Monthly Archives: March 2011

Personal Thank You

The D.J. Saddle Tramps 4-H Club would like to extend a special THANK YOU to MS. BARBARA FRENCH for donating a propane cook stove to our group!  The cook stove will be used in our “Cook Shack” for our events through out the summer and for many years to come!  We greatly appreciate your generosity!

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Photo of the day March 30

The early morning sun is hitting the snow covered banks of the Clearwater River while other parts still remain in shadow.  Photo courtesy Barbara Tharp.

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National Telepress Conference: Thursday, March 31 at 9am, AK

Unprecedented bipartisan coalition discusses effort to protect Alaska’s biggest wild Salmon fishery, jobs and native culture

Unique group in Washington, D.C. all week to call on White House and federal Environmental Protection Agency

With the future of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in danger from a proposed copper and gold mine, the broad, bipartisan Save Bristol Bay coalition – ranging from Alaska Natives to commercial fishermen, chefs, jewelers, sportsmen and more –have brought their fight to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska and its sustainable salmon to Washington, D.C.

The week-long Save Bristol Bay week in Washington, D.C. includes:

  • Delivery of a letter to the EPA from 200 chefs and restaurant owners around the country
  • Visits to congressional members
  • Bristol Bay wild salmon served at more than 20 D.C.-area restaurants
  • A Congressional Reception with honorary hosts Sen. Mark Begich (R-AK),Sen. Maria Cantwell (D- WA) and New York Times best-selling author Paul Greenberg.
  • For the full schedule of events and information, please visit www.savebristolbay.org

Hear firsthand from Alaska Natives and campaign leaders in D.C. this week about their call on the White House and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to protect their jobs and way of life.

What:              National telepress conference to urge the federal  Environmental Protection Agency to protect Bristol Bay

Who:               Paul Greenberg, New York Times writer and author of “Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food”

                        Peter Andrew, Alaska Native leader, commercial and subsistence fisherman

                        Bob Waldrop, commercial fishing group representative 

                        Rick Halford, former Alaska State Senate President, sportsman and guide

When:            Thursday, March 31, 2011

Time:              1 p.m. EST, 9 a.m. AK

Dial-in:           800-862-9098

Password:     BRISTOL

For more information, contact:

Kristin Dizon, 206-631-1989, or KristinD@strategies360.com

Lesley Rogers, 206-334-1483, or LesleyR@strategies360.com

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A Woman’s Affair at the Carlson Center

A Woman’s Affair takes place at the Carlson Center April 1, 2 and 3.  This is the 10th year for the annual event and it has grown into a highly anticipated spring happening.

The event has over 150 participating businesses and is organized specifically for women about women.  It is a great place to discuss important health issues, get tips for managing finances, become aware of new career opportunities and education possibilities, enjoy a makeover or massage, pick up new home-decorating ideas and gardening information, discover a new hobby, or shop for spring fashions….and this year we have local favorites as well as some terrific boutiques from Anchorage!  Scroll down to the Participating Business tab for a full list and links to websites….check out the picture tab too!

The 6pm to 8:30pm Friday night opening will feature a wine tasting different from any other tasting in Fairbanks.  There are over 100 wines available, and the wine stations are located in different booths throughout the show.   While taking part in the tasting you have the opportunity to walk around the trade show, shop and gather helpful information.  Also, there are appetizer stations and great door prizes.  The cost of the wine tasting is $25 and includes all of the above plus a $10 wine discount coupon and a weekend pass to the show. Image Optical is our Friday night sponsor and Gold Hill Fine Wine and K&L Distributing is organizing the tasting.  Oh! and guys who come to the tasting with their favorite female get in for $20!   Don’t want to partake in the grapes?  There is a non alcohol ticket available for $10 and includes all of the above but the wine and coupon.

The show includes a Natural Health Fair.  The purpose of this section is to increase public awareness of choices for natural health and healing in the Fairbanks Community.  On hand are specialists and professionals in natural medicine, energy work, counseling, nutrition and massage, aromatherapy and more.  The Natural Health Fair is sponsored by Fairbanks Urgent Care.

Seminars, demonstrations and clinics are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in three different locations at the show.  Myths in Pregnancy, Family Protection Plan, Becoming and Outdoors-Woman, and Nutritional Influences on Cancer are just a few of the presentations that take place throughout the weekend.  CLICK HERE for a full seminar schedule.

A Woman’s Affair at the Carlson Center is sponsored by The Law Office of Rita T. Allee, P.C.  Hours for Saturday, April 2 are 10am to 5pm and Sunday, April 3 – 11am to 5pm.  Saturday and Sunday admittance is $4… Kids 12 and under are free.  Need more info contact Kris or Kourtney 474 9082 or kris@fairbanksevents.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

SHOW DATES & HOURS:
Fri., Apr. 1 – 6pm to 8:30pm
Sat., Apr. 2 – 10am to 5pm
Sun., Apr. 3 – 11am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday Admission $4.00 per day, 12 and under FREE!

Click here for the complete schedule for the entire weekend.

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Redistricting Board Statewide Teleconference

The Redistricting Board is holding a statewide teleconference.

Public Comment Will Be Accepted.

Date: March 31st, 2011

Time: 12pm-7pm.

The Delta LIO will be open to accommodate this teleconference. Constituents unable to make it to the LIO may provide comments over the phone (855)-463-5009. Due to LIMITED phone lines, you will be required to hang up immediately after testimony. Constituents with access to internet may listen live at http://alaskalegislature.tv 

Have questions? Please feel free to call the Delta LIO 895-4236

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Photo of the day March 29

This kite skier is one of two that were enjoying some of the beautiful March weather we have had this year.  They were taking advantage of a stiff breeze as they headed across Birch Lake.  Photo Courtesy Steve Thomas

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Hymn of the Week

Nearer My God to Thee

A  19th century hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, based  on Genesis 28:11-19, the story of Jacob’s dream as he slept in a field.
In the dream, he saw a ladder on which the angels of God were ascending and descending.

Legend has it that Nearer, My God To Thee was the last song played by the ship’s band as the RMS Titanic sank.  I dunno if that is true or not.

The chorus is just four bars in length.  We have chorded the hymn in the guitar (or banjo, mandolin, dobro, autoharp, ukulele, dulcimer)- friendly key of G major.  If you need it transposed to another key, call me.  if you need help with the chord shapes, or a refresher on the melody, call  8954104.

      G             C                       G              D7
Nearer, my God, to Thee!  Nearer to Thee!
   G                   C                 G        D7     G
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me;
   G                                                                    D7
Still all my song shall be, nearer my God, to Thee

               chorus:
    G              C    
Nearer, my God to Thee,
    G    D7     G
nearer to Thee

     G                      C               G                    D7
Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
      G                   C           G             D7
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
  G                                                                    D7
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God to Thee,

                chorus:

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Photo of the day March 28

Skaters enjoying the outdoor ice at the Mite end-of-season party. 
Photo Courtesy Rob Warren

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Phishing Email Deceitfully Uses Coca-Cola Name

Think Twice Before Responding to Prize Notifications

Anchorage, Alaska – March 28, 2011 – A recent email forwarded to Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington takes advantage of Coca-Cola’s well-recognized name and logo to convince consumers they’ve won a foreign lottery prize.

BBB has an example from the email circulating.

The email claims the recipient is a winner, though no tickets were sold. Coca-Cola has a warning on their website with similar hoax examples.

BBB warns this email follows the patterns seen in many phishing emails and scams; which try to gain the consumer’s trust before putting them at risk one of two ways:

1)     The “winner” received a request for detailed personal information – such as a bank account number for direct deposit or a Social Security Number for identity verification. Respondents may become victims of financial fraud or identity theft.

2)     The “winner” is asked to forward funds or part of the winnings for taxes or fees. Sometimes it’s a fake check and money never deposits. Other times the check is stolen from another person or business; it may deposit funds, but the rightful owner will need to be repaid. Either way, the transferred funds go to the scam artist, while the consumer loses transferred money and wins nothing.

Lottery Scams and Phishing were among BBB’s frequently seen scams in 2010. For more scam prevention tips, visit www.bbb.org.

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Daniel Lucas Obituary and Services

Daniel Edward Lucas, 62, of Delta Junction, passed away at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Saturday, March 26th 2011.  Dan was born on January 15, 1949 in Klamath Falls Oregon. 

Dan made Alaska his home in 1974 while serving as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1970-1979.  Dan worked for the FFA, Kay Enterprises, and retired from Cold Region Test Center in 2003.  He was a member of the Delta Presbyterian Faith Lutheran Church.

Dan was a devoted and loving husband and father.  He loved gold prospecting, fishing, and traveling Alaska’s country.  He enjoyed floating on the river with friends and family, whether they caught any fish or not.  He also loved teaching his grandchildren how to fish and prospect for gold.  His quiet manner but quick wit was the best part about knowing him.  He will be greatly missed by all. 

Dan was preceded in death by his father, Robert A. Lucas Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Lucas of Delta Junction; daughter, Jennifer and Patrick Dugan of Annapolis, MD; grandchildren, Michael and Caitlyn Dugan of Annapolis, MD; mother, Marian Lucas, of Dorris, CA; sister, Roberta and Russ Criss of MacDole, CA. 

Services for Dan will be held at Delta Presbyterian/Faith Lutheran Church in Delta Junction, Alaska, on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 12:00 p.m with military honors to follow.  Rev. Sandy Faison will officiate.  In Lieu of Flowers, family and friends may make a Memorial Donation to the Alaska Kidney Foundation, 3000 8th St #410, Anchorage, AK 99503. 

Arrangements were entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.

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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, March 28- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 6.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.01/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.56/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 58.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 33.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 21.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 76.5 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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Law Enforcement Torch Run & Pledge Drive

The Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive to benefit Special Olympics will be held in Delta Junction on May 21st at 10 am. 

The 5K run will start at the Delta Junction Visitors Center and continue east on the Alaska Highway to Emmaus Road and back to the Visitors Center. 

Registration will be handled before the run at the Visitor Center.  Single registration is $15.00.  Single registration with a T-shirt is $25.00. 

Please stop at the State Trooper office in Delta Junction for registration and pledge forms.  These forms will also be available before the run.

This is a great way for families and neighbors to get out and stretch their legs, get some fresh air and support training and competition programs for more than one thousand Alaskan athletes with intellectual disabilities. 

Everyone is welcome.  Walkers, runners, joggers, strollers, rollerbladers.  If you have questions, please call the State Trooper office in Delta Junction at 895-4800.  We hope to see you there and thank you for your support.

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Photo of the day March 26

This is not an uncommon site for this time of the year in Alaska, especially by Donnelly Dome. While taking a drive on March 6, this small herd crossed in front of our vehicle. Photo Courtesy Dawn Shinn

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Photo of the day March 25

On Saturday, March 19, The Calico Cow presented a beading class by local artist Viki Faber. Photo Display Carol Watkins

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Ice Races at Quartz Lake

 

Looking for a way to kick-off spring Alaskan style?  Grab your ATV and head out to Quartz Lake (10 miles North of Delta Junction) and join the fun!

4-Wheelers, Motorcycles, and Side by sides (ie. Polaris Razors etc.) are welcomed!

There is no entry fee but a Jackpot race is available depending on amount of interest!

For more information contact Adam McNabb (907)803-8300

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Photo of the day March 24

The moose were out in droves on the morning of March 12th. I saw 12 moose in this field located on Clearwater Road, with this bull posing nicely in front of Mt. Hayes.  Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos

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What’s Playing at Movies ~ Fort Greely

Friday, March 25 – 7pm No Strings (R)
Saturday, March 26 – 7pm Sanctum (R)
Sunday, March 27 – 7pm No Strings (R)

No Strings Attached
(Natalie Poorman, Ashton Kutcher) Emma and Adam are life-long friends who almost ruin everything by having sex one morning. In order to protect their friendship, they make a pact to keep their relationship strictly “no strings attached” “No strings” means no jealousy, no expectations, no fighting, no flowers, no baby voices. It means they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, in whatever public place they want, as long as they don’t fall in love. The question becomes — who’s going to fall first? And can their friendship survive? Rated R (sexual content, language and some drug material) 108 minutes  Movie Trailer

Sanctum
(Alice Parkingson, Richard Roxburgh) Master driver Frank McGuire has explored the South Pacific’s Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank’s team – including 17 year-old son Josh and financier Carl Hurley – are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever? Rated R (language, some violence and disturbing images) 85 minutes Movie Trailer
These events are open to all Fort Greely Soldiers, Family Members, DA Civilians and Contractors who currently have access to the Installation.
Used with permission from the Fort Greely Interceptor

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Photo of the day March 23

In many places the first day of spring is recognized with blossoming flowers, but in Delta we know spring is just around the corner when the snow is warm enough to make snowmen. Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud

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Native Americans and Alaska Natives To Be Briefed on Trust Settlement

Information on how Native Americans and Alaska Natives can share in the
recently approved $3.4 billion settlement of Indian Trust claims will be
discussed at two meetings next week.

On Thursday (March 31) attorneys David Smith and Justin Guilder, will be
discussing the settlement at the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Rasmusson
Conference Room, 3600 San Jeronimo Drive, Anchorage, at 10 a.m.

On Friday (April 1) they will be meeting at the David Salmon Tribal
Hall, 111 Clay Street, Fairbanks, at 10 a.m.

Native Americans whose families have individual Indian money trust
accounts or who own individual Indian trust land are welcome to attend
the meetings, regardless of their tribal affiliations, and ask questions
about the settlement.  About 12,000 Native Americans in Alaska are
believed eligible to receive settlement funds.

In December President Obama signed legislation ending the 15-year-old
class action lawsuit that Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet
Nation from Montana, and other Native Americans filed against the
government in 1996.

The settlement acknowledges that the federal government mismanaged
individual Indians’ trust accounts.

Under the settlement, the federal government is creating a $1.5 billion
Accounting/Trust Administration Fund and a $1.9 billion Trust Land
Consolidation Fund. The settlement also creates an Indian Education
Scholarship fund of up to $60 million to improve access to higher
education for Indians.

“The settlement represents a hard-won victory for individual Indians,”
Ms. Cobell has said.”Our hope is that these meetings and a public
awareness campaign we are conducting will get hundreds of thousands of
Native Americans to apply for these funds. It has always been their
money and I am delighted we can finally return some of it to them.”

“The settlement not only rights a tremendous wrong to Indian Country,
but it will be a significant help to many Indians,” Ms. Cobell has said.

For additional information:
Bill McAllister
703 385-6996

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BBB Complaints Up Ten Percent Nationwide

Cable and Satellite Television is BBB’s Most-Complained-About Industry of 2010

Anchorage, Alaska – March 22, 2011 – According to an annual report released today by Better Business Bureau, consumers filed 1.1 million complaints against North American businesses in 2010, reflecting a ten percent increase over the previous year. Consumers also turned to BBB more than 87 million times for help researching businesses across North America, a whopping 37 percent more than in 2009. 

“The rise in complaints shows that consumers are increasingly relying on BBB for assistance in resolving disputes with businesses,” said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.

The cable and satellite TV industry received the largest number of complaints with 30,985, a 5 percent decrease over last year. The cell phone industry ranked second with 27,293 complaints, but saw a 29.6 percent decrease over 2009. Rounding out the top three, new car auto dealers received 24,698 complaints, an 8.1 percent decrease over the previous year.

While the cable and satellite TV industry, cell phone industry and new car dealers received a high volume of complaints, BBB’s report shows that they also have a higher rate of resolution with consumers than the average rate—78 percent—across all industries in 2010. Cable and satellite TV resolved 98.6 percent of all complaints; the cell phone industry resolved 92.1 percent; while new car dealer companies resolved 87.4 percent.

“Certain industries conduct a large volume of business, and as a result, generate a larger number of complaints. It’s important to look at how a company responds to consumer complaints from BBB, and not just the sheer number of complaints,” Andrew said.

BBB’s top 10 industries show consumer complaints filed across North America in 2010:

Industry Total Complaints Rank by number of complaints Percentage Increase over 2009 Percentage of Resolved Complaints
Television – Cable, CATV & Satellite 30,985 1 -5.0% 98.6%
Cellular Phones Services & Equipment 27,293 2 -29.6% 92.1%
Auto Dealers-New Cars 24,698 3 -8.1% 87.4%
Banks 22,648 4 -24.3% 98.5%
Collection Agencies 15,876 5 .5% 80.2%
Auto Dealers – Used Cars 14,520 6 6.1% 70.6%
Auto Repair & Service 13,178 7 3.5% 65.6%
Furniture – Retail 13,018 8 -1.1% 79.1%
Internet Shopping 12,950 9 -39.8% 61.4%
Mortgage Brokers 9,545 10 17.8% 81.0%

-  Complaint rank is out 4,483 industries categories

-  Average resolution rate across all industries for 2010 was 78 percent

 For a complete industry breakdown of all complaints filed with the BBB in 2010, go to www.us.bbb.org/statistics. To learn more about BBB services, visit www.bbb.org.

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Daddy Daughter Dance

Fathers and Father-figures, bring your daughter to the Daddy Daughter Dance and show her just how special she is! 

Ballistic4aCure Relay for Life fundraiser.  $25/father/daughter couple, $5 for each additional daughter.  Advance purchase ONLY. 

Moose Lodge, 22 April 6-9 pm (no need to be a member to attend).  Semi-formal/formal attire. 

DJ, Dancing, Appetizers and Desserts for a cause!  Door Prizes/Bucket Auction

For tickets (or to make a donation) contact Sarah Seymore at 873-4984, Ken Seymore at 873-4961, or Sasha Christensen at 895-3236.  Email  for more info.  Pictures will be done by Heel to Heal Relay for Life team.

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Photo of the day March 22

Ice Carving from the World Ice Art Championship in Fairbanks, AK taken March 5th, 2011. Photos Courtesy Randi Owen

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Embrace history ~ National Women’s History Month

By Bryan Ripple
Public Affairs Patrick Air Force Base

Each year National Women’s History Month employs a unifying theme and recognizes national honorees whose work and lives testify to that theme. For 2011, the theme is “Our History is Our Strength” This year, instead of recognizing national honorees, local communities, organizations and institutions throughout the country are asked to honor women within their own communities or organizations.

“Our History is Our Strength” pays tribute to the millions of women who helped create a better world for the times in which they lived as well as for future generations. Knowing the challenges these women faced, grappled with, and overcame can be an enormous source of strength to all of us. During today’s difficult times, “Our History is Our Strength” can serve as an important reminder to our nation that adversity can be overcome.

The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric of our history. Learning about omen’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength.

Until relatively recently, this sphere of women’s history was overlooked and undervalued. Women’s achievements were often distorted, disdained, and denied.

But, knowing women’s stories provides essential role models for everyone. And role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st century.

Discovering the remarkable achievements of women helps diminish the tendency of some modern-day pundits to dismiss and trivialize who women are and what they
accomplish. In celebrating women’s historic achievements, we present an authentic view of history. The knowledge of women’s history provides a more expansive vision of what a woman can do.

“The design inspiration for our poster this year comes from the National Women’s History Project’s 2011 theme “Our History is our Strength,” said Mr. Pete Hemmer, DEOMI Illustrator, describing this year’s Women’s History Month Observance poster.

Please join us in celebrating Women’s History Month
10 a.m., March 24 at Gabriel Auditorium.

These events are open to all Fort Greely Soldiers, Family Members, DA Civilians and Contractors who currently have access to the Installation.

Used with permission from the Fort Greely Interceptor

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Photo of the day March 21

How could you not love this little guy with his long eyelashes that any female would be envious of.  Photo Courtesy Debra Darland

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Public Invitation to the RAB Meeting ~ April 20

A PUBLIC INVITATION TO THE FORT GREELY, ALASKA INSTALLATION RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD (RAB) MEETING

Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 6:00 p. m.
Delta Junction, AK City Hall

RAB meetings:
● review environmental restoration progress at Fort Greely
● have the responsible decision makers present
● aim to increase public understanding & program quality
● are held regularly & are open to the public

The Public is Encouraged to Attend

For more information, call Stephen Hammond at 907-895-5441, visit www.smdcen.us/rabfga, or call Dan Miller at

Fort Greely, telephone 907-873-3105.

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5 Dangerous Places to Store Social Security Numbers

Friendly Fraud Increased In 2010

Anchorage, Alaska – March 21, 2011  While reports of identity theft decreased in 2010, “friendly fraud” is on the rise; the number of victims targeted by relatives, friends or roommates increased seven percent. According to the 2011 Identity Fraud Survey Report by Javelin Strategy & Research, the demographic most affected by this type of fraud were ages 25 to 34; of these, 41 percent claim their Social Security numbers were compromised.

“Stolen Social Security numbers can cause a lot of damage for identity theft victims,” said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “Once it’s been compromised, it’s out there and there is no way to control how it might be misused. Consumers must be diligent in making sure it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.”

BBB reveals the five most dangerous places to store Social Security numbers:
1.       Wallets or purses
2.       Vehicles
3.       Computers, cell phones and PDAs
4.       Offices or cubicles
5.       Unsecured dorm rooms and shared living spaces 

Be careful when sharing Social Security numbers. Ask why it’s needed and how it will be used. When requested as an identifier, find out if an alternative can be used. SSNs are often requested by employers, financial institutions and medical providers for identity verification or tax reporting; do research to ensure inquiring sources are trustworthy.

Never store Social Security cards or other private records in unsecured locations. At home, secure personal documents in a locked safe or storage receptacle—preferably fireproof. College students should take extra precautions.

Monitor credit reports and financial statements regularly. Look out for unauthorized activity. Use annualcreditreport.com to get a free credit report yearly.

Shred all unnecessary documents that contain personal information. Safely shred three bags or boxes of unneeded documents at BBB’s Secure Your ID Day on April 16, 2011 in Wasilla, Alaska.   

Learn more about preventing identity theft at www.bbb.org. If victimized by identity theft, read BBB’s steps for identity theft victims.

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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, March 21- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 7.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.97/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 56.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 35.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 35.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 71.4 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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Taylor Levinson to Receive Eagle Scout Award

 Taylor Levinson, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 56 will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony Saturday, March 26th, at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.  The public, and especially Scouts and former Scouts, is invited to attend.

To earn Scouting’s highest award, Taylor had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project.

Taylor’s service project was a garden path between the Delta Library and the Senior/Community Center .  Leading his fellow Scouts, and other volunteers, he had the area created as a boardwalk which will accommodate hanging flower baskets.  The project took more than three months to develop and carry through to completion.

 Taylor has been a member of Troop 56, chartered to the First Baptist Church, for 7 years.  He has served as patrol leader, and senior patrol leader. 

Taylor is a senior at Delta High School.  He plans to enter the engineering program at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks this fall.

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Hymn of the Week

When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

In 1893 James M. Black, a Methodist Sunday school teacher, was inspired to pen this song, when he could not find one appropriate in his song book to express a disappointment he had experienced while teaching.

In 2009 in Delta Junction, two young men performed this number as a duet with their guitars and voices at a Raven Correspondence school assembly.  We remember that fondly.

We include only the first verse and refrain, as usual.  We show chords for accompaniment in the key of “D”.  If you want the key and chords transposed, or more verses, or a refresher of the melody, call  me at 895 4104.  Remember, the chords will work for guitar, banjo, ukulele, autoharp, dulcimer, mandolin, or other instrument.

       D                                                                          G                            D
    When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
       D                                                    E7                A7
    And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
                        D                                D7             G                    D
    When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
        D                                     A7                     D
    And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.
               D
          When the roll, is called up yonder,
               D           A7
          When the roll, is called up yonder,
                            D                           G
          When the roll, is called up yonder,
                           D                          A7                     D
          When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there.

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Careers, Continuing Education and Training Fair

Delta Career Advancement Center

Drawings on the half hour every half hour until 7 pm, including UAF tuition credit waivers. Refreshments served.

Come and get to know the partners of the Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc.
your Regional Training Center. We are here to help you get the career and training classes that can make a difference!Meet Cooperative Extension agents Phil Kaspari, Roxie Dinstel, Milan Shipka, Marla Lowder and CES director Fred Schlutt. Hear about 4H, energy class ideas, and discuss what you want to learn.Interim Dean Michele Stalder and members of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College (UAF CTC) team who are delivering classes in Delta will be here. Meet individually to discuss your options for earning a degree and learn about UAF support services designed to get and keep you on track.Learn about construction trades apprenticeships and training opportunities made available in Delta through our partnership with Alaska Works Partnership and try out a welding simulator.

Listen to how high school Construction Trades can make a difference in finding a career path and in learning basic need-to-know math and reading skills!

 

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FDA Presents Smokey Joe’s Cafe – The Rock’n Roll Musical

Featuring the Songs of Leiber and Stoller
Directed by Peggy Ferguson with Music Direction by Shirley Hughes
March 25 – April 10, 2011

This exuberant musical sails and soars and is ‘smokin’ hot!’ As much as anyone, Leiber and Stoller invented rock ‘n’ roll.  Their timeless songs are the basis for this electrifying entertainment.  Smokey Joe’s Cafe transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theatre.  Featuring over 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including such hits as: “On Broadway,” “Jailhouse Rock,”, “Fools Fall in Love,”, “Love Potion #9,”, “Yakety Yak,” “Poison Ivy”, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Kansas City,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Hound Dog,” “I’m a Woman,” “I Who Have Nothing,” and “Stand by Me.” As Cousin Brucie says: “Leiber and Stoller are the Rodgers and Hammerstein of rock n’ roll!”

Single tickets
Adults: $20
Teens: $14
Seniors: $18 ((65+)
Military: $18 (with ID)
Students: $18 (with ID)

How to purchase tickets:  http://www.fairbanksdrama.org/tickets.htm

 
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Photo of the day March 19

The Solitary Moon Shot taken March 18, 2011, this is to be reported to be closest point to the earth in almost two decades, appearing slightly bigger and brighter since 1992. Clear skies above Delta Junction lead to a spectacular view of the moon most of the night. The close proximity and being a full moon happens every 18 years. Photo Courtesy Randi Owen

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March Madness Closes Ski Hill ~ Fort Wainright

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – The snowboarding and skiing season ends with a blow-out at Birch Hill Ski Area Mar. 25 to 27. March Madness, featuring competitions and games for the whole family, will be held Saturday and Sunday from noon-8 p.m. Lift tickets are required for all hill events. The public is invited to celebrate our last weekend this year. There is no need to stop at the visitors’ center – use the specially marked lane with driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance to get an installation pass.

Friday, March 25, is Soldier Appreciation Day. Active duty soldiers, Reservists, National Guardsmen and retirees ski for free from 9 p.m-midnight. They must have a DOD ID card. 

Friday events include skeet shooting, tube-hill bowling, hoop relay, lazy skier competition and more.

Saturday’s events include coloring contest, pudding munch-off, boot-camp obstacle course and rail jam with a demo by pro boarder Kyle Sullivan.

Hailing from this area, Sullivan started snowboarding in 1990 and began teaching at Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area around 1997. In 2001, Sullivan competed in the United States of America Snowboarding Association events.

“The highlight of my snowboarding career was either winning the “Hobo-of-the-year” award from Transworld Business Magazine in 2004 or the Best Trick at the 2007 Bonfire Snowboarding Pipe-to-Pipe Contest at Mt. Hood, Ore.,” Sullivan said.

He has been featured in Snowboard Magazine, Snowboarder, Transworld Snowboarding, and East Coast Snowboarding.

Sunday’s events cap the weekend and the season with a big-air competition, snow surf and polar plunge, ending with a bonfire and s’mores at 6:30 p.m.

Civilians are not required to stop at the visitors’ center. Proceed to the lane marked for skiing with driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration to obtain an installation pass.

For more information on March Madness call, 353-1998 or 353-6795.

Public Affairs Officer
Linda Douglass

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Photo of the day March 18

 After doing a little rut ritual by slashing the willows with his antlers, this guy ended up with a little extra baggage.  Photo by Steve Thomas

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Beware of Japan Disaster Relief Scams

Anchorage, Alaska – March 18, 2011 – Just like in past natural disasters, scam artists are taking advantage of disaster attention for their own personal gain.

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington encourages consumers to look out for these scams which are circulating in the United States:

Charity Impersonators:

Cons use well-known names and logos from businesses or charities, to try to gather funds by phone or email. Instead, contact the local charity office or visit their well-known and trusted website. Check out charities at www.bbb.org.

In other situations, new charities spring up overnight. Some may be legitimate, but make sure they have the resources to actually get relief to disaster areas. Others are scam fly-by-night charities just out to make money off the generosity of others before disappearing.

Cons Using Headlines:

Some Facebook users have found out that sometimes clicking on links claiming to have video footage of the disaster, actually led them to a page that asked for personal information. It triggered an automatic “like” of the page so friends would also want to click on it. Other examples have occurred during past disasters, where headlines came up on search engine results leading to sites that asked for personal information or downloaded malicious software to computers. BBB suggests, hovering over links, without clicking on them, to make sure the website is recognized.

 Visit BBB.org for tips on providing disaster relief donations and giving via text message.

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Photo of the day March 17

At Ice Alaska, March 9, I got a fabulous photo of this sculpture title “Grape for My Friend”. The sun shinning through made the sculpture captivating . Photo Courtesy Dawn Shinn

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Alaska Small Business Development Center April Classes

As always, you can call the office with questions 456-7232 or email us at aygreatnorth@uaa.alaska.edu to register for a workshop and you can always register and see more details online at our web site http://aksbdc.org   All workshops must be pre-registered and prepaid with a minimum of 10 participants.
 
Tuesday, April 12
Publicity for Small Businesses       
10am-1pm
Fee $30
If a tree falls in an empty forest, does it make a sound?  If a small business writes a dynamite press release but it lies forlorn and neglected in the newspaper’s fax machine, does anyone see it?  Fact is, in today’s climate, the difference between a successful publicity campaign and tanking spectacularly is often out of the control of those who run small businesses. News organizations have dwindling staffs and downsized space; the marketplace is crowded with entities wanting some of the valuable publicity real estate; and paying “professionals” to market and conduct PR campaigns is out of the budget question.

Wednesday, April 20     
Starting a Small Business           
9:30am- 4pm
Fee $45
If you are considering self-employment, then this workshop is a must. You will learn specific principals for business success, including tips on planning, marketing, record keeping, taxes, insurance, and financing your business. 
 
Friday, April 22              
How to Write a Business Plan           
11am-2pm
Fee$30
Increase your odds of small business success by learning how to prepare a strategic business plan. Sound business plans are required by lending institutions and equity investors in order to determine potential business viability for loan or investment.

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What’s Playing at the Movies ~ Fort Greely

Friday, March 18 – 7pm The Green Hornet (PG-13)
Saturday, March 19 – 7pm The Rite (PG-13)
Sunday, March 20 – 7pm The Green Hornet (PG-13)

The Green Hornet
(Cameron Diaz, Seth Rogen) Britt Reid, son and heir to Los Angeles’ largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato. They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid’s shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of the Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case, they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky. He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls. Rated PG-13 (sequences of violent action, language, sensuality, and drug content) 108 minutes  Movie Trailer

The Rite
(Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue) “The Rite” follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak, who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas, who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil’s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth. Rated PG-13 (language, brief nudity, sexuality, some violence and drug reference) 130 minutes  Movie Trailer

These events are open to all Fort Greely Soldiers, Family Members, DA Civilians and Contractors who currently have access to the Installation.

Used with permission from the Fort Greely Interceptor

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Relay for Life Pancake Breakfast

The Relay for Life Survivor Team will be putting on a Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 AM – Noon at the Delta Community Center this Saturday, March 19.

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FCA Presents Acoustic Africa

Acoustic Africa’s exhilarating musical journey focuses on the richness of the African guitar tradition. The Acoustic Africa tour features Habib Koité, the Malian superstar whose exciting concerts have endeared him to audiences worldwide, Oliver Mtukudzi, the best-selling artist in his home country of Zimbabwe, and a guitarist, singer, and composer from Mali, Afel Bocoum, whose songs evoke the evolution of traditional Malian society. The three artists, backed by a traditional African band, unite in song in a collaborative performance that honors their African heritage while simultaneously pushing contemporary musical boundaries.

“I have tremendous respect for Oliver, not just because of his amazing body of music, but the commitment to raising people up in all the work he does…it is high time the rest of us have a chance to see what has made “Tuku” such a treasure in his homeland.” –Bonnie Raitt

“[Bocoum] dips into the deep matrix of Saharan/Malian tradition…with a focus on lyrical content that emphasizes dignity and unity, combined with an infectious musical flow that illustrates why in their homeland he and his band are known as “messengers of the great river.” –Prague Post

“Koité was one of the first artists to break the mold of the thunder-voiced song and ancient repertoire associated with the Mande griots, Mali’s traditional praise singers…others have since followed in his footsteps, yet Koité‘s musical universe remains entirely his own.” –Songlines

Tickets are $36 for adults, $32 for youth (25 and under), senior and military. Tickets are available at www.fairbanksconcert.org, through AlaskaTix at 490-2858 or Grassroots Guitar on College Road.

Go to www.fairbanksconcert.org where you can listen to and learn more about Acoustic Africa.

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