Be safe this Halloween by following NFPA’s fire safety tips

October 21, 2014 – Glowing jack-o-lanterns, festive decorations, spooky costumes – Halloween offers tons of festive fun, but it does come with hidden fire dangers that can be truly scary. Fortunately, by following some simple safety precautions from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you can ensure a day of safe fun for your family and trick-or-treaters.

“Everyone loves decorating their homes and wearing colorful costumes on Halloween, and we want them to enjoy it all,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy, “but this holiday can quickly turn hazardous if proper precautions aren’t taken.” Candle decorations and costumes with billowing or long trailing fabric are a fire risk, according to Carli.

NFPA’s most recent statistics show that decorations were the first items to be ignited in 920 reported home structure fires on average each year, resulting in six civilian deaths, 47 civilian injuries and $12.9 million in direct property damage.

In addition, nearly half of decoration fires in homes occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source. Forty-one percent of these incidents were started by candles; one-fifth began in the living room, family room, or den.

The Sparky the Fire Dog® website features tip sheets, kids’ activities, an e-card, and a Sparky pumpkin-carving template. For parents and teachers, NFPA also created a simple Halloween fire safety tip graphic.

Video:  NFPA’s Lisa Braxton says planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can make the difference between a safe and tragic holiday.

NFPA provides safety tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween, including:

·         When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can clearly see out of them.

·         Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

·         Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

·         It is safest to use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times.

·         Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

Lorraine Carli
Public Affairs Office
publicaffairs@nfpa.org

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Photo of the day October 21

Summer 2014 was pretty dismal for humankind , but there weren’t many complaints
from potato kind. Photo by Whit Aillaud

 

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Kid’s Super Saturday ~ Oct 25

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U.S. Army Alaska jumps into Vigilant Shield

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – As the land component of Joint Task Force-Alaska, U.S. Army Alaska will conduct an arctic mobility exercise called Spartan Pegasus Thursday, Oct. 23, at Donnelly Drop Zone near Fort Greely.

The exercise is part of Vigilant Shield 2015, an annual North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command exercise to train participants in Homeland Defense processes. Vigilant Shield is primarily a command post exercise, but field training exercises may occur at multiple locations including Alaska.

Spartan Pegasus is a multi-component, joint training event that will further refine planning and mission capabilities and collaboration between U.S. Army Alaska, the U.S. Air Force and the Alaska National Guard. The exercise will demonstrate U.S. Army Alaska’s capacity to deliver forces to provide site security in remote, austere environments on short notice.

Approximately 55 paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will depart Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, near Anchorage, and parachute 300 miles north into Buffalo Drop Zone on Fort Greely. The scenario is to alert, prepare and deploy forces on short notice into a remote, Arctic environment to secure a crash site in an area not accessible by road. U.S. Army Alaska is the only command in the U.S. Army trained and equipped to provide extreme cold-weather airborne forces support to the joint force.

This joint, multiagency training event will include strategic airlift support from the U.S. Air Force and the Alaska National Guard. It further refines the joint capability to provide flexible, tailorable forces to the Joint Forces Commander as part of Vigilant Shield 15. Training events like Arctic Pegasus allow us to maximize training resources across multiple units to maintain our readiness on a wide array of mission sets across the Pacific and Arctic regions.

John Pennell
Public Affairs Office

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Secretary Vilsack to Address AFN Convention

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Address Alaska Federation of Natives

Millions in USDA funding and new Projects for rural Alaskan Communities to be Announced

Who:   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Time of Speech: Thursday, October 23rd at 10:20 a.m.
Where: Dena’ina Convention Center: 600 West 7th Avenue; Anchorage, AK 99501, in the Main Hall

Also,  FSA is rolling out new, expanded loan programs for Alaska’s beginning farmers. 
USDA Expands Access to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced improvements to farm loan programs by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.
The microloan changes will allow beginning, small and mid-sized farmers to access an additional $15,000 in loans using a simplified application process with up to seven years to repay. Microloans are part of USDA’s continued commitment to small and midsized farming operations.

Danny Consenstein
Executive Director
USDA Alaska Farm Service Agency

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Photo of the day October 20

“Elk Browsing”
Photo by Ruby Hollembaek
 Alaska Interior Game Ranch

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General Prep ~ Fire Escape

Winter weather is just around the corner.  Fire season has been lifted and long, cool evenings are ahead.  It seems earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards and Ebola come to mind when we think of disasters, and those are the events that get all the attention, however residential fires are the most common disaster in the United States.  Every year more than 2500 people die (that’s seven (7) people per day) and nearly 13,000 are injured in home fires in our nation.

Deaths and injuries can be minimized when families establish and practice a home fire escape plan.  The American Red Cross says you only have two minutes to escape a structure fire.  F.E.M.A. recommends practicing your home fire escape plan twice a year.

Here are some tips:

1. Find two ways to get out of each room.
2. If a primary exit is blocked, you will need an alternate escape route.  A second story room might mean using a ladder to get to safety.
3. Make sure windows aren’t stuck and screens can be easily removed.  If security bars are in place, make sure they can be properly opened.
4. Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
5. Place smoke alarms on every floor of your home.  The Red Cross recommends placing one in each bedroom.
6. Replace your batteries every year, and replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.

Fewer and fewer households in our region are burning wood for heat anymore, but if you still enjoy the comforting warmth of a wood fire, make sure your chimney is cleaned and inspected each year.  Various kinds of wood burn in various ways.  Some burn slowly and some burn faster.  Different kinds of wood and different conditions leave various levels of creosote inside the chimney.  Every chimney should inspected for safety and to be cleaned, if necessary.

Successfully preparing for the disaster of a home fire is no accident!  It just may save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Disaster preparedness isn’t rocket science!  Simply consider a game of “what if” and then make plans for what can go wrong.  Lay in supplies, keep your gas tank on the upper half and always have a back-up plan.  Many years ago when I was a student pilot, my flight instructor told me that a pilot always keeps an emergency landing area in mind, just in case.  This is no small feat in Western Oregon where there aren’t a whole lot of flat, level wheatfields to set a plane down.  The point being, you’ve always got to have a plan in mind in the event the whole system collapses.

There’s a lot of talk about Ebola right now.  Do you have a plan in place if this disease comes to our region?  Have you discussed with your family at what point do you keep the kids home from school?  At what point do you stay home from work?  In other words, have you considered the concept of a self-quarantine and what that may mean?  Having said that, do you have enough supplies on hand to get through a period of quarantine?

This is never about causing fear, this is about stimulating some thought and preparing for the “just in case” events that may or may not come our way.

As always, send your comments and questions to disasterprep.dave@gmail.com.  You may check out my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com.  Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon and author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us.”

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Army helps Sitka celebrate Alaska Day

SITKA, Alaska –The U.S. Army began its long relationship with Alaska in 1867, right after the territory was purchased by America from Tsar Alexander II of Russia for $7.2 million – about two cents per acre.

After the purchase, American soldiers from the U.S. 9th Infantry sailed to what was then called New Archangel (now Sitka), the seat of Russian power in the territory. There, atop a local prominence now known as Castle Hill, the Americans watched as the Russians took down their flag. As the transfer was completed, the soldiers raised the flag of the United States over what was to become the 49th state.

Since that day the Army has played a key role in Alaska’s development. As in years past, this year on the 65th official Alaska Day ceremony in Sitka, the Army once again returned to help re-enact the historic transfer ceremony and bask in the friendship of the local population.

John M Pennell
Public Affairs Office

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Alaska Making Progress on Afterschool Programming

Household Survey: Parent Support for Afterschool Increases, But Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs Persist in Alaska

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Strong participation among students, increasing parent support and high satisfaction with afterschool programs among parents is driving progress in meeting the need for afterschool program in Alaska, according to a new household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. But the 2014 edition of America After 3pm also shows that demand for afterschool programs in Alaska still far exceeds supply, and the number of children who would participate if an afterschool program were available exceeds the number of children currently enrolled in afterschool programs in the state.

The America After 3pm survey included 30,000 American households and 207 in-depth interviews with Alaskan parents.  It found that 19% of Alaskan students, 25,631 children in all, are enrolled in afterschool programs, up from 18% in 2009, when the survey was last conducted. But 31,445 Alaskan students are still without adult supervision in the afternoons. The parents of 45,365 Alaskan children not already in an afterschool program say they would enroll their child if a program were available.

Afterschool programs provide a critical support to Alaska’s working families. Afterschool programs gave 78% of working parents surveyed peace of mind about their children when they are at work. 75% of Alaska parents agree that afterschool program help working parents keep their jobs.

The Alaska Afterschool Network is statewide collaboration supporting, strengthening and advocating for afterschool programs in Alaska and is a project of the Alaska Children’s Trust. Founded in 2013 with a grant from the Mott Foundation and local support from the Alaska Children’s Trust, State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Rasmuson Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Wells Fargo, Association of Alaska School Boards, and United Way of Anchorage.  Contact Thomas Azzarella, Director, for more information.

Thomas Azzarella
Director of the Alaska Afterschool Network
Alaska Children’s Trust

 

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Photo of the day October 17

“May Day Sunset”  9:14 PM  – Delta River. Sebastian Saarloos 

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Fall Festival Cardio Burn

Saturday, Oct 25
6 – 8pm at the CAC
For more information call 873-2696

Event is Open to the Entire Delta/Greely Community

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Family & MWR Equipment Sale

This Event is Open to the Entire Delta/Greely Community

Location: Aurora Community Activity Center, Bldg 500 & Recreational Lodging Bldg 702

Tuesday, Oct 21

FMWR Equipment Sale OPEN:

0900-1300 Military ID & DoD Civilian card holders ONLY

1400-1700 Open to Public

 2-5 p.m.  Non ID cardholders

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Scammers Prey on Public’s Fear of Ebola

BBB, FDA offer tips to recognize fraudulent health products

Anchorage, Alaska — October 16, 2014 — Scams tend to follow the news, especially when a health scare makes the headlines. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns consumers that scam artists are preying on the public’s fear of Ebola. Fraudsters are making unsubstantiated claims that the disease can be cured or prevented by using products containing everything from silver to herbal oils to snake venom.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently warned consumers, “There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola.”

Experimental vaccines may have been mentioned in the news, but they are not available to the public yet. “These investigational products are in the early stages of product development, have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited,” the FDA said.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says it does have safety tips for travelers to West Africa, but the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is extremely low. However, when fear is high, unproven and fraudulent products start to appear.

Consumers who have seen bogus products or false claims should report them to the FDA and may also inform BBB. The following tips from the FDA may also help consumers recognize fraudulent health products.

- One product does it all. Be suspicious of a product that claims to cure a wide range of diseases. One product could not be so effective against a long, varied list of conditions.
- Personal testimonials. Success stories are easily fabricated and are not a substitute for scientific evidence.
- Quick fixes. Few diseases can be treated rapidly, even with legitimate products.
- “All natural.” Numerous products claiming to be “all natural” in fact contain hidden, untested and potentially dangerous or lethal ingredients.
- “Miracle cure.” If a true cure for a serious disease were discovered, it would be widely reported through the media and prescribed by doctors—not buried in newspaper advertisements, infomercials and websites.
- Conspiracy theories. Claims about government conspiracies are used to distract consumers from the obvious, common-sense questions they should be asking about the so-called miracle cure.

Additionally, BBB urges consumers to use caution when donating to an Ebola-related cause. Click here for wise-giving tips.

BBB reminds consumers to always check with a doctor or health care professional before purchasing or using an unproven product or one with questionable claims.

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 October 16

One of our northernmost woodpeckers, a Northern Flicker sits in a poplar tree but feeds on the ground. Photo by Dwight Phillips

 

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Children’s Fall Festival

October 25
2 – 4pm
This event is open to the community.
Location: Aurora Community Activity Center

Bouncy House – Games – Candy – Costume Contest – Movie – Cosmic Bowling
And more

For more information call the CAC front desk 873-4782

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Alaska Day

Alaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States which occurred on Friday, October 18, 1867.

On March 30, 1867 the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for the sum of $7.2 million. It was not until October of that year that the Commissioners arrived in Sitka and the formal transfer was arranged. The formal flag-raising took place at Fort Sitka on October 18, 1867. The original ceremony included 250 uniformed U.S. soldiers, who marched to the Governor’s house at “Castle Hill”. Here the Russian troops lowered the Russian flag and the U.S. flag was raised.

The official account of the affair as presented by General Lovell Rousseau to Secretary of State William H. Seward:

… The troops being promptly formed, were, at precisely half past three o’clock, brought to a ‘present arms’, the signal given to the Ossipee … which was to fire the salute, and the ceremony was begun by lowering the Russian flag … The United States flag … was properly attached and began its ascent, hoisted by my private secretary [and son], George Lovell Rousseau, and again salutes were fired as before, the Russian water battery leading off. The flag was so hoisted that in the instant it reached its place the report of the big gun of the Ossipee reverberated from the mountains around … Captain Pestchouroff stepped up to me and said, ‘General Rousseau, by authority from his Majesty the Emperor of Russia, I transfer to the United States the Territory of Alaska’ and in a few words I acknowledged the acceptance of the transfer, and the ceremony was at an end.”

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Spay and Neuter Clinic ~ Nov 1 & 2

 

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2014 Harvest Wrap-Up October 23

Thursday, October 23rd
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Delta Career Advancement Center – Delta Junction

The following agricultural researchers with the University of Alaska Fairbanks as well as the USDA Northern County Farm Service Agency County Executive Director will be present to discuss current and future research efforts and the 2014 Farm Bill.

Bob VanVeldhuizen    UAF-SNRAS    Variety Trials Comparisons Wheat Selection Progress

Steve Seefeldt       UAF-CES      Dicamba and Clopyralid Breakdown in Soil

Mingchu Zhang        UAF-SNRAS    Phosphorus Fertilizer Application Method

Phil Kaspari         UAF-CES      Herbicide Updates and Weed Free Forage Program

Lloyd Wilhelm        USDA-FSA     Farm Bill

This gathering is for producers to learn from current research efforts, share observations, and provide constructive comments for research needs that would benefit the industry.

Phil Kaspari
Agricultural Extension Faculty

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Delta Pool League Meeting October 21

Delta Pool League Meeting next Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014 at the Moose Lodge!
6:30PM

Vote for your board members and discuss the 2041-2015 Pool League rules, start and end dates, etc.

If you have played before or just want to know what we’re all about please attend the meeting or give Hanni Marchuk a call at (907)360-9731 between 8:00am and 9:00pm.

 

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DMV Closed Oct 17 – 25 ~ Updated

Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed on Friday, October 17 for Alaska Day

 

 

October 24 and 25 for employee leave.

Regular business hours return October 26.

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Photo of the day October 15

Do you know where we are going?  Are we there yet?
Photo by Carol Watkins

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Photo of the day October 14

This photo was taken in Chicken, Alaska.
Photo Courtesy Birch Leaf Photography

 

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It’s That Time Again ~ Bazaar

The Delta High School Booster Club is seeking folks interested in being vendors at our annual Christmas Bazaar at the high school on December 6th.

Call Tiki Levinson at 895-1057 or send an e-mail to dhsboosterclub@gmail.com

 

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The Lodge at Black Rapids presents the Annual Women, Wares and Wine!

The Lodge at Black Rapids presents the Annual Women, Wares and Wine!
November 14 & 15th, 2014

Just for you!!!!
A Fashion Show by In My Element!
Womens Fashions for real Women! Presented by Sheryl DeBoard, owner, buyer and fashion consultant!

Call to book your massage and pedicures ASAP. Additional charge for these services.  Call for prices and availability.

Event at The Lodge, milepost 227.4 Richardson Highway. Phone (907)388-8391 for your reservations and information, or visit the lodgeblackrapids.com

Packages: $290.00 per person, based on double occupancy.

Check in on Friday, have dinner.
- Saturday: all day event, soup lunch, wine tasting, fashion show, dinner, entertainment, FUN!!!! check out on Sunday.

$489.00 per person for single, $35.00 per person for day, which includes soup lunch, wine tasting, dinner.  Bring your BFF and have FUN!!!

Come spend a weekend celebrating you!!! Have a fabulous dinner, wine tasting, shopping, health, massages and more!

If you would like to be a vendor and showcase your “wares” call us at (907)388-8391

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Photo of the day October 13

After a week of clouds and over a foot of new snow the clouds finally parted early this morning to reveal Mt. Hayes in the Alaska Range with the first light of the new day. Sebastian Saarloos

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Clarifications for Unit 13 Federal Subsistence – Paxson Closed Area

GLENNALLEN – A recent, detailed, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land status review has revealed that an additional 29,000 acres of lands in the vicinity of Paxson Lake, Alaska are unencumbered Federal public lands and are therefore open to Federal subsistence hunting.  Approximately 1,500 acres of these Federal lands underlay a portion of the approximately 12,000 acre, State of Alaska, Game Management Unit 13, Paxson Closed Area.  The Unit 13 Federal subsistence caribou hunt reopens October 21.   “It’s important that Federal subsistence hunters review the updated map,” cautions BLM Glennallen Field Manager, Dennis Teitzel.  “Federal subsistence hunters need to understand that the entire Paxson Closed Area isn’t open to Federal subsistence.  Federal hunters should consult the updated map to ensure they are only hunting on Federal lands within that area.”

Lands added to the Unit 13 Federal subsistence hunt map within the vicinity of Paxson Lake were once top-filed by the State of Alaska in 1993 and 1994.  Through an administrative review process conducted in 1994, 1995, and 2008, it was determined that these were BLM unencumbered lands.  The land status change went unnoticed at the field level.  “It was an unfortunate oversight,” explains Glennallen Field Manager, Dennis Teitzel.  “These lands have actually been Federal unencumbered lands for several years.”

The Alaska National Interest Lands Claim Act (ANILCA) defines areas open to Federal subsistence, as Federal unencumbered lands.  All of these Federal lands are in Federal Subsistence Unit 13 and, by definitions in ANILCA, are currently open to Unit 13 Federal subsistence users.

The U.S. Department of Interior Federal Subsistence Board is responsible for developing and updating Federal subsistence regulations for Federal public lands in Alaska.  Any member of the public can submit a proposal to the Federal subsistence board to change current Federal subsistence harvest regulations.  Learn how to submit proposals to the Federal Subsistence Board at:  www.doi.gov/subsistence/proposal/submit.

Federal subsistence hunters are advised to always check for updates to Federal subsistence regulations prior to hunting.  Updated maps for Unit 13 Federal subsistence are available at the BLM Glennallen Field Office or online at www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/fo/gdo.html

For additional information contact the BLM Glennallen Field Office at (907) 822-3217.

“Federal lands within the Paxson Closed Area are shown in yellow”

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.

Click here to download the map for your print out.  The sample to the left is just a small sample map, you will get a large map with the pdf file.

 

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Photo of the day October 11

I saw this nice bull about 1/4 mile south of Ft Greely’ main gate.
Photo by Scott Skaleski

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Photo of the day October 10

I photographed this lil’ guy, a Collared Pika, at Hatcher’s Pass, Alaska. These guys do not hibernate, even here in Alaska. Staying up all winter requires them to store large amounts of vegetation for the winter. Photo Courtesy Tracey Harmon

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Delta Health Fair ~ Oct 11

DELTA HEALTH FAIR ~ October 11, 8:00am to noon

Alaska Health Fair, Inc. is a non-profit organization that started in 1980 as part of the National Health Screening Council; a movement led by Dr. John F. Brensike, to increase health awareness and provide screenings, education, and high-quality, low-cost blood screening tests for early detection of disease and other health issues. AHF blood test fees are approximately 20% of what a physician charges, but are restricted to ages 18 and over. Blood test results are mailed directly to participants approximately two weeks after the fair and an AHF nurse will personally follow up with the participant if a blood test is critically out of range.

The Delta Junction Community Health Fair will be held at the Delta Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday, October 11, 8:00am to noon. AHF does not accept health insurance for payment, but will accept cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard.

The following blood tests and health screenings will be available:
• Comprehensive Blood Test (CBC, CMP, Lipids) Chemistry/Hematology ($45) is a panel of 27 different tests that screen for diabetes, kidney and liver functions, nutrition, cholesterol, anemia, and more. Fasting is required, so participants should not eat or drink anything except water and prescription medication for 10-12 hours before testing.  Diabetics should not fast.
• Thyroid Stimulating Hormone ($30) – Thyroid gland test
• Prostate Specific Antigen ($25) – Prostate Disease Test
• Vitamin D ($50) – Deficiencies, malabsorption, bone metabolism, or parathyroid functions
• A1c ($25) – Three-month average of glucose
• Blood typing ($20) – Determines blood type and Rh type (Rh+ or Rh-)
• Colorectal Home Screening Kit ($5) – First line of defense in fight against colorectal cancer
• Free screenings – Height/Weight/BMI, Hearing, Vision, etc. courtesy of Alaska Health Fair, Inc.

The North Pole Pharmacy will offer immunizations. They accept Medicare cards as payment, but must be presented before immunizations are administered. Otherwise, they accept cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard.
• Flu Shots ($30)
• High-dose Flu Shots ($57 or Medicare A+B card) – restricted to Medicare recipients
• Pneumovax ($100 or Medicare A+B card)

Thanks to our local sponsors and financial supporters: Delta Building Supply, CampWater Industries, IGA Food Cache, Heritage General Contracting, Delta Powersports, Whitestone Farms, and Delta Lions.

If you are unable to attend the Delta Health Fair on October 11th, please note other health fairs in our area:

• Fairbanks Senior Center Community Health Fair
Friday, October 3, 2014, 7am-11am
NSCoA Senior Center, 1424 Moore St, Fairbanks
• North Pole Community Health Fair
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8am-Noon
North Pole Plaza Mall, 301 N Santa Claus Lane, North Pole
• Credit Union 1 Community Health Fair
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:30-10:30am
1453 University Ave South, Fairbanks

For additional information contact Tanana Valley Program Director Sharon Phillips (907-374-6853), visit the Alaska Health Fair, Inc. website (www.alaskahealthfair.org), or call Delta Health Fair Site Coordinators Pat White (907-687-1422) and Rena Case (907-388-2686). Know your numbers, visit with exhibitors, chat with a nurse, and take charge of your health.

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Alaska History Storyteller Celebrates “Alaska Day of Honor”

Aspiring singers and vocal students are urged to “…Honor the song” and “become the subject.” John Venables actualizes these principles to a remarkable degree in his chosen role as an “Alaska History Storyteller.”

He has a vast fund of knowledge and a unique ability to bring it to life for us.

More than simply entertainment, we may learn from him if we but listen!

We may learn and admire even more from his book: JOURNEY TO STATEHOOD, aklitho Print Solutions, Juneau, AK, available at our local library.

On Wednesday, October 8, John along with a few friends, observed an “Alaska day of honor” commemorating the birthday of William A. Egan, first governor of Alaska.

William Egan was born in Alaska, and served as governor from 1959 to 1966,
and again from 1970 to 1974.

Article submitted by Ken Farrow
Photos submitted by Bethany Williams

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Photo of the day October 9

“Silvertip at Sunset”
Mt. Silvertip shines with the last bit of sun above the fall colors and Donnelly Lake. It was a little breezy at the lake, so instead of the standard “mirror style” reflection, I used my ND filter and did a 3 minute long exposure to smooth out the water.
Photo by Sebastian Saarloos

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Public Notice: Big Delta State Historical Park Concession Contract

The state concession contract to operate the restaurant and gift shop at Big Delta State Historical Park (BDSHP), otherwise known as Rika’s Roadhouse, ends October 30, 2014. This notice meets the requirements of AS 41.21.027(d), to provide for public review and comment prior to entering into a new concession contract for the operation of food services at BDSHP. Comments should be received at the address below, fax, or email to brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov by October 22, 2014.

3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK  99709
Fax: (907)451-2754

A new concession contract would provide for:
1. An exclusive right to manage food services at Big Delta State Historial Park
2. A reasonable fee schedule to be set by contract, subject to division review and approval
3. Adequate and effective safety precautions
4. Adequate accommodations for persons with liabilities
5. A 5-year term, with option to renew for two additional ten-year terms
6. A prohibition from significant interference with ordinary and traditional use of BDSHP
7. Full compliance with all relevant state and local laws

Comments will be incorporated in the preliminary decision on whether to enter into a concession contract for the operation of food services at Big Delta State Historical Park.

Sincerely,
Brooks Ludwig
Northern Area Superintendent
Alaska State Parks

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Photo of the day October 8

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

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Pinching Pennies ~ Debt Collectors

This week, Pinching Pennies is written by one of my counterparts in Illinois Extension, Sasha Grabenstetter. In another life, Sasha worked as a debt collector, so she has firsthand experience in working with others to solve debt problems. I thought you might enjoy the advice that she has to offer. In addition, you might be interested in checking out Illinois Extension’s money advice on its website, “Plan Well, Retire Well,” at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/eb141.

It’s happened to every one of us. Whether they were calling for you, your spouse or your neighbor down the street, we’ve all encountered the dreaded call from a debt collector. In a former life, I was a debt collector. Here are a few tips and tricks of the trade on how to deal with one if you ever encounter that phone call.

What federal laws protect consumers?

The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act of 1977  was designed to protect consumers from abusive, unfair and deceptive practices used by third-party debt collectors. This act makes sure that debt collectors cannot; use profanity, use deceptive statements, disclose the debt to anyone besides you, threaten you in any way or divulge specific information on a recorded message. The act also gave rules that debt collectors cannot call before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. in your specific time zone, and that they can only call once a day. (Unless you request they call you back at a later time.) The act gives you 30 days to clear the debt with the collection agency before it goes onto your credit report.

How do I dispute a debt?

Five days from the first communication the collection agency will send out a written notice with the amount of the debt, the name of the creditor and a statement that says unless you dispute the validity of the debt, it will be considered valid. If you want to dispute the debt, you’ll have to write a letter within 30 days of receiving the written notice. The collection agency should stop all collections until the dispute has been resolved. If you would like to end all contact with a debt collection agency, you will also have to put that in writing as well.

What if a debt collector goes too far?

If a debt collector tried to harass or threaten you, make sure you have exact documentation, such as writing down the times they called and what they said, to report the abuse. In Illinois, you can report it to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office or visit the National Association of Attorney Generals for your state. You should also report them to the Federal Trade Commission as well as report the agency to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Tips on how to deal with debt collectors

Being a former debt collector – here a few quick tips on how to deal with one.

1. Use the golden rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated. If you are unkind to a debt collector, they will be less willing to help you out in your situation. For example, instead of offering you a payment plan, they might ask for the balance.

2. Avoid harsh language or profanity. No one likes being yelled at. Consumers forget that debt collectors are people too. So avoid using profanity and foul language.

3. Answer the phone. Just because you don’t answer the phone doesn’t mean the debt will go away. Lots of times they have the wrong number or person. If you answer, let them know. If the debt collector is looking for you, verify your information and decide if you can pay the debt in full or need to make a payment plan.

4. Lastly, don’t make promises you can’t keep. If you set up a payment plan, make sure you stick to it. Don’t say you can pay back $350 when you can only afford $100.

Remember the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act protects you from abusive third-party collections, and if you need to dispute a debt – do it in writing. Always use the golden rule while dealing with debt collectors and don’t make financial repayment promises you can’t keep.

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is associate director of Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at rrdinstel@alaska.edu or by calling 907-474-7201.

 

 

 

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FCA Presents Black Violin

Friday, October 24th
8 pm Hering Auditorium

Started by Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, Black Violin is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass. When performing live, they are accompanied by their crack band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal) and a drummer.

Black Violin has performed an average of 200 shows per year in 49 states and 36 countries, including appearing at both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC. They have collaborated with several celebrated acts including P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles.

“Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play… Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars.”
—New York Times
https://www.youtube.com/user/BlackViolinTV

Tickets are available at AlaskaTix.com, 490-2858 and Grassroots Guitar

Season tickets are still available

Black Violin – a triumph of creativity over adversity.

sponsored by Fairbanks Cancer Care Physicians

(907)474-8081
info@fairbanksconcert.org

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Photo of the day October 7

Only the 2nd caribou I’ve seen along the Richardson Highway this year.
Photo by Scott Skaleski

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Sean Elder Appearing The Lodge at Black Rapids

 The Lodge at Black Rapids Winter  Concert Series Presents “Sean Elder” October 17 & 18, 2014

6 p.m. Dinner & concert $30
Concert only: $15

Sean has performed composed and recorded music in Alaska for over 3 decades. His background in rock, jazz and contemporary music enables him to create a diverse selection of instrumental and vocal arrangements. He currently is lead guitarist for the acoustic trio  “The Front Paige” in Anchorage. Reservations: 907-388-8391 (38 miles south of Delta Junction, 2.5 hours south of Fairbanks)

 

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Special Meetings at Delta Christian Center

There will be special meetings this coming weekend at Delta Christian Center

Steve Everett and Mary Glazier will be ministering Friday, October 10 thru Sunday, October 12.

Meeting schedule:

Friday, October 10  - 7PM, Steve and Mary will be sharing
Saturday, October 11  - 10:30AM, Mary will be sharing
Sunday, October 12  - 11AM, Steve will be sharing
Sunday, October 12  - 6PM, Steve and Mary will be sharing

The community is invited to the meetings.  Please come and join us for worship and fellowship. For more information call 895-4531

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Delta Fish & Game Advisory Committee Meeting ~ Oct 15

The Delta Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Delta City Hall at 6:30 pm.

Agenda:
Delta Junction Fish & Game Advisory Committee
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30 PM
City Hall Conference Room, Delta Junction

Call to Order
Roll Call
Establish quorum
Introduction of Guests
• Chair’s Comments
• Subcommittee Chair Comments
• Concerns/Comments of Public
• Concerns/Comments of AC members
(Note:  If concerns/comments need more than 5 minutes, please ask to have the item placed on the agenda to be discussed later in the meeting)

Approval of Minutes-
April 15, 2014

Approval of Agenda
• Discussion of Military Land Closures during hunting season; US Army, Alaska
• Discussion of upcoming 40Mile Caribou Herd Coalition Meeting
• October 23, 2014 in Fairbanks
• DNR Eastern Tanana Area Plan Review
• Comments due November 14, 2014
• Comment on Prince William Sound/Upper Copper & Upper Susitna BOF Meeting Proposals

Adjourn
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Other Dates and Deadlines:
State:
October 15-16, 2014 BOF- Work Session; Juneau
Comment October 1, 2014

October 23, 2014  – Fortymile Caribou Herd Coalition Meeting; Fairbanks|

December 3-8, 2015 – BOF – PWS & Upper Copper/Upper Susitna; Cordova
Comment Deadline November 21, 2015

January 8, 2015 – BOG – Work Session; Juneau
Comment Deadline December 26, 2014

February 13-20, 2015  – BOG – C/SW Region; Wasilla
Comment Deadline January 30, 2015

March 13-17, 2015  – BOG – SC Region; Anchorage
Comment Deadline February 27, 2015
Federal:
October 21-22, 2014 Eastern Interior Regional Advisory Council Meeting, Fairbanks

Next Delta AC Meeting will be on November 19, 2014

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Alaska soldier competing for Army title

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Twenty-eight of the Army’s finest warriors, representing 14 commands from across the Army, have gathered at Fort Lee, Va., to compete in the 2014 Best Warrior Competition. The four-day intensive competition began today and runs through Thursday, Oct. 9, to determine the U.S. Army’s 2014 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.

Staff Sgt. Adam White, assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at JBER, will represent U.S. Army Alaska and U.S. Army Pacific in the competition. White, from Porter, Texas, is an infantryman who has been in the Army for seven years and will be competing to be named the Army NCO of the Year for 2014.

Warriors in the ranks of private through specialist will compete for the Soldier of the Year title. Those in the ranks of corporal through sergeant first class will compete for the NCO of the Year title. All Army Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve-Component soldiers are eligible to compete.

The Best Warrior Competition promotes espirit de corps and recognizes soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values and embody the Warrior Ethos. During the four-day competition, these elite competitors will test their Army aptitude, conquering urban warfare simulations, physical fitness tests, written exams, and warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today’s operating environment.

In addition, warriors will go before a selection board comprised of six senior sergeants major from across the Army. These boards, chaired by Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler, evaluate competitor appearance, military bearing and knowledge of critical Army topics.

Winners will be announced on the evening of the final day of the competition, Thursday, at Fort Lee. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live at http://www.dvidshub.net/.

The Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year will receive prestigious honors in recognition of their achievements and represent the Army at special events throughout their 2014-2015 tenure.

The 2013 Soldier of the Year was Spc. Adam Christensen of U.S. Army Alaska’s 472nd Military Police Company at Fort Wainwright. The military policeman from Las Vegas, Nev., had only been in the Army for two years when he won the competition.

Submitted by John Pennell

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