Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, February 13- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.94/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 38.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 12.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“Retail gasoline prices have continued to slowly rise across a majority of the United States,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “With the exception of one state- Wyoming- all states are seeing their gasoline prices averaging over $3/gallon again, with some of the largest cities- New York City and Los Angeles closing in on $4/gallon,” DeHaan said.

About AlaskaGasPrices.com
GasBuddy operates AlaskaGasPrices.com and over 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app which has been downloaded over 20 million times to help motorists find gasoline prices in their area.

For more local information, methodology, or gasoline related questions, contact:
Patrick DeHaan Senior Petroleum Analyst,
GasBuddy.com Chicago, IL
E-mail: pdehaan@gasbuddy.com

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

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2012 Iron Dog

The longest, toughest snowmobile race in the world. From Big Lake, to Nome, to Fairbanks, finishing on the Chena River. (907) 563-4414

The first Iron Dog event started in 1984, in Big Lake following the Northern Route of the Historic Iditarod Trail to Nome. The event began as the “Iron Dog Iditarod”, but the name was quickly changed the next year to the “Gold Rush Classic”, in 1990 the race was recognized as the “Iron Dog Gold Rush Classic” for a decade until Tesoro Corporation became a title sponsor, thus recognizing today’s event as the Tesoro Iron Dog.

Today’s Iron Dog course is over 2,000 miles, starting in Big Lake to Nome and finishing in Fairbanks, making it the World’s longest snowmobile race. Participants must traverse in some of Alaska’s the most remote and rugged terrain while confronting some the harshest winter conditions. Survival skills are essential, making it the World’s toughest snowmobile race. All teams in race classes are a team of two persons and two snowmobiles for safety.

The Iron Dog offers a non-competitive Trail Class giving adventure seekers an opportunity to travel 1100 miles on the Northern Route of Historic Iditarod Trail to Nome. These teams of two or more travel the same race trail as the Pro Class Teams.

Iron Dog, Inc. brings a World Class Event across the State of Alaska each February impacting over twenty five Alaskan communities beginning with the “Iron Dog Safety EXPO” in Wasilla, AK. This EXPO provides a unique winter recreational trade show that brings in industry vendors, promotes snowmobile safety and education through seminars, and a face to face opportunity for the fans and media to meet with notable Iron Dog athletes.

2012 Iron Dog Calendar of Events
The 29th Annual start of the Iron Dog Pro Class race begins Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Big Lake, Alaska. The entire list of dates and times are published at Schedule of Events under the For Race Fans button in the top navigation.

February 18, 2012 Big Lake, Alaska
Big Lake Winter Fest All day festival during the Iron Dog weekend. 10:00am to 12 midnight.

February 19, 2012
Location: Southport Marina,
Big Lake Power Sports
Big Lake, Alaska
more information: http://www.irondograce.org/2010/2011-iron-dog-start-location/

Pro Class Start
Setup – 7:30am-9:00am
GPS Install/Pit Line Up – 10:00am
Ceremonies – 10:30am -10:45am
Race Start – 11:00am

February 25, 2012
Downtown Fairbanks, Alaska
more information: http://www.irondograce.org/2011/downtown-fairbanks-finish/

Race Finish
First team arrives – approximately 1:00pm
Podium Photo Opportunity – 3:00pm
Race Finish Winds Down – 4:30pm

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Debit Card Dangers

BBB Offers Safe Swiping Tips

Anchorage, Alaska – Feb. 9, 2012 – Credit or debit? Choosing the right option at the right time can help protect from unwanted charges and skimming scams.

When charged, debit cards automatically withdraw money directly from checking accounts; whereas credit cards extract funds from credit accounts. Most credit issuers carry zero liability policies so card users can dispute unauthorized charges from fraud and undelivered products or services. Debit cards typically carry limited liability policies that require cardholders to cover a percentage of the lost funds.

“Debit cards can come in handy for many purchases,” stated Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “But frankly, it’s more difficult to recoup stolen funds from debit cards.”

Due to built-in protections, BBB urges cardholders to choose credit over debit for certain purchases. BBB points out five dangerous transactions for debit cards:

Online Shopping: Websites, e-retailers and other online service providers may be trustworthy and well-intentioned, but there are other potential risks, such as: shared wireless networks, unsecure Internet connections, data breaches, company impostors, hackers and other online schemers. There is significant anonymity on the Web so shop safely; review companies carefully, read privacy policies and make sure sites are secure before releasing payment information.

ATM Cash: Skimmers tamper with automatic teller machines and card terminals by inserting skimming devices on card readers and installing miniature spy cameras. Only use monitored ATMs in well-lit areas near trusted banks and busy shopping centers. Avoid using machines with askew card slots and keypads.

Gas: Card skimmers also meddle with unattended pay-at-the-pump gas station terminals; low-traffic highway rest stops can be particularly vulnerable.

Dining and Drinking: Restaurants, food delivery services and bars sometimes keep customer payment information on file, hold cards for tabs or process payments behind closed doors. Once cards are out of sight, they are at risk of falling into the wrong hands; cards can get overcharged or copied and used without permission.

Down Payments and Deposits: Companies that sell expensive merchandise may offer layaway programs or allow consumers to reserve goods with deposits. It is best to charge pre-payments and pricey purchases on credit cards, in case businesses close unexpectedly or orders are not fulfilled.

Regardless of payment method, check retailers on bbb.org before buying.

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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Letter to the Editor

An open letter of thanks to all of my friends who believed in me and helped me to take the plunge at the Polar Bear Plunge.

I have been so blessed to have such good friends around me who believed in me  and went beyond the call of duty just to help make my day.

I enjoyed watching you watch me, knowing that we all had a common cause.  You all wanted to see me jump and get wet and I wanted to fulfill that dream for you as well.

I was more than willing to take that plunge for you all. I had 306 votes.  That means that we all brought in $306 to the Delta Chamber of Commerce  which will be applied to next year’s Festival of Lights.

Thank you for your help and your contributions!
Barb Tharp


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Delta Fish & Game AC Meeting ~ Feb 15

DRAFT Agenda for Delta Junction Fish & Game AC
Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 6:30 PM
City Hall, Delta Junction Call to Order

Roll Call

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes  January 18, 2012

Comments from the public

Correspondence • Any Old Business • Any      New Business • Discussion on Donnelly Flats Caribou • Update, Bison Hunt & Moose Count- ADFG • Discussion on potential BOF proposals  – Due Date April 10, 2012

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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Public Workshop for Proposed Animal Care Standards

General Care Standards Workshop Agenda
February 16, 2012, 3:30 – 5 PM

Scope of Workshop:

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the general animal care standards for all animals and to address any domestic pets other than dogs or birds.  These would include animals such as rabbits, ferrets, pockets pets (gerbils, mice, albino rats, etc.), amphibians or reptiles.  The first draft of the standards does not contain specific rules about other pet species.  The goal of this meeting is to answer questions and hear public comments on the general care standards and in particular how they might apply to pets other than dogs and birds.  A draft of the general care section is at the end of this agenda.  Red font indicates explanatory comments the DEC has for participants.

Agenda (allotted times are approximate):
1.      Introductions, ground rules, and scope of workshop. 5 min
2.      We will go through each section of the general care standards and answer questions or take comments on their application to pets.  45 min
3.      Open forum:  Comments on all species of pets (other than dogs and birds) 30 min.
4.      Closing questions and remarks by DEC. 10 min

Ground Rules:
– Stay on topic.
– The moderator will select participants to have the floor to speak.  Please do not interrupt a person speaking.
– State your comments as concisely as possible. There is a time limit of 3 minutes per speaker, although the moderator may allow longer comments when deemed necessary.  After you have spoken, DEC representatives may ask questions that can be answered immediately or may request further information be sent to them later.
– Be respectful of other participants’ opinions.  It is permissible to voice support for something that another speaker has said; however, in general, the moderator will ask that people giving public comment try not to repeat what may have already been stated by other participants, particularly when stating reasoning behind a position on an issue.
– Silence cell phones. Take all phone conversations outside.

Excerpts from current draft of general standards (applies to all animals):

18 AAC 36.560.  General care standards.
(a) All animals must have daily access to water in sufficient quantity and quality to satisfy the animal’s physiologic needs as evidenced by the animal’s hydration status.

(b) Animals with body conditions lower than accepted standards for the species  may be permitted for a reasonable period of time if stage or level of production, physiologic conditions, or other factors result in such an appearance, during which time the animal’s management is being altered to improve the condition.  For purposes of assessing body condition, “a reasonable period of time” means the amount of time it would be expected to take to restore an animal to an acceptable condition, using diligent efforts to do so.

(c) All animals must have adequate feed to maintain a healthy body condition as determined by a veterinarian licensed under AS 08.98 or peace officer in consultation with such a veterinarian.  No animals should be deprived of feed or water for over 24 consecutive hours, except:

(1) Animals being transported may not be deprived of feed/water for over 28 consecutive hours.

(2) Animals on a restrictive diet while under a veterinarian’s care.

(d) Sick or injured animals shall be promptly treated utilizing available medical care or humanely euthanized.

(e)  When necessary, euthanasia must be administered in a humane manner that conforms to the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines.  A copy of these guidelines may be obtained from the OSV or online.

In cases where gunshot is the only practical euthanasia method to prevent possible human exposure to rabies, and it is necessary to preserve the brain for laboratory testing, the gunshot may be to the heart area rather than the head.

DEC Note:  To allow for full exploration of this topic, we plan to address humane euthanasia as a separate agenda item at a future meeting.  During this meeting we can allot 10 minutes maximum, unless there is time at the end of the meeting for more comments or questions.

(f) Animals must be transported or housed in an area with adequate drainage and sanitation to prevent excessive build up of feces, urine, or water.  “Excessive” is defined as adequate to cause visible skin or hoof disease.

DEC Note:  This clause has been discussed at both previous dog meetings.  There are several possible approaches to sanitation, with the endpoint of skin disease being one possibility.  Such endpoint measured limits may not act as a preventive and, of course, require that the animal be adversely affected before anything can be done to improve its health and safety.  Identification of skin disease can be difficult for the layperson or anybody from a distance due to hair coats.  Other possible approaches to sanitation include statements about the percentage of useable clean space that the animal has or simply requiring that it be able to escape its own excrement within its living space.  Living space minimums have also been discussed and they are necessarily linked to sanitation.  Other states approach this problem in many ways, with living space minimums, daily cleaning requirements for caged dogs, or general statements.  Without any further definition by these standards, Alaska Law leaves the determination of healthy environment completely up to the veterinarian who is consulted.  This would normally be the animal control veterinarian or the Office of the State Veterinarian.

(g) Nothing in these rules shall prohibit owners from providing medical care and treatment to their own animals provided it is performed in a sanitary manner, in such a way as to minimize pain, and in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws.

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

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

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Photo of the day February 11

A Christmas winter wonderland at Pam and Marlin Dunklebarger’s. Inside was just as festive at their annual Christmas Party shared with friends.
Photo courtesy Barbara Tharp

Some may find this photo a little outdated for February, but we decided to run it in honor of Festival of Lights weekend.  Come on out and enjoy the activities this weekend in the community.  It’s one of the warmest Festival of Lights celebration that I can remember.

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