Monthly Archives: January 2010

FDA Presents The Sunshine Boys

Celebrating 47 seasons! Showtimes Fridays & Saturdays at 8:15pm. Sundays at 2:00pm. Doors open one hour before the show.

Fairbanks Drama Association, 1852 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

Info and Tickets 456-PLAY. Single tickets: Adults: $20 / Teens: $14 / Seniors: $18 ((65+) / Military: $18 (with ID) / Students: $18 (with ID)
The Sunshine Boys February 5 – 21, 2010
by Neil Simon Directed / by Shirley Hughes

“Lewis and Clark” (Al and Willie) were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a ‘History of Comedy’ retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. Playwright Neil Simon has fashioned this exquisite comedy dubbed: ‘ham on wry’ with his sure footed craftsmanship with one-liners shining through. Simon is lauded for this splendid and touching slice of the show biz life.

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Photo of the day – January 29

The buffalo were photographed while driving on Meadows Road last fall. Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins. Click on the image for a photo enlargement.
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Polar Bear Plunge Results for this Week

The Plunge Results for the week ending Jan. 29, 2010

Marshall Brown – CRTC 81 Votes

Teresa Knopp – Alaskan Steakhouse 76 Votes

Adam Schneider – Buffalo Center Service 41 Votes

Robert Grimes – DHS Principal 7 Votes

Billy Miller – Alaskan Steakhouse 6 Votes

Shannon Nichols – Hockey Coach 5 Votes

Jennifer Anderson – Buffalo Center Service 5 Votes

Matthew Andreasen – Mat’s Auto 5 Votes

Gregg Wojcik – Football Coach 5 Votes

Mark Adams – Basketball Coach 2 Votes

Patsy Ewing – Clearwater Lodge 0 Votes

Jason Howell 0 Votes

Mike Crouch Jr. – Delta Industrial 0 Votes

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Housing and Lodging Availability Survey Being Conducted


In conjunction with a survey being conducted by KAYA ASSOCIATES, INC., all businesses and private enterprises relevant to providing permanent and/or temporary housing in the city of Delta Junction or the surrounding Deltana area, are requested to participate by providing information regarding their housing/lodging capabilities.

Crucial to this Survey is information needed to accurately determine the Delta Junction area’s capacity to accommodate an influx of personnel for housing.

Information from the following is requested for the collection of data. While information will be requested on present availability, overall capacity is pertinent.

• Hotels and motels
• Bed and Breakfast operations
• Apartments and Extended Stay facilities
• Man Camps
• Single Family homes and multiplex units for sale by owner or for rent

Please contact our representative at (907)803-4284. This survey will end February 13, 2010. Your participation is both appreciated and critical for obtaining accurate data from which determinations will be made.

KAYA Associates, Inc. is an Independent Contractor employed at Ft Greely that specializes in Engineering and Installation Management Support.

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UAF Tanana Valley Campus Late Start Classes

Academic Writing About Literature, Beginning AutoCAD, and Welding I and II are off and running. Two additional late start classes have been added:

40615 SPAN F100A Elementary Spanish 1A, three credits, is scheduled to start February 9th, and run Tues/Thur, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with instructor D. Dunklebarger.

CIOS F150 Computer Business Applications, three credits, is scheduled to start on March 1st, and run Mon/Wed, 6 to 9 pm, with instructor W. Wright.

Interested in genealogy? A class possibility, with sufficient response — please call if that is something you would like to learn more about.

Remember the voucher worth $50 off per credit from the Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc. applies to classes taken here in Delta at the Career Advancement Center.
To register or for further information please contact Cheryl Helkenn, 895-4605, or .

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Photo Courtesy January 28

These guys were stopping by my snow covered garden trying to uncover some leftover greens. Seems they settled for what was left on the brush. Photo Courtesy Candy Corty
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Photo of the day – January 27

It’s not only another pretty sunset in Alaska, but the cloud formations are very interesting as well.
Photo courtesy Barbara Tharp
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Livestock Workshop Scheduled for February 3rd

Dr. Milan Shipka, Livestock Specialist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will be in Delta on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 to conduct an informal livestock workshop from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the CES Conference Room in the Jarvis Office Center.

Main focus will be on beef cattle with application to other species as well. Milan will discuss animal nutrition, body condition scoring, and reproduction, with a Question and Answer session towards the last half hour of the workshop. This class is designed for current producers as well as those individuals interested in livestock production. Ideal for 4-H and FFA students.

Milan will plan another livestock workshop for Delta in April, please consider topics of interest that he might address at this later date.

This is a free workshop, however registration is required to confirm a space. Please contact the CES office in Delta at 895-4215 or email . We will need a phone number and mailing address.

Registration deadline is Monday, Feb 1, 2010.

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Signing of Vietnam Peace Accord (1973)

The Paris Peace Accords of 1973, intended to establish peace in Vietnam and an end to the Vietnam Conflict, ended direct U.S. military involvement and temporarily stopped the fighting between north and south. The governments of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), and the United States, as well as the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) that represented indigenous South Vietnamese revolutionaries signed the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam on January 27, 1973. The negotiations that led to the accord had begun in 1968 and had been subject to various lengthy delays. As a result of the accord, International Control Commission (ICC) was replaced by International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICCS) to carry out the agreement.
The main negotiators of the agreement were United States National Security Advisor Dr. Henry Kissinger and Vietnamese politburo member Le Duc Tho; the two men were awarded the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts, although Tho refused to accept it.

For more information see Wikipedia

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Photo of the day – January 26

A recent early morning view of Moose on Texas Range. Photo Courtesy Michael Kingston
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Pre-Order Your 2010 Festival of Lights Shirt

The 2010 Festival of Lights shirts are ordered and will soon be in.

It’s time to get your shirt pre-ordered for the big event!

We have t-shirts as well as hooded sweatshirts.

Sizes range from Small to 3XL and are available in both the t-shirt as well as the hooded sweatshirt.

To pre-order your shirt please contact Dani at 895-5068 or by e-mail at

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Alaska Gas Price Update

Alaska, AK, January 25- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g today. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.70/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the rise in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices today are 81.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 12.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 87.7 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.

About operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008.

For more information or methodology, contact:

Patrick DeHaan
Senior Petroleum Analyst,

Jason Toews

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Text Message Donation Advice

What Donors Need to Know Before Pressing ‘Send’
Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 25, 2010 – In response to appeals for charitable causes, a new movement in generous giving is sweeping the nation: Text message donations.

It was recently reported that U.S.-based cell phone users had already contributed millions of dollars towards Haiti disaster relief efforts using a Short Message Service (SMS). Additionally, an increasing number of mobile marketing companies (MMCs) and celebrities are encouraging donations from text messengers.

How it works: Donors are asked to send a text message to a phone number provided in an advertisement—usually, the message must include a word or numerical code to signify the cause or contribution amount. The donation is then charged to the donor’s cell phone bill.

“Giving donations through a wireless device can be a fast, easy and relatively hassle-free option” said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “However, convenience shouldn’t stop consumers from doing research before they press ‘send.'”

BBB’s Charity Review Program explores the potential pitfalls associated with text message contributions and offers advice on how to avoid hassles:

Timeliness – Text message donations may not reach the charity or organization immediately. Though major cell phone carriers are working to process donations quickly, there may be a lag time based on the high volume of donations received. To ensure funds are received instantly by the intended recipient, consider contacting the organization or charity directly; most accept donation payments online, over the phone or with a check by mail.

Recurring charges – Be careful not to inadvertently sign up for monthly charges if you’re hoping to make a one-time donation. When vetting charitable appeals, thoroughly review and understand all terms and conditions. Monitor your billing statements for unauthorized expenses.

Affiliate marketers – When giving to a charity through text message, you could be signing yourself up to receive future phone calls, text message updates or other solicitations from the charity or its affiliated marketing companies. Carefully read the MMC’s Web site for a privacy policy to find out if they will sell or redistribute your contact information. MMCs and charities should provide full information about their text message campaigns and opt-out methods to stop future communications.

Privacy – Like the internet, data breaches can occur and network security is not guaranteed when transferring data through a Short Message Service. Never send sensitive information via text message, such as Social Security or credit card numbers.

Trustworthiness – Donors should check to make sure that the charity and the MMC are legitimate and trustworthy before making a donation. Be wary of claims that 100% of the donation will go to “the cause,” as charities may be spending a significant portion on promotions and fundraising expenses—possibly through campaigns and partnerships with MMCs.

Research businesses on the Internet; be wary if negative results appear. Search for BBB Reliability Reports on MMCs at .

Verify the charity is properly registered with the state; charitable organizations soliciting in Alaska should be registered with the Alaska Department of Law. Get free Charity Reviews at  to see if the organization meets BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, which includes information on how money is allocated. Click here for more BBB smart giving tips.

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Photo of the day – January 25

This fall Butch Goodno was doing some electrical work for us. Anyone that knows Butch, knows that he likes to clown around. Photo Courtesy Candy Corty
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Department of Motor Vehicle Closures

Delta DMV will be closed January 29th – February 12th for employee leave. We are also closed on February 13th for the President’s Day holiday.

If customers need service during that time they can contact the Fairbanks DMV at 1979 Peger Rd 451-5180 or the Tok DMV at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center 883-4481.

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Photo of the day – January 23

The silhouettes of the tree branches make an interesting frame for the full moon in the background in this late afternoon photo. Photo courtesy Barbara Tharp.
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To Save a Life In Theaters Now

Some people are just dying to be heard.

Teens today are bombarded with challenges and choices their parents never had to consider. Pressures and temptations blindside them daily – there’s an urgent need to bring teens help and hope. Join other groups and make this the biggest outreach for teens ever – an effort that could change high school forever.

To Save a Life is an indie movie about the real-life challenges of teens and their choices, written and seasoned youth pastor Jim Britts and inspired by a passion to reach teenagers with life-affirming entertainment.

Opens at Regal Goldstream 16 in Fairbanks – Friday, January 22!
Showtimes for the weekend are noon, 3pm, 7pm, 9:50pm.

Although it will play the following Monday – Thursday, it’s the numbers from the weekend that determine if they will keep showing it for two or more weeks. Praise God we’ve already sold 1,500 advance purchase tickets.

Call Shane for free outreach tickets (907)699-1044

It was written by a youth pastor in California, rated PG-13 for themes dealing with suicide, abortion and drinking. There’s a few mild swear words, as it’s written to be a real-life teen situation portrayal. for more info and trailers.

Trailers also on iTunes and YouTube

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Home Choice – Free 8 Hour Seminar

HomeChoice is a free Homebuyer and Finanacial Education Seminar.

To register: Call (800)459-2921 or visit
Pre-registration is required as classes may be cancelled due to lack of participation.

Join us at our upcoming class in Delta Junction. Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 11 at 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Location: Jarvis West Conference Room, Mile 1420.5 Alaska Highway, Delta Junction, AK.

Our mission: “To provide Alaskans access to safe, quality, affordabe housing.”

Class Topics Include:
– Preparing for home ownership
– Buying a home
– Obtaining a mortgage
– Closing the loan
– Being a successful homeowner
– Energy efficiency programs

Sponsored by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

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Photo of the day – January 22

The frozen Delta River from the military ice bridge on Donnelly Training Area. The Alaska Range is shrouded in clouds. Photo Courtesy Ellen Clark
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Community Ski Day – Jan 31

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BBB's 2009 Statistics, Inquiries and Complaints

Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 21, 2010 – 2009 proved to be a year of consumer caution, statistics show that more consumers are checking with Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington before they do business.

Between 2008 and 2009, BBB has documented a 215 percent increase in online traffic to . The number of BBB Reliability Reports provided has gone up 31.9 percent.

As a service to consumers, free BBB Reliability Reports are available on thousands of local businesses. To date, there are 10,849 BBB Accredited Businesses in the Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington service area; all of which meet BBB’s Code of Business Practices and are dedicated to enhancing trust and confidence in our business marketplace.

Specific types of businesses receive more consumer inquiries and complaints than others. The following lists represent the industries in Alaska that received the highest number of inquiries and complaints in 2009:

1. Auto Repair & Service
2. Contractors – General
3. Auto Dealers – Used Cars
4. Plumbing Contractors
5. Roofing Contractors

1. Billing Service
2. Auto Repair & Service
3. Auto Dealers – Used Cars
4. Auto Dealers – New Cars
5. Hotels

Click here to view the top 20 inquiries and complaints received in 2009.

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Photo of the day – January 21

You know it’s cold out when your storm door window frosts over. What was interesting was that one can see the reflections of the trees behind me still in the window. Photo courtesy Barb Tharp
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Photo of the day – January 20

This image shows a mother great horned owl feeding her day old babies. The meal consisted of the contents of one of the bountiful wild rabbits. An incredible sight, one could also hear the mother owl breaking bone and tearing flesh with her strong hooked bill as she fed her young. Image by Dwight Phillips
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2010 Festival of Lights Polar Bear Plunge Results – Jan 20

Robert Grimes – Delta High School Principal 5 Votes

Billy Miller – Alaskan Steakhouse 5 Votes

Shannon Nichols – Hockey Coach 3 Votes

Mark Adams – Basketball Coach 0 Votes

Teresa Knopp – Alaskan Steakhouse 0 Votes

Marshall Brown – Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) 0 Votes

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2010 Polar Bear Plunge

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a whole year since we watched the magical Carhartt Fairy flutter his little wings and “gracefully” dive into the frigid waters of the Polar Bear Plunge tank.

The Polar Bear Plunge is a yearly event that is hosted by the Delta Chamber of Commerce. Many of you who are new to the area may be slightly confused as to what the Polar Bear Plunge is. Every year the Delta Chamber puts cans around town and collects nominations and votes for “lucky divers”. It works like this, an individual must be nominated and accept the nomination before they can start collecting votes. Each nomination is $5.00. Once they are nominated, the Chamber then contacts them to verify that they accept the nomination. Once the Nomination is accepted they can then start collecting votes. Each vote is a $1.00.

Votes are collected weekly and updates are posted on the cans, in the Delta Wind and online at the Delta News Web. The voting cans will be picked up Friday February 12th. However, voting will continue until February 13th at 4:00 P.M. at the Festival of Lights Galleria and Trade Show in the high schools small school gym.

The top three contestants with the most votes will jump into the icy arctic waters! This community event has been held for many years and is meant to be lighthearted and fun! Many of the “divers” dress up in costumes to add their own flair! As I mentioned before the “Carhartt Fairy” (our beloved Delta Wind Editor) graced us with his astounding performance last year! Who will it be this year? You help decide! Get out there and vote for the one that you want to see jump!

Voting cans are located at the following businesses: Alaskan Steakhouse, Mt. McKinley Bank, Buffalo Bar, Wells Fargo Bank, Buffalo Center Service, IGA Food Cache, Jack’s Liquor, Delta-Clearwater Moose Lodge 911, Clearwater Lodge, and Cold Regions Test Center. For more information please contact Dani at 895-5068.

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Obituary and Memorial Service for Susan M. Conant

We regret to announce the passing of our beloved mother Susan M. Conant. She passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack on January 14, 2010 at the age of 51.

She was born the daughter of Warren B. and Grace R. Conant on March 26, 1958 on Lockbourne Air Force Base Columbus Ohio.

Susan moved to Alaska in 1972 and lived there most of her life in areas such as Anchorage, Juneau, Moose Creek, North Pole, Delta Junction and her final residence was in Fairbanks.

She worked many different jobs in her life a lot of them were in management she also was a cake decorator and owned her own bakery / deli. She worked hard throughout her entire life. Susan was active in many area churches and was an arts and crafts teacher and social coordinator at the Golden Towers.

She will always be remembered as someone who put her family and others before herself. Someone who was willing to do anything she could for someone in need. She showed love and compassion for everyone through her words and actions. She was always quick with a smile. She was a wonderful loving grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her grandkids. She loved being in the outdoors, going camping, and crafting or just spending time with friends and family. She will be deeply missed by her friends and Family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Warren. She is survived by her mother Grace; son, Jeffery Hibnes; daughters, Jessica Brasier and Jennifer Hibnes, granddaughter, Selena Hibnes; grandsons, William Gardner and Kiernan Brasier; brothers, Ernie and James Conant and sister Teresa Leitzke.

A memorial service will be held at 4p.m., Sunday January 24, at Friends Church, 1485 30th Ave. Fairbanks, Alaska. Flowers and Condolences can be sent to her family at 796 Badger Rd., North Pole, AK 99705 or to the church the day of the memorial.

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Fiber Friends

We have been awarded an art grant by the Association of Alaska School Boards to host a community arts event. Focusing on the fiber arts of knitting, weaving, sewing and crocheting we hope to unite all ages as they exchange and impart knowledge to one another. The event will be hosted at Delta Elementary Lunchroom and will run from 1-4pm on Saturdays-Jan. 30th, Feb. 27th (DES Gym or Library), Apr. 3rd and 24th. This event is free, and yarn and materials will be provided, but feel free to bring a snack to share, or labeled hooks, needles or project ideas to share with others. So far we have received very generous donations by the Dorhorst family (tons of yarn), Ellie Schneider (backstrap looms), and Eileen Pospisil (fabric). I am looking for a few volunteers to help with sign in and head a fiber art station, so please call 803-9419 or 895-4696 to leave me a message.
Also, please check out Delta Elementary art at by putting in our zip code 99737. We are #1 in the state and #237 in the nation for posting over 1,500 artworks so far this year. So, find your favorite elementary artist and leave them a comment with your support.

Lara Fahnlander
Delta Elementary Art Specialist

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Photo of the day – January 19

This picture was taken early afternoon at Quartz Lake, December 27. The air was brisk and the blue sky was bright with only a few clouds. Photo Courtesy Dawn Shinn
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Photo of the day – January 18

My Amaryllis bloomed over the Christmas holidays. It had a total of 4 blossoms. It was a welcome show of color in the middle of winter. Photo courtesy Barb Tharp
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Ruth Edwards Medical Benefit January 23

There will be a medical benefit for Ruth Edwards at the Delta Clearwater Moose Lodge Jan 23, 2010 at 6:00 P.M.
A lasagna dinner will be offered for $10.00 and will include salad, french bread and dessert.

There will also be an auction followed by a live band (The Legends).

For information or to donate please contact Sharon Waldo at 895-4731.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was founded as a holiday promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. After King’s death, United States Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday.

For more information see Wikipedia

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Photo of the day – January 16

Tis the season for ice carving. Check out the ice bears located in front of Crossroads Dentistry that were carved by Sam Vose. Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins

Click on the image for a photo enlargement.
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Open House and Adjunct Orientation

Join us for an open house and adjunct orientation event.

January 19 from 4:00 – 7:00pm at the Career Center.

Testing information, registration, advising and refreshments available!

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Remembering: Persian Gulf War Began (1991 )

The initial conflict to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait began with an aerial bombardment on 17 January 1991, this was followed by a ground assault on 23 February. This was a decisive victory for the coalition forces, who liberated Kuwait and advanced into Iraqi territory. The coalition ceased their advance, and declared a cease-fire 100 hours after the ground campaign started. Aerial and ground combat was confined to Iraq, Kuwait, and areas on the border of Saudi Arabia. However, Iraq launched missiles against coalition military targets in Saudi Arabia.

For more information see Wikipedia

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Stryker Vehicles Return

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Jan. 15 – The more than 300 Stryker Assault vehicles are returning to Fort Wainwright over the next four months after their maintenance reset following the Stryker Brigade’s 12-month deployment.
On Jan. 19th at Fort Wainwright, units from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division will sign for and receive the first set of newly reset Stryker vehicles in order to begin training with the vehicles again.

Every week Stryker vehicles will be line-hauled from Anchorage to Fort Wainwright via military transport to be signed over to a Project Management Stryker team. Project Management Stryker will finish the reset process at Fort Wainwright by installing critical communications systems and conducting the final maintenance tests.

Stryker vehicles returning from overseas tours are sent to Fort Lewis, Wa. for maintenance reset which includes a complete overhaul and rebuild of critical systems.

Once PM Stryker has completed a successful maintenance test on the vehicle it will be signed over to the unit in order to conduct training and operations.

Through March, local residents can expect to see trucks moving between Anchorage and Fairbanks transporting the Stryker vehicles to Fort Wainwright.

Likewise, as units begin to sign for their reset vehicles you can expect to see more Stryker vehicles headed to and from the local military training areas as units begin to train with the vehicles again.

The last group of vehicles to be reset and sent to Fort Wainwright are the special function vehicles such as the Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle and the Mobile Gun System that are due to return in July and August of this year.

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Photo of the day – January 15

One doesn’t have to be up early to see ‘the crack of dawn’ in interior Alaska in the winter. Sleep in, have your coffee and be out the door and set up by 10:45 am, and one can get some great photos. This one was shot Saturday, December 12, ’09. Oh yeah, dress warm. It was -5 that morning.
Photo courtesy Barb Tharp
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Festival of Lights Table Spaces Available

The Delta Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Festival of Lights Galleria & Trade Show Saturday February 13, 2010 from 10 AM – 4:30 PM.

Table spaces are 6.5 ft x 10 ft and are $20.00 each.

For more information or to reserve your space please contact Dani at 895-5068 or by email .

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David Kamrath Memorial Service

A Memorial service for former resident David Kamrath, will be held in Oregon City, OR at 1pm at Holman Hankins Bowker & Waud, 715 Seventh Street Oregon City, OR 97045.
David died unexpectedly in Bend, Oregon on January 11, 2010.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Barbara; daughter Kendall (Pat); son Kiley (Kate); grandchildren Max, Emylia, Taylor and Kate; Sisters Bette, Anna, Berneice, Carole and Jeannette; brothers Herbert, Frederick and Dale. He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Margaret.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Delta Schools Weatherization fund.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 69566 Halter, Sisters, OR 97759 or by email .

Dave will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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Aviation Company Redeployment Ceremony

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Jan. 14 – The nearly 120 Soldiers of C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment are scheduled to celebrate their return from deployment with a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Wainwright’s Hangar 6 at 10:30 a.m.
The company spent 12 months in Southern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The aviation company provided critical air medical evacuation support to Coalition Forces within Southern Iraq.

Family, friends and the local communities are offered this opportunity to welcome the Soldiers home from their one-year deployment to Iraq.

While the ceremony marks the official completion of C Company’s mission in Iraq, it also signifies their return to duty at Fort Wainwright.

All Media interested in attending the event at Hangar 6 are asked to contact the US Army Alaska (USARAK) Public Affairs Office at Wainwright (907)347-2175 no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 19th.

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2010 Census – BBB Says Be Cooperative but Cautious

Prevent Losing Finances and Personal Information to Impostors

Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 14, 2010 – Better Business Bureau warns that law enforcement in several states have issued warnings that scammers are posing as Census Bureau employees and knocking on doors asking for donations and Social Security numbers.

“Scam artists know the public needs to share information for the 2010 Census and will try to take advantage of the situation,” said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “Education about the Census process can help protect your identity and finances.”
Participating in the 2010 Census is required by law, but the public can learn how to identify legitimate Census workers and avoid con artists. BBB offers the following tips:

  • Avoid e-mail scams. Census workers may contact individuals by telephone, mail or in person at a home. However, they will not solicit personal information by e-mail. Never click links or open attachments in an e-mail supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau. Forward fraudulent messages to the Census Bureau at
  • Know what questions to expect. The U.S. Census Bureau will ask questions concerning household residents including name, date of birth, gender, race, phone number, household relationship, and owner or renter status. The Census Bureau Web site says, mailed forms will be delivered to residences in March; to avoid a visit from a census worker, individuals are asked to answer the 10 questions and mail the form back in the provided postage-paid envelope. Note: in remote areas of Alaska, Census workers will visit door-to-door starting Jan. 25. Click here to preview the 2010 Census form and questions.
  • Verify the Census worker’s legitimacy. If a U.S. Census worker knocks at the door, ask to see their official government badge before answering any questions. According to the Census Web site, Census workers will never ask to enter a home. If unsure about their identity, contact the Regional Census Center in Seattle to confirm they are employed by the Census Bureau.
  • Protect personal information. Census workers will not ask for Social Security numbers, health insurance information, passwords, credit card or bank account numbers, or other financial information. Click here to read about the U.S. Census Bureau’s data protection measures.
  • Don’t give any money. Census workers will never solicit donations or charge fees.

For more U.S. Census information visit . For additional advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit

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