Monthly Archives: September 2010

Hispanic Heritage event at Fort Wainright

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Fort Wainwright will observe Hispanic-American Heritage Month Oct. 6 at the Last Frontier Community Activity Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Each year we explore the history and culture of Hispanic-Americans, and we celebrate Hispanic-American Heritage Month to recognize the many contributions of Hispanic-Americans to our country.           

The guest speaker will be Javier Carrasco, a Bolivian-American student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Entertainment will also include the Sabor Cubano Dancers from Fairbanks.

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Photo of the day September 29

The beautiful view from our front porch after a rain storm. Photo Courtesy Heather Misquez

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Photo of the day September 28

The last football home game that the Delta Huskies played against the Barrow Whalers. Final score was 45-0. Delta lost but played a  great game. Photo display courtesy Carol Watkins

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Photo of the day September 27

This old equipment RUSTS IN PEACE off of Coal Mine Road. Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud

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Delta Skating Association Meeting September 30

The Delta Skating Association is going to have a meeting for perspective hockey and figure skating coaches on Thursday September 30th at 6 pm at the Liewer-Olmstead skating rink. 

Those who may be interested in being on the skating association board are also invited to attend. 

For more information contact Rob Warren at 895-5535.

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Thank You Delta Junction

This is a big THANK YOU to all the people that gave to the “school supplies for the needy fundraiser”.  It was a wonderful success for the first year. 

Next year, we plan to start the fundraising in August to give all of you plenty of time to donate generously before school starts. 

Again, THANK YOU and we will see you next year!
Aurora and Kaylee

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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, September 27- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.43/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.70/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 1.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 1.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 20.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

About AlaskaGasPrices.com

GasBuddy operates GasBuddy.com, AlaskaGasPrices.com, and over 225 other local gasoline price-tracking websites that follow prices at over 125,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. GasBuddy also uses Facebook (facebook.com/gasbuddy) Twitter (twitter.com/gasbuddy), and phone apps to keep motorists ahead of changing gasoline prices. GasBuddy.com 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 September 25

 Here are two images of Bolio Lake that speak for themselves…we have been having perfect conditions. Photos Courtesy Mike Kingston/CRTC

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Benefit Dinner for Firefighter Jake McNaughton

Your local Fort Greely Firefighters are taking over Clearwater Lodge and hosting a benefit dinner for Firefighter Jake McNaughton and his wife Jamie. Jake, who is battling a cancerous brain tumor, is gaining support from his Fire Department Family and local community as funds are collected to assist with the expenses that occur for the ongoing medical care.

~RSVP by 13 October 2010~
Dinner Tickets on Sale Now
Adult $20 ~ Children $10 (ages 5-12)
tickets prices at the door
Adult $25 ~ Children $15

CONTACT:
Firefighter Jay Miller 570.606.8185
Firefighter Thomas Eyre 907.699.3133

~Fire House Menu~
Main Dishes: Fire House Favorites
Fire House Brisket, Beer Brats, and
Chiefs Chili

Sides: provided by The Crew
Potato Salad, Mac & Cheese, Southern
Style Green Beans, Fried Sweet Corn,
Salad, and Dinner Roll

Dessert: Delicious Baked Goods

 

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Alaskan Farmers Put Food on Our Tables

Across Alaska, harvest time is well underway.   As our dreary summer slips into a sunny fall, Alaskans are busy putting crops away for winter.  In Palmer, mountains of potatoes are growing inside large potato barns.  In Delta, huge combines are harvesting barley and other grains.  Farmer’s markets, from Kodiak to Fairbanks, are still busy selling the last of the zucchini, broccoli and lettuce.  Families are filling their freezers and canning jars with local peas and berries.

Alaskan farmers and ranchers are the real thing.  These hard-working Alaskans are deeply connected to the land.  In the face of severe weather, the high costs of doing business here, and uncertain consumer demand, they are strong, independent and self-reliant entrepreneurs. 

As hard as they work, they still can’t put enough healthy, local food into the mouths of Alaskans.  In 1955, 55% of Alaska’s food came from Alaska producers.  Today, less than 5% of the food we eat is produced here.  Last May, Alaskans from across the state gathered to form the first Alaska Food Policy Council to work together to develop new ideas to produce more local foods, create jobs and build healthy communities.  Their recommendations will be released early next year. 

We have a long road ahead, but our farmers, ranchers and community gardeners have a bright future.  Alaska is still the land of opportunity and Alaskans are full of ideas about how to increase our food production and build a new renewable energy economy to make our communities healthy, sustainable and secure for future generations.

The Alaska USDA team can help, too, with loan and grant programs for Alaskans interested in producing food or biomass from the land.  One new program helps compensate for the high transportation costs of doing business here.  Another new loan program provides loans for conservation efforts on farm and ranch land.  And, just this week, the USDA committed almost $200,000 to promote Alaska Grown products to our consumers.

Alaskans and all Americans are fortunate to have such a strong agricultural economy.  Agriculture is responsible for one out of every 12 jobs in America.  Less than 10% of our family income is spent on food – much less than even other western nations.  

So, this week, as you visit the grocery store, restaurant or farmer’s market, ask for Alaska Grown, and join with me and my colleagues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in thanking farmers and ranchers in Alaska and across the country for putting high quality, safe and nutritious food on our tables.

Danny Consenstein
State Executive Director
US Department of Agriculture
Alaska Farm Service Agency

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Photo of the day September 24

Bear sticking his tongue out. Photo was taken in and around the Valdez area during my trip in Aug 2010 Photo Courtesy Randi Owen.

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Technology Surplus Sale – September 25

 Saturday, September 25, from 10:00 am – noon in the board room at the high school. The building will be accessible through the entrance doors located next to the library.

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Unit 13 Federal Subsistence Moose Harvest reports due

Unit 13 Federal Subsistence Moose season ended September 20, 2010. All federal subsistence moose hunt reports are due back to the BLM Glennallen Field Office by October 5, 2010.  Hunt reports can be mailed or hand delivered.  The office is located at mile 186.5 Glenn Highway.  There is a drop box available in the front entry of the office, which is open 24 hrs per day for your convenience. 

Failure to return your federal subsistence moose hunt report may make you ineligible to receive future federal moose permits for unit 13. 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 September 23


Larry and Chris Lyon’s children, Sirsha and Zachary, pick veggies on Frank Borman’s farm this summer.  Photo Courtesy Deb Snyder

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Thank you Delta Junction/Fort Greely

Thank you for your patience on Thursday.  The DNW is now free of hackers.

I received so many phone calls and so many emails and it was great knowing that I have a community with such devotion to the Delta News Web and how they expressed their gratitude.  We live in an awesome community.  Thank you again for being the loving community that you are.  So many prayers went up for me yesterday as I battled my way through all the red tape and all the scripts. 
 
I have to come up with a way to replace my banner ads today and that will be done by this afternoon. 

Anyone that runs a website, knows all the vulnerabilities and the big headaches of keeping a site going. 

Please let me know if you have any problems viewing anything on the DNW, so I can get it straightened out right away.

Very grateful to my community,
Webmaster

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Need Your GED

Registration
Assessment
Materials for learning available
Tutoring available

Call Deborah 803-3115

~Delta Learning Center~
Parkside Professional Building, 2395 Kimball Street
Downstairs

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Photo of the day September 22

Our family hiked up the Worthington Glacier in July. A spectacular experience! The Shinn Family – unknown photographer

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Flu Vaccine is now available

It’s time for your annual flu vaccine! Delta public health nurses will be providing the flu vaccine at the Health Fair on Saturday October 2nd at the Community Center from 8am till noon, or please call 895-4292 to make an appointment for a vaccine at the Public Health Center. 

There is a small fee charged for the vaccination but a sliding-fee-scale can be used to determine a discount. No one will be denied service if unable to pay. Medicare coverage part B covers the cost of the flu and pneumonia vaccines to eligible members.

For more information go to www.flu.alaska.gov or call the Delta Junction Public Health Center at 895-4292

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Starvin’ Artists Meeting Set for Friday

“Starvin’ Artists” art co-op is having a meeting this Friday at Pizza Bella 7PM.

Any artist or craft person interested in participating in a 2 month (Nov & Dec.) Gallery is welcome to come.

The more participation we have the cheaper the rent share will be.

The Gallery will be at the building right next to Pizza Bella this year. It was a great success last time we did it so we are very excited to offer this oportunity again to show your work.

You can call me at 895-4667 for more info. Viki Faber. Thank you.

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Thank you to all volunteer rescue and fire associations

The City of Delta Junction would like to thank the volunteers of the Delta Rescue Squad and Delta Fire Department for all of their hard work and keeping our community safe!

A Big Thank You To:
Vern Heintz              Jen Heintz 
Erin Catterson         Tanya Sinenko
Angela Macias          Jerry Zachgo
Rance Lentz             Adriane Peterson
Alla Morozov            Joe Sisneros
Jeremy Williams      Whitney McLaren
David Reed               Joe Filla
Amelia Morlock       Ed Wilburn
Patrick Krepel         Greg Netardus
Mike Kingston         Mark Scott

We would also like to thank all the volunteer Firefighters and EMS personal that help aid us in rescue and fire calls.  Thank you to Fort Greely EMS Services and Rural Deltana Volunteer Fire Department members!  We appreciate everything you do!

If you want to be a part of the team that Saves Lives in our Community, please call Angela at 895-4356 or email me at deltajunctionrescue@gmail.com .

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Mark the Calendar for BBB’s Event Line-Up

BBB Anti-Fraud and Community Recognition Events For Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska – Sept. 21, 2010 – Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington announces upcoming anti-fraud events and ethics education programs: 

Secure Your ID Day: BBB offers a free shredding and cell phone recycling event to help prevent identity theft on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo on Northern Lights and C Street in Anchorage. Thank you to partners: Wells Fargo, Shred Alaska and Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Alaska.

  • Shred: Drive up and drop off unwanted documents to be securely shredded on-the-spot by Shred Alaska. No cardboard or three-ring binders please. 100% of the materials will be recycled.
  • Cell Phones: Recycle used cell phones for FREE, courtesy of The Wireless Alliance. All data will be securely wiped from collected phones; or consumers can remove data before donating: check out the Free Data Eraser or Data Erase Instructional Videos.

 Scam Jam: Attend this free anti-fraud seminar to hear from AARP Alaska about “Identity Theft & Weapons of fraud” and Anchorage Police Department about “2010 Electronic Fraud Trends in Anchorage.” Thursday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Anchorage Senior Activity Center, 1300 East 19th Ave. in Anchorage.

 2011 Business of the Year Torch Awards: It’s time to nominate those who motivate: Submit a nomination for any business—of any size—that demonstrates excellent customer service, community involvement and innovative business practices. Candidates must be submitted by Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.

 2011 Students of Integrity Scholarships: To support students who value ethics, BBB is accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships; one high school student from each state—Western Washington, Oregon and Alaska—will be awarded. Students graduating in 2011 or 2012 are eligible to apply. All submissions must be postmarked by Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.

 Check out BBB’s Event Calendar to stay up-to-date on upcoming events.

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Photo of the day September 21

An early 1950’s Chevy truck sits on the edge of the Village of Huslia. Obviously this truck has been there for a while, and who knows how it got there (probably a barge), but is one of the only pieces of junk or trash that I saw when I was there. A very clean and friendly village.
Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos

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Photo of the day – September 20

A big Thank You to the city of Delta Junction! We won the El Dorado Gold Mine tickets at the 50th Anniversary celebration and had so much fun! Altogether we panned about $40 worth of gold flakes. The Orona Family

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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, September 20- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.43/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.73/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 10.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 0.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 17.6 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

About AlaskaGasPrices.com

GasBuddy operates GasBuddy.com, AlaskaGasPrices.com, and over 225 other local gasoline price-tracking websites that follow prices at over 125,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. GasBuddy also uses Facebook (facebook.com/gasbuddy) Twitter (twitter.com/gasbuddy), and phone apps to keep motorists ahead of changing gasoline prices. GasBuddy.com 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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Fairbanks Winter Expo/Trade Show

The Winter Expo takes place at the Carlson Center Friday, September 24 from 6pm to 9pm, Saturday, September 25 from 11am to 6pm, and Sunday, September 26 from noon to 5pm.

A three day event focused on winter and how to get through it healthy, safely and sanely while having some fun along the way. If you plan on spending the winter in Fairbanks you need to be at Winter Expo!

The Winter Expo will open with the Fairbanks Title Agency’s Winter Wine Tasting from 6pm to 9pm on Friday. A tasting different from any other tasting in Fairbanks because thanks to Gold Hill and K&L Distributors there will be over 100 wines available, a champagne fountain, and a specialty vodka and beer station. While taking part in the tasting you have the opportunity to walk around the Expo and either shop or gather helpful information from over 110 businesses ( scroll down for a list with websites) about services available in our community and especially relating to winter activities and life in our winter wonderland. And while you are doing this you can sample our yummy appetizers and get tickets to our great Friday only door prizes. The cost of the wine tasting is $30 and includes all of the above plus a $10 wine discount coupon, a wine glass, and a WEEKEND PASS TO THE WINTER EXPO. Don’t want to partake in the grapes? There is a non alcohol ticket available for $12 and includes appetizers, soft drinks, and a weekend pass to the Expo.

With energy costs on everyone’s mind we have dedicated a special section in the Expo to The Energy and Retrofitting Marketplace. It is sponsored by the IABA and highlights energy related businesses and housing specialists. Find out how to cut energy costs, what energy saving products are available in the community, discuss retrofitting remodeling options and schedule construction projects for early spring. In addition there will be energy related seminars sponsored by GVEA taking place all day Saturday and Sunday…Click Here for an easy to print schedule.

Friday Tasting is $30, Saturday and Sunday Admission is $4 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. Free all day Sunday to military and their families…Military ID required. All admission tickets come with a chance to win 2 incredible door prizes. Auto Trim Design will be giving away an Smart Start Automatic Car Start and US Travel and Anchorage Convention and Visitors bureau have teamed up to give away an fun filled weekend for two in Anchorage. The Weekend includes $600 travel coupon, two night stay at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel including breakfast for two, two tickets to Mamma Mia, two tickets to Anchorage Museum, Allure Day spa Gift Card, Restaurant Gift Card and Barnes and Nobel Gift Card…..I told you it was incredible

For more information contact Kris at KO Productions kris@fairbanksevents.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 474-9082.
SHOW DATES & HOURS:
Fri., Sept. 24 – 5pm to 8pm
Sat., Sept. 25 – 11 am to 6 pm
Sun., Sept. 26 – 12 Noon to 5 pm

There is a $4 admission charge (12 and under free).

For more information click here

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Photo of the day – September 18

I took these photos on my drive back to Delta from Anchorage on September 14. The fall colors looking down what I think is the Matanuska River are incredible. Photos Courtesy Tana Wood

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Photo of the day – September 17

A rare view to see all of Denali. Taken from Talkeetna Lodge July 10, about midnight.
Photo Courtesy Janice Templin-Weller

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Hockey Fundraiser – Firewood for Sale

Order your winter firewood supply and help the hockey team raise money! 16″ rounds-$150 per cord; 16″ rounds/split-$200; 3 ft. lengths-$125; full lengths-$100.

Contact Dave Schmidt @ dschmidt@dgsd.k12.ak.us  or Brett Smith or Bubba Terry.
Thank you for your support.

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Photo of the day – September 16

 
If you were up Monday night about midnight you would have seen a nice display of the Northern lights. Here is one of several shots I took. Enjoy. Photo copyright Richard Mitchell

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Delta Health Fair to be Saturday, October 2

The purpose of a health fair is to provide early detection of health problems and to increase health awareness in all Alaskans through screenings and education.

The Delta Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, from 8 am to noon at the Delta Community Center. Free health education and screenings will be available. Blood pressure, Vision, Height, Weight, BMI will all be checked for free.

Low-cost blood tests will be available. The Comprehensive Blood Test includes a panel of 24 tests such as cholesterol, white blood cell count, glucose for diabetes, anemia, kidney function, etc. This test requires a 12 hour fast and costs $45. Drinking plenty of water is helpful. You must be 18 to have a blood draw. All prescription medications should be taken and diabetics should not fast. There will be juice and a snack available for participants after this screening test.

A new A1C diabetes screening which does not require a fast will be available for $25. The Thyroid screening blood test will be $30. Prostate Screening blood test will be $25 for men only.

A new Vitamin D Screening blood test will be available ($50) for the first time in Delta. Colorectal Screen Kits will be available for $5.

Flu shots will be available by Public Health if the vaccine arrives in time.

Various health education exhibits, models and learning centers are offered at Alaska Health Fairs. We believe that an interactive learning experience is the best. People of all ages can be actively involved in learning about health and wellness. Educational booths offering information about a variety of health concerns include: Alaska Autism Resource Center, Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Arctic Chiropractic, and Lifeline of FMH.

Alaska Health Fair started in 1980 as part of the National Health Screening Council, a movement led by John F. Brensike. This movement identified a need for improved health screening and health promotion within the United States. The National Health Screening Council started with Health Fair organizations in all 50 states. Alaska Health Fair is one of two remaining original organizations.

Alaska Health Fair provides health, safety and wellness information on issues that affect all Alaskans and the choices they make. Education on diet and nutrition, heart disease, regular physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use not only enables people to make healthy choices, but also saves lives.

Volunteers are a critical part of the service offered by Alaska Health Fair. Each year, more than 4,000 individuals volunteer at health fairs throughout Alaska.  We think of our volunteers as the heart of the Alaska Health Fair. They allow us to serve in communities across the state at no cost to participants.

Both medical and non-medical volunteers are essential for a successful fair. Non-medical volunteers help with registration, vision testing, height and weight measures, set-up, take-down, statistics, and many other jobs throughout the duration of the fair. Medical volunteers conduct blood pressure screenings, conduct check-out and evaluations and draw blood. Medical professionals with specialized training can conduct glaucoma screenings, hearing screenings, oral cancer screenings or skin cancer screenings for health fair participants. They also refer participants to local resources and encourage them to lead healthier lives.

We are always looking for more volunteers. If you would like to help, please visit the Alaska Health Fair website: www.alaskahealthfair.org and click on the “Volunteer” tab. Download the Volunteer Application that applies to you.

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Marriage Seminar to be Held at Delta Christian Center

Delta Christian Center will be hosting a marriage seminar on September 27 – 30. Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9pm.

Monday and Tuesday will be for the younger group to age 35.  Both spouses, one spouse and singles are welcome to attend.

Wednesday and Thursday for people age 36 +.  Both spouses, one spouse and singles are welcome to attend.

There will be childcare available. Free, donations are welcome. Call 895-1831 or 803-3267,  leave a message: name, phone #, and how many will be attending.

Roger and Laureen Traver Mountain Top Marriages : Cherish and Honor.

Roger and Laureen Traver, founders on Mountain Top Marriage Ministried have been teaching marriage concepts from the Word of God since 1984. Their teachings from the Bible and personal experience have brought hope to hundreds and freedom from divorce courts. Many people have been saved, healed, and delivered through their dynamic ministry in Alaska and around the world. Please check out their website: www.mountaintopmarriages.netfirms.com/

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Chic Gamine Appearing in Fairbanks and Delta Jct

Creating music infused with Gospel, Soul, R’n’B, Doo-Wop and French Chanson, Chic Gamine’s sound is beautiful, their harmonies are amazing, and their original melodies and fun approach to performing will leave you glowing with enthusiasm. Come have fun at a show that is liberally doused with the happy-go-lucky impulsiveness unique to Chic Gamine. Chic Gamine will be a party! We promise, if you come you will leave skipping out the door.

Listen to singers Ariane, Andrina, Alexa, Annick and drummer Sacha.

Tickets are $34 for adults, $30 for youth (25 & under), senior,and military.
Tickets for Chic Gamine, Alpin Hong and Preservation Hall Jazz Band are available at www.fairbanksconcert.org, through AlaskaTix at 490-2858 or Grassroots Guitar on College Road. Season tickets are still available through the FCA office at 474-8081 or download our season order form here.

Concert for Delta Junction – September 26

The Delta Library Board, Fairbanks Concert Association and Alyeska present the “impishly charming” Winnipeg/Montreal-based female vocal quintet “Chic Gamine” Sunday, September 26 at 7:30 in the Community Center.  This concert is free.

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Sullivan Roadhouse Thanks You!

To all those who attended, purchased and contributed to the Light up the Roadhouse yard sale…the lights ‘will’  shine ever so brightly this holiday season.  Hope to see you for the lighting of the Roadhouse, November 27.

From the gardeners and friends of Sullivan Roadhouse

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Photo of the day – September 15

Who wouldn’t like to hike down this tree lined trail on such a beautiful sunny fall day in Alaska? Such days are to be enjoyed as they are all too rare. Photo Courtesy Art Lenon

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Is Selling Gold Worth its Weight?

Examine Gold and Gold Buyers Carefully

Anchorage, Alaska – Sept. 15, 2010 – Selling gold? Many consumers have been tempted at the chance to take old, broken or unwanted jewelry and turn it into cash. Commercials and advertisements tout claims like, “Get fast cash for gold” and “Turn your jewelry into cash,” but Better Business Bureau reminds: All that glitters is not gold…

Several gold buying companies, including Cash 4 Gold and Money4Gold Holdings or My Gold Envelope, have racked up a high number of BBB complaints. Generally, complaints against ‘Jewelry Buyers’ and ‘Gold, Silver, and Platinum Dealers’ allege discrepancies in price offers, hidden fees, or claims for lost or damaged shipments.

BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington advises caution when dealing with mail-in gold evaluation services, or traveling auctions and buyers; if things go awry, it may be difficult to track down and get items back.

Before Selling:
 – Conduct research on prospective appraisal and jewelry buying companies. Visit www.bbb.org for free BBB Reliability Reports.
 – Get two or three appraisals from jewelers. If possible, sell to a local business with a physical location.

To Prepare for Evaluation:
 – Understand the scales. The value of gold is partially determined by its weight. Dealers may use an alternate measurement standard called a Troy ounce; some measure in grams, others in pennyweight (dwt). Unscrupulous dealers might try to weigh by pennyweight and pay by gram—or vice versa—to utilize an unbalanced conversion rate.
 – Determine the scrap value of jewelry and find out the karats of the gold. Typically, the higher the karat, the more genuine (and valuable) the gold. Before buying or selling gold, read the Federal Trade Commission’s Guide to learn more about misrepresentations in gold jewelry marketing.

If Considering a Mail-in Service:
 – Check the companies’ policies. Find out about returns, in case the price offered is unacceptable. Ask about reimbursements or other protections, in case valuables are lost or broken in transit.
 – Ensure the gold is insured. Appraisals should also be done before items are mailed; which will provide proof of value if items get lost. Make a list and photograph all items included in the package and keep copies. Send packages via certified mail and retain a tracking number.

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Photo of the day – September 14

We saw a mama and baby moose on Fort Greely a few weeks ago. If you look close enough, you will see little antlers on the little one. Photo Courtesy Melany Wilkins

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Photo of the day – September 13

The view of Moose Pond from Bluff Point on Labor Day weekend.  Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud

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ASEA Offers Funding for Rural Boating Safety Training

For the ninth consecutive year Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is offering mini-grants to help fund cold-water and boating safety training and education projects in Alaska. This year’s grants are being offered as part of AMSEA’s Rural Boating Safety Initiative. The funds are available to any organization or business desiring to offer boating safety or cold-water safety training, taught by AMSEA-trained educators and instructors, which meets the criteria as outlined in the 2011 grant guidelines.

The goal of these grants is to increase or enhance safety training and education for rural Alaska populations identified as high-risk by AMSEA’s 2009 rural boating safety survey. Groups and topics to be targeted are: rural boaters age 20 to 29; rural women boaters, especially those who live and boat in Western Alaska; increasing PFD use; reducing alcohol use by recreational and subsistence boaters.

Grants are limited to $4,000 per project. Proposals for less than $4,000 are encouraged to allow for a variety of projects. A team of AMSEA staff and board members will review all proposals. Indirect or administrative charges are not allowed on these mini-grants.

 Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that utilize existing AMSEA-trained instructors as well as projects that include training of new AMSEA instructors in underserved areas of Alaska. Travel expenses and tuition may be requested for AMSEA’s Marine Safety Instructor Training or Youth Educator workshops. If funding is sought for attendance at an AMSEA train-the-trainer class, the proposal must also include the delivery of safety training or education that meets the goal outlined above. Potential new instructors must have appropriate boating or marine experience for the group they intend to teach.

Mini-grants will be awarded for projects to be completed between January 1 and December 31, 2011. Grant applications must be received electronically at AMSEA’s Sitka office no later than 4:00 PM, Alaska Time, Friday, October 29, 2010. Proposals sent electronically are required to facilitate reviews.  Awards will be announced December 1, 2010.

Grant guidelines and an application are available at www.amsea.org or by calling 907-747-3287.

News release submitted by:
Kristie Sherrodd
Marketing & Publications Manager
Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA)
2924 Halibut Point Road
Sitka, AK  99835
http://www.amsea.org

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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, September 13- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.37/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.72/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 8.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 3.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 16.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

About AlaskaGasPrices.com

GasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including AlaskaGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com 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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Birth Announcement ~ Jackson Tucker Smith

Jackson Tucker Smith
7lbs,  7oz,  21 inches
Born July 28,  2010 at Santa Maria Hospital CA
Father: SSG Russell L Smith
Mother: Heather K Smith
Jackson’s big Sister is Shelby Grace Walker
Grandma and Grandpa are Ed and Anne Richards,  former Delta residents, now residing in North Pole.

We are military and I was stationed in Delta (2006-2008) Where I met Heather and we got married and PCS’ed to Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.

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