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February 2004

Happy Birthday February 23 - March 1

Happy 75th Birthday to Delta Snowbird Gordon Mereness on February 26. Hope you have a Great Day and lots more to come! Love, Loretta & Jim (Friends may wish to send cards to Gordon at: P.O. Box 4427, Temple, TX 76505.)

Happy Birthday to Robert Smith on March 1st and Good Luck at the Arctic Winter Games, Love Grammy.

Happy Birthday on Feb 28 to DHS grad (class of '98) Travis Sturgis!  

Alaska's Perseverance Theatre is Looking UP

(Juneau, AK) February 17, 2004 Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre is launching a regional tour in March 2004 to Fairbanks, Whitehorse, YT, Anchorage and Juneau of Bridget Carpenter’s comedy UP: The Man in the Flying Lawnchair. 

Commissioned by Perseverance in 2002 and World Premiered there in 2003, UP was inspired by the real-life flight of a California man who, in 1982, attached four dozen helium balloons to his Sears and Roebuck lawn chair and soared to 16,000 feet. While the event served as a springboard for playwright Carpenter’s imagination, the play is not a biopic. Rather, Carpenter created characters from her own imagination to tell the story of the family waiting far below for the husband and father they love.

Redefining the “family play” in America is the goal of the AT&T Foundation’s FirstStage program which funded Carpenter’s residency at Perseverance and those of nine other playwrights at regional theatres across America. Perseverance, which primarily produces plays by and about Alaskans, was an appropriate venue for this play according to its former Artistic Director Peter DuBois because “it felt like Alaska –big, ambitious, crazy, improbable, visionary.” 

Carpenter wrote UP in Juneau during the summer of 2002 –the town’s rainiest summer on record—while also teaching playwrighting at Perseverance Theatre’s summer education program. “During her residency, Bridget worked with 18 playwrights representing six Alaskan communities,” says Perseverance Theatre’s Executive Director Jeffrey Herrmann, “It was an enriching experience for our Alaskan writers to work alongside a playwright of her calibre.” 
Perseverance’s 2003 World Premiere production was directed by Peter DuBois (now the Associate Artistic Director of the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York City). It has been re-staged by Juneau director Terry Cramer and includes Alaskan actors Sara Waisenen (Soldotna), and Ed Christian, Alanna Malone and Dan Reaume (all Juneau-based). Guest artists Jessica Marlowe (Seattle), and Rufus Tureen (New York) round-out the cast of six.

Performances are: 
Fairbanks March 4-6th at the UAF Salisbury Theatre (all performances at 8pm) 
Whitehorse March 11-13th, at the Yukon Arts Center (all performances at 8pm) 
Anchorage March 18th-21st, at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Sydney Laurence Theatre. Performances at 8pm except the 21st which is a 2pm matinee. 

Juneau March 28th, 7pm at the JDHS Auditorium
During the tour, the cast and crew will meet with local actors in each community to talk about Perseverance Theatre’s auditions and education programs including the theatre minor degree through a cooperative program of the Theatre and the University of Alaska Southeast. For more information on tour activities, contact the Theatre at 907-364-2421 x21

Meadow Riedel -- February 19, 2004

This is a recent time-exposure photo of the Sullivan Roadhouse in down town Delta. Photo courtesy of CRTC/Michael J. Kingston.

Notice of Availability U.S. Army Garrison Alaska and Cold Regions Test Center “Cold Weather/Automotive Test Complex Environmental

The U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) and U.S. Army Garrison Alaska (USAGAK) have issued a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based upon an environmental assessment concerning construction of a Cold Weather/Automotive Test Complex within Donnelly Training Area. The document assesses environmental impacts related to the construction of a 3.2 mile paved oval test track and related support facilities within the Jarvis West Training Area, located just south and adjacent to the Missile Defense Test Bed on Fort Greely. 

CRTC and USAGAK plan to initiate this action 30 days from the initial publication date of this notice. Copies of the EA and draft FNSI are available upon request. Interested parties are invited to submit, in writing, any comments or objections they may have regarding the proposed action. Comments received will be reviewed and relevant issues will be addressed and incorporated into a revised EA. If no comments are received during the public comment period, the original EA will become the final EA. For further information, please contact Michael Nuckols, United States Army Cold Regions Test Center, Fort Greely, PO Box 665, Delta Junction, Alaska 99737-0665; telephone (907) 873-1245; email
Mike Nuckols -- February 17, 2004

Patrick Butler
Jim (top) and Patrick Butler are the sons of Wayne and Jenny Butler. The Butler family moved to Delta from Washington last fall. The boys are enjoying their new home and their new friends. Wayne and Jenny both teach for the school district, Wayne at the jr. high level and Jenny at the elementary level. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Grindrod. 

Team Alaska Members -- Delta Sends 17 to the Arctic Winter Games 2004

The Arctic Winter Games are an international sport festival bringing together athletes from Northern Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, northern Quebec, Alaska, Greenland, the Russian provinces of Magadan and Yamal-Nemets and the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. More than 2,000 athletes and coaches representing ten different northern lands will come together February 28th to March 6 in Wood Buffalo, Alberta for the 18th Arctic Winter Games 2004. 

Delta Junction, Alaska will be well represented on Team Alaska by 17 members of our community who will be participating in the Ice Hockey events at the Games. Local members of the Midget team are Ben Blais and veteran Game athletes (2002) Lowen Ewing and Jared Creviston. Assistant coach for this team is Kevin Ewing, also a 2002 game veteran. Bantam team members are Zach Erickson, Annie Grossmann, Kevin Morden and Nils Theisen. They are coached by Mike Tvenge, assisted by Robert Erickson. PeeWee team members are Caleb Brown, Dylan Carpenter, Chelsie Erickson, Eli Erickson, Jake Gebauer and Robert Smith, coached by Mark Carpenter. 
We wish these athletes and coaches great success during the games. Individuals wishing to contribute financially to sending these young athletes to the games may contact Robert Erickson 895-4299. 

For more information about the Arctic Winter Games and to follow the competition visit the Games website or the Team Alaska website 

Dawn Grossmann -- February 12, 2004

This picture of the Northern Lights was taken the 27th of Jan from the Delta Christian Center parking lot on Jack Warren Road. Photo courtesy of Ed.

New Festival of Lights Page

The Festival of Lights is upon us!  Be sure to check out our link below.  We have created a new page that is dedicated solely to the Festival of Lights!  Today is the first day and there is a spaghetti feed to start it all off.  For more information on the events of the Festival, click on our Festival of Lights 2004 link.

Webmaster -- February 10, 2004 

2004 Festival of Lights/Winterfest 
Coming February 13 & 14th

The weekend of February 13 & 14th, promises to provide a welcome relief to “Cabin Fever” and the recent cold temperatures with a wealth of fun and entertaining activities. 2004 will be the 10th year anniversary of the Festival of Lights. This year promises to have some of the same events of past years which have made the Festival so popular and some new ones to make this year even bigger and better. 

The following is a list of the specific events which have already been planned for this year. Several more activities are in the making! Please keep checking the Delta News Web for updates, specific details, times. Flyers and brochures will also be distributed around town. If you would like to have a flyer emailed to you or need some for your business please contact Martha Kimball 895-2004,

Martha Kimball -- February 9, 2004

High School Students at Delta Cyber School Win in Space Flight Opportunities Competition

Delta Cyber School announced today that students taking a class from Barbara Parker have been selected in the NASA Student Involvement Program’s (NSIP) 2003-2004 competition to fly their team's experiment aboard a NASA sounding rocket. Michele Helkenn and Chandilyn Wyckoff are being honored for their work on the effect of hypergravity, microgravity, and centrifugal force on diffusion. They were assisted by the Mission Support Team from Delta High School’s Principles of Technology class under instructor Mike Adams. The Mission Support Team designed a motorized injection system for their experiment. This support team consists of Brianna Humphrey, Alyssa Erickson, Jim Atkinson, Travis Riesner, and Caleb Bialik. The experiment conducted by Michele and Chandi will determine the rate of diffusion of Iodine Potassium Iodide through a semipermeable membrane into starch solution. The rate of color change will be recorded by video camera and compared to a controlled experiment on the ground. 

NSIP is NASA’s national program of competitions for students in kindergarten-grade 12. Space Flight Opportunities is one NSIP competition open to only high school students. Delta Cyber School’s team is one of only four NSIP teams selected to launch their experiment aboard a NASA rocket in 2004.

Last year, over 3500 students submitted more than 1200 research projects to the six NSIP competitions which are Space Flight Opportunities, Design a Mission to Mars And Beyond, My Planet Earth, Watching Earth Change, Science & Technology Journalism, and Aerospace Technology Engineering Challenge. 

Student entries are judged at NASA Centers by teams of scientists, engineers, educators, journalists, and other professionals. Michele Helkenn and Chandilyn Wyckoff with teacher Barbara Parker will travel to the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in June 2004 for Student Flight Week, which will include the launch of their experiment. 

NASA Headquarters will officially announce the names of all NSIP winners in mid-April and post the names on the NSIP website

“NSIP is an important part of NASA’s efforts to inspire the next generation of explorers. We’re elated to provide our Space Flight Opportunities winners with the incomparable experience of having their experiments flown in space. The thrill of discovery and achievement will have a whole new meaning for these students,” says Lynn Marra, NSIP Program Manager at NASA Headquarters. “We’re proud to honor their success and provide them with this special opportunity, as only NASA can.”

Barbara Parker -- February 5, 2004

While the rest of Delta Jct. was experiencing temperatures in -50 degrees BELOW zero, the Alaskan Steakhouse was having a heat wave! This photo was taken on Sunday January 18, 2004 about 3:30 p.m. by Cindy Lou Aillaud.

Above is Grace Kathryn Trulove, born to Michelle (Sharp) Trulove on February 2, 2004.  Grace was born at 1:56 p.m., and was 21 inches long and 8 lbs. 3 oz.  Grace and her Mom and 4 year old big brother Conner live in Anchorage.  Photo courtesy of Kathy Sharp. 

This picture was taken on Sawmill Creek Road the week of January 19. The highway crew has had to be out there quite often this month because the wind keeps blowing drifts across the road. Photo courtesy of Becky Peterson.

City council to choose committee for proposed borough

Attn: Property owners and citizens of the Deltana and city of Delta area!  

The city council plans to choose an 11 member committee they call a charter committee in regard to forming a borough. If you wish to have a voice in this action, we recommend the citizenry of Deltana be at the city council meeting on Tuesday, February 3,2004 at 5 p.m.; open to the public at 6p.m.For general information remember the city has a 1 million dollar plus judgment against it right now and if a unified municipality were developed, all of the Deltana proposed borough area assumes the debt and your property taxes will be used to pay off this judgment.

The city received a $30,000 grant to study the feasibility of a borough in the area. This study has been completed and it was decided that economically and sociologically this area can support and develop a borough. If this concerns you, you should be at that city council meeting, even though you don't live in the city.

Former secretary for original borough planning committee,

January 28, 2004 -- Patricia Griswold

New email virus on the loose

A new and dangerous virus has been making the rounds for the past few days.  We have been receiving infected messages at the Delta News Web this morning.  For more information, follow this link.  This page will tell you what to look for and what to stay away from.

One of the main problems with this new virus is that can pose as an email from a friend or colleague.  It can also say "Mail Delivery System" in the subject line.  Be cautious of any email that asks you to open an attachment.

Delta News Web -- January 27, 2004

While working over at J & J Specialties, these two twin calves were caught peeking in the window. Afterwards, Heather Wiggins went outside and was able to get this picture of them resting in the grass.


Creig, Matthew, and Kathy Sharp
Airman Matthew James Sharp is shown with his proud parents, Creig and Kathy Sharp, following graduation Feb. 20th from Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. Airman Sharp arrived at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi on Feb. 23rd to start his advanced training school in the field of Air Traffic Control. Photo courtesy of Creig and Kathy Sharp.

Here is a picture taken Monday (presidents day) of Harvey Burke with a few pike we caught. It was a very pretty day to enjoy the Alaska winter and bring home some good eating northern pike. Photo courtesy of Mike Rawalt.

Starrlyn, age 2, and Grandma (Jaime Murray) tasting snowflakes of the great north this past December. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Murray.

Happy Birthday February 16 - February 23

Happy 16th Birthday on Feb. 21 to Vesa Kulakevich.. We luv ya! From Mom, Dad, William, Waldy, Victor, Violet, Willard, Wesley, Vitaly, Paul, and Vicky and James!!! Congratulations!

Happy 8th Birthday on February 17th to Kailey Mills from Aunt Debbie! Love and miss you lots!!

Happy 8th Birthday to Kailey Ann Mills on February 17. We love you very much!! Dad, Mom and DJ 

Happy Birthday To Ann Geise - February 17. Keep Smiling & God Bless! Jim & Loretta

Nick and Kay Wardle [in California] would like to wish Stan Musgrove a Happy '47th' Birthday on Feb. 17th. We miss you Stan!

Happy Birthday to Stan Musgrove!  Love Jacob and Nancy.

Happy Birthday on February 18th to Linda Johnson in Uppsala Sweden! We love you Mom!! Glen and Katie

Happy BDay to Linda Johnson.  You are such a special friend, even across all the miles! Remember to take time to 'stop & smell the lutefisk"!  Love from Barb & Mike

Happy Birthday to Janice Hoague on the 18th of Feb. Great memories in the Walmart van!!!! I love you and miss you, Little sister. Gina

Happy Birthday to my dear sister, Janis Hoague on 18 February. Love you bunches, Barbie of Freeport, Florida

Happy Birthday to Janice Hoague on Feb 18th. We love you and may God bless you. Dad, Mom, and Bryan.

Happy Birthday to Sam Wager on February 18 from your church family.

Happy Birthday on Feb. 19th to Kelly Ann Humphrey! Love and miss you, Mom and Dad

Happy Birthday to Reuben John on Feb 19. We love you and are so proud of you. God Bless you. Love, Dad and Mom.

Happy Birthday, Feb 19 to Reuben John Sr. You are the the best brother a sister could ask for. Love, your big sis, Gwendolyne P.S. Kyra and lil John wish their "nunkle" a happy birthday also.

Happy Anniversary February 16 - February 23

Happy Anniversary to Vel and Sam Wager on February 18 from your church family.

Delta Hockey vs. Kenny Lake
The Delta Huskies high school hockey team defeated the Kenny Lake Hawks by a score of 6-2 on Feb. 5. Joe Lupo (1) is shown taking a shot on the Kenny Lake net while Ben Blais positions himself in front of a Kenny Lake defenseman waiting for a rebound. Photo courtesy of Steve DuBois.

Above is Gary Atwater, an Alumni of DHS from 1972. Gary's brother and sister, Kevin and Donna also attended DHS.  Gary graduated from DHS and then went to Laramie Automotive Technical Institute in Wyoming. After graduation, Gary moved to Tecumseh, Ok, and later to Bethel Acres, Ok. where he still resides with his wife Peggy. Gary has two girls Kelly and Dawn, and one grandson Kade who is two. Photo courtesy of Donna Perkins.

Boy Scout CPR Instruction
The Boy Scouts recently attended CPR instruction at the Fort Greely fire station. William Mammay was the main instructor, Anthony White and Johnny Torgeson assisted. The scouts appreciated the time these men gave. Photo by Bill Vail. Photo submitted by Fronty Parker.

Delta resident Larry Veihl (Smurf), dressed as what looks like Papa Smurf, takes a dive into a pool of freezing cold water this past Saturday the 14th.  Larry was participating in the Festival of Lights "Polar Bear Plunge".  Photo courtesy of Michael J. Kingston. 
If you have Festival of Lights images that you would like to share, please email them to us.

Rachel Phillips after catching a nice "coho on the fly" while on a day trip on the Clearwater River last September 2003. Photo courtesy of Dwight Phillips.

Happy Birthday February 9 - February 16

Happy Birthday from Mary Nana to Skylar Gifford on Feb 12. We love you and miss you! 

Members of Team Alaska from Delta Junction who will be traveling to Wood Buffalo, Alberta to compete in the 18th Arctic Winter Games February 28-March 6 are: Front Row: Nils Theisen, Zach Erickson, Chelsie Erickson, Jake Gebauer, Dylan Carpenter, Eli Erickson, Caleb Brown, Annie Grossmann, Mark Carpenter.  Back Row: Robert Erickson, Ben Blais, Jared Creviston, Lowen Ewing, Mike Tvenge, Robert Smith, Kevin Morden. Missing: Kevin Ewing.  For more information, see the article in the Community News section.  Photo submitted by Dawn Grossmann.

Delta Huskies high school basketball players (in white) are shown in action recently against Cordova (in blue). In the first photo, Chad Bunselmeier (12), Brandon Jenkins (40), and Alex Scifres (only head visible) vie for the ball under the net. In the second photo, Patsy Cummings tries to steal the ball from a Cordova player. Photo courtesy of Steve DuBois.

Pictured at the "Ice Cream Palace" made during story hour at the Delta Library Jan 21st are Derek Mills, Trinity Brant, Sam Fellman, Cobey Cupp, Madison Gardner, Ashleigh Lantz, Aurora Trulove, Samantha Smith, Celsie Hennager and Natalya Shelikof. These children all enjoyed eating their own wonderful ice cream sundaes creations. A special thanks to Miss Nancy our story teller. Story Hour is open to all preschool children from age 3 to 5. It is held at the Delta Library on specified Wednesday mornings from 11 to noon. Please call the library to register and get the schedule. We would love to have you. Photo courtesy of Dawn Grossmann.

Happy Birthday February 2 - February 9

Happy Birthday to Grace Katherine!  She was born on February 2 at 1:56 p.m. to Michelle (Sharp) Trulove.  Congratulations!

Kayla Wilburn, February 2 - Happy 13th Birthday to our Ground Hog's Day Girl! With Love, Mom & Dad

Happy Birthday to Gay Bowley February 3.  A very Happy Birthday to you from your very best friend Lydia Kirby.

Happy Birthday to Glen Johnson on February 3!  We love you!  Dad, Mom, and Katie

February 4th - Happy sweet 16 to Tara Gardner! From you best Aunt, Uncle and cousin. Cheryl, John and Lindsey

Happy Birthday Bill Zollman! Love, Jody, Dan, Rhandie, & Kelly!

The morning of January 28th was a cold one indeed! Bolio Test Complex is under all of that ice-fog in the picture above. It was 52 below when this image was taken. Photo courtesy of Michael J. Kingston.

This picture was taken near Big Delta during the recent cold spell. The ambient was -40 below! Photo courtesy of J.Leon Vialpando 

This Caribou was spotted hanging out next to the Pipeline by an Alyeska worker.  Photo submitted by Tony Smith. 

Whit Aillaud is silhouetted against a beautiful sunset while cross country skiing recently. Photo courtesy of Cindy Aillaud.

Happy Birthday January 26 - February 2

Tammy Gifford on Feb 1. We love you and miss you. Happy Birthday from Mary Nana.

Kayla Wilburn, February 2 - Happy 13th Birthday to our Ground Hog's Day Girl! With Love, Mom & Dad

Viki Faber - January 28 - Birthdays are for reflecting on all God has done and on all He has promised to do. May your birthday be the start of a year filled with God's blessings. From Marlin and Pam

To Cheryl Marchuk on January 29th. Happy Birthday Mom! We love you! From your daughters, Hanni & Jessica.

This spectacular sunrise was captured this fall from the front porch of local residents Tony and Cindy Smith.



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