3nd Annual Christmas Story Time Pajama party

Imagination Library and Delta Community Library

The Delta/Greely Imagination Library and the Delta Community Library are joining together to present the third annual Christmas Story Time Pajama party Friday December 5, 6:30 to 8 pm.   This event will be held at the Delta Community Library on Deborah Street.

Books, pj’s, teddy bears and blankets all are a part of the Imagination Library’s Pajama Party Christmas Bedtime Pajama Party Story hour. Children are invited to hear THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, sing some favorite Christmas songs and make a fun craft and take home a goodie bag.

Librarian Joyce McCombs will be showing some of her extensive collection of the Clement Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas and also read it for all to enjoy.
Call 803-8118 for more information.


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Relay for Life of Delta Junction Event Registration

Relay for Life of Delta Junction
Event Registration at the Holiday Bazaar on Dec 6th

This years theme
You can be a Perfect 10?

By getting 10 people to donate $10.00
By sending 10 emails asking for $10.00
By getting 100 donations in 10 days
By raising $100 by any use of 10

A prize will be given for the best use of 10 to raise funds to fight cancer

Delta Junction Relay for Life will be held May 16 – 17
10am – 10am

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8th annual event Christmas in Ice

November 29, 2014 – January 6, 2015

Make plans now to visit the ice park in North Pole, Alaska!

Christmas in Ice, the 6-week winter ice park located next to Santa Claus House in North Pole, features Christmas-themed ice art competition pieces, ice slides and a maze, twirlers, indoor kids’ crafts, and educational ice sculpture demonstrations, adding color and light to our Interior Alaska winter.

Check the website for complete details

Sunday – Thursday 11am to 10pm
Friday – Saturday 11am to 11pm
Christmas Eve 11am – 6pm
Christmas Day Noon to 6pm

Daily – Adults $8.00/Youth $5.00
Punch Pass – 10 visits for $50.00
Season Pass – Adult $25.00/Youth $10.00
5 and under – Free
Senior rate (60+) $4.00
*Youth – 6 to 12 years
Group Rates for 10 and more in a group

BP Picnic Under the Stars
Friday, Dec 5
3pm – 8pm
Free admission and picnic supper
Canned food donations appreciated

Petro Star Military Appreciation Day
Saturday, Dec 13, Noon to 5pm
Free admission and picnic lunch with Military ID

Christmas Day FREE
(Visit with Santa 1pm – 5pm)

New Year’s Eve Spectacular
11pm – 1am
Count down New Year’s with Santa
Fireworks at midnight by Budget Fireworks

Throughout the Event:
– Elf’s Icy Playground – slides, twirlers, maze
– Ice Skating Rink – Bring your own skates
– Inviting warm-up area with concessions and indoor restrooms

For more information Call (907)590-2522

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Fairbanks Community Jazz Band

***Free*** The band will be playing Sat, Nov 29 from 3-5 pm in Support of the holiday bazaar at Pioneer Park.

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Photo of the day November 24

Children in Alaska enjoy helping with the outside chores in the winter.
Photo by Carole Elaine Haas

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Obituary William (Bill/Willy) Paul Ridder, Jr.

William (Bill/Willy) Paul Ridder, Jr., age 65 of Delta Junction, Alaska passed away on November 16, 2014 at the University of Washington Hospital with his loving wife Janis and friend David at his side.

Bill was born on February 27, 1949 to William Sr. and Helen Ridder of Wollaston, MA. And was the middle child of three.

Bill attended St. Ann’s School in Wollaston, MA and graduated from the 8th grade in 1963. He went onto Boston College High School in Dorchester, MA. graduating in 1967. From there, on to the University of Vermont (UVM) and graduated in 1971 with Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology.  Shortly after graduation, Bill moved to Moscow, Idaho and attended the University of Idaho. Bill received a Master’s of Science degree, specializing and fish and wildlife science, which was obtained from University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Bill moved to Alaska in the mid 1970’s. He purchased 20 acres overlooking the Tanana River and the mountains known as the Alaskan Range. This is where he was to build his home. First, he built a wooden platform and lived in a tent while building his first small cabin. He lived in the cabin while building his house. He had no running water or sewer system. He hauled water for himself and his dogs. Bill cut logs from his property and had them skidded out by a horse team. He hired a young lady named Janis Fairbanks (his future wife) to peel the logs for him. Together they built the log house of their dreams to perfection, their place to call “home”.

Bill purchased a distance sled dog team and enjoyed running the team through the solitude of Alaskan trails. Later he became interested in sprint racing with his dogs and competed in many events throughout his life and was active in Delta’s Dog Mushers group.

On March 6, 1979, Bill became an employee of the State of Alaska, Department of Fish & Game, Division of Sport Fish as a Fisheries Biologist. A job in which he loved. Bill worked there for over 20 years and retired on December 31, 1999.

In 1988 Bill was cursed with liver cancer. He flew to Boston where his father was a retired surgeon, to have the best perform treatment and surgery. Bill fought hard and beat the odds as folks with this kind of cancer rarely live for 26 additional years.

Bill married the love of his life and best friend, Janis K. Fairbanks on February 12, 2000. The wedding was performed in their home with their best friends standing up for them and in attendance was their extended Alaskan family.

After Bill retired from the Department of Fish and Game, he and Jan purchased a motor home and traveled around the state of Alaska enjoying blueberry picking, camping, fishing and sightseeing trips. In 2011 they purchased a home on 20 acres in Siren, Wisconsin where they spent their winters.

Bill and his brother Matt spent their early years summering at the Ridder family lake front cabin located in Plymouth, MA. They nicknamed the cabin “Big Pink” in honor of their mother’s affinity for pink aluminum siding, and Bill and Matt’s affinity for the 1968 Rock album “Music From Big Pink”.  Bill made several trips out east every year to open the cabin up in the spring, perform maintenance, vacation and close up for the winter.  He loved the cabin and had wonderful life long memories of time spent there with family and friends. Big Pink was very important to Bill and he worked hard to keep it in the family where it stands to this day.

Bill loved and excelled at photography, woodworking, gardening, cooking, reading, 4 wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his wife, family and friends.  Bill will always be remembered for his attention to detail, his perfectionism, his rugged individuality, and his witty and insightful personality. He was, without a doubt, a very special and unique person and will be missed by all that knew him.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; William and Helen, his older sister Susan and younger brother Mathew. He has left behind his wife Janis, two step children; Yvonne and Michael both of Michigan, six step grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and his extended family he called friends.

Bill lived, loved, laughed and left. A celebration of life party will be held in the spring, 2015.

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The Apps and Downs of Disaster Preparedness

Back in 1996, I read Bill Gates’s book, The Road Ahead.  For those of us who can remember back that far, computers were fairly commonplace and the internet was just coming into its own.  Cell phones were just that, phones.  No texting, no cameras, no online capability.  Just phones.  Mr. Gates made a prediction that one day we would all carry around computers that would easily fit into our shirt pockets.  I remember wondering how that keyboard was going to fit.

Today, so far, I’ve used my phone to send and receive emails, text messages and checked the weather, the news and my appointments for the evening.  Oh yes, and I have actually made several telephone calls. Bill Gates’s prophecy has come true.  It even fits neatly in my shirt pocket, keyboard and all.

One of the features about smart phones that everyone seems to like is the capability to run various applications (Apps for short).  Kids load games on their phones and we grown-ups, well we load games also, but we have grown-up Apps.

No matter your area of interest, there’s an App for that.  Some are even helpful with disaster preparedness.  I have an App that notifies me immediately of an earthquake anywhere on the planet.  Location, intensity and whether or not a tsunami is a factor.  It’s called Earthquake Alert and is free (as are all the apps mentioned in this column).

Another is called “iTriage.”  This App is designed by emergency room doctors and is very extensive.  You enter symptoms, the part of the body affected and you get a list of possible ailments.  It also has locations of medical facilities in the area and directions to them.  In fact, it will use your phone’s built-in GPS to direct you to your facility of choice.  First aid and trauma care are also features of this App.

Then there’s the Military Survival Guide. Designed after the U.S. Army Field Manual FM-21-76.  Survival in various climates, conditions and circumstances are covered in detail.  How to build shelter, fire, make simple weapons and find food.  Which plants to eat, which to avoid.  Weather prognostication by observing clouds, complete with color photos of different kinds of cloud formations.

I use my Weather Channel App every day.  Keeping abreast of the weather is all part of the “Be Informed” motto of disaster preparedness.  Another App tracks tide information, handy for those of us living on the coast.

One I learned of a few months back was designed by the North Dakota State University Extension Service, called “Winter Survival Kit.”  It’s designed for those who travel in blizzard conditions.  If you should become stranded, it will calculate how many hours you can run your car’s heater before you’re out of gas.  There is a list of emergency equipment you should carry in your car and a place to enter your insurance information, auto club and phone numbers of persons to contact in case of emergency.

All-in-all, just more examples of how we can use technology to our advantage.  As always, send your questions and comments to disasterprep.dave@gmail.com. Previous columns can be found on my blog at www.diasterprepdave.blogspot.com.  Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us”.

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Sullivan Roadhouse Holiday Lighting Celebration ~ Nov 29

Saturday, November 29
2 – 5pm

Family photos available (wear our furs or bring your own)

Live Christmas melodies
Refreshments, hot drinks and cookies
Handmade ornaments for purchase
Outdoor fire pits with marshmallows to roast
Door prizes

Lighting of Roadhouse and Farmers Market will be at 4:30

Come celebrate the Spirit of Christmas!
Our gift to you!
“Sullivan Roadhouse Gardners and Elves”

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Black Friday Open House

WillowWood Country Gift Shop
Friday, November 28
11:00  AM – 4:00 PM
25% – 50% random  sales
visit www.willowwoodgiftshop.com for directions or call 895-4535

Need exercise? Walk or Ski our 3 mile trail out of the wind and kid friendly.

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Free Kids Indoor Soccer Day!

Friday November 28th
(Day after Thanksgiving)

NO COST—Come out and wear those kids out!

(Donations will be accepted for the DYSA)

Location: Delta High School Gyms (meet in large gym)

2-4 year olds: 10-10:30 am
5-6 year olds: 10:45-11:30am
7-11 year olds: 11:45-1pm
12-17 year olds: 1-3pm


For More Information:
Heather Stossmeister: 907-803-1001
Allison Long: 907-687-7666

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FAI – Festival of Trees

Location: Worthington Building

The Festival of Trees is rooted in our identity as a small community working together in the frozen north. Sponsors, community members and volunteers will join us in lighting up 50 Christmas trees, and display the sparkling result in a showroom for families, couples and friends to enjoy throughout the course of a jam­-packed weekend.

This indoor forest will come alive with live music, a wreath and bake sale, holiday shopping with local vendors, awards for the most well­-adorned trees and a visit…


Friday, November 28- 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 29 – Noon – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 30 – Noon – 5:00pm  Price Tickets are $5/person, $10/family – children 12 & under are free

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Photo of the day November 22

“Frosty Tree Aurora”
This photo was taken along the edge of Clearwater Lake around 10:30 pm on October 27  Sebastian Saarloos

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Photo of the day November 21

Chugach Sunset
Chugach Mountains near Matanuska Glacier, Alaska
Birch Leaf Photography

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Holiday Food Safety Tips

Used with Permission Fort Greely Interceptor

- Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling any food.
– Wash food-contact surfaces (cutting boards, dishes, utensils, countertops) with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item.
– Rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly under cool running water and use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.
– Do not rinse raw meat and poultry before cooking in order to avoid spreading bacteria to areas around the sink and countertops.

When shopping in the store, storing food in the refrigerator at home, or preparing meals, keep foods that won’t be cooked separate from raw eggs, meat, poultry or seafood—and from kitchen utensils used for those products.
– Consider using one cutting board only for foods that will be cooked (such as raw meat, poultry, and seafood) and another one for those that will not (such as raw fruits and vegetables)
.- Do not put cooked meat or other food that is ready to eat on an unwashed plate that has held any raw eggs, meat, poultry, seafood, or their juices.

- Use a food thermometer to make sure meat, poultry, and fish are cooked to a safe internal temperature. To check a turkey for safety, insert a food thermometer into the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. The turkey is safe when the temperature reaches 165°F. If the turkey is stuffed, the temperature of the stuffing should be 165°F.
– Bring sauces, soups, and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating.
– Cook eggs until the yolk and white are firm. When making your own eggnog or other recipe calling for raw eggs, use pasteurized shell eggs, liquid or frozen pasteurized egg products, or powdered egg whites.
– Don’t eat uncooked cookie dough, which may contain raw eggs.

Refrigerate leftovers and takeout foods—and any type of food that should be refrigerated, including pie—within two hours.
– Set your refrigerator at or below 40°F and the freezer at 0°F. Check both periodically with an appliance thermometer.
– Thaw frozen food safely in the refrigerator, under cold running water, or in the microwave—never at room temperature. Cook food thawed in cold water or in the microwave immediately.- Allow enough time to properly thaw food. For example, a 20-pound turkey needs four to five days to thaw completely in the refrigerator.
– Don’t taste food that looks or smells questionable. When in doubt, throw it out.
– Leftovers should be used within three to four days, unless frozen.

Keep Your Family Safer From Food Poisoning
Check your steps at FoodSafety.gov

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Shop Safely this Holiday Season

Scammers Take Advantage of Consumers during Holiday Shopping Season

Anchorage, Alaska — November 20, 2014 — Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday—the holiday shopping season is here, and Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Western Washington and Oregon is advising consumers to shop and give wisely.

According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers spent an average of $407 last year and more than 100 million consumers shopped on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

While there are many bargains to be had, BBB warns of deals that are too good to be true.
Safety first. Anticipate traffic and be careful of crowds. Never leave a wallet, credit card or purse on a counter or in an unattended shopping cart. It is a good idea to shop with a companion or ask for a security escort to the car.
Don’t fall for false advertising. Some companies will resort to ads that are misleading, deceptive or fraudulent. Bait-and-switch tactics are designed to bring consumers into a store but push them toward more expensive items.
Check return and exchange policies. Store policies can change for Black Friday deals. Consumers should educate themselves on whether returns are possible.  Final sales, a very short return window and in-store only credits are common during the holiday shopping season.
Shop local. Consumers can save time and money by supporting small businesses in their community. Check neighborhood retailers for their weekend deals on Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday. Some stores may be able to price-match some items.
- Beware of counterfeit sites and sales on Cyber Monday. The anonymity of the Internet often makes it difficult to discern between the legitimate and the counterfeit. Exceptionally low prices, distorted photos and missing contact information are often signs of a phony online retailer.
Give wisely and thoughtfully. Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  Before donating to a charity, make sure it is vetted. Consumers can see a charity’s rating at BBB.org or Give.org, a website run by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
BBB advises consumers to check a business’ rating and reviews before buying.  For more information, visit BBB.org and download BBB’s iPhone App for reviews on-the-go.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 | michelle.tabler@thebbb.org
David Quinlan, Senior Director of Public Relations: 206-676-4119

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Photo of the day November 20

A few bull moose and their harem’s doing what moose do this time of year in the foreground of the Alaska Range. A portion of the pipeline can be seen as well. Photo by Dwight Phillips

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Don’t Want to Cook on Thanksgiving?

On Thursday, November 27th, the DFAC (Dining Facility)  will be open from 6:00-8:30 a.m. to provide a continental breakfast.

Thanksgiving dinner will be provided from 12:00-4:00 p.m.


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Photo of the day November 19

Our kitchen window faces south, so it’s rare we see any kind of aurora activity through it, but the sky was dancing like crazy! It was -15 below zero but who cares – I think the results are worth it! Here is just one of several hundred photos I had taken that evening. Taken 11/4/2014 at 2:11am east of Delta Junction, Alaska. Photo by Birch Leaf Photography

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BLM fulfills final Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

ANCHORAGE — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fulfilled entitlements for four Yukon River villages this week in a patent-signing ceremony at the Anchorage office of the Gana-a ‘Yoo, Limited.

Individual village corporations had originally been established for Galena, Koyukuk, Nulato and Kaltag in west-central Alaska.  Gana-a ‘Yoo, Limited was formed in 1978 after these four ANCSA village corporations merged.  Gana-a ‘Yoo received four patents for the remaining surface acreage owed to each of the villages, for a total of 9,875.8 acres.  The regional corporation, Doyon, Limited, received patents for the corresponding subsurface estates.

The final patents complete the transfer of 115,320.86 acres of land in the vicinity of the village of Galena; 92,160.80 acres of land in the vicinity of the village of Koyukuk; 115,200.97 acres of land in the vicinity of the village of Nulato; and 115,680.02 acres of land in the vicinity of the village of Kaltag.

Thom Jennings
Public Information Officer

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National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska oil & gas lease sale

Anchorage —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today held a lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) that generated $658,978.20.

Today’s sale offered 270 tracts comprising about 3 million acres.  Two companies submitted 7 bids for the right to develop oil and gas lease tracts in the federal petroleum reserve managed by the BLM on Alaska’s North Slope.  The bids on 7 tracts encompassed about 66,650 acres.

Today’s sale is the tenth since 1999. Total bids received for the nine prior sales totaled more than $260.6 million. Currently, 205 leases cover more than 1.7 million acres in the NPR-A. Tracts available for lease are consistent with the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan and the Record of Decision signed in February 2013.

The highest bid of $206,201, or $53.67 per acre, was offered today by ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc./Anadarko E&P onshore LLC for tract 2014-H-161.  The State of Alaska will receive 50 percent of the NPR-A lease sale bid receipts, or $329,489.10.

A map and table with complete sale results by tract are posted at the BLM-Alaska website at: http://www.blm.gov/ak.

Thom Jennings
Public Information Officer

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Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Hey Everyone!!! Bring your favorite edible decorations and make a masterpiece to take home.

Homemade kits provided. Free to everyone, we just ask for chaperons to help the kids.

If you are planning on coming please call or text Julie Fullmer (907)750-8702 and she will make sure there is a house with your name on it! :)


Location: Delta Junction Seventh-Day Adventist Church- corner of Clearwater and Cottonwood

Date: Saturday, November 29
5:00 – 8:00pm

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My Summer at Rika’s Cafe and Pantry

Deborah Snyder, 2014 summer Front Manager of Rika’s Cafe & Pantry

“This is such a peaceful, beautiful location!”  “Your food is the best we have had compared to all of our stops!”  “Do you make your own food?”  “Does the soup have gluten in it?” “Are the gifts locally made?”  “What a lovely gift shop!”  “Do you live here?”

These are just a few of the questions and comments I heard over the summer.  Each day presented itself with its own unique pleasures and challenges.  Every tourist that walked through that door seemed excited for next the adventure; whether it was a hot cup of coffee with pie or a full meal.  They were like spring baby birds, so interested and eager to learn about the world of the Delta Historical Park’s main character, Rika, and the area.

The meandering Tanana River, the chattering of squirrels, the occasional “Baaaa” of sheep, the rooster’s crow, the buzz of bees, the flutter of leaves in the breeze…and then the drooping of flower blossoms because of the relentless summer rains we experienced this past summer.  All these and the busyness of the Café & Gift Shop were a sheer delight as I made my day’s priority to greet each guest and make their time at the park enjoyable, pleasant, and memorable.  I felt privileged to be a part of their Alaska Experience.  These guests were making their own history.

After the school year began, I was especially pleased to serve two young boys who were famished after a day at their studies.  They would quickly make their way to the door and swoop down on the goodies baskets or drinks in the cases.  Then approach the register with the confidence of a successful business man to pay for their selections.  They said they had earned their money working for their grandfather.  I was sorry we made their acquaintance at the end of our open season; their rumbling stomachs would have to be patient for Mom’s kitchen pantry after their trek home.

Rika’s Café & Pantry offers a much needed reprieve for the weary traveler after long hours of sitting in their vehicle.  It is an opportunity to stop and enjoy the ambience that the park offers, to learn about some of our history, and visit with any residents they may encounter.

Not only is Rika’s Café & Pantry a place to eat, but it is an incentive for the traveler stop and for locals to bring visiting family and friends.  A place where they can enjoy time around the table and an opportunity to learn about the history of what made Big Delta and Delta Junction a place to stop and enjoy.

Let’s not forget, also, that the park is a beautiful setting for a wedding, a family reunion, and picnic on the green.  The restaurant offers a service to those wanting to celebrate any event.  And the Vendors!!!  Those in our community that need a venue to sell their wares.  We have a variety of talent in our area, and Rika’s is one place the buses and tourists will stop to visit.  Many of our local vendors’ wares were purchased and went to homes, not only in the Lower-48 but across the globe.

The Department of Natural Resources has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for food services at Big Delta State Historical Park.  All the details can be found on the state’s online public notice system.

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USDA Releases New State-by-State “Made in Rural America” Report

As part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state “Made in Rural America” report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband.

These fact sheets reflect Secretary Vilsack’s efforts to strengthen the “four pillars” of a new economy in rural America: developing a robust bio-based economy; promoting exports and production agriculture fueled by increased productivity and research; encouraging conservation including land management, stewardship and outdoor recreational opportunities; and building a strong local and regional food system to harness entrepreneurial innovation and help small and medium-sized family farms succeed in rural America.

The report’s state by state fact sheets are available at www.usda.gov/opportunities

Also…this month’s newsletter reminds producers to submit expenses for RTCP program.

Danny Consenstein
Executive Director
USDA Alaska Farm Service Agency

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EATA Indoor Therapeutic Riding Arena in Anchorage

(Anchorage, AK) – Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska (EATA) is excited to announce the winner of the pre-construction bid for our indoor riding arena – The Boutet Company, Inc. Mr. Jacques Boutet, Professional Engineer, and his associates have extensive knowledge and experience with planning, permitting, and managing construction projects of a similar nature. We look forward to commencing our work with Mr. Boutet and The Boutet Company, Inc. Thank you to all of our bidders for their time and willingness to work on this project.

In 2010, an anonymous and incredibly generous Anchorage resident donated an indoor riding arena to benefit EATA’s therapeutic riding program. The indoor riding arena will allow EATA to operate throughout the year and extend our services, not only to current clients, but also to new clients. Thank you to our anonymous donor – we cannot thank You enough!

Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska (EATA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding to children, adults, and veterans living with disabilities in the Anchorage area. To find out more about EATA’s program or the current project, please contact Rebecca Widmer at 907-566-TROT (8768) or
Rebecca.Widmer@EquineAssistedTherapyAlaska.org . We can also be found on the web at: www.EquineAssistedTherapyAlaska.org.

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Photo of the day November 18

Caught this beautiful sunset at the pull off by the post!   Photo by Lisa Parker

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Flu Clinic ~ Nov 25

Protect yourself and those you love with a flu vaccine!

Come to the Delta Community Library Tuesday, November 25th
Time 11:00-1:30
Walk-in! The State of Alaska, Public Health Nursing will be offering flu vaccines.

The cost is $27.44, a sliding fee scale will be available, but no one is refused service because of inability to pay. Medicare cards are also accepted for billing purposes.

For more information call: Delta Community Library 895-4102 or Delta Junction Public Health Center 895-4292



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Better Business Bureau Offers $10K Scholarship

BBB Foundation Presents the Students of Integrity Scholarship

Anchorage, Alaska — November 17, 2014 — Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has officially launched the 2015 Students of Integrity Scholarship. High school seniors in the Northwest will have a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship by creating a 90-second video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers.

“BBB values the importance of higher education and teens who personify high ethics,” BBB CEO Tyler Andrew said. “We believe this scholarship will enable a student to pursue both in a fun and creative way.”

Students can check their eligibility and apply online. A panel of judges from all three states will choose the winning entry in March. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2015.

The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and travel expenses to Portland where BBB will present him or her with a check at the March 28 Portland Trail Blazers game at the Moda Center.

Students may apply individually or in groups. The video entries of the top 15 finalists will be posted on BBB’s YouTube channel for public viewing.

For more information, click here

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BLM Alaska Releases Guidance for Reclamation of Placer-Mined Streams

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska is providing guidance establishing clear and consistent standards for rehabilitating placer-mined streams on public lands managed by the BLM.

This guidance is intended to assist the placer mining industry comply with national reclamation regulations and policies. In addition, it requires that mining operations are adequately bonded thus ensuring the public does not bear reclamation cost of streams mined on BLM-managed public lands. Implementation of the guidance will be phased in over the next two years. The BLM is working with the State of Alaska to ensure miners continued access to the State of Alaska bond pool.

“The new guidance will help placer miners meet standards aimed at ensuring clean water,” said Steve Cohn, BLM Alaska’s Deputy State Director for Resources. “Working with industry, state government, and all stakeholders, our agency will fulfill its stewardship responsibilities in managing public land uses and resources.”

The BLM is actively coordinating with the placer mining industry, the Alaska Miners Association, the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and other partners to provide guidance and technical assistance to help miners with compliance. Miners who may be starting new operations or expanding existing operations are encouraged to contact BLM mining compliance staff to learn more about how this guidance may affect their operations. Additional information about this reclamation guidance can be found at http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/minerals.html.

Thom Jennings
Public Information Officer

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Wells Fargo employees in Alaska donate $411,000 to nonprofits

Wells Fargo team members in North Pole proudly display food that was donated during the September food drive.

Statewide food drive brings in more than 2,000 pounds of food for hungry Alaskans

ANCHORAGE, Nov. 17, 2014 – Wells Fargo team members donated a record $411,000 to nonprofit organizations and schools in Alaska as part of the company’s annual Community Support and United Way Campaign in September. This is the highest Community Support Campaign contribution ever by team members in Alaska.

Wells Fargo team members and customers in Alaska also donated more than 2,000 pounds of food to local food banks as part of Hunger Action Month in September. Canned and boxed food donations were collected at Wells Fargo’s 49 banking stores in Alaska. On Oct. 18, Wells Fargo team members volunteered at Food Bank of Alaska to help assemble 900 food boxes for seniors.

“We could not achieve our mission without caring community members like Wells Fargo employees giving time, food, and funds so their neighbors in need have enough to eat,” says Food Bank of Alaska Executive Director Michael Miller.

In addition to personal donations, Wells Fargo team members raised funds for local United Way agencies and other charities through silent auctions, casual days, luncheons and other activities.  Alaska team members also volunteered during the United Way’s “Day of Caring” with organizations such as the AWARE shelter in Juneau, Food Bank of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and The Children’s Place in Wasilla.

In 2013, Wells Fargo invested $1.5 million in 200 nonprofits and schools in Alaska.  Wells Fargo’s Alaska team members logged 10,250 volunteer hours in 2013.

The annual Community Support and United Way Campaign encourages team members to give in ways that mean the most to them, whether by going out into the community to volunteer for their favorite nonprofit, or through financial contributions to any nonprofit, school, or religious institution of their choice. One hundred percent of team member donations go to the organizations they choose. Wells Fargo pays all processing costs and matches gifts, up to $5,000 per team member, to qualifying schools.

Nationally, team members pledged a record $70.5 million to community nonprofits and schools. To date, including the Campaign, team members have donated $97.7 million of their own dollars to nonprofits, a nearly 10 percent increase over 2013, and the twelfth straight year-over-year double-digit increases in pledge totals. Wells Fargo has been  named United Way’s N0. 1 workplace giving campaign in the U.S. for five years in a row (2009-2013).

David J. Kennedy, APR
Alaska Regional Communications Officer

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Three USARAK Units Return From Afghanistan

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Nearly 300 U.S. Army Alaska soldiers from three different units will return from Afghanistan to reunite with their friends and families at Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Tuesday, Nov. 18.

At Fort Wainwright, the final group of Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force, will return from their mission in Afghanistan Tuesday morning.

An official ceremony will be held on their arrival for families and friends to show their support for the more than 100 soldiers ending a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This will be a short ceremony.  The completion of the overseas combat mission and the return to garrison operations will be officially recognized in December by uncasing the unit’s colors at a separate ceremony.

At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the 23rd Engineer Company (96 soldiers) and Headquarters Company for the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (63 soldiers) will also return Tuesday morning from deployments in support of OEF to reunite with their families and friends.

As with the Fort Wainwright return, an official ceremony will be held on their arrival for families and friends to show their support for the soldiers and welcome them home.

John Pennell

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5 Things Retirees Won’t Tell You

excerpts from Catey Hill, Marketwatch
Used with Permission Fort Greely Interceptor

1. We’re broke
Each day, roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 62…the average age at which people actually retire, according to a recent Gallup poll. Retirees numbers are increasing: by around 2030, nearly one in five Americans will be over the age of 62.

The Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which takes into account out-of-pocket health-care spending and government benefits like food stamps, in addition to income, roughly 15% of people over the age of 65, that’s 6.1 million

And tomorrow’s retirees aren’t in much better financial shape: Among workers 55 and older, nearly 60% have saved less than $100,000 for
retirement, and 24% have saved less than $1,000 according to Employee Benefit Research Institute. Financial Advisors typically estimate that
Americans will need roughly 11 times their final working salary when they retire…so someone with a $50,000 salary would need $550,000
upon retirement to maintain his/her standard of living. This may explain why even retirees with savings say that they rely heavily on Social Security…which pays an average monthly benefit of around $1,290.

2. Retirement is more stressful than it looks.
Retirement is supposed to be the ultimate in relaxation…doing whatever you desire. But for many people, it’s just the opposite. In a study by the American Institute of Stress, retirement was ranked the 10th most stressful out of 43 life events. Death of a spouse ranks number one. Only 39% of people who are actually retired say that it is less stressful than life during the five years before they retired. Studies show that again, money tends to be the number one stressor. “Running out of money to live comfortably” was the biggest
concern for the Silent generation (68-88) and the boomers, followed by the worry that they are or will be a burden to the family.

It is also hard for many retirees to give up working. Our happiness is often from purpose and meaning in our lives and jobs give us that. Retirees get stressed out by the lack of structure and change, even if it is positive, can be stressful.

3. We spend too much time by ourselves
Roughly one in 10 people aged 65 and older report that they are severely lonely. Often the lack of a career exacerbates loneliness. When retirement begins, most of those daily connections are gone. People in the 80’s and older tend to experience higher rate of loneliness than younger people as friends and spouses pass away. Worse yet, loneliness can lead to health problems and premature death. Health consequences include disrupted sleep, elevated blood pressure, increases in the stress hormone Cortisol, altered gene expression in immune cells, increased depression and lower overall well-being.

4. Our health care costs are huge
While Medicare covers plenty of health-care expenses for older folks, it doesn’t cover everything…a fact that surprises people. In fact, Medicare doesn’t cover longer term skilled nursing or rehabilitative care, hearing aids, eye exams and most dental care.

A couple who retire at 65 need an average of $220,000 over cover their out-of-pocket expenses over the course of their retirement according
to Fidelity Investments. This does not take into account the possibility of having to go into a nursing home, which Medicare doesn’t cover under
most circumstances. A semi-private room in a nursing home costs a median of $77,000 per year and living in an assisted living facility can cost $42,000 or more per year. Given how little most people have saved for retirement, many retirees are likely to struggle to afford the health care they need.

5. We’re planning to move in with you.
More than 43 million adults in America care for someone 50 or older, according to the National Center on Caregiving. What’s more, the proportion of adult children providing personal care and/or financial assistance to a parent has more than tripled over the past 15 years. While most care recipients live in their own homes (58%), one in five lives with their caregiver, usually in a spare room in the house. Making matters worse, many
caregivers take a dual financial hit, as they care both for their parents and their children. The caregivers suffer lost wages due to leaving the labor
force and this includes loss in social security dollars. people in all…live in poverty.

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Photo of the day November 17

We are so blessed to live in Delta Junction to catch all the beauty of the Northern Lights without having all the big city lights.  Photo Courtesy Christy Groppel

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Disaster Prep ~ Classroom Lockdown Kits

School officials are understandably jumpy these days.  School shootings are unspeakably tragic, they get nationwide attention and no school administrator wants to be caught unprepared in the event the unthinkable happens in their school.  Consequently most schools have developed a lockdown procedure which secures each classroom and isolates safe zones in the building.  Some states have even enacted legislation mandating that schools develop a viable lockdown policy and conduct periodic drills, much the same as the fire drills with which we are all familiar.

Schools activate their lockdown plan for a variety of reasons.  The primary reason is when the safety of the students is at stake.  Another reason is when the police are conducting a drug search, usually with a specially trained dog and they don’t want several hundred kids milling about. Also if an event is occurring nearby the school, such as some kind of “person with a gun” situation, bank robbery or other incident which could be potentially hazardous to the students, the school will lockdown.   Different schools do lockdowns differently.  The first step is to secure the students in their classrooms, secure all entrances to the building and block visual access to the rooms.  Students are directed to position themselves in an area of the room away from the door.  Often the classroom lights are turned off.  Students are usually required to remain quiet for the duration of the lockdown.

Lockdowns can last from a few minutes to several hours. Not all classrooms are directly connected to a restroom.  Can you see where I’m going with this?  Human nature being what it is, there will always be the kid who just finished off a 44 ounce Big Gulp moments before the lockdown was ordered.  Other students may have skipped breakfast, then sometime during first period the school building locked down and now it’s two periods after lunch.

To plan for just such a contingency, some schools have purchased lockdown kits.  The kit is usually stored in a five-gallon bucket and contains water pouches, food bars, first aid supplies and many other items considered useful to weather such an incident.  Some even include a snap-on toilet seat/lid and toilet bags to provide for the sanitary needs that would inevitably arise. (Yes, a roll of tissue is also included.)  Ideally each classroom has a kit with enough supplies to meet the needs of several students.  One kit I checked out sold for $70.00 and contained 30 water pouches.  It also was equipped with a battery powered radio, a flashlight, and several light sticks, among many other items.

Disaster preparedness doesn’t always mean stocking your own pantry.  It is regrettable that we find ourselves turning schools into fortresses, but with the right amount of planning and supplies on hand, we can make our schools safer for our kids.

Comments?  Questions?  Email me at disasterprep.dave@gmail.com.  You can find previous columns on my blog at: www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com.  Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us”.

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Crime Prevention Tips for Your Home During Winter Time

By Sonny Zarecki, DES
Used with Permission Fort Greely Interceptor

With winter time approaching everyone should keep in mind that burglars do not just operate in the summer. Below are just a few tips to help keep you safe during the winter months.

• Ensure that your windows and doors are locked.
• If you are expecting a parcel make sure someone is there when it is delivered or ask a neighbor to take it in– don’t leave it on the door step.
• Don’t leave your keys in the door at any time.
• Don’t open your door to unexpected callers – check their identity first using a door viewer or a door chain.
• Always keep keys in a safe place away from windows and doors
Remember: If you can get into your house without keys so can burglars.

Some tips for the outside of your home:
• Keep all sheds and garages locked at all times.
• Security alarms are inexpensive and can deter undesirables.
• Fit a security light in the garden / front of the house.
• Lock your garden gate.
• Don’t leave keys under a stone or flower pot.
• Keep all bicycles and tools locked away out of sight.

So while the winter months are with us, use you some of these safety tips to help keep you safe and crime free.

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Photo of the day November 15

“Election Day Aurora”
Taken about 6:15 am on November 4 at Clearwater Lake.
Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos


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Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner











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1st Annual DHS Heroes “Stuff a Stocking”

















Stuff – A – Stocking for a Senior (65+)
Community Event

Spread 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 or Holiday Bazaar Dec 6th

– No Slip/Gripper Socks
– Personal Care Items
– Playing Cards
– Crossword/Soduko Books
– Puzzles
– Pocket Knife
– Magnifying Glass
– Pens/Pencils/Notepads
– Books
– Gift Card
– Picture Frames

Please contact DHS Counselor Lindsay Pinkelman at 895-4460 or email her at lpinkelman@dgsd.us

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Illinois Firm Recalls Pierogi Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2014 – Kasia’s Deli Inc., a Chicago, IL. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,059 pounds of pierogi products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain wheat, soy, eggs, and milk, known allergens which are not declared on the product label.

The pierogi (dumplings) products were produced on various dates prior to September 19, 2014 and include lot numbers #4262 and below. The following products are subject to recall:

11.5-oz. white plastic tray packages containing 6 pieces of “Polana Beef Pierogi” with product code 608.

11.5-oz. white plastic tray packages containing 12 pieces of “Polana Beef Pierogi” with product code 108.

14-oz. white plastic tray packages containing 6 pieces of “Polana Potato and Bacon Pierogi” with product code 630.

14-oz. white plastic tray packages containing 12 pieces of “Polana Potato and Bacon Pierogi” with product code 130.

14-oz. white plastic tray packages of “Polana Chicken Pierogi” with product code 126.

The products subject to recall may contain the establishment number “EST. 33985” or “P- 33985” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products produced were shipped to a distributor for national online sales.

The problem was discovered by an FSIS investigator during routine surveillance when the investigator noticed that the packaging lacked ingredient labels and /or the mark of inspection.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact the Kasia’s Deli Inc. at (312) 666-2900.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Submitted by Katherine Scheidt

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Personal Thank You

It was windy (surprise, surprise) near dusk on Sunday afternoon at Quality Care Assisted Living in Delta. Residents were each occupied with their own thoughts and pursuits.

Enter a neat appearing, courteous young man who introduced himself to resident, John, and said something like, “my name is…and we’ve come to meet you, visit, sing some songs, and learn to know you…”.

Ms Woods, the on duty caregiver, invited the group in, and a baker’s dozen young folk trooped in, a youth group from a local church.

Residents set aside their individual pursuits and came out to the common area where the young visitors introduced themselves individually to each resident.

The visitors formed a choir grouping and beautifully presented several songs  a Capella with harmonized voices, finishing with Jingle Bells, and said goodnight.

It was a delightful, uplifting surprise and a most thoughtful and gracious visit. The visitors declined to be identified by name, only wanting it known that they care about others and about service to humanity.

It certainly deserves recognition that they took time from their own lives to plan, assemble, and execute a gesture designed only to make the day better for others.

Thank you, youth group, and please visit again soon!

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Photo of the day November 14

Sparse pickings for this guy up here, guess he was just there for the scenery.
Photo by Diwght Phillips

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