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February 2002

Carol Crandall and friend Mike McDaneld stand by Carol's 187 lb. halibut. The picture was taken on in Valdez in July 2001. Mike is the captain of the boat, the Dawn Treader. Photo courtesy of Joe Crandall.

Delta Bantam's Hockey Team in Anchorage
Delta Bantam's hockey team having a light practice in downtown Anchorage on Sunday before playing in the championship game of the President's Day Invitational Hockey Tournament. Delta faced Kenai in the championship game and won by a score 3-1!  Pictured in the photo left to right are Jared Crevistion, unknown, coach Al Edgren, Travis DuBois, and Caleb Bialik.  Photo and caption courtesy of Steve DuBois.

Parallel Destinies
Parallel Destinies,
a new book by local author Judy Ferguson, hits the shelves.  For more information see below.  Photo courtesy of Judy Ferguson.

Judy Ferguson's New Book

The recently published story of John Hajdukovich, Rika's Roadhouse and the history of the upper Tanana, Parallel Destinies, is now available for sale in local stores. 

On Saturday, February 23rd, Big Delta author Judy Ferguson will be doing a book signing at Diehl's store from 10 AM-Noon. and at the Festival of Lights flea market at the Community Center from 3 - 8 P.M., sponsored by Sharon Dalton (message phone: 451-6812.) You are warmly invited. 

Parallel Destinies contains 100 archival photos. It is a compilation of voices from Yugoslavia, Sweden and from the Canadian border to Fairbanks. The book focuses on the little-known Athabaskan culture of the upper Tanana, John and Rika's histories in their individual native lands as well as the history of the Tanana River from 1896-1969. For further information, please call Judy at 895 4101.  Her contact information is: Po Box 130, Delta Jct., Ak. 99737.  Her email address is:  

Judy Ferguson -- February 15, 2002

Heather, Joe, Holly, Taylor and Hillary
Joe Crandall's wedding to Carol Corey in July 2002.  From left: Heather, Joe, Holly Crandall Ricaporte (holding her daughter Taylor) and Hillary.  Photo courtesy of Paul Horschel.

Marlin Dunklebarger proudly displays a recently caught pike that that he bagged somewhere within a 350 mile radius of Delta Junction this past weekend!  Photo courtesy of Dwight Phillips.

Rachael and her new baby Christopher
Rachael (Dunklebarger) Ferranti holds her brand new baby boy.  Rachael and her husband William welcomed Christopher Isaiah Ferranti into the world on February 7th.  Photo courtesy of Pam Dunklebarger.

Oliver Iota Johnson, a Yorkshire Terrier cuddles with the smitten Abigail Johnson.  Photo courtesy of Nancy Johnson.

Alaska Range in July
The half snow covered Alaska Range stands tall beyond the Delta River in July.  Photo by Katie Johnson.

DHS Hockey Team
Delta High School Huskies hockey coach Mike Tvenge watches his team in action Saturday at Kenny Lake's outdoor rink. Players standing to Tvenge's left are Ben Blais and Travis DuBois. Seated behind Coach Tvenge are Ben Schultz and Brian Geise. Delta beat Kenny Lake Friday and Saturday by scores of 4-0 and 8-3. Delta plays Houston, the 2001 State Champions, in Delta this Thursday and Friday, before traveling to the State Championships in Wasilla, February 14-16. After this weekend, Delta's overall record this season increased to 15-4-1 and 9-0-1 in the Greatland Conference.  Photo and caption courtesy of Steve DuBois.

Trevor Fulton in Thompson Pass
Former Delta resident, Trevor Fulton, poses along the Richardson highway on the Valdez side of Thompson Pass last March.  Photo by Katie Johnson.

Turnagin Arm
Turnagin Arm shot taken from the Seward highway.  Photo by Northwest WebCraft.



Bucky Lemke accepts his Polar Bear Plunge prize from Chamber of Commerce President Claire Wingfield.  Bucky came in first place with 231 votes. Jeff Durham, Lynn Montogmery, Robert Packard, Hawley Zachgo and Andy Lynch all took the chilly plunge on Saturday!  All money raised helped pay for the fireworks display! Thanks to our courageous jumpers! Photo and caption courtesy of Sheryl L. Mills.

Two twin moose calves munch on some fresh green grass on Fort Greely last May.  Photo courtesy of Joe Crandall.  
Please excuse the previous photo credit error; this photo was taken by Joe Crandall rather than Paul Horschel)

Delta News Web to add New Feature

A Delta News Web viewer suggested recently that we include a page on the Delta News Web for Delta High School graduates and their families. We think it's a great idea! 

If you are DHS alumni and have pictures of yourself and/or the significant people in your life that you would like to share, please send them in JPG format to  Be sure to include a little information. Please keep your submission under 80 words.  

The page is under construction but click here to see the beginnings. 

Delta News Web -- February 15, 2002

Reuben John, Julie Stephens, and their 16 month old son, Reuben Jr.
Reuben John and Julie Stephens pose with their 16 month old son, Reuben John Jr.  Julie and Reuben and Reuben Jr. all live in Fairbanks.  Photo courtesy of Julie Stephens.

From left: Katy Yates, Jaci Edelen, Leslie Hollembaek and Ryan Kindy, all graduates of DHS class of 1997.  Katy, Leslie and Ryan all live in Anchorage and Jaci lives in Oregon.  Photo by Katie Johnson.

Travis DuBois
Delta Huskies hockey player Travis DuBois proudly displays 2 medals he and each of his team mates were awarded over the weekend for being Greatland Conference Champions and for placing 2nd in the Alaska Small Schools State Hockey Championships.  Photo and caption courtesy of Steve DuBois.

Alana Phillips
Beautiful eight month old Alana K. Phillips, is the daughter of former Delta resident Andrea Stephens and David Phillips of Hawaii.  The family now resides in Hanalei, Hawaii.  Photo courtesy of Delta News Web.

Kameron Peterson
Kameron Petersen, son of former Delta resident Kathy (Bowley) Petersen, turned a year old on January 16th.  Kathy and her husband Keith live in Fairbanks.  Photo courtesy of Gay Bowley.

Delta Lions Club honors Corey Sloan as Student of the Quarter

Lion Dean Cummings presented the award for Student of the Quarter for the first quarter of the 2001-2002 school year for Delta High School to Corey Sloan at the Delta Lions Club meeting on Monday, January 28.

Corey was nominated by Delta High School principal Leland Stocker: “Corey is a hard worker in class as well as in extra-curricular activities. She coordinated the Pennies for Protectors fundraiser this fall which raised over $4,000 to aid the victims of the September 11th tragedy. As captain of the volleyball team, Corey directed her team to the MAC Conference title and fifth place at the state tournament. In addition to her all-tournament team honor at regionals, she was selected to the all-tournament team at state. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner recognized her as Athlete of the Week, an honor rarely bestowed upon someone living outside of Fairbanks.

“Her teachers, peers, coaches, teammates, and community members all speak favorably about Corey. She is a positive role model leading the student council in restoring spirit in the student body. She simply makes this a better school by her presence. Her grade point average is 3.24.”

The Delta Lions Club is proud to be able to present this Student of the Quarter award to Corey Sloan. Corey and her parents, John and Linda Sloan attended the Lions meeting and enjoyed the meal catered by Mike Jenkins at the Delta Mine Training Center. Congratulations, Corey, from all the members of the Delta Lions Club.

Ann Geise -- January 30, 2002

Brian Geise
Brian Geise, player #11 of the Delta Huskies Hockey Team, is ready for action.  The Huskies will face off against the Houston Hawks in Delta on Thursday, February 7 at 6 pm and Friday, February 8 at 2 pm.  Photo courtesy of the Sports Section.




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