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December 2002

Julie and Reuben John ~ December 22, 2002
Julie Stephens and Reuben John tied the knot on Sunday, December 22, 2002 at the Westmark in Fairbanks.  David Johnson officiated the ceremony and over 75 people attended the wedding from various areas of Alaska and the lower 48.  Photo by Katie Johnson.

Emergency Responder's Banquet

This year's Emergency Responder's Banquet was held Tuesday, December 10th at the Delta Junction Community Center.

The banquet was held to acknowledge these volunteer and career emergency responders who devote their talents, time, and resources to our community of over 1800 square miles.

The presenters of Certificates of Appreciations were Rex Wrigley of the LDS Church, Brenda Peterson of the Delta Junction Chamber of Commerce, Susie Kemp and Roy Gilbertson of the City of Delta Junction, Judith Farrow of the Delta Junction Kiwanis, and Steve Fields of the Deltana Community Corporation.

Representing their groups to accept Certificates of Appreciation were Lynn Harris of the Delta Rescue Squad, James Eden-Kilgour of the Delta Junction Volunteer Fire Department, Ted Hamilton of the Rural Deltana Volunteer Fire Department, Russell Snell from Alyeska Security/Pump Station 9, Al Edgren of Alaska State DNR-Div of Forestry - Al also accepted CoA's presented to the LEPC and the Alaska State Division of Parks, Trooper Gary Johnson from Alaska State Department of Public Safety-Alaska State Troopers, Jeff Bulger, P.A. from Family Medical Center, and Jim Williams from the Fort Greely Fire Department.

A lifetime achievement plaque was presented to Firefighter Leigh Dennison of the Delta Junction Fire Department from Mayor Roy Gilbertson.

Chief Ted Hamilton of the Rural Deltana VFD and Chief James Eden-Kilgour of the Delta Junction VFD gave individual honors to their departments.

Helping to sponsor this event were Ed & Gayle Larson, Jim & Loretta Schooley, Dwight Nissen, Gloria Hendricks, the Delta Junction Chamber of Commerce, the Clearwater Lodge, the City of Delta Junction, Acacia Floral, and Granite View Sports.

Steve Fields -- December 23, 2002

Delta Community Meeting on Multi-Use Facility

Tuesday night at 7 p.m., more than 100 Delta area residents met at the Community Center to discuss desired uses for the proposed Multi-Use Facility.

Following a brief introduction by Pete Hallgren, City Administrator, the group broke into 10 discussion groups to discuss desired uses. Each group then gave a quick report on the 4 most popular ideas as well as a feeling for whether the city should use existing city land or search for additional sites. It was overwhelmingly decided to build the new structure on existing city property. “There was an amazing agreement among the different groups for uses”, said Dennis Dooley, City Planner. Major uses nominated included a mini Carlson building, year round ice for high school hockey and figure skating, an expanded library with high tech access, a swimming pool and a fitness center.

The issue of financing the operations and maintenance of any facility was addressed in a second session where the groups attempted to brainstorm sources for adequate funding. Every group nominated user fees and leasing commercial opportunities. But it was clear that while the community readily had uses for a facility, it was much harder to create adequate ideas for funding maintenance. Following brief reports again from each group the floor was opened for ideas from individual speakers. During this session there were impassioned pleas for a new hockey facility, swimming pool and some additional support to develop an endowment fund to finance maintenance and operating costs. The highlight of the entire meeting was a choral rendition from the Delta Community choir singing “ We Wish for an Auditorium”.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30

City of Delta ~ December 19, 2002


Christmas for the Delta News Web

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Webmaster -- December 23, 2002


Reuben John Jr. sits on the Clearwater River this past August.  He had gone for a boat ride with his Grandpa Jim StephensPhoto courtesy of Julie Stephens.

Three Scout Supper at Quartz Lake
Three scouts went camping at Quartz Lake last weekend, its hard to tell in this picture if these scouts were happy with their camp cook (Thomas)
or not. Turns out Bradley and Steve thought he did a great job. The scout did some hiking around the trails, stayed at Glatfelder's cabin, and enjoyed tenting in the mild winter temperatures we've had lately. Photo courtesy of Fronty Parker.


The motherload!  Dwight Phillips happened upon and harvested this stash of fishing lures while on the Gulkana River in July.  Photo courtesy of Dwight Phillips. 

Kiwanis Holiday Bazaar - Admission is FREE - This Saturday, December 7th, Delta 

The Kiwanis Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday, December 7, 2002 from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is FREE, and Kiwanis will be handing out tickets for hourly door prizes from the vendors at no charge. This event will provide support for Kiwanis community services and youth activity projects and programs.

Entrance to the Holiday Bazaar will be from the northwest side of the gym, in the lobby of the High School. The High School Gym ran out of vendor spaces, and are putting the overflow vendors in the High School Lobby!

Forget-Me-Knot Quilters will have their quilts on display above the Holiday Bazaar. The Delta High School Lobby Kitchen is being run by the DHS Band. Holiday Music will be live with Ken Farrow singing his greatest Christmas hits.

These Community groups will be there to answer questions and pass out local community information: Delta Christian Center, Delta Kiwanis, Delta Lions, Delta Women's Aglow, Deltana Fair Association, Rural Deltana Fire Department.

A Photographer will be taking professional Christmas pictures.

Some items from the vendors will include Avon, Baked Goods, Boyd's Bears, Clocks and Beanies, Crafts & Gifts, Drawings and Raffles, Fleece Items, Floral Gifts, Fur Mittens, Earmuffs, Headbands, Leather Products, Hats, Health Products and Information, Inn works, Jewelry, Keepsake Globes, Knitted Crafts, Longaberger Baskets, Mary Kay & Richmont House, Multi-Media Artwork, Office Products, Postcards, Pottery, Raffles, Russian Souvenirs, Stained Glass, T-Shirts, Woodwork, Wreaths, and more...

Vendors can set-up Friday night around 7:30 pm, (Dec. 6th). They can also set up Saturday morning 7:30 am, (Dec. 7th).

Kiwanis would like to thank Loretta Schooley, Debbie Heral, & Eddy Growden from Help Secretarial for the volunteer work Help Secretarial did for us. Also from Delta High School we wish to thank Leland Stocker and Mark Zintek for helping us produce everything we asked for.

Please come out and enjoy this grand community event.

Call Steve at 895-1950, Judy at 895-2221, or Help Secretarial at 895-4439 for further information.

Steve Fields -- December 5, 2002


Members of the Delta CyberSchool staff prepare to cheer for the Delta faculty in a faculty versus varsity volleyball team game. Photo courtesy of Steve DuBois.

Hazwoper Guys!
40-HR Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Students prepare to demonstrate what they have learned this week at DMTC's "Hazwoper" class.  Photo courtesy Steve Sheppard, Instructor

 

 

Delta News Web Publication

The Delta News Web will not be updated on January 1, 2003, as we will be taking New Years Day off.  The Delta News Web would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Years!

Webmaster -- December 31, 2002

Delta Junction Kiwanis Holiday Bazaar

The Delta Junction Kiwanis would like to thank all the vendors and patrons who helped to make this Holiday Bazaar, as Dawn Grossmann stated, "the best one I've seen in 15 years."

The proceeds from the bazaar will benefit Kiwanis' community services and youth activity projects and programs. At the last minute, the Kiwanis members voted to change the original admission fee from $1.00 to FREE.

Over 80 spaces were filled with vendors (including the overflow in the High School Lobby). A myriad of items were sold which included Avon, Baked Goods, Boyd's Bears, Clocks and Beanies, Crafts & Gifts, Drawings and Raffles, Fleece Items, Floral Gifts, Fur Mittens, Earmuffs, Headbands, Leather Products, Hats, Health Products and Information, Inn works, Jewelry, Keepsake Globes, Knitted Crafts, Longaberger Baskets, Mary Kay & Richmont House, Multi-Media Artwork, Office Products, Postcards, Pottery, Raffles, Russian Souvenirs, Stained Glass, T-Shirts, Woodwork, Wreaths, and a lot more...

Door prizes were held all day long. Many of the vendors donated items to the bazaar. As people entered the Holiday Bazaar, the Kiwanians gave free tickets to all. Kiwanis drew the tickets, and then escorted the winners to the vendors.

Feedback we received was very positive. The Deltana Fair Association had 35 new members sign up. Other community groups benefited as well.

One vendor called City Hall asking when the next bazaar was to be held.

Several people told us they went to the Open Houses of Granite View Sports and Delta Meat & Sausage before coming to the bazaar. They liked the way they could stay in Delta all day long, and get their Holiday shopping done! They also liked dropping their kids off at the kids carnival in the small gym sponsored by the Youth Court and the DHS Student Council. Mary St. Peter of the Delta Youth Court said was the Carnival was "well attended by the area youths." She also stated "the most popular games were the pie throwing booth, the puck shoot, bowling, fishing and the bean bag toss, and we also had a movie for the kids who wanted to rest."

Delta Junction Kiwanis wishes to thank Delta High School and Mark Zintek for all their hard work. We also couldn't of done it without the support of Help Secretarial's Debbie Heral, Eddy Growden, and Loretta Schooley as well.

Steve Fields -- December 23, 2002

Russ Snell and Steve Fields
Steve Fields from the Deltana Community Corporation presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Russ Snell representing the Security Force of Alyeska Pipeline (Pump Station 9). Community groups honored volunteer and career emergency responders with a banquet on Tuesday night, December 10, at the Delta Jct. Community Center. Picture taken by Ernie Wyrick.


Nicky Stephens and Linda Johnson share the fireplace at Gambardella's in Fairbanks recently.  Both were in town to celebrate the wedding of Nicky's daughter, Julie, to Reuben John.  The couple were married on Sunday, December 22.  Photo by David Johnson.

Chena Hot Springs
Winter at Chena Hot Springs.  Photo courtesy Gary Cooper.

Thank you Delta!

Thank you Delta for all the money that you donated to the 4-H fund this past summer. We would like to give special thanks to Carol at Jacks for letting the clerks sell parcels, Roy at Spenards for donating supplies. and everyone else who donated to our fund thank you. From all the people in 4-H. Bell the assistant coordinator Kelly Keaster the director, and all the kids in it Rhea, Jack, and Shane.

Shane Creswell -- December 4, 2002

Alaskrafts Fur Moccasins
Tired of your feet getting cold during the winter months?  Check out www.alaskrafts.com  Alaskrafts is run by local Delta residents Steve and Kathy Fields.  They specialize in everything from blankets to dolls to fur bikinis!  Photo courtesy of Alaskrafts.

Deltana Community Corporation

The Annual Meeting of the Deltana Community Corporation was held on November 14. Election of officers was held with the following results: Paul Knopp, President; Todd Zachgo, Vice-President; Ron Lester, Secretary/Treasurer. All offices are held for one-year. Committee appointments were also made at the Annual Meeting. 

It was reported that on December 2, there will be a meeting at City Hall with a DOT representative to discuss the 2001-2003 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Now is the time to nominate roads for maintenance upgrade, new access, etc. The public may attend the meeting or contact Paul Knopp with recommendations. It was reported that plans for a city community center, fire station or combination are being discussed with DREDC. 

Nine certificates of appreciation for local emergency responders were signed by Board members. The certificates will be presented to the responders at the December 10 banquet.

A meeting will be held on November 19 with the DNR State Project Manager, to discuss Pogo’s application to build a road into the mine. DNR has asked to meet with DCC and the Salcha-Delta Soil & Water Conservation District Board.

No grant money was received by our local fire departments. Land has been donated at Mile 1398 for a new fire station.

A motion tabled from the October meeting in order to give the public time to comment regarding having a 4-way stop and flashing red light installed at the intersection of Souhrada and Remington, was removed from the table for discussion. After discussion, it was decided to pursue the process for having a 4-way stop with cautionary light or street light installed at the intersection of Souhrada and Remington. 

Other business conducted by the Board was to pass a motion to sign 2001 Form 990-EZ for submittal to the IRS for the tax year ended 6/30/02.

The next meeting of Deltana Community Corporation will be held on December 12 at 7 PM at the Clearwater Fire Station. The public is welcome to attend. Deltana Community Corporation minutes are available upon request by contacting Paul Knopp at 895-4150.

Steve Fields -- December 2, 2002


This is an early afternoon picture on Big Lake at Fort Greely taken last month before it started breaking up this week. The ripples are possibly from the ice breaking during the earthquake and getting pushed up onto a ledge that didn't break, then refreezing. Photo courtesy of Ellen Clark.


Glen Johnson, age 8 in this picture, and a baby moose check each other out on a summer evening.  Photo courtesy of the Johnson's.

 

 

 


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