February 2005

Delta High School Sports - Feb 21 - Feb 28

Basketball - Tues - Feb 22 3:00 PM Delta @ West Valley JV/V

Basketball - Fri - Feb 25 3:30 PM Delta @ Nenana JV/V

Fort Greely Girls’ volleyball , Fri  - Feb 25  - Time 4:00 Pm Glenallen at Fort Greely School

Fort Greely Girls’ volleyball , Sat  - Feb 26  - Time 10:00 Am Glenallen at Fort Greely School

Jaxton
Jaxton Zeth Fellman, son of Curtis and April Fellman.  Born November 30, 2004 at 8:01 AM.  Currently 12 lbs. 10 oz. and 24.5" long.  He is now 10 weeks old.  Grandparents are Pat and Pete Fellman and Evan and Stacie Treybal all of Delta Jct.  Photo Courtesy April Fellman

Contest Winners at Delta Library

Looking for some art and culture to chase away the winter blues? Festival of Lights Photo Contest and Light House Contest entries will be on display at the Delta Library through February 22. Congratulations to all the talented folks who entered -you're all winners! The new Delta Library is located next to the Community Center on Deborah Street.

February 21, 2005

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak  (Pinicola enucleator) http://birds.cornell.edu/BOW/PINGRO/
They were at the feeder all day today..... Photo Courtesy Paul Gerber

Need Help With School Project

My name is Curtis Cornelius and I am doing a school project that requires black and white footage of gold mining or any mining for that matter please.

I need this footage if you have any please contact me at (907)-869-3297 (home) (703)-401-6384 (cell) I'm in school on weekdays from 8am-4pm but my cell phone is always on or you can leave a message at home.  I need this footage by 25 Feb. I would greatly appreciate any help.

February 18, 2005 -- Curtis Cornelius

 News Release/Health Story/Diabetes Awareness Article Series

Diabetes on the Job

When you go to work, your diabetes goes with you.

You get up, get showered, get breakfast, get to work. You have bills, therefore you have a job.

But you also have diabetes. You have to care for your diabetes while you're at work. Here are 10 tips for merging your diabetes care with your career.

1. Wear medical identification jewelry - If you ever need medical assistance at work, the emergency medical personnel will know you have diabetes.

2. Decide who to tell - All things being equal, it might be in your best interest to let a few trusted co-workers or your boss know. Just for your own safety.

3. Give your co-workers a chance - Don't just assume that your boss won't accommodate you, or that your co-workers won't be helpful. Give them a chance to grasp what diabetes is and understand how they can help you, particularly if you've been diagnosed since starting your current job. Diabetes may be as new to them as it is to you.

4. Get it in writing - If necessary, get a doctor's note. It may help to get a medical statement from your doctor saying what your diabetes care needs are. Present it to your company nurse or human resources department, and make sure your supervisor gets a copy.

5. Be your own advocate - Your local hospital or diabetes center may offer programs through which diabetes educators can come to your workplace and explain to your human resources department, supervisors, or co-workers what diabetes is and how they can make the workplace more diabetes-friendly. See if your employer is willing to host such a program.

6. Don't abuse the system - Unfortunately, there are people who claim extensive health challenges and reap disability benefits their situation may not warrant. That makes it harder for everyone. It's best to save sick days and disability pay for when you really need them.

7. Plan ahead - The biggest challenge many people with diabetes face is access to meals and breaks. Have snacks readily available should you need to treat a low.

8. Take your equipment with you - Keep your blood glucose meter and supplies where you can reach them. Don't leave blood glucose meters or insulin in the car. Extreme temperatures can affect them.

9. Watch out for stress - Stress can wreak havoc on your blood sugars. Stress can cause either high or low blood sugar. It differs from person to person, and sometimes from situation to situation in the same person. Stress may mask symptoms of low blood sugar, or prompt completely different symptoms. Frequent monitoring is your best defense.

10. Keep good diabetes control - The best thing you can do to remain productive is to stay healthy. Don't let your diabetes get so far out of control that you're not able to work. If you're eating well, exercising, and controlling your blood sugars, you will have a productive work life.

The payoff from a job well done is that if and when you need to take time off for your diabetes care, your boss and co-workers will remember your good track record and be that much more willing to cover for you or help you with scheduling. By communicating with your employer and taking responsibility for your care, you can incorporate your diabetes care into your work life successfully.

If you feel that your employer is not making reasonable accommodations to allow you to care for your diabetes at work, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at: (800) 669-4000 or (800) 669-6820 TTY.

Ask your doctor about diabetes and have your blood sugar checked several times a year.

For more information about diabetes, including a Diabetes Quiz and a Free booklet, visit the Hope4Diabetes website at: http://hope4diabetes.com/info

This 20 page FREE booklet will provide you with in-depth information on comprehensive diabetes care. The 7 principles, or steps, will help you to understand, manage and diagnose your potential diabetes risk.

It could help you live a longer and more active life. The booklet is Yours absolutely FREE - No Risk! Share it NOW with the people you love and want to Keep alive!

Diabetes Awareness: 
1 of 10  Wake Up Call

2 of 10  I'll Wait 'til it Hurts 
3 of 10  The Calm Before the Storm
4 of 10  The Downside... a New Wardrobe?
5 of 10  Family of Diabetics 
6 of 10  Diabetes on the Job
7 of 10
 There’s No Substitute for Good Friends
8 of 10  "Check Engine" Warning Light
9 of 10  Will They Recognize You?
10 0f 10 Gamblers Understand the Odd

February 16, 2005 -- David Anderson


Great Gray Owl
Great gray owls are one of 4 species of owls that are permanent residents of interior Alaska. They are also the largest owl in North America. This owl
was photographed at dusk in the Delta Junction area recently. Great gray owls are very secretive and rarely seen. They use a perch to hunt from by
sitting and waiting for prey. During the winter months, great gray owls can hunt by hearing alone and often plunge into the snow from their perch to
capture small rodents moving underneath the snow. They will also take larger prey, such as snowshoe hares, on top of the snow. Owls beginning
breeding in late winter (i.e. about now) and I have already received reports of boreal owls and great horned owls calling. Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

News Release/Health Story/Diabetes Awareness Article Series

Family of Diabetics  #5

Thousands, if not millions of people have diabetes in their family. It's almost tragic the way things happen because it’s not always a “common knowledge”
among families. I tell you, it's not until it hits you that it's really awful.

Asking questions can help you and your family dodge the serious complications of diabetes. Early detection and active control of blood sugar levels can save lives.

Have you ever heard anyone ask:

Do you have diabetes? Does anyone in your family have diabetes? Is your vision okay or is it blurry? Are your feet feeling okay today?

A lot of people get diabetes, but you know, early detection and taking action can save your life or the life of a family member.

Ask your doctor about diabetes and have your blood sugar checked several times a year.

For more information about diabetes, including a Diabetes Quiz and a Free booklet, visit the Hope4Diabetes website at: http://hope4diabetes.com/info

This 20 page FREE booklet will provide you with in-depth information on comprehensive diabetes care. The 7 principles, or steps, will help you to understand, manage and diagnose your potential diabetes risk.

It could help you live a longer and more active life. The booklet is Yours absolutely FREE - No Risk! Share it NOW with the people you love and want to Keep alive!

Diabetes Awareness: 
1 of 10  Wake Up Call

2 of 10  I'll Wait 'til it Hurts 
3 of 10  The Calm Before the Storm
4 of 10  The Downside... a New Wardrobe?
5 of 10  Family of Diabetics 
6 of 10  Diabetes on the Job
7 of 10
 There’s No Substitute for Good Friends
8 of 10  "Check Engine" Warning Light
9 of 10  Will They Recognize You?
10 0f 10 Gamblers Understand the Odds

David Anderson -- February 16, 2005

Delta's Hank Dube in
the Anchorage Daily News

I was born Henry "Hank" Dube in 1926 to Quebec-American parents. I spent first grade staring out the window at Mount Ascutney in New Hampshire.

When downhill skiing began in this country, I met Switzerland's Peter Gabriel at Dartmouth College in 1936. An innovator of mountaineering and skiing, Peter was first invited in 1932 by Dartmouth to begin the North Conway (N.H.) Ski School, the first accredited American ski school, to teach his alpine skills. Gifted with a profound patience, Peter got me interested in skiing when I was only 10. Soon he was teaching me the art of downhill skiing. However, when Hitler invaded Poland three years later, America's craze for skiing was short-circuited. The war caused resorts to close, and Peter himself was drafted. Read more >>>

Anchorage Daily News 13 Feb 2005

Delta Youth Shooters Fundraiser

The Delta Rifles are taking pre-sale orders for Carolyn Howard's World Famous "CRISPY GAU GEE". If you weren't lucky enough to sample these delicious Won Ton-like appetizers at the Festival of Lights, COME to the Delta Sportsmen Association club house on Nome Trail from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Friday February 18th.

This is your last chance to sample these yummy treats. Support your Delta Youth Shooters by purchasing a pre-sale ticket (2 dozen Gau Gee pieces, frozen) for $20. Pre-sale ends Sunday February 20th. Call 895-2264 to order. The Delta Rifles sends a warm THANK YOU to those of you who have already purchased a ticket!

February 18, 2005

Fireworks
Festival of Lights fireworks. Photo Courtesy Michael Kingston/CRTC

News Release/Health Story/Diabetes Awareness Article Series

The Downside... a New Wardrobe?

Here is some commonsense thinking: I can't understand why anyone who has diabetes wouldn't exercise and watch what they eat.

The down side is that you may have to get an entire new wardrobe since exercise and healthy eating causes weight and size reduction.

When it happens, people tell you how great you look and that motivates you even more.

Other side effects: you'll also sleep better and feel more rested than before you started walking and eating better.

I prefer walking outside, especially when the weather is nice. I even designed a walking path about 2.5 miles long around my neighborhood; part flat and part hilly.

You'll find that a walking program helps more than your body.

"For me, walking time is good thinking time. Nobody is there to interrupt my thoughts. And even when I walk on the treadmill in front of the TV, I find it helps me get ready for the day."

Exercise and healthy eating.... A powerful duo for diabetics!

Ask your doctor about diabetes and have your blood sugar checked several times a year.

For more information about diabetes, including a Diabetes Quiz and a Free booklet, visit the Hope4Diabetes website at: http://hope4diabetes.com/info

This 20 page FREE booklet will provide you with in-depth information on comprehensive diabetes care. The 7 principles, or steps, will help you to understand, manage and diagnose your potential diabetes risk.

It could help you live a longer and more active life. The booklet is Yours absolutely FREE - No Risk! Share it NOW with the people you love and want to Keep Alive.

Diabetes Awareness: 
1 of 10  Wake Up Call

2 of 10  I'll Wait 'til it Hurts 
3 of 10  The Calm Before the Storm
4 of 10  The Downside... a New Wardrobe?
5 of 10  Family of Diabetics 
6 of 10  Diabetes on the Job
7 of 10
 There’s No Substitute for Good Friends
8 of 10  "Check Engine" Warning Light
9 of 10  Will They Recognize You?
10 0f 10 Gamblers Understand the Odds

David Anderson -- February 12, 2005

Debbie and Brett
This is a pic of me (Debbie Heinbockel) and my fiance Brett Phillips....we will be getting married on June 25th at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Photo Courtesy Debbie Heinbockel

Winter scenery
This was taken from the top of our tower on Whitestone. Photo Courtesy Candy Corty, Wireless Delta

 Delta High School Sports - Feb 7 - Feb 13

Hockey - Feb 10-12 Greatland State Tournament @ Dipper

Basketball - Tues- Feb 8 3:00 PM Delta @ Tok JV/V

Basketball - Fri - Feb 11 3:30 PM Tok @ Delta JV/V

Basketball - Sat - Feb 12  3:00 PM Delta @ Lathrop JV/V

Fort Greely Girls’ volleyball , Fri - Feb 11  - Time 4:00 Pm Fort Greely School at Glenallen

Fort Greely Girls’ volleyball , Sat - Feb 12  - Time 10:00 Am Fort Greely School at Glenallen

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE


Polar Bear PlungeThe three nominees with the most votes will take THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE!

Saturday February 12, 2005 at 4pm

Nomination of an individual is $5.00 - Votes are $1.00 each. You may vote as often - for as many, as you wish. Proceeds will benefit Festival of Light activities.

UPDATES POSTED WEEKLY. Nominees names will be posted after they have accepted the challenge.

VOTING DEADLINES: Cans will be picked up at 11am, February 12th. The final voting can will be available at the Winterfest Galleria until 3:30pm on Saturday, February 12th.

For more information contact Martha Bryant at 895-5068 Or Christine Crawford 869-3226

Anyone may nominate and vote, but to take the plunge you must be 18 years of old.


POLAR BEAR PLUNGE STANDINGS – 2/10/05
Indicates the three top leaders on this date.

George Pursey 93
Cathy Martin 103
 Pablo Martinez 101
Paul Knopp 201
Capt. Lyle Ward 9
Brian Corty 31
C.W. Monte Knight 11
Rich Garrett 5
Teddy Echo-Hawk 46
Steve Fields 26
Dave Leonard 9
Ed Richards 59
Michael Mitchell, 7
Lt. Col. Robert Cornelius, 366
Travis Hoague, 103
Sgt. Maj. Marco Mendoza, 11
Lolita Smith 10
Trisha Siebold 10
Donna Morgan 120
Pete Sorenson 15
Sgt. Bill Musgrove 0

February 1, 2005

Hanni and Brenna
Hanni Marchuk (DHS 98’) and her 2 ˝ year old daughter, Brenna Marchuk. Hanni is currently working on Fort Greely for KAYA, Associates. Brenna gets to play with her friends at the post day care while mama works.
Photo Courtesy Hanni Marchuk

Breaking news Clearwater Tower is UP

Again we have succeeded in erecting a tower in the dead of winter. The Newest addition to the WDI family was reborn with the help of our friends at Delta Industrial Services , Jon Dufendach , Greg Austin, Curt Dufendach and our crew Dave Leonard, Don Williams , Jason Saurborn and myself from the sidelines due to an illness.

The tower is 124 feet tall so all you local bush pilots be on the look out it is well above the trees in the Remington Clearwater area.

We will be offering a full range of services from the tower and also renting space on it for anyone looking for a place to put there HAM radio or other gear, this includes you the big cell phone companies we have the space...

The tower is a very stout 15 foot base self supporting earthquake and light stick proof structure designed to be in the arctic climate and for the winds it will encounter in the Deltana area.

This is the largest in the WDI family and will host not only Internet services for the area but WDI Supported cell phone repeater, paging systems and two radio systems to enhance the communication systems throughout the area.

Call us again if you live in the Clearwater area we have limited scheduling available and the install dates at this point are out in some cases well over a month.

See are site for more info www.wirelessdelta.com or call 895-1056

February 4, 2005 --- Brian Corty

Jonah Wilkins
Jonah Wilkins getting ready to scout the creek for Trouts. Jonah is 10 1/2 years old and is the son of former Delta resident Michael Wilkins and Grandson of Ron & Helma Gibbens of Delta. His favorite toy is our Jet-Boat, his favorite quote " Daddy hurry up, there's fish to be caught".
Photo Courtesy Michael Wilkins

Cliff swallows


Cliff swallows at Wells Fargo Bank, Delta. Photo Courtesy Art Lenon.

News Release/Health Story/Diabetes Awareness Article Series

Article #2: Diabetes Awareness: I'll Wait 'til it Hurts 

"If it ain't broke, most people don't fix it."

Do you know if you have diabetes?

Did you know type 2 diabetes symptoms only become “obvious” once the disease has substantially progressed?

By the time many type 2 diabetics (and often their doctors) realize action is necessary, the disease, with its destructive high blood sugars, has been silently damaging their body for years.

Complications to the blood vessels and tissues of your eyes, feet, heart, kidneys, and other organs, are likely well underway.

You visit the doctor because you feel bad, and you wish to feel better. You react to the symptoms of perceived illness. This is understandable, but does not allow much room for prevention or early detection of diabetes.

Of course this idea, “Don't see the doctor 'til it hurts,” comes from our “busier-then-ever” lifestyles. But to blame, to point fingers after the damage has started is as pointless as is the leaping bungee-jumper's complaint that his equipment has just failed. It's a little late to talk about why. Some problems are better prevented.

If you have type 2 diabetes, you know most of the time you don't feel very bad. You might think that because you don't feel very bad, it isn't very serious, and you don't have to do anything about it just now. "I'll wait 'til it hurts" ...You couldn't be more wrong.

Diabetes damages your body with high blood sugars. It doesn't care whether your sugars are high from type 2, type 1, or some other cause — if they're up, they're doing damage. Type 2 diabetics who let their sugars run “because they don't feel bad” are doing serious damage to their eyes, kidneys, hearts, and nervous systems.

Suppose you have diabetes, and don't want the complications. Suppose you don't know you have diabetes, but you're from a high-risk group (maybe someone in your family has or had diabetes), and you want to cut the risks. Or, suppose you just want to feel better.

It's all the same — Your early detection, education, and prevention work best.

Don't wait 'til it hurts. Ask your doctor about diabetes and have your blood sugar checked several times a year.

For more information about diabetes, including a Diabetes Quiz and a Free booklet, visit the Hope4Diabeteswebsite at: http://hope4diabetes.com/info

This 20 page FREE booklet will provide you with in-depth information on comprehensive diabetes care. The 7 principles, or steps, will help you to understand, manage and diagnose your potential diabetes risk.

It could help you live a longer and more active life. The booklet is Yours absolutely FREE - No Risk! Share it NOW with the people you love and want to Keep alive!

Diabetes Awareness: 
1 of 10  Wake Up Call

2 of 10  I'll Wait 'til it Hurts 
3 of 10  The Calm Before the Storm
4 of 10  The Downside... a New Wardrobe?
5 of 10  Family of Diabetics 
6 of 10  Diabetes on the Job
7 of 10
 There’s No Substitute for Good Friends
8 of 10  "Check Engine" Warning Light
9 of 10  Will They Recognize You?
10 0f 10 Gamblers Understand the Odds

David Anderson -- February 3, 2005


While in the village of Mentasta Lake, Alaska I took this image when I noticed how well this home looked in the foreground of the local mountains just after the sun set.  Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

In Loving Memory of Robert( Bob) Walker

On October 23, 2004 Bob lost his short battle with cancer. Bob and his family lived in D.J. and he attended 8th grade in Delta High as it was being built. He is survived by his mother, Mildred Walker, brother, Kenneth, sister, Diane, his wife Mary (Duncan) Walker, (also formerly from Delta) step children, Rhonda and Jim Archuleta, and children, Crystal and Adam Walker. Bob was a Corrections Officer for the State of Nebraska. His hobby was restoring the 1957 Ford Mercury that his parents had bought new and used in Alaska. Bob would have been 56 years old on February 2, 2005.

January 31, 2005

Professional Development Seminars – Certified Public Manager

All CPM classes will be held on select Saturdays at the Delta High School from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All are fee based with funding available from
the Partners for Progress. For information and to register contact the Delta District Cooperative Extension Service at 895-4215. Registration deadline is 2:00 pm the Wednesday prior to each class.

Persuasive Presentations
Formal presentations offer you a great opportunity to persuade and influence others as a poised and competent individual. Polishing your speaking and
presentation skills can always promote your career success. This course will provide you with skill and confidence to stand up and speak effectively in
almost any situation, even if you have no previous experience with public speaking. Fee: $180 2/12 & 2/19

Upcoming Seminars:

Key Issues in Employment Law Fee:$90 3/5

Problem Solving & Decision Making Fee:$90 3/26 9:00A-4:00P DGHS

Effective Writing Fee:$90   4/30

Basic Financial Accounting for Managers Fee:$90   4/30

Communication Skills Fee:$90 To Be Announced

January 28, 2005

Rob Albaugh
Photo taken of Rob Albaugh when he was sent over-seas. Photo Courtesy Amanda Albaugh (Fox)

Sam and Misty
Melissa (Misty) Renee Hosier and Samuel Scott Thompson were married on September 4, 2004 at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. Misty is the daughter of Myron and Rhetta Hosier. She attended Delta Assembly Christian School and graduated from Delta Christian Academy in 1993. She worked at Ft. Greely and transferred to Ft. Wainwright in 2000 to work in civilian personnel. Sam is a federal employee and works as a youth center director at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. The couple reside in Mililani, Hawaii.

Sam, Misty and family

"Misty and Sam with their parents.  Left to right, William and Marion Thompson, Sam and Misty Thompson, and Rhetta and Myron Hosier".  Photos Courtesy Rhetta Hosier

 

Winter sun
The winter sun shines on a field near the Tanana Loop Extension. Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

Delta Junction Ducks Unlimited Banquet Sales: Feb. 26

Tickets for the Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be on sale Sat. Feb. 26 at IGA from 12-4 pm. The banquet is on March 19, 2005 doors open at 6:00pm.

There will be a live auction, silent auction, and raffle.
Ticket prices are: $45 for a single $65 for a couple and $25 for a Greenwing. Come support the Ducks!

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Ric or Tina Seward 895-5045

We will also have raffle tickets for a Benelli Super Black Eagle Shotgun in Max 4 Camo for sale, $10 for one or 3 for $25; we will be selling only 250 tickets. There WILL NOT be any tickets sold the night of the banquet, so if you want a chance at this great gun let us know.

February 24, 2005

2005 Delta Farm Forum – Saturday, Feb 26th 

This year’s forum is dedicated to the Memory of Norm Cosgrove – District Board Member 1958-2004 and Delta resident 1954-2004.  We honor the memory of this pioneer and his honorable efforts to make Delta a better place through civic duty and conservation.

4 H Club

This photo was taken on May 15, 1962. This group of 4-H'ers is standing in front of their clubhouse in Clearwater. The photo was taken by A. Linn.

The 2005 Delta Farm Forum has been set for Saturday, February 26th at the Delta School small gymnasium. This daylong event begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. with a potluck luncheon at noon. This year the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will be celebrating their 75th anniversary and will have “historical presentations” from Virgil Severns, Don Quarberg, Phil Kaspari and local 4-H leaders.

The morning session will begin with Karen Cedzo, CES statewide advisory board chair welcoming folks to the forum. Catherine Hadley, district conservationist with the Delta Natural Resource and Conservation Service will present information on the Conservation Security Program. Keeping with the 75th Anniversary theme past and present extension agents, Vigil Severns, Don Quarberg, and Phil Kaspari will discuss extensions history in the Delta area; to be followed by an extension historical video, and 4-H’s historical presence in Delta with local retired and current 4-H leaders: Emily & Gail Keaster, Jeannette Brasier, and Louie Stockwell. Sara & Nathan Engebretson, owners of Iceworm Organic Farms will talk about production and marketing organically grown products on their Tanana Loop area farm. Greg Egan with Remote Power Inc. will present information on small wind electric systems.

The potluck luncheon is scheduled to begin at noon and attendees are asked to bring a luncheon item from this list: A-G = Potatoes or Equivalent, H-M = Desserts, N-S = Salads, and T-Z = Vegetables. This year the main meat dishes along with bread and rolls will be provided through donations.

The afternoon session will begin with Phil Kaspari, CES extension agent’s presentation on the weed free forage program. He will be followed by Professor Jenifer McBeath from the UAF School of Plant, Animal, and Soil Science Department, Jenifer will give an update on the exporting of Alaska grown products. Byrce Wrigley program technician with the Farm Service Agency topic will be on serving Alaska farmers in 2005. Towards the end of the afternoon the Salcha Delta Soil and Water Conservation District will present their annual report, announce the speech contest winners. This year the district will recognize service on the board for Doug Grant and Norm Cosgrove, to be followed by the announcement of the Conservation Award winner. Tony Williams with S& K farms will be the last producers on the agenda with a presentation on their farming and conservation practices. The final presentation will be an agency update with the newly appointed Director from the Division of Agriculture, Larry DeVilbiss.

Businesses will set up in the hallway and be there throughout the day to provide ag related information and to answer questions. Coffee and doughnuts will be served in the morning. The local 4-H group, DJ Saddletramps, will act as Master of Ceremony and assist with the program. Come join the crowd on Saturday, February 26th, listen to the latest in ag developments around the state, feast at the best potluck luncheon in the state, and visit with all the folks who will be attending the 2005 Delta Farm Forum.

For more information contact the Cooperative Extension Service, Delta District @ 895-4215 OR the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District @ 895-4241 both are located in the Jarvis Office Center in Delta Junction.

9:00-9:15 Welcome Address – Karen Cedzo, UAF Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Board
9:15-9:30 Conservation Security Program – Catherine Hadley, District Conservationist NRCS Delta
9:30-10:00 Delta’s Extension Agents: Historical– Virgil Severns, Don Quarberg, and Phil Kaspari
10:00-10:15 Cooperative Extension Service – Historical Video Presentation
10:15-10:45 Delta’s 4-H Programs: Historical – Emily & Gail Keaster, Jeannette Brasier, and Louie Stockwell
10:45-11:00 BREAK
11:00-11:30 Sustainable Organic Marketing- Sara & Nathan Engebretson, Iceworm Organic Farms
11:30-12:00 Small Wind Electric Systems – Greg Egan, Remote Power Inc.
12:00-1:30 POTLUCK LUNCHEONA-G = Potatoes or Equivalent, H-M = Desserts, N-S = Salads, and T-Z = Vegetables. This year the main meat dishes along with bread and rolls will be provided through donations.
1:30-1:45 Weed Free Forage Program – Phil Kaspari, UAF Cooperative Extension Service Agricultural Extension Agent
1:45-2:15 Exporting Alaska Grown Products – Jenifer McBeath, Professor UAF School of Plant, Animal and Soil Science
2:15-2:45 Serving Alaska Farmers in 2005 – Bryce Wrigley, Program Technician FSA Delta
2:45-3:00 BREAK
3:00-3:30 Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District Jeff Durham, Project Coordinator & Rex Wrigley, Chair· Annual Report· Speech Contest Winner· District Board Award and Recognition· Conservation Award Winner
3:30-4:00 S&K Farms Conservation Practices – Tony Williams
4:00-4:15 Division of Ag Update – Director Larry DeVilbiss
4:15-4:30 Adjourn

February 22, 2005

Dan Meyers Concert  February 24th

The Fort Greely Chapel will be hosting
an acoustic concert by Dan Meyers on
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 7:00 pm. with a reception immediately following in the Chapel Annex.

Off-post attendees will check in at the Main Gate. Please bring a valid ID or Driver's License, Automobile Registration, and Proof of Insurance. For information, contact: The Fort Greely Chapel at 873-2476 or lisa.lewis@greely.army.mil

February 16, 2005 -- Lisa Lewis

Multiple High Speed Internet Access Choices Now Available in Delta

Delta Junction area residents now have at least three choices for high speed internet, depending on their location.

ACS Internet has recently begun providing digital subscriber line (DSL) high speed internet. Wireless Delta began offering high speed Internet in 2004. A number of Delta area people have been using Star Band for several years.

The ACS DSL service is routed over existing telephone service. Potential subscribers must have, or must be able to obtain, regular wired telephone service. This type of DSL service is only available within a certain distance of the nearest “switch,” so some parts of the area will not be able initially to obtain this service.

The ACS website provides these prices:
$40 a mo. for 256 download/ 256 upload
$60 a mo. for 512 download/ 256 upload
$70 a mo. for 768 download/ 512 upload
$80 a mo. for 1.0 megabyte down/768 up

ACS says that work orders will be handled in 7 - 10 days. More information can be obtained directly from ACS at 1-888-690-1930.

Wireless Delta (WDI) has been providing high speed Internet for nine months to the near-town part of Delta. The company recently launched service to the Big Delta and Clearwater areas. Subscribers to this service will be provided with an external antenna. No telephone is required for this service. In fact, most high speed internet user can obtain high quality telephone service through the Internet using services like Vonage and ATT.  These services provide inexpensive long distance calling possibilities.

WDI says that it is not necessary to sign a contract, and that they will set up networking in your house or small home business. They quote the following prices for those customers:
256Kbps up and down 34.99
384Kbps Up and Down 45.99
512Kbps up and down 59.99
768Kbps up and down 79.99
1.0Mbps up and down 99.99
1.5Mbps up and down 299.99

Larger businesses or installations with more computers are welcome. Prices for these are higher. There are no download or upload limits except for speed. Installation is $249.00 per building location. WDI can be contacted at 895-1056.

StarBand connections are also available in the area, and may be appropriate for users out of range of ACS DSL and WDI.

Delta News Web February 16, 2005

Caleb Blake
Air Force SSgt Caleb Blake in part of Operation Iraqi Freedom with old Iraqi AA gun. He was a 98 graduate of DHS. Photo Courtesy CB

Delta High School Sports - Feb 14 - Feb 20

Basketball - Fri - Feb 18 3:00 PM Delta @ Eielson JV/V

Fort Greely Girls’ volleyball , Fri - Feb 18  - Time 4:00 Pm Fort Greely School at Valdez (Valdez Invitational)

Fort Greely Girls’ volleyball , Sat - Feb 19  - Time 10:00 Am Fort Greely School at Valdez (Valdez Invitational)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Feb 14 - Feb 20

Happy Birthday to Kay Sandlin on Feb 14!

A Happy 40th to Ann Marie on Feb 15th, Donna and Travis!

Happy Birthday to Angela Dickinson on Feb 16. You have brought us 15 years of happiness! Love, Mom & Dad

Happy 9th Birthday to Kailey Mills, Feb 17,  from Aunt Debbie & Uncle Brett!!

Happy 9th birthday to Kailey Ann Mills on Feb 17. We love you very much! Dad, Mom and Derek Jr.

Happy Birthday KaileyFeb 17th. We love you!!!!!!!!  Aunt Ann and Aeron

Happy birthday Brian (pookie) on Feb 17. Hope your day is special. Your friend, Angie D.

Happy Birthday to Kailey Mills on Feb 17!

Happy Birthday to Rob Gerber. 40 on Feb 18! Love, Ellen.

Happy Birthday to my precious sister, Janis Hoague, on the 18th of Feb. I love you and miss you. Barbiej

Happy Birthday to Arthur Edgren on Feb 18!

Happy Birthday to Sam Wager on Feb 18!

Happy Birthday to Tim White on Feb 19!

Happy Birthday Stillie Man from your friend Erin :D

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Feb 14 - Feb 20

Happy Anniversary to Harold & Lucille Stock on Feb 14!

Happy Anniversary to Sam and Vel Wager on Feb 18!

Happy 10 year Anniversary Brian. Feb 18th. I know the next ten will be just as fun as the first!! Love Candy

LOST PUPPY, HAS BEEN FOUND

Caesar, our 6 month old male "all white" American Eskimo puppy has been found.  Thank You" in to whoever lives on Jason St. that called the troopers to come pick "Caesar" up.

February 18, 2005 -- Sue

Photo Contest

Photo Contest
Photo contest from the Festival of Lights.
Photos Courtesy Michael Kingston/CRTC

City Hires New Administrator

On 2/8/05 the City of Delta Junction hired Gene Kane of Anchorage to replace Pete Hallgren as City Administrator when he retires in April.

Mr. Kane retired in August as Director of the Division of Community Advocacy, State of Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development (formerly Department of Community and Regional Affairs) including 20+ years service as a Local Government Specialist, with time as staff to the Alaska Local Boundary Commission, Manager of the Southcentral regional office, and a short period for the State as interim Manager for the City of Kotzebue.

Mr. Kane will begin his duties on April 1. Pete will remain onboard until late April to insure the smoothest of transitions.

February 11, 2005 -- Letha Burcham

Amaya and Acacia
Amaya Ann Johnson was born January 24, 2005 at 1:30am at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. She is the daughter of Mary Johnson (Kozarik), a 2000 graduate of Delta High School. Little Acacia Jin Johnson, Mary's first child, is enjoying her little sister. Photo Courtesy Amanda Albaugh (Fox)

Delta River
The Delta River is a wonderful place to see various forms of wildlife. While on a “hunt” last fall for eagles, this image was taken on a rather cold day with The Alaska Range looming and condensation forming off the river due to the temperature difference.   Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

HAPPY BIRTHDAY  Feb 7 - Feb 13

Misty Stockinger, the world's greatest Mom and Wife. Happy Birthday Feb 8. Your loving family.

Happy Birthday to Kathy Kindy on February 10!

Skylar, Hope you have a wonderful birthday. Feb 12th. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Love Mary & Nana

Happy Birthday Greg McCarthy Feb. 12th

Happy Birthday to Wes Pinkelman on February 13!

Happy 10th birthday to Chip Blood on February 13th, from your friend, Garrett St. Peter!

Happy Belated Birthday to Buckwheat on February 3!

Happy Belated Birthday to Martha Bryant on February 3!

Happy Belated Birthday to Steve Dewar on February 4!

Happy Belated Birthday to Joe Clark on February 6!

Happy Birthday to Morgan Hartman from Alpha Omega Life Care Inc--

2005 11th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, February 11

3:30pm JV & Varsity Basketball, Tok/Delta
5pm-8pm Spaghetti Dinner at Presbyterian/Lutheran Church, take-out available
6pm Bonfire and hot dog roast by the river at Clearwater Lodge
6pm Women’s Aglow Northern Lights Gala, Delta Community Center, 895-5532

Saturday, February 12

10am-6pm Galleria Crafts & Trade Show, Delta High School Big Gym
10am Light House Contest, Galleria. Sponsor: Mt. Hayes Inc., Realtors
10am Canine Good Citizen Demonstration, Golden Retriever Rescue of Fairbanks, Community Center
10am-4pm Children’s Activities, Arctic Fox Safety & Supply
11am Winter Photo Contest judging, Delta Library
1pm Arctic Tug of War. Sign up with Steve at Arctic Fox, 895-2057
1pm-4pm Children’s Craft Project, Delta Library
11am-5pm Delta Snow Seekers Snow Machine Fun Run-Open to the Public—895-3256
4pm Polar Bear Plunge, Delta School. Who will take the icy dive?
5pm Winter Escape Drawing, Galleria at Delta High School
5pm-8pm Tacos, sloppy joes, hot dogs, desserts—Assembly of God Church, take-out available
7pm Light Up the Night Parade—Call the Chamber Office to enter
8pm Fireworks by Griz at Delta City Park
8pm-12am Monte Carlo Night at the Delta Community Center (Benefits Close-Up Program)
8pm-? Dancing & Fun at the Clearwater Lodge

Sunday, February 13

12pm Sign-ups for Blind Draw Dart Tournament (1pm) at the Alaskan Steakhouse
1-5pm Fishing Derby, Quartz Lake, Sponsored by Wireless Delta & Alaska DNR, sign-in at 12pm

For more lodging & service information or more details about contests and events call Martha at the Delta Chamber of Commerce, 895-5068. Check out our website at www.deltachamber.org

Delta Chamber of Commerce -- February 7, 2005

News Release/Health Story/Diabetes Awareness Article Series

Pre-Diabetes - The Calm Before the Storm

Remember when the medical world identified pre-hypertension to better monitor your blood pressure? The new buzz: "Pre-Diabetes" concerns a similar condition pinpointing people who are at severe risk for getting diabetes. Because diabetes silently invades your body, early detection and corrective action are critically important.

The goal with identifying pre-diabetes is to prevent the onset of diabetes from ever happening.

How do you know if you need testing for pre-diabetes? Good question. The truth is- You may not know. It's our human nature to wait until our body produces a pain or ache before we visit the doctor's office. With pre-diabetes, noticeable symptoms like frequent thirst and urination may not occur until the
disease has progressed and is already causing considerable damage to your body. Most Type 2 diabetics don't have symptoms because the onset of diabetes is so slow.

Your physician can determine if you have pre-diabetes with two common tests. The fasting plasma glucose test (FPG) and the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Both require an overnight fast.

The good news is that you can likely prevent diabetes with early detection and proper care.

Don't wait 'til it hurts. Ask your doctor about diabetes and have your blood sugar checked several times a year.

For more information about diabetes, including a Diabetes Quiz and a Free booklet, visit the Hope4Diabetes website at: http://hope4diabetes.com/info

This 20 page FREE booklet will provide you with in-depth information on comprehensive diabetes care. The 7 principles, or steps, will help you to understand, manage and diagnose your potential diabetes risk.

It could help you live a longer and more active life. The booklet is Yours absolutely FREE - No Risk! Share it NOW with the people you love and want to Keep alive!

Diabetes Awareness: 
1 of 10  Wake Up Call

2 of 10  I'll Wait 'til it Hurts 
3 of 10  The Calm Before the Storm
4 of 10  The Downside... a New Wardrobe?
5 of 10  Family of Diabetics 
6 of 10  Diabetes on the Job
7 of 10
 There’s No Substitute for Good Friends
8 of 10  "Check Engine" Warning Light
9 of 10  Will They Recognize You?
10 0f 10 Gamblers Understand the Odds

David Anderson -- February 8, 2005

Authentic Mosaic Bison Skulls by Alaskan Artist

See 5 original mosaic bison artwork displayed at the Clearwater Lodge this week (Feb. 4 - ?)

These bison skulls are taken from the harvested animals on the artist's ranch. The skulls are cleaned and prepared for the original mosaic artwork that will make each piece its own. Each skull is boiled, cleaned, bleached and dried. The horns are given a high gloss treatment by scraping them with a glass shard. The bison skull is laid out while a design and color is created specifically for it. Once the colors and designs have been determined each glass mosaic piece is cut and glued onto the skull. When finished, the skull is grouted, sponged off, buffed by hand and sprayed with a waterproof seal. Artist (Ruby Hollembaek) is of Inupiat - Eskimo, English & Scot-Irish descent. Husband, Scott Hollembaek, assists with preparing and grouting the artwork.

Click here to see the mosaic bison skulls.

Ruby Hollembaek - February 5, 2005

Bull moose
This mature bull moose was spotted resting near a large urban housing complex in Anchorage. 
 Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Guest Speaker at Delta Christian Center

Mary Glazier will be speaking at Delta Christian Center on Sunday, Feb 6, at 10:00 AM and also on Monday, Feb 7, at 7:00 PM.

February 1, 2005 -- Pastor Curtis Taylor

Family
Creig and Kathy Sharp visited their son, Matthew Sharp (DHS class of '03) in Las Vegas, Nevada during Aviation Nation Veteran's Day air show celebration. They are pictured here outside the Harley Davidson Cafe. Matthew is stationed at Nellis AFB where he is training in the field of Air Traffic Control Radar Operations. He received an early promotion, on November 5th, to the rank of Airman First Class. Photo Courtesy Mitch Sharp

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Feb 1 - Feb 6

Happy belated birthday to Brenda Burke of Delta Junction on 23rd Jan. From your sister in law Martha and brother in law Donald in Vermont. Lots more Brenda.

Feb 1 Happy Birthday Tammy. Hope your day is wonderful. Love Mom & Mary

Sorry late.......... Happy Birthday Pam Denton Feb. 2nd

Happy 19th Birthday to Jesse Schlicting on February 3rd.  I miss ya buddy, but have a great B-day, Love Cassie!

Happy Birthday Yvonne Echo-Hawk.  May you never grow old.  Feb 3.  From Marlin and Pam

Happy Birthday to a wonderful (brother), Jeff Leonard , Feb 5 Happy 15th. Hope you have fun. Love your sister Brandy

Happy Birthday to Jeff Leonard, Feb 5.  Hope your 15th Birthday is fun. Love your family the Leonards and the Cortys

Happy 15th Birthday Jeffery Leonard, Feb 5. The roads are safe for one more year. ;-)  Love from Candy, Brian, Cheyenne, Megan & Noah. 

Misty Stockinger--Happy birthday from Staff at Alpha Omega Life Care Inc

Olga Mazhan --the best 2nd language teacher ever--Happy birthday to you
from all of us @ Alpha Omega Life Care Inc

Delta High School Sports - Feb 1 - Feb 6 

Fort Greely Girls’ volleyball , Fri - Feb 4  - Valdez at Fort Greely School

Fort Greely Girls’ volleyball , Sat - Feb 5  -  Valdez at Fort Greely School

Games will begin on Friday’s at 4:00 p.m. and with the 7th grade teams starting first.
Saturday games will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the 8th grade teams starting first.


Hockey -Thurs.-Sat Time TBA - Greatland Regional Tournament (top 4 go to state Wasilla)

Basketball - Thurs. 3:30 PM Hutch @ Delta -JV/V

Gracie
Gracie Sharp turned one on Feb. 2nd! She is the daughter of Michelle Sharp (class of ’99) and Conner’s baby sis. She’s having a birthday party next weekend when her daddy gets back from the slope. Photos Courtesy Michelle Sharp

Gracie and Conner

 Photos Courtesy Michelle Sharp

Tok Cutoff Highway
While driving the Tok Cutoff Highway this scene was photographed because of the unique ice blocks that had formed on the rivers surface.  Photo by Dwight Phillips

News Release/Health Story/Diabetes Awareness Article Series

David Anderson is a freelance health writer for Hope4Diabetes.com.  Hope4Diabetes voluntarily participates with the National Diabetes Education
Program to distribute free diabetes information.

The National Diabetes Education Program is a federally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes over 200 partners at the federal, state, and local levels, working together to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with diabetes.

Article #1: Diabetes Awareness: Wake Up Call

When traveling on out-of-town business, its common to have the hotel front desk give you a wake-up call in the morning. You want to avoid the embarrassment and repercussions of being late for your business appointments.

Here is an important wake-up call for your life and the lives of the people you most care about.

If you want to avoid the life damaging effects of diabetes, take 3 minutes to read the remainder of this article right now.

The new buzz in the medical community calls it- "Pre-Diabetes". Today, roughly 41 million Americans have pre-diabetes which left undetected and untreated, progresses into full-blown diabetes.

The challenge with pre-diabetes is the fact that the condition doesn't like to reveal itself with noticeable symptoms. Because there are few, if any symptoms, most people will not bother having screening tests performed. With pre-diabetes, noticeable symptoms like frequent thirst and urination may not occur until the disease has progressed and is already causing considerable damage to your body. Most Type 2 diabetics don't have symptoms because the onset of diabetes is so slow.

Don't wait for "someday" to have your blood tested. Call your doctor today and make the appointment.

The goal with identifying pre-diabetes is to prevent the onset of diabetes from ever happening.

Your physician can determine if you have pre-diabetes with two common tests. The fasting plasma glucose test (FPG) and the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Both require an overnight fast.

The good news is that you can greatly improve your odds and likely prevent diabetes with early detection and proper care.

Don't wait 'til it hurts. Ask your doctor about diabetes and have your blood sugar checked several times a year.

For more information about diabetes, including a Diabetes Quiz and a Free booklet, visit the Hope4Diabetes website at: http://hope4diabetes.com/info

This 20 page FREE booklet will provide you with in-depth information on comprehensive diabetes care. The 7 principles, or steps, will help you to understand, manage and diagnose your potential diabetes risk.

It could help you live a longer and more active life. The booklet is Yours absolutely FREE - No Risk! Share it NOW with the people you love and want to Keep alive!

Diabetes Awareness: 
1 of 10  Wake Up Call

2 of 10  I'll Wait 'til it Hurts 
3 of 10  The Calm Before the Storm
4 of 10  The Downside... a New Wardrobe?
5 of 10  Family of Diabetics 
6 of 10  Diabetes on the Job
7 of 10
 There’s No Substitute for Good Friends
8 of 10  "Check Engine" Warning Light
9 of 10  Will They Recognize You?
10 0f 10 Gamblers Understand the Odds

January 28 -- David Anderson

Moose calves
Two of the four moose calves that were in the Spriggs Lane area photographed through the smoky air (bow hunting target in the background) - Late summer 2004. Photo Courtesy Mary St. Peter.

In Loving Memory of Jay South

Two days after his 58th birthday, Jay A. South lost his battle with cancer. He is survived by his parents, Lewis and June South of Fossil, Oregon, his wife Jill and children Chantell, Robin and Aaron Everhart, John and Kristina South. He is also survived by his first wife Linda and his sons, Craig and Luke South. Jay graduated from Ft. Greely High in 1964. He was born in Everett, WA. on Jan 16, 1947 and moved to the Clearwater area in 1955. He love Alaska, his family, music and horses.

January 25, 2005
 

 

 


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