Photo of the day April 15

Take time today to see God’s beauty in the “small” things! It’s absolutely everywhere!  Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Easter Celebration with Living Waters Assembly of God

You Are invited Come celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Sunday, April 20
11am
Living Waters Assembly of God

Pastor Jared and Vicki Myrick (907) 895-4455

 

 

 

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BLM-Alaska Resource Advisory Council to meet in Fairbanks April 23 & 24

ANCHORAGE – The BLM-Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet next week at the Fairbanks Westmark Hotel in in the Yukon Room.  The hotel is located at 813 Noble Street in Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.  The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. on both April 23 & 24.  The council will accept comments from the public on Wednesday, April 23 from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

The agenda includes discussion regarding new policies for placer mining.  The council formed a fact-finding subcommittee to assist the BLM with communicating and educating the stakeholders prior to implementing the new policies.  The subcommittee will report on their preliminary work to the full RAC.

Other items of interest on the agenda include updates on land use planning, development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, upcoming Red Devil Mine cleanup actions and other topics of interest to the RAC.  A complete agenda is available on the RAC web page (see the URL below).

The meeting is open to the public.  Depending on the number of people wishing to comment, time for individual oral comments may be limited.  Please be prepared to submit written comments if necessary.

To learn more about the BLM-Alaska RAC, please visit http://blm.gov/ak/rac.

Thom Jennings
Public Information Officer
BLM-Alaska
222 W. 7th Avenue, #13
Anchorage, Alaska  99513
(907) 271-3335 (voice)
(907) 271-5421 (fax)
tjenning@blm.gov

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BBB Warns of Attacks on Income

Reports Outline Large Tax-Related Scams

Anchorage, Alaska – April 14, 2014 – As the filing deadline quickly approaches, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is warning tax-paying consumers to file cautiously.

On the Phone:

On March 20, 2014, the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration issued a statement that more than 20,000 people have collectively lost more than $1 million in the “largest ever” phone fraud scam of its kind. The Washington State Attorney General’s Office issued a similar alert.

On the Internet:

The Internal Revenue Service is highlighting sophisticated new phishing campaigns that threaten legal action because of “processing errors” and request personal information.

E-filing continues to be a primary target for cyber thieves, who can collect personal data and divert refunds to their own accounts without the victims’ knowledge.

Identity Theft:

Tax-related identity theft is the number one threat to taxpayers, according to the IRS. BBB issued a release in January 2014 which highlights the increase in threats and what filers can do to protect identities. Read Tax Season Brings Out Identity Thieves for more information.

Remember, the filing deadline is April 15, 2014. Failure to file may result in fees and penalties. For more information on protecting identities, visit BBB News & Events. To report phishing or tax-related identity theft, visit irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing.

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

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Photo of the day April 14

Another beautiful morning in Delta. Taken Friday morning at 8:00 am
Photo Courtesy Julie Parker

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Torch Run – 5K Law Enforcment Run, Walk and Pledge Drive for Special Olympics Alaska

Date:  May 17
Time:  10am
Meeting place:  Visitor Center

You can pick up a Pledge form at the Alaska State Trooper Offices around the Store or Raise pledges by going to www.specialolympicsalaska.org

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Photo of the day April 11

Two afternoons I drove past this on my way home from work. The third day I stopped to take a picture of it. One has to use their imagination a bit but to me it sure looks like a prehistoric animal. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

 

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Month of the Military Child Carnival

On April 26th, Fort Greely will host a carnival at the community activity center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. all members of the Delta/Greely community are welcome to attend!

Treva Slaughter
Public Affairs/Protocol USAG FGA
Office: 907-873-5023

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Delta Elementary School Kindergarten RoundUp

Who: Any child who will turn 5 years old before September 1, 2014

What: Children can visit the classroom and ride the school bus.

When: Friday, May 2nd at 1:45pm at the Delta Elementary School.

Call 895-4696 if you have any questions.

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Multiple Prescribed Fire Burns Scheduled

The US Army Alaska, with the assistance of the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, will conduct multiple prescribed burns in the Donnelly Training Area East, approximately five miles south of Delta Junction. Ignition on the Wills Small Arms Range Complex, Collective Training Range (CTR), Bondsteel Village, and Battle Area Complex (BAX) is planned as early as Wednesday, April 9th and may continue through Sunday, June 8th as weather
conditions permit.

Please visit the AICC Situation Report for daily updates at
http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/sitreport/current.pdf.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact UYT Dispatch at the Alaska Fire Service at (907) 356-5554.

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Chamber of Commerce Luncheon ~ Apr 17

12pm at the Alaskan Steakhouse

Our speaker for this month will be Rachael Petro

Rachael will be discussing Chamber 101: Getting the most out of your Chamber of Commerce

Rachael Petro was selected as the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce’s President and Chief Executive Officer In February 2011. Prior to joining the Alaska Chamber, Petro served as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Administration and has a distinguished public service career in Alaska’s Legislative and Executive branch.

Petro began her career in public service in 1996 as a legislative aide in the Alaska State Senate.  She has lived in Juneau, Ketchikan and Anchorage, Alaska. Petro was born and raised in Washington  State, but likes to emphasize that she got to Alaska as quickly as she could.

Lunch will be $15. Email your RSVP by April 16 to be eligible for the free lunch drawing
deltacc@deltachamber.org

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How You Can Use Your Chamber

Marketing Opportunities:
The Chamber offers a variety of ways to promote your business at a reasonable price!
Networking:

At the Chamber, networking isn’t just about knowing folks, it’s about becoming a part of a rich fabric of colleagues, peers, mentors, teachers, and friends. Being an active Chamber member means working together so that we may be successful together; our members go to each other to re- solve entrepreneurial issues, develop leads, think through political is- sues, band together to build a strong economy, and give service to the community. Networking opportunities at the Chamber are plentiful!

Free listing on the Chamber website:
Your business will be listed in a searchable directory with a direct link to your business’ website.

Business Referrals:
The Chamber receives calls each month from people looking for products/ services. We refer all callers and visitors to our member businesses and organizations.

Newsletter Updates:
The Chamber keeps you ahead of the news with electronic updates through our monthly electronic newsletter. The eNewsletter is distributed to all subscribers and on our website and Facebook page. For even more exposure, you can buy prime ad space to promote your business, event or program.

Build your Business:
Make the most out of your membership by attending the wide variety of events we hold for our members and the community! Get even more involved and consider sponsoring an event. The exposure for your company will be invaluable!

Chamber Committees:
Volunteer to serve on one of the many Chamber committees and connect with other Delta Junction area  leaders.

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Photo of the day April 10

Hand of God” Institute Peak ~ August 2011.  Sebastian Saarloos

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Woman’s Health Clinic ~ Apr 21 & 22

The Delta Junction Public Health Center is holding a Woman’s Health Clinic on Monday, April 21st  and Tuesday April 22nd .

This clinic is for teens and women who have difficulty getting health care due to lack of health insurance or other barriers.

Fees will be charged on a sliding scale basis for the annual women’s health exam, Pap smears, family planning, and screening for sexually transmitted diseases, counseling and supplies.

No one will be refused service if unable to pay. 

Appointments are required.

We are located in the Jarvis Office Complex Room 210, just off of the Alaska Highway next to the State Troopers Office.

Please call the Delta Junction Public Health Center at 895-4292 for an appointment.

 

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Relay For Life of Delta Junction ~ May 30 & 31

6 pm
Friday to 6 pm Saturday 30-31 May 2014
Deltana Fairgrounds

Lots of Family Friendly Events Music, Food, Games and more all day-all night ; Luminaria, Silent Auction, Pet Parade & Costume Contest, Mr. & Ms. Relay For Life Pageant, Lucy’s Wall of Hats, games and MORE (watch for schedule of events soon)

Come and help us Sock it to CANCER *

Finish the FIGHT For more information, Register to Walk or to Join or Start a Team visit our website: relayforlifeofdeltajunction.org

 

Submitted by Felicia Brooks 

 

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Deltana Youth Soccer Accepting Registrations Now

Deltana Youth Soccer Association is accepting registration for the following age groups: U4 (2-3 yr olds)
U6 (4-5 yr olds)
U8 (6-7 yr olds)
U10 (8-9yo)
U12 (10-11yo)
U14 (12-13yo)
U16 (14-15yo)
U18 (16-17yo)

The fee for U4 is $12 and covers insurance and shirt.
The fee for U6-U18 is $35 and covers insurance, shirt, and socks. Cleats are optional. Shin guards are mandatory.

Please check out our Facebook page “Deltana Youth Soccer Association” for updates on season and practice schedule. You may also email deltanayouthsoccer@gmail.com or call Allison 907-687-7666 or Bri  501-467-2322 for more information.

Registration forms may also be found at the Delta Elementary School office.

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FCA Presents Béla Fleck & Chick Corea

Hering Auditorium – Saturday, April 26 at 8pm

Béla Fleck, the premiere banjo player in the world, has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo. NEA Jazz Master, 18-time Grammy winner, brilliant American composer and keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering. These two virtuosos collaborate on a program of their own works merging styles seamlessly with a rapport and familiarity that suggests they have spent decades performing together. FCA is proud to partner with AWG2014 by offering tickets to their own works merging styles seamlessly with a rapport and familiarity that suggests they have spent decades performing together.

Fairbanks Concert Association (907)474-8081

Bela Fleck & Chick Corea 8pm, Saturday, April 26

$33-$48
S=Senior 62 years or older
Y=Youth 25 years old and under
M=Military

Order online : http://www.alaskatix.com/

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Photo of the day April 9

I was snowmachining along Canwell Glacier with Bill Todd when I saw this ptarmigan. I only had a scenic lens with my camera, so I belly crawled up on this guy until I could get the glacier and mountains behind the ptarmigan. Steve DuBois

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Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC to Purchase Anchorage Daily News

ANCHORAGE, AK—APRIL 8, 2014—Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the owner and publisher of Alaska Dispatch, has reached an agreement to purchase the Anchorage Daily News from The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI).

Founded in 2008, Alaska Dispatch is an award-winning site at the forefront of the national movement toward independent online news. Alice Rogoff, a longtime supporter of journalism and a former chief financial officer of U.S. News and World Report, became the majority owner of Alaska Dispatch LLC in 2009. Since then, the operation has employed writers, editors, and a full-time sales staff. Rogoff is the publisher and chief executive while co-founder Tony Hopfinger is the executive editor and president.

“We founded Alaska Dispatch to ensure the future of quality journalism in Alaska,” said Hopfinger. “We’ve established ourselves as a leader in investigative reporting, public service journalism, and in offering a variety of opinions and perspectives from around the state, and we’ve been recognized with regional and national awards. We’re proud of what we have accomplished in the last five years, and we couldn’t be more excited about this new venture.”

The Anchorage Daily News, the largest newspaper in Alaska, has a long history of distinguished journalism, winning two Pulitzer Prizes for public service in 1976 and 1989. “We’re excited to add the many talented and accomplished employees of the Anchorage Daily News to our team,” said Rogoff.

“The Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Dispatch play vital roles in our great state,” said Rogoff. “By merging these operations, we can serve as a stronger, even more comprehensive resource for Alaskans for their news and information. Our mission is to offer a level of coverage never before seen in Alaska history, and to offer it to readers across the state through a variety of mediums.

“We expect to publish news and commentary for all Alaskans, from oil field workers on the North Slope to Southeast fishermen; from those whose roots go back thousands of years to newcomers fresh off the plane; from our biggest cities to our most remote villages and everywhere in between. We want to provide a true public forum where Alaskans from all walks of life can come together to help build our community.”

The purchase price is $34 million, payable at closing, which is anticipated to occur in May of 2014.

The transaction covers the Anchorage Daily News, their website adn.com, and the newspaper’s real property and operations in Anchorage. After the purchase is completed, the real estate assets of the Anchorage Daily News will be sold by Alaska Dispatch to a private local buyer. The Anchorage Daily News will continue operations as a tenant from its East Anchorage location.

Alaska Dispatch was co-founded by Tony Hopfinger, Amanda Coyne and Todd Hopfinger in 2008. In 2009, Alice Rogoff, a longtime supporter of journalism and a former chief financial officer of U.S. News and World Report, became the majority owner of Alaska Dispatch LLC, and the operation expanded to employ writers, editors, and a full-time sales staff. Rogoff is the publisher and chief executive while Hopfinger is the executive editor and president.

Pt Capital, based in Anchorage, serves as the buyer’s financial adviser.

CONTACT:
Taylor Bickford, 907-227-9718 or taylorb@strategies360.com
David
Shurtleff, 907-230-2368 or davids@strategies360.com

Aileen
Cole, 907-750-0470 or aileenc@strategies360.com

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Bill Walker to participate at Arctic Man as a celebrity skier

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker has accepted an invitation to participate as a celebrity skier at Arctic Man on April 11th. 

Arctic Man is an extreme race held annually near Summit Lake.  Last year, the weeklong event attracted more than 13,000 spectators from around the world.  Walker, as all participants, will begin at an elevation of 5,800 feet and ski down 1,700 feet to the bottom of a narrow canyon where he will meet up with his partner on a snowmachine.  He will then be  towed behind the snowmachine for 2.5 miles to the finish line.  

Walker is a lifelong skier. He learned to ski at a young age at  Ft. Greely and was a pioneer backcountry and heliskier on Thompson Pass outside of Valdez – currently home to  extreme skiing and snowboarding events.  

Walker stated: “I’m honored by the invitation to participate in the 29th annual Arctic Man, and I look forward to the adventure. I so admire the entrepreneurial spirit of Howard Theis who puts this incredible event on each year.”

The Walker campaign hopes for a safe event for all and wishes the best of luck to the participants.

Below is a 1977 photo of Bill with a group of Thompson Pass pioneer extreme skiers in Valdez and a March 2014 photo of Bill at Alyeska.

Submitted by Tessa Linderman

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Fish and Game Advisory Committee Meeting ~ Apr 16

The Delta Fish and Game Advisory Committee will hold a meeting Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Delta City Hall Conference Room.

Call to Order

Roll Call

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes  March 19, 2014

Comments from the public

Correspondence

Old Business    Discussion on BOG Proposal #104 incidental take of brown bears over bait

New Business

Delta ADFG Biologists Reports

Discussion of Pending Alaska Legislation HB – 18, 158, 161, 202;  HCR – 17; SB – 77, 160, 190

Other Items

Next meeting? – October 15, 2014,  Agenda items?

Adjourn ______________________________________________________________________ Other Dates and Deadlines:
State: April 10, 2014 BOF Proposal Deadline
PWS Finfish; Southeast/Yakutat Finfish;
Southeast/Yakutat Shellfish;

Statewide Shellfish
May 1, 2014    BOG Proposal Deadline     Southeast (Region I); Southcentral (Region II); Central     Southwest (Region IV)

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Photo of the day April 8

“Stellar Trifecta”
I was able to catch the Milky Way, Aurora and a Meteor all in one frame!
Sebastian Saarloos

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Academic Advising Available

Make an appointment to meet with a UAF academic advisor.

Appointments will be available at the Delta Career Advancement Center on Wednesday, April 16.

Call 895-4605 to schedule your appointment.

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Multiple Prescribed Burns in the Donnelly Training Area

The US Army Alaska, with the assistance of the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, will conduct multiple prescribed burns in the Donnelly Training Area East, approximately five miles south of Delta Junction. Ignition on the Wills Small Arms Range Complex, Collective Training Range (CTR), Bondsteel Village, and Battle Area Complex (BAX) is planned as early as Wednesday, April 9th and may continue through Sunday, June 8th as weather conditions permit.

Please visit the AICC Situation Report for daily updates at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/sitreport/current.pdf.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact UYT Dispatch at the Alaska Fire Service at (907) 356-5554.

 

 

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Photo of the day April 7

A photo of Lou Ann Fett taken on April 4 inside the ice cave of the Castner Glacier. She is enjoying a “poolside” moment. Photo Courtesy Don Quarberg

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2014 Arctic Man ~ April 8 – 13

The Arctic Man is a unique event that has grown to be one of the major winter events held within the state of Alaska wilderness. The 2014 Arctic Man is the 29th anniversary, that’s twenty nine years of adrenaline rush and speed.

The main event is scheduled for Friday, April 11, again we are hoping for good weather. We will use April 12 & 13 as back up dates. The race this year will START at 11 am and should be done by 2:30. The AMMC Hillcross is right after the race which should START about 3:00 p.m.

Communication at the Arctic Man has always been a major challenge throughout the past 29 years. This year the Anchorage Radio Station 94.7 KZND will be on site to operate our Official Arctic Man Radio Station and should be up all weekend with music playing and it will have race updates. The station is 107.5 FM. We are going to try and also give race times during the Arctic Man. Bring your small FM radios and we will try one more time.

Mini Arctic Man for KIDS
Arctic Man is planning on a MINI Arctic Man for Kids on Saturday, April 12, 2014 during the Sno-Cross behind the Tent.

Kids – Bring your snowboards and skis and have your 120 partner pull you in the Mini Arctic man for KIDS.

Will be a lot of Fun and KIDS will have chance to try this event in a Mini Style.

Event Schedule 2014

Monday April 7   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
◾Course closed.
◾Course set up and packing.

Tuesday April 8    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
◾Racers watch for Preparation Crews. Course Open for practice.
◾Watch for section closed signs.

Wednesday April 9  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
◾Course open for practice.  Watch for section closed signs.
◾Watch for packing crews and set up crews.

Thursday April 10  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
◾Canyon Pull Closed (no access to canyon).
◾Skiing Sections Hookup and Drop off open for practice. ◾AMMC Race registration  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Bar Headquarters.
◾MANDATORY RACERS MEETING  2:00 PM at release point for course inspection and Start position drawing.
◾MANDATORY RACERS MEETING   7:00 PM at Main Tent for Bib Pickup, Pre-race instructions. Questions and Answers.

Friday April 11  11:00 a.m.
◾11:00 a.m. Race planned for start.
◾Forerunners start – Race to follow.
◾3:00 p.m. AMMC will have HiilCross following Arctic Man from Finish line back up the Hill.
◾Tech Inspections at hookup start at 10:30 AM.
◾If race is canceled the race will be held Saturday. Same schedule as above.

Saturday April 12
◾10 am-to 11am AMMC Registration
◾12 noon Arctic Man Kids Races at Snow Cross
◾1:00 p.m.  Snow Cross Races
◾3:00 p.m.  Polaris ATV Races at Snow Cross
◾4:00 p.m.  AMMC Drag races
◾8:00 p.m.  AMMC awards Bar Headquarters
◾ Awards 7:00 PM – Raffle 10:00 PM
◾Backup day if race not held on Friday.

Sunday April 13
◾Backup day if race not held on Saturday

All excerpts are from the Official Arctic Man website
Click here to see more details

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Photo of the day April 5

Two snowshoers soak up the spring sunshine after a hike up McCallum Creek.
Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud

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Photo of the day April 4

It’s so beautiful here. I just love where I live! I’ve titled this “Resting in the Field” That’s Wrigley’s field at Barley and Spruce. The photo was taken spring of 2013.  Just a reminder of what’s to come real soon.  Yes folks, we are in break-up phase in Delta Junction.
Birch Leaf Photography

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The Denali Dog 140 Sled Dog Race Hosted by Crazy Dog Kennels John & Zoya

 April 5th & 6th

Start at Waters Edge Bed and Breakfast on Summit Lake at 3:00pm

Summit Lake to Alpine Creek Lodge at mile post 68 on the Denali Highway

9 dog teams, 40 team limit

Bring your family out to see the teams start!

We’ll have a bonfire, cocoa and warm up tent.

Contact info: (907)388-6039 Dogsleddenali.com

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DCSP 2nd Annual Jimmy Buffet Theme Burger & Brew Night

Deltana Community Services Partnership Inc.
2nd Annual Jimmy Buffet Theme Burger & Brew Night

Tickets available now at the Alaskan Steakhouse

or Call: David Flynn (907) 590-7775

or Nicole (907) 378-7692

Location: Alaskan Steakhouse Banquet Hall
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 6:00pm-12:00am

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Deltana Fair Cookbook

DELTANA FAIR COOKBOOK -23 Years and Counting/Award Winning Recipes
$15 per Cookbook with 2013 supplement
$5 for 2013 Grand Champion Recipes by itself

If needing it mailed, add $6
Contact: Deborah 803-3115

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Reminder: Unit 13A and 13B Federal Subsistence Caribou Hunters

“This is a reminder to all Unit 13 and Unit 13b Federal Subsistence Caribou hunters that the season ended March 31, 2014. 

All hunt reports are due back to the BLM Glennallen Field Office by April 15th and can be mailed, hand-delivered, filed on-line, or called-in. 

The office is located at mile 186.5 Glenn Hwy.  There is a drop box available in the front entry, which is open 24 hrs per day for your convenience. 

You may call the BLM Glennallen Field Office at 907-822-3217 if you have questions about hunt reports.”

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Photo of the day April 3

 ”Colorful Clouds” The sunset lights up the clouds above the Alaska Range in Delta Junction, Alaska   – Sebastian Saarloos

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Photo of the day April 2

Beautiful scenery is seen everyday from our home while we are training our dog teams. Donnelly Dome stands in the background.
Photo Courtesy Zoya DeNure, Crazy Dog Kennels

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Alaska Shield Port Operations; Army Ship media availability

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA – In response to a catastrophic incident or natural disaster, such as an earthquake, the Port of Anchorage will be vital to getting needed supplies and equipment to any relief, recovery, and reconstruction effort. What happens if port facilities are degraded or destroyed in the incident? 

United States Transportation Command in partnership with Joint Task Force-Alaska, the Municipality of Anchorage and the State of Alaska will test their ability to reestablish port facilities, offload containers, equipment and bulk supplies, and transfer, store, and deliver fuel to the area. A Joint Logistics Over The Shore operation will be established in the Port of Anchorage to exercise these critical Department of Defense capabilities and simulate supporting a request to assist the State of Alaska in recovering the port.

JLOTS equipment will began arriving in the Port of Anchorage March 26th. The harbor now has a number of  military vessels now including a large Military Sealift Command vessel, two Landing Craft Utility vessels, a Logistics Support Vessel, and several military tug boats. The joint exercise, which is linked to Exercise ALASKA SHIELD 2014, brings approximately 700 active duty and reserve soldiers, sailors, marines, and coast guardsmen from all over the United States to Alaska for this event.

LTC Gerald Ostlund
Commander
364th Press Camp Headquarters
Supporting JTF Alaska for Alaska Shield

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Laugh it Off

We all know we feel better after a good laugh. Scientists are now taking a more serious look at laughter as medicine. In 1979 Norman Cousins wrote a memoir called “Anatomy of an Illness.” He had experienced a painful spinal disease that he claims he helped cure by watching Marx Brothers movies and “Candid Camera” and seeking out laughter. He claimed that 10 to 15 minutes of laughter would allow him two hours of pain-free sleep.

Laughter can help the pituitary gland release pain-suppressing opiates like endorphins. A new field of study called geletology — from the Greek gelos, meaning laughter — studies laughter and its effects on the body from a psychological and physiological perspective. What we knew innately is now being documented. The following is an impressive list of the benefits of laughter: Laughter can increase oxygen uptake and blood flow. It can reduce stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, and it can improve memory, learning, alertness and creativity. Dr. William Fry of Stanford University says “humor and creativity work in similar ways, and by creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.”

Studies at the University of Maryland suggest that humor may raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies and boost the levels of immune cells. Nineteen diabetics in another University of Maryland study were found to have lower blood sugar levels after watching a comedy than after attending a dry lecture, or even after eating the same meal.

I went to the Mayo Clinic website to see what they had to say about laughter and much of what I found there corroborates the information I found in other studies:

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. The website says laughter can:
• Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
• Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result is good, relaxed feeling.
• Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress. In the long term, laughter can:
• Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
• Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
• Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
• Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is starting to adopt laughter therapy as a tool to help cancer patients. Dr. Katherine Puckett introduced laughter therapy to the Midwestern Regional Medical Center when a patient asked for it. Now laughter clubs or humor groups are led at CTCA to help patients and families heal. Laughter therapy is based on the physical exercise of laughing, so patients start by just making “ha-ha” or “he-he” sounds until they start laughing. Puckett says that it is hard for people not to join in because laughter is so contagious. One of the things she is finding is that patients learn to laugh. Their situation is not very funny but they can still laugh and feel better. When you laugh, it’s hard to concentrate on anything negative.

Start with a smile. Play. Look for the funny things in life. Try to find a giggle even when you feel like crying. It just might help you feel better.

Marsha Munsell is a health, home and family development program assistant for the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Contact her at 907-474-5414 or mkmunsell@alaska.edu.

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Don’t Be A Financial Fool This April

BBB Helps Consumers during Financial Literacy Month

 April 1, 2014 — Anchorage, Alaska — In March 2004, the United States Senate officially recognized April as Financial Literacy Month, in an effort to highlight the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy financial habits and outline the serious consequences that may be associated with a lack of understanding.

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington wants consumers to be financially “in the know.”  During the month of April, follow BBB on Facebook for daily financial tips about earning, saving, protecting assets, spending and borrowing.

Additional resources are available from the Financial Literacy and Education Commission and Better Business Bureau.

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

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Photo of the day April 1

 ”Robertson Glow” The early morning light provided a nice alpenglow on the Alaskan Range peaks near the Robertson River.  Sebastian Saarloos

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Check out Delta Building Supply’s Spring Sale

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A Woman’s Affair ~ Apr 4 – 6

April 4, 5, & 6, 2014 Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska

A Woman’s Affair, sponsored by the Law Office of Rita T. Allee, is a trade show organized specifically for women about women. This total women’s show is a place to make contact with women owned businesses, discuss important health issues, get tips for managing finances, become aware of new career opportunities and education possibilities, see the latest fashions, enjoy a makeover or massage, pick up new home-decorating ideas and gardening information, or discover a new hobby…all under one roof.

Friday Night Wine Tasting

Friday evening, April 5, opened with a wine tasting from 6pm to 9pm. The evening was sponsored by Image Optical and the tasting was organized by Gold Hill Imported Beer and Fine Wines and K&L Distributors. Like the rest of the weekend, the event was a huge success and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Health at A Woman’s Affair

Each year a Natural Health section is incorporated into the show. It’s a great opportunity to increase public awareness of choices for natural health and healing in the Fairbanks Community. This year’s Natural Health section was sponsored by Sunshine Health Foods. New to this year’s show was a health fair sponsored by Fairbanks Urgent Care. Their wonderful addition offered services such as Blood Pressure, Height/Weight, BMI/Body Fat %, Cholesterol Check, Glucose Check, Pulmonary Function Testing, and Physical Therapy Advice.

Women’s shows are hot and sweeping the nation in every major city. A Woman’s Affair is your chance to market your business or agency to a large cross section of our community in a single weekend.

SHOW DATES & HOURS:
Fri., April 4 – Wine Tasting 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Fri., April 4 – Trade Show 6pm to 9pm
Sat., April 5 – 10am to 5pm
Sun., April 6 – 11am to 5pm

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