Monthly Archives: March 2012

Photo of the day March 16

 This Snowshoe Hare has almost lost all of it’s white winter coat in exchange for it’s summer attire. Photo Courtesy Steve Thomas

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Personal Note from Carol Watkins

I am back home and want to thank all of the wonderful folks who sent me cards and well wishes.

I have come far but there is still a long road ahead to recovery. I am doing my best to win this battle.

Thanks again to all of the kind folks out there,
Carol Watkins

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John Sloan Radio Interview

“On the Wire”, hosted by Jeff Durham, is a one hour program featuring in-depth interviews with some of Delta’s most interesting people.

Tune in on Monday March 19th at 3PM as Jeff sits down to talk with John Sloan, the retired troubadour teacher, our local GVEA representative, and along with his wife Linda, owner of the perennial summer favorite, the Buffalo Drive-In and something you may not know about John… water in Sri Lanka.

Join them live “On the Wire”, Monday at 3PM on KDHS 95.5FM.

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Obituary T.C. (Tom) Dull

T.C. (Tom) Dull of Gold Canyon, Arizona, was released from his body on March 14, 2012 at Banner Hospice Home in Mesa, AZ, following his battle with cancer.

Tom was born and raised near Portland, Oregon. He joined the Air Force for 8 years and through the Nuclear Power Program came to Delta Junction/Fort Greely, Alaska.  T.C. then took a job working for the University of Texas at El Paso, in Delta Junction.  The program called for shooting rockets into the atmosphere to check for weather patterns.

Thomas was married to Patti Smith on September 30, 1967 at Delta Junction. They have one daughter, Teri Dull Julian of Yakima, Washington, and two grandchildren, Taylor Rae and Alec who live in Minnesota.  Taylor Rae will be having Tom’s 1st great-granddaughter in late April. Tom’s daughter Caitlin Dull Hager lives and works in Kentucky.

T.C. received a degree in Outdoor Recreation from the School of Forestry at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in 1973.  He then went back to Alaska and worked as a park ranger for the State of Alaska until the Pipeline was being constructed and was hired as an environmentalist.   He then worked at Pump Station #9 for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company until retirement in 1997.

He and Patti traveled in their motor home after retirement frequenting the western part of the United States.  As long as it was West of the Mississippi it was visited at least once each year.

TC will be buried in the National Cemetery in north Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

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Obituary James C. (Jim) Harris

Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

James “Jim” C. Harris, 79, passed away on Feb. 28, 2012, at his home in Delta Junction after an extended illness.

Jim was born on May 25, 1932, in Winchester, Ind., the son of Joseph and Leah Harris.

In 2010 five guys (Jim Harris, Jim Storey, Glen Wright, Lou Heinbockel, and Bob Geise) went to South Dakota pheasant hunting. Photo Couretsy Bob Geise

After graduating from Jefferson High School in Randolph County, Ind., Jim attended Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, Ind.

In 1954, while attending Ball State, Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a medical aidman for 21 months. After being honorably discharged from the service, Jim returned to Ball State and graduated in 1957.

Jim’s career as a teacher and athletic coach spanned numerous years, starting with Roann and Bryant high schools in Indiana, before moving to Hayden, Colo., in 1961. At Hayden, Jim taught wood shop and served as the head coach for both basketball and track, as well as assistant coach for football.

In 1975, Jim moved to Delta Junction, where he taught sixth grade and served as the junior varsity basketball coach for three years before taking over as head coach.

Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillip

Jim was an avid gun collector, hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. During his life, Jim hunted almost every major big game animal in North America, bagging a number of record trophies over the years. In addition to hunting all over Alaska, Jim hunted in Africa, and each year enjoyed going to various states in the Lower 48 to hunt both small and big game.

Jim is survived by two sons, Eric Joseph Harris of Chittenango, N.Y., and Anthony William Harris of Newport News, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Harris; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Judy Wagner and Barbara Hollingshead; and many, many friends who love him dearly and played a special part in his extraordinary journey.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents; his former wife, Linda (Byers) Harris; a son, Ronald Harris; and a grandson Anthony Eric Harris.

Jim’s ashes will be spread upon the place he loved, the great state of Alaska.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers; please send donations to the Interior Alaska Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 671, Delta Junction, AK 99737. Checks should be made out to Interior Alaska Hospital Foundation. This foundation is working to support a project that was very dear to Jim.

Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.

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The Interior Alaska Building Association’s Home Show

March 23-25, 2012 with the theme “It’s A Jungle Out There”! The Interior Alaska Building Association’s Home Show has become a major community event for people interested in every aspect of northern living. It is the only home show in Fairbanks and has become the unofficial kick off to spring and the building season in our community. From financing to new construction to remodelling to refurnishing…it’s all there in one location on one floor with lots of free parking.

The IABA HOME SHOW’s continued and growing success is due to the quality of the vendors and the home related merchandise that is available at the event. To insure growth in this direction preference for new vendors will be given to businesses that are directly related to the home and home building.

The IABA HOME SHOW is sponsored by the Interior Alaska Building Association. Proceeds from the event go to support this non profit agency whose mission is to promote safe, durable and affordable housing while coordinating all fields related to the building industry for the benefit of our community and the industry as a whole.

SHOW DATES & HOURS:
Fri., Mar. 23 – 2 pm to 8 pm
Sat., Mar. 24 – 10 am to 6 pm
Sun., Mar. 25 – 11am to 5pm

Location: Carlson Center, Fairbanks

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Fairbanks Concert Association Presents Lily Tomlin

Friday, March 30 8 PM – Hering Auditorium

The incomparable Lily Tomlin brings many of her classic characters to life in a one-woman show. One of America’s foremost comediennes, Tomlin continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media starring in television, theater, motion pictures, and even animation.

Throughout her extraordinary entertainment career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including six Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy and winner of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for Humor in 2003. She continues to be at forefront of American comedy even after more than 30 years in the business.

“‘Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’ is the most genuinely subversive comedy to be produced on Broadway in years.” – Frank Rich, The New York Times

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 March 15

What a beautiful picture God painted for us to enjoy. Sunrise taken from Olmstead Road on Wednesday, March 14. Photo Courtesy Darlene Chaffin

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Can You Hear Us Now?

Over the past several months there has been a sea change of support and acknowledgment that the best option for Alaska’s natural gas is in the form of LNG at tidewater, sold into the premium Asian markets on long term contracts.  We have now heard this from Governor Parnell, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, ConocoPhillips CEO Jim Mulva and BP CEO Bob Dudley.  They join the chorus of the 138,000 Alaskans who said the same thing at the polls in 2002 and in nearly every opinion poll taken since.  And last November, the Alaska Municipal League, after reviewing all proposed gas line projects and hearing from their proponents, overwhelmingly passed a resolution supporting the building of the All Alaska Gasline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez for LNG shipment to the Asian market. The Alaska Gasline Port Authority has recently released the results of several studies. The “Alaskan LNG Exports Competitiveness Study,” conducted by world energy experts, Wood Mackenzie, concluded:

1.       LNG from Alaska could be delivered into the Japanese market for $8.50 per thousand cubic feet (mcf) while other projects being developed elsewhere around the world and in the Lower 48 had much higher delivered cost to Japan, as high as $12.17/mcf.

2.       Revenues to Alaska from the sale of LNG to the Asian market would be very significant and could generate between $220 and $419 billion for Alaska over a 30 year period, plus there is enough gas in Alaska  for this project to continue to operate for well over 100 years.

3.       Given Alaska’s proximity to Asia, our LNG shipping costs are 80% cheaper than other LNG projects’ shipping costs.

The second study was performed by the PDC Harris Group to determine the magnitude of the reduction of cost of energy in Alaska from a large volume pipeline to Valdez with an export of excess gas not needed in Alaska. That study found, for example:

1.       From the economy of scale of this large project, the cost of energy in Fairbanks would be reduced by 80%.  The predicted total value of the fuel savings in the Fairbanks area is $2.4 billion over a 30 year period.

2.       The cost of energy in Bethel would be reduced by as much as 65% by using LNG shipped out of Valdez.  The fuel savings in Bethel would range from $229 million to $886 million over a 30 year period.

The third study, “Comparison of Current Alaska Gas Pipeline Proposals” by the McDowell Group found that when the benefits to Alaskans from the small volume bullet line versus the All Alaska Gasline/LNG project to Valdez were compared, these findings resulted:

Pipeline tariff to Fairbanks: Bullet line = $7.75

All Alaska line = $1.15

Jobs:                                  Bullet line = 5,400 during construction

All Alaska line = 21,000 during construction

Revenue to state:           Bullet line = $3.75 billion – $4.57 billion over 20 years

All Alaska line = $75 billion-$419 billion over 30 years

So there it is.  This is the evidence needed to know which project brings the most to the most Alaskans.  The All Alaska Gasline is by far the superior of all the options. While it is encouraging to see all the parties lining up giving verbal acknowledgement of the best option, unless Alaska steps forward and takes control of this project though ownership of the infrastructure, nothing will change and we will continue to expend precious money and time chasing inferior projects.  And around the globe, inferior large-scale projects will be advanced while we continue to argue and study, which will only ensure that our massive reserves of high grade gas will remain stranded.  And like fools, residents and businesses of energy rich Alaska will continue to pay exorbitantly high energy prices.

Bill Walker ran for governor in the 2010 Republican primary. He is the owner of an Anchorage law firm with an oil and gas and municipal law practice and serves as general counsel for the Alaska Gasline Port Authority.

Shelley J. Garey
For Bill Walker

ALASKA GASLINE PORT AUTHORITY
Anchorage, AK  99501
Ph:  (907) 278-7000
Fax:(907) 278-7001

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Let’s Get Together ~ Quarter Open Post Events – Updated

Learn how to get Ft. Greely passes, go swimming, go bowling, go to the movie theatre, go to the gym, go to the Chinook on March 31, 2012

Fort Greely invites the Delta Junction community to check out opportunities at these participating locations:

1. Aurora Community Activity Center ~ Bowling, Chinook Bar & Grille, Game & Arcade Rooms with Foos Ball, Ping Pong & Darts
2. Gym ~ Sauna, tanning, weight & cardio equipment
3. Pool ~ Open swim
4. Movie Theatre

CAC 11am – 10pm
873-4782

Tour the new Aurora Community Activity Center. Come and see what all the fuss is about. Many amenties to enjoy: Buffalo Bowl, Chinook Bar & Grille, Lobby & Fireplace, Arcade & Game Room, Ball Room rentals, Theatre & Reading Room, & Dance Studio

Gym & Pool
10am – 6pm
873-2696

The gym and pool will give information regarding equipment, fitness coordinators, tanning, sauna and steam rooms, lessons and pool. Gym and pool will be free except for tanning bed which costs $3
per session. (based on space available).

7pm
AAFAES movie theatre will be showing Journey II: The Mysterious Island Movie (PG) 94 minutes
$4.50 for adults $2.50 for children

 
Additionally learn about these upcoming events:
Delta/Ft. Greely Triathlon June 9 Open Post Event
Acquiring a post pass does not allow for free access to Ft. Greely at anytime. Delta members must be participating in a designated activity. Attend this open post event to learn details. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Maps are available at the Visitor Center. For bowling and restaurant pricing call 873-4782/4783.

Submitted by
Deborah Ward
Public Affairs

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Delta Fish & Game AC Meeting ~ March 21

DRAFT Agenda for Delta Junction Fish & Game AC Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 6:30 PM City Hall, Delta Junction Call to Order

Roll Call

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes  February 15, 2012

Comments from the public

Correspondence
• Any Old

Business
• Any

New Business
• Discussion on result of the BOG Interior Meeting
• Discussion of Felt Soled Waders; Hunting and Fishing
– Possible exemptions?
– BOF Proposal Deadline is April 8th, 2012 BOF AYK to meet in Anchorage this next cycle

Other Dates and Deadlines:

State:

March 2-11, 2012      BOG Interior Region; Fairbanks
Comment Deadline February 17, 2012

March 20-23  Statewide Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, Misc, Shellfish
Comment Deadline March 5

April 10, 2012 BOF 2012-2013 Proposals due
May 1, 2012  BOG 2012-2013 Proposals due

Nissa Pilcher
Boards Support Division
Alaska Department of Fish & Game
1300 College Rd.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907.459.7263

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Fort Greely Movies

Friday, March 16 – Big Miracle, 7PM (PG)
Saturday, March 17 Man on A Ledge, 7PM (PG-13)

Big Miracle – Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter and an animal-loving volunteer who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Local newsman Adam Carlson can’t wait to escape the northern tip of Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the world comes chasing it, too. With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry journalists descending upon the frigid outpost, the one who worries Adam the most is Rachel Kramer. Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she’s also his ex-girlfriend.  Rated PG for language. 107 minutes

Man on a Ledge – Nick Cassidy makes a desperate and life-threatening move to prove his innocence after he is framed for the theft of a rare, prized diamond. Recently escaped from prison and with nowhere else to go, Nick climbs onto the ledge of a towering skyscraper, inviting the eyes of New York City to anxiously watch as one wrong step could mean plunging to his death. But as one police negotiator soon learns, Nick’s daredevil stunt, captivating the eyes of the public and media, masks a dangerous ploy to reveal the truth about his tarnished name. with the help of his brother and with time running out, Nick’s intricate plan must work perfectly, but when you’re on the 25th floor ledge of a building, going down takes on an entirely more hair raising meaning. Rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language. 102 minutes

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Wells Fargo Earns High Marks from Local Judges

BBB COMMENDS ALASKA’S 2012 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Anchorage, Alaska – March 15, 2012 – “How does your business impact the community?” When asked this question, Wells Fargo—the Alaska winner of Better Business Bureau’s 2012 Business of the Year Torch Awards—shared an inspiring account of team-member volunteer efforts, financial education outreach, and an astonishing $1.5 million in annual investments towards more than 280 nonprofits and schools in Alaska.

“All of us at Wells Fargo in Alaska are proud to be named the Business of the Year, especially as we are celebrating Wells Fargo’s 160th anniversary in March,” states Richard Strutz, Wells Fargo Alaska Regional President. “Guided by our Visions and Values, we work hard every day to help our customers succeed and communities thrive.”

After BBB reviewed applications and nominations, volunteer judges from third-party community organizations assessed company entries on four key factors: integrity, involvement, innovation and impression. Out of 12 contenders, Wells Fargo Bank Alaska earned the highest recognition.

“That willingness to go above and beyond the usual day-to-day operations really stands out,” says Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “It’s impressive to see so many businesses donating time, money and manpower to make their neighborhoods better.”

For more information on the Business of the Year Torch Awards, visit akorww.bbb.org/boyawards.

Scholarship: In conjunction with Business of the Year, BBB recognizes Grace Mitton of South Anchorage High School as the Alaska winner of BBB’s $1,000 Students of Integrity Scholarship. Students were asked to “discuss how sustainable business practices and ethics are interrelated” and Grace’s essay demonstrated awareness and understanding.

For more information on the 2013 Students of Integrity Scholarships, visit akorww.bbb.org/scholarship.

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 March 14

Although you can’t see it, the Golden Eagle pictured here is standing on top a Snowshoe Hare it has just caught!  Photo by Steve Thomas

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Personal Note from Janis Sarver about Tay

To All:  A very special pray request.

This is a personal note from Janis Sarver, Tay’s sister:

Thank you for your  prayers, our family covets them at this time for sure. I spent last night in the hospital with Tay and mom. There isn’t anything the Drs can do at this point. Her body is so full of cancer that they’ve decided any further chemo is pointless. We are going to do our best now to make her as comfortable as possible.

Dr told us yesterday that at the very best she has six months, but with the blockage in her intestines being unoperable it’s looking more like a matter of weeks. Thanks again for your concern and prayers.

Please feel free to tell mutual friends from Delta about what’s going on so that we don’t miss anyone who would want to know. Janis

This is an article that was published back in November in the Delta News Web:

Many of you remember Liz and Mike Sarver, lived in Delta/Alaska for about 30 years and 7 years ago moved to Virginia.  This past week their daughter Tay was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.  Tay moved from Texas to VA this past October so is with her family at this time.  A web site has been set up for family and friends to keep up-to-date on her progress and treatment  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/taysarver

Tay and the family would really appreciate your prayers at this time. Tay loves reading the messages on Caring Bridge and I encourage all to send  a message/note thru this web site.

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Attention Adults: Do you Need a High School Qualifying Exam

Any Adult needing to take the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam must notify the School District Office by March 20.

This is for anyone who is not a currently enrolled student but who still needs to pass a part of the exit exam.

Laural Jackson Assistant Superintendent
PO Box 527 Delta Jct.  AK 99737
(907) 895-4657 ex 24
Fax (907) 895-4781

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Fairbanks Concert Association Presents Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra

Friday, March 23 8 PM – Hering Auditorium

Sparks will fly as the Tito Puente, Jr. Orchestra presents a high-energy evening of Afro-Cuban rhythms and Latin Jazz. This red hot ensemble is led by the son of the late, great “King of Mambo,” and carries on the legacy with its electric brand of Latin dance sounds, bringing Puente’s musical spirit and energy to a whole new generation.

“It would be more appropriate, in fact, to call it an extravaganza, not a concert.” – Jennifer Laster, San Antonio Express-News

To purchase tickets  Phone: (907) 474-8081 email
Our physical address is 794 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK

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Photo of the day March 13

View of the mountains near 1408 Alaska Highway
Photo Courtesy Darlene Chaffin

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E-40, Too Short and B Legit Live in Concert

March 17, 2012 8:00pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm

Rap and Hip Hop

Earl Stevens (born November 15),  better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Vallejo, California. He is a member of the rap group The Click, and the founder of Sick Wid It Records. He has released over ten albums, appeared on numerous movie soundtracks, and has also done guest appearances on a host of other rap albums. Initially an underground artist, his 1995 solo album In a Major Way opened him up to a wider audience. Beginning in 1998, he began collaborating with more mainstream rappers outside of the Bay Area. He rose to even higher mainstream popularity in 2006 with his single Tell Me When to Go which was produced by Lil Jon.  For more information see Wikipedia

Tickets are on sale now and available at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, Fred Meyer Ticketmaster outlets and the Carlson Center Box Office.

Ticket Prices are: $46.50, $36.50 and $31.50, additional service fees do apply.

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Career Expo and Job Fair

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012 Carlson Center, Fairbanks 2010 Second Ave

At no cost to job seekers. Job seekers: Bring a resumé and dress for an interview.

For help in creating or revising your resumé, interviewing skills, etc., visit the Fairbanks Job Center Resource Room, 675 7th Ave.

• Explore new and exciting career paths and construction trades.
• Discover apprenticeship, training, education and internships.
• Interview with employers one-on-one to share your ideas and experience.

For more information and if you are an employer interested in obtaining a booth, contact Teresa Quakenbush at (907) 451-5958.

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Detachment 54 Provides Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance over the Skies of Afghanistan

By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jack Carlson III, Task Force ODIN Public Affairs Story and photos from FGA SSG Jack Carlson (Afghanistan)

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – High above the ground in the clear blue skies of eastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Eric Maschmeier, an Alaska Army National Guardsmen from Anchorage, Alaska, moves his full-motion video sensor onto a compound coalition forces are surrounding.

The radio crackles in his headset- the ground force commander is giving the green light to enter the objective and seek out an insurgent long sought-after in this province.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. Eric Maschmeier, Aerial Sensor Operator, Bravo Company, 306th Aerial Exploitation Battalion, Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize - Afghanistan (TF ODIN- A), and resident of Anchorage, Alaska checks the equipment onboard the King Air 300 prior to flight on March 8th. The enlisted Soldiers of Company B operate and maintain the collection equipment onboard the aircraft throughout their 12 month deployment, accruing hundreds of flight hours over the skies of Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Carlson III, TF ODIN-A, PAO)

Maschmeier has been able to provide the commander with detailed intelligence about the compound prior to the unit’s arrival, thus allowing the unit to have up-to-date information about the situation on the ground.

Maschmeier is among 20 aerial sensor operators (ASO) currently deployed with Company B, 306th Aerial Exploitation Battalion, Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize – Afghanistan. Together with the 30 pilots that fly and ensure the safety of the crew and the modified King Air 300 platform, these Soldiers make up the only Army National Guard company within the battalion.

According to the Task Force Commander, Lt. Col. Paul Rogers, ODIN-A is the largest single aerial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance unit ever deployed.

Represented by 11 state flight detachments, the Soldiers of the company have a vast pool of experience. There are 10 Soldiers deployed from Detachment 54, Alaska Army National Guard.

Flying more than 100 combat flight hours a month in Afghanistan, the Soldiers of the company become subject-matter experts on their respective duties.

“These are the best of the best Soldiers at the top of their game,  I affectionately refer to our aircrew as ‘Jedi Knights’ because of the combined one hundred and thirty thousand flight hours of experience our pilots brought with them to this deployment. ” Maj. Jerry Brennan, company B commander, 306th Aerial Exploitation Battalion, TF ODIN-A.

Pilots of the commercially-available and heavily-modified aircraft have a unique mission set here.  On-board enlisted Soldiers operating collection equipment give them appropriate altitudes vector them in to position.

This represents a shift from standard Army aviation missions where pilots are flying the aircraft and the enlisted personnel are supporting the crew through maintenance and load support.

“Our sensor operators have really stepped up to the responsibility of being part of the crew,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Steve Henslee, a King Air 300 pilot and resident of Anchorage, Alaska, Detachment 54, Alaska Army National Guard.  “Making the coordination between pilots and operators when arriving on station and maneuvering over very difficult terrain is essential. These Soldiers meet the task every day.”

The sensor operators onboard the King Air 300 not only operate the various collection equipment, often times in stressful situations, but also serve as a conduit for information flow. Throughout many missions the aerial sensor operator in the back of the aircraft can be called upon to relay information to ground commanders, Joint Tactical Air Controllers, or other aircraft.

“As an ASO, we have a very big responsibility to the supported units to provide relevant timely information,” said Maschmeier. “That can be stressful when Soldiers are taking fire, but the relief we hear from the Soldiers on the ground when we are able to call out things they cannot see makes all the stress bearable.”

Capitalizing on the crews combined knowledge; the pilots safely maneuver and position the aircraft within heavily-crowded airspace. Many times on missions there may be numerous aircraft operating above the same point all within hundreds of feet of each other, called “the stack.”

Pilots and ASOs are both trained in airspace de-confliction and management to ensure safe practices while working in such close proximity. Working with the JTACs from various services and support elements positioned around the country, crews ensure the objective area is covered with the appropriate sensor and the information collected is processed and disseminated in a timely manner.

Staff Sgt. Maschmeier pushes his video feed to the ground commander who sees the very same information that the ASO in the plane can see. While ground units converge on the compound, Maschmeier does a scan around the village to confirm or deny the presence of any potentially hostile individuals.

With the word passed through radio traffic, Maschmeier informs the pilots that the ground crew will be exiting the village.  Pilots flying the King Air 300 manage the airspace they’re currently working in while maintaining situational awareness of the other aircraft in the stack.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Chief Warrant Officer 2 Clint Brown, King Air 300 Pilot, Bravo Company, 306th Aerial Exploitation Battalion, Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize - Afghanistan (TF ODIN- A), and resident of Anchorage, Alaska poses with the one of the aircraft he pilots on a daily basis. Pilots of the Company are tasked with the safety of the aircraft and crew while piloting in very crowded airspace and over treacherous terrain. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Carlson III, TF ODIN-A, PAO)

“While the ASO is working to get sensor coverage to the supported unit, the pilots are ensuring safe operation and maintaining awareness of the often-times very crowded and challenging airspace.” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Clint Brown, a King Air Pilot and resident of Anchorage, Alaska, DET 54, Alaska Army National Guard.

Maschmeier continues his scan of the village and the proposed exit route back to the nearby Forward Operating Base.  When he sees activity that may meet set criteria for reporting, Maschmeier relays that information back to the ground through many different communications methods. The flow of information is seamless and helps to minimize the risk to our deployed service members.

“Having come from the MEDEVAC community, I witnessed up-close the devastating impact IEDs can have on our Soldiers,” said Brennan.  “Being a part of Task Force ODIN allows us to have a meaningful and proactive impact on the prevention of these events from happening in the first place.  Serving in this role and saving lives is extremely rewarding for all of us.”

The mission draws to a close with insurgents captured, weapons confiscated, and the ground unit safely back at the FOB. Maschmeier reports to higher headquarters the end of a successful mission.

Just as they turn to head back to Bagram Airfield, Maschmeier hears another TF ODIN manned aircraft reporting wheels-up to support a different operation in a nearby province.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A King Air 300 from Bravo Company, 306th Aerial Exploitation Battalion, Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize - Afghanistan (TF ODIN- A), sits on the Delta East Ramp during sunset on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The Company B Soldiers who pilot and operate the aircraft represent 11 Army National Guard state flight detachments. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Carlson III, TF ODIN-A, PAO)

Just another day in the constant ISR coverage provided by the deployed Army National Guardsmen of Company B, 306th Aerial Exploitation Battalion, TF ODIN- A and the Soldiers of Detachment 54 Alaska Army National Guard.

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Photo of the day March 12

A nice bed of flowers taken at the Totem Inn in Healy, AK, the fall of 2011.
Photo Courtesy Randi Owen

Webmaster Note: It won’t be to long before we get to see this same scenery again. Summer is on the way.  If you’re like me, I have had enough winter, it is getting old.

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Delta Community Food Pantry Information

It has been a difficult winter for many.  Bitter cold a few times, seasonal unemployment, national economic slump, rising fuel and food prices, personal illness and hardship for some.

The Delta Community Food Pantry is here to help, and HAS helped some who were experiencing a challenge.

At the Delta Community Food Pantry there are no long lines, no personal exposure or visibility, no lengthy application to fill out, no elaborate qualification determination, and no fee.  Simply call 895-4104 to make certain that there is staff available to serve you, and make an appointment.

An average gift of food from the Delta Community Food Pantry is aboout 35 pounds.  Of course, 35 pounds will not feed a family for long, nor even an individual, but the children will not go to bed hungry tonite!

To date, we have never had to turn away anyone due to empty shelves.

The Food Pantry could not long survive, however, withouot the generosity o local persons, groups, and organizations such as the local Boy Scouts of America troops, Cub Scout Den, Churches, BOEING Corporation, and the Delta/Clearwater Senior Citizens.

Suggestion:  You can donate canned goods and staples as an individual, or help your organization to have a “can drive”.  If you are closing a “man camp”, or spring cleaning your shelves, donate the extra “stuff”  If you turn the pockets of your jeans inside out B4 laundering, donate the loose change and we’ll go shopping.  Think of the hunger anxiety your donation might forestall for someone for a day or more.

Help us show compassion and caring for those facing a temporary challenge! Thanx

Applications and information for and about USDA supplemental food programs, State Senior Benefit program, State Public Assistance, Disability questions, Guardianship and Conservator questions, other resoures available.  Call 895 -4104 if you have concerns, questions or need.  Fee Agents and Delta Community Food Bank on premises.

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Fairbanks Symphony Presents the Arctic Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, March 25, 2012 – Arctic Chamber Orchestra, featuring harpist Sivan Magen Mendelssohn Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ginastera Harp Concerto Poulenc Sinfonietta

Tickets for all concerts can be purchased by calling the Symphony Office at (907) 474-5733, visiting the FSO Website at www.FairbanksSymphony.org or by visiting the Symphony Office in the Fine Arts Complex at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The symphony office hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

 

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Weekly Gas Updates

Alaska, March 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.21/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.75/g, according to gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 27.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 28.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 22.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“With a likely peak in gasoline prices still as much as two or more months away, the national average for a gallon of gasoline has already hit the bottom of the range that we projected back in January in our 2012 gasoline price forecast, which is quite concerning,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “While the recent pace of price increases has slowed somewhat, the spotlight will now shift to refining facilities as they start and finish maintenance- any unexpected problems arising from such may cause prices to resume a quick climb,” 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 773-644-1427

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 March 10

This cow moose seems to be smiling for the camera. Photo by Steve Thomas

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Buffalo Drive-In Chipkickers 3rd Annual Mexican Dinner Fundraiser for Relay for Life

Get ready to kick up your chips!  The sun is shining its warmth and it’s time to think of spring fun.  It’s also time to think of the Relay for Life Buffalo Drive-In Chipkickers 3rd Annual Mexican Dinner at the Delta School.

This Mexican dinner fundraiser, to fight cancer through the Relay for Life, will be next Friday night, March 16th, from 6-8pm at the Delta High School small gym.  There will be chicken enchiladas, hard and soft tacos, rice and beans, chips and dip and all the accompaniments.

The cost is $10.00 per person, and children under 6 are free.  You can’t beat this for a good bargain, and all the money goes to the Delta Junction Relay for Life.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Janice or Mark Weller at 895-5128, or you may be lucky enough to run into one of the Buffalo Chipkickers team members selling tickets around town.  Only 100 tickets will be sold, so get yours early.  Tickets will be available at the door only if there are tickets left.

 

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Photo of the day March 9

The 4 stars in the picture, the 2 real bright ones and the 2 reddish color ones are Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and Mars. I don’t know what order they are but according to the news the 4 planets are to align in a straight line by the 21st of March. Photo Courtesy Randi Owen

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NCPW Reminder: Use Resources

Anchorage, Alaska – March 9, 2012 – Knowing where to go when problems arise can prevent serious headaches. For the fifth tip of National Consumer Protection Week—or NCPW—Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds consumers to turn to consumer protection groups.

Understand available resources. Find service organizations.

U.S. Federal Reserve—the central bank of the United States—provides advice on monetary matters at federalreserve.gov/consumerinfo.

U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or FDIC provides consumer protection tools for the nation’s financial system at fdic.gov/consumers.

Annual Credit Report allows individuals to check free credit reports once per year from annualcreditreport.com.

Credit Reporting Bureaus let identity theft victims place fraud alerts on credit reports:

Federal Trade Commission or FTC is the nation’s consumer advocacy group, which provides anti-fraud tools and other marketplace information at ftc.gov/bcp.

Internet Crime Complaint Center or IC3 allows users to learn about Internet crimes and file complaints at ic3.gov.

National Do Not Call Registry helps reduce telemarketing calls; add phone numbers to the registry at donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222.

Alaska State Troopers are the “first line of defense in the last frontier” and can be reached at alaska.gov/ast.

Alaska Attorney General is a legal advisor and consumer protection agency that can be reached at law.state.ak.us or 907-269-5200.

Alaska Government Department Directory provides access to local government resources at alaska.gov/akdir1.

Better Business Bureau provides free BBB Business Reviews, shopping advice for consumers, guidance for businesses and complaint services at bbb.org.

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

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Delta Snow Seekers Will be Taking Another Ride

Delta Snow Seekers
By Barbara Tharp
March 2012

The Trek Over the Top Ride from Tok to Dawson City, Yukon was a big success.  There were about 70 people who were signed up for the ride.  The trail and snow was good as was the weather.

Several members of the Delta Snow Seekers made another trip to the Salcha Lodge.  It was a good trip, but there were a few places where the snow was down to the gravel.

On Saturday, March 17, the club will be holding another ride to Salcha Lodge.  Anyone who would like to attend this ride should be at the pipeline crossing on the Quartz Lake Road at 10:30 a.m.  A twenty dollar bill will not only get you a ride with the club, but also a membership in the club and a spaghetti dinner at the Clearwater Lodge after the ride.  There will be door prizes at the dinner.  All riders will pay for their own lunches at the Salcha Lodge.

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Photo of the day March 8

About 10:30 PM on March 1, 2012 the Northern Lights came out over Delta. The show only lasted a couple minutes, but I was able to capture this shot of it reflecting in a slushy Delta River. Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos

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Department of Motor Vehicles Closure and Information

DMV will be closed Wednesday March 21st for training in Fairbanks

DELTA JUNCTION – STATE DMV OFFICE  Mile 1420 Alaska Highway  (Jarvis Office Center next to the Alaska State Troopers.) (907) 895-4424

DAYS OF OPERATION:
Tuesday through Friday – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday – 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ROAD TESTS (Appointment required.)

Non-commercial passenger vehicle: Wednesday mornings
Motorcycle:  Saturday mornings
Commercial road tests are available at the Fairbanks office

KNOWLEDGE TESTS:  Must pass the test prior to closing to be issued a permit or license.

VEHICLE INSPECTIONS:  Available Wednesday mornings.  Appointment required.

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NCPW Reminder: Guard Against Identity Theft

Anchorage, Alaska – March 8, 2012 – According to the Federal Trade Commission, 279,156 identity theft complaints were reported in the U.S. in 2011—the single largest category of complaints. This figure does not take into account those who did not report that their identities were stolen or those who failed to realize that their identities had been compromised.

Personal information is private. For the fourth tip of National Consumer Protection Week—or NCPW—Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds consumers to take steps in identity protection.

First, take a quiz at bbb.org to gauge identity theft risk.

Surf secure. Ensure online security:

Only enter personal information on websites that offer secure connections; look for “https”. Review privacy policies and other disclosures before entering information. Never click on links or attachments in unsolicited emails, as items may contain viruses or malware. Always make sure that anti-virus software is up-to-date. Choose unique passwords; avoid common sequences.

Stay safe. Proactively protect personal information:

Avoid giving out Social Security numbers. Find out why it is needed. Store personal documents securely; invest in a lock box or safe. Shred expired or unwanted documents: akorww.bbb.org/secure-your-id.

Study statements. Carefully analyze monthly account statements and look for discrepancies; report any issues immediately.

Check with BBB for current identity theft news; visit bbb.org and ftc.gov for valuable information on preventing identity theft.

National Consumer Protection Week: NCPW is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.

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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Fort Greely Movies

Friday, March 9 – Red Tails, 7PM, (PG-13)
Saturday, March 10 – Underworld Awakening, 7PM, (R)


Red Tails – A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.  Rated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence. 95 Minutes.

 

Underworld Awakening – Six months after the events of Underworld: Evolution, vampire Selene is captured by humans during “The Purge,” a massive crusade of war to exterminate vampires and lycans after mankind learns of their existence. Humans call them “Non-Humans” and “The infected.” Twelve years later, human governments had committed genocides to vampires and lycans, killing everything, surviving populations were reduced to being scavengers and guerrillas, and 90% of the vampire race was annihilated. Selene is freed from cryogenic suspension and escapes the medical corporation Antigen. The corporation is trying to make an antidote for the virus that creates vampires and lycans. Selene starts to have strange visions after her escape, which she follows, believing them to be linked to her lover, the vampire-lycan hybrid Michael Corvin. Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for some language. 88 Minutes.

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Photo of the day March 8

This is one of 6 puppies that have shown up at different homes in Delta in the last two weeks. They were scared and hungry but luckily found by people who cared. There are always more puppies and kittens than there are homes, so please be part of the solution; spay and neuter your pets. Please call 895-4440 if you would like to adopt a pet. Char Lundy (Heart Fur Animals)

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NCPW Reminder: Understand Purchase Rights

Anchorage, Alaska – March 7, 2012 – Pre-purchase and post-purchase, it is critical to understand consumer rights in case issues arise. For the third tip of National Consumer Protection Week—or NCPW—Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds consumers to be aware of the applicable rules and regulations.

Understand consumer rights. Education is the best defense against fraud and deception.

Pre-purchase: Before buying, do research on bbb.org. Beware of companies that refuse to share basic business details. Carefully read all of the fine print on warranties and service contracts. Before shopping by mail or phone, read the rules from the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov.

For more tips, check usa.gov.

Post-purchase: After buying, keep all receipts and contract information in case there is a problem down the road. If transactions need to be cancelled, review the FTC’s Cooling-Off Rule to see which purchases may be protected. If products are misrepresented or never arrive, there may be legal recourse; read The Fair Credit Billing Act.

Find more tips at usa.gov.

Complaints: Need to report problems? Visit bbb.org or ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

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 March 6


This pair of Ravens are doing what Ravens do best, just hanging out.
Photo by Steve Thomas

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NCPW Reminder: Watch out for Scam Red Flags

Anchorage, Alaska – March 6, 2012 – Millions of Americans are taken advantage of each year because they fail to recognize the common signs of scams—which hijack personal information and steal money. For the second tip of National Consumer Protection Week—or NCPW—Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds consumers to heed scam warning signs.

Watch for red flags. Different scams show similar irregularities; knowledge is the best defense.

Red Flag: Asked to wire money out of the country? BBB says never transfer funds internationally to unknown recipients; senders struggle to retrieve lost funds and recipients are nearly impossible to trace.

Red Flag: Does correspondence contain poor grammar? Fraudulent mail, fake websites and phishing emails often mimic legitimate banks, government entities and retailers. Statistically, most scams that target Americans originate overseas; look for telltale signs, such as obvious spelling, punctuation and syntax mistakes.

Red Flag: Seem too-good-to-be-true? Foreign lotteries, online deals on underpriced vehicles and “free” government grants are all common scam attempts. Don’t take the bait.

Learn more about scams and stay up-to-date on nationwide news at www.bbb.org/scam-source and ftc.gov.

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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UAF Names Fall 2011 Honor Students

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the students named to the deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the fall 2011 semester. The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements.   Students receiving a 3.9 grade point average or higher are placed on the chancellor’s list, while those receiving a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.89 are named to the deans’ list.

UAF is a Land, Sea and Space Grant institution with an enrollment of more than 9,000 students. Located 160 miles south of the Arctic Circle, UAF is the only doctoral-degree-granting institution in the state. Since it was founded in 1917, UAF has been internationally recognized for research relating to the Arctic and subarctic, in areas such as biology, geophysics, engineering, natural resources and global climate change.

Chancellor’s List:
Adam P Bentele
Dylan M Carpenter
Yuriy V Koval
Yana V Kurilchenko
John J Netardus
David S Tatarenko
Jody Zollman

Dean’s List:
Jonathan G Heintz
Mark T Koehler
Ruslan P Kolesnik
Anatoliy V Kosmin

CONTACT: Marmian Grimes, UAF information officer, 907-474-7902, marmian.grimes@alaska.edu

Delta News Web has only published the Delta students names.  The list was to long to list all of the students.  For a complete list click  here

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Photo of the day March 5

 Winter Wonderland outside of Delta Junction City Hall February 27, 2012. Photo Courtesy Flower Cole

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