Monthly Archives: November 2011

Local Businesses Will Have Open Houses December 3

To list your open house, please send an email to webeditor@deltanewsweb.com
or call 895-4919.

Posh Salon  9am – 3pm
If customers bring in their postcard, we are mailing out they can buy one product at 20% off.  Door prizes and snacks

Calico Cow  10am – 5pm
Open House & Quilt Gallery. We’ll have Refreshments, in store specials and door prizes, as well as a wide variety of quilts for viewing and for sale.

Delta Junction Legislative Information Office 2:00 – 5:00pm
Come visit with your legislators. Refreshments will be served. The Delta LIO is located in the Colombo building, Suite 204. For more information please call the Delta LIO at 895-4236  or send email

Busy Bee 10am – 3pm
We will have refreshments and snacks. We are having a drawing for an ACS phone (winner must be 18 & is responsible for activation).

Granite View 9am – 6pm
Lots of sales, door prizes and refreshments.

Delta Meat & Sausage 10am – 4pm
Free drawings, refreshments. Free samples and great gift ideas.
Come meet with Jim McClure, the consultant for the Interior Alaska Hospital Foundation Project.

Buffalo Drive In 11am – 4pm
Outside – weather permitting, if it is windy, we will not be there.
Bonfire, hotdogs and hot chocolate

Starving Artists Holiday Gallery 10am-8pm
Next to Posh Salon. Door prizes, cookies and punch

A Higher Knead & Gorgeous Things 10am-4pm
Refreshments, sales and drawings

WillowWood Gift Shop 11am-3pm
Sales, Free Drawing and  Automatic 10% Off Purchases of $25  and over.

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DHS Booster Club Sponsoring 2011 Holiday Bazaar

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Historic roadhouse at Black Rapids, Alaska escapes destruction

Roadhouses were essential in Alaska during the early historical period. Situated a day’s travel apart (about 25 miles) along main trails they provided shelter and food for travelers, and often served as community centers. As trails and roads improved or were re-routed, some roadhouses fell into disuse. With the introduction of automobiles people could travel further in a day, and more roadhouses were abandoned or converted to other uses.

There used to be about 30 roadhouses along the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail (Richardson Highway). Now only a handful are left. One of those is Black Rapids Roadhouse (shown in the drawing) about 40 miles south of Delta Junction. It is right across the highway from the Delta River and Black Rapids Glacier.

The roadhouse opened around 1904 and was added on to Alaska-style over the years. It appears the oldest part of the roadhouse (the two-story log section at the south end) began as a single story and that the second floor was added later. Sections were gradually added to the north, east and west.

By the 1990s it was a rambling structure, and, like an ancient English manor house, parts of it had fallen into decay. It finally closed in 1993 and by the end of the decade was thought destined for destruction. Several of the additions had collapsed, the roof on the center section was caving in and the two-story portion was propped upright with poles.

In 1999, Annie and Michael Hopper bought the property, planning to build a lodge (the new lodge at Black Rapids) on the ridge behind the decaying roadhouse. Convinced the old roadhouse could be saved, the couple undertook restoring the roadhouse as well as building a new lodge. After getting the structure added to the National Register of Historic Places and being assisted by a small group of dedicated volunteers, they tore down irreparable portions of the structure and set about stabilizing the roadhouse’s oldest section.

After carefully raising the structure in sections, they put in concrete footings and new bottom courses of treated timbers. Salvaged or new logs replaced damaged ones and roofing was repaired. Now the building looks about like it did in 1915. The Hoppers hope to rebuild additional portions of the roadhouse with salvaged materials, finish the restoration and eventually open it as a museum.

Of course, if the Black Rapids Glacier had its way, there might not be a roadhouse to restore. Back in 1937 the glacier, which now sits far up the valley across the river, surged forward, threatening to overrun the Delta River, Richardson Highway and roadhouse. Experts estimated that the glacier traveled 220 feet per day. Between Dec. 3, 1936 and March 7, 1937, it covered about four miles.

The mile and a quarter face of the glacier stopped just short of the Delta River. If the glacier had overrun the river, it wouldn’t have been the first time. Geologic evidence points to another surge about 600 years ago that dammed the river. The Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline runs along the base of the mountains behind the new lodge, and engineers were very concerned about possible threats to the pipeline from the glacier. Fortunately for the old roadhouse, new lodge and pipeline, scientists think a repeat of the galloping glacier is unlikely any time soon.

Ray Bonnell is a freelance artist and writer and longtime Fairbanks resident. See more of his artwork.

Drawing by Ray Bonnell Historic Black Rapids roadhouse as it looked in Fall 2011.

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Holiday Lighting Celebration Thank You!

Fabulous family photos: Carol Watkins

Live Christmas Melodies: Ken Farrow

Christmas Trees: Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District (S-DSWCD)

Handmade Ornaments – The Gardeners of Sullivan Roadhouse, Eddie Dee Growden, Sandy Wang and Marie Fett

Publicity: Mike Pelto (KDHS), Gary Rose (KPEN) radio stations; Deb Ward – Fort Greely Public Affairs, Delta Wind and Delta News Web

Dog Sled: Debra & Dave Fortune

The Fire Pits: Ellie Snyder & Don Quarberg

Snow Plowing: The Alaska DOT

Santa: For taking time out of his busy schedule to stop by

Additional Assistance: Phill Kaspsari, Marry Woodbury

A very special thank you to our elves: Christy Roden, Kathy Trim, Carol Dufendach, Laurie Franks, Matthew Cole, Janice Weller, and the Jurva family for making it all possible!

Chief Elf Lou Ann Fett

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Photo of the day November 29

Two Red Necked Grebes hold a heated debate near the shore of Birch Lake. Image courtesy Dwight Phillips.

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Tree Lighting ~ Fort Wainright

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Fort Wainwright will officially kick off the holiday season on post with the annual tree-lighting ceremony and holiday party Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Physical Fitness Center.

The tree-lighting ceremony will include remarks from post leaders and a visit from Santa Claus.

Following the tree-lighting, Soldiers and their Families are invited to the holiday party at the Physical Fitness Center, where food, ice skating, photos with Santa, games and other activities will be available.

Allen Shaw
Public Affairs Office
United States Army Garrison, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
ALASKA POST – Home of the Arctic Warriors
1047-1 Nysteen Road
Fort Wainwright, Alaska 99703
(907) 353-6700

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Fairbanks Concert Association Presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Saturday, December 10
8 PM – Hering Auditorium

Hollywood hipsters Big Bad Voodoo Daddy turn yuletide classics like “Blue Christmas,” “Jingle Bells” and “We Three Kings” into a rollicking big band extravaganza! Throw in a few new songs of their own-“Zat You Santa Claus” and “Rock-A-Billy Christmas”-for a holiday show that’s cool enough to keep a snowman from melting.
Hollywood hipsters Big Bad Voodoo Daddy turn holiday standards into megabolt favorites the whole family will dig.

To purchase tickets: http://www.fairbanksconcert.org/tickets
$40 for adults and $36 for youth, senior and military.
Get your tickets at www.fairbanksconcert.org, Grassroots Guitar or call 490-2858 and put Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on your calendar!
Phone: (907) 474-8081
email: info@fairbanksconcert.org
Our physical address is 794 University Avenue.

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Photo of the day November 28

A fox on the run! Yes this fox was on the run going after a rodent he found for dinner on Ft Greely near the post theater. I sure hope he got his dinner! Photo Courtesy Randi Owen

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Sullivan Roadhouse Lighting Thanks

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS…
to grandmother’s house we go, decorated for an old-fashioned family Christmas!

The Sullivan Roadhouse Gardeners and Elves have done it again! It gets better each year, even though that seems an impossible result!  But thanx to the hours and hours of Elf preparation and effort, it does!  Superb, stunning, breath-taking, magnificent–there aren’t enough superlatives to describe the decorating.  And the friendly, welcoming spirit of the Elves, the unlimited goodies, the ceiling-high tree, a masterpiece–altogether an afternoon to be cherished in memory.

Carol Watkins left exhausted, after taking nearly 300 photos.  Santa Claus enchanted the youngsters–those who were not too shy to get close!

Deep and heartfelt thanx to Lu Ann Fett, Christie Roden, Kathy Trim, Carol Dufendach, Laurie Franks, Janice Weller, and Matthew Cole.  You have created Delta’s seasonal monument to Christmas, a testament to community spirit, and a gift to residents, visitors, and all passersby.

If you were unable to attend this year, write the event on your 2012 calendar, with a note to attend twice, to make up for the loss this year. And call or write or email or append a note to this news release, to express your delight and gratitude.

Submitted by a community member – THANKS!

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During the Season of Giving, Cons are on the Take

Anchorage, Alaska – Nov. 28, 2011 – As scammers seek to exploit holiday generosity, Better Business Bureau urges consumers to protect well-intentioned donations.

According to the Nonprofit Research Collaborative’s November 2010 Fundraising Survey, the majority of all charitable contributions are made in the last quarter of the year—October to December. Not surprisingly, scammers ramp up efforts during this time in hopes of snagging funds for themselves.

“Charities rely on giving season donations for the following year,” stated Sherry Guderjohn, Charity Review Manager for BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western
Washington. “When fraudulent charities or dishonest solicitors intercept donation dollars, it leaves legitimate organizations and those they serve in a difficult position.”

BBB Foundation’s Charity Review Program, which has comprehensive local Charity Reviews, has compiled top tips to protect consumers and their donations:

Verify Validity: Don’t let emotional appeals and high pressure tactics dictate donations. Visit http://akorww.bbb.org/charity to research local BBB Charity Reviews. Utilize online search engines and databases like GuideStar.org and CharityNavigator.org. Ensure local charities are properly registered with the Alaska Department of Law Consumer Protection Unit.

Spotlight Spending: According to BBB’s 20 Standards of Charity Accountability, publicly soliciting charities should spend at least 65 percent of total expenses on program activities. Be leery when solicitors declare that all proceeds go to the cause, but fail to substantiate claims. Seek out the Internal Revenue Service Form 990 from publicly soliciting charities;
this form should be made available with appeals.

Protect Payments: Avoid giving cash and make checks payable to charities, not individual solicitors. Always request receipts or confirmation codes for donations.

Find more wise giving tips and BBB Charity Reviews at akorww.bbb.org/charity or give.org.

Adam Harkness, Alaska Public Relations Manager: 907.644.5202 | pr@thebbb.org
Niki Horace, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations: 206.676.4187

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Weekly Gas Update

Alaska, November 28- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.99/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.32/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 51.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are  unchanged versus a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 46.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“The national average in the U.S. is at its lowest since February 25, but remains at record highs for this time of year,” according to GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “While the downtrend in gasoline prices has certainly been welcome news for motorists, I see the trend short lived, and believe we may see continued volatility in the days ahead, but even with said volatility I do expect many Americans will see average prices between $3.25-$3.50 for the rest of 2011,” he added.

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.

For more local information, methodology, or any gasoline price related questions, contact:

Patrick DeHaan
Senior Petroleum Analyst, GasBuddy.com
Chicago, IL
E-mail: pdehaan@gasbuddy.com
773-644-1427 (773-644-1GAS)

Gregg Laskoski
Senior Petroleum Analyst, GasBuddy.com
Tampa, FL
E-mail: glaskoski@gasbuddy.com
813-436-9422

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Photo of the day November 26

Aurora over the Delta River on August 28. “Photo Courtesy of Sebastian Saarloos”

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Photo of the day November 24

This picture shows the difference between a bull and cow caribou as far as their antlers. The bull, with the larger antlers, is in the foreground. Photo by Steve Thomas

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Phony BBB Complaint Email Hits Businesses Nationwide

Anchorage, Alaska – Nov. ­­23, 2011 – Locally and nationally, businesses are reporting questionable complaint notices disguised as official Better Business Bureau correspondence. Phishing emails—which prominently feature BBB’s name and logo—indicate that businesses have received BBB complaints and must respond by clicking on enclosed links or attachments.

Locally, BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received dozens of reports of these fake complaint notices.

Emails appear to come from fraudulent copy-cat senders: “risk@bbb.org,” “alert@bbb.org” and “service@bbb.org.” Enclosed is a link that appears to go to bbb.org, but instead, it directs users to an illegitimate Web address—which may cause viruses on recipients’ computers.

Do not click links, open attachments or reply to suspicious emails. If links or attachments were accessed, delete emails and run virus scans on computers immediately. Report fraudulent emails at bbb.org/scam/report-a-scam.

While Better Business Bureau does notify businesses of real complaints by mail, email and fax, contact BBB locally to verify legitimacy.

Adam Harkness, Alaska Public Relations Manager: 907.644.5202 | pr@thebbb.org
Niki Horace, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations: 206.676.4187

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Photo of the day November 24

This fox was photographed at a bird feeding station. Not the he was feeding on birds or even trying to. Apparently he was scavenging pieces of lard that the birds let fall to the ground where they had fed up above. Photo courtesy Barbara Tharp

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The Nutcracker Ballet – Updated

When: Performance will be
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Where: ON STAGE @ the
Fort Greely Middle School
On base (it will be an open post for this event.)
Tickets will be sold around town for $12.00 ea.
Under 6 yrs. old are FREE
M&W Gifts, Karla King at (907)505-0269 or at the door on Saturday.
Or call Mary Lou Longwell @ (907) 322-3995

Happy Holidays!

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Photo of the day November 22

“Summit Rock” ~ This shot was captured on November 5, 2011 atop a small foothill near Rainbow Mountain. — Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos

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2011 Harvest Wrap-Up

From the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service

The Cooperative Extension Service (CES) will be hosting the annual Harvest Wrap-Up on Thursday, December 1st from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Delta Career Advancement Center in the shop area – located behind the Delta Junction High School. Researches from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, USDA Agriculture Research Service and the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District will present information on current and
future research efforts. Topics: P&K Nutrient Study, Weed Control Data & Soil Residual Study, Berm Pile Study and Grain Variety Trials (including Winter Wheat), Nitrate Leaching & Irrigation and Canola Study, Peony Herbicide Trials, and Barley Bisomass.

This gathering is for producers to learn from current research efforts as well as share your observation and constructive comments for research needs that benefit the industry.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, December 1, 2011. Call 895-4215 or stop by the CES office for further information.

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Thanksgiving travel down, record gasoline prices to blame

Minneapolis, MN (Nov. 21)- Motorists driving for holiday may be giving thanks for the recent downtrend in gasoline prices, but history will be shattered as motorists face the highest price ever recorded on Thanksgiving. GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan forecasts that the national average will sit at $3.33 per gallon on Thanksgiving, some 46 cents more than it was in 2010.

“Gasoline prices have continued their slow decline in the last week across a solid majority of the United States, with the national average sagging to its lowest level since this past February,” according to GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Even though consumers are seeing gasoline prices decline in most parts of the country, and we’re certainly thankful for that, the national average will remain much higher than we paid last year while the nation watched the sagging Detroit Lions,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.

As pump prices soar, fewer people are taking to the roads, according to a yearly travel poll conducted by GasBuddy.com. Results from the poll of over 15,000 GasBuddy households showed the smallest growth in holiday driving since the survey began three years ago.
The GasBuddy-conducted poll showed that 15% of motorists that would not travel at all for the holiday gathering. 53% of respondents anticipated traveling the same distance as last year while a whopping 20% planned to drive less than they did last year. On the opposite side, just 8% planned to travel more than they did last year.

“While few motorists are willing to reduce their travel intentions because of higher gasoline prices, the uptick in the number of those not traveling at all suggests that higher costs are negatively impacting a growing segment of society,” added Gregg Laskoski, also an analyst at GasBuddy.com.

Contact:
Patrick DeHaan
Senior Petroleum Analyst,
GasBuddy.com
Chicago, IL
E-mail: pdehaan@gasbuddy.com
773-644-1427
(773-644-1GAS)

Gregg Laskoski
Senior Petroleum Analyst,
GasBuddy.com
Tampa, FL
E-mail: glaskoski@gasbuddy.com
813-436-9422

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Photo of the day November 21

This Yellow-Legged Sandpiper is one of the many species of waterfowl
that visit Alaska during its short summer. Photo by Steve Thomas

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Buffalo Fuel and Buffalo Center Service Donating 500 Gallons Heating Fuel

BUFFALO FUEL AND BUFFALO CENTER SERVICE
PROUDLY ANNOUNCE

In the Spirit of this Christian Season and in the Spirit of Christian giving the owners and management of Buffalo Fuel and Buffalo Center Service would like to  donate 500 gallons of heating oil to one family at this time of the year.

(Here’s what you need to do:)

Submit the family name and reason you believe that they deserve to receive this Christian gift. There are no qualifications other than the family must be in need of some assistance.

Please send your written requests to:
Buffalo Fuel
PO Box 626
Delta Jct  AK  99737

or email:  Bill.buffalo@acsalaska.net
no later than December 15, 2011 to be considered.

We will notify the family on December 24th, so please include the family contact name and phone number.

You can nominate anyone your heart feels led to nominate, including yourself or others.

This is not a contest, it is simply Buffalo Fuel and Buffal Center Service desiring to give back to the community that we live, work, play and worship in.

We thank you for your support of our business.

We wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas,
Buffalo Fuel and Buffalo Center Service

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Lockheed Martin-Raytheon Team Submits Final Proposal for Ground-Based Miscourse Defense Contract

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 21, 2011 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that it has submitted its final proposal revision for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment Contract. The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon GMD team delivered its final offer to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) GMD Joint Program Office in Huntsville, Ala., Nov. 18.

The contract will provide development, manufacturing, test, training, performance-based logistics, operations and sustainment of the GMD element of the Ballistic Missile Defense
System. The GMD element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System provides combatant commanders the capability to engage and destroy limited intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats in the midcourse battle space to protect the United States.

The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team submitted its proposal in January and a proposal update in September.

“The entire Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team has worked together as partners in a transparent environment throughout the GMD Development and Sustainment Contract pursuit,” said Mathew J. Joyce, GMD vice president and program manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “As a result, our team delivered a thorough and comprehensive proposal that represents all of our capabilities. The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team is committed to this mission , and we are continuing to work together to prepare for a robust start-up that will deliver an effective, affordable GMD program.”

“Raytheon is proud of its role as the developer and producer of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle,” said Wes Kremer, Raytheon vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems. “The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team is well positioned to provide the nation with the right solution for defeating intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats.”

Lockheed Martin will be the GMD prime contractor and systems integrator, leading the team’s work at all major GMD sites: Huntsville, Ala.; Fort Greely, Alaska; Eareckson Air Station, Alaska; Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Strategic partner Raytheon will provide the GMD Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, as well as
systems engineering, development, m odeling and simulation, operations and sustainment, manufacturing, testing and training.

The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon GMD team includes: Alaska Aerospace Corp., ARES Corp., ATK Aerospace Systems, Bechtel National Inc., Bluespring Software, CohesionForce Inc., Dynetics Inc., Harris Corp., Imprimis Inc., IroquoiSystems Inc., Mission Solutions Engineering, NANA Development Corp.’s ASTS-Akima Logistics Services Joint Venture, Northrop Grumman Information Systems as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
provider, Orbital Sciences Corp., Oregon Iron Works Inc., Quadrus Corp., QuantiTech Inc. and TDX Power Inc. The team includes all of the GMD OEMs and large and small companies across the nation.

Strategic partners Lockheed Martin and Raytheon will apply their expertise in interceptor weapon systems to the GMD mission. Systems developed by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have achi eved more than 50 intercepts in testing and combat and include Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense with the Standard Missile-3 interceptor and Patriot with the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor. Accomplishments in 2011 have included the Oct. 5 THAAD initial operational test and evaluation that challenged the system to track, detect and intercept two different targets utilizing two THAAD interceptors, a first for the system. The team’s credentials include: more than 30 years of experience in midcourse hit-to-kill missile defense development, production, testing, fielding and operations; more than 50 years of experience in strategic weapon system development, test, operations and sustainment and strategic weapon facility operations; and Department of Defense award-winning performance-based logistics expertise.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader s pecializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations
were $45.8 billion.

Media Contacts:
Lynn Fisher, Lockheed Martin, 408-742-7606; lynn.m.fisher@lmco.com

John Patterson, Raytheon, 520-794-4559; john_b_patterson@raytheon.com

For additional information, go to: www.lockheedmartin.com/gmd

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Alaska Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

Alaska, November 21- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 4.4  cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.03/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.36/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 60.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 4.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 11.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 49.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“Gasoline prices have continued their slow decline in the last week across a solid majority of the United States, with the national average sagging to its lowest level since this past February,” according to GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Many motorists may be giving thanks for the lower gasoline prices- until they realize that average prices will still easily exceed prior Thanksgiving Day records,” he adds. DeHaan also shared recent results from a poll conducted of its members, showing the smallest growth in holiday driving distance since it began surveying users in 2009. The poll also showed a 2% rise in the number of North Americans that would not drive at all for the holiday gathering. “This certainly isn’t a shock given the higher gasoline costs, but goes to show that few motorists reduce their holiday driving because of higher prices,” DeHaan states.

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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DCDA Presents Blessings in Disguise

Greetings, friends of Delta Christian Drama Association:

Bethlehem Inn, Luxury Suites and Spa was facing a business crisis. The manager was at wit’s end. The tax collector was hounding him. The ox-cart shuttle was on the blink. His camel parking valet and bistro waitress had quit, and all the desk clerk wanted to do was to prop his feet up on the reservation desk and watch the gladiatorial games on the idiot box.

The manager wracked his brain trying to figure out what he had done wrong. What more could a good Pharisee possibly do to earn God’s blessing? Didn’t he always eat Kosher? Hadn’t he even earned the Golden Phylactery Prize for legalism above and beyond the call of duty? Wasn’t God supposed to bless his children, instead of ignoring them?

Now, a couple of senile old guests named Anna and Simeon kept blabbering on about Messiah’s imminent arrival. Well, it was a good pipe dream, but a pragmatic businessman like the manager didn’t see it happening any time soon. In fact, life just kept getting weirder. A noisy little drummer boy had started hanging out in his lobby, disturbing the guests. Some girl in a shiny white dress named Gabriella insisted that a certain Mr. Immanuel King had booked a non-existent reservation. Then, to top it off, during the peak of busy season, a penniless contractor and his pregnant fiance had showed up looking for a handout. Almost made a guy wonder if God had completely forgotten his children…

Everybody is invited to watch this plot unfold on stage by attending Delta Christian Drama Association’s 2011 Christmas show. Entitled “Blessings in Disguise”, this original stage play may be seen on December 10, 11, 17 and 18 at Living Waters Assembly of God across from IGA and beside Interior Building Supply in downtown Delta Junction. Admission is free. Performances start at 6:30.

Since 2005, DCDA, a non-denominational volunteer community arts organization has been producing high-quality theater for the Delta/Greely community. “Blessings in Disguise” will debut some amazing new talent. You will laugh and cry. Guaranteed. This is one show you won’t want to miss. For further information call 907-895-5289 or visit www.dcda.info.

God Bless you for your ongoing support of this ministry.

With Peace and Joy,
George Hosier
Overseer of DCDA

December 10, 11, 17 and 18
6:30pm each night
Living Waters Assembly of God
Delta Jct
895-5289
dcda@rocketmail.com
www.dcda.info

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Photo of the day November 19

A small herd of caribou have been hanging out in Donnelly Flats lately, these two along with a few others can be easily spotted from the road. Taken November 11, 2011.
Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos

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Pursuing Further Education

In an effort to encourage people of all ages to pursue further education, the American Educational Guidance Center has added an infographic to one of its websites to illustrate the economic advantages of higher education.

Among the several facts that the infographic (http://www.college-scholarships.com/college_pays.htm) illustrates is that the difference between the lifetime earnings of an average high school graduate and the holder of a graduate degree is enough to purchase 2,600 Ipads, a personal jet, or a private island.

“Our goal is to make as many people as possible aware of the benefits of undergraduate and graduate degrees”, says Mary Rosenfield of the American Educational Guidance Center.  “That’s why we have placed code on the infographic page so that other organizations and individuals with websites can add our infographic to their sites if they wish.  The more people who see the infographic the better”.

“Research has clearly demonstrated that degree holders earn substantially more money, experience higher job satisfaction, and enjoy many more career options.  Also, the unemployment rate of degree holders is approximately half that of workers who have not gone beyond high school”, Rosenfield added.

The “College Pays” infographic appears on a 200 page higher education website (http://www.college-scholarships.com) which also includes college and university contact information, listings of career colleges, traditional colleges and online colleges, information on scholarships and financial aid, college admissions advice, an online GPA calculator, a list of comprehensive programs for students with learning disabilities, a list of historically black colleges and universities, a list of Christian colleges, a list of colleges for women, links to more than 55 free scholarship search websites, and related topics of interest to college-bound students.

For information or comment, contact Dan Rosenfield at aegc@earthlink.net or (337) 296-4000.

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Photo of the day Novmeber 18

“Definite Benefits to Being Year Round Alaska Residents” The Trim family is enjoying frequent visits from some Pine Grosbeaks at their feeders. These beautiful birds prefer tray style feeders and we have a few in our feeding areas and are pleased they are visiting along with our many chickadees this time of year! Photos Courtesy Kathy Trim

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Proposed Animal Care Workshops

DEC is hosting a series of public workshops to develop animal care standards to provide more detail on what constitutes adequate feeding, watering, and environment for common livestock and domestic animals. We will be posting minutes of all workshops shortly after they occur for the public to follow the process as we develop these standards.

All interested persons are invited to attend workshops by telephone at 1-800-315-6338 (use pass code 8213 when prompted) or in person at the State Environmental Health Laboratory at 5251 Dr. MLK, Jr. Ave, Anchorage, AK, 99507. All meetings will be from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. If you are unable to attend meetings, feel free to submit your comments to us in writing via mail or
email.

Persons who wish to be notified of workshop dates, updates, and agendas should email: your name, agency (if applicable), and phone number to Jay.Fuller@alaska.gov  We want to encourage anyone interested to attend. Future workshops will be divided into five separate animal categories which are listed below. Please indicate which categories you would be interested in attending. You may attend any or all categories.

November 29, 2011 – Avian (to include poultry)
December 1, 2011 – Captive/Exotic (reindeer, elk, musk ox, zoo/exhibition animals, llamas) December 5, 2011 – Domestic Pets (working/sled dogs, performance animals, mice, pocket pets) December 8, 2011 – Horses
December 12, 2011 – Livestock (bovine, swine, sheep, goats)
January 5, 2012 – Domestic Pets (This group will be developed after other categories have been completed.)

A formal public comment period will be held for the entire regulation package later in 2012. If you have questions regarding these workshops, please contact:

Jay Fuller, DVM
Assistant State Veterinarian
907-375-8213
jay.fuller@alaska.gov

or
Robert Gerlach, VMD
State Veterinarian
907-375-8214
bob.gerlach@alaska.gov

Website:  http://www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/vet/AnimalCareWorkshop.html

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Photo of the day November 17

Bald eagle in flight near Paxson. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski

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Top Tips for Holiday Shopping Time

Anchorage, Alaska – Nov. 17, 2011 – With the season’s busiest shopping days ahead, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington gives buyers the top tips for holiday spending.

Black Friday: The day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, retailers promote their best holiday deals to entice shoppers into crowded aisles for “must have” goods. Surviving Black Friday isn’t easy so BBB offers the following advice:

Go prepared. Bring copies of sale advertisements and coupons; look carefully at conditions, timeframes and limitations. Compare product prices online ahead of time to see if deals are as good as they appear. Draft a sensible budget and shopping list to help avoid spontaneous spending.

Get purchase details. Research store policies on: warranties, layaway programs, gift cards, refunds, exchanges, in-store credits and return policies on clearance items; sale items may be “final sale.” Keep presents in original packaging and enclose gift receipts so the items can be returned if necessary.

Guard possessions. Look out for pickpockets trying to nab wallets, credit cards and cell phones—or even gifts in shopping carts; don’t leave belongings unattended. At registers or ATMs, cover keypads when entering personal identification numbers. In parking lots, avoid leaving gifts and shopping bags in viewing range and discreetly stow valuables in trunks.

Small Business Saturday: Shop local on Nov. 26. Most community-based businesses are accountable, available and easy to locate if issues arise.
Converge. Explore neighborhood stores and window shop to find gift inspiration.
Collect recommendations. Look to family members, friends, coworkers and neighbors for suggestions on preferred local shops or boutiques.
Connect with community resources. Seek local stores on search engines or map out merchants through cell phone applications. Check with BBB, local Chambers ofCommerce, Visitors Bureaus or other business organizations.

Cyber Monday: Internet shopping on Nov. 28 is convenient, but can be chancy; avoid unreliable retailers with BBB’s Cyber Monday top online shopping tips:
Shop around. Only surf with anti-virus software. Avoid too-good-to-be-true offers.
Scrutinize websites. Only purchase from sites with privacy policies and secure check-out pages—”https:” instead of “http.” Review terms and order confirmations.
Secure purchases. Only use credit cards or secure payment systems. Avoid paying with cash, checks or money orders. Never wire money.

Do preliminary research before making purchases. Examine retailers on bbb.org.

Adam Harkness, Alaska Public
Relations Manager: 907.644.5202 | pr@thebbb.org
Niki Horace, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations:
206.676.4187

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Crude Oil Closes Above $100 for the First Time in November

Minneapolis, MN (Nov. 17)- Yesterday WTI crude oil closed at $102.59 per barrel. It’s the first time ever that oil has closed above $100 per barrel in November. And gas prices are going down?

Yes, they are. Today’s national average price of gasoline ($3.41 per gallon) is notably less than the average price at the pump the last time crude oil traded in the $100-range. It wasn’t long ago. From February through March WTI crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) traded at the $100+ per barrel level and the retail price of gasoline
climbed steadily from $3.50 to $3.90 per gallon during the same period.

What gives? “Nobody wants to jinx the downward trend by actually asking the question, but everybody is wondering the same thing: Why are gas prices going down instead of up?” Laskoski said.”The answer, we believe, lies in the current disconnect between crude and pump prices. The two usually move in tandem, but this is one of those instances where the exception to the rule occurs, and when that happens, consumers notice immediately,” said
Laskoski. “WTI is now yielding to the pressure exerted by the increasing importance of Brent crude and the fact that Brent is a more accurate reflection of global value. As a result, WTI’s price is rising to close that gap,” he added.

At the same time, both refinery utilization and total gasoline production have increased
according to the most recent data from the Dept. of Energy. Additionally, gasoline futures are at their lowest level since February 2011 and that facilitates the seasonal decline for wholesale and retail prices.

For more information or methodology, contact:
Gregg Laskoski
Senior Petroleum Analyst, GasBuddy.com
Tampa, FL
E-mail: glaskoski@gasbuddy.com
813-436-9422

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New Alumni Photo – Chris Cody

My name is Chris Cody. I went to DHS from 92′-94′ I was one semester short of graduating when my father was stationed in Alabama… I’ve been in the south since.  I work as a union electrician here in Birmingham. IBEW local 136.

Please visit our other alumni photo pages. Click here

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Save the Dates – Aurora Community Activity Center

Nov. 18-19 from 11 am to 4 pm is the Soft Opening of the Aurora Community Activity Center all Fort Greely Members are welcome to attend.

Nov. 21 at 4:30 pm is the Grand Opening for the Aurora Community Activity Center all Fort Greely Members are welcome to attend.

Nov. 26 is the Public Grand Opening of the Aurora Community Activity Center all Delta-Greely Community members are welcome to attend; this is an Open Post Event.

 

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For Greely Movies Nov 18 & 19

Friday, November 18 – Dolphin Tale (PG), 7pm
Saturday, November 19 – Abduction (PG-13), 7pm

Dolphin Tale – OCONUS First Run Only – Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world.  Rated PG for mild thematic elements. 113 Minutes

Abduction – A teen finds himself in mortal danger after realizing that his entire childhood has been built on lies. Realizing that the people who raised him aren’t his real parents after stumbling across a childhood photo of himself on a website devoted to missing children, the frightened teen flees for his life as FBI agents Frank Burton and Sandra Burns race to protect him and uncover the truth about his mysterious past.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying. 106 minutes.

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Photo of the day November 16

You don’t realize how colorful a Magpie, part of the Raven family, is until you see it frozen in flight. Photo Courtesy Steve Thomas

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Open House Sullivan Roadhouse Holiday Lighting Celebration

Saturday, November 26
2:00 – 5:00 PM

– Family Photos – compliments of Carol Watkins (wear our furs or bring your own)
– Live Christmas Melodies
– Refreshments: Hot drinks and cookies
– Christmas Trees & Handmade Ornaments for Purchase
– Outdoor Fire pits with marshmallows to roast
– Door Prizes
– Arrival of “SANTA” 4pm
– Lighting of Roadhouse and Farmers Maker 4:30pm

Come celebrate the Spirit of Christmas!

Our gift to you!
“Sullivan Roadhouse Gardeners and Elves”

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Photo of the day November 15

Even in the dead of winter, you can still see eagles. This one was
caught hanging out in the snow in Valdez. Photo Courtesy Brenda Kimble

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Heavens to Betsy by Tom Geyer

I met her in Fairbanks in 1989. There were so many others there when I first saw her, many of whom were beautiful and elegant, but she stood out amongst them like an eagle in a flock of Rhode Island reds. She was tall and slender, yet well proportioned if you know what I mean. She didn’t say a word to me, yet seemed to call my name. It was love at first sight.

She was of old Monte Carlo stock, this much was obvious. I didn’t know her age, didn’t ask and didn’t care. She was the one for me and my heart skipped a beat the first time I held her close.

She had traveled around Alaska and had some “experience”, something that I sadly lacked. I was just a pup then, still wet behind the ears and unsure of myself. She, on the other hand was solid and steady, confident, with nerves of steel, always the straight shooter.

Betsy was the little pet name I gave her. Other names and old flames and experiences of the past now meant nothing. We were an inseparable pair. Nothing could ever come between us, or so I thought.

We fished together, hunted together and hiked in the mountains. When I went a field she was right there with me, except once when I forgot and left her back at Fish Lake hunters camp. I felt a little naked when I arrived at Flat Top, in the middle of grizzly country without her by my side. I know she was deeply wounded by my thoughtlessness, but true to her character she never mentioned it.

Years have gone by and taken their toll on the both of us. Tragedy struck in the summer of 1996. Betsy lost her sight. But I loved her even more for it. After Betsy lost her sight I had to carry her on our trips. Sometimes I would carry her on my back and at times I would cradle her in my arms like a baby as I hiked up and down the Seven Hills of Death on the way to Fish Lake. Occasionally I would even throw her over my shoulder and carry her like a sack of potatoes. But even after losing her sight, Betsy was always there for me to lean on.

There was a dark side to Betsy, something even I could not have imagined when I first fell for her. Yes,  the little hints were there from the beginning, the possibility of a violent and bloody past, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt. Yet she was so powerful and explosive, I could not help but suspect what I later discovered to be reality. My Betsy was a cold-blooded killer.

Our first few years together were uneventful years of bliss, but in the fall of 1992 I witnessed  firsthand what I suspected all along. Betsy killed a big fuzzy. I remember it like it was yesterday. I never would have believed it of her, but the gruesome spectacle unfolded before my very eyes. I think she did it to protect me, more than anything, as she knew that I generally got a case of the shakes when I encountered big fuzzies.

I thought what occurred there might be a one-time thing, an isolated incident that Betsy and I might just sweep under the caribou moss but it happened again and again. Killing seemed to be second nature to her.

I knew I had to lock Betsy up. She was an accident waiting to happen, too powerful for her own good. She was like a rabid wolf waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting, a lethal weapon gone rogue.

Betsy’s in prison now for life, locked away with a dozen other hoodlums of low caliber. I visit her daily and gaze longingly through the glass, remembering the good times we had together and wishing I could hold her close once more.

Written by Tom Geyer
for their tenth annual hunter’s breakfast at Dry Creek

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“Love of Life” Premieres April 2012

Love of Life productions of Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently finished production of the full-length feature film “Love of Life,” based on the short story of the same name by Jack London. The film is currently in post-production.

The adaptation, written by Robert Gregg, Escanaba, Michigan, and directed by Kevin Swigert, Sun Valley, Idaho, was shot on location in the Delta Junction area and on Fort Greely.

The plot focuses on a gold miner from 1903 who leaves his claim late in the year, is abandoned by his partner, and must survive the hardships of Alaska to make it back to his fiancé in Fairbanks.

Over the course of the film, the starving man becomes delusional and in the end he struggles not only against the wilderness, but also against himself to survive.

The tag line for the motion picture is “Where there’s hope, there’s life.”

“The shoot went beyond our expectations,” said Robert Gregg, who is also the film’s producer. “We had a great crew from L.A. and Anchorage that worked well together. They are true professionals and it showed in the production quality.”

Anchorage crew included Tim Boese, Sound Mixer; Tom Pillifant, first AC; Cail Hubert, key grip; and Jerry Levine.

Gregg also expressed thanks to the citizens of Delta Junction, Alaska, and especially to the army at Fort Greely, Alaska.

“The people of Delta Junction and the military made us feel welcomed,” Gregg said. “We would film there again in a heartbeat. Police chief Travis Hoague and the military at Fort Greely went above and beyond the call of duty.”

Delta residents directly involved in Love of Life included Phebe Horschol and Steve DuBois, who played roles in the film, and Lou Ann Fett who was instrumental in setting up the final scene at Sullivan’s Roadhouse.

Love of Life’s director of photography was Jeffrey Smith of Los Angeles. Roarke Boes, also of Los Angeles, was the first assistant director.

“Pete’s performance was extraordinary,” said director Swigert. “He set an example for the crew every day, and we felt obligated to also give our best.”

Executive producers, all from Michigan, include Robert Schellenberg; Ken Meshigaud, CEO of the Hannahville Indian Community; and Jeff and Rosalie Naser.

The film is being edited and then the musical score will be added before its theatrical release.

Love of Life will premiere in Michigan in April, 2012. Premieres are also planned for Alaska and Los Angeles.

For pictures and more information: Contact Robert Gregg at 906-789-1139

 

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Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served

By Deborah Ward, Fort Greely Public Affairs

The 49th Missile Defense Battalion Color Guard members stand proud with Cub Scout Pack 76 as the pack, led by Cub Master Terry Denton, passed out red poppy flowers, a tradition started by Moina Michaels as World War I came to a close in 1918 to show support of veterans. Back row, pictured left to right: Sergeant Julio Velez, Sergeant Robert Hughes, and Staff Sergeant Kenneth Seymore. Front row, pictured left to right: Adam Denton, Raven Munoz, Areon Mills, Nicholas Willard, Isaac Fitzenrider and Nicholas Denton.

A touching Veterans Day Service and luncheon was held at Fort Greely on Nov. 11 at 11 am leaving many who attended mindful of the high costs paid for our freedom.

Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. This day is set aside to honor all military veterans, their sacrifices – both continued and past – their duty, honor, courage and loyalty to our great Nation in both peace time and war. It is a day to remember all the brave men and women who have served and who continue to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Greely Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Terry L. Clark gives words of Reflection at the Veterans Day Service and Luncheon hosted by the Fort Greely Chapel on Nov. 11.

“Today, we should turn our thoughts toward the 1.1 million men and women we have in uniform, arguably the next greatest generation, and to those millions more who have gone before…all giving some and some giving all,” said Fort Greely Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Terry L. Clark.

Clark took a lengthy pause after issuing the words above; head down in thought – gratitude for the proud men and women he has served with, before calling on all Americans to not only utter words of thanks, but to act in order to make a positive difference, no matter the size, in the life of a veteran or the loved ones they leave behind.

Jack Warren, Chaplain for Bison VFW Post 22, stands by the America’s White Table display during the Veterans Day Service on Nov. 11 at Fort Greely Chapel.

Members of the local Delta Junction American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars 10450 and Chaplain (MAJ) Earl Vanderhoff also presented moving words throughout the service to include America’s White Table display, a small table signifying the Soldier’s lonely battle against many was covered  with simple items to symbolize a Soldier’s sacrifice. The single lemon slice represented a captive Soldier’s bitter fate; grains of salt showed the tears of families waiting for their loved ones to return.  Along with other emblematic artifacts stood the empty chair and overturned glass, the strongest of all the symbols, to represent the Soldiers who are no longer here and the meal that wouldn’t be eaten.

Raven Munoz, with Cub Scout Pack 76, was on hand to distribute red poppies in honor of Veterans Day at the Fort Greely Chapel Nov. 11.

Cynthia Ozick, an American short story writer and novelist, remembers, “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

Please remember to thank our selfless heroes for their service today and every day.

 

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