Monthly Archives: March 2012

Are you Having Special Services for Good Friday or Easter?

If you are having special services for Good Friday or Easter, please send the details to

All the services will be listed on Wednesday on the home page of the Delta News Web.

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Cooperative Extension Service and UAF April Workshops

Workshop: Getting Started in Family Child Care

Have you ever thought about starting a day care business? Getting Started in Family Child Care is a workshop that will be offered in Delta on April 25th beginning at 1 pm. The FREE class is offered by UAF Cooperative Extension and will be taught by Leslie Crandall of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. Par-ticipants can sign up for a 1.5 hour introductory class or can choose to stay for the full 4 hour training. right


Workshop: Starting a Small Food Business in Alaska April 21st, 2012 from 9am-12:30 Cost is $30 per person

Presenters: Quentin Fong from the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center and Kate Idzorek.


For more information, contact the CES office in Delta located in the Jarvis Office Center Room 114, 907-895-4215, or . Class will be held via video conferencing at the Delta Ca-reer Advancement Center.

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Chamber Luncheon April 19

The next membership luncheon will be held on April 19 at noon at the Alaskan Steakhouse banquet room. Lunch will be $15. To be eligible for the free lunch drawing, you must RSVP no later than 4pm on April 17th.

Guest speaker will be Scott Swingle, Senior Northern Area Manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration based in Fairbanks. Scott has four boys and has lived in Alaska for the past 22 years. He has owned a log home construction business and a landscaping business. He has taught numerous business classes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has been assisting Alaskans as a business counselor for the past 15 years. Scott can be reached directly at 907-474-4878 or   FREE U.S. Small Business Administration HUBZone Program Workshop following the membership luncheon. To register, contact the chamber office at 895-5068.

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Small Business Administration HUBZone Program Workshop

Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:00 pm Alaskan Steakhouse Banquet Room

SBA’s HUBZone Program is in line with the efforts of both the Administration and Congress to promote economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing ac-cess to more federal contracting opportunities. Learn morn about how SBA’s HUBZone program might be able to help your business during this one hour HUBZone program overview.

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Empowerment Con-tracting program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997. The program falls under the auspices of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The program en-courages economic development in historically underutilized business zones – “HUBZones” – through the establishment of preferences.

How the HUBZone Program Works
The SBA regulates and implements the HUBZone program. SBA does the following:
–  Determines which businesses are eligible to receive HUBZone contracts
– Maintains a listing of qualified HUBZone small businesses that federal agencies can use to locate vendors
–  Adjudicates protests of eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts
– Reports to the Congress on the program’s impact on employment and investment in HUB-Zone areas.

Benefits of the HUBZone Program
The program’s benefits for HUBZone-certified companies include:
– Competitive and sole source contracting
– 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcon-tracting opportunities
– The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns.

To register for this free workshop to be held immediately after the membership luncheon, call the Chamber Office at 895-5068 or email


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North Haven Reaches Sustainable Milestone

More than 400 appliances rerouted from waste stream to local non-profits

Fairbanks, AK. – A sustainable victory was achieved in March when North Haven surpassed 400 recycled appliances, with 300 of the appliances recycled in the past three months. North Haven is dedicated to incorporating social, economic and environmental sustainability initiatives into the fabric of the Fort Wainwright family housing neighborhoods, that will increase the quality of life for its residents and the surrounding communities, enhance community connectedness, and leave a legacy of leadership and enduring results far beyond the 50 year ground lease.

IRHA employees Sean Clark and Darrell Greenway survey their load. Photo Courtesy Betsy Woolley

Soon after its inception in 2009, North Haven created a White Goods Reuse Program that continues to achieve excellent sustainable successes.  North Haven partnered with local organizations and philanthropic businesses and has rerouted more than 400 appliances from the waste stream, finding them homes with individuals in the surrounding communities. Mike Kondus, North Haven Environmental Development Manager commented, “We are delighted anytime we can reclaim and recycle materials.  A reuse initiative, like the White Goods Reuse Program we created with Fairbanks organizations, is to everyone’s advantage.”

The 2010-2011 renovations of 112 units in the Southern Cross neighborhood and the 2011-2012 demolition of 192 units in the Northern Lights neighborhood, produced a number of used appliances which were too old for North Haven to place in new units but were in good, working condition and available for reuse.  The refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and dishwashers were destined for the local landfill.  North Haven identified an inclusive, sustainable solution creating and implementing a White Goods Reuse Program that reached out to develop partnerships with local non-profit organizations which placed the used appliances in the homes of Alaskans that would not have otherwise been able to afford them.

Salvation Army employees load donated appliances. Photo Courtesy Betsy Woolley

Three of the major recipients for the donated appliances have been Interior Regional Housing Authority (IRHA), The Salvation Army and the Fairbanks Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).   IRHA provides affordable and sanitary housing for qualifying Native Alaskans and Native Americans in the Interior of Alaska, serving 43 Alaska Native tribes in 29 villages and Fairbanks.  The appliances donated to IRHA were immediately placed into client homes.  “Perhaps the next load will fill the needs of our clients,” said Darrell Greenway, warehouse manager for IRHA. While they were happy that their clients were able to use the appliances as soon as they were donated, IRHA Planning and Business Development Manager, Tiffany Sweetsir said, “We look forward to the day when we can build up a stock of these appliances in our warehouse and are able to meet client needs as they arise.”

The Salvation Army has experienced similar success selling the used appliances in their thrift store.  “The need for used appliances is especially high right now.  They are flying out of the store,” said Larry Mazzillo, Warehouse Supervisor for The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army uses the thrift store to not only provide low cost access to used appliances, but uses the operating store and funds generated from sales to fund job skills training and meet human needs in the Fairbanks community.

MacCheyne’s Carpet Plus employees take a break from hauling appliances to IRHA. Photo Courtesy Besty Woolley

At times the number of salvaged appliances available was so great, that the non-profit organizations were not able to move them all.  North Haven reached out to form partnerships with local philanthropic businesses.  MacCheyne’s Carpet Plus and Vision International Inc. donated labor totaling more than 200 man hours and in addition, donated trucks to transport the appliances from the North Haven neighborhoods to the non-profits.

North Haven is committed to engaging its stakeholders, enriching lives and being a good neighbor.  Taylor Tilman, President of the Fairbanks Chapter of the NAACP noted, “Being able to send these appliances home with people who need them but can’t afford them is a very good thing.”  He added, “We are happy North Haven paired with us to make this good thing happen in Fairbanks.”

Betsy Woolley | Communications Coordinator | North Haven Communities LLC
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Local Dentist Office has a new Clinic

Dr. Lim & dental assistant Miss Malyk working on Cheyenne Corty in tight spaces in the temporary office at the Jarvis building. The new dental office on Nistler is a welcome and needed relief for everyone. If you haven’t seen the new office yet be sure to stop by and check it out.

The new dental office was formerly named Crossroads Dentistry . With a new clinic, came a new name Timbercrest Dental.

A grand opening will take place in the spring.

Photo Courtesy Candy Corty

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Photo of the day March 19

Delta PeeWee Hockey wins State Championship. Photo by Stacy Chappelle

The Delta Huskies PeeWee Hockey team, lead by Coach Cory Kiser, Coach Andrew Poteet and Team Manager Stacy Chappelle Poteet. Our Huskies played Hard and worked together as a team to defeat teams from Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Fairbanks, Healy and Glenn Allen/Kenny Lake.

Top Row- Coach Andrew Poteet, Jesse Eschenbacher, Ashley Terry, Jesse Reierson, Ronnie Graves, Coach Cory Kiser Middle Row – Zach Chappelle, Michael Yearty, Dylan Weisz, Clifton Edwards, Harrison Kiser Bottom row – Mercedes Ellis, Patrick Kiser

Congratulations Huskies!

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Fort Greely Movies

Friday, March 30 – Safe House (R) 7pm
Saturday, March 31 – Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) 7pm – Open Post Event

Safe House – Washington plays the CIA’s most dangerous traitor, who stuns the intelligence community when he surfaces in South Africa. When the safe house to which he’s remanded is attacked by brutal mercenaries, a rookie is forced to help him escape. As the masterful manipulator toys with hi reluctant protégé, the young operative finds his morality tested and idealism shaken. Now, they must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.  Rated R for strong violence throughout and some language. 115 minutes

The Mysterious Island – The new journey begins when Sean receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist—a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.  Rated PG for some adventure action, and brief mild language. 94 minutes

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Valdez Summit to Sound Challenge

The race begins in the legendary ski arena Thompson Pass , winds down through the historic Keystone Canyon, and ends in the Port of Valdez. This course is loosely based upon the original route taken by gold prospectors, military, traders and other adventurers since the late 1800’s.

Part adventure, part scenic beauty; this race pays homage to the history and beauty of the Valdez area. Don’t be too distracted by the natural wonders because the course will be demanding enough to push even the best adventurer!

The 2012 Race will consist of 4 Legs: Skiing/Boarding or Cross Country Skiing, Road Biking, Sea Kayaking, and Running.

Looking for Team Mates for this Challenge:
Call or Text me if Interested (907)328-8561

5 Miles Ski or Snow Board
28 Miles Bike
2.8 Miles Kayak
5 Mile Run

Check out:

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Photo of the day March 27

 Evening at Valdez Harbor on March 21
Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski

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Creative Workshop on March 31

Saturday, March 31 3:30 – 6:30  pm
Lodge at Black Rapids

Come join us for a Creative Workshop!  An Environmental Art Event with live music with Mariah Ver Hoef during dinner!

led by Fairbanks Artist Mary Ver Hoef

People of all ages welcome
No Art Experience required!

($25 includes a snack & refreshment) Registration encouraged.

After an introduction of design basics, participants will create ephemeral artworks in the style of Andy Goldsworthy outdoors near the Lodge.  Please dress warmly as this is an outdoor workshop.

Many natural materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring some of their own:  wood, sticks, rocks, stones, grasses, sand (colored sand OK), leaves, berries, thorns, flowers (dried or fresh), cones, icicles, ice blocks, etc. Additional items can be collected as needed during the workshop.

ART WALK/ VIEWING at 6:30 pm

Join us for a walking tour to see the final artwork installations (and then stay for a delicious dinner at the Lodge).   Artworks will remain in situ as long as nature allows.

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“Arctic Man Art Opener” ~ April 7

Arctic Man Art Opener will take place on April 7th.
6pm till midnight.

Featuring an evening with Sandy Jamieson and Regina Marie.   Come out to the Lodge at Black Rapids and support your local artists on the way to Arctic Man.  Renowned Alaskan Artist, Sandy Jamieson, will be showing Arctic Man merchandise.

Be the first to have a glimpse of this years Arctic Man artwork.

Stop by for appetizers and drinks or stay the weekend.

This event is hosted by the Lodge at Black Rapids.  It is located at Milepost 227.4 on the Richardson Highway. Call (877) 825-9413.




Regina Marie Debuts ~ Sandy Jamieson introduces Alaskan Artist Regina Marie in presenting her “Around the World” Exhibition.  Showings will include pieces from an Alaskan, European and Caribbean series.



Sandy Jamieson
Gallant Gallery
Lodge at Black Rapids


Show itinerary includes:
– Regina Marie paintings
– Jamieson illustrations
– Appetizers & drinks
– Meet & greet with the artists
– Lodge accommodations
– 1st to see Annual Arctic Man merchandise

Submitted by Regina Marie

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Beware of Fradulent Scam Asking for Financial Info

We are aware that letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in a growing number of states. The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information. These letters are false and in no case should a recipient respond with personal and financial information.

The fraudulent letters bear USDA’s logo and seal and are signed by an individual identified as “Frank Rutenberg” using a title of “Senior Procurement Officer”. Recipients should not respond and should not supply the requested information. USDA is investigating this matter through the Office of the Inspector General. USDA first learned that the letters were being circulated on March 16, 2012.

If you suspect you have received such a letter or have been called by someone representing themselves as being from USDA seeking personal information, please contact USDA at: or call 202-720-9448.

Winter Damage?Have you had any physical damage or production losses due to this year’s record snow and low temperatures? If so, please contact your local FSA office in Palmer or Delta and let us know how we can help! This month’s newsletter also has advice for removing snow from structure roofs and an updated RTCP payment schedule.

Spring Planning
As you start to plan for this year’s growing season, please contact us if you want to talk about new ventures, expansion, value-added processing, or reducing energy costs. USDA programs may be able available to help you grow!

Say Goodbye to Snail Mail Newsletters
In 2012, the Alaska Farm Service Agency continues to streamline and modernize to meet the needs of today’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Again this month, we will not be mailing paper newsletters, so please forward this to other producers and urge them to sign up for electronic updates. Once you sign up, you will automatically get reminders about deadlines for programs, such as the Reimbursement for Transportation Costs Program (RTCP). Click here for the  Newsletter!

Please get signed up right away through our new system and get all the latest news by clicking here.

Danny Consenstein
Executive Director
USDA Alaska Farm Service Agency
800 West Evergreen, Suite 216
Palmer, AK 99645
907.841.4890 (cell)

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Photo of the day March 26

The ravens can be seen quite often in the parking lots of the IGA and The Ark across the street. Photo courtesy Barbara Tharp.

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Sullivan Roadhouse Work Day!

Wednesday  March 28, 12:00 – 3:00pm

The elves will be at the Roadhouse gathering and putting away lights for anyone who would like to join us….

Wunderground says the weather is suppose to be 43 degrees.  Good time to get out and enjoy the beginning of spring in Delta.


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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, March 26- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 3.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.32/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.86/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 26.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 16.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 21.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 29.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“The national average has risen twenty one consecutive days, according to our data, a troubling sign. Typically we expect such increases to occur more so in April,” said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “We’re 31-cents per gallon ahead of our year ago pace, and I’m seriously contemplating revising my January forecasts upward having seen things race higher, faster than expected. If there’s any ounce of good news for motorists, its that such high prices so quickly may mean prices will peak in April rather than May,” DeHaan said.

GasBuddy operates 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, Chicago,
IL E-mail: 773-644-1427

Gregg Laskoski Senior Petroleum Analyst, Tampa, FL E-mail: 813-436-9422

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Delta’s Heritage Cookbooks

The long awaited cookbooks are on their way.  Reserve your copy now by calling the numbers listed on the poster.

The Cookbook is a compilation of Pioneer recipes, biographies of some of the contributors, and with a synopsis of Delta’s History along with some historical photos.  The cookbook Delta’s Heritage: Recipes, History, and Its People is a Keepsake for friends and family who still reside in Delta or have moved on.

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Photo of the day March 24

This young Dall Sheep seems to be defying gravity traversing the sheer cliffs it calls home. Photo by Steve Thomas

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A Woman’s Affair Next Weekend

Fri., Mar. 30 – Wine Tasting 6pm to 8pm
Fri., Mar 30 – Trade Show 6pm to 9pm
Sat., Mar. 31 – 10am to 6pm
Sun., Apr. 1 – 11am to 5pm

Location: Carlson Center, Fairbanks
A Woman’s Affair is a trade show organized specifically for women about women. This total women’s show is a place to make contact with women owned businesses, discuss important health issues, get tips for managing finances, become aware of new career opportunities and education possibilities, see the latest fashions, enjoy a makeover or massage, pick up new home-decorating ideas and gardening information, or discover a new hobby…all under one roof.

Friday Night Wine Tasting

Each year a Natural Health section is incorporated into the show. It’s a great opportunity to increase public awareness of choices for natural health and healing in the Fairbanks Community.


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2012 Spring Vendor Fair ~ April 28

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Alaska Avalanche Information Center receives Governor’s Safety Award

Alaska’s mountainous terrain regularly avalanches. Given the increase in winter recreation, travel, and commerce operating in avalanche terrain, there is a need for a coordinated statewide public avalanche safety program including public avalanche safety warnings and standardized public avalanche education. The Alaska Avalanche Information Center has worked diligently to become a central point of contact for public, private and government avalanche information. The Center now supports the Valdez, Cordova, Haines and Hatcher Pass avalanche centers.

The Alaska Avalanche Information Center has developed a statewide network of avalanche professionals providing public avalanche forecasts, safety education and the exchange of snow stability observations. This is done with an emphasis on continuing professional development. Avalanche and weather forecasts are updated daily throughout the winter season with information collected and shared online. The Center is run by dedicated volunteers working with private, public, non-government organizations and avalanche safety operations across Alaska and around the world.

The Center website provides active regional observation pages for Hatchers Pass, Haines, Seward, Fairbanks / Northern Alaska Range, and the Anchorage / Eagle River area. Professional bulletins for established forecast centers in Valdez, Cordova, Juneau, and CNFAIC (Turnagain Pass) continue to be linked to the website, and have seen increased traffic and support across the state.

Working with the North America Outdoor Institute, also a recipient of the Governor’s Special Achievement Award for Safety, the Center’s statewide avalanche education program has seen a tremendous increase in instructor interoperability and exchange.

For more information visit

Sarah Carter — Education Coordinator
Alaska Avalanche Information Center
PO Box 911
Valdez, Alaska 99686

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Tread Carefully at Shows and Expos


Anchorage, Alaska – March 23, 2012 – Consumers seeking high-tech gadgets, specialty products and remodeling services at tradeshows and expositions should walk with caution to avoid tripping on bad buys.

“Tradeshows are a valuable tool for buyers and sellers,” says Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “But consumers should recognize that exhibitors are there primarily to attract potential customers. Shoppers should avoid high-pressure sales stunts, dicey drawings and post-purchase problems.”

Tradeshows and expos offer an ideal venue for gathering ideas and networking with businesses, but BBB reminds attendees to exhibit care at local events:

Work out a plan. Visit the show’s website in advance to learn the layout of the venue, locate appealing vendors and check for coupons or discounts. Research sellers on; or at the show, use BBB’s iPhone app to check out companies.

Apply sparingly. Before signing up for drawings, contests or services, find out how contact information will be used and carefully review privacy policies. Beware: Direct mail, email offers and telemarketing phone calls may increase. Some consumers create email addresses specifically for tradeshow correspondence.

Learn the facts. Interact with booth owners and ask questions; if interested, collect pamphlets, brochures, business cards and samples.

Know the goal. If casually perusing, determine that early to avoid excessive impulse spending. If searching for specific businesses or products, come prepared with clear objectives and budgets.

Remember, do not feel pressured to buy expensive items or services right away, as returns and refunds can be challenging. Save receipts and other purchase paperwork. Review the FTC’s Cooling-Off Rule to see which purchases may be protected.

For more advice on tradeshows, expos and fairs, visit

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

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Photo of the day March 23

Sunset over the Delta River March 12, 2012
Photo Courtesy Flower Cole

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The Paw Spa Open House Party

Come by and see Delta’s The Paw Spa!  Stop in for human and pet treats, have your doggie portraits done by Raymie Rushing Photography and Sign up Day training classes offered by The Canine Liason!

March 24, 2012 11am – 2pm
Dani Markham (907)322-8367

Recieve 20% off a grooming when you stop by and schedule your pets next grooming (Saturday Only!)

This will be the only day you will be able to sign up for Dog Training Classes with The Canine Liaison.

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Delta Imagination Library

A small group of mothers, children and grandmothers gathered at the Delta Library to discuss the formation of the Delta/Greely branch of the Imagination Library. A Board of Directors was organized and the the project was launched.

The following is a quote from the Imagination Library’s home page, http://www.imagination “In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.”

Today over 700.000 children receive books free of charge every month. Now Delta/Greely youngsters will be able to join these other children.   Volunteers are needed to get this program underway. Join us on March 28 at 6:30 pm at the Delta Community Center for the next meeting.For more information see the Delta Imagination Library on facebook or contact Jasmine Wells @, Kristin Miller, Olivia Downing @olivia.a. or Jessica Weber @

Submitted by Carol Dufendach

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Photo of the day March 22

A Full moon over a winter land scape.
Photo courtesy Barbara Tharp

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$1000 Gift Card Ploy Used in Smishing Scheme

Smishers Use Walmart and Best Buy as Bait

Anchorage, Alaska – March 22, 2012 – Cell phones across the U.S. are receiving unexpected text messages offering $1,000 gift cards from stores like Walmart and Best Buy.

Better Business Bureau advises recipients to disregard too-good-to-be-true gifts and solicitations that arrive by short message service or SMS. Similar to phishing emails, smishing text messages aim to steal personal data or dollars with harmful websites or fraudulent return phone numbers.

“You just won a free $1000 Walmart Gift Card, enter “1000” at …”

“Dear Walmart shopper, Congratulations you have just won a $1000 Walmart Gift Card. Click here to claim your gift …”

“You have been randomly selected for a BestBuy gift. Get your $1000 gift card now at …”

According to Walmart, the company will not initiate text messages in exchange for personal information and it is not affiliated with the parties promoting these activities.

Though some text messages may be from real companies—not scammers—be careful with unknown businesses; unless contact information was provided voluntarily, they may have collected phone numbers without permission. If solicited, BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington suggests the following:

Don’t take the bait. Frauds often use well-known retailers’ names without permission. If companies are offering high-value goods or gift cards for free, there is probably a catch.

Don’t reply. Smishers often send mass-messages to random phone numbers hoping for replies so they can reuse numbers for other schemes. Delete messages immediately.

Don’t call back. Scammers may attempt to pry for data over the phone.

Don’t click links. Fraudulent websites could contain harmful downloads or viruses that infect phones or other devices. Web addresses may be masked to look like other sites.

Don’t enter personal information. Avoid giving out details to “claim” winnings. Never release credit card numbers, provide bank account information or wire money to pay fees, taxes or shipping costs for “free” items or prizes. Provide contact information with caution, as it may result in unwanted solicitations and not-so-free trials; always read companies’ privacy policies first.

Visit, and for more advice on avoiding smishing schemes.

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

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Fort Greely Movies

Friday, March 23 – Chronicle (PG-13), 7pm
Saturday, March 24 – The Grey (R), 7pm

Chronicle – Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. Rated PG-13 for intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking.  84 minutes

The Grey – In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders. Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language.  117 minutes

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Jim Harris ~ A Friend to All

We will each remember Jim in our own way. He was a special guy, and a good friend to many. The ’round table’ has an empty chair that will never be filled the way Jim did. Jim wasn’t one to be in front of a camera, but I did manage to sneak a few. Here is one that I would like to share with the community.

Good bye, my Friend.
Barb Tharp

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Deltana Fair Needs Your 2012 Theme & Logo

2012 Theme & Logo Contest
33rd Annual Deltana Fair and Music Festival
July 27, 28 and 29th 2012

This year the Deltana Fair will select two winners, one child and one adult. Each winner will receive $50 and a 2012 sweatshirt with their logo on it.

Elementary and middle school aged students are encourage to participate. The first 25 children will receive a free t-shirt, upon submission of their artwork. (color and size is not guaranteed).

We’ve extended the deadline to April 2, so that everyone who is interested can participate. Be sure to include your contact information along with your artwork.

Each year, the Deltana Fair Association requests the community’s assistance in creating a theme and logo for the upcoming fair. We encourage every artist, regardless of age or skill level, to submit their ideas. All entries will be considered.
• Art work can be hand drawn or electronic
• Be sure to provide your name and contact information with your entry.
• The logo should be easily reproduced and clearly visible when reduced in size.
• The fair pennant and mention of “Deltana Fair”; “Music Festival”; “Delta Junction, Alaska”; and the dates of this year’s fair should be incorporated in the logo.
• The entry deadline is March 23th

The Theme & Logo Contest WINNER (Yes, this could be you) will receive $$$ 50 dollars $$$ and a 2012 Deltana Fair and Music Festival Sweatshirt. Additionally, your winning logo will be proudly displayed on the front of the Deltana Fair t-shirts and will appear on all printed materials.

Entries can be mailed to the Deltana Fair Association, PO Box 408, Delta Junction, AK 99737 or email to

Any questions or requests can be directed to fair management at 895-FAIR or

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Available Transportation for Delta Medicaid Recipients

DID YOU KNOW THAT–if you are a MEDICAID recipient, and if you have a medical appointment in Fairbanks and are unable to arrange a conventional means of getting to the appointment (family and/or friends are to be first choice, or public transportation such as the “shuttle”), Alpha Community Transportation Service will get you there and home again with no cost to you?

If you find yourself in such a situation, call 895 4104 to discuss and arrange transportation. We will drive you from Delta directly to the appointment location. We will see you to the office door of the doctor, or even accompany you inside if you wish. We will wait for you, and bring you safely home again to Delta Junction.

We cannot provide this service with only a few hours notice, so please call several days or more in advance so that we may plan your trip carefully.

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OfficeTECH, Inc. Authorized XEROX Sales Agent & Dealer

3709 Spenard Road, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99503
907-522-5850 Phone 907-522-5852 Fax

OfficeTech, Alaska’s award winning Xerox sales agent/dealer and Alaska’s largest independent mail handling equipment company representing Neopost and Haslet, is pleased to annouce the acquistion of office bindery solutions from Dawn and John Nelson.

The acquisition increases OfficeTech’s portfolio of office and printing solutions to include cutters, shredders, trimmers, binding systems and folders as well as Nerox, Neopost and Hasler Office Solutions.

OfficeTech is the statewide Neopost and Hasler dealer, and provides full service mailing solutions including equipment sales, supplies and service. Office Bindery Solutions is a nationwide dealer and distributor, and Internet sales site for document finishing and paper handling supplies, service and equipment and authorized deal for Akiles products, MBM Corporation, Leslie Corporation, Pro Bind, Martin Yale and others.

OfficeTech is a woman owned business headed up by Julie Olsen, president, B.K. Powell, CFO, Peter Olsen, Vice President, and Mike Zoske, General Manager.

OfficeTech is located at 3709 Spenard Road, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99503.

(907) 522-5850 – OfficeTech Main Number
(907) 688-3653 – Office Bindery Solutions
(877) 688-2381 – Nationwide Toll-Free

For further information call Peter Olsen, Vice President at (907) 522-5850.

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Photo of the day March 21

On our late night drive home the other night from Fairbanks, we were blessed to see this aurora over Birch Lake.  Photo Courtesy Liz Breuker

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Delta/Greely Blast-Off Triathlon Registration

Registration is now open for the 2012 Delta/Greely Blast-Off Triathlon that will be held on Sat. June 9, 2012. The 4th Annual race will welcome teams this year! So if you don’t like to swim but want to run or bike, find some teammates and get training! Registration for individual racers and each individual team member is $30. Each racer must fill out his/her own registration form and indicate team members (if any) on their registration form.

Please click here for the registration form. 

Triathletes who do not normally have access to post may submit a background check with their registration form which will enable them to train at the Ft. Greely Fitness Center/Pool. Beginner and intermediate swim clinics are being offered every Friday from March 30 through June 3 at the pool for $45. Contact the Pool/Fitness Center to register: 873-5665, or 873-2696.

Registrations are due by May 18. You will find a registration form attached above. You can send your registration form to the address on the brochure or drop it off at the Community Activity Center. Please contact Brooke Whipple at (907)505-9012 or Courtney Durham at 895-5478 with any questions.

Volunteers are needed on race day- please contact us if you could volunteer for an hour or two commitment on Sat. June 9.

See you at the race!

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Photo of the day March 20

This Gray Owl is very intent as it’s zeroing in on a potential meal.
Photo by Steve Thomas

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Photo of the March 19

Beautiful aurora at 1 a.m. on March 15th, looking out at my back yard.
Photo Courtesy Liz Breuker

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Draft JPARC Modernization and Enhancement EIS

We are preparing to publish the Draft Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) Modernization and Enhancement Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) this spring.  A copy of the Draft EIS will be available for download from the internet at

The main document will be around 700 pages long and the appendices will be close to 800 pages.  This makes for a very large document and an extensive use of paper resources and budget in printing and distribution.

It is our understanding that you would like a copy of the document.  Due to recent budget constraints, we are requesting citizens to download the document from the internet at  If you are unable to do so, please let us know by replying to this email by March 20th if you would like a CD of the document.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperating in that we are working to meet the needs and requests of citizens throughout Alaska.

This spring, hard copies of the Draft EIS will be made available for review at the following libraries and locations.  We will notify you when the Draft EIS is available for review.

Anchorage Z. J. Loussac Public Library
Library type: Public
3600 Denali St. Anchorage, AK 99503

University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA)
Alaska Resources Library and Information Services
Library type: Academic
3211 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508

Fairbanks North Star Borough (Noel Wien) Public Library
Library type: Public
1215 Cowles St. Fairbanks, AK 99701

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Library Type: Academic
310 Tanana Loop, Fairbanks, AK 99709

Palmer Public Library
Library type: Public
655 S. Valley Way Palmer, AK 99645

Cooper Valley Community Library
Library Type: Public
Mile 186 Glenn Highway, Glennallen, AK 99588

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Location Type:  State Government Office
Mile 186.5 Glenn Highway, Glennallen, AK  99588

Paxson Lodge
Location Type:  Private Business
Mile 185.5 Richardson Highway, Paxson, AK  99586

Delta Community Library
Library Type: Public
2291 Deborah Street, Delta Junction, AK 99737

Tri-Valley School/Community Library
Library Type: School/Public
1 Suntrana Road, Healy, AK 99743

Talkeetna Public Library
Library Type: Public
23151 South Talkeetna Spur Road, Talkeetna, AK 99676

Wasilla Public Library
Library Type: Public
391 N. Main St. Wasilla, AK 99654


Alaskan Command Public Affairs
9480 Pease Avenue, Suite 120
JBER, AK  99506-2101
(907) 552-2341
Fax: (907) 552-5411

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Relics of the Alaska Highway Rest in Delta Junction

FAIRBANKS – Some people think the Alaska Highway ends in  Fairbanks.
However, most residents of Delta Junction will tell you their  hometown is the northern terminus of the highway.

A monument on the Chena  River bank used to proclaim Fairbanks as the end of the Alaska Highway, but that  signpost was moved to Delta Junction in about 1991.
Constructed in 1942  as the Alaska Military Highway, the road quickly became known as the  Alaska-Canadian (Alcan) Highway. According to “Building the Alcan Highway:  America’s Glory Road,” some road crews nicknamed it the “Oilcan Highway” because  of all the empty 55-gallon fuel drums scattered along its length. Now, it is  officially called the Alaska Highway.

A road linking Alaska with Canada  and rest of the U.S. had been discussed for many years.
In 1933, an  Alaska musher, Clyde “Slim” Williams drove his sled and dog team from Alaska to  Chicago to help promote such a route. When the snow ran out in Washington state,  he put wheels on his sled.

The 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the  perceived Japanese threat in the North Pacific and Alaska spurred  development.

President Roosevelt approved the project on Feb. 11, 1942,  and work began that spring.
To speed construction, the project began at  multiple locations along the route. Construction crews began working north from  Dawson Creek, British Columbia, east and west from the Whitehorse area in the  Yukon Territory and east from Big Delta (now Delta Junction) in  Alaska.

The original plan called for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  personnel to punch through a pioneer road, followed by civilian contractors who  would build a standard road. However, it quickly became apparent this was  unrealistic, at least in terms of getting the road built in one construction  season.

Consequently, civilian contractors worked alongside Army  personnel, improving the pioneer road so military convoys could safely use it.  By the time the road was competed in November 1942, 11,000 troops and 7,500  civilians had worked on the highway.
A small cache of equipment and  vehicles used during highway construction can be seen at Delta Junction. The  equipment is located between the Delta Junction Visitor Center and the Sullivan  Roadhouse Museum, and includes an Osgood 200 face shovel, Caterpillar D8  bulldozer with Letourneau ripper, Studebaker US6 6×6 cargo truck and several  other vehicles. The Osgood excavator is shown in the drawing. Much of the  equipment was donated by local residents.

Drawing by Ray Bonnell This Osgood 200 face shovel excavator located in Delta Junction was used in the construction of the Alaska Highway. Drawing by Ray Bonnell

Jeff McNabb, a Delta resident  who helped acquire and move the equipment, told me the site itself is another  remnant of World War II history. The property was once a transfer point for the  CANOL Pipeline, a project to supply fuel for the Alaska Highway and Northern  Staging Route (a series of airfields, through which military aircraft were  ferried from the U.S. to the Soviet Union.) At Big Delta, a stub line went south  to supply fuel to the Big Delta Army Airfield (now Fort Greely).

The  Alaska Highway has been straightened and improved over the years. There are just  a few spots left where you can see or experience the original road. The  equipment at Delta Junction is one of the only places in Alaska where you can  still touch a piece of Alaska Highway history.

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

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Delta Chamber Hosting First Spring Vendors Fair

The Delta Chamber of Commerce is proud to host for the first time ever the 2012 Spring Vendors Fair. What a great way to show off, sell and/or promote your business, organization and/or products.

The Delta Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 2012 Spring Vendors Fair at the Delta High School small gym on April 28, 2012 from 10am – 5pm.

Spacs are $20 each and available on a first come come first serve basis.  You MUST bring yoru own table (no longer than 10 feet) and your own seating.  Please reserve your spaces ASAP as spots will fill fast and time is short. Your space fee is due at time of reservation and is non-refundable.  All spaces will be assigned unless you ask for a certain spot at time of reservation.

Call Amanda 895-5068 or email

Please click here to print the Spring Vendors Fair form.

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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, March 19- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.28/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80/g, according to gasoline price website |

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 32.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 32.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 28.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 27.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
“Average retail gasoline prices will likely rise this week, after a surge in wholesale prices late last week,” said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Some analysts believe gasoline prices may have peaked, but I am not at all confident in such words. I still maintain that prices will likely not peak until we get closer to the month of May, as a majority of locales around the United States make eventual switch overs to summer spec gasoline,” DeHaan said.

GasBuddy operates 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, Chicago, IL
E-mail: 773-644-1427

Gregg Laskoski Senior Petroleum Analyst, Tampa, FL
E-mail: 813-436-9422

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