Sand Creek Fire update -
Delta, AK –The Sand Creek Fire illustrated the dry conditions on Wednesday by making some runs in the late afternoon. The acreage was unavailable last night due to smoky conditions hindering accurate measurements. The size was 41,200 acres on Tuesday evening. The southwestern edge of the fire is continuing to back towards the cabin area. At 8:00 PM Wednesday evening the fire was within ¾ of a mile of a cabin located at mile 31 on the Goodpaster River. The fire began receiving precipitation beginning at 5:00 am this morning. The fire is receiving light rain. This will certainly cool the fire temporarily but will fall short of extinguishing it due to the extremely dry conditions.
Crews continue to assess and improve defensible space, install sprinklers & pumps, and institute structural protection. The fire was also active in the north of the Sand Creek drainage but has not crossed into the Shaw Creek drainage.
The Type 2 fire organization is now in place and has taken command of the fire. The Incident Commander is Rex McKnight. The new incident command post is set up at mile 7 on Sawmill Creek Road. Sawmill Creek Road is located at Mile 1403 of the Alaska Highway.
There will be a check point set up on the Goodpaster River at Jolly’s Cabin located at Mile 4 on the Goodpaster River. This will be staffed from 10 AM and Midnight beginning 6/27, Friday. It is requested that all river travelers check in on their way in and out. The Incident Management Team is requesting that only property owners travel on the river until further notice. Cabin owners on the river are reminded to stay at their cabins so the firefighters know where they are. There will be informational boards posted at the Tanana River boat launch Mile 275 of the Richardson Highway, and the IGA Store in Delta.
The staffing of the fire has increased to 203 total personnel. There are now 8 crews, 4 helicopters, and 12 boats working on this fire.
Paul Slenkamp -- June 27, 2003
Sand Creek Fire update -
DELTA, 1730 6-2 The Sand Creek fire is remaining
relatively quiet on the Liscum Slough (southern area of fire)
there is a small amount of activity in the area nearest the cabins
on the river. The fire remains app. 1 mile north of the closest
cabins on the river it has made little advance since Monday
evening. The conditions remain very dry..
Paul Slenkamp -- June 26, 2003
Sand Creek Fire update - Wednesday, June 25
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Delta, AK -The Sand Creek Fires growth slowed
Tuesday with an addition of only 1200 acres. The fire, now at
41,200 acres, had little movement on the southeastern front that
is threatening 25 cabins on the Goodpaster River 25 miles
northeast of Delta. Today, fire managers are assessing the
possibility of direct suppression on some areas of the fire to
check its spread toward the cabins.
Paul Slenkamp -- June 25, 2003
DMV WILL NOT BE CLOSING IN DELTA JCT.
After talking with Cindy Gentz from Department of Motor Vehicles today, she said that Duane Dannock, the director for DMV came to the City Council meeting that was held last Tuesday evening and announced that our DMV will remain open. We will still have our DMV office here and won't have to wait in lines in Fairbanks.
Webmaster -- June 20, 2003
Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for Derek & Kailey Mills seen here as they register for the 2003 Delta Library Summer Reading Program "Laugh it Up @ Your Library". That's Library Aides Amy VanderZwaag and Anne Baker lending a hand. Derek and Kailey's parents are Derek and Sheryl Mills, and their grandparents are Sherry and Lou Heinbockel and Charles and Carmelita Mills. Photo Courtesy Joyce McCombs
Rapids Roadhouse needs help, one week left to put the roof on!
Progress Is Great, Need Financial Help to Finish and will only take
Annie Hopper -- June 17, 2003
Sand Creek Fire Update
Sand Creek Fire Information @ 895-2115
Delta, AK - The Sand Creek Fire located 25 miles
northeast of Delta increased an additional 5,000 acres Saturday to
reach a size of 30,000 acres. The fire spread southwest, crossing
over Sand Creek, putting cabins on the Goodpaster in more imminent
danger. It also moved within a ½ mile of Central and is expected
to spread past Central Creek toward Pogo Mine. A hotshot crew
protected seven mile cabin in an area where the surrounding fuels
Fire Information -- June 23, 2003
The Parker's and Dubois take photo's of five King Salmon they caught in Sitka last week. King salmon fishing is the reason for 400 charter operators in Sitka, a substantial economic boon for the town. King salmon are being released by a local hatchery which has increased the number of kings returning. Photo Courtesy Fronty Parker
Greatlander Show Band To Perform in Delta June 23rd
The USAF Band of the Pacific - Greatlander Show
Band will be performing in Delta on June 23rd from 6:00 pm - 7:00
pm at the Delta Elementary School Gymnasium (the smaller gym).
Admission is free!
Martha Kimball - June 16, 2003
This photo was taken of Seth Blankenship, age 21, Dwight's nephew from Anchorage last weekend while fishing for "Lakers" at the Gulkana River. Note the "smolt pattern" hanging out of the lakers mouth. Seth caught this beauty at 1:00 AM, just as it was getting light again! Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
The following shot was taken on Saturday, June 14, at the coal mine on Coal Mine Road. Photo Courtesy Mike Nuckols
Is Your Dog Missing?
FOUND: May 29, Mile 300 Richardson Hwy. between Delta and Birch Lake. Young male, friendly. Call 895-4332 or 895- 4893
Gene Eggleston -- June 12, 2003
Lael Echo-Hawk (in the middle) celebrates with
friends the end of class. Lael is graduating from the University of
Washington Law School on June 15, 2003. She is a 1995 graduate of
DHS. She graduates with the prestigious positions as the
Vice-President of the Student Body and the President of the Native
American Law Student Association. She has been hired to work as a
lawyer for a Native tribe in the Seattle area. Her family has
joined her in Seattle to celebrate this
Highway's End Farmers Market Grand Opening - June 14th
The Highway's End Farmers Market will have it's opening day on Saturday, June 14th. The market will be open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. It is located behind the Sullivan's Roadhouse on the Richardson Higway. There will be a variety of vendors selling their wares - vegetables, crafts, flowers and more. Come join in the fun! For further information please contact either Martha Kimball 895-2004 or Brenda Peterson 895-5068.
Martha Kimball -- June 10, 2003
Barbi "Kephart" Ouellette, a 1986 graduate of Delta, who currently resides in Palmer. Pictured in the photo are her family at a recent fishing trip to Homer 6/6/03. Seen is Tyler (8), Mark, Ryan (15), and Barbi.
Fort Greely, Alaska--Fort Greely is continuing its Restoration
Advisory Board (RAB) to obtain the public's assistance with the
installation's environmental restoration program, and is seeking
participants to be part of the board. Additional members are needed
from Delta Junction and surrounding community because some former
members have resigned or moved.
Edward H. Vaughn -- June 4
Denali Lutheran Preschoolers perform “The Seeds That Grew To Be 100” at their annual Spring Program held on May 22, 2003. My son Derek Jr. (standing on the far right) truly enjoyed his year in preschool and is looking forward to returning in September! THANKS to Dawn, Eli and Annie Grossmann for all of their hard work with these eager preschoolers!! Photo Courtesy Sheryl Mills
Deltana Fair Update -
The winning theme/logo for this year's Deltana fair was submitted
by Ann Geise: The Place to Bee...
2003 Deltana Fair, August 22, 23, 24. There were 20 entries in
response to the extended deadline and some may be used for other
Fair activities or for future fairs.
Steve Fields -- June 2, 2003
Buckley and Scott Hollembaeck getting their boat fired up over Memorial Day for their first run up the ClearH20 of the year. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
The picture shows a remnant of last year's coho run on the DCR. The flesh from dead coho salmon contribute to the food chain which feeds the many millions of salmon and whitefish fry found in the river. Photo Courtesy Fronty Parker
Delta News Web Looking For Photos and Community News
As you can see today, we have alot of white space in our community news. If you have a story or news item you would like to share with the community, please submit them to the DNW. Our web paper is a community effort. We need your input. Thank you.
Webmaster -- May 28, 2003
Is Your Dog Missing? FOUND: May 29, Mile 300 Richardson Hwy. between Delta and Birch Lake. Young male, friendly. Call 895-4332 or 895- 4893
This is Devin and his little brother Jaydon hiding in clothes racks at the store. Devin will be 7 in September and Jaydon will be 3 on May 30th. Both are the sons of Jayme (Braswell) Wilson. 1997 Graduate of Delta High. We reside in Rochester Minnesota where my husband is a Navy Recruiter. Photo Courtesy Jayme Wilson
Sand Creek Fire update - Saturday, June 28
Delta, AK – Crews made good progress on securing
the fire line on the southern edge of the Sand Creek fire along
Liscom slough. The 44,153 acre fire was relatively inactive due to
increased humidity and cloud cover. The effort to secure the line
will continue today in the same area to decrease chances that the
fire will continue to push toward cabins along the upper
Paul Slenkamp -- June 29, 2003
Michelle (Sharp) Trulove recently completed her education to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. She graduated top in her class and will take her state exams at the end of the month. She received her new hospital scrubs (uniform) as a graduation present from Mom and Dad. Photo Courtesy Kathy Sharp
Steven and Tracey Goldfuss are pictured here at their wedding on 21 June 2003 at Quartz Lake. Brad Bagley officiated the ceremony. Photo Courtesy Joe Crandall
Blair Chenoweth was crowned Miss Alaska 2003 on June 14th. For
the talent competition, Blair performed a modern ballet dance to
“All that Jazz” from the movie, “Chicago.” Eleven former Miss
Alaskas were on hand for the 45th anniversary of the pageant,
including Delta resident Kathy Tebow Sharp, Miss Alaska 1976. Kathy,
winner of a Miss America Pageant Talent Award, performed two violin
solos and co-emceed a portion of this year’s state
Sand Creek Fire update - Tuesday, June 24
Delta, AK -The Sand Creek Fire grew an additional 3,500 acres on Monday and has now reached 40,000 acres. It is located 25 northeast of Delta. The area has received little or no precipitation for many months, which has created volatile fuel conditions within the Black Spruce, White Spruce and mixed hardwoods which is the fires primary fuel.
The weather for today is forecasted for winds out of the south at 15 mph. Humidity levels will be approximately 25% with temperatures near 70. These conditions can allow for erratic fire behavior. Southerly winds are forecasted which may drive the fire away from the river. Increased thunderstorm activity with erratic winds and fire behavior could occur this afternoon. Thunderstorms on Monday provided winds which ran the fire to the south.
Cabin owners along the upper Goodpaster River between miles 25 and miles 35 are at risk due to fire spread. The fire is now in the Liscum Slough area and is expected to bump the Goodpaster River at approximately mile 30. The surrounding cabin owners have been preparing for the fire for several days. They have been aided by State of Alaska, Division of Forestry (DOF) personnel and firefighter crews. Cabin owners down stream on the Goodpaster River are encouraged to prepare defensible space, set up pumps and sprinklers. DOF personnel and fire crews are working their way downriver to assist in preparation.
Structural protection remains the top priority as there are now 47 structures considered threatened. No structural losses have occurred. One out building has been lost. All residents that live in rural areas are reminded to be prepared for wildfire by clearing defensible space. For additional information on defensible space contact your local Division of Forestry Office.
The Sand Creek Fire will be upgraded to a Type 2 incident on Tuesday. Staffing is at 156 personnel, 4 helicopters, and 6 crews. Equipment will be increased by an 3 additional crews and 2 medium helicopters have been ordered. As the transition of the overhead team occurs more resources may be ordered.
The fire danger in the Central Tanana Valley remains very high with the suspension of burn permits still in effect. There have been several close calls in the past several days requiring Division of Forestry Initial Attack crews to suppress human caused fires. Please be careful with fire.
Paul, fire information officer -- June 24, 2003
Sand Creek Fire Update as of
Delta, AK -The Sand Creek Fire located 25 miles
northeast of Delta grew by an additional 6,500 acres on Sunday and
is now 36,500 acres. The unusually dry fuel conditions this year
are contributing to the fires spread. Moderate humidity, light
variable winds and some precipitation has held growth to a
moderate level. This weather pattern is expected to continue for
the next few days.
Paul, fire information officer -- June 24, 2003
Amber (Blake) Boothe a former Delta Resident,
This picture was taken at sunset on Monday evening in the Clearwater area. The plume of smoke is from the fire burning on the Goodpaster River. Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper
Information has been copied and pasted from the BLM site. Recent news as of June 18.
The Sand Creek Fire 25 miles northeast of Delta Junction was also active Tuesday. The lightning-caused fire, which started Saturday, gained 13,000 acres and is now 23,000 acres. Six crews totaling about 85 firefighters are in place. They worked to build a fire break along Sand Creek in preparation for a possible burnout to hold the fire north of the creek. Structure protection continued at several structures in the immediate vicinity of the fire. Protection needs are being assessed at numerous cabin sites on the lower Goodpaster River south of the fire.
For more information on the local fire and other fires in the state of Alaska http://fire.ak.blm.gov/
Dr. Anthony G.
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Lavender and his wife, Aleta
moved to Tok in 1995 looking for a different and more relaxing
lifestyle. After working seasonally for the Oregon and Montana
Forest Service Dr. Lavender began his career in medicine in 1972
when he enrolled at Oregon Institute of Technology for four years
and received his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology then went on
to two years at Tucson Medical Center for medical radiology after
which he was employed as a P.A. in radiology at a hospital in Deer
Lodge, Montana for seven years.
Aleta Lavender -- June 13, 2003
Why the Deltana Fair Date Change...
Deltana Fair was set up to be held (and was for many years) the
first FULL weekend of August, prior to the Tanana Valley State Fair.
Loretta Schooley -- June 9, 2003
Curtis Taylor holding his new pup, that he received as a gift from Dwight and Julia Phillips. Oscar at that time was 6 weeks old. Curtis calls him his new found friend. Today he is 3 and half months old and weighs about 5 pounds. He is a PUG. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
Duck Nest Boxes for Ft. Greely
Steve Reidsma from Ft. Wainwright Natural Resources helping to erect a goldeneye nest box on Bolio Lake, May 7th 2003.
Each spring millions of migratory birds return to Alaska to nest. Waterfowl are some of the more familiar. On Delta area lakes we commonly have nesting mallards, wigeon and scaup, among others. Some species such as Common and Barrow’s goldeneyes nest in natural cavities in hollow trees.
However, there are not many cavities in this area big enough for a duck to fit in. These species will also use man made nest boxes. On Ft. Greely we have a small number of nest boxes we maintain each year.
This past winter Jack Morris’s shop class at DJHS built a dozen more for us with lumber donated by Cummings Sawmill. DJHS students Isaac Anderson and Billy Smith did most of the building.
This spring our Natural Resources staff put them up. According to researchers at UAF we have an unusually high occupancy rate here probably due to the lack of suitable natural cavities.
So next time you’re fishing on one of the lakes on Ft. Greely keep an eye out for a goldeneye brood. Odds are good they popped out of a nest box built by some of your neighbors.
And thanks again to Cummings Sawmill, Jack Morris and his students for donating their time and materials. If you have questions or comments please call Jeff Mason, Ft. Greely Natural Resources at 873-1615.
Jeff Mason -- June 3
Alaskrafts® Fur Shack
The Fur Shack is located in front of the Alaska Pipeline, just south
of the Tanana River Bridge on the Richardson Highway --- Milepost
275.4 Richardson Highway, Big Delta.
Steve Fields -- June 2, 2003
Mrs. Mills’ second grade took a walking field trip in early May; we walked the nature trail, ate our lunch at the campground and had a tour at Delta Forestry. THANKS to everyone at forestry for the tour. Mrs. Mills hopes that these wonderful “THIRD graders” are having a great summer! Photo Courtesy Sheryl Mills
Delta Junction Makes National News
MSNBC.com ran a major story about the new Ft. Greely missile interceptor project and its impact on Delta Junction on May 27. The story talks about the military aspect of the project and how the community is effected.
Webmaster -- May 27, 2003