FDA Presents “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running”

waterThe sparkling and insightful comedy by Robert Anderson, Directed by Bill Wright

One of the most successful comedies in Broadway’s history, featuring four story lines and four different relationships. In the Shock of Recognition story line, a couple argues about an opening scene in a play; in the Footsteps of Doves story line, we fi nd a couple, who have been married 25 years, in a store to purchase a new bed or beds; in the I’ll Be Home For Christmas story line, a couple who are parents are discussing the sex education of their almost-adult children, a girl and a boy; and in the I’m Herbert story line, two elder folk hazily discuss their multiple previous marriages and perhaps a few flings.

October 23 – November 8
Friday and Saturday performance curtain times will be 7:30pm.
Sunday matinee performance curtain time is 2pm


Adults: $25
Seniors: $20 (65+)
Military: $20 (with ID)
Students: $20 (with ID)
Teens: $15

Via Phone or in Person
For more information regarding single or season tickets, call us at 456-PLAY, or stop by the theatre at 1852 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701, Monday through Friday between 10 am and 5 pm.

Via US Mail
Currently only season tickets may be ordered via the USPS. Download our 2015-2016 season ticket form and order today! For more information about the form or the season ticket purchase, call 456-PLAY.

At the Door
FDA theatre doors open to the public one hour before any published showtime. Tickets will be sold on a first come basis, as available. Shows do sell out, so get your tickets early

Walk up sales
Ticket may also be purchased one hour prior to show time at the Riverfront Theatre box office.

Riverfront Theatre
1852 2nd Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701

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Scammers Push Medical Devices Fooling Seniors

BBB Issues Warning about Telemarketers Offering Bogus Products

Anchorage, Alaska — October 8, 2015 – Alaskan seniors are being targeted with unwelcomed calls from telemarketers pitching unneeded medical devices. Better Business Bureau and the Alaska Medicare Information Office say the callers will trick seniors into parting with personal information and agreeing to medical devices that may be lesser quality than claimed.

Alaska health officials say the practice has been rampant in the state. The callers often times will offer Medicare recipients free or discounted wrist splints, back braces and diabetic supplies, even though they may not need them. According to the Federal Trade Commission, beneficiaries are not only misled, but in many cases end up having to pay for the device in full or through co-pays and deductibles. These scams typically target seniors, but anyone can become a victim.

BBB advises consumers to beware of phone solicitations for products and services. It’s wise to contact health care providers about any medical issues before committing to a product or service.

  • Just say no. Never give personal and private information to a solicitor over the phone, especially if the call wasn’t initiated. BBB suggests just hanging up.
  • Free offers may not be free. Even if the consumer is told that Medicare will be billed, there may be out-of-pocket expenses, such as co-pays and deductibles.
  • Reject robocalls. Some companies use robocalls to sell medical alert devices. If called, never press a numbered option. This verifies that the phone number is a working number and the calls may increase in frequency.
  • Check endorsements. Callers may claim to be connected with legitimate associations and agencies. Check first at bbb.org or call the healthcare agency directly to verify the endorsement.

For more information on Medicare scams or to report dishonest business practices, visit bbb.org or contact the Medicare Information Office at 907-770-2070.

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

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Photo of the day October 8

Caribou near Donnelly Dome. Photo taken on September 16. Scott Skaleski

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Delta Community Choir Calling All Singers

commchoirDelta has seen it’s first snow, and before we know it Christmas will be here!

The Delta Community Choir is looking for singers. All members of the Delta-Greely community who like to sing are welcome to join us to practice for the annual Christmas Concert (to be held at the Fort Greely Chapel on December 17th).

We will meet Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Delta High School Music Room.

Our first practice is Tuesday, October 13th. We will be directed by Dean Shannon and Angie Barnard.

It is not required that you know how to read music, however, it is required that you enjoy making music together.

If you have questions, contact Ellen Clark, at 895-5155 evenings.

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Fairbanks Go Winter! Expo This Weekend

gowinterexpoThe Go Winter Expo is this weekend (Oct 10-11) and it’s all about winter and how to get through it healthy, safely, and sanely while having fun along the way. If you plan on spending the winter in Fairbanks, you need to be at Go Winter!

Sponsored by Outpost Alaska, the event has something for everyone…snow machines, cars and trucks, skiing, camping, trapping, tasty treats, arts and crafts, health, fitness, beauty, auto-starts, winterization, home care, energy saving ideas, heating fuel, education, travel ideas, the Interior Alaska Gun Show and much, much more!

Invest your PFD into making this winter great. Bring the whole family, we even have activities for the kids!

$5 at the door, children 12 and under free, and military free all day Sunday with ID.
Location:  Carlson Center

For more information and a full vendor list, visit http://fairbanksevents.com/go-winter-expo/

See you there!

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Congressman Don Young And Community Meeting ~ Oct 12

commeetingyoungThere will be a community meeting on Monday, October 12.
Location:  City Hall – 2288 Deborah Street, Delta Jct.
Time:  11:30am – 1pm

Congressman Don Young wants to hear from you!

Come discuss the many issues concernign Alaska and the nation.


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Photo of the day October 7

Red squirrel photographed in Southeast Alaska while on vacation.
Steve DuBois

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Fall H2H Training Schedule

FAIRBANKS Helmets to Hardhats Opportunities
Apply Now! Click on the class you are interested in for the online application.

Ironwork & Welding
November 2nd – November 6th ….. Monday – Friday ….. 8am to 4:30pm
Hands on Training covers the basics of rebar, steel erection and welding used in the Ironworker Trade. Stick welding (SMAW) and oxy acetylene cutting will be covered.

Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship
November 16th – November 20th….. Monday – Friday ….. 8am to 4:30pm
Training covers basic electrical theory, electrical code, blueprints, tool safety and hands on training including wiring of switches, GFCI receptacles, duplex receptacles, panels, 3-way and 4-way switches, bending EMT and rigid conduit. This is a hands on training.

Carpentry 1 Hands-on training
November 30th – December 4th ….. Monday – Friday ….. 8am to 4:30pm
Training covers the proper use of hand and power tools along with math, layout, materials, and fasteners used in the construction trade. Stair layout and construction will also be covered.

Apply online today: www.alaskaworks.org  Click on Helmets to Hardhats Tab

Requirements for FREE Construction Training (Must be current or former military)
– Complete H2H training application online.
– Proof of military service (Military photo ID or DD214 or Orders, ect.)
– Register for free to become a member of Alaska’s Helmets to Hardhats at www.alaskah2h.org

Alaska’s Helmets to Hardhats is a program for Transitioning Service Members, Veterans, Guard and Reserves to educate on the opportunities in Alaska through apprenticeship, provide construction training for needed experience and help guide members towards a career in Alaska’s Construction Workforce through apprenticeship.






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Fall Classes Being Offered in Delta

fallclassesREGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCT. 19 ! Enroll by October 19th to be eligible for credit voucher savings !

Microcomputer Operating Systems Support….Oct.21- Dec.4
Comprehensive exploration of a current microcomputer operating system: use, configuring, installing and administering. Topics include end-user and technical support.
Wed/Fri……………………………………………………. 5:30 to 8:30 pm……………………………………………………………………. 3 credits
CRN: 80817………………………………………………..CITS F201 TD1………………………………………………… Instructor: Brian Corty
Cost: $585 – $150 Partners for Progress Credit Voucher = $435

to Facilities Maintenance – October 28 – November 14
Provides students with basic safety instruction of hand and power tools and chemicals used in the facilities maintenance occupation in accordance with Federal OSHA regulations. The students will be instructed in the safe work practices of
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements which support awareness of job-site hazards and protections, such as lockout/tag out and hazardous communications.
Wed/Fri……………………………………………………..5:30 to 7:30 pm……………………………………………………………………… 1 credit
CRN: 80547……………………………………………….. CTT F130 TD1………………………………………………….Instructor: Ron Enderle
Cost: $195 – $50 Partners for Progress Credit Voucher = $145

Speaking English as a Second Language – November 10 – December 15
Engaging in English conversation. For students who do not speak English as their first language, but who can understand and follow simple instructions in English. The emphasis is on large quantities of comprehensible English, and building student
confidence in understanding and speaking it. May be repeated up to nine credits.
Tues/Thurs…………………………………………………..4:30 to 7:30 pm…………………………………………………………………….. 2 credits
CRN: 80701………………………………………………. ESLG F051 TD1……………………………………………Instructor: Lindsay Ohlert
Cost: $390 – $100 Partners for Progress Credit Voucher = $290

Delta Career Advancement Center • 1696 North Clearwater Avenue • (907) 895.4605
Mon – Thurs 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm • Fri 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

www.ctc.uaf.edu www.partnersforprogressindelta.org

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Small Business Workshops October & November


Sponsored by UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension, UAF Community & Technical College, the Alaska Small Business Development Center, Alaska SCORE, Paul Robinson & Associates, the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Administration and the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce

Beginning Social Media & Mobile Marketing
Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.–noon, UAF CTC
This workshop will look at why social media is important and how Internet-based applications can add to your marketing strategy and help identify your target market. — Jim McDermott

Intermediate Social Media & Mobile Marketing
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.–noon, UAF CTC
Participants will discuss how companies can use social media to build relationships with customers, the steps required to build a social media plan and how to measure the effectiveness of its social media activities. — Jim McDermott

How to Develop Ideas Into Businesses
Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.–noon, UAF CTC
Participants will discuss how to start a new business venture and go over idea development from brainstorming to the due diligence required to support the business idea pursued. — Jim McDermott

Starting a Small Business
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1–4 p.m., UAF CTC
This workshop covers the basic issues faced when starting a small business, such as business licensing, legal forms, business record keeping, hiring employees, business planning, access to financing, identifying the market and developing a marketing plan. — Paul Robinson and Scott Swingle

Writing a Business Plan
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1–4 p.m., UAF CTC
Learn about the elements of writing a business plan: how to establish budgets, create and evaluate financials to measure your successes and failures, identify the market and develop a marketing plan. — Paul Robinson and Scott Swingle

Legal Forms of Business
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1–4 p.m., UAF CTC
This workshop will cover the legal and tax aspects of various types of business entities, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and S corporations. There will also be a discussion of topics related to LLCs. — Paul Robinson and John Burns

Record Keeping and Taxes for Mining
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1–3 p.m., UAF CTC
Learn about the record-keeping requirements of the IRS and tax planning and preparation. Topics will include depreciation and depletion rules, the mining tax return, application for a mining license, revenue recognition and inventory, and the hobby loss rule. — Paul Robinson

Understanding & Accessing Credit as a Small Business
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1–3 p.m., UAF CTC
This workshop will show you how to proactively improve your personal and business credit so you are more likely to be successful when you apply for that business credit card, line of credit or loan. Topics will include reporting for business and personal credit, ways to protect against credit fraud, systems to build stronger credit and what lenders are looking for when they review your credit. — Scott Swingle and Bill Staley

How to Get a Small Business Loan
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5:30–7:30 p.m., SBDC, 3750 Bonita St.
This workshop explores funding options available for your business, including nontraditional funding (family, crowd funding, etc.) and traditional funding (credit union and bank financial products). It will emphasize how to improve your personal and business credit; look at a typical loan application and financial package required by a lender; review the closing process; and discuss lender expectations. — Russ Talvi and Paul Bauer III

– All classes live in Fairbanks: UAF Community and Technical College, 604 Barnette, Room 216, or 3750 Bonita.
– All classes (except Saturday and evening) available by videoconference in Anchorage: UAF Cooperative Extension Service District Office, 1675 C Street, Suite 100
– Also available on your desktop by arrangement. If interested, contact Kathryn Dodge at 474-6497 or kdodge@alaska.edu.

To register, go to bit.ly/ces-workshops
For more information, contact Kathryn Dodge:
474-6497 or kdodge@alaska.edu
www.uaf.edu/ces — 877-520-5211

UAF is an AA/EO employer and educational institution.

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Photo of the day October 6

Originally part of the rail system that transported copper ore from Kennecott Mine to Chitina, the Kuskulana River Bridge is now used by cars coming to and from McCarthy. Photo Courtesy Tracey Porreca

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Gun Show ~ Oct 10 & 11

140 vendor tables with guns, ammo, knives, outdoor gear, accessories, antiques, and much much more!

Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for active military, and FREE for kids under 12

October 10  – 11
UAF Patty Center, Fairbanks

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Active Shooter!

“Active Shooter On Oregon Community College Campus!” was the CNN News feed to my smart phone.  My blood began to race and I nearly dropped my phone bringing up more details.  I have two grandkids in the local community college.  As it turned out it was another campus about 60 miles away.

Stories of heroism along with stories of unthinkable insanity are still coming out.  Political types are quick to make hay of one form or another.  Everyone in Southwestern Oregon is grieving not only the tragic losses, but just the fact that “this happened here!”

Police train and school administrators plan for what they hope will never happen on their watch.  Lockdown drills are held in schools all across the country. Some states even require periodic lockdowns.  But no amount of preplanning can cover every contingency.  The day after the Umpqua Community College shooting,  certain mis-information and misguided posts on social media led to mid-morning school shutdowns in our own county. Every police officer, paramedic and emergency room worker knows that scared people behave badly.  That’s where dozens of mildly (to not-so-mildly)  anxious parents began arriving at schools to pick up not only their own children, but in some cases, their friends’ kids as well.  Phone calls clogged lines into the administrative offices, and traffic flow problems restricted  the movement of school busses. Add to this certain school policies designed to keep kids safe by restricting who can pick up whom and you’ve got the recipe for a secondary disaster.

Now take this to the next level.  Let’s suppose there is a natural disaster.  We’ll use “earthquake” just for the sake of discussion.  The roads are busted up, the phone lines are completely down, electrical power is out and the schools are full of our kids.  Have you discussed this scenario with your family?  Do you have a plan to reunite your family if this happens?  Even if schools can deliver your children home, is anyone going to be there?  Who have you authorized to pick up your children at the school if you can’t get there?  Do your kids know what to do?  These are all questions families need to address and get settled now, before something happens.

Likewise, schools need to work on disaster planning.  Is there a drill that can be designed to simulate a disaster and how do we pull it off.  Something that goes beyond the lockdown or the “soft lockdown”.  How do we make it work when nothing else (like phones) does?   Fire drills are proven to save lives and have for decades.  Lockdown drills, unscheduled school closure drills and serious disaster drills will save lives as well.

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 complete with toilet bags to provide for the sanitary needs that would eventually arise.  Ideally each classroom would have 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 had a battery powered radio, several light sticks and several other items.

It is unfortunate we have had to turn our schools into fortresses, but with the right planning and some supplies on hand, we can make our schools safer for our kids.

As always, send your  comments and questions to Disasterprep.dave@gmail.com.  Previous columns can be found on my blog  www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com.  Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us”.

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Delta Power Sports Inventory Reduction Sale & Open House




dps_oct10Delta Power Sports Fall Open House October 10, 2015 10am – 3pm

Time to spend the PFD check on something that will bring years of enjoyment.

No need to eat before you come, we will be serving food all day long.

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Free Vision & Hearing Screening for Children

hearingVision and hearing impairment can impact a child’s quality of life. Identifying vision and/or hearing problems early leads to improved outcomes for children in their social development and education.

The Alaska Center for Children and Adults (ACCA) will be at the Delta Junction Community Center on October 29 and 30th to provide free vision and hearing screenings for children 6 months of age up to 17-years-old.

We will also be able to provide developmental screenings for children birth up to three-years-old for anyone who is interested.

The Infant Learning Program is a state funded program providing services for children birth to three throughout the state.

If you would like to participate in this event or have any questions, please contact Amy Diaz at 1-800-456-4003 ext 116, amy.diaz@alaskacenter.org to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Christina Poupard/ACCA ILP Coordinator

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Photo of the day October 5

“Highway Roadtrip”
This was one of the many magnificent fall scenes that we saw as we began to drive back north from our little adventure south. The fog is just lifting to reveal the Chugach Mountains above the brightly lit foliage. This is around MP 95 of the Glenn Highway. Photo was taken September 2015.
Sebastian Saarloos

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Fourth Annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge Seeks Problem Solving Ideas From Students Nationwide

verizonBill Nye, the Science Guy, helps Verizon uncover the next world-changing app idea; Tablets, $20,000 and more for winning teams

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge – the no-coding-skills-needed contest that gives middle and high school students a chance to bring their problem-solving app ideas to life – is back! In its fourth year, the App Challenge calls students to gather teams, dream up ideas, and create concepts for mobile apps that could solve problems in their schools and communities.

For the first time, the App Challenge will be open to teams representing non-profit organizations in addition to schools, and even more students will earn free tablets and cash awards for the groups they represent. The deadline for submission is Nov. 24, and the winners will be named in January 2016.

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is helping Verizon to encourage students nationwide to submit their ideas and to organize their teams now.

Created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association, the App Challenge offers hands-on, experiential learning to ultimately help students  envision brighter futures for themselves that they may never have imagined, as business owners, app inventors and professional coders.

“There’s a palpable energy in a room when students are excited about learning. That energy is what the Verizon Innovative App Challenge is all about,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Verizon. This contest ignites excitement in students, and motivates them to collaborate and be creative problem-solvers.”

Over the years, the Verizon Innovative App Challenge has garnered a track record for uncovering life-changing app ideas that students had conceptualized. For example, an all-girls team of 6th graders from Resaca Middle School in Los Fresnos, Texas won the App Challenge in 2014 for their app idea to help the blind navigate. Inspired by their visually-impaired classmate, the Hello Navi App earned the girls a visit to the White House Science Fair where they met President Obama and Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Now 8th graders, the girls recently sold their app to Visus Technology which is working to expand Hello Navi for use on college campuses nationwide.

The new Hello Navi will incorporate a social community of both seeing and visually impaired users who can share updates in real time to improve navigation for the blind. It will be integrated into a suite of resources for the visually impaired called VelaSense.

Janessa Leija, 13, of the Hello Navi App team said, “Sometimes amazing ideas are trapped in the heads of people of who may never put them out there and they need to, because those ideas could change someone’s life.”

New this year, Best in State winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, one team of middle-school students and one team of high-school students from every state and D.C. will win $5,000 grants for their schools, groups or clubs, and tablets for every team member.

Eight Best in Nation winners will receive an additional $15,000 in grants for their schools, groups or clubs and hands-on and virtual training from MIT Media Lab experts to turn their concepts into working apps available for download. The Best in Nation winners will also present their apps in person at the 2016 Technology Student Association National Conference.

For more information on how to enter and tips for creating the next winning idea, visit www.verizon.com/appchallenge.

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City of Delta Junction Regular Municipal Election

District 9 – Precinct 608
8:00AM to 8:00PM
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Community Center
(2287 Deborah Street)

Council Seats A, D, E, and F will be on the ballot at the regular Delta Junction Municipal Election on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

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Greatland Baptist Church Special Services

Greatland Baptist Church cordially invites you to hear Pastor Norris Ward.

Monday, October 5 @ 7:00pm
Tuesday , October 6 @ 7:00pm

He travels the US, particularly the NW US, He has a special ministry to rural churches. He has a great love for the Lord and heart for people.
Come and be blessed.


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Photo of the day October 2

I had been watching a rutting aggregation of 7-8 moose that was dominated by one larger bull. It was getting almost too dark to photo  and I was just about to leave when I saw a second bull approaching the group. He and the original large bull finally faced off and had a vigorous battle that lasted for a minute or so before one broke it off and ran away. Photo was taken in September 2014.    Steve DuBois

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Record High PFD Lures Scammers

Anchorage, Alaska — October 1, 2015 – Starting today hundreds of thousands of eligible Alaskans will receive a record high $2,072 Permanent Fund Dividend, pouring $1.3 billion into the state’s economy. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington advises consumers to be cautious of coincidentally-timed “opportunities” and unsolicited offers.

Typically, BBB sees an increase in complaints following PFD disbursements, especially with seniors who are relentlessly targeted by scammers.

BBB advises consumers to be vigilant about any investment opportunities or charity requests that require significant upfront fees.

  • Investment or vacation club seminars. Beware of invitations to seminars promising free plane tickets, travel club offers or free electronics for attending. Investment seminars often pitch “guaranteed” or higher than average returns but want upfront fees to participate. Be cautious of any get-rich-quick gimmicks.
  • Talent scouts. Steer clear of fraudulent agencies that travel the country looking to cast models or actors. Often times the agencies will prey on the emotions of parents and grandparents and require large upfront payments for contracts, then skip town or never live up to their agreements.
  • Charities. Scammers may attempt to solicit donations from unsuspecting victims by posing as a charity organizer. Avoid charities that request immediate donations or are not transparent about their organization. Avoid cash donations and check with org to research charities and tips on charitable giving.

Report suspected PFD fraud to the Alaska Department of Revenue Permanent Fund Dividend Division at 907-269-0385 or pfdfraud@alaska.gov. BBB Scam Tracker reports can be made online at bbb.org.

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

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Martha Redbone Concert ~ Oct 11

martharedboneSunday, October 11

Aurora Community Activities Center (CAC)
Fort Greely, Alaska 99731

Martha Redbone is an American blues and soul singer of part Cherokee, Choctaw, European and African-American descent. Her music is a thrilling blend of rhythm and blues, jazz,, soul, gospel, Appalachian and traditional Native American sounds – truly something for everyone!

Admission to the Martha Redbone Concert is by donation and Fort Greely will be OPEN POST for this event — just show your ID at the gate. Be sure to arrive in plenty of time to have dinner or a treat at the CAC Snack Bar– your receipts help offset room rental fees.

Car pooling encouraged — we know that parking has been a challenge at our last couple of concerts! Questions? Contact the library at 895-4102.

This event is sponsored by the Delta Library Association, Fort Greely MWR and The Boeing Company — thanks for your support!

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Fire Prevention Week

firepreventionFire Prevention Week kicks off Monday from 11:00 to 3:00 at the Aurora
Community Activity Center (CAC) where Fire Department personnel will be
disseminating information and conducting fire extinguisher training.

Fort Greely Fire & Emergency Services will be conducting Fire Prevention
training and tours throughout the week.  If anyone would like more info,
please contact the Fire Prevention Branch @ 873-3471.

To cap the week off, the Fire Department will be hosting an open house on
Saturday, 10 October from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. Kids (and big kids –
parents) can spend some time and get to know their Firefighters, see the
Fire Engines up close and have a hotdog or popcorn!

Rodney McNany
Public Affairs Office
Fort Greely, Alaska

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Photo of the day October 1

“Victory Road”
This winding road off the Glenn Highway leads to Victory Bible Camp and to Homestead Guest Cabins, where we stayed over a beautiful fall weekend.  Sebastian Saarloos

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Delta Building Supply Grand Re-Opening Event


Friday, October 2 and Saturday October 3

Register to WIN Fantastic Prizes!

Great Discount Prices throughout the store!



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Trek Over the Top! International Snowmobile Run

trekTok, Alaska to Dawson City Yukon Snowmobile Run Across Boarder
The Ultimate Snowmobile Adventure.
You +200 Sledding Buddies
4 Days of Kick Butt Klondike Hospitality
Includes: *200 Miles of Groomed Trails *3 Nights Accommodation *6 Meals *Gasoline at Halfway PT (Chicken, AK) *Licensed Gambling *Nightly Dawson Entertainment *Chance at Cash & Door Prizes!
$555 per person
March 3rd to 6th, 2016!
Sign up now at: http://www.aktrailblazers.com

Click here to download the registration form


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Permanent Fund Dividend Checks Arrive Today

dividendsThe amount of the permanent fund dividend this year is $2,072. For those who are eligible for direct deposit, you will see those funds deposited in your account today.  Others will be mailed.

Payment Schedule

– 2015 (and prior years) dividend applications that are in “Eligible” status on September 18th, 2015 will be distributed October 1st, 2015.
– 2015 (and prior years) dividend applications that are in “Eligible” status on October 16th, 2015 will be distributed October 22nd, 2015.

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Thank You to Delta Volunteers and Sponsors

RE: Delta Junction Community Health Fair at the Delta Elementary School on Saturday, September 26th.

Thanks to Alaska Health Fair, Inc. for serving our community again this year and to AHF Tanana Valley Program Director Sharon Phillips for overseeing the Delta Health Fair.

To ALL the wonderful people and medical professionals that volunteered – Thanks to each and every one of you for your service to your community.

Thanks to our local financial sponsors, Delta Medical Transport and IGA Food Cache, other local support, Kelly’s Country Inn, Pizza Bella, and Taste of Europe. Thanks to the Delta Elementary for providing their spacious location to hold it. Thanks to the North Pole Safeway Pharmacy for providing opportunity for area residents to receive immunizations during this event.

Rena Case and Pat White, 2015 Site Coordinators

Visit the Alaska Health Fair, Inc. (www.alaskahealthfair.org) for other scheduled events if you were unable to attend Delta’s or the following health fairs in North Pole and Fairbanks:
• North Pole Health Fair (North Pole Plaza Mall, 301 N. Santa Claus Lane) – October 17, 8:00am to noon
• Fairbanks Senior Center Health Fair (1424 Moore Street) – October 23, 7:30am to 11:00am
• Credit Union 1 Community Health Fair (1453 University Avenue South, Fairbanks) – October 28, 7:30am to 10:30am

For additional information contact AHF Tanana Valley Program Director Sharon Phillips (907-374-6853).

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Keep Safe Online During National Cyber Security Month

Anchorage, Alaska – September 30, 2015 – Our world is more connected than ever before with technology touching much of our work and personal lives. In recognition of this, October is designated as National Cyber Security Awareness month. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has partnered with the STOP.THINK.CONNECT campaign to raise awareness about digital and online security.

As hackers become more sophisticated, it’s important to understand how to recognize potential problems and to protect personal information. According to a STOP.THINK.CONNECT survey, 90 percent of respondents indicated they wanted to learn more about keeping safe online. The same survey showed that consumers were more concerned about identity theft than losing their job or healthcare coverage.

BBB encourages online users to educate themselves about cyber security risks and offer these tips on protecting computers, tablets and mobile phones while online:

  • Protect personal information: Start with creating unique and creative passwords for each account and change passwords frequently. Consider using two-factor authentication for your accounts which requires entering a special code. Never give out your password. Delete unsolicited phishing emails asking for personal information.
  • Connect with caution: Beware of links in unsolicited emails or those found in ads on social media sites. Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi – these networks are not secure. When entering financial or credit card information, be sure that the website is security enabled (https).
  • Share with care: Limit your online presence and the information you share. Check privacy settings on social media. Never post personal details anywhere online. Ask permission before tagging photos of friends.
  • Secure Smartphones. Be sure to password protect and lock your smartphones. Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not actively in use. Download apps only from trusted sources. And pay attention to cell phone bills – unauthorized charges and increased data usage may indicate the phone has been hacked.

BBB will be promoting National Cyber Security Awareness during the month of October. Visit bbb.org for more consumer tips.

ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, founded in 1918 and serving more than 9 million consumers, is one of 113 local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 2014, people turned to BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington more than 5 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 264,000 local businesses and for Charity Reports on more than 1,200 local charities, all available for free at akorww.bbb.org.

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

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Photo of the day September 30

I photographed this Interior Grizzly as it dug for roots in Denali National Park. — at Denali National Park and Preserve.    Tracey Harmon

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Photo of the day September 29

“Mentasta Morning”
This fall scene was right next to the Mentasta Lodge along the Tok Cutoff Highway.  Sebastian Saarloos

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Aurora CAC Hosting Two Events Oct 1

domesticviolenceOctober 1st is the first day of the annual Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Come out at 11:30 and show your support and witness the commander signing the Domestic Violence Proclamation.

There will also be a cake cutting (and served!) for you to enjoy while you circulate amongst the booths that various program managers will be staffing. If you are new to Fort Greely you won’t want to pass up this opportunity to visit with the ASAP, North Haven (housing), EEO, Education Center (ESL), 49th A Co., to name a few. There will be some nice bling & take-a-ways that will make it worth the walk over!
hispanicmonthOctober 1st is also the mid-point of the four week Hispanic Heritage month.

Come ready to hear from a special guest, Brigadier General Hector Lopez, the Wartime Chief of Staff for Eighth Army.

The Hispanic Heritage festivities will kick off at 1:00 in the large Community Room where there will be games for children and traditional musical entertainment! The PARTY will conclude with taste testing some very original Hispanic recipes!

Laura Parsons
Family Advocacy Program Manager
Exceptional Family Member Coordinator
Victim Advocate
(907) 873-4385

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Photo of the day September 28

Delta Junction – City hall
Fall 2015, very stormy looking day.
Flower Cole

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Unit 13 Federal Subsistence Moose Hunt Reports Due

Attention Unit 13 Federal Subsistence Hunters:  Moose season ended on September 20.  Your moose hunt report is due back to the BLM Glennallen Field Office by October 5th and can be mailed, hand-delivered, or entered online.  See your harvest report for the website and your unique reporting code.

Failure to return your hunt report will make you ineligible to receive a 2016 Unit 13 Federal moose permit.

The BLM office is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., excluding Federal holidays.

Call (907)822-3217 if you have lost your hunt report or have further questions.

Marnie Graham
Public Affairs Specialist
BLM Glennallen Field Office
P.O. Box 147
Glennallen, AK 99588-0147

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Personal Request for Information on an old Friend

John Pell Jr served with William Robert Edelen in Vietnam D Co 4th 9th Infantry Division and  also Headquarters Co 9 Infantry Division  in 1968-69.

Someone had sent him the obituary that was run on the Delta News Web from February 2006.   He sent letters to residents in Wasilla about 2 years ago and all letters were returned.

He would like to get in touch with a member of William’s family.  If anyone knows of any of the family and how John can contact them, please email him.

Thank you,
Pam Dunklebarger on behalf of John Pell Jr


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Fire Season

Every year about this time, folks start using their heaters to take off the chill, morning and evening.  And every year about this time our local volunteer fire is called to respond to an increase in residential fires.    Personally, in our area, I chalk it up to wood burning stoves, excessive creosote buildup and probably a lack of proper maintenance.  According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the biggest disaster threat in the United States.  The Red Cross responds to a fire in someone’s home about every eight minutes.  Home fires are more prevalent than floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes.  Simply by following a few simple safety rules you can drastically reduce the danger of fire in your home.

Before I start with safety rules, I want to mention a couple of pieces of equipment.  First are your smoke detectors.  The Red Cross recommends having a working smoke detector on every level of your home and in every bedroom.  Test them each month by pushing the little button and while you’re at it, get the kids in on the act to teach them what the alarm sounds like and what means if they hear it go off.  Then pick one special day each year to replace the batteries.  Or at least listen for the little chirp that signals an almost dead battery and swap out the battery right away.

Secondly, how many of you actually have a fire extinguisher in your home?  Before you run out and buy a supply of fire extinguishers for home use, stop by the local fire department for suggestions on the right type (usually a Class A,B,C) and instructions for proper use.  And for those of you non-NRA types who are opposed to using guns for home defense, if the occasion arises and you need to defend yourself and your family, just hose the perp down with your fire extinguisher.  Besides being 100% legal to have in your home, you can purchase one without a permit, (or a background check) and it will incapacitate an attacker by making him unable to breathe, see or even hear anything.

Electric heaters; get the kind that turn off automatically when they tip over.  Also never leave them running when you leave the house or go to sleep.  Talk to your kids regularly about the dangers of fire and the misuse of matches and lighters.  Keep them out of reach of small children.  And here’s one for the “duh” category; Never smoke in bed!  For a more complete list, go to www.redcross.org.  There is a printable checklist on their website.

Don’t forget to have a fire escape plan.  Not only should your plan include alternate routes to get out of the house but a common gathering point needs to be established as well.  And finally if your power goes out and the temperature in your home is dropping, DO NOT use a charcoal grill for warmth.  Every year I read of some bonehead who brought the charcoal grill in the house and tragedy ensued.  Carbon monoxide kills!

If you burn wood for heat, have your chimney inspected and cleaned, if necessary.  Don’t cut corners when so much is at stake.

As always, send your comments and questions to disasterprep.dave@gmail.com. Previous columns can be found on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com.  Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us.”

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FCA Presents Martha Redbone Roots Project

martharedboneSaturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Hering Auditorium

According to Time Out New York , Martha Redbone is a, “charismatic indie-soul diva.” An Independent Music Award-winning musician of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee and African-American descent, Martha Redbone burst onto the scene at the 2002 Native American Music Awards. She has established a solid history of performing, educating, and mentoring across Native North America. She leads and tours with Martha Redbone Roots Project, a band ranging from trio to septet.

“In a brilliant collision of cultures, the powerful blues and soul singer Martha Redbone has recorded an album called The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake…In it, the mystical, humanistic words of the eighteenth-century English poet are fused with the melodies, drones, and rhythms of the Appalachian string-band music that Redbone absorbed as a child from her grandparents, in Black Mountain, Kentucky.” (The New Yorker)

Warm, woodsy melodies take flight through the fusion of largely prewar string-band instrumentation and her heart-worn mountain holler, as Sister Martha tells tales of eternal humanitarian values distilled in the Southland since before America was founded.

Pre-purchase tickets online or drop by Grassroots Guitar. Tickets may be available for purchase at the door.
Fairbanks Concert Association
P.O. Box 80547
Fairbanks, AK 99708

Ticket prices: http://fairbanksconcert.org/tickets/

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Photo of the day September 25

After three long weeks of searching I finally located the hiding spot of Hook the Bull Moose. I think the effort was worth it, don’t you?! — at Kincaid Park.
Photo by Tracey Harmon

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ADOT&PF Aims to Maximize Winter Maintenance Efforts

marcluiken(JUNEAU, Alaska) – With areas of the state beginning to see winter weather, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) is preparing to manage Alaska’s roads with fewer resources.

All state agencies, including ADOT&PF, are working with reduced operating budgets due to low oil prices. For Alaska drivers, budget impacts will be most visible during winter storms when the department’s maintenance resources are in demand.

Each winter ADOT&PF maximizes its resources to meet the provided operating budget. This winter will be no different. However, the response frequency will be reduced, and response time to all routes may take longer depending on the severity of the winter storm.

ADOT&PF follows a systematic approach to clear Alaska’s roads of snow and ice by categorizing every state-maintained road as one of five priority levels. Each level is based on traffic volume, speed, and connections to communities and other roads within the local transportation network.

Priority 1 roads will receive the most winter maintenance, followed by Priority 2, Priority 3 and, finally, Priority 4. Priority 5 roads do not receive winter maintenance. The five priority levels are defined as:

Priority Level 1: high-volume, high-speed high­ways, expressways, minor highways, all safety corridors and other major urban and community routes.
Priority Level 2: routes of lesser priority based on traffic volume, speeds and uses. Typically, these are major highways and arterials connecting communities.
Priority Level 3: major local roads or collector roads located in larger urban communities.
Priority Level 4: minor local roads that provide residential or recreational access.
Priority Level 5: roadways that are designated as “No Winter Maintenance” routes, e.g. Denali Highway or Taylor Highway.

A map is available at dot.alaska.gov/wintermap to help Alaskans identify the priority level of the roads they drive most frequently. Additional winter driving tips may be found at dot.alaska.gov/winter.

ADOT&PF reminds drivers to prepare for safe winter travel and to drive according to road and weather conditions. Remember, the posted speed limits are for dry pavement. Drivers can access real-time travel information by visiting 511.alaska.gov, or dialing 5-1-1 to hear National Weather Service weather watches.

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Fairbanks Tree Classes to Be Offered in October

markmeyescomIn early October, the Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska Community Forest Council will host a series of classes in Anchorage and Fairbanks for arborists, landscape architects, foresters, developers and others who want to learn how to retain trees during development and to diagnose structural problems of trees.

The workshops will be taught by Scott Baker, founder and principal of Tree Solutions Inc., a tree consulting company in Seattle. Baker is a Board Certified Master Arborist and Registered Consulting Arborist who has previously worked as a developer and has extensive experience with construction and building codes.  He is a certified instructor with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) in tree risk assessment. Continuing education credits for both classes are available to members of the ISA, American Society of Landscape Architects and Society of American Foresters.

Site Planning and Construction with Trees in Mind, Oct. 1 and Oct. 5
Fairbanks class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1; City Council Chambers, 800 Cushman Street
Anchorage class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5; main conference room of the Municipality of Anchorage Public Works Department, 4700 Elmore Road

Description: Learn practical techniques for successfully retaining trees when building roads, homes, or other structures.  See examples of how retaining healthy and attractive trees will reduce costs for removal and replacement and create more attractive landscapes. Case studies will demonstrate practices that will reduce damage to trees and possible hazards in the future. A field trip to local sites will help participants gain a better understanding of how to determine which trees can and should be retained, which should be removed before construction, and  steps to take during and after construction to maintain trees in good health.

Techniques for Diagnosing Structural Problems in Trees, Oct. 2 and Oct. 6
Fairbanks class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 2; City Council Chambers, 800 Cushman Street
Anchorage class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 6; main conference room of the Municipality of Anchorage Public Works Department, 4700 Elmore Road
Description: This workshop will help you hone your diagnostic skills and ability to assess the condition of trees to determine the significance of defects. Baker will cover tree biology, structure, and anatomy, visual tree assessment and common diagnostic tools, and methods for reporting results of an assessment. A classroom presentation will be followed by outdoor field practice. The workshop is open to anyone but intended for arborists, foresters, and others with a working knowledge of tree biology, anatomy, and assessment.

Registration is required, and space is limited. To register, go to http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/news.htm to download the registration form and submit it with a check. The registration deadline is close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Please direct questions to Stephen Nickel at 269-8466 or stephen.nickel@alaska.gov.

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