An Alaska Spring Fishing Trip
Photos courtesy Mike Rawalt
March 13, 2000
More Fireworks from the Festival of Lights
Photos by Clint Knix
March 11, 2000
Pretty Park Worm
A computer worm has re-surfaced in Delta, and even though it wreaks more annoyance than havoc, you still probably want to make sure you don't have it. The following information is from the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (link below):
"Once the worm program is executed, it tries to email itself automatically every 30 minutes (or 30 minutes after it is loaded) to email addresses registered in your Internet address book. It also tries to connect to an IRC server and join a specific IRC channel. The worm sends information to IRC every 30 seconds to keep itself connected, and to retrieve any commands from the IRC channel."
And remember to scan attachments before opening, even if they are from a friend.
(Webmaster's note: there are plenty of viruses floating around, so be sure to keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. My software just caught another e-mail virus again this morning)
Colleen Knix -- March 10, 2000
ALASKA GARDENING TIPS
The warm sunny days of March invite a strong temptation to start planting seedlings for the garden andgreenhouse. Dates for starting seed for growing your own transplants will vary. To determine dates for starting seeds count back the required number of weeks from the last killing frost, usually June 1st. The following list suggests the number of weeks required to grow some of the most commonly used vegetables and flowers transplants for the Interior.
English Daisy, Feverfew, Lobelia,
Nemesia, Flowering Tobacco, *Petunia,
*Sweet Alyssum, Verbena
*Flowers marked with an asterisk (*) do well in cooler temperature of 50-55°F. The novice will do well to try flowers from this group.
Using transplants enables the gardener to enjoy many warm-season vegetables outdoors, hasten maturity of cool-season vegetables and achieve a longer season of display for many annual flowers.
Considerations should be made before one decides whether to grow their own plants or purchase the transplants closer to planting time. Raising quality transplants is not exceedingly difficult, however there are many things to keep in mind when you are making this decision.
The Alaska Cooperative Extension has in stock "Seed Starting and Transplanting" a publication that covers what to plant and when, with suggestions on planting material, seed starting and transplanting plus tips for keeping your precious plants healthy through the next several weeks. ACE has a variety of publication, some free and some with a fee, in the Delta office that gives recommendations of what to plant, and when.
Stop by the office in the Jarvis Building, Room 115 or call 895-4215 for more information about gardening in Alaska. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Delta Wind publication schedule
The Delta Wind plans to publish on March 16, April 6 and 20, and May 4 and 18.
David Johnson - February 16, 2000
Judy Ferguson is a well known writer to many Interior Alaskans. She recently sent us the hyperlinks to some of her Heartland magazine articles, and we are pleased to list them here. We'll add another one each day until they are all here. These stories are all copyrighted by Judy Ferguson. Here are Judy Ferguson's stories of Delta on the web.
David Johnson - February 7, 2000
Web Technology Allows a Daily Look at the Weather at Summit Lake
A web cam installed on March 14 provides Web viewers daily access to weather information at Summit Lake. The web camera takes pictures each morning and again in mid afternoon on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The web cam looks out the north facing window of Water's Edge B&B towards Summit Lake and Isabel Pass. It takes a picture at 9 AM and 3 PM and calls it in daily at 9 AM and again at 3 PM on Thursday - Saturday.
The project was designed to provide useful weather information for outdoor recreationists, like snowmobilers and anglers. The web cam and informational website is sponsored by Buffalo Center Diner, Polaris Junction and Water's Edge B&B.
The site was designed and built by Northwest Web Craft, a Delta Junction firm.
David Johnson March 16, 2000
ACE OFFERS FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Roxie Rodgers Dinstel, Home Economist with ACE will present financial information with assistance from planned guest speakers: Audrey Brown, Attorney at Law, and Chaplain Jim McNeal on Saturday, March 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Jarvis Office Center, ACE Conference Room. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch, you are welcome to bring a lunch and eat in the conference room or make other arrangement.
Topics discussed will be:
Estate Planning and Wills: Deciding "What if.." Research and organize prior to consulting a lawyer. What do you need to know and what information is important.
Dealing With Personal Property
Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?
There have been as many family members mad over the distribution of small personal items as over the much more expensive items. Plan how to distribute these personal items.
How to Talk to Your Family About Difficult Subjects
How do you discuss your wishes concerning your life?
How do you ask someone to be the guardian for your children?
Do you want extraordinary measures taken to prolong your life? Difficult issues are hard to talk about. But it is necessary as we begin to plan ahead.
The registration fee is $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple, seating is limited, register early to secure a seat please. Registration Due by March 24, 2000. Please call 895-4215 or stop by room 115 of the Jarvis Office Center to register or for questions. Thank you.
March 1, 2000
CHAMPION COMMUNITY UPDATE
The Delta Regional Economic Development Council (DREDC) held a work session
February 21. Discussion was directed toward the direction the council needs
to take next and progress on the benchmark documentation for the USDA
Delta Junction has been approved for a Champion Community Status and our two year community economic plan is in place. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this process.
DREDC has until May 2,000 to enter the benchmark documentation into the USDA
Updates are required to retain our Champion Community Status. You may mail updates, which can be a brief narrative containing accomplishments, pertinent dates, funding changes or additional tasks to P.O. Box 780, Delta Junction or faxed to 895-4777.
The next meeting for DREDC will be held March 6, at the city conference room at 5:30 p.m. We encourage anyone who have ideas for economic development or quality of life issues to attend our meetings. Hope to see you there!
March 1, 2000
Proposed Borough Petition Submitted
A local borough exploration committee has been working for many months to develop the foundation for a proposed Deltana borough. Committee chair Carlene Smith recently provided the Delta News Web with the final text for their proposal. Smith says the group submitted the petition to the state in on March 20, 2000.
Smith says what happens next is up to the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development.
Here is what she provided:
The process of developing a borough is complex. The exploration committee is nearing the "end of the beginning."
We're leaving a semi-permanent link in the "Pictures and Other Information" section, above.
David Johnson March 17, 2000 updated March 23
About those Ads Appearing on
You may have wondered about the advertisements that are beginning to appear on Delta News Web pages.
Ever since we began the Delta News Web we have been searching for ways to make it pay for itself. It's a fun project, but many times fun doesn't pay the bills, and that has been the case here.
We are now serving both local and national content advertising to help pay for the operation of the web. While it doesn't take a lot of time most days, it does add up over a period of time. We're hoping advertising will defray or even entirely cover the costs of operation.
So....if you like what you see in one of these ads, please "click." It helps defray our publication expenses.
Meanwhile, if you would like to have better exposure for your business, we'd be pleased to discuss marketing possibilities. Call David Johnson at (907) 895-4919 for more information.
David Johnson March 22, 2000
KUAC Fundraising -- Photo Story
If you happened to tune into KUAC TV on Saturday March 11 between 8 and 11:30 and thought you saw a familiar face or two, you were right! Assisting with answering the busy phones were some of Delta's own friends and neighbors:
Steve Fields, Bethany Williams, Tracy Dunham, Mike Bender, Ryan Dunham Bender, Pamela Ellis, Steve McCombs and Joyce McCombs.
These marks the twelfth year that Delta Junction has been represented during KUACs annual Spring Festival and it was a particularly good year for pledges, according to Festival staff members. Ryan Dunham Bender was particularly happy to assist by waving and clapping for new members to the KUAC family as they were announced during pledge breaks.
The on air talent included guests from KTVF TV - gracious and fun loving news anchor Ann Secrest who kept everyone's enthusiasm at a high pitch, and sports guy Michael Rogers, who regaled the crew and volunteers with his brush with fame -- he once auditioned for the featured band of that night's special programming, Steely Dan.
Both newscasters commented on the dedication of the Delta crew to drive 100 miles just to answer the phones ... we're hoping that encouraged some of the many people listening to phone in their pledges on Saturday.
You can still pledge if you missed your chance -- just drop by the Delta Library during regular business hours to fill out a pledge card. KUAC collectible posters are also available for those paying in full on a $50.00 pledge or more. Program guides and other information are always available year round at the Delta Library.
Joyce McCombs March 21,2000
Delta PeeWee Huskies defenseman Travis DuBois (white) defends the blue line against two Fairbanks opponents at a recent game at Ft. Wainwright. Dean Waldo officiates. Photo by Steve DuBois.
Northern Lights Photo Story
Recent northern lights photos in Delta. If you haven't been outside the last couple of weeks and taken in the view, you are missing some of the beauty of Alaska. The aurora is usually most spectacular in the spring and fall near the equinoxes. Photos by Debbie Jennings.
March 6, 2000
DELTANA COMMUNITY CORPORATION
The last meeting of Deltana Community Corporation generated some discussion on the formation of a borough charter, the current steering committees progress, and Deltana's future role if any. Last summer this board worked with the steering committee suggesting changes to their charter that we felt would make it more acceptable to area voters. The steering committee did not follow many of the recommendations made by Deltana. This steering committee is very close to having a charter that they feel ready to submit to the State of Alaska. There was some discussion of the process of forming a borough. Russ Bowdre does not feel that current legislation affecting unorganized boroughs will go anywhere this legislative session. He also suggested that Deltana invite Pete Apollo to a meeting as he could inform us on the progress of the current charter. Mr. Apollo could also offer information on Deltana becoming a borough steering committee. There was general agreement that Deltana should use the draft charter that we put so much work into already as base document. Russ thought we should look at the City charter with the view that there was possibly some useful information there. Todd Zachgo thought that Deltana should do what the steering committee was supposed to do: research the issue, prepare a draft charter, and put it on the shelf. Deltana recognizes that this is an explosive issue with area voters. The intent of Deltana is NOT to form a borough, but to research and put in the file a charter document that offers some possibility of acceptance by area voters should it be ever be necessary. Deltana will be working on the borough charter at most regular meetings as time allows. Any citizens that would like to take part in these discussions/work sessions are strongly encouraged to attend.
Under correspondence there was information on a land sale coming up in July and August. The State Div. Of Agriculture will dispose of 13 Delta Ag parcels. For more information contact that office in Fairbanks at (907-451-2780).
Barbara Ipsen requested to speak to the Deltana board about the condition of Clearwater Road. During the warm spells this winter about four of the driveways on the Clearwater Extension flooded. One person had their crawl space filled with water. The water has since frozen but Barbara is concerned about spring breakup. Discussion followed with most board members thinking we need more information. Paul requested that board members should drive out on their own to look at the problem. The matter will be taken under advisement until the next meeting.
Kassie Farrar presented her recommendation for a change in the Resolutions policy. She is recommending Deltana draft a Resolution of Support separate from the current Resolutions policy. The new Resolution of Support would satisfy requests for endorsement by Deltana made frequently by organizations seeking either public support or grant funding. The new Resolution of Support would require board members to poll by telephone a number of area residents before casting their vote. The incentive is three-fold. One it would insure that the board members were informing themselves and the public before endorsing any entity/position/project. Two it would satisfy the requirement for Deltana board members to be a voice for local residents. Three it protects board members from liability as it insures that the board members have executed their duty. The recommendation received mixed reviews. The on going issue of weather or not Deltana should involve itself in the formation of a borough charter is a case in point. Kassie is hesitant in entering into the formation of a borough charter without known broad public support. By creating a Resolution of Support for say, the formation of a borough charter, the Deltana board members would know they were on sound ground with area residents. Much discussion followed with the issue being tabled until the next meeting.
The next Deltana meeting is at the Clearwater Fire Station, 7:00p.m. on the 9th of March. All Deltana meetings are open to the public. or call 895-4150
March 6, 2000