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July 2004

Wireless Delta Internet Service Inc.

Dear Delta Folks,

Our family has arrived in Delta.  Brian is already busy installing wireless Internet.  You may have seen him around.  He is driving a black Hummer.  If you see him, walk up and introduce yourself to him and welcome him and his family to Delta Jct.

Here’s a preliminary quotation for a Internet services from Wireless Delta Internet Service Inc.

128 Kbps $34.95 + activation fee of 179.00
256Kbps $39.95 + activation fee of $179.99
384Kbps $45.95 + activation fee of $179.99
512 Kbps $49.95 + activation fee of $179.99
768 Kbps $59.95 + activation fee of $179.99
1 Mbps$99.95 + activation fee of $179.99

The above are month by month rates for home service including home based business and there are discounts to pay in advance.

Discounts:
20% off the month for quarterly.
30% to pay yearly.
The activation fee remains the same for the above options

There is a 40% discount on the above and a 25% discount on the activation fee if you pay 5 years in advance.

If the quotation is on target, tell us how you want to proceed. We can arrange a time for site survey and a walk though of our installation process…

But I urge you to hurry. Several of the Deltoids have already made arrangements for service and we are taking install dates on a first come first serve basis.

We can only hold the prices in this quotation for 60 days from the date on the proposal. To ensure the lowest prices, place your order now.

Sincerely,
Candy Corty, Installation coordinator
(907) 895-1056

Candy Corty -- July 23, 2004

Ryan, Hillel and Lael
Ryan Kelly, Hillel EchoHawk, and Lael EchoHawk (all DHS grads) goofing off in Denny's in Kona, Hawaii.  The Echo-Hawk/Kelly family would like to wish a Happy Birthday to Ted Echo-Hawk.  We love you. Photo Courtesy Abigail EchoHawk/Lopez

Starfish and sea urchins
Starfish and sea urchins are found crowded together in a tide pool near Sitka, Alaska. Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

HAPPY BIRTHDAY July 20 - July 26

Happy belated birthday wishes go out to Howie Echo-Hawk on July 17.  Love from EchoHawk/Kelly families.

July 24. Happy 15th Birthday Rhandie!  Love, Dad, Mom, Dan, Kelly, Meg, & Samantha.

Norman Cosgrove - July 25th
Happy Birthday Grandpa! Have a wonderful day.
Love Tami, Jamie, Dylan, Darby, & Samantha.

Moose and 4 babies
This picture was taken in the Clearwater area. Not much explanation needed. It was taken by Bill Lappart from his deck.

Spawning Salmon
Spawning salmon at the rest area near Summit Lake. Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

Engagement Announcement Meghan Steele- Douglas Orona

Kent and Martha Steele of Delta Junction are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Meghan Elizabeth Steele, to Douglas Robert Orona, son of William Orona of Belen, NM, and Barbara Shepphard of Delta Junction.
The wedding date is tentatively set for June 21st of 2005 at Our Sorrows Catholic Church, in Delta Junction.

Meghan is a 2001 graduate of Mother of Divine Grade Correspondence School, Ojai, CA. Doug is a 2002 graduate of Delta High School. Both are currently students at University of Nebraska- Omaha in Omaha, NE.

Ruby Rose -- July 14, 2005

Lost Pet: Small Dog
Was found and returned - YEAH!

Missing from home since Friday evening's thunderstorm: 10-year-old spayed female house dog, blond, approx. 10 pounds, was  wearing red bandanna-type collar, no tags. Mixed breed: cocker, Pekingese, Shih Tzu. Very friendly with most adults, not fond of small children. Her name is "Poppy" and we miss her a lot! Her home is in Clearwater, on Arctic Grayling off Souhrada. If you have her, or have seen her, we'd really appreciate a call at 895-5059. Thank you!

Loretta Schooley -- July 19, 2004

Lost emails, pictures and community news

Over the weekend we had to move to a new system, and we may have lost some of our emails. If you don't see your news items and classified ads published today, please resubmit them.  Anything that was sent Friday thru Saturday night late, could be lost.  I have only received one picture over the weekend and have responded to that individual. If you have sent pictures, I have not received them.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  We are back up and running again.  Thanks for your interest in the DNW.

DNW Webmaster -- July 19, 2004

Harlequin ducks
These Harlequin ducks were observed while working a stretch of the Gulkana River, eating outgoing sockeye smolt.  Photo courtesy of Dwight Phillips.

Fire Update  “Camp Creek Fire” - July 12

Location: The fire is located 23 miles northwest of Delta Jct. at Shaw Creek Road and then approximately 30 miles up the Pogo Mine Road.

Size/Activity: Fire was discovered on June 23, 2004. Lightning is believed to be the cause of this fire. The fire is presently 133,422 acres. The fire is estimated to be 65% contained.

July 11th Activity: Crews continue direct attack and cold-trailing in the northwest portion of the fire as well as the southeast corner of the fire where it crossed the Goodpasture River.  The fire made a small run of approximately 5 acres in the northwest corner of the fire.  It was knocked down with Helicopter bucket work and retardant delivered by air tanker.

Today’s Weather: Today will partly cloudy with temps in the mid 80's.  Minimum humidity in the 25-32% range.  Winds southwest at 10-15 mph  This weather could see increased fire activity.

Management Activity: Currently there are 3 Type II Hand Crews on the fire. Crews continue mop-up, concentrating on uncontained perimeter on the northwest and southeast corners of the fire.  Crews will be moving to spike camps today to aide air resources and cut crew movement time.

Contact Information: Anyone wanting information can call 895-5265.

Hazards: Road construction on the Pogo Mine Road and snags with burned-out root systems continue to be hazardous for firefighters to work around. Drying  fuels will begin to show more active fire behavior.

Camp Creek Info - July 12, 2004

Fire line
Firefighters on the fire line July 1st, 2004.  They are on the leading edge of the burn, they are using a back burn technique to try  to thwart the fire.  Photo By Colin Cogley, Rec. Specialist.  Photo submitted by Karen Gortmaker

Moose twins
These twin moose seen near town recently are part of a high number of twins produced this year by cow moose in the Delta area.  During moose twinning
surveys flown by Fish and Game this spring, 22% of all cows seen with calves had twins, which is a higher proportion than recent years. 
Photo by Steve DuBois

Farmer's Loop Road
Farmers Loop Road.  This farmer realizes that this isn't the most effective way to raking hay, but he wanted to exercise his horses.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Group halibut
Here’s a photo from our recent halibut fishing trip out of Valdez.  Pictured are Rob Gerber and Ellen Clark of Delta, sister Cindy Clark and cousins Rob and Valerie Forster of Seattle.  Rob Forster got the188 pounder – his first halibut ever!  (Many thanks to Wild Iris Charters for a great trip.)
Photo courtesy Ellen Clark

Fire Update  “Camp Creek Fire” - July 9

Location: The fire is located 23 miles northwest of Delta Jct. at Shaw Creek Road and then approximately 30 miles up the Pogo Mine Road.

Size/Activity: Fire was discovered on June 23, 2004. Lightning is believed to be the cause of this fire. The fire is presently 131422 acres. The fire is 80% contained.

July 8th Activity: Crews began direct attack and cold-trailing in the northwest portion of the fire as well as the southeast corner of the fire where it crossed the Upper Goodpaster River.  Crews are also mopping up 100 feet in on the southwest corner of the fire.

Today’s Weather: The weather is expected to be nice today, with partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Up valley winds are expected to be 5-10 miles per hour in the valley and from the northwest over the ridges up to 10 miles per hour.  Temperatures will range from 65-69.  Humidity will range from 40-45%

Management Activity: Currently there are 5 Type II Hand Crews and 3 helicopters on the fire. Today’s suppression objective is to begin direct attack and cold-trailing in the northwest portion of the fire as well as the southeast corner of the fire where it crossed the Goodpasture River. Crews are also mopping up 100 feet in on the southwest and southern parts of the fire.

Contact Information: Phone lines have been established at the Incident Command Post. Anyone wanting information can call 895-5265.

Hazards: Road construction on the Pogo Mine Road and snags with burned-out root systems continue to be hazardous for firefighters to work around.

Camp Creek Info - July 9, 2004

Jeff Durham
The local 4-Her's had a kiss the greased pig fundraiser at the Friendly Frontier's Day Celebration in May. Jeff Durham was one of the "winners". He only had to kiss the pig - not propose to it!
Photo Courtesy Becky Peterson

DNW needs community news

The DNW is asking for help once again for  community news.  Please submit your news items.  Share with us the dates and times of your Little League games, your softball games. 

Folks traveling thru our town are always looking to see what is happening in Delta.  This is a good place to get the word out.

Are you having a special fundraiser, are you participating in the Farmer's Market? Do you have an interesting story to share about Delta or it's history? 

Delta News Web staff -- July 2, 2004

Fire Update  “Camp Creek Fire” July 8, 2004

Location: The fire is located 23 miles northwest of Delta Jct. at Shaw Creek Road and then approximately 30 miles up the Pogo Mine Road.

Size/Activity: Fire was discovered on June 23, 2004. Lightning is believed to be the cause of this fire. The fire is presently 131,883 acres. The fire is 0% contained.

July 7th Activity: Mop-up operations north and south of Pogo Mine Road. Established two repeater sites to enhance radio communications.

Today’s Weather: The weather is expected to be nice today, with partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Winds are expected to be from the west at 10 - 15 miles per hour. Temperatures will range from 68-72. Humidity will range from 40-45%.

Management Activity: Currently there are 5 Type II Hand Crews and 3 helicopters on the fire. Today’s suppression objective is to begin direct attack and cold-trailing in the northwest portion of the fire as well as the southeast corner of the fire where it crossed the Goodpasture River. Crews are also mopping up 100 feet in on the southwest corner of the fire.

Contact Information: Phone lines have been established at the Incident Command Post. Anyone wanting information can call 895-5265.

Hazards: Pogo Mind Road construction will shut down the Pogo Mine Road from 1700 tp 1900 to complete a blasting operation. Snags are becoming uprooted and sliding onto roads and trails, causing safety and access concerns.

Camp Creek Info - July 8, 2004

Animal shelter

Animal shelter

Animal shelter
These pictures portray the outpouring of help for the animals at the Fairgrounds,  I went by to visit and everyone is helping take care of them and bring food and water and a lot of people went up at their own expense including some veterinarians and got the animals out for the ones displaced by the fire.  Its really neat how everyone came together to help here. Photo Courtesy Karen Gortmaker

Air Quality Alert for Interior Alaska

The Dept. of Environmental Conservation has issued an immediate "Unhealthy to Hazardous Level Air Quality Alert" for Interior Alaska, including Fairbanks and the Tanana Valley.  Those with respiratory illness, asthma, or heart disease should stay indoors with windows and doors closed. The elderly and children are advised to avoid ALL outdoor activity.  Others should avoid all outdoor exertion, including work or exercise,  due to extremely hazardous levels of particulate and gases in the air. Remember, when smoke levels are this high, even healthy people may feel ill and be at risk.   This alert will be in effect until July 6, 2004 unless it rains and the forest fire smoke diminishes.

Joyce McCombs for Julia Phillips -- June 30, 2004

Venetie Village

Venetie Village

Venetie Village

Venetie Village
Some pictures from the Forestry site of the fires around Fairbanks and the village of Venetie of the firefighters. Photo Courtesy Karen Gortmaker

 

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!  Delta News Web Staff - July 3, 2004

 


These photos were taken at Frontier day.  Click on the image for a larger photo.  Photo courtesy Carol J Watkins


 
  Dave and Dani
"Smoke may get in your eyes, but love was definitely in the air on Friday July 2, when long time local sweethearts Danielle Boadwine and David McCombs became Mr. and Mrs. in a lovely outdoor ceremony officiated by Danielle's brother, Greg. David's best man was his dad, Steve McCombs, and Danielle's "maid" of honor was her dad, Dave Boadwine. Mom Barb and Mom Joyce were close by and cried right on cue. The newlyweds, friends and family then enjoyed an Alaskan style barbecue and jet skiing under the midnight sun at Quartz Lake. Dave and Dani are building a new home on their property in Ester and are currently living in Fairbanks. Congratulations, kids! Photo Courtesy Brian Aillaud

Dwight in Valdez
Dwight's record fish, NOT!!!!  A puny little yellow eye rockfish.  Photo Courtesy Charlie Atwell

African Children's Choir
A Must See Event

Wednesday, July 28 at 7:00 at the Delta High School the African Children's Choir will be singing.  Admission is free.  This event is sponsored by the Delta Ministerial Association.

Curtis Taylor -- July 22, 2004

Matt and Creig Sharp
Matt Sharp is shown with his dad on a turnout along the Alcan Highway in late June. Parents, Creig and Kathy, visited relatives in Washington and shared the Alcan trip with Matt as he moved to his next Air Force duty station. In recent weeks, Airman Sharp has settled in at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada and completed his indoctrination training. He is now starting a 15-month on-the-job apprenticeship training program that will earn him FAA certification as an Air Traffic Control Radar Operator. Photo Courtesy Kathy Sharp

Black bear

We saw this beautiful black bear on our June trip down the Alcan. He tried desperately to break into a bear-proof trash can before giving up and moving on to healthier "eats" at the edge of the woods.  Photo Courtesy Kathy Sharp

2004 Delta Farm Tour

Wednesday August 11th is the date set for the annual 2004 Delta Farm Tour; an all day event brought to you by the Cooperative Extension Service – Delta District  and the Alaska Farm Bureau-Delta Chapter.

This year participants will be traveling through the Tanana Loop Farming Area; including a stop at the local Highway’s End Farmers Market. Lunch is to be held at Rika’s Roadhouse and Landing. 

For information on registration fees and deadlines contact CES located in the Jarvis Office Center, Room 115 or call 895-4215.

Seating is limited so please register early to confirm a space. Thank you.

Christy Roden -- July 17, 2004

David and Linda
David and Linda Johnson, publishers of the Delta News Web, were in Delta recently visiting from their temporary home in Sweden, and are shown on an evening hike. Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois


Miguel Lopez at his Auntie Lis EchoHawk/Kawe's(2000 DHS grad) wedding in Kona, Hawaii. Miguel would like to say get well soon to his great-grandma Chaddie Kelly, he loves you very much and can't wait to see you at Christmas. Photo Courtesy Abigail EchoHawk/Lopez

HAPPY BIRTHDAY July 13 - July 19

Happy Birthday To Eugene Edward Ottenstroer. Happy 57th Birthday Sweetheart. I wish for you a wonderful Birthday on July 15, sorry this is better late than never. All the Kids say Happy Birthday Dad and the Grandkids say Happy Birthday also. Love your wife and family

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY July 13 - July 19

I would like to wish Harvey and Brenda Burke of Delta Junction, AK. a belated anniversary wish , which was on July 7th.  Sorry we are late, but to a great couple, many more years of married bliss.  Martha and Don Brenek of Lowell, Vt. 

Happy 3rd wedding anniversary to my loving wife, Carol on 14 July, 2004.  Joe Crandall

Jamie, Michael and Starrlyn
Jamie, Michael, and Starrlyn Murray (daughter age 2 of Jennifer Murray class of 99) all enjoying grandma (Jamie) and Grandpa's (Mike) recent trip to Issaquah last June.  Photo Courtesy Jennifer Murray

City and State Bike and Quad Competions July,  August and September

City and State Bike and Quad Competitions (MOTOCROSS) July 18 at Polar Raceways in North Pole. Featuring Delta local, Russell Hollembaek, sponsored by local entrepreneurs, Rance and Angela Lentz's business: "Wide Open". Currently Russell has placed 1st and 2nd in all 9 races he's run in.

Jul 18 Local #5 Polar Roller
Jul 24-25   State Series
7 & 8
  Polar Roller
Aug 1 Local #6 Polar Roller
Aug 7   Fair Race   Tanana Valley Fairgrounds
Aug 8 OFF
Aug 15 Local #7 Polar Roller
Aug 22 Local #8 Polar Roller
Aug 29 Rain date if needed
Sep 4- 5 State Series
9 & 10
Soldotna Twin Cities Raceway

Ruby Hollembaek - July 5, 2004

Fire burning
Photo by Colin Cogley Rec. Specialist  July 1st 2004  Fire burning through the spruce. Photo submitted by Karen Gortmaker

Wednesday, July 14, 2004
6:00 - 10:00 PM
At the big tent in the City Park

Mike Miller is a trusted conservative with 19 years of experience in the Alaska Senate.  He is running against Lisa Murkowski for the republican nomination to the US Senate.  Learn more about him at:  www.mikemiller2004.com and www.mikemillerblog.com

Sponsors of this event include: Delta Meat and Sausage, Steve and Debbie Joslin, Glen and Kathy Cotton, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Blood, Bruce and Dawn Grossman, Russ and Linda Bowdre, Charles and Ruth Abbott, Jo McBride, Dan Beck, Steve and Amy Lantz, Mike and Barb Rawalt.

*Kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Debbie Joslin - July 14, 2004

Russell Hollembaek
Russell competing in the races at Polar Raceways in North Pole. Photo Courtesy Ruby Hollembaek

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY July 6 - July 12

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad (Lou & Sherry Heinbockel)!!! July 11. Man, 40 years is a long time.....love you both, Debbie

Happy 40th Anniversary to Lou and Sherry Heinbockel on July 11.  We love you.  Derek Sr., Sheryl, Kailey and Derek Jr.

News Release: Camp Fire Creek - July 9

Delta Junction, Alaska, July 9, 2004, 8:00 AM - The cooler temperatures and favorable humidity conditions have allowed crews to make good progress on the fire.  The fire is approximately 132,422 acres and is estimated to be 80% contained.  Favorable weather conditions have been forecasted for today, and crews will continue to build fire line and mop up around the northwest, southwest and eastern parts of the fire.

Fire personnel, in conjunction with local forestry staff will begin assessments to identify locations and methods of protection needed for structures in and around the area affected by the Camp Creek Fire.  These efforts are in coordination with the development of the Firewise program in the Delta area.

Snags with burned-out root systems and the construction on Pogo Mine Road continue to be hazardous for crews.  Crews are also being supplied with pepper spray to use in the chance of a nuisance bear.

Camp Creek Info - July 9, 2004


Kyra Lexie, daughter of Gwendolyne John Jenkins and John Jenkins is now 2 1/2 years old.  Her cousin Reuben Jr. is playing in the background.  Both are enjoying the sun at Quartz Lake. 
Photo Courtesy Gwen Jenkins

News Release: Camp Fire Creek

Delta Jct. AK July 8, 2004, 10:00 AM. - Another day of mild weather allowed crews to make good perimeter progress on the Camp Creek Fire. Crews are now focusing on areas of hte fire that could cause problems with the projected weather forecast. “Containment strategies have been developed to meet the forecasted weather conditions. Therefore, we’re focusing our efforts on the northwest and north portion of the fire perimeter in anticipation of a switch in wind direction to an east-northeasterly flow, “said John Stegmeir, incident Commander of the Minnesota Incident Support Team.

Reconnaissance flights occurred yesterday. More accurate mapping has estimated the fire to be 131,883 acres. This mapping was facilitated from helicopters using GPS technology. Reconnaissance flights have confirmed the loss of one exploration facility and two remote cabins.

The first objective when suppressing a fire is always to protect for firefighter and public safety. Developing safety concerns on the Camp Creek Fire are the snags. These problems trees are becoming uprooted and sliding onto roads and trails, causing safety and access concerns. Yesterday was another safe day for fire personnel, with no injuries reported.

The weather is expected to be mild today, with rain predicted this morning with a partly cloudy forecast this afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be 68-72, with relative humidity between 40 - 45%. Winds are expected to be from the west at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Pogo Mine Road construction will shut down the Pogo Mine Road from 1700 to 1900 to complete a blasting operation. Fire and Pogo Mine personnel have coordinated to make sure crews are not in the area of the blast.

A ban on all forms of open burning including camp fires, warming fires, charcoal fires and the use and sale of fire works remains in effect.

Camp Creek Info - July 8, 2004


 Taken on Windy Ridge Road on Saturday, July 3rd (Fort Greely).  Due to the thick smoke, it was impossible to get any photos of the surrounding mountains; Donnelly Dome was barely visible.  Fortunately, this little guy was trying to distract me from his mate's nest down in the bushes and hung around long enough for me to get a shot of him.   Photo Courtesy Mike Nuckols

Wireless Delta Internet Service Inc.

Dear Delta Folks,

Thank you for contacting us.  We have so many calls coming in regarding our pricing. Here’s a preliminary quotation for a Internet services from Wireless Delta Internet Service Inc.

128 Kbps $34.95 + activation fee of 179.00
256Kbps $39.95 + activation fee of $179.99
384Kbps $45.95 + activation fee of $179.99
512 Kbps $49.95 + activation fee of $179.99
768 Kbps $59.95 + activation fee of $179.99
1 Mbps$99.95 + activation fee of $179.99

The above are month by month rates for home service including home based business and there are discounts to pay in advance.

Discounts:
20% off the month for quarterly.
30% to pay yearly.
The activation fee remains the same for the above options

There is a 40% discount on the above and a 25% discount on the activation fee if you pay 5 years in advance.

Does this reflect everything we discussed, and what you expected? If not, let us know, and we can quickly revise the quotation to reflect your needs.

If the quotation is on target, tell us how you want to proceed. We can arrange a time for site survey and a walk though of our installation process…

But I urge you to hurry. Several of the Deltoids have already made arrangements for service and we are taking install dates on a first come first serve basis.

We can only hold the prices in this quotation for 60 days from the date on the proposal. To ensure the lowest prices, place your order now.

Sincerely,
Candy Corty, Installation coordinator

Candy Corty -- June 29, 2004

Forestry site

Forestry site

Forestry site

Forestry site
Some pictures from the Forestry site of the fires around Fairbanks and the village of Venetie of the firefighters. Photo Courtesy Karen Gortmaker

HAPPY BIRTHDAY June 29 - July 5

Happy Birthday on July 2nd to Mindy Eggleston from Joe and Carol Crandall.

"Sebastian Saarloos was born on the 4th of July! Happy Birthday, Boss!!  From the gang of '98"

Happy Birthday on the 5th of July to Elizabeth Wright. Hope you have a very happy one. Hugs Barbara

Patriotic truck
This very Patriotic truck was snapped while driving down the Steese highway. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Twin Lakes
Went fishing at Twin Lakes and caught two rainbow trout and the reflection of clouds over the lake. Photo Courtesy Carol J Watkins

 

 


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