Monthly Archives: March 2010

King's Chapel Hosting an Easter Egg Hunt

King’s Chapel will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, April 3rd at 2pm in the large Gym of Delta High School! There will be games, prizes and more than 2,000 candy filled eggs! For more information you can contact us at (907) 895-4479 or

Timothy & Heidi Capo
King’s Chapel Delta Junction

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Physical Activity and Nutrition for Alaska's Kids

From the UAF Cooperative Extension Service

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel, Home Economist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Tanana District Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting a class on “Physical Activity and Nutrition For Alaska’s Kids” on Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Delta Career Advancement Center.

Participants will learn about childhood overweight issues, how to use policy and environmental strategies in the childcare setting to increase physical activity and healthy food choices, and strategies to help parents increase activity and improve food choices at home.

Information presented will also prepare childcare centers to apply the principles of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPyramid, and the CACFP into the nutrition education curriculum, classroom environment, and their personal behavior.

All child care center staff, administrators, food service staff, and parents will benefit from this training. Participants will receive a copy of the Physical Activity and Nutrition training manual published by the Division of Public Health.

This is a free class, however registration is required. Call 895-4215, email or stop by the CES office in room 114 located in the Jarvis Officer Center. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 8th.

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Don't Pay a Cent for Work-At-Home Rent

Problems With Advance Fee Employer: Search Profit System & Money Mastery

Anchorage, Alaska – March 30, 2010 – Money, wealth, profit: Words sure to grab the attention of anyone looking for work in a down job market.

Search Profit System & Money Mastery,, advertises a work-at-home program that claims consumers can make big money using search engines like Google, MSN, Yahoo and Bing. But some participants say they’re spending more than they’re making.

Complainants alleged that they signed up to pay $1.95 for a work-at-home packet or kit, but instead, ended up being charged $49.95 in monthly membership dues. Attempts to cancel accounts and get refunds were unsuccessful.

Better Business Bureau’s research indicates that Search Profit System & Money Mastery utilizes a Seattle drop-box located at 93 South Jackson Street, # 20205. With 13 unanswered complaints in the last 12 months, this business has an “F” rating with your BBB.

Mars Hill Media (MHM), a company with possible ties to Money Mastery, has accrued a similar pattern of complaints. This Utah-based company also holds an “F” rating.
BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds job hunters to be careful when considering work-at-home opportunities.

Avoid potential employers that:

  • Guarantee large, unsubstantiated earnings.
  • Promise employment despite a lack of work experience.
  • Solicit participation with high pressure sales tactics and limited time offers.
  • Overhype the success of other individuals participating in their program, yet refuse to provide references.
  • Tout free trial offers for start-up kits and software, but charge unwanted monthly membership fees. Often, the disclosure is hidden in the fine print of terms and conditions.
  • Require unnecessary financial information. If a company demands that you wire money or provide a bank account number or credit card information, look elsewhere.

Although many employers verify Social Security numbers prior to hiring, confirm the potential employer’s legitimacy before providing personal information. Research the company name online, check for licensing in the state where the company claims to be located, and look up their BBB Reliability Report at .

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Photo of the day – March 30

Bob Geise captured this beautiful sunrise on Sunday, March 14, 2010.
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Passover is a Jewish and Samaritan holy day and festival commemorating the Hebrews’ escape from enslavement in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan (equivalent to March and April in Gregorian calendar), the first month of the Hebrew calendar’s festival year according to the Hebrew Bible.

For more information see Wikipedia

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Easter Egg Hunt on Deltana Fairgrounds

by Lion Ann Geise

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Delta Lions Club will be held on Easter Sunday, April 4, at the Deltana Fairgrounds on Nistler Road.

The big hunt for the eggs will begin at 1:30 pm on Easter Sunday. There will be lots of real eggs (about 60 dozen of them) and lots of plastic eggs with coins inside. One special prize egg will be hidden for each of six age groups. When the prize egg with a note inside is turned in, the finder wins a special prize. The special prize winners will get their photos taken with their prizes – for publication in the Delta Wind and on the Delta News Web.

Parents of egg-hunters: please do not arrive at the fairgrounds until at least 1:15 pm on Sunday to allow the Lions enough time to hide the eggs.

All local children from preschool age through third grade are welcome to hunt for the Easter eggs. The preschool group will be divided into two sections – one for preschoolers without helpers and another for younger preschoolers with helpers.

This is a great photo-op for parents, grandparents and other relatives and friends.

The 60 dozen real eggs will be boiled and colored at the hockey rink on Saturday, April 3, starting about 12 pm. Delta Lions – call Ann Geise at 895-4466 or 803-3449 for more information. Delta Lions will hide eggs starting about 12:30 pm on Sunday, April 4.

The winning raffle tickets for the Delta Lions Club IGA grocery raffle will be drawn at approximately 1:45 pm on Sunday, April 4, at the Deltana Fairgrounds.

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Fundraiser for MJ Luntz, April 17

Please join us in helping Dave, Melissa and MJ Luntz
Saturday, April 17th
5 pm Taco Dinner – 6pm Auction
Alaskan Steakhouse
$15 per person (pay at the door – kids welcome) Cash and Checks only!
Donations also accepted at Wells Fargo Bank, “The Luntz Foundation”

MJ has been diagnosed with Rett Syndrome and is in need of special medical assistance. Please help the Luntz family as they prepare for her long term care.
Rett Syndrome affects approximately 1 in 10,000 girls (and occasionally boys). There is currently no cure, but progress is being made.
For more information on Rett Syndrome go to
Call 895-1934 for additional information.
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Billy Currington Concert Will Perform at the Carlson Center

April 28, 2010 
Billy Currington will perform live at the Carlson Center April 28, 2010 at 8:00pm! Tickets went on sale Saturday, February 27, 2010 at Noon. Tickets will be available at, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, all Fred Meyer Ticketmaster outlets and the Carlson Center Box Office. Ticket prices range from $20.50 to $40.50. Convenience fees do apply. Please call (907) 451-7800 for more information.

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Photo of the day – March 29

Here I am wearing Big Bill’s Black Wolf hat/cape next to one of many Fur Rondy signs in Anchorage.

My second and a half of fame on TV as the cameraman panned across me in the Black Wolf hat/cape. We caught this later on the recorded TV when we got back home. Photos courtesy Barbara Tharp

I went down to Anchorage for the start of the Iditarod. We took in the snow sculpturing on Friday, March 5. Photos are Courtesy of Barb Tharp
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Alaska Weekly Gas Prices Update and Outlook

Alaska, AK, March 29- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/g today. This compares with the national average that has stayed flat, moving just 0.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices today are 97.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 12.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 11.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 78.1 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.

“Oil prices have been reluctant to move higher than the low $80/barrel range as adaquate supply and lower global demand continue to weigh on investors”, said Patrick DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst. “The pause in oil prices has translated into retail prices that have remained virtually unchanged over the last week”, DeHaan says. Don’t expect stable gasoline prices to last long though. “Prices will continue to rise in April before peaking around Memorial Day to close to $3/gallon across areas of the country as cleaner burning summer fuels are sold”, according to DeHaan.

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.

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In Case You Forgot: Free Marriage Seminar April 2-3

In case you forgot, this weekend April 2 and 3, there will be a “Free” Marriage Seminar at Delta Christian Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to put new life into your marriage. Click on the poster for an enlargement.

Call 895-1831 or 803-3267 for more information.

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Calico Cow is Having an April Fools Day Sale

The Calico Cow has over 100 new bolts of fabric in and to celebrate we are having an APRIL FOOLS SALE!

April 1-3 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.)
10:00AM – 5:00 PM (Thursday & Saturday)
10:00AM – 9:00 PM (Friday)

Buy 3, Get 1 Free (Fabric must be on the same bolt, or 4 Pre-cut fat quarters, etc. Notions must be 4 of the same kind, i.e. 4 scissors (can be different styles, but the free one is the lowest priced) Punch cards will not be punched for sale items.

Thanks to everyone for shopping local!!! If you can’t make the sale-come in when you can, we think you’ll love the new additions!

Maribeth Miller and Jackie Becker (owners)

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Weatherization Program

Improve your home energy efficiency with long-lasting benefits. Providing healthy, safe and energy efficient housing for Alaskans.
The weatherization program is available to Alaska’s homeowners and renters with low-to-moderate household income. Qualified participants receive home weatherization upgrades at no cost. Weatherization adds years of life to buildings in Alaska’s harsh climate and brings the benefit of energy conservation.

To see if you qualify, visit our website at for current income and eligibility guidelines and to download an application, or call (800) 478-8080 or (907) 746-5680.

This program is funded by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and the U.S. Dept of Energy.

Homes that have been weatherized by an agency after April 2008, or havbe been improved with Alaska Energy Rating Rebate funds after May 2008, are not eligible for the Weatherization Program.

Due to the popularity of this program, there may be a wait list. Sign up today!

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Photo of the day – March 27

Institute Peak seen from the Canwell Glacier on a clear spring day. Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

The Geophysical Institute has a beautiful namesake in the Alaska Range. Institute Peak juts majestically above the surrounding glaciers and nearby mountains about 120 miles south of Fairbanks. The peak, which rises like a snowy pyramid between Canwell and Gulkana glaciers, can be seen from the Richardson Highway. The above information was printed from this website.

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast which always falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday. The feast commemorates an event mentioned by all four Canonical Gospels Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19: the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his Passion. It is also called Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.

In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day’s ceremonies in unfavorable climates for palms led to the substitution of boughs of box, yew, willow or other native trees. The Sunday was often designated by the names of these trees, as Yew Sunday or by the general term Branch Sunday. For more information see Wikipedia.

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Photo of the day – March 26

A Least Flycatcher sits in a poplar tree eating aphids off the leaves. Photo courtesy of Dwight Phillips.
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DMV is Required to Use Physical Addresses

DMV is now required to use physical addresses with house numbers only. We no longer can list an address on a driver’s license or title/registration as “2 Mile Jack Warren Road”.

If customers are unsure of their physical address they can contact GVEA, City Hall or the phone company.

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Photo of the day – March 25

The photo of Rainbow Mountain was taken in November 2009. It was spectacular seeing this for the first time. It had just snowed the day before and the mountain looked majestic! Photo Courtesy Dawn Shinn
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Public Testimony for SB92 on Friday

Dear Alaska Friends:

Public testimony will be allowed on SB92 this Friday, March 26 at 9 am in Senate Finance Committee. This bill sponsored by Senate Bettye Davis is a giant leap away from the plan laid out by our founding fathers for the election of the offices of president and vice president of the United States. In order to maintain balance between both the large and small states, the constitution allows each state to have a number of electors based on their state’s population. SB92 would keep in place our electors but it would require electors to vote for the candidate with the most popular votes nationally instead of the candidate who won the popular vote in that state. For instance, in 2008, McCain won Alaska; under this system our electors would have voted for Obama since he won the most votes nationally in spite of the fact that he lost in Alaska. SB92 would make Alaska and other smaller population states irrelevant. Supporters of SB92 stated that 70% of Americans polled favor electing the President by popular vote. The real question to ask though is: Do you favor putting Alaska’s electoral votes towards candidate B when candidate A won in Alaska? My guess is most of would say no to that! Click here for some really good information on this issue.

If you are able to go to your local Legislative Information Office and testify against SB92 on Friday at 9 am, that would be very appreciated. If you are not able to testify, please contact members of Senate Finance and let them know you want them to vote no on this bad piece of legislation. This bill has already passed TWO Senate committees, let’s stop it here

Please call the following members of Senate Finance and tell them to vote NO on SB92. Tell them a vote for SB92 is a vote against Alaska! 866 465 4453  877 463 3873 907 465 4947 888 330 3704 800 862 3878 800 597 3707 800 336 7383

Thank you for your help with this important issue!

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Training at Battle Area Complex to Begin April 5

Company and battalion-sized units will begin training at the Battle Area Complex (BAX) in the Donnelly Training Area April 5.

The units, recently returned from combat deployments will inaugurate the state-of-the-art facility, the Army’s newest, with live-fire gunnery training April 5 through 16.

The Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division will train from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tactical vehicles will travel between the Intermediate Staging Base on Meadows Road and the BAX during those times.

Training areas east of the Richardson Highway will be closed to recreational use to accommodate the life-fire training events. Gates placed over roadways to prohibit entry indicate the live-fire is underway.

For training area closures call USARTRAK at 873-3181 in Delta Junction; 353-3181 in Fairbanks or 384-3181 in Anchorage.

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Family Friendly Concert Sunday Evening

The Delta Library invites everyone to another Family Friendly Concert featuring “Les Yeux Noirs” this Sunday, March 28 at 7:00 in the DHS large gym.

Get ready for high energy gypsy, klezmer and central and eastern European music played by two violin virtuoso brothers and their incredible back up band – direct from Paris.

We promise they’ll make your toes tap and your heart sing!

During intermission a super deluxe Bag o’Fun door prize will go to a lucky winner – will it be you?
Following the concert , the group will meet and greet the audience in the high school lobby, CD’s will be for sale and the Library Board will serve cookies and punch.

As usual, there is no admission charge – but if you’d like to support programs like this, you can make a donation following the concert.

Questions? Call the library at 895-4102.

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Photo of the day – March 24

Hopefully, this was the last snow of the season. One can only hope that Spring is coming.
Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins
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Some Recieve More Than Just the 2010 Census Form

Other Legitimate Surveys May Appear in Some Mailboxes

Anchorage, Alaska – March 23, 2010 – “Is this legitimate?” A question some consumers are asking when they receive more than just their 2010 Census in the mail.

As consumers around the U.S. are opening their mailboxes to find the 2010 Census in March, Better Business Bureau reminds recipients to be wary of scams and impersonations claiming to be connected with the U.S. Census, but rest assured that the American Community Survey (ACS) is legitimate.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Community Survey is sent to 250,000 households each month at random, and is separate from the 2010 Census. This survey collects information such as income, commute time to work, housing, veteran status and other data. It replaces the long form of the decennially sent census in previous years.

Differences between the American Community Survey and the 2010 Census:
– The American Community Survey is 48 questions, as opposed to the 2010 Census’ ten questions.
– Every household should receive the 2010 Census form, but not every household will receive the American Community Survey.

Similarities between the American Community Survey and the 2010 Census:
– Households who receive these are required by law to respond.
– Recipients are asked to fill these forms out and send them back in the provided postage paid envelopes. With each mailed response, the government saves tax payer money.
– Information collected in both will aid community leaders in deciding where schools, highways, hospitals and other beneficial services are needed.
– Detailed information the Census Bureau receives from both are not shared with anyone else, including other government agencies.

Visit  to see examples of the 2010 Census and American Community Survey, and a list of other U.S. Census Bureau surveys. Contact the Seattle Regional Census Bureau office to verify the legitimacy of a Census Bureau worker or survey.

Visit for U.S. Census tips and scam prevention from BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.

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Photo of the day – March 23

The frost covered twigs on this bush catches the amber street light from behind and the camera’s flash from in front. One doesn’t have to go far to find nature’s beauty even at -18 in Delta Junction. Courtesy Barb Tharp
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Interior Alaska Transportation Plan

The Draft Interior Alaska Transportation Plan is posted by chapters on the documents page. Comments are due by April 30, 2010. A comment form is available on the documents page, as well.

A public meeting for review of and comment on the plan will occur on March 31, 2010
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Riverview Room, Princess Riverside Lodge
4477 Pikes Landing Road
Fairbanks, Alaska

The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is evaluating long–range transportation needs in Interior Alaska. This evaluation will guide the department in meeting community, regional and statewide transportation needs well into the future.

This region of the state covers approximately 132,220 square miles, or an area about the size of Montana. It has two international border crossings, 36 state owned public airports, over 1,100 miles of National Highways and about 800 miles of State Highways.

About the Plan
In fall 2006, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) began to develop a Transportation Plan for Interior Alaska. The Interior Alaska Transportation Plan (IATP) will join five other statewide regional multi-modal transportation plans designed to address movement between communities in the region and from the region to points beyond. It will not address individual community projects.

DOT&PF contracted with WHPacific to develop the IATP. As part of the plan, they will complete an inventory of transportation modes, review potential resource development, prepare forecasts based on existing conditions and future trends, analyze the transportation network and develop recommendations that guide future investments in vital regional transpor­tation projects.

Future developments in the Interior that may impact transportation include the following:

Gas Pipeline
Mineral Development
Military Training
Railroad Development

The Plan will examine potential impacts of these and other developments to highways, rail, aviation and local community roads.

Contact Us
Alexa Greene, DOT&PF, Project Manager
2301 Peger Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone: 907-451-2388
Fax: 907-451-2313


Nicole McCullough, WHPacific Project Manager
300 W. 31st Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Phone: 907-339-6546
Fax: 907-339-5328

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The Signaleers Will Be Holding A Fundraiser for Relay for Life

The Signaleers Relay for Life Team is holding Karaoke For a Cure.

The event will be held at the Clearwater Lodge on 26 March at 9pm.

The cost is $2 to nominate someone to sing. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

For more information contact Melissa thru email

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Alaska Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, AK, March 22- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 11.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.47/g today. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices today are $1.07/g higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 14.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 87.0 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.

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Photo of the day – March 22

Taken on March 20, 2010 near Summit while snow machining. Photo Courtesy Garry Garner

Click on the image for a photo enlargement.
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Interior Alaska Building Association Home Show

The Interior Alaska Building Association’s:  Home Show has become a major community event for people interested in every aspect of northern living. It is the only home show in Fairbanks and has become the unofficial kick off to spring and the building season in our community. From financing to new construction to remodeling to refurnishing…it’s all there in one location on one floor with lots of free parking.

Show dates and hours:
Fri., Mar. 26 – 2 pm to 8 pm
Sat., Mar. 27 – 10 am to 6 pm
Sun., Mar. 28 – 11am to 5pm

COST: $ 4.00 for adults and children 12 and under are free!

For more information, a complete list of vendors, seminar information and to find out how to become a vendor, please visit KO Productions website  or call 474-9082.

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Name the Bear and Be a Winner

The Festival of Lights Polar Bear is in desperate need of a name! The Delta Chamber of Commerce is offering a $25.00 Chamber Gift Certificate (good to use at any of the local participating businesses) and a 2010 Festival of Lights t-shirt to the person who comes up with the best name for the Polar Bear.

This contest is open to all ages. To submit your favorite name email Dani at
Contest ends April 15, 2010. Only one submission per person. For questions please email or call Dani at (907) 322-8367.

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How Would You Describe Your Marriage

Free marriage seminar. Open to couples only. Lunch will be served on Saturday.
Please call 895-1831 or 803-3267 to register now.

Click on the poster for an enlargement

Donations will be taken. This seminar comes recommended and will enhance anyone’s marriage.

April 2 – Friday:
6:30pm – 9:30pm
3 Hours

April 3 – Saturday:
9am -12
3 Hours

1pm – 4pm
3 Hours

After the seminar they will be open for private counseling.

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Photo of the day – March 20

View looking Southeast up the Tanana river with the Alaska Oil Pipeline in the background outside air temp just below zero. Photo Courtesy John R. Cavedo Jr.

Click on the photo for an enlargement.
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Fairbanks Job Center Career Expo and Job Fair

Monday, March 22, 2010 there will be 100+ employers with information on apprenticeships, training and internship opportunities

Come to the Carlson Center in Fairbanks between the hours of 10:00am – 6:00pm. 

For more information call (907)451-5958.

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Public Notice – Fort Greely Installation (RAB) Meets

Fort Greely, Alaska–The Fort Greely Installation Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 21 April 2010,at the City Hall in Delta Junction, Alaska.

The goal of the RAB is to give individuals who represent the diverse interests of the community the opportunity to regularly review progress and interact with the decision makers concerning Fort Greely’s environmental restoration program. The aim is to increase public understanding and the quality of the installation environmental restoration program.

The RAB meetings are held approximately quarterly, are announced in advance and are open to the public.

The RAB assisted with the restoration efforts required by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process from 1995 until portions of Fort Greely were withdrawn from surplus in 2001 to support the U.S. missile defense program. The RAB is now assisting with the Fort Greely installation environmental restoration program.

The RAB membership currently includes: Installation Co-Chair­­­

Lt. Col. Chris Chronis, Fort Greely garrison commander; Community Co-Chair Stephen Hammond; community members Dick Anderson, Steve Fields, Pete Hallgren, Mike Murphy, Carol Stock, Mary Leith-Dowling; and Dan Miller, Fort Greely environmental coordinator. A representative from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation participates in each meeting, as does a representative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency when possible.

Members of the RAB have committed to a goal of attending all RAB meetings and devoting ample time to review any related Army documents within prescribed time frames.

Public participation on the RAB is strictly voluntary. The Army does not provide financial support to the public members for their services nor are members compensated for work hours lost or time invested.

For more information about the RAB and its activities, call Stephen Hammond at telephone 907-895-5441, see the RAB’s website , or call Dan Miller, Fort Greely environmental coordinator, at telephone 907-873-3105.

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Photo of the day – March 19

This is a picture of my giant bird-bath, to which birds flock. It is an old bathtub which I dragged in from the woods (who knows why it was there) and filled with water, and put in a “spool”, as a beach for the birds. They sure do seem to enjoy this swimming pool! – Photo Courtesy of Audrey A. Brown
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Photo of the day – March 18

Troop 56 camp out to Fielding Lake, March 5-6th. We slept in a snow shelter made from a big drift. In the shelter are Boy Scouts Matthew Joslin, Charlie Herman, Tony Tirrell, Taylor Levinson, and Freckles.

Pictured are Duncan Ware, Connell Ware, Charlie Herman, Matthew Joslin, Taylor Levinson, and Tony Tirrell. Behind them is the entrances to the shelter.

Click on the photos for enlargements.

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Fairbanks Drama Association Presents Doubt

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)

DOUBT March 26 – April 11, 2010
by John Patrick Shanley / Directed by Peggy Ferguson

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this superb play is an uncanny blend of compassion and detachment. It is an inspired study in moral uncertainty with the compellingly certain structure of an old-fashioned detective drama. Even as DOUBT holds your conscious attention as an intelligently measured debate play, it sends off stealth charges that go deeper emotionally. The playwright doesn’t try to talk you into doing anything but thinking – hard – about the complexity of human behavior.

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Photo of the day – March 17

Dogs and mushers on the trail of the ceremonial start of the Iditarod. The race started in Anchorage and ended in Nome.

Hans Gatt, #20, of Whitehorse, YT, Canada, placed 10th in the 2009 Iditarod and has won the Yukon Quest 3 times.

Jeff King, #15, has had 4 Iditarod victories and won the Yukon Quest in 1981. Click on the photos for enlargements. Photos Courtesy Barb Tharp

Iditarod 2010 has a winner. 4 Time Winner Lance Mackey pulled into Nome on Tuesday, March 16 at 2:59pm. He ran the race in 8 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 9 seconds. He is the only musher to have ever won 4 consecutive races. With winning the race he was rewarded with $50,000 and a new 2010 Dodge truck.

Hans Gatt came in second at 5:04pm

Jeff King, who has also had 4 Iditarod wins, but not consecutive wins came in third at 6:22pm

Click here to learn more about the Iditarod

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DCDA Presents The Carpenter's Touch

Dear friends of Delta Christian Drama Association,

Once again Easter is upon us. What a wonderful time to celebrate the work of Atonement and redemption accomplished by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am reminded of the following quote:

“Socrates mastered the art of dying; Christ overcame death as “the last enemy” (1 Cor. 15:26). There is a real difference between the two things; the one is within the scope of human possibilities, the other means resurrection. It is not from ars moriendi, the art of dying, but from the resurrection of Christ that a new and purifying wind can blow through our present world. … If a few people really believed that and acted on it in their daily lives, a great deal would be changed. To live in the light of the Resurrection—that is what Easter means.”–Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

In that spirit, as has been a spring tradition since 2005, Delta Christian Drama Association is currently hard at work to produce another exciting stage play. We will be presenting The Carpenter’s Touch after Easter this year to minimize interference with your scheduled Lent or Passion Week activities. We hope all of you can join us on April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 6:30pm for this original production. As in previous dramas, Living Waters Assembly of God has graciously allowed us to use their facility for this show run.

The Carpenter’s Touch is set in the fictitious town of Jericho, Nevada, during the late 1870’s. The set for this show will be the most elaborate of any DCDA production to date. Expect plenty of Old West action. However, in spite of six-gun standoffs and lynchings, something beautiful is about to happen to Jericho. Kirk de Cruz, a traveling carpenter, initially despised as a crippled half-breed Mexican drifter, has come to do more than fix Jericho’s fences and roofs and wagon wheels. God intends to use this humble man to repair broken hearts and shattered spirits. Through his faith and servanthood, God is going to transform the harsh, cynical cowboy town into a haven of amazing grace. Watch the proud and tyrannical town bosses like Seamus Kelly the Irish mayor; Leanna Medlock, the parson’s widow; and cocky gunslinging sheriff, Zacchaeus Shaw brought to their knees beneath the inexorable power of love and forgiveness.

Seven brand new actors will debut in The Carpenter’s Touch. We know you will be thrilled with their talented performances. Admission is free. Everyone is invited. A silent auction on-site will help cover our costs. If you would like to contribute an item to the silent auction or have questions, please contact George or Gaylene Hosier at 895-5289 or email You are also invited to browse our new website at A full-color poster is attached for you to print and distribute freely. God bless each and every one of you. See you at the end of April.

In the shadow of the Cross,
George M. Hosier II for DCDA

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St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick (Latin: Sanctus Patricius, Irish: Naomh Pádraig) (c. 387 – 17 March, 493) was a Romanized-Celt, a Romano-Briton and Christian missionary, who is the most generally recognized patron saint of Ireland (although Brigid of Kildare and Colmcille are also formally patron saints).
Two authentic letters from him survive, from which come the only universally accepted details of his life. When he was about 16 he was captured from Britain by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After entering the Church, he returned to Ireland as an ordained bishop in the north and west of the island, but little is known about the places where he worked and there is no contemporary evidence for any link between Patrick and any known church building.

By the eighth century he had come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish monastery system evolved after the time of Patrick and the Irish church did not develop the diocesan model that Patrick and the other early missionaries had tried to establish.

Most available details of his life are from later hagiographies from the seventh century onwards, and these are not now accepted without detailed criticism. Uncritical acceptance of the Annals of Ulster would imply that he lived from 340 to 440, and ministered in what is modern day northern Ireland from 428 onwards. The dates of Patrick’s life cannot be fixed with certainty, but on a widespread interpretation he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century. Saint Patrick’s Day (17 March) is celebrated both in and outside of Ireland, as both a liturgical and non-liturgical holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland it is a both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation and outside of Ireland, it can be a celebration of Ireland itself. For more information see Wikipedia

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