We have over 150 volunteer Bowhunter Ed. instructors living throughout the state and if we don’t have an instructor in a particular city or village, we have instructors that are willing to travel to conduct classes. If you have questions from community members about class schedules, opportunities, or the new regulations, please have them contact us at: (907) 267-2196, or visit our website at


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Avoid the Blitz by Blocking Fake Ticket Offers

BBB Warns of Scams as Hawk Tickets Go on Sale

Anchorage, Alaska. — July 21, 2014 — As single-game tickets for the Seahawks go on sale Monday, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns fans to be wary of too-good-to-be-true deals.

Online classified ads list thousands of sports tickets, but BBB reminds shoppers that oftentimes there are no guarantees, and sellers don’t have to provide identification to list tickets. With high prices and diehard fans, it is certain that fraudsters will try to hustle fake tickets.

Before plucking down cash or giving credit card numbers, review BBB’s advice to Hawk fans:

- Play smart. Use credit when buying game tickets; if the tickets don’t arrive or turn out to be fakes, charges can be disputed.
- Pass up offers to wire money. Con artists often use classified websites such as Craigslist to post non-existent tickets, and then ask for payment to be wired.
- Call an audible. If the tickets appear suspicious, walk away. Look for smeared ink, uneven edges and flimsy paper. Always research ticket sellers first at
- Take a timeout. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Always take time to choose authorized ticket and merchandise retailers; check with the official Seahawks site for more information.

BBB wants to help fans kick off the NFL season right. For more advice on avoiding common scams, visit  BBB’s News & Events page and BBB’s Social Hub.

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

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Letter to the Editor

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Alaska would like to say thank you to the Fort Greely Fire Fighter Association, Deltana Volunteer Fire Department, the Delta Junction Volunteer Fire Department and the community of Delta Junction for participating in the 2014 Fill the Boot program.

We’re truly grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who provide life-saving help that will fund research, advocate for children and adults affected by muscle disease, and rally our state to fight back.

From our hearts to yours, Thank you !
Erika Shedlarski
Executive Director

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Acoustic Adventures Presents Music on the River with Tony Furtado

Mace & Trudy’s Acoustic Adventures presents…
Music on the River with Tony Furtado

Tony Furtado is an indie record label’s dream artist. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation- hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Onstage, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts.

Tony Furtado
7pm, Thursday, July 31

Tickets $25. Tickets and information at Grassroots Guitar or call 488-0556

Sponsored by Pikes Waterfront Lodge and Kendall-Jackson

Must be 21 years or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian

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Photo of the day July 21

Here’s a photo of our new security system at the aircraft tie-down area in town.  This sentinel was one of three fledglings on duty at 9 PM a couple nights ago.  Photo Courtesy Don Quarberg

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The African Children’s Choir to Perform in Delta Junction in August

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

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

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

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

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

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

No tickets, donations welcome.

Lydia Sherwood
Presto Public Relations
(360) 733-2149

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Mystery Photo Winner for July 14 – July 20

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

We had 6 correct entries this week. This must have been a little harder to find.  :)

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

The mystery photo is the R Car Wash sign at Delta Petro Wash.

Thank you for each one that submitted their guess.

Thank you John and Linda Sloan.


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DNW Awarded the BBB Certificate for Excellence

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager for Better Business Bureau Serving Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington, is proud to announce that Delta News Web has been awarded the BBB Certificate for Excellence in Consumer Protection and Advocacy for outstanding news coverage on consumer protection, military and business outreach.

Michelle Tabler
Alaska Regional Manager

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Golden Wheel’s Summer Spectacular

Friday, July 25 – August 4
12 – 7pm

George Horner Ice Park

Golden Wheel’s Summer Spectacular will be an event that Fairbanks has never seen! There will be over 20 carnival rides, classic games, fun food, entertainers and family activities.

Admission is $3.00 and once in the gate, all activities and entertainment is FREE! Magic shows, breakdancing, parkour, skateboarding, sword swallowing, fire breathing and concerts are all included! Pay One Price unlimited ride wristbands will be only $30.00! Available EVERYDAY from 12-7pm. There is a $5.00 off coupon available at Sourdough Fuel (coupon not valid on Saturday).

Special for our servicemen and women and their families, Pay One Price unlimited ride wristbands are only $15.00 with military ID! (offers cannot be combined)

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Opera & Musical Theater Concert

Friday, July 25, 8 – 10pm

Location: Davis Concert Hall

Join us for a night full of our favorite Opera and Musical Theatre selections, accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.
Price $25
Buy tickets online or at the box office.

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Photo of the day July 18

I stumbled upon this hen Spruce Grouse while on a walk behind the house. Me being me, I laid down in the trail to photograph the hen and her two half-grown young of the year. Along comes this couple, who were obviously from down in the States (the give-away were the matching ALASKA! t-shirts). She asks me, while I was laying on the ground across the trail, why I was photographing someone’s Bantam hen! Once again, me being me, I responded that Bantams are quite rare in Alaska, and that I should grab a few photos before the bear just up the trail got it! They turned around and left … I’m still chuckling over that one! Photo Courtesy Tracey Harmon


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Delta Library Closed until 1pm Today

On Friday, July 18, the Library will be CLOSED until about 1:00.

We are installing faster Internet just for you! There will be NO WiFi while we make the switch – and if all goes well, we’ll open earlier.

Thank you for your patience!

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Letter to the Editor

The state has not done an audit on the oil company’s since 2007.  The governor does not want to have the state do an audit because it would expose the fact that the free billions of dollars he is giving away is all going out of state.  None of it will be spent in Alaska.  The money the oil companies’ are spending now in the oil fields was planned a number of years ago and has nothing to do with the free give away of the state’s billions of dollars to them. The governor is doing the smoke and mirrors thing, the empty hoop dance on this and so far it is working.  The governor will be richly rewarded by the oil company’s after he is out of office with a cushy high paid job.  So he will be personally out on top with this while we will be stuck for years paying income and sales taxes to make up for the loss of income to the state’s budget.  The next thing to go will be the dividend check.  Some call the governor Captain Zero, but when he gets that high paid job from the oil companies’ after he is out of office, who will be Captain Zero then?

If a 100,000 barrels of oil was increased through the pipe line of which projections say that is not going to happen, it would take to the year 2040 before the state would break even.  By then the oil fields will be playing out.  The oil companies’ will not give the state free 8 billion dollars to help us out when they leave and we will be in an economic desperation by then.  The door is swing only one way on this.  The  state should take that money and develop the oil fields that the oil companies are not developing like Norway does.   That way the state would get all of the money and the free billions of dollars would then in fact be used for developing the oil fields.

John Suter

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Pinching Pennies ~ Feeding Children

Many young children tend to be very picky about what they eat. This can be frustrating for parents. If you worry about your child eating too much or too little, refer to the recommended amounts of what children should eat to get the nutrients they need for healthy growth.

For children two to six years old, the recommended serving sizes are about one tablespoon of food per year of age for each food you are serving. For example, a two-year-old would have two tablespoons of rice, two tablespoons of chicken and two tablespoons of peas on his or her plate. Of course, your child may eat more or less, depending on his or her activity level, metabolism and mood at any given meal. (Yes, mood and emotional states make a difference.)

Children have smaller stomachs and may need to eat more often than three times a day. Try thinking of snacks as a mini-meal or another way to get good nutrients into your children, and don’t depend on junk food that may have more calories and fewer of the nutrients they need.

A real challenge when feeding children is to get them to try new foods. Let them help in the preparation of a meal, even in a small way, to encourage them to try something new. Sit down and eat with your children so they have a good example to follow. Some kids seem to exist on nothing, then all of a sudden they are eating everything in sight. This is pretty normal. The important thing is to provide a wide variety of foods so they can get all the vitamins, minerals, protein, fats and carbohydrates they need to grow and be healthy.

Never force children to eat. This can cause them to be overweight or to have food issues. Let them have a choice, but only two or three choices that work for you, not an open menu that turns you into a short order cook.

Many children do better with a routine. Having meals and snacks at a set time actually helps them form better eating habits. This may be a challenge during the summer months, but it is a challenge worth pursuing if you have a picky eater. The atmosphere at mealtime is also important. Try to make mealtime a pleasant experience. If adults are upset or unpleasant, it is difficult for a child to eat, let alone digest the food properly.

Underweight children especially should be encouraged to eat more frequently; take special care to provide routine and a pleasant atmosphere. Overweight children should be encouraged to be more active and should be provided with low-fat and nutrient-dense food. It is not a good idea to put children on diets; it is better to have healthy food around instead of the foods that could contribute to their problem, like candy, pop and chips. Turn off the TV and figure out some fun, active things to do with your kids!

Here are some tips to encourage picky eaters. Serve small servings of bite-sized pieces since large servings may be overwhelming. Try to have meals after a quiet time, such as story time, etc. If picky eaters fill up on sweets, they often choose not to eat much else. Again, try not to have junk food around. Try to serve interesting food, i.e., food with interesting shapes, colors or funny names.

Vitamins should not be substituted for good food. They can help, if your doctor recommends them, but good, healthy food should be the first choice.

High-caffeine foods and high-sugar foods are not recommended for children. Caffeine stimulates and can keep children awake when they need to rest. Sugar causes tooth decay and often takes the place of more nutritious foods. Many sodas have both. Soda should be available only occasionally. It has no nutritional qualities and many extra calories in the form of sugars that are not needed by most children.

Remember too that children often balance their diets over several days rather than one day. So look at the big picture, try to create a pleasant atmosphere and enjoy the good food you serve with your children.

Marsha Munsell is a health, home and family development program assistant for the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Contact her at 907-474-2429 or


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Young Alaskans Escape to San Diego in New TLC Series

TLC’s new series ESCAPING ALASKA will premiere Sunday, July 27 at 10PM (ET/PT).

The series features five young Alaskan natives who risk everything to leave their villages so they can experience life in sunny San Diego. Although they find it hard to leave their families and they take great pride in their heritage, they yearn to pursue their dreams in the Lower 48. They will ultimately face the decision of whether to return to Alaska or leave home for good. ESCAPING ALASKA is their story of independence, survival, adventure and forming a new family.

Interviews with cast members and producers are available upon request. You can also check out a clip, screener of the premiere and photos using the links below.


Lauren Dorris | Publicity Assistant
Discovery Networks International

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Photo of the day July 17

We all wish for plentiful wildlife sightings for our visiting friends and family. On July 6 on the way to Valdez we had the awesome treat of this lone bull in the middle of the Richardson Highway along the Delta River. We were so shocked that by the time we had cameras out, he was across the road and we almost didn’t get a shot.
Photo Courtesy Letha Burcham

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Clearwater Revival Music Festival Fundraiser

The Fort Greely Fire Association and the local Delta Junction community need your help.

The historic Clearwater Lodge in Delta Junction burned to the ground early Thursday morning May 15, 2014; it was a total loss.

The Clearwater Lodge has been a part of this community since 1954. Many weddings, birthdays and life events have been hosted at the Clearwater Lodge.

Most of all, Patsy & Kevin Ewing have always selflessly given the community their time and services for these events, where thousands of dollars have been raised for those in need.  Now it’s time to pay it forward.

On August 15, 2014 the Fort Greely Fire Association and the local Delta community will be hosting the “Clearwater Revival Music Festival” on the existing property next to the river as a plan to help raise money for the resurrection of a new Clearwater Lodge.  We are looking for local bands, musicians and celebrity guests that would like to donate their time for this event.

Donations for raffles and/or anything you can think of to help
raise money.

We would like to thank you in advance for any help that you can contribute and please spread the word about this event.

Location: Clearwater Lodge Camping Area (lodge background)
Time: 1pm

An email account has been set up for communication: or call  Johni Swintek  (805)757-6026 or Jay Miller (570)-606-8185

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KUAC Red Green Regatta

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 9:30am – 1pm

Graehl Landing
Fairbanks, AK

The annual “flotilla of fun” involves about 75 home-made vessels crafted from duct tape and imagination, competing for prizes that reward creative application of RED GREEN SHOW themes.  Join the float from Graehl Park boat launch to Pioneer Park boat landing or line the route to see the action.

Register your craft & team online for $25 and join in the fun of Golden Days weekend.  Free to watch!

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Beatles Revue

Saturday, July 19, 8 – 11pm

Location:  Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling
North of Fairbanks on the Steese Highway towards Fox

Tickets $25

Enjoy Yellow Submarine, Hey Jude, Penny Lane, Love Me Do, and more of your Beatles favorites! Lead by Bobby Lewis and Eustace Johnson. Dancing and singing along strongly encouraged. Food and beverages available for purchase.

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Pinching Pennies ~ IRS Scam

Just about the time we think we can’t be fooled, some new scam comes along that dupes many unsuspecting folks. We’ve learned not to pay attention to any sweepstake prizes, lost bank accounts from foreign banks or other get rich schemes.

However, con artists are becoming increasingly devious and crafty as they hide their efforts to con people out of money and personal information. They create a website and send out emails that imitate real businesses, organizations and even government offices. They can fool even the shrewdest consumer.

In a current scam, con artists mimic the IRS websites and emails. Claiming the recipient is eligible for a tax refund from the IRS, they send emails to unsuspecting taxpayers with a link that requests personal information such as social security numbers and credit card information. The IRS has reported a recent rise in complaints about such scams.

The Better Business Bureau in Alaska is currently reporting that people are receiving automated phone calls purporting to be from the IRS, saying there is something wrong with their tax return. With today’s technology, scammers can even make the caller ID appear to be from IRS.

There is nothing that scares us more than the idea of running afoul with the IRS; it’s not that any of us would purposely cheat on our taxes, but the tax code is complicated. Many of us are concerned about having a deduction disallowed and owing more money on our return. That paranoia plays right into the con man’s plans.

Here is the way the Better Business Bureau says you should handle a call if you should get one. Remember, the IRS will not initiate contact about a tax return processing problem over the phone or by email. The IRS will always send a written notification of any tax due by the U.S. mail. It will never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone or by email. And the IRS certainly does not threaten to throw you in jail if you don’t turn over your information immediately, as several people have reported.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
• If you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-820-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue. If you initiate the call, you know you will be talking with the “real” IRS.
• If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes, then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
• If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use its “FTC Complaint Assistant” at, and please include “IRS telephone scam” in your comments.

Don’t be taken in by scammers as they hone their abilities to separate you from your money.

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is a professor of extension on the Tanana District Extension Faculty. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at or by calling 907-474-2426. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Photo of the day July 16

Every citizen can buy (or borrow) a dipnet, drive to Chitina and dip 30 sockeye salmon which even in Alaska, can cost upwards of 12 bucks a lb). “Copper River Reds”, best there ever was! Photo courtesy Dwight Phillips


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Smiling Moose Gallery Hosting Gallery Show July 18


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National Public Lands Day ~ July 26


Denali Highway Clean-Up
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Join volunteers of all ages for this national celebration of service on public lands.




- 8:30am – Sign in at Tangle Lakes Campground (Mile 21.5 Denali Hwy)
- 9:30am – Clean-up the Highway
- 1:00pm – Volunteer lunch provided
- 2:00pm – Atlatl & Dart demonstration
- 3:00pm – Hike
- 5:00pm – Dutch oven cooking demo

Volunteer and Camp FREE 1 night!


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Local Families Needed for Exchange Students

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls.  These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester.  These personable and academically selected exchange students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family. The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester.  Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.  The students are well screened and qualified by ASSE.  Families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests.

Those persons interested in obtaining more information about becoming a host family should call toll free: 1-800-733-2773 or go to There are many students to choose from, so call or go online – and begin the process of selecting your new host son or daughter today!

Cindy Keeney
ASSE Western Regional Office

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Retail Gasoline Prices Likely To Drop 10-to-25 Cents Over Next Two Weeks

CHICAGO (July 15, 2014) – If you’re seeing a pleasant decrease in the price at the pump you’re not imagining things.

The U.S. average retail price of gasoline has fallen below $3.60/gal for the first time since April 10, 2014. Prices have been on an 18 consecutive day streak where the current price was less than the price from the previous day, and it’s the highest number of consecutive down days since the period between April 4, 2013 and April 19, 2013, when prices fell 11.8cts/ gal from $3.63 to $3.52. The U.S. average, now $3.59/gal., has dropped by 5 cents in the past week.

“West Texas Intermediate crude, the benchmark for the U.S., traded below $100 per barrel today for the first time since April, reflecting a slow but steady decline in recent weeks,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.  “Over the same period, we’ve seen wholesale crude prices across the country slip dramatically.  West Coast wholesale prices have fallen by more than 35 cents per gallon since the beginning of the month, and across the rest of the country wholesale prices have fallen by 15 to 20 cents per gallon.”

“We’re confident that in coming weeks we’ll see retail prices catch up to the wholesale losses.  West Coast consumers will likely see their retail prices slide from 15 to 25 cents per gallon over the next two weeks, and across the rest of the country we can expect prices at the pump to shed from 10 to 20 cents per gallon,” DeHaan said.

GasBuddy has also unveiled a new website for the media ( where media can find live-ticking averages with the latest prices received for over 450 US metros and 100 Canadian cities, as well as national averages and a multitude of other data. Color maps can be created to track prices or changes in price in every U.S. county over selectable time frames, charts comparing prices between areas can be made, with many key statistics on markets updated daily.

Contact Information:

Gregg Laskoski/ Sr. Petroleum Analyst
Email: Phone: 813-436-9422

Patrick DeHaan / Sr. Petroleum Analyst
Email: Phone: 773-644-1427

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