February 2006

Happy Birthday Feb 22 - Feb 28

Happy Birthday Feb 22 - Jackie Fett

Happy Birthday Feb 22 - Sheridan Culver

Happy Birthday Feb 22 - Jacob White

Happy Birthday Feb 23 - Bryce Wrigley

Happy Birthday Feb 23 - Ron Stewart

Happy Birthday Feb 23 - Aurora Trulove - To a very sweet little girl, that we have the privilege of knowing. Hip Hip, HOORAY - It's your birthday, have fun!  From Marlin and Pam

Happy Birthday Feb 24 - Terri Crowson

Happy Birthday Feb 25 - Trevor Gilbertson

Happy Birthday Feb 26 - Nicole Williams

Happy Birthday Feb 26 - Colleen Knix

Happy Birthday Feb 26 - Karen Anderson

Happy Birthday Feb 28 - Mike Murray

Happy Birthday Feb 28 - Larry Veihl

Happy Birthday Dejae Huff from Mamaw & Papaw in Arkansas Feb 28

Happy Birthday Feb 28 - Margaret Gerhart

Happy Anniversary Feb 22 - Feb 28

Happy Anniversary Feb 22 - Nick & Eileen Herman

Happy Anniversary Feb 25 - Kris & Ron Enderle
Ice fishing
A perfect day out fishing at Twin Lakes (two nice lake trout and a smaller rainbow). Photo courtesy Robert Gerber

Grizzlies March Newsletter


Parent/Teacher Conferences

All parents are strongly encouraged to visit with their child’s teachers, regardless of their performance. All conferences will be held in the school’s gym, allowing the opportunity to visit with all of your child’s teachers in one location. We are requesting parents to call ahead to secure a time to visit with your child’s teachers. If you do not call ahead, you will still be able to meet with your child’s teachers. PowerSchool training for parents and translation services will be available. The schedule for spring Parent/Teacher Conferences is as follows:

Wed, Mar 15: Normal school day, dismissal for students at 2:15 p.m. Conferences in the afternoon from 3:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thur, Mar 16: Conferences from 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; no school for students. Lunch for teachers from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fri, Mar 17: Conferences from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; no school for students.

8th Grade Waterproofing Program

Due to low student turnout, the 8th grade Waterproofing lessons will be offered to all 8th grade students every single week, rather than splitting the group alphabetically. Students who have completed a consent form must bring appropriate swim wear and a towel to participate.

Girls Volleyball Schedule

The Girls’ Volleyball season is coming to close. Many thanks to coaches Holly Stewart and Linda Sloan for a terrific season! Here is a list of scheduled matches; we will keep parents informed if more matches are scheduled.

March 3rd/4th : Tok Invitational
March 11th/12th : Kenny Lake Invitational
March 14th : Awards night/ Parent night potluck (5:00 - ??)

Fort Greely MASCAL Exercise

Emergencies occur every day somewhere in Alaska. These emergencies are large and small and range from fire to hazardous materials incidents to natural disasters, each incident requires a response. Whether from different departments within the same jurisdiction, from mutual aid partners, from Federal or State agencies, Delta Junction or Fort Greely, responders need to be able to work together, communicate with each other and depend on each other.

Fort Greely School, in collaboration with numerous organizations in the Delta Junction area, will be participating in the Fort Greely MASCAL (Mass Causality) Exercise on Mar 31. Students from our Drama class will, with consent from parents, participate in the exercise. Parents should be aware that due to the exercise, the traffic route to Fort Greely School will be altered. Otherwise, school will be conducted as normal. For more information on the Fort Greely MASCAL Exercise, please contact the school.

Tardy Policy Revision/Contingent Activity

All Fort Greely School students are expected to arrive to every class on time. In an effort to further reduce tardiness, any student who is tardy to any of his/her classes five (5) times will receive a lunch detention, effective March 1st. Following the first detention, every time a student is tardy an additional five (5) times and each subsequent five (5) times will be assigned another detention. Students who do not attend lunch detention will be subject to additional detentions or other disciplinary measures.

In addition to revising the tardy policy, the Fort Greely School Student Council is sponsoring an activity day, contingent on student attendance. The goal is simple: if the student body has less than 10 tardies per day from Feb 27 through Mar10, then we will have an activity day on Wed, Mar 15. If they do not achieve our goal, then we will have a normal school day. Check by the front office bulletin board to see our progress!

Spring Band and Choir Concert

Celebrate the season with the Fort Greely School Band and Choir Thursday, Mar 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the big gym.

Standards Based Assessments (SBA)

The Alaska SBA will be administered at all Delta/Greely School District schools during the testing window of Apr 3 through Apr 17. Specific administration dates will be forthcoming. To best prepare your child for these high stakes tests, you can learn more about the assessments and practice sample test questions by visiting the Alaska Department of Education Assessment

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school through the means listed above.

February 21, 2006 -- Brian J. Schaffer - Principal

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Schaffer family, I would like to extend our thanks to the greater Delta Junction community for the showering of baby gifts and kind wishes we have received for our newest member, Gabrielle Rebecca. We have been completely amazed by the outpouring of support and generosity we have received by so many of our neighbors. Thanks to each of you!

February 21, 2006

Ryan Purucker Comes Home

Orin and Rex

Ryan drumming

Ryan visited DHS and helped mom with the pep band Wednesday night (2/22/06) as Delta played Galena High School's Varsity basketball team.

The Galena boy's team was coached by 1990 DHS graduate, Orin Weir? -son of Clarence and Cindy. sp?

Orin visited with former DHS student and teacher, Rex Beck before they headed off to coach their opposing teams.

Photos Courtesy of Ruby Hollembaek

February 25, 2006

Fall colors
The colors of fall blanket this hillside along the Denali Highway in September. Photo Courtesy Art Lenon

Delta High Huskies
Delta Huskies Sports
Feb 20 - Feb 25

Basketball - Wed - Feb 22 - Time 5:00 PM - Galena at Delta - V level

Basketball - Fri - Feb 24 - Time 3:30 PM - Delta at Glennallen - JV/V level

Basketball - Sat - Feb 25 - Time 11:00 PM - Delta at Glennallen - JV/V level


Fort Greely Grizzlies Sports


Girls Volleyball - Feb 24-25 : Valdez Invitational

This sunset picture was taken at the intersection of Remington and  Clearwater Roads, looking south down Clearwater. Photo by Barbara Tharp

DJ Saddletramps 4H Club
The DJ Saddletramps 4H Club prepares to light up their float for the Festival of Lights Parade. Photo courtesy Brenda Peterson

Happy Birthday Feb 15 - Feb 21

Feb 15 - Happy (41) to Ann Marie Mills, love always Donna and Travis

Happy Birthday Feb 15 - Robin

Happy Birthday Feb 15 - Teala

Happy Birthday Feb 15 - Frank Havel

Happy 16th Birthday Angela Dickinson -Feb 16. Love Always, Mom & Dad

Happy Birthday Feb 16 - Nolan Clark

Feb 17 - Happy Birthday to Kailey Ann Mills, love always Aunt Donna and Travis

Happy 10th Birthday to Kailey Mills on Feb 17! We love you! Dad, Mom and Derek Jr.

Happy Birthday Feb 17 - Ann Geise

Happy Birthday Feb 17 - Robbie Bevard

Happy Birthday Feb 17 - Billy Sims

Happy Birthday Feb 18 - Robert Gerber, Love Ellen

Happy Birthday Feb 18 - Megan Tuttle

Happy Birthday Feb 18 - Sam Wager

Happy Birthday Feb 18 - Arthur Edgren

**Happy Birthday Reuben John** (Feb 19). Your loving Fiancée & baby boy, Rachel & Elijah Aiden

Happy Birthday ~ Feb 19 ~ Sirsha MacKenzie We love you so much and are very proud of you! Mom & Dad

Happy Birthday Feb 19 - Sally Totten

Happy Birthday Feb 19 - Tim White

Happy Birthday Feb 20 - Rex Wrigley

Happy Birthday Feb 21 - Wanda Stewart

Happy Anniversary Feb 15 - Feb 21

Happy Anniversary Feb 15 - Gordon & Sherry Decker

Feb 18 - Happy 11th Anniversary Brian & Candy Corty

Happy Anniversary Feb 18 - Sam & Vel Wager

Happy Anniversary Feb 21 - Skip & JoAnn Langston

Alumni Photos -
click here for text and enlargements

February 15, 2006

2006 Legislative Update from John Harris -
PDF file [235 kb]

Alaska Pillar
This is a photo of the Alaska pillar at the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. Each 17 foot tall pillar has oak and wheat bronze wreaths
along with the state¹s name inscribed on them. The pillars are connected by a bronze rope (not seen in the photo) and are arranged in the order of entry
into the Union around the memorial.
Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

Ammunition Reloading Class

Learn how to reload your own ammo! Bring a box of empty brass and reload them yourself. (as time allows)  Sat, Feb 25  10 AM - 3 PM

Lunch provided (homemade Italian) $25.00 per person. Limited space available. Call now to reserve your spot, or for more information. 895-4739

The Bull Shop, 12011 Rapeseed Way,Delta Junction, Alaska, bullshop@wildak.net

February 7, 2006

Fireworks - Photo Courtesy Brenda Peterson

Festival of Lights a Lot of Fun!

The 12 Annual Festival of Lights has come and gone. For those of you that missed the activity around Delta Junction you definitely missed out. This year's event was full of fun and there was something somewhere in town for everyone. From spaghetti, winter photos, arts and crafts, ugly lamps, icy water, dances, kids crafts, a lighted parade, darts and one great fireworks spectacular. The weather was great and folks enjoyed their annual Delta Junction winter event.

The Polar Bear Plunge which is one of the most anticipated events of the year had a nice turnout, although the weather on Saturday was a bit warmer than in past years the water was still icy for our plungers. Winning the top plunge spot was Virginia Mancuso, she braved the water in her black bikini and was certainly the prettiest jumper this year. The other spots were taken by the guys. In second place was Brian Corty who took his jump in stride with just a little hop like he was going into a hot tub. We had a tie at third place between the "Axe" Jay Miller and "Superman" Randy Peterson. Start thinking about who you can nominate next year to jump.

The Winter Photo contest entrants will be displayed at the library through February 18. There are some beautiful and funny photos. Winners were: in the under 12 category, James Male. Age 13-19 category Nils Theisen and Rebekah Hobrook. 20 years and older category: Steve Dubois, Dwight Phillips and Bill Dunham.

Winning our Winter Escape Raffle was: Becky Peterson won 1st prize 2 Round Trip Alaskan Airline tickets, Kevin Ewing won 2nd prize 2 Round Trip Alaska Railroad tickets and winning 3rd prize a 1 night stay at Sophie Station Hotel was Lisa Shival.

February 16, 2006

Randy is the last of  the four brave jumpers who took the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday during the Delta Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Festival of Lights.


Tie for Third Place was Randy Peterson a/k/a "Superman" (in the red long johns and superman cape)

Delta High Huskies

Delta Huskies Sports
Feb 13 - Feb 18

Basketball - Fri - Feb 17 - Time 3:00 PM - Nenana at Delta - JV/V level

Basketball -
Sat - Feb 18 - Time 12:00 - Nenana at Delta - JV/V level

Yukon Quest

Yukon Quest
At the Top of the World, in the Yukon-Alaskan Interior, an epic event takes place every year that few people from "down south" have experienced. Covering 1000 miles between Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and Fairbanks, Alaska during the depths of the Arctic winter, the Yukon Quest is the "Toughest Sled Dog Race in the World."  Text taken from the Yukon Quest website. Visit their site to learn more about this great race. 
Photo Courtesy Tana Wood

Speech and Poster Contest and Scholarship Opportunity

The Salcha-Delta Soil & Water Conservation District is again sponsoring a speech and poster contest to help students become more aware of soil and water conservation.

This year’s theme, “Water Wise” focuses on the need to use our water resources carefully in order to ensure future water supplies. We sometimes take water for granted. But this precious resource may become increasingly scarce as we place more demands on fresh water supplies. Water is vital to our life. Water makes up more than 60% of our body, and about 75% of our brain. All our food and most other products we use require water. Water helps make possible our every movement, thought, and feeling.

The speech contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 who live in the Salcha-Delta SWCD. Contestants must submit three copies of their manuscript and bibliography to the Salcha-Delta SWCD office by 3:30 PM, Fri, Feb 24. Contest date will be Tue, Feb 28. Local prizes are: $100-first place, $75-second place and $50-third place.

The poster contest is open to all students in grades K-6 who reside in the Salcha-Delta SWCD. Posters must be received in the Salcha-Delta SWCD office by 3:30 PM, Fri, Feb 17. Local prizes are: $50-first place, $25-second place and $15-third place for each grade category (K-1, 2-3, 4-6).

The Salcha-Delta SWCD is also offering two, $2,500 scholarships. An eligibility criterion includes participation in the spring 2006 Salcha-Delta Soil & Water Conservation District Speech Contest!

For more information contact Becky Peterson, District Manager at 895-6279 or beckyswcd@wildak.net.

February 6, 2006

Delta Shooters Invited to Nationals

Nick and Rye
As a result of their scores in the Alaska Junior Olympic Rifle Championships (JORC) held in Fairbanks in December, Nick Solomon, 11th grade (L), and Ryan Dunham-Bender, 8th grade (R), have been invited to compete with the United States' best Junior shooters in the National JORC held in Colorado Springs on Mar. 17 - 23.

The winners of the National JORC become members of the U.S. Development Team, with its many training and support benefits.

Nick is the son of Lyle and Shelly Ward, and Ryan is the son of Mike Bender and Tracy Dunham. Nick and Rye both shoot for the Delta Deadeyes Junior Rifle Club.

February 10, 2006

Jay Miller
Tie for Third Place was Jay Miller a/k/a "The Ax" (in the firefighter coat)

DGSD to host Connectness Cafe

Delta Greely School District is hosting a "Connectedness Cafe" with Alaska ICE member Andre` Layral this Thurs, Feb 16,  from 9am -3pm at the School Board Conference Room at the District Office. We need 8 adults who work with or are interested in developing a community engagement plan to raise student achievement. If you are interested in participating please call Jody Zollman at 895-5328.

February 14, 2006

Brian Corty - 2nd place
Second place was Brian Corty a/k/a "The Hummer" (in the blue trunks with no shirt on) Festival of Lights - Polar Plunge Jumper.

Red Lion Amaryllis
This is Red Lion Amaryllis with four blooms on each of the two stems.  It was a Christmas present. Photo by Ann Geise.

Valentines Day Trivia
Answers can be found below

1.  Does the Date of Valentines Ever change?
No, Yes, Maybe

2.  Which Patron Saint is Valentines named after?
Saint Nick, Saint Valentine, Saint Aphrodite

3.  What does the word Valentine mean?
Heart, Sweetheart, Love

4.  How did sailors send messages to their loved ones while at sea in the old days?
Bottle, Sea Post, Carrier Pigeon

5.  What fruit is also known as the "love apple"?
Tomato, Grape, Apple

6.  Sailors often scratched or carved designs on bone, tusk or wood to give as a love token, this hobby was called?
Tatting, Whittling, Scrimshaw

7.  What is the winged child shooting arrows at unsuspecting Valentines called?
Cupid, Cherub, Claude

8.  What part of the body must Cupid's arrows hit to be effective?
Head, Heart, Rearend

9.  What is the Greek word for Cupid, God of Love?
Eros, Venus, Zeus

10. Who are Shakespeare's "Star-crossed Lovers"?
King Tut and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Fred and Wilma

11What type of bird symbolizes Valentine's Day?
Robin, Dove, Swan

12. What happens to someone struck by Cupid's arrow?
Lovesick, Headache, Measles

13. Do doves mate for life?
Yes, No, Maybe

14. According to English tradition - what happens "to the first man a woman sees on Valentine's Day?
Dies, Marry Him, Kiss Him

15. What flower is most commonly symbolic of Valentine's Day?
Lily, Red Rose, Poinsettia

16. What color is the symbol of warmth and feeling?
Red, Orange, Yellow

17. What color is the symbol of purity and faith?
Blue, White, Pink

18. What date was the first recorded Valentine sent?
1838, 1415, 1972

19. Where do you "wear your heart" if you are quick to show your feelings?
Chest, Hand, Sleeve

20. What do you need to kiss to turn it into a Prince?
Gerbil, Frog, Snake

Valentines Day Trivia Answers

1. No
2. Saint Valentine
3. Sweetheart
4. Bottle
5. Tomato
6. Scrimshaw
7. Cupid
8. Heart
9. Eros
10. Romeo and Juliet
11. Dove
12. Lovesick
13. Yes
14. Marry Him
15. Red Rose
16. Red
17. White
18. 1415
19. Sleeve
20. Frog

Online Valentine Grams

If you would like to submit a Valentine message to that special somebody in your life, please submit it no later than Mon, Feb 13, and it will be posted on the DNW.  The messages will start appearing on Fri, Feb 10.

Feb 8, 2007

Sunday drive
The Sunday morning drive east on the Alcan at about 10am. Photo by Bruce Grossmann

Letter to the Editor

To whom it may concern,

I am writing you in regards to a possible news story that involved my wife and daughter on the 25th of January 2006. This incident is what I now call "Situational Warranty".

On the day of the 24th, my wife was traveling from Delta Junction (our current home) to Fairbanks for a pregnancy medical appointment. My wife is a high risk patient in this area due to several loss pregnancies over the years. She was headed to Fairbanks around 1230 pm when her 2003 Jeep Liberty overheated between Shaw Creek and Tenderfoot Hill. The temperature that day was well below 40 degrees and she had our 21/2 year old daughter with her. Knowing that she was out of range with her cell phone, she found herself in a horrible situation. So, she let the car cool down and hoped the vehicle would start to get her to a place where she could get help.

After about 20 min, she had success in starting the vehicle. However, the vehicle would only go about 30 miles per hour. She did not know why, but assumed something was wrong with the vehicle. After about 4 miles, she gained a signal on her cell enough to call me at my work. Knowing the weather was of importance, she began to use emergency blankets to keep warm. In that time, a person came by to assist and allowed her and my daughter to warm up in his truck until I arrived from Delta Junction. I got there about 45 minutes after my wife called me to find my family ok. What a relief to know my wife was brave and thought quick to protect her family in this potential fatal situation.

So, I took a rope from my truck, and tied it to her car and pulled her back to Delta Junction. We placed the vehicle at Jack's Tesoro to see if there was something small that caused the vehicle to overheat. Upon looking further, the mechanic made the observation that the vehicle had serious failure. So, being that the vehicle only had 30,000 miles, we knew it was on warranty from the manufacturer. The roadside number was called, and the vehicle was sent to Fairbanks. Once in Fairbanks, the "situational warranty" began.

The local dealership called my wife and me four days later only to tell us that our vehicle could not be warranted due to abuse of the motor. The service representative made it clear to us that my wife starting the vehicle after overheating caused the motor to blow. We stated that my wife's life, child, and future child, was in danger of freezing. Their reply was that my wife made the wrong choice and that our warranty was voided. Remember we have a 7 year warranty on this vehicle for this reason of being in remote Alaska. My wife was born in Alaska, and I have been in this great state since 1987. We both knew that purchasing a vehicle new and living in remote Alaska required exceptional warranties. That is why we bought the vehicle originally.

We pleaded our case to no avail. We asked how my wife would have made it in those extreme weather conditions without her moving to a cell signal area. We asked how they knew if damage was not done originally prior to her moving again? We called the manufacturer to no avail. We tried our insurance company, and they stated that the warranty should cover mechanical failure like ours. Today, we have a vehicle that has 30,000 miles, paying monthly payments, insurance will not touch, and a dealer that cries "situational warranty". My wife did the right thing, and living in Alaska requires exceptional procedures to live in this harsh great land. Why the local dealership will not stand behind their product, is something we are scratching our head. The insult to injury is that the dealership in Anchorage told me they would fix the vehicle with no problems, but since the dealership in Fairbanks made their claim to the manufacturer, they can not help.

In all of this, my family wants the people in Delta Junction to know that warranties are only as good as the integrity of the corporation giving them. On vehicle purchase day, the dealership will smile and shake your hand. However, when the weather turns and exceptional life saving issues arise, the smiles go away and the hand disappears. As stated to me from the service department representative “Mr. Pugh, you better get busy with a lawyer." I am not sure if the Daily New Miner sees this as news, but in my mind my wife is a hero in the storm of adversity. I am in the military at Ft Greely, and this week I have not only seen strong women but witnessed her valor even when she was not feeling heroic. My wife saved my family, but our dealership turned their back. Overall, our family will make it, but our Alaskan Spirit is tainted. gregory.pugh1@us.army.mil

February 4, 2006

Delta High Huskies

Delta Huskies Sports
Feb 6 - Feb 11

- Tue - Feb 7 - Time 3:00 PM - Delta at North Pole - JV/V level

Basketball - Thur - Feb 9 - Time 3:00 PM - Hutch at Delta - JV/V level

Basketball - Fri - Feb 10 - Time 3:00 PM -  Tok at Delta - JV/V level

Hockey - Feb 9-11 - Greatland State Championships Big Dipper

Polar Bear Plunge -- Updated Feb 6

Polar Bear Plunge

Who will the final three be to plunge into the ICY water? Time will tell...get out and vote.  This is your last chance to get out there and cast your vote.  Polar Bear Plunge will take place on Sat - Feb 12 at 4:00, at the Delta High School.

Virginia Mancuso is in the lead with 188 Votes
Catching up is Jay Miller with 134 votes, George Pursey has 50 votes, Rachael Woodcox has 35 Votes. Who will bee in the lead on Saturday?

Voting cans are located at the following locations: Alaskan Steakhouse, Buffalo Lodge, Buffalo Center Diner, Busy Bee Office Supply, Delta Texaco, Frontier Pull Tabs, Granite View Sports, Golden Valley Electric Association, IGA Food Cache, Buffalo auto Parts, Jack's Liquor, Delta-Clearwater Moose Lodge, Video Unlimited and there are two cans at Fort Greely.

February 7, 2006

Ugly Lamp Contest

Delta Junction Evening AGLOW is sponsoring the First Annual UGLY LAMP CONTEST for the 2006 Festival of Lights (in cooperation with the Delta Chamber of Commerce). The rules are simple. Decide which category you want to enter: “Born Ugly” or “Made Ugly”. Bring your Ugly Lamp to the official AGLOW booth at the “Festival of Lights Bazaar” along with $10 entry fee by Noon on Feb 11. Judging will be done by the Delta Evening Aglow members. Prizes will be awarded for 1st Place, 2nd Place and Ugly-Enough-To-Mention in each category. Winners will be displayed prominently at the Delta Library immediately following the competition. (Very cool, Joyce!)

All kinds of No-Good, Bad and Ugly lamps are acceptable: table lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps, etc. No chandeliers or swags, please. Lamps are required to stand on their own. All lamps must work when plugged in. And all cords must be safe to plug in, thank you. We don’t want to be zapped; it could interfere with the judging. A "Born Ugly" lamp can be found just about anywhere (closets, basements, Gramma's living room). A "Made Ugly" lamp is where you can let your creativity shine (pun intented)! (Ugly theme lamps are quite popular.)
We’re also looking for some downright “ugly” competition between friends, family, businesses. Come on! Show your ugly side! Make our day! (too many cliché’s from Clint...sigh.)

For more information, contact Fran Hallgren at 895-5532. (You can leave a message if it's not too ugly.) Entry applications and copies of the Official Rules are available at the Chamber of Commerce Office or at the AGLOW table at the Festival of Lights Bazaar.

Now, get creative...The Uglier, The Better!
(P.S. Remember: “Ugly is in the eye of the beholder.” (Anon)

January 27, 2006  -- Fran Halgren

Festival of Lights Schedule
Feb 10, 11, 12
Presented by Delta Chamber of Commerce

Festival of Lights Logo 2006

Fri - Feb 10:
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Spaghetti Feed at Presbyterian/ Faith Lutheran Church.  $8 over 12 yrs old or $4 12 and under, eat in or take out

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Video Game Tournament at Delta H.S., entry fee, snacks for sale. Tournament for 12 yrs or older, Call Jody 895-5328 to sign-up

Sat, Feb 11:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Galleria Delta H.S (Big Gym)  Great Shopping! Food and Music, too!

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arctic Fox Safety and Supply make a free Kids Craft

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Delta Library Make a free Kid Craft

4 p.m. Polar Bear Plunge don’t miss the icy splash, Delta H.S.

5 p.m. Winter Escape Raffle Drawing, Delta H.S.

6:30 p.m. to ? Northern Lights Gala Hosted by AGOLW at the Delta Community Center. Roast Beef Dinner w/dessert Buffet. Music and Dancing $20 single or $36 Couple. Tickets call Kathy 895-1950 or Fran 895-5532

7 p.m.  Light Up the Night Parade
Route: Grizzly LN. onto Richardson Hwy, end at
City Park..

8 p.m. Light up the winter sky Fireworks at the
Delta City Park

On display through the weekend:
· Sam Vose Ice Craving at Visitor Information Center.
· Photo Contest Delta Library
· Ugly Lamp Contest at Galleria & Delta Library

For additional information please call the Delta Chamber of Commerce at 895-5068

January 27, 2006

Tree hugger
Have you hugged your favorite tree today? Photo Courtesy Fronty Parker

Deltana Community Corporation Meeting: Road Sign Requests Due

Deltana Community Corporation will hold their monthly meeting on Thur, Feb 9 at 7pm, upstairs at the Clearwater Fire Station. This meeting will be the last chance for residents to request a road sign for spring installation. Come contribute to the discussion on local events and issues!

February 8, 2006

Happy Birthday Feb 1 - Feb 7

Happy Birthday Feb 1 - Rebecca Frenzl

1Happy Birthday Feb  - Pam Krepel

Happy Birthday Feb 1 - Danny Adams

Happy Birthday Feb 2 - Dick Anderson

Happy Birthday Feb 2 - Kellee Chapman

Happy Birthday Feb 2 - Pam Denton

Happy Birthday Feb 3 - Gay Bowley

Happy Birthday Feb 3 - A Very Happy Birthday to our beloved pastors wife, Yvonne Echohawk ! Yvonne is currently recovering from a surgery she recently underwent in Seattle Washington and would welcome emails, flowers, money or shiny jewels to adorn her lovely hands. Anyone who knows Yvonne knows how much she loves any gathering especially one that involves her being in the limelight. So if you have an extra minute to write her or an extra paycheck to cash in her name, please feel free. Happy Birthday Yvonne! Get well soon! We love You!  From your church family

Happy Birthday Feb 3 - Jesse Schlichting

Happy Birthday Feb 3 - Donna Carson

Happy Birthday Feb 3 - Bill Zollman

Happy Birthday Feb 3 - Jennifer Green

Happy Birthday Feb 4 - Jessalyn Reiter

Happy 31st Birthday to Jimmy White on Feb 4

Happy Birthday to Jeff Leonard - Feb 5. From Brandy, Mum, Dad and Robyn. Love is patient and kind it always protects, trusts, and hopes..... Love never fails. 1 Cor 13:4.

Happy Birthday Feb 4 - Steve Dewar

Happy Birthday Feb 6 - Joe Clark

Feb 6 - Happy Birthday Daddy (Rance)!!!! We love you and wish that you have the happiest Birthday of all...Love Gage, Dade, and mommy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy 4th Birthday to Christopher Woodcox - Feb 7. For the world's greatest grandson.  We love you and are so glad that you are here with us.  From Nana and Papa.

Happy Birthday Feb 7 - Ricky Skovrinski

Happy Birthday Feb 7 - Matthew Mosley

Happy Anniversary Feb 1 - Feb Feb 7

Happy Anniversary Feb 2 – Chris and Lynne Groppel. Happy anniversary Chris! I love you.

 Just a reminder that there are still flowers. This is a Paintbrush.  Photo Courtesy Tana Wood

An Update from Sean Purucker -
former DHS alumni

Sean and Soccer Ball

I work for a company called J and M Costumers in Hollywood! this Super Bowl Sunday there are two
commercials that have projects that I was part of! A Giant Soccer Ball  mascot for a Budweiser commercial, and we made Clothing and Business suits for Donkeys and Chimpanzees for Hungrymans TV Frozen dinners! This is some
exciting news!!!

Since I have been with this company we also have done last week two giant Ice Cream Cones for The TV Sitcom show King of Queens, 4 giant sumo suits for the show According to Jim, with Jim Belushi, and some McDonalds commercials just to name a few!

This week we are making 10 Snoopy costumes for the Met Life co.! This company has the exclusive rights to make Snoopy! If any Amusement park in
the world wants a snoopy, they have to contact us!

I can't take all the credit for these projects, it really is the entire team that works together and takes the credit! I am just happy to be a part of

You can see some of my other work at www.seanpurucker.com

February 4, 2006

Beautiful sunset
This photo was taken on 25 November at 9:39 AM from the southern ridge of Donnelly Dome. If you look closely at the left center you will see a
woman's facial features. Temperatures were 25 below and the sunrise was glorious. Photo Courtesy Reginald Salinas

Delta High Huskies

Delta Huskies Sports
Jan 30 - Feb 4


Basketball - Tue - Jan 31 - Time 3:00 PM - Game Monroe at Delta - JV/V level
We have two games with Monroe. One at home and one there. The home and away were switched. The home away series with Monroe has been switched. Game time at Delta will be 3:45 and at Monroe 3:00.  

Hockey - Wed - Feb 1 - TBA - Hutchison at Delta

Basketball - Thur - Feb 2 - Time TBA - Delta at Bethel Tourney - V level

Hockey - Thur - Feb 2 - Time 6:00 PM - Monroe at Delta

Hockey - Fri - Feb 3 - TBA - Delta at Glenallen

Hockey - Sat - Feb 4 - Time TBA - Delta at Glenallen

Basketball - Fri - Feb 3 - Time TBA - Delta at Bethel Tourney - V level

Basketball - Sat - Feb 4 - Time TBA - Delta at Bethel Tourney - V level

Introduction to Solar Energy for Alaskan’s Workshops and Cold Climate Home Building Techniques Workshop
From the Cooperative Extension Service

Richard Seifert, Energy and Housing Specialist with the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service will present An Introduction to Solar Energy for Alaskan’s on Fri, Feb 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come and learn about local progress and experience in solar energy for Delta Junction. There is a $10.00 fee to cover the cost of the Alaska Solar Design manual – registration required. What’s possible, what’s real, what’s for me?

Rich will also conduct Cold Climate Homebuilding Techniques Workshop on Sat Feb 4 from 9:am to 5:pm. Topics include windows, ventilation, cold climate options, walls, indoor air quality, roofs, foundations and more. Participants will receive the Cold Climate Manual and CD. This class is free, however registration is required. “A must for anyone anticipating buying or building in the near future, especially those who are new to the area.” The course will cover basic home buying information and new technology.

Call the Delta District CES office at 895-4215 or Rich Seifert at 1-800-478-8324 for more information and to register, please register by Feb 1.  Both classes will be held at the Delta Career Advancement Center located behind the Delta Junction High School. Seating is limited; please register early to confirm your participation.

January 27, 2006

Attached is a picture of former Delta residents, from left to right, Denise Badder, Robin Straw, Lucy Lassek and Nancy Ross, who recently rendezvoused in Baker, CA to catch up on old times. Photo Courtesy Nancy Ross

2,287 Outstanding Students Make UI Dean’s List

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho announces the 2,287 students that made the Dean’s List for fall semester 2005, an increase in outstanding students over the spring 2005 semester. To achieve this honor, undergraduate students achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or better on 12 or more graded credits. Law students earned at least a 3.0 GPA on a minimum of 10 graded credits.

UI students who made the Dean’s List, listed by college, from Alaska include:

Anchorage College of Agricultural and Life Science: Jennifer Ashley Summers
College of Business & Economics: Jennifer Grace Johnson, Sunny Beth Potter and Eamonn Patrick Smith
College of Education: Morgan Lynn O'Dell and Megan Brianne Rush
College of Engineering: Adam Michael Anderson, Stacie Ann Augdahl, Katherine Ashley Burlingame, Tyler Raymond Doil, Khara Ann Hidalgo, Zachary David Hundrup and Eamonn Patrick Smith
College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Katelin Nicole Anderson, Holly May Axelson, Eryka Kay Hagen, Marie-Luise Jensen, Ivan Kuletz, Heather Nicole Martindale, Andrew Joseph Martineau, Amy Rose Morgan, Michael John Price, Dezi-Rae S.L. Robb, Krista Ariana Rychetnik, Daniel Garrett Sanderson, Emilie Louise Saunders, Juliane Michelle Smith and Frank Michael Yarbrough
College of Science: Sierra Jean Bassler and Ivan Kuletz

Bethel College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Alexis Michele Power

Delta Junction College of Business & Economics: Waylon John Hannan

Dillingham College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Katherine Rose Carscallen

Eagle River College of Agricultural and Life Science: Nicole Marie Barkley
College of Engineering: Jessica Leilani Malecha and Jennifer Marie Miller
College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Patrick R. Davis and Stephanie Ann Gabrys

Eielson AFB College of Agricultural and Life Science: Austin K. Viall

Fairbanks College of Education: Christina M. Donat and Braunwyn Jeanette Spores
College of Engineering: Dustin Jay Norton
College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Jessie Taylor
College of Natural Resources: Fabian John Newman Keirn
College of Science: Dustin Jay Norton

Healy College of Business & Economics: Heather Ashley Hundrup and Jeremy Richard Hundrup

Homer College of Law: Abigail Roberts Fuller

Juneau College of Education: Jesse Christopher Grochow
College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Walker J. Janelle and Natalie Webb
College of Natural Resources: Gregory Thomas Albrecht

Ketchikan College of Education: Tennille Carol Walker
College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Ashley Kristen Borup, Benjamin Lee Edwards, Tara Jo Potter and Allison Rae Neterer
College of Science: Tara Jo Potter

North Pole College of Education, College of Science: Cheryl Marie Sanders

Palmer College of Engineering: Dusty Rose Verna Berggren and Ryan Michael Lewis
College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Daniel Joseph Bell
College of Science: Michael John Logsdon

Seward College of Business & Economics: Kaitlan Nicole Peterson
College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Brian T Osborne

SkagwayCollege of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Jerod Dwaine Moore

Soldotna College of Education: Cody John Michal
College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Sarah Ann Todd

Sterling College of Letters, Arts and Social Science and College of Engineering: Clayton Winfield Harrison

Valdez College of Education and College of Business & Economics: Katherine Lucille Crump

Wasilla College of Agricultural and Life Science: Jessica Elizabeth Pempek
College of Business & Economics: Brian Moll
College of Letters, Arts and Social Science: Kristen Grace Ament and Katie Marie Dahlinger
College of Science: Daniel Jacob Ament

January 27, 2006

A Denali, Toklat Bear (Blond Bear in the Athabascan Language) forages for food along the road near the Teklanika River bed.
Photo copyright by Dwight Phillips


Bluff Lake Cabin
This image was taken from the top of the bluff near Bluff Cabin last fall. Copyright by Dwight Phillips


Fort Greely Grizzlies Sports
Feb 25 - Mar 4


Fort Greely School Wrestlers will travel to Fairbanks Saturday, Feb 25 to compete in the Regional Wrestling Tournament at North Pole Middle School. The grapplers will also travel to Fairbanks on March 3-4 to compete in the Tanana State Tournament at Tanana Middle School. Go Grizzlies!

Girls Volleyball - March 3rd/4th : Tok Invitational

Services to Be Held for Former Resident
William Edelen, 56

Bill Edelen

Wasilla resident William Robert Edelen, 56, died of a heart attack Feb. 17, 2006, at home.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Fri, Feb 24 at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery Pavilion. Those planning to attend need to meet at the Arctic Valley Gate of Fort Richardson at 2:30 p.m. for security clearance to the cemetery.

Mr. Edelen was born April 29, 1949, in Portland, Ore. He graduated from East Anchorage High School. His grandparents homesteaded in Kenai, and his family is now in its fifth generation in Alaska.

Mr. Edelen served in the Alaska Army National Guard from September 1966 to June 1967. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1967 to June 1970. He served in Vietnam in 1967-68 in the Ninth Infantry, 4/47. Mr. Edelen was an expert marksman with the M-16, M-14 and .45 pistol.

He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with device, Vietnam Commendation Medal, Vietnam Unit Citation, and Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star.

Mr. Edelen was employed with Alaska Teamsters. Some of his hobbies included the NRA, the NHL, hunting, fishing, skeet and skydiving.

His family stated: "William R. Edelen has yet to finish his stay. He was a war veteran, a friend, a father, a grandfather, nephew, uncle, brother, son and a cousin, the epitome of the Alaska man, wild, fearless and funny. His heart was the pipeline of his family and friends. He's only finished his first chapter. He will dearly be missed by those he touched and loved.

"His gallantry cross was awarded him after his platoon was ambushed and pinned down. Sgt. Edelen charged the machine gun emplacement with his 40 mm grenade launcher and subsequently eliminated the enemy position, relieving his platoon with no losses."

Survivors include one son; three daughters; seven grandchildren; four sisters; one brother; his dad; and many aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Yvonne Rose Marie Powell; and his grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

In accordance with his wishes, his son will make one last jump over the state that he loved.

February 23, 2006

Common Fireweed
Common Fireweed Image taken in Delta Junction. In February most all, “true Alaskans” will agree that they would welcome the chance to see even the most common of all Alaskan wildflowers again. Photo copyright by Dwight Phillips

Festival of Lights Photo

Watch this space each day for a new photo.  Thank you to the community for submitting photos of the activities.  Please continue submitting your photos with text and stories.

Girl Scouts

The Ft. Greely Girl Scout Troop is all bundled up on their float in the Festival of Lights Parade.
Photo courtesy Brenda Peterson

February 24, 2005

Hello from Ryan Purucker

Hello Delta,

I hope you all are doing great. I have been pretty busy in Los Angeles these past few months. Sean lives down here now and he is doing great making cool costumes for T.V.

I have been working a lot with my band, "Time Again" Our record comes out and will be in stores on April 25th. I'm not sure where in Alaska it will be available, but I will try to find out. Also, the band and I recorded a song for the 2006 Warped Tour compilation cd and it comes out in Stores this June.

Early this April I'll be heading out on the road again for a good part of the year, but I have an E-mail and a P.O. Box if you want to write. I'm coming up to visit from Feb 21st to the 28th, so hopefully I'll see a few of you back home. I hope things are great.

Ryan Purucker
P.O. Box 93278
Los Angeles, CA 90093

February 17, 2006

Chamber Event Shirts for Sale

The Delta Chamber of Commerce is cleaning house and we have some event T-shirts that need a new home. Old event shirts will be sold for $5 each, what a deal! They are great for wearing around the house, cleaning your car, gardening in or just to wear out-and-about. There are limited amounts and sizes available, so give the Delta Chamber a call or stop by our office to pick-up your $5 T-shirt. Delta Chamber 895-5068 or our office is located in the Jarvis West building.

February 16, 2006

Dawn and James
Our fearless leader Dawn Male, Event Coordinator for the Delta Chamber of Commerce and her son James shine brightly as she directs the Festival of Lights Parade. Good job Dawn! Photo courtesy Brenda Peterson


Photo Courtesy Brenda Peterson

Family Photos
click here for text and enlargements

Gabrielle Rebecca Schaffer Owen Earl Engebretson

Joann Warren

February 15, 2006

Denali  Lutheran Preschool
While studying the letter "P", the class of Denali Lutheran Preschool enjoyed "Pajama Day." Front row, Keely, Gloria, Pepe, Sadie and Hannah. Second row, Caylin, Ally, Darby, Ashley, Rafe, Aeron, Seth and Miss Annie. Photo Courtesy Dawn Grossmann

A couple of photos from the Festival of Lights wonderful fireworks show. Interesting effect leaving a star design after explosion. Photo Courtesy Debbie Jennings

February 20, 2006


The Delta Junction City Hall will be closed Mon, Feb 20, in observance of President's Day.

February 17, 2006

CES Activities for February and March

Livestock Specialist Milan Shipka, with UAF/CES will be conducting his fourth and final workshop: Lactation and Calf Raising will be held Mon, Feb 20 from 6-9 and Tue, Feb 21 from 9-noon. All classes will be held at the CES Conference Room, located in the Jarvis Office Center. There is a $5 fee per person per workshop.

Delta’s premier agricultural gathering, the Delta Farm Forum will be at the Delta High School small gymnasium on Sat, Mar 4 from 9-4. Presenters from around the State will give information on a variety of agricultural issues. The potluck luncheon will be held at noon. For detailed information on this event look in future issues of the Delta Wind or contact the CES office.

Coming in March, Home Economist Roxie Rodger Dinstel, with UAF/CES will hold the last food preservation workshop: Making Sausage and Jerky on Tue, Mar 7, from 2-4 and will repeat the class from 6-8. Both classes will be held in the CES conference room with a $10 per person fee. As with past workshops if you have meat that you would like to use let the office know in advance.

Other Statewide activities:  The Potato and Vegetable Conference will be held in Palmer on Mar14th and 15th.

Coming in April – Land Resource Agent Michele Heber with UAF/CES will be conducting 2 garden related classes: Times and Dates to be announced.

Composting with Worms
Earthworms can allow you to compost household garbage indoors during our long winters, or during the summer. In this class will build your own small worm composting box and learn how to maintain it. Booklets will be provided. The Class will be 2 hours and cost $5 per person.

Sowing and Saving Seeds
Step-by-step techniques for collecting and growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Alaska vegetable and flower starting charts will be provided to determine when seeds should be started indoors. Successfully harvest seeds from the more common vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers. Dry and store seeds, and test seeds for viability. Sow seeds indoors to get a head start on the growing season. The class will be 3 hours and cost $5 per person.

For information on any of these CES activities please contact the Delta office at 895-4215, Monday through Friday, 8 – 4:30. Most workshops have limited seating so please register early to confirm a seat. Thanks.

February 9, 2006

River boat
 A riverboat docked at the Whitestone Farms boat launch along the Tanana River, the pipeline bridge can be seen through the smoky skies in the distance, Summer 2004.  Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos.

The Sunset Clause
By Anne Hanley, Directed by Peggy MacDonald Ferguson

Location - Riverfront Theatre - Located in Fairbanks. (907) 456-7529 1854 2nd Ave  Evenings at 8:15 on Feb 17, 18, 24, 25, Mar 3, Mar 4
Sunday Matinees on Feb 19, 26, and Mar 5 

When widower Big Peter Musto meets the widowed Lydia Hamilton - both in the "twilight of their years" - at an upscale elder's residence facility, romantic love blossoms. Much to the chagrin of their children and grandchildren, Lydia and Big Peter defy and out-maneuver their families' attempts to keep them apart. There is a conspiracy here against true and it involves not only the two families, but also the medical staff and the quirky rehabilitative therapist who plot to keep the lovers apart. The riotously funny outcomes from this conspiracy only serve to bond Big Peter and Lydia in their determined quest to be lonely no more and forever together.

February 7, 2006

Polar Ice opens their rink on 18 Feb to assist one of our Guard Families

This is Kim (Lentz) Wood's grand-daughter. Kim grew up in Delta. Kim's grandfather was Al Remington, one of the first homesteaders out on the Clearwater, for those who don't know her. Kim calls Cierra "her little peanut."

SSgt Josh Ploetz (crew chief) and wife Brynn Ploetz' daughter Cierra has Spina Bifida and is scheduled for an operation. The family has gone to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Leo Faro, the Manager at Polar Ice is donating the use of the rink to help defray medical costs for the Ploetz family.

When: Saturday, 18 February from 8:30 PM until 10:30 PM . Location - 1087 Dennis Rd North Pole. 907-488-9525. Skate rental is free. Request a $5 donation per skater


I’d like to introduce you to our daughter Cierra, she is 2 years old. She resides in North Pole, AK with her Dad, Josh, Mom, Brynn, and little sister, Cailee. She is the happiest, most sincere, caring, and beautiful child. When you are sad Cierra does anything to make you happy. When you hurt Cierra hurts too. She has a smile that could warm you up even in – 40°weather. Cierra was born September 9th, 2003, in Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic. She was diagnosed at 20 weeks gestation with a neural tube defect, more commonly known as Spina Bifida. Josh and I, being new parents, were lost and confused but finally had to “get with it” and do what we needed for our little girl. We knew she couldn't be born in Alaska so we went were there was family and a GREAT Clinic. I spent the last month of my pregnancy in Minnesota so if anything went wrong, I would be were I needed to be. When Cierra was born she was taken right the Neonatal ICU, and our little angel had surgery less than 24 hours after she was born.

Spina Bifida repair is a very intrusive surgery as it involves cutting open the back and repairing the nerves, muscles, and tissue that was not formed properly in the womb, the surgery can not fix any nerve damage that was done but it can in theory hopefully prevent any other nerve damage. We were told when Cierra was out of surgery that she had no feeling past her ankles and would have no bladder or bowel control. This was very minimal considering she could have been paralyzed from the waist down. She spent 9 long days in the NICU, and another month after that in Minnesota so she could of be monitored. For the past two years we have made annual trips down to Minnesota for doctors to follow her progress. Everything seemed to be going GREAT, she started walking just a few months ago, and then we hit this rock. Her left foot started to turn inwards in a matter of 2 weeks it got drastically worse, a routine bladder test revealed some unnerving results, and we were told it is imperative that we get to Minnesota ASAP. We were told that her spinal cord may be tethering and could be jeopardizing her ability to be mobile in the future. Not only were we not planning on this but we weren't expecting it either, and it puts us in an extreme financial hardship. Our children are our lives, and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure their happiness and wellbeing. We are asking for your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time in our lives.

February 11, 2006


Fort Greely Grizzlies
Feb 13 - Feb 18


Girls Volleyball -  Grizzlies vs. Tok Wolverines starting Fri, Feb 17 @ 4:00 p.m., continuing Sat, Feb 18 at 9:00 a.m.


While traveling to Anchorage from Delta, we were happy to see these caribou well before they attempted to cross the road. It was a beautiful site to see them meander the hills at "the Top of the World". Photo Courtesy Ruby Hollembaek


Fort Greely
February Newsletter


Progress Report Cards
Included with this letter is a copy of your child’s final progress report for the first semester. I would suggest you take a moment to discuss your child’s progress with your student. Please use this letter as a guide to help you understand all of the information we wish to share with you.

Grades - Your child has been assigned a letter grade based upon their performance in each of their subjects. Students in are assigned are assigned an A,B,C,D or F. Please refer to your student handbook for further description of the grading process.
Attendance – Our record of the days your child has been present, absent, or tardy.
Comments - A narrative description of your child’s progress.

Fort Greely Access Reminder!
We have been asked by Fort Greely DA Police to remind parents that access to the school is limited during business hours and school sponsored events.

Transition and Middle School Required Courses Policies
The transition from elementary to middle and middle to high school is often the most challenging in a student’s career. We at Fort Greely School are aware of some of the pitfalls of matriculation, and our staff has been actively discussing strategies to improve transitions. Using collaborative time, we have outlined a transition policy that will be presented at the February Parent Advisory Committee meeting.

During that meeting, we will also discuss a proposal for a Middle School Required Courses policy, which will be submitted to the Delta/Greely School District school board policy committee for review. Opportunity for parent feedback on both policies will be at Fort Greely School in our conference center on Wed, Feb 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball Schedule
The Girls’ Volleyball season is up and running. The sports schedule will be posted each week on the DNW.  We will keep parents informed if more matches are scheduled.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school through the means listed above.

February 10, 2006

Clear Creek
 Fall colors reflected in Clear Creek in the Salcha area. Photo Courtesy Art Lenon

Delta Chamber of Commerce
General Membership Meeting

The next membership meeting will be held Feb 16, at the Jarvis West Conference Room. Guest Speaker Colonel Thomas M. Besch, Director, Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Operations Support Group will present an overview of the GMD program in Alaska. Presentation will provide an overview and update of the GMD program in Alaska with a specific focus on activities at Ft. Greely. Presentation will also include a brief overview of GMD activities on Shemya, Adak, and Kodiak, AK.

IGA Food Cache will cater our meal of Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Vegetable and Dessert for $10.00.

Please RSVP to the Chamber office at 895-5068 if you wish to attend this meeting.

February 1, 2006

Gabrielle Rebecca Schaffer
Gabrielle Rebecca Schaffer joined our family on Tuesday, January 24th at 9:22 a.m., a whopping 37 hours after labor set in. She is remarkably petite, with a birth weight of 5lbs 8oz. Mother and daughter have recovered well and continue to search for a couple of hours of sleep.  Photo Courtesy Brian Schaffer

Owen Earl Engebretson
Owen Earl Engebretson was born to Nathan and Sara Engebretson on December 22, 2005 at 2:58 am. We had a natural waterbirth at the Alaska Family Health and Birth Center in Fairbanks. We are all doing well and he is a very happy, mellow, healthy baby. Sara was our writer for all of our gardening, seeding, planting articles that we posted last year on the DNW.  She will be staying at home this year to be with baby Owen.  No more articles.  We will miss you Sara.

Joann Warren
Joanne Warren proudly shows off one of her winter accomplishments...her wood pile. Joanne lives with daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Bruce Grossmann during the winter months and summers with another daughter in Virginia Beach. Photo Courtesy Dawn Grossmann

Happy Birthday Feb 8 - Feb 14

Happy Birthday Feb 9 - Michael Fett

Happy Birthday Feb 10 - Randle Kimball

Happy Birthday Feb 10 - Dave Blum

Happy Birthday Feb 10 - Kathy Kindy

Happy Birthday Feb 10 - K8

Happy Birthday Feb. 11 - Buck Hunter Brown
We love you! Mom and Dad

I would love to wish my very bestest friend in the whole wide world Happy Birthday on Feb 13. Happy Birthday Janet Reiter from Riessycup in Alabama!

Happy Birthday Feb 13 - Wes Pinkelman

Happy Birthday Feb 13 - Sherry Decker

Happy Birthday Feb 13 - Kaye Hennager

Happy Birthday Feb 13 - Kim Johnson

Feb 14 - Happy Birthday to Mary Lester from Richard and Lourdes Grace Lester We Love You.

Happy Birthday Feb 14 - Kay Sandlin

Happy Birthday Feb 14 - Regina Horne

Happy Birthday Feb 14 - Wayne Burns

Happy Anniversary Feb 8 - Feb 14

I would like to wish Doug and Marlena Fry a happy anniversary on Feb 14.  Love Street Grandma

Happy Anniversary Feb 14 - Richard & Cindy Souhrada

Happy Anniversary Feb 14 - Harold & Lucille Stock

The next four days we will be displaying the four brave jumpers who took the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday during the Delta Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Festival of Lights.

Virginia Mancuso
The top vote getter was Virginia Mancuso a/k/a "Bikini Babe"  Photo Courtesy Chamber of Commerce

Valentine Grams Online

heartHappy Valentines Day to Kris, my husband & friend, &  to my dearest daughter, Sirsha, you are the light of my life!! Love you both, Chris

heartHappy Valentines Day to Mary Lester from Richard and Lourdes Grace Lester We Love You.

heartHappy Valentines Day, Doug Marlena Dylan Cassie and Tierney Fry. Love Street Grandma

heartHappy Valentines day, to Shannon, Dean, Kayelayn and Hannah You brighten every day of my life. I love you so much... Mom

heartTo Sherial Warren the best Valentine of all time. I love you and I will try to be good, (unless that rabbit I like to chase shows up again) Rocky Dog

Festival of Lights Fireworks
The Festival of Lights fireworks display was fantastic! I didn’t have my tripod set up, so my hand moved a little during the shot, but it was also windy (going from left to right in the view we had). Photo courtesy Ellen Clark.

Local Republican Precinct Meeting

Calling all registered Republicans and those wishing to register Republican! A precinct meeting will be held at 6:30 P.M. at the small Conference Room in the City Hall building on Mon, Feb 13. This meeting is for all Republicans in the area including the Big Delta, Delta Junction and Deltana precincts.

You do not have to know which district or precinct you are in to attend. We will help get you into the appropriate group. Voter registration forms will be available for those new in the area or wishing to change party affiliation. We will be discussing the upcoming District meeting in Glennallen on February 25 and the State Republican Convention in Fairbanks April 6-8. For more information you can call Debbie Joslin at 895-4565 or Fran Hallgren at 895-5532.

February 9, 2006

Winter time OFF
While taking a walk recently at about -20F, I was reminded that there is warmer weather in our future when I saw this can of Off insect repellant where
the previous user had left it (maybe the user had dropped it here when the mosquitoes carried them off). But then there are mosquito's in our future
too. Oops, sorry for the negativism, I must be suffering from seasonal affective disorder.
 Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Lincoln's Birthday
Answers can be found below

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party. Lincoln opposed the expansion of slavery into the territories, was president during the American Civil War, and was assassinated as that war ended, as part of a plot by sympathizers of the defeated Confederacy. For more information on Abraham Lincoln see the free online Wiki encyclopedia.

February 11, 2006

Aglow Lights up the Festival with 5th Annual Northern Lights Gala

Come have a grand time at the 5th annual dinner/dance sponsored by Delta Junction Aglow to be held at the Delta Community Center on Sat, Feb 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The Northern Lights Gala features a served sit-down roast beef dinner, a dessert buffet, music for listening or dancing, and a beautifully decorated atmosphere.

Tickets are on sale now from Delta Aglow members, at Arctic Fox (on Nistler Rd.) or at the Chamber of Commerce table at the IGA. Tickets are $36 per couple or $20 for a single and should be purchased in advance.

The Northern Lights Gala is a , open to the community, non-alcoholic, non-smoking event, though you must be an adult 18 years or older to attend. Anyone who has attended the Aglow galas in the past can tell you it is a wonderful evening and one of the highlights of the winter. We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information, please call Kathy at 895-1950 or Fran at 895-5532.

January 27, 2006

Soft Tip Dart Tournament

The tourney will be held at the Delta Jct Moose Lodge 911 on the beginning of Jack Warren Rd.  ,just off the Richardson Hwy. This will be a blind draw, DOUBLE ELIMINATION tournament. This years sponsors are The Moose Lodge 911, Texaco/Buffalo Fuel, Polaris Junction, Mt McKinley Bank, Poor Boy, Delta Chamber, Delta Meat and Sausage, Wells Fargo, and Delta Clearwater Dart League.

Sponsorships were closed on Friday, there was $1000 made.  The biggest pot ever, that they could see in DCDL history.  Look for another article next week following the dart tournament.  We will try to submit some photos of the event as well for the community's enjoyment.

So plan now. Feb 12 Sign-up will be at 12PM and the tourney starts at 1PM.There is a $5 entry fee per person. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE either in Delta/Ft. Greely area and the State of Alaska.

There will be a payout for top teams and prizes for all. More info call Fonzie at 895-4799 or Patty or Larry at 895-4300 after 4pm. OPEN TO ALL, old players new players, never thrown players if you have soft tip darts be at the Moose Lodge.

February 6, 2006

Abraham Lincoln Trivia

1) Where was Abraham Lincoln born?
    a.  Ohio
    b.  Iowa
    c.  Kentucky
    d.  Tennessee

2) Who was Abraham Lincoln named after?
    a.  The biblical Abraham
    b.  The poet Abraham Cowley
    c.  The poet Abraham sutzkever
    d.  His grandfather

3) Which of the following was NOT one of Abraham Lincoln's nicknames?
    a.  Honest Abe
    b.  Rail Splitter
    c.  The Industrial Giant
    d.  The Great Emancipator

4) Who did Abraham Lincoln marry on November 4, 1842?
    a.  Nora Jones
    b.  Martha Clark
    c.  Mary Todd
    d.  Nancy Hanks

5) How many children did Abraham Lincoln have?
    a.  2
    b.  4
    c.  6
    d.  none

6) Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. President from what political party?
    a.  Democratic party
    b.  Republican party
    c.  Federalist party
    d.  Whig party

7) Who was Abraham Lincoln's Vice President during the first term of his presidency?
    a.  Andrew Johnson
    b.  Horatio King
    c.  Hannibal Hamlin
    d.  Montogomery Blair

8) What legislation, signed by Lincoln in 1862, made millions of acres of government land available to any male over 21 who could pay a small processing fee?
    a.  Western Expansion Act
    b.  Reconstruction Act
    c.  Dominion Lands Act
    d.  Homestead Act

9) What play was Abraham Lincoln watching when he was assassinated?
    a.  The Recruiting Officer
    b.  The Beaux Stratagem
    c.  Our Amerian Cousin
    d.  Macbeth

10) What U.S. paper currency features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln?
    a.  $1 bill
    b.  $5 bill
    c.  $10 bill
    d.  $20 bill

February 11, 2006

Polar Bear Plunge -- Updated Jan 23

Polar Bear Plunge

Well, the Polar Bear Plunge race is on and Virginia Mancuso is in the lead with 144 votes. So far it looks like Virginia is a shoe in to be a popcicle-Brr....don't stop voting any one of the following nominees could pass her up and take first place.

Other nominations that are in the running for second and third spot are:
Matt Willey
1st Sgt. Dutton
Brian Corty
Richard Orozco
Fred Sheen
Chuck Hardy
LTC. Greg Bowen
George Pursey

Who will the final three be to plunge into the ICY water? Time will tell...get out and vote. Voting cans are located at the following locations: Alaskan Steakhouse, Buffalo Lodge, Buffalo Center Diner, Busy Bee Office Supply, Delta Texaco, Frontier Pull Tabs, Granite View Sports, Golden Valley Electric Association, IGA Food Cache, Buffalo auto Parts, Jack's Liquor, Delta-Clearwater Moose Lodge, Video Unlimited and there are two cans at Fort Greely.

January 24, 2006

Abraham Lincoln Trivia Answers

1.  Abraham Lincoln was born in a log-cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809.
2.  U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was named after his paternal grandfather, Abraham Lincoln, who had been killed by Native American Indians.
3.  U.S. President Abraham Lincoln had many nicknames, including Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator.
4.  On November 4, 1842, Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd, the daughter of Robert Smith Todd and Eliza Parker, prominent citizens of Lexington Kentucky. Abraham and Mary Lincoln remained married until his assassination in 1865. The death of her husband weighed heavily on Mary, as did the deaths of three of her children, and she became increasingly unstable. In 1875, she was committed to an insane asylum by Robert Todd Lincoln, her only surviving child. She died in 1882.
5.  Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln had four sons: Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926), Edward Baker Lincoln (1846-1850), William Wallace Lincoln (1850-1862), and Thomas "Tad" Lincoln (1853-1871). Only Robert survived into adulthood.
6.  In 1861, Abraham Lincoln became the first U.S. President from the Republican Party which had been founded on February 28, 1854, primarily on the platform of opposing the expansion of slavery into new territories. The Republican Party initially consisted largely of former Whig Party members. The Whig Party and the current Democratic Party both split off from the Democratic-Republican Party of Thomas Jefferson.
7.  Hannibal Hamlin served as Abraham Lincoln's Vice President during the first term of Lincoln's presidency. Because of his close ties with the controversial Radical Republicans, however, who believed freed slaves deserved political and social equality with all other citizens, Lincoln chose to drop him from the Republican ticket in 1864 and replace him with Andrew Johnson, a Southerner and member of the Democratic Party. Lincoln won re-election but was assassinated shortly after his inauguration and Johnson became President.
8.  The Homestead Act, signed into law by Abraham Lincoln in 1862, made millions of acres of government land (in tracts of 160 acres) available to any male over 21 who could pay the processing fee of $18. To make ownership of the tract permanent, an owner was required to live on the land and build it up for a period of no less than 5 years. The Homestead Act helped to distribute wealth evenly among a working populace and created an economic, agricultural, and social stability that fueled American growth and prosperity for decades. It is considered by many historians to be the single most important piece of legislation in American history.
9.  On April 14, 1865, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by the actor John Wilkes Booth while attending an evening performance of Our American Cousin, a musical comedy by the British writer Tom Taylor.
10.  The U.S. five dollar bill currently features U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's portrait on the front side and the Lincoln Memorial on the back. Previous versions of the five dollar bill featured Alexander Hamilton (1862), Andrew Jackson (1869), and Ulysses S. Grant (1886).

Knik River
Fall colors along the Knik River near Palmer.
Photo Courtesy Art Lenon

DGSD to Administer A&B Surveys to Students Grades 6-12

In December Delta Greely School District administered a survey informally entitled the Attitudes and Behaviors Survey or A&B Survey. This survey is part of the Quality Schools Grant program of which DGSD is a part. This survey will provide our school and community with a wide range of information about how our students spend their time, their perceptions of school and community and their participation in a wide range of risky behaviors. The survey is absolutely confidential, no member of the DGSD staff will review any of the surveys which are completed anonymously.

DGSD, however, requires parental consent to administer the survey. In November parental consent forms were sent out, but only about 23% of the consent forms were returned. This means that the survey information we currently have only reflects the information provided by 23% of DGSD students grades 6-12. Therefore, DGSD is again offering students who did not participate in the survey in December an opportunity to take the survey Fri, Feb 10 at Delta High School and Ft Greely School. As an incentive, all names of students who returned parental consent forms both in December and now will have their names entered into a raffle to win prizes which includes two grand prizes (one at each school) of an mp3 player. Consent forms do NOT have to give positive permission to be entered into the raffle and students who participated in the survey in December are not required to take the survey again.

Copies of blank survey forms are available in Jody Zollman's office at Delta High School for parent perusal and for any questions regarding this survey please call Jody Zollman's office at 895-5328. Parental consent forms will be sent out with all students grades 6-12 the week of Jan. 30.

January 27, 2006

Bolio Lake
On a clear day one can see the Alaska Range with Bolio Lake in the foreground from a high vantage point on Meadows Road.
Photo copyright by Dwight Phillips

Family Photos and Friends
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Denise, Robin, Lucy and Nancy   Merrymons - Steeler Fans

February 2, 2006

Alumni Photos
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Chris and Adam

Grace   Wesley Hollembaek

February 2, 2006

Hockey rink sign
The sign for the ice rink was paid for by impact funds the City of Delta Junction allocated for recreation. The sign was made by Stewart
Signs. The Delta - Fort Greely Skating Association puts the information into the sign. The photo was taken in January 2006.  Photo Courtesy Ann Geise

Polar Bear Plunge -- Updated Feb 1

Well, the Polar Bear Plunge race is on and Virginia Mancuso is in the lead with 167 votes. So far it looks like Virginia is a shoe in to be a popcicle-Brr....don't stop voting any one of the following nominees could pass her up and take first place.

Other nominations that are in the running for second and third spot are:

Rachael Woodcox 35
1st Sgt Dutton 23
Randy Peterson 20
Richard Orozco 14
Matt Willey 1

Other nominations are:

Brian Corty
Fred Sheen
Chuck Hardy
LTC Greg Bowen
George Pursey

Who will the final three be to plunge into the ICY water? Time will tell...get out and vote. Voting cans are located at the following locations: Alaskan Steakhouse, Buffalo Lodge, Buffalo Center Diner, Busy Bee Office Supply, Delta Texaco, Frontier Pull Tabs, Granite View Sports, Golden Valley Electric Association, IGA Food Cache, Buffalo auto Parts, Jack's Liquor, Delta-Clearwater Moose Lodge, Video Unlimited and there are two cans at Fort Greely.

February 1, 2006

Small creek
A small creek west of the Delta River, with the first big snow of 2003.
Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos.

CES Activities for February

The extension office in Delta is offering several workshops and meetings.

The beginning of February brings Energy and Housing Specialist Rich  Seifert, with UAF/CES Rich will be holding An Introduction to Solar
Energy for Alaskans ($10 per person or couple) on Fri, Feb 3 from 1 – 5 and the Cold Climate Building (free) on Sat, Feb 4 from 9 – 5. Both classes will be in the Delta Career Advancement Center located behind the Delta High School. Reservations are still being received however space is limited so please call as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

The following week Livestock Specialist Milan Shipka, with UAF/CES will  be conducting his 3rd livestock workshop, Artificial Insemination and
Animal Reproduction Mon, Feb 6 from 6-9 and repeat the class  on Tue, Feb 7 from 9-noon.

His fourth and final workshop: Lactation and Calf Raising will be held Monday, Feb 20 from 6-9 and Tue, Feb 21 from 9-noon. All classes will be held at the CES Conference Room, located in the Jarvis Office Center. There is a $5 fee per person per workshop.

Other Statewide activities: Christmas Tree Producing on February 13th, and the annual Greenhouse and Nursery Conference February 14th and 15th to be held in Girdwood.

For information on any of these CES activities please contact the Delta office at 895-4215, Monday through Friday, 8 – 4:30.

January 27, 2006

Aglow Lights up the Festival with 5th Annual Northern Lights Gala

Come have a grand time at the 5th annual dinner/dance sponsored by Delta Junction Aglow to be held at the Delta Community Center on Sat, Feb 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The Northern Lights Gala features a served sit-down roast beef dinner, a dessert buffet, music for listening or dancing, and a beautifully decorated atmosphere.

Tickets are on sale now from Delta Aglow members, at Arctic Fox (on Nistler Rd.) or at the Chamber of Commerce table at the IGA. Tickets are $36 per couple or $20 for a single and should be purchased in advance.

The Northern Lights Gala is a , open to the community, non-alcoholic, non-smoking event, though you must be an adult 18 years or older to attend. Anyone who has attended the Aglow galas in the past can tell you it is a wonderful evening and one of the highlights of the winter. We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information, please call Kathy at 895-1950 or Fran at 895-5532.

January 27, 2006

Delta Scenery
You can't beat Delta Scenery...This image was  taken just before Christmas 2005 from the Old Rich and the Whitestone ice road.
Photo Courtesy Tana Wood

Drama Association Auditions

Easter production
Delta Christian Drama Association is auditioning now for an Easter Production

We need to fill over 14 male and female roles, including adults, youth and children.  No experience Necessary.

Men needed urgently! To schedule an audition today, call:  895-5289

January 24, 2006

Even if no one else is ready for the super bowl, the Merrymon family is. Decked out thanks to a grandma that lives near Pittsburgh, these shirts (and Levi's outfit) were mailed up here shortly after the win over Denver to help us prepare for the big game. GO STEELERS!  Photo Courtesy Tim and Sara Merrymon

Time exposure
Here is a timed exposure of one of the frost covered trees next to the river in front of Rikas road house Photo by Richard Mitchell

Afternoon School Bus Routing Changes

On Monday, January 30, 2006 afternoon school bus route schedules will change, there will be no changes to morning routes. Parents, please watch for notes coming home with your children starting Wednesday, Jan. 25. If you have any questions about your child/children's school bus routes please call Alaska Motor Coaches at 895-4550.

January 25, 2006







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