Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tired Iron Family Events Fundraisers for Different Charities

93 year-old Urban Rayhoy and his competition: his son and grandson! Watch for a great grandson at this year's event! Go Urban!

Our primary charity: The Presbyterian Hospitality House – works to correct the problems of Alaska’s troubled youth and families so that they may contribute to the social and financial well being of their community.  http://www.phhalaska.org/

Secondary charity: Wounded Warriors Program – statewide thru DAV

Dates and Location:
Saturday, Feb 25 between 9am-11am and wraps up around 4 – 5pm
Sunday, Feb 26, starts at 11am and ends around 4pm
Chena River near the Cushman Street Bridge Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 474-4242

Classic group picture. Photo by Emily Peterson-Wood

Snowmobile races for older model machines plus fun activities for the entire family downtown on the Chena River. No alcohol, straight up family fun events. There will be kids and family games – all free, a vendors area, contests and the races.   Any individuals or businesses looking to get involved contact Tired Iron.  We are trying to increase our wounded warrior entries, and we need at least 4 sleds for the soldiers to use during the event so we can enhance our donations to the group. Last year we had two, and we are hoping to have 6-12 entries (entry fee waived of course) for the 2012 Tired Iron. If you have a working sled, decent running condition, please contact Tired Iron at (907)452-8602.

Kitty Cat. Photo by Emily Peterson-Wood

There are 5 Races, click here to see the qualifications of each race:

Radar (Money) Run Course is a 500-600 foot straight, smooth, strip with radar speed equipment capturing all speeds)  Any air-cooled or liquid-cooled, leaf spring production sleds up to and including Model Year 1979 may compete.  Clarification: For Tired Iron Races, sleds produced in 1978 are 1979 MODEL YEAR and ARE eligible. A sled produced in 1979 is a 1980 MODEL YEAR, and is NOT eligible to enter.

There are five (5) Radar Run classes:
- Class A-1: 0 – 340 cc Air-cooled (up to and including 1975 Model Year)
- Class A-2: 341 – 440 cc Air-cooled (up to and including 1975 Model Year)
- Class A-3: 441 cc – up Air-cooled (up to and including 1975 Model Year)
- Class A-4: All size Air-cooled (from 1976 Model Year, up to and including 1979 Model Year)
- Class L-1: All size Liquid-cooled (up to and including 1979 Model Year)

A handicap is allowed within each class, depending on the size and/or year of the sled, in the form of adjusted rolling start speed(s)

Cheeta start. Photo by Emily Peterson-Wood

Jurassic Classic – This event is intended for sleds no faster than 25 MPH, and for drivers that still have their faculties, but not necessarily their original teeth, hips, or knees.

Wired Iron -  AKA a bunch of wound-up kids on 120cc mini snowmachines. No entry fee for these races. The Fairbanks Fun Racing Lions will organize and run this event. It will begin at Graehl Landing. There are typically seven classes for the Wired Iron.

 

El Tigre turning. Photo by Emily Peterson-Wood

Classic – premier event of the weekend. Eligible are all Air-cooled, leaf-spring production sleds up to and including Model Year 1979, capable of 50+ MPH.   Wet Iron – This event is for liquid-cooled, leaf spring production sleds up to and including Model Year 1979.

 

 

Ski-doo ripping around the corner. Photo by Emily Peterson-Wood

Fun Run – The Tired Iron Fun Run is traditionally the largest event of the Tired Iron. It is designed for sleds in the 25 to 50 MPH range, and is the ultimate “just get out and have fun” event of the weekend.

Click here for Entry Fees

The phone contact for all info on this years event is 452-8602. Click here for their website.

This is what the Tired Iron is all about:
Fairbanks Tired Iron Vintage Snowmachine – Snowmobile Race

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Puppy Buyers Bark up the Wrong Tree

Online Puppy-Selling Scam Takes Consumers for a Bad Walk

Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 19, 2012 – Better Business Bureau servingAlaska,Oregon andWestern Washington has received reports of scams targeting consumers looking to purchase puppies online.

Legitimate-looking websites and classified ads entice pet shoppers with cute puppy pictures, detailed descriptions, and below-average prices. When shoppers contact sellers and attempt to make purchases, they are directed to wire money—typically overseas—to complete paperwork and secure shipping. Buyers then receive emails that contain shipping receipts, animal crate numbers, flight numbers and times, and other seemingly genuine information.

Unfortunately, there are no puppies; and flight information and courier names are rarely verifiable. BBB reports indicate that these scammers will go so far as to claim that animals have arrived locally, but cannot be released until further processing fees are paid—by wire transfer.

One Virginia-based consumer wired $300 toCameroonfor two English Bulldogs that were to be delivered to his home via an Alaska-based moving company, but became suspicious after receiving a second invoice. He then called the moving company, which had no knowledge of the transaction.

When purchasing puppies online, there are several things to consider:

- Beware of unreasonably low prices; check the American Kennel Clubwebsite for appropriate rates.
- Be cautious of sellers that only accept wire transfer payments.
- Look for spelling and grammatical errors on websites and in emails; this is a common red flag in overseas scams.
- Always seek complete contact information and avoid sellers that are unable or unwilling to provide it.
- Good breeders should be more concerned with placing animals in good homes than getting paid; walk away from transactions that seem suspicious.

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but BBB is the consumer’s best friend; visit bbb.org to report scams, check BBB Business Reviews and find marketplace advice.

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

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Fort Greely Movies

Friday, January 20 – New Years Eve (PG-13) 7pm
Saturday, January 21 – Arthur Christmas (PG-13) 7pm

“New Year’s Eve” celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining. Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references. 117 Minutes

 

Arthur Christmas – Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.   Rated PG for some mild rude humor. 100 Minutes

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Arctic Man The Movie to premiere in Fairbanks on Friday

by Tim Mowry – Fairbanks Daily News Miner

If you’re a fan of the Arctic Man, you won’t want to miss this.   The premiere showing of Arctic Man The Movie, a 43-minute long movie about the Tesoro Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic, will be held in Fairbanks on Friday at Chevrolet of Fairbanks at 3300 South Cushman Street. Show time is 7 p.m.   “It’s 26 years of history,” Arctic Man founder and organizer Howie Thies said of the movie.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Los Amigos on South Cushman Street and at Sunshine Travel on Noble Street. Tickets will also be sold at the door. There will be seating for up to 500 people and standing room for more, Thies said. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

The movie, which Thies paid for, was produced by Unified Productions from Bend, Ore. and JGS Concepts in Anchorage.   “It turned out excellent,” Thies said. “We’re excited.”   The movie features video footage from last year’s race, as well as video of past races provided by Thies. It covers every aspect of the race, from the organization to the set up to the sponsors to the racers to the actual competition.   “There’s interviews with the public, with skiers, with snowmachiners, with sponsors,” Thies said. “Like I tell people, if you’ve been there you might want to come because you might be in it.”   The movie is narrated by Jim Scott, who grew up in Fairbanks and started racing the Arctic Man when he was 16. Scott, who now lives in Bend, Ore., has competed in 25 Arctic Man races.  For the uninitiated or unAlaskan, the Arctic Man is Alaska’s version of spring break in Florida only it involves snow-covered mountains instead of sandy beaches.   Each spring, thousands of snowmachiners converge on the Hoodoos Mountains in the Alaska Range east of Summit Lake for a week-long, winter-ending celebration that you have to see to believe. The centerpiece of the event is the Arctic Man, a one-of-a-kind race that pairs downhill skiers and snowmachiners in what is billed as the ultimate adrenaline rush.   The skier starts on top of a 5,800-foot mountain, skis down 1,700 feet in less than two miles to the bottom of a narrow canyon, where he meets up with his snowmachining partner on the go with a tow rope. The snowmachiner then puls the skier 2 1/4 miles uphill at speeds faster than 80 mph to the top of another mountain, at which point the two separate and the skier drops over the side of the mountain for another 1,200 foot drop. The fastest teams finish the race in less than five minutes.   Thies is also hoping to show the movie at several big ski resorts in the Lower 48 but details have yet to be worked out.   “We’re working on getting a tour together now,” Thies said. “Hopefully we’ll do it February or March.”   The goal is to make a new movie every year, similar to what the annual Warren Miller Movie does for downhill skiing. Thies is also working on a book about the history of the Arctic Man.   There will be DVDs of the movie on sale Friday for $10 and they will be available online for $15.   The movie will also be shown in Anchorage on Saturday and Wasilla on Sunday. Both those showings will be at Rum Runners, Thies said.

There is a teaser for the movie online at the Arctic Man website, www.arcticman.com

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Photo of the day January 18

This Gray Jay visited me while I was moose hunting in September. Oh how I miss the sunshine and warm days of that long ago time, and look forward to the days of spring. Photo Courtesy Art Lenon

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Festival of Lights Fireworks Updates

Delta Building Supply                  $2000.00
Interior Building Supply              $ 200.00
North Haven Communities         $ 500.00
J & J Specialties, LLC                   $ 500.00
The Bunk House                            $ 500.00
Marlin & Pam Dunklebarger       $100.00
Excess funds raised from 2011    $500.00

Total Funds Raised as of 1/17/2012    $4,300.00

Total Funds needed                    $6,500.00

A special thank you goes out to everyone who has generously sponsored the Fireworks so far. We are still $2,200.00 short of meeting the $6,500.00 needed to put on the Annual Fireworks Display!

If you would like to make a donation please contact the Chamber at 895-5068 or  Email  deltacc@alaska.net

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Tiana Shawver Obituary

On December 1st Tiana began her new life in heaven with a brand new body, where there is no more tears, sorrow, cry or pain.  We miss Tiana’s laughter, her jokes, her sweet smile, her kindness, her helpfulness,  her straightforwardness.  We had so many things planned  to do with you Tiana.  We love and miss you terribly and cannot believe you are not here.

We know we will see you again in heaven in the presence of Jesus, where we will all enjoy the sights and sounds of heaven and walk on streets of gold together, and forever we will worship Jesus whom we have longed for.

Thank you Father God for letting us have our awesome, precious, beautiful Tiana.

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Personal Thank You from Tiana Shawver’s Family

Tiana Shawver’s family would like to thank everyone who came to Tiana’s Celebration of Life Service.

Thank you to all who signed the book too, because we didn’t get to see everyone, and it meant a lot to us later as we saw the names signed in the book.

Thank you go everyone for ALL the food, phone calls, cards, flowers, assistance, donations, visits and help.

Special thank you’s to all the churches and brothers and sisters who went above and beyond helping our family at this time.

Thank you for continuing to keep our family in prayer for the next 12 months – as holidays and birthdays and other family doings come up and hundreds of  things in life that unexpectedly  confront us with memories of our beautiful Tiana.

Thank you so much again to everyone.
Tiana’s family

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Debbie Heral Fundraiser ~ Jan 21

Fundraiser for Debbie Heral who passed away in December to help defray medical costs. To be held Saturday, January 21 at the Clearwater Lodge from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  There will be a spaghetti feed, $10/plate.

There will be a live auction by Randy Peterson and also silent auction items.  If you have items to donate, please call Granny at 895-5097 or Patsy at 895-5152 (after 4pm) or just bring it with you on Saturday.

Deb gave much to this community.  There wasn’t a fundraiser she didn’t help with.  Time to give some back.

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Photo of the day January 17

Horses on the farm catch a glimpse of sunshine earlier this winter. from Ruby at Alaska Interior Game Ranch, Inc.

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Nominations for the Polar Bear Plunge Updates

Votes for the Polar Bear Plunge are in and I just can’t get over this!

Please remember that the funds are going to SAVE THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS!

So I, Amanda Myers, am the new member of the Delta Chamber and wouldn’t you know it I got voted to take the plunge, with just one other person (Lolita Smith) voted in.  Thanks a lot everyone at Airport Equipment Rentals!  Speaking of the folks at Airport Equipment Rentals, I know a guy who is just jumping up and down to take the plunge with me PAUL MYERS!!! I am challenging everyone who knows Paul to vote his trash talkin butt into this plunge!!!  There has got to be way more people out there who you would like to see take this plunge.  There could be that good lookin girl you know, or that buff man you just want to see without a shirt, or the cranky next door neighbor you just want to get back at.  Whoever it is (PAUL MYERS) we need you to nominate them and get the votes coming in.  The Polar Bear Plunge is a big thing that the Chamber does to raise funds to pay for the Festival of Lights (which we are very short on this year!)  So not only will you get to see the fireworks show again this year and enjoy all the fun events of the Festival of Lights, but you also get to watch that person you picked take the ever so famous jump into our pool of arctic ice water!  So get out there and lets get these funds coming in to save our festival.

Voting cans are located at the following places: IGA Food Cache, Jack’s Liquor and Service, Buffalo Center Service, Alaskan Steakhouse and Motel, Airport Equipment Rentals, and Clearwater Lodge

Amanda Myers   36 votes

Lolita Smith  28 votes

If you have any questions, need more information, or want to nominated or vote for someone you can also contact Amanda Myers at the Delta Chamber office (907) 895-5068

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When An Apple A Day Can’t Keep the Doctor Away

BBB Offers Advice on Searching For Trusted Medical Professionals

Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 17, 2012 – Don’t wait until illness or injury strike; Better Business Bureau recommends beginning the search for doctors and other medical professionals while in good health.

“Trust and patience are critical when searching for doctors,” said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “Sensitive medical information should always be in competent, qualified hands.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are approximately 97,820 family doctors—also known as general practitioners—operating in the United States, so finding a quality fit may seem like an overwhelming task. Save headaches by considering the following:

Prescribe requirements. Good doctors have good patients; ask trusted friends, relatives or coworkers for recommendations on medical professionals. Consider offices that can accept insurance providers, have convenient office hours and provide necessary services.

Examine the options. Take time to thoroughly investigate potential doctors; make a list and narrow it down to three or four. Visit bbb.org to see if any complaints have been made about the doctors’ practices, and check with the Alaska State Medical Board to see if these doctors are properly licensed.

B-positive: When selecting doctors, make sure that the fit is perfect; if it is not, then try someone else. It may take awhile to settle, but stay optimistic. Good doctors will understand a patient’s need to feel completely comfortable.

Visit bbb.org for more health industry tips.

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 January 16

In winter, common ravens may gather in flocks to forage during the day and to roost at night. During the rest of the year, they are often coupled, or in small groups. Ravens are believed to mate for life. Common ravens typically vocalize with a croaking sound, but they boast a wider repertoire of calls. Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins

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Take the Plunge the Polar Bear Plunge!

It’s that time of year where our community starts having all the fun events around town.

What better than to watch that special person have to jump into a huge pool of ice filled, freezing water. There has got to be someone in your life who you would like to make take that plunge!

All you have to do is go out and nominate that person and get as many votes for them in as possible. The more votes the more likely you will see them take the Polar Bear Plunge! Its only $5.00 to nominate someone and $1.00 for each vote. Everyone can vote as many times as they want and as often as they want. So get out there and make it happen! You can always come to the Chamber office to nominate/vote (907)895-5068.

The top 3 nominated people will be taking the plunge on Feb. 11, 2012 at 4:00pm at the Delta High School parking lot.

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Alaska’s Top Complaints and Inquiries of 2011

BBB Releases Year-End Stats

Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 13, 2012 – In 2011, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington provided 2,975,099 BBB Business Reviews on local companies—up 1.9 percent from 2,918,355 in 2010. Consumers continued turning to BBB for help resolving disputes in 2011 with 37,159 complaints closed in BBB’s local service area, compared to 35,967 in 2010.

Which Alaska industries generated the most BBB inquiries and complaints in 2011? BBB reveals the top 20 most-inquired and most-complained about industries: bbb.org/top20ak/.

Top Complaints
1. Auto Repair and Service
2. Auto Dealers – Used Cars
3. Auto Dealers – New Cars

Top Inquiries
1. Contractors – General
2. Auto Repair and Service
3. Tours – Operators and Promoters

In 2012, the year of BBB’s 100-Year Anniversary, continue visiting bbb.org for free information on businesses, scams and other marketplace topics.

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Fish & Game AC Meeting Agenda ~ Jan 18

Agenda for Delta Junction Fish & Game AC
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:30 PM
City Hall, Delta Junction

Call to Order
Roll Call
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes    December 21, 2011
Comments from the public
Correspondence
    - Any
Old Business
    -  Any
New Business
- Delta ADFG Biologist Reports:
- Statewide BOG results
- Begin review of Interior Proposals
- Elect 2 representatives for Joint AC meeting
- Saturday, February 4, 2012 at City Chambers Office in Fairbanks
- Elect representative for Interior BOG meeting in Fairbanks
- March 2-11 at the Wedgwood Resort
Other Items
- Next meeting February 15 at 6:30 PM
- Continue Interior Proposals to BOG
State:
March 2-11, 2012        BOG Interior Region; Anchorage
Comment Deadline February 17, 2012
Federal:
January 17-19, 2012   Federal Subsistence Board Meeting; Anchorage

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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, January 16- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 5.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.97/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 45.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 2.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 27.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“Gasoline prices have slowed their rise in the last week as oil prices have temporarily stabilized,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “I’m sure this leveling off in retail price won’t last terribly long as tension mounts with Iran. I still expect 2012 to be a nasty year for the typical motorist, which is what our recently released 2012 gasoline price outlook also states,” DeHaan said.

GasBuddy’s 2012 gasoline price outlook may be accessed by visiting the following URL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/78052696/Gasoline-Forecast-Media

About AlaskaGasPrices.com

GasBuddy.com operates over 250 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 gasoline 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 January 14

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose unless you see this one at Chena Hot Springs. Out of all the ice carvings at Chena, I find this one to be my most favorite.  Photo Courtesy Randi Owen

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Chamber of Commerce Luncheon January 19th

The next membership luncheon will be held on January 19th at noon at the Snowhook Club. Lunch is $15.00.  Please RSVP to the Chamber office if you wish to attend.  To be eligible for the free lunch drawing you must RSVP by January 17th at 4pm.

Guest Speaker will be Gene Therriault, Vice president Resource Development, Golden Valley Electric Association.

GVEA’s mission is to provide its member-owners with quality electric service, quality customer service and innovative energy solutions at fair and reasonable prices.

The cooperative operates and maintains 3,131 miles of transmission and distribution lines and 35 substations. Our system is interconnected with Fort Wainwright, Eielson AFB, Fort Greely, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and all electric utilities in the Alaska Railbelt which extends from Homer, Alaska to Fairbanks. Peak load in 2009 was 200.5 megawatts. System peak of 223 MW was set in December 2007.

History Incorporated in 1946 in Fairbanks, Alaska, Golden Valley Electric Association took shape when a small group of locals became interested in bringing electric service to rural areas and furthering the agricultural industry in Interior Alaska. These pioneers applied to the Rural Electrification Administration, which granted a loan to form a not-for-profit rural electric cooperative. GVEA now serves nearly 100,000 Interior residents in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Nenana, Healy and Cantwell. (Photo right: The 9.500Kw Fairbanks Exploration Co. (F.E.) power plant was built in 1927 to serve the gold dredges operating in the Tanana Valley. GVEA purchased power from the F.E. Company until 1952, when they purchased the plant. It was retired in March 1972.)

Alaska Intertie GVEA energized the Northern Intertie in October 2003. This 97-mile, 230-kilovolt line is one of GVEA’s initiatives to improve system reliability. GVEA is the northern control point for the Anchorage to Fairbanks Intertie, which serves most Railbelt communities. Both interties allow GVEA to augment our 296 MW generation capacity with an additional 70 MW from the Anchorage area.

Renewable Power In addition to our diverse fuel supply of coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric power, GVEA is adding more renewable power. GVEA launched SNAP, its renewable energy program in 2005.

Reliability Golden Valley’s Battery Energy Storage System project came online in November 2003. The BESS can provide 27 megawatts for 15 minutes or up to 40 MW for less time if necessary. Being able to produce 40 MW makes the BESS the most powerful battery energy storage system in the world in terms of MW output. In 2009, the BESS responded to 21 events, preventing 113,000 member outages. System reliability was 99.9% in 2009. On average, members experienced one hour without power.

Power Sources To help stabilize costs, Golden Valley maintains a diverse fuel mix of oil, coal, natural gas and hydroelectric. The North Pole Expansion Plant adds Naphtha, an extremely clean burning fuel, to our mix. If natural gas comes to the Interior, the new plant will have the ability to burn that, as well.

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Fairbanks Concert Association Presents The Capitol Steps

Saturday, January 28 8 PM – Hering Auditorium

One-time congressional staffers turned comedians, the Capitol Steps now travel the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. No matter which side of the political fence you’re on, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the Capitol Steps. Their production is rip-roaring political fun, one constantly updated to reflect today’s political headlines, with new costumes, props and music.

In no way mean-spirited, their hilarious musical satire takes potshots at the outrageous goings-on in Washington, unafraid to say in public what most of us are thinking!

Surgeon General’s Warning: The Capitol Steps will cause your sides to split. – C. Everett Koop, 1/6/1989

To purchase tickets: http://www.fairbanksconcert.org/tickets Phone: (907) 474-8081 email: info@fairbanksconcert.org Our physical address is 794 University Avenue.

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Photo of the day January 13

What is this ??? Is it the remake of the Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”… No, it is just a flock of Ravens down in the Donnelly Flats. Photo Courtesy Randi Owen

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Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010

Greenways Academy of Alaska Introduces New Online Course: Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010

Greenways Academy of Alaska has a program that makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses. Greenways Academy of Alaska has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-led courses and is pleased to announce the launch of “Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010.”

Participants in this practical, project-oriented course will learn to build and customize tables in Access and discover how to use forms to simplify data entry, create reports, and design queries.   This course is part of Greenways Academy of Alaska’s growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

To learn more, call Greenways Academy of Alaska at 907.320.0229 or visit them online at www.greenwaysacademy.com/alaska.

The mission of Greenways Academy is to motivate, educate, and advocate for every student.

Contact: Janet Beckett
Greenways Academy of Alaska
7010 Gibbs Hill Circle
Anchorage, AK  99504
Phone: 907.320.0229
Fax:      907.771.9072

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2012 Relay for Life is 4 months away

This year’s theme is “Pony up for a cure”

Team Captains have you signed up your team yet?

Interested in volunteering as part of the committee?

Don’t want to be a team captain and don’t have a team you are part of? That’s ok, you can sign up as an individual participant.

You can sign up online by visiting the Delta Junction relay site.

For more information contact:
Tina Seward, 2012 Online Chairman (907)590-6035
Diane Vose, 2012 Event Chair  895-2277
Ashley Moxley,  2012 Co-Chair (907)450-9899.

Our next committee meeting is Tuesday Jan 17 at 5pm in the basement of First Baptist Church. We still lots of work to do, come and help us plan events for another successful event.

Check out our Facebook page “Delta Junction Relay for Life”

Save the date: Relay Kickoff Feb 4

For cancer information and support at any time, visit cancer.org or call 1.800.227.2345 to speak to one of the highly trained cancer information specialists. They can answers questions about all things related to cancer — treatment, insurance, pain, nutrition, and much more — and link patients and caregivers to support services in their communities, and not just those provided by the American Cancer Society. Calls are not limited in time -cancer information specialists will take all the time callers need.

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2012 Annual Gas Price Outlook

CHICAGO (Jan. 12) – Volatile gasoline fuel prices are the order of the day. With the U.S. average price of gasoline at the highest level ever recorded at this time of year, GasBuddy today releases its 2012 projections and analytics for the U.S. and major metro markets.

“The research contained in our ‘Annual Gasoline Price Outlook – 2012’ includes: a look at prior projections and actual prices; a look at ‘Implied Gasoline Demand’ going back to 2001; charts and price projections for 20 major metro markets; and a synopsis of current volatility factors and issues we expect will be prevalent throughout the year,” said Patrick DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst, GasBuddy.com.

“It gives media, businesses and interested consumers a definitive look at the data that drives the forecasts and validates discussions; separating the hype from logical, well-reasoned insights,” DeHaan added.

GasBuddy.com is operated by GasBuddy Organization Inc . GasBuddy.com is a group of local websites which offers an online method for website visitors to post and view recent retail gasoline prices. The GasBuddy collection of websites has rapidly grown into North America’s premiere fuel prices information source.

Click here for the 2012 Annual Gas Price Outlook

Contact: Patrick DeHaan, Chicago, (773) 644-1427
Gregg Laskoski, Tampa, (813) 436-9422

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Photo of the day January 12

This bald eagle was sitting in a tree on a cold winter’s day waiting for his lunch to go hopping by. Photo Courtesy Debra Darland

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Fort Greely Movies

Friday, January 13 – The Muppets (PG-13) 7pm
Saturday, January 14 – Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn PT 1 (PG-13) 7pm

The Muppets – On vacation in LA, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary and Gary’s girlfriend Mary from small town, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raise the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage the Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways.   Rated PG for some mild rude humor. 103 Minutes

The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn PT 1 – Bella & Steward, plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child…which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob.  Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements. 117 Minutes

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Polar Bear Plunge Nominations Being Accepted Now

Polar Bear Plunge – A fun event for EVERYONE!     The Polar Bear Plunge is an event that no one should miss!  Many of you have already seen the large blue Polar Bear Plunge cans at many local businesses around town.  You might be wondering what it is all about and how it works!

 

What it is:                                                                                                                                               Proudly hosted by the Delta Junction Chamber of Commerce, the Polar Bear Plunge is an event where Nominees jump into a huge tank of freezing cold ice water all in the name of fun!

How it works:                                                                                                                                        Anyone can be nominated to take the plunge (providing they are 18 years of age or older).  Once a nomination is made the nominee is contacted and given the opportunity to accept or decline the nomination.  After the Nominee willingly accepts the nomination, their name is then placed on the cans and votes are accepted on their behalf.  Nominations are $5.00 each and votes are $1.00.  Voting continues up until ½ an hour before the event.  The top THREE nominees have to take the Plunge!  Plaques are hand crafted by the Boy scouts Troop 56 and presented to the top three winners!  Costumes are not required but are highly recommended because they always make things a lot more interesting and fun!

Where to Nominate and Vote:   Look for voting cans around town.  You can also come down to the Chambers office located in the Jarvise West building to place your votes. A list of the businesses where cans are located will be coming soon.

What happens to all the funds that are raised? The money that is raised through nominations and votes are used to help us on other events that the Delta Chamber hosts such as: Festival of Lights, Frontier Days, The Halloween Bash and the Christmas Contests, just to name a few!

Where’s it going to be and when?

Place:       Delta High School Parking Lot!

When:      Saturday February 11, 2012

Time:        4:00 P.M.

So plan on bringing the whole family and join us for some great Alaskan wintertime fun!   For more information or questions contact the Chamber office at 895-5068  

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CRTC Notice of Availability

Notice of Availability U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center “Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment: Army Testing, Infrastructure Improvement and Enhanced Environmental Procedures, Donnelly Training Area, Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely”

The U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC), along with the Fort Wainwright Garrison Commander and Fort Greely Garrison Commander announce the availability of a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and draft Findings of No Significant Impact (FNSI). CRTC has prepared a draft PEA to consider the potential environmental effects of continued test operations and infrastructure improvements by CRTC on Army lands (Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright’s Donnelly Training Area) as well as enhanced environmental procedures for reviewing environmental impacts. The PEA evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed actions. The draft PEA and draft FNSIs are available for review for 30 days, from January 12 to February 11, 2012. A paper copy is available at the Delta Junction Public Library, 2291 Deborah Street, or upon request. The document is also available here: http://www.yuma.army.mil/mhub_documents.shtml.

Requests for further information or submittal of public comments must be received no later than February 11, 2012. Comments received will be reviewed and relevant issues will be addressed and incorporated into a revised PEA.  If no comments are received during the public comment period, the original PEA will become the final PEA. For further information or to submit comments, please contact Michael Nuckols, U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center, PO Box 31350, Fort Greely, Alaska 99731; telephone (907) 873-1245; email michael.nuckols@us.army.mil.

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Photo of the day January 11

Sunset, seen from Ft. Wainwright, on January 3, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Photo Courtesy Liz Breuker

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Chamber Seeks Fireworks Sponsors

The Delta Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for the Fireworks display which is scheduled for February 11th, provided enough funds are raised.

The total cost for the fireworks is $6,500.00 and $2,100.00 has been raised so far.

The fireworks are an important part of the Festival of Lights and is an event enjoyed community wide.

Make a donation today!  No amount is too small!

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BBB Presents 11 Common Scams of 2011

Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 10, 2012 – Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington investigates fraud reports throughout the year and reveals some of the most common scams of 2011:

·   BBB Phishing Frustrations: Businesses and organizations around the country are receiving fraudulent complaint forms from scammers who are abusing BBB’s name and reputation.

·   Penny Auction Problems: Buyers are often unaware of the total costs involved with penny auctions and great deals often turn out to be not so great.

·   Mortgage Relief Misleaders: Homeowners are tricked into paying large upfront fees for mortgage relief services and then companies disappear abruptly.

·   Hotel Hoaxes: Hotel guests receive calls in their rooms—often late at night—claiming that front desk computers have crashed and credit card numbers are needed again; victims provide information, but callers are not hotel employees.

·   Fraudulent Phishing: Consumers respond to emails from banks or shopping sites requesting verification of personal information. Those who click enclosed links or provide personal information may encounter computer viruses and identity theft.

·   Check Cashing Cons: Sellers receive checks for more than items are worth and are instructed to wire excess money back. Checks later bounce and victims are responsible for lost funds.

·   Cheating Contractors: Homeowners are left with little recourse after door-to-door repairmen promise incredible deals, require large upfront fees and then skip out before completing work.

·   Social Media Scams: Victims are sent “popular” viral videos on social networking sites, but must upgrade software to view files. Downloads may install malware or viruses that place victims at risk for identity theft.

·   Lousy Foreign Lotteries: Recipients receive mail and email notices claiming lottery winnings from overseas, but small upfront fees are “required” for taxes; after funds are wire transferred internationally, prize money never arrives.

·   Swindling Sweepstakes: Consumers who did not enter sweepstakes are informed that they have won large sums of money or other prizes and must pay smaller sums in order to collect; payments are made and nothing is received.

·   Secret Shopper Schemes: Job hunters submit online applications to “employers” and pay advance fees for work-from-home secret shopper materials; victims are left without money or jobs.

Report scams to BBB through Scam Source at bbb.org/scam-source. To find reputable businesses, visit bbb.org/find-business-reviews.

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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Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen hits Fairbanks!

Former Alaskan, Frank Solivan, is bringing his Dirty Kitchen to town. Frank is a monster fiddler and mandolinist who is making big waves nationally these days. His original music is making it’s way up the bluegrass charts and he is showing up at major bluegrass festivals across the country. He will be the featured artist at the Anchorage Folk Festival, and he’s kicking off his Alaska tour in Fairbanks. He and his band are stocked with hot musicians who really cook. In Frank’s hands, instruments take on a life of their own. You hear power. You hear volume. You hear crispness, clarity, timing and taste. All combined with passion and drive. The Blue Loon is the perfect place to catch this sizzling Bluegrass band–not meant for the solemn atmosphere of a concert theatre. As a special treat, local Fairbanks band, Steve Brown and the Bailers, will open the show.

Get it while it’s hot at the Blue Loon, Saturday, January 21

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen 8pm, Saturday, January 21 at the Blue Loon opening act, Steve Brown and the Bailers

Tickets $28 available at Grassroots Guitar, 488-0556 or www.acousticadventures.com

Sponsored by Sophie Station Hotel and Dollar Rent-A-Car

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Photo of the day January 10

On a recent trip to Tok, with the family, I caught the beautiful view of this bridge and seen a few of our local friends too, Marty the Moose. Photos Courtesy Randi Owen

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Personal Photo of Colton Bobo

Colton Bobo, son of Mike and Leslie Bobo (DHS graduates) enjoys a quick photo taken during a recent snow dumping. Photo by grandma Ruby Hollembaek

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FLOT Presents How t Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre Presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Location:   Civic Center Theater/ Pioneer Park, Fairbanks

January 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2012
Friday/Saturday 7:00 PM; Sunday matinee 4:00 PM

Power, sex, ambition, greed…it’s just another day at the office.  From the authors of Guys and Dolls comes one fo the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time.  This satire, following the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.

Parental Guidance Suggested

FLOT tickets are sold exclusively online and at the box office one hour before the show. For group rates call 456-3568.

Buy online: http://www.flot.org/tickets.html Individual Ticket Prices Reserved (Regardless of age) $25 Adult $20 Military (With ID) $15 Senior (62+) $15 Student (ages 13 – 18) $15 Child (12 & under) $10

Book by Abe Burrows and Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert Music by Frank Loesser • Lyrics by Frank Loesser Based on How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying by Shepherd Mead Stage Direction: Michelle Risse; Music Direction: Gwendolyn P. Brazier; Choreographer: Michelle Risse

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Photo of the day January 9

This is a picture from this weekend’s moonlight ski hosted by the Delta Nordic Ski Club at Quartz Lake. Photo Courtesy Alan Levinson

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Spring and Summer 2012 Courses

UAF Community and Technical College
For course registration information call (907)895-4605
www.ctc.uaf.edu

41080 ABUS F070 –  Job Readiness Skills  – 02/06-02/26 -  1.0 CR

51666 ART F200X  – Aesthetic Appreciation:Interrelation of Art, Drama & Music  -  08/11 -09/16  – 3.0 CR

41081 CIOS F150 –  Computer Business Applications:Word I  – 01/23-02/06   – 1.0 CR

41082 CIOS F150  – Computer Business Applications:Word II –  02/08-02/22  – 1.0 CR

41083 CIOS F150 - Computer Business Applications:Excel I  – 02/27-03/12   – 1.0 CR

41084 CIOS F150 –  Computer Business Applications:Excel II  – 03/26-04/09  –  1.0 CR

41089 CITS F203 - Information Technology Support Fundamentals  – 01/19-04/05   – 4.0 CR

41112 CIOS F258 –  DigitalPhotography Photo Processing  –  01/10-01/24  – 1.0 CR

51665 COMM F141X –   Fundamentals of Oral Communication  – 06/02-08/09 -  3.0 CR

41086 DEVE F070 - Preparatory College English  – 01/23-03/12 -  3.0 CR

TBA   DEVM F060 Elementary Algebra –   01/23-04/04  -  3.0 CR

41087 DRT F170  - Beginning AutoCAD  – 01/19-03/08  – 3.0 CR

41111 HLTH F107 - Certified Nurse Aide  – 03/27-05/17  – 9.0 CR

41088 RUSS F1OOB – Elementary Russian 1B – 01/24-05/08  – 3.0 CR

51664 SCIAF161 - Birds of Alaska – 06/05-06/12 – 1.0 CR

Seeking adjunct professors in the area of welding.

Check on a voucher goof for $50 off per credit.

An advisor from UAF CTC will be in Delta the 3rd Thursday of the month, please call 895-4605 to schedule an appointment.

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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, January 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.95/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 7.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 43.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 27.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“Gas prices are rising across much of the nation as Iran has continued to threaten closing the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for global oil shipments,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Think back to the days following the start of the crisis in Libya- an event that also rattled energy markets- we’re seeing similar emotions play out even though there hasn’t yet been a disruption to supply. I would blame emotion for the recent uptick in gasoline prices, nothing else,” DeHaan said.

About AlaskaGasPrices.com
GasBuddy.com operates over 250 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 gasoline 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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Alaska town tries to dig out from huge snow dump

As reported by the Associated Press, January 9, 2012

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The small Alaska fishing town of Cordova is used to dealing with excessive snow — but not like this. Residents have turned to the state to help them dig out of massive snow levels that have collapsed roofs, triggered avalanches and even covered doors, trapping some people in their homes.

“There’s nowhere to go with the snow because it’s piled up so high,” said Wendy Rainney, who owns the Orca Adventure Lodge. A storage building for the lodge — which offers fishing trips, hiking, kayaking and glacier tours — partially collapsed under the weight of the snow, she said.

“This is more quantity than can be handled.”

The Alaska National Guard reported more than 18 feet of snow has fallen on Cordova in the past weeks, although the National Weather Service did not immediately have a measurement.

Officials said at least three buildings have collapsed or partially collapsed and six homes are deemed severely stressed by heavy wet snow.

The city has set up a shelter at a local recreation center, but said people leaving homes in avalanche-risky areas have been staying with other residents. Cordova spokesman Allen Marquette said the town also was ready to set up a pet shelter if necessary.

Responders said Sunday that rain fell overnight, making for a slippery, treacherous mess in the Prince William Sound community of 2,000 year-round residents. The region has been pummeled by snow, but Cordova is of particular concern because there is no road access to the town, only boat and plane passage, said Maj. Gen. Thomas Katkus, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard.

There have been no reported injuries, but bad weather has prevented the Guard from flying to the town, 150 miles southeast of Anchorage. More than 70 Guard members traveled to Cordova on a state ferry Sunday, arriving at 4:30 p.m. About 50 of them will help clear roofs, roads, boats — whatever is the greatest need. The rest will provide other assistance. Also helping out in Cordova are three state emergency workers who were already in town to help the city with emergency response planning.

Katkus said Guard members will be on hand for up to two weeks. “This is an ongoing operation,” he told reporters Sunday.

An avalanche brought snow and debris down on a section of the Copper River Highway, the 12-mile link from the town to the local airport. State transportation officials said a secondary road was opened to two-lane traffic while crews cleared the highway Sunday.

The state also is working on bringing in more heavy equipment to Cordova, which issued a disaster proclamation Friday after three weeks of relentless snow overwhelmed local crews working around the clock and filled snow dump sites.

“We had no alternative but to declare an emergency,” Cordova Mayor Jim Kallander said. “It became a life-safety issue.”

Another storm that started Saturday also brought rain, which soaked into the snow, weighing it down.

Classes will begin later than usual Monday, but officials said students should go only if parents are comfortable with them venturing out.

Some roads have been cleared, but officials say residents also are being creative, traveling on foot and by skis and snowshoes.

The National Weather Service said the snow depth at the airport measured 59 inches before the rain fell, weighing the level down to 47 inches. Monday is supposed to be clear before another system moves in Tuesday, bringing more snow and rain, as well as winds as strong as 40 mph.

“This break in the weather is very critical and very fortunate,” meteorologist Don Moore said.

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Personal Photo in Memory of Larry & Mike Shetler

Mike and Larry’s headstone was placed last month. It is appropriate that they were buried together. Believe me, Larry would have haunted me if I’d left him in Alaska. The car above his plaque is an AC Ace, his race car that Mike was going to restore. The badge, or crab, above Mike’s plaque was a senior badge. That is awarded after being in the EOD field for 3 years. The Anshutz target rifle was for Larry as a coach, Mike as his shooter, me since I helped and my sister as she would attend Mike’s shooting events when he came to Jr. Olympics in Colorado.  When I visited them yesterday I took a can of Yuengling and some Bunnahabain scotch. Mike liked both and Larry liked the scotch. I poured both in their honor.  Photo Courtesy Gail Shetler

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