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March 2001

This group of moose was part of a larger group gathered in a hay field off Nistler Road about 6:15 AM Tuesday morning, March 27.  Delta News Web photo.

US Army photographer Michael Kingston shot this picture of the Fort Greely Chapel earlier in the winter.

Excellent Season for Delta's Figure Skaters

Many new skaters and good weather have helped make the figure skating season in Delta a good one.

Instructor Michele Jones, from Fairbanks, works with the skaters as part of the United States Association of Figure Skaters' Skate With US program. In the program, skaters are taught the basic skills of figure skating, for example, skating forwards and backwards, turning and stopping up to spinning and jumping, often with help from the Advanced skaters

Cari Dighton, Tirza Knix, Kayelayn Nichols and Kayla Weller attended last summer's Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and were able to work with internationally established figure skating instructors and performers. The four will be skating a quartet number in the club's upcoming annual ice show. 
In December, Tirza Knix passed the United States Figure Skating Association's Pre-Preliminary test, enabling her to compete in the statewide "Sourdough Competition", being held in Fairbanks this May.

The skating club is often very dependent on the time and effort of the skaters and their families, especially Christy Roden, Sandy Dighton, Dana Nichols, Connie Knix, Debbie Joslin, Maria Lester, Jeanne Bunselmeier, Janice Weller and Mollie Jensen.

The annual spring ice show, which showcases the skills of all the Delta skaters, will be held on March 17th at 6:30pm. Admission will be free. We will be serving a Mexican Dinner from 5:00 - 6:30. Proceeds from the Dinner benefit the club. And there will be open skating starting at 4:30.

Colleen Knix - March 14, 2001

AFRN Ft. Greely ~ Isaac Payne
Isaac Payne on the afternoon show at AFRN Ft. Greely.  Photo by SGT Joel Davis, Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office

Ice skaters
Advanced skaters (clockwise) Kayla Weller, Tirza Knix, Cari Dighton & Kayelayn Nichols, taking a break from practicing their showstopping routines in the ice show.  Photo courtesy Colleen Knix.

Award medalWith Love and Adoration

My love for you will bring me to praise you
My love for you causes me to rejoice
And I come to worship in your presence, oh Lord

The strongholds are breaking
The fortress walls are coming down
You've allowed this great shaking
I praise you Lord here and now

Mercy and forgiveness
Honor and grace
Oh Lord, how I long to stand
In your presence face to face

You give me strength and power
And much authority
With love and adoration
I proclaim Jesus Christ is King

Lord of Lords, King of Kings
Son of God, my everything
I stand before you
I lift my voice and sing.

Award winning original poem by Jeanné Marie Phipps-Ottenstroer March 12, 2001

DMTC training class
The Delta Mine Training Center held a First Aid CPR & Mine Site Patient Evacuation Class last weekend. DMTC provides a variety of classes and training for individuals interested in pursuing a career in mining.  Photo courtesy Dave Adams, DMTC.

Figure skaters
Delta figure skaters Katy Dighton & Hannah Nichols (Katy is on the left) take a break from practicing at the Liewer-Olmstead Ice Rink. The two have a duet in Saturday's show.  Photo by Colleen Knix.

Girl Scout Troop 77 of Delta Junction
These are some of the Delta's Troop 77 Girl Scouts.  From left to right are, Annie Grossmann, Kayla Wilburn, Holly Williams, Jeanie Szidloski, Tara Rhoades, Tawnee Wardle and Kyra Kimball. Picture taken by troop leader, Kay Wardle.

Jeanne Ottenstroer with her awards
Jeanné Ottenstroer was recently awarded not one but TWO awards by the Famous Poets Society for her poem, With Love and Adoration.  The poem will be published it the society's anthology Gems 2000.


On February 27th, Matthew Sharp passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review and joined the ranks of the rare young men who achieve scouting’s highest award.  Matt’s scouting career started in second grade as a Cub Scout.  He earned all four ranks and was awarded The Arrow of Light, Cub Scout’s highest award.  Matt joined Boy Scout Troop 56 in September 1999.  He has earned 21 merit badges and held the leadership positions of Chaplain’s Aide and Patrol Leader .  He was accepted into Order of the Arrow in 2000.  

Eagle Scout Matt Sharp
Matthew Sharp of Delta Junction recently passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review.  He is shown here in full uniform before leaving for Philmont Scout Ranch in NM.  Attaining Eagle is an achievement that few scouts reach.  Matt is the son of Craig and Kathy Sharp. Congratulations, Matt!  See story below.  Photos courtesy Kathy Sharp.

Outdoor activities are an important part of scouting and Matt has become a very proficient outdoorsman; including participating in several winter survival outings where he built and slept in snow caves.  He attended the International Scout Jamboree in Whitehorse and Dawson City, Canada in July 1999, and climbed the Chilkoot Trail, earning the Historic Trails Award for a service project performed on the trail.  In July 2000, Matt was one of 12 scouts to represent Interior Alaska at the National Boy Scout Camp in Philmont, New Mexico.  

Preparing the ground for an Eagle Scout project

Over the course of his scouting career,  Matt has donated hundreds of hours of community service to Project Christmas, Project Thanksgiving, Community Spring Clean-up, Delta Community Choir, and the First Baptist Church of which he is a youth group member.  For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Matt supervised the construction of a Youth Worship Area on the river bank behind the First Baptist Church. 

Completed Eagle Scout project

Matt is a sophomore at Delta High School where he is a member of the school band, and the varsity swim team.  A Court of Honor and presentation of his Eagle Medal is tentatively scheduled for April 7th at Ft. Greely Chapel.

February 28, 2001

Scouts Winter Camping Trip
Quartz Lake

Scouts catch
Delta Boy Scouts were camping at Quartz Lake this past weekend, enjoying the pleasures of winter camping in a tent. Four scouts, Caleb Parker, Curtis and Calvin Fellman, and Jack Zachgo participated. Scouts also caught several silver salmon. Photo courtesy Fronty Parker. 

Photos by Fronty Parker February 27, 2001

CRTC images
The images above show Louie T. Creviston working along side Test Officers Ben Feilner, Kyle Anderson, and Dave Hoffman of the Cold Regions Test Center's Bolio Lake Test Operations Division. Louie is volunteering his time in the School to Work Program headed by Whit Hicks as an assistant photographer training with CRTC's Government Photographer Michael Kingston. The vehicle pictured is the Armored Security Vehicle (ASV), manufactured by Textron Land and Marine Systems. He will continue photographing for different Military test items for CRTC through May, 2001.

School bus model
Nick and Tawnee Wardle recently entered their schoolbus in the Festival of Lights lighthouse contest. It was complete with flashing lights, seats, a stop sign, license plates, etc. and came in second place in their division. Photo by Kay Wardle.

Festival Fireworks

Festival of Lights fireworks
Delta's Festival of Lights culminated with the very popular fireworks display at 8 on Saturday evening.  This time lapse photo caught some of the aerial light show. 

More fireworks from Saturday evening February 24, 2001 at the finale of the Festival of Lights.  Delta News Web photo.





Delta skaters Breena Weller (left) & Shelby O'Flanagan practicing their routine for an upcoming show.  Photo courtesy Colleen Knix.

Remote Field Work Skills

Remote Field Work Skills Class Geological field work is often conducted from remote camps put in by helicopter. This weekend there is a special workshop being offered by the Delta Mine Training Center which will enhance your backwoods skills and improve your ability to live and work in a remote field camp situation. 

The class is divided into five parts, each of which will be taught by recognized experts in the subject area. The class includes the following parts: 

1) Bear & Gun Safety (by Joe Nava) Friday, March 23, 1:00-5:00pm. This section is about avoiding bear confrontations, and procedures for dealing with problem bears. There will be in depth coverage of firearms, including the types most appropriate for bear protection, and safe gun handling procedures.

2) Camp Mobe Logistics (by Rich Flanders) Sat., March 24, 9:30am-12:00. This section will teach students how to pack a camp for transport to and from the field, camp site selection and camp assembly, operation of generators in the field, water purification systems, keeping warm and dry, and myriad of other valuable information.

3) Field Communications (by Dan Wietchy) Sat., March 24, 1:00-4:00pm. This section will give an overview of the different types of radios used in the field, as well as satellite phones, and how to set up antennas. The class will also discuss use of handheld radios and factors affecting reception.

4) Basic Survival Skills (by Shane Barnett) Sat., March 24, 4:00-6:30pm. This section will teach what to do if you become stranded or must deal with some type of field emergency. Topics will include how to obtain food and shelter and maximize chances for rescue. New survival equipment products on the market will be mentioned.

5) Helicopter Safety (by Keith Warren) Sun., March 25, 1:00-5:00pm . This section will teach every aspect of how to work safely around and directly with helicopters to do field work. The anatomy of the helicopter will be discussed, especially locations of equipment pertinent to safety. Preparation of landing zones, and correct methods of approaching and exiting the aircraft will be emphasized.

The cost of the class is $15 (or $90 with UAF credit). For information about the class call the Delta Mine Training Center at 895-2051.

To register for the class, stop by the DMTC office at 1596 Richardson Highway, or sign up on the DMTC web page:

David Adams -  March 20, 2001

Horse logger
Horse logger Tom Pitzer sent this picture of him working with his two Percheron's taking wood from a local burn. 

Free Financial Workshop 

When:Friday, March 9th at 7:00 PM. or Saturday,  March 10th at 10:00 AM.

Where: Delta Community Center

Topics include:

  • What to do when income decreases and bills don't.
  • Identifying priorities.
  • Revising your budget.
  • Learning what resources are available.
  • Understanding your rights and responsibilities about finances when faced with an income reduction.
  • Overcoming fear, bewilderment and anger when faced with income reduction.

Workshop presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Alaska and sponsored by the Ft. Greely Labor/Management Committee

March 8, 2001

Delta Cyber School Students 
"Blast Off" To Florida

"The Effect of Cosmic Radiation on Lichens," a flight experiment proposal developed by 5 students and their teacher at Delta Cyber Charter School, was launched from classroom project to space shuttle payload after judges at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility selected this experiment for a shuttle flight. Students Heidi Eckman, Crystal Gefroh, Crystal Keaster, Rachel Naegele and Zack Oliver instructed by science teacher Barbara Parker received the news last spring that they were winners in the national competition from the NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP). NSIP is a national, federally funded program of space related investigations and design challenges.

Delta Cyber School student's space experiment module

Students collected native lichens and conducted ground-based experiments in order to determine if this experiment could function in spite of expected temperature variations during flight, and storage periods before and after launch. Additionally, they held personal interviews with UAF Geophysical Institute and Biology and Wildlife Department personnel to gather information on everything from rocket flight to lichen identification.

Four of the team members and Parker received an expense-paid trip to the Wallops Flight Facility for Flight Opportunity Week in June of 2000. During this week the team worked with NASA staff to package the experiment in its module to make it ready for flight. The exact flight is STS-102 and is scheduled for launch March 8th, 2001.

Cyber school space experiment team

The experiment is now loaded in a GetAway Special canister (GAS can) and installed in Discovery's payload bay for mission STS-102. STS-102 is the 8th construction flight to the International Space Station and will carry theMulti-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo. Leonardo will be filled with equipment and supplies to outfit the U.S. laboratory module Destiny. The mission will also be carrying the Expedition Two crew to the Space Station, replacing the Expedition One crew who will return on the Shuttle Discovery.

All five team members will be traveling to Kennedy Space Center with their Delta Cyber School advisors as VIPs to watch the launch.

Barbara Parker -- March 5, 2001

While it is possible that this moose feels reverent towards either Delta Fuel or their sign, it seems more likely that it just likes grass.  Moose are browsers designed for eating leaves and branches -- and pond vegetation when they can get it -- so eating like a grazer is tough on the knees.  Photo courtesy Sheryl Mills.

Owen Blood honored as Student of the Quarter for the Second Quarter of the 2000-2001 School Year

The Delta Lions Club honored Owen Blood during the Lions monthly meeting at the Alaskan Steakhouse on Monday evening, February 26. Owen and his parents, Charles and Jacqueline Blood were guests at the Lions dinner meeting. Owen is a senior at Delta High School and was presented with a plaque for being Student of the Quarter for the second quarter of the 2000-2001 school year. His name will also be added to a plaque in the lobby at Delta High School. There are several plaques in the lobby listing students who have been named student of the quarter through the years at Delta High School.

Owen Blood
Delta Lions honored Owen Blood as student of the quarter recently in Delta.  Here Lion Dean Cummings presents the award to Blood.  Photo courtesy Ann Geise.  

Owen was nominated for this award by Leland R. Stocker, Principal at Delta High School. Mr Stocker states that "Owen is a hard worker in class as well as in extra-curricular activities. he is a talented viola and violin player who has been selected to the Alaska All-State Honor Orchestra as well as the All-Northwest Honor Orchestra. In addition to these honors, the National Merit Scholarship Program noted him with a letter of commendation. His teachers, peers, coaches, teammates, and community members all speak favorably about Owen. He is a positive role model and a contributing member to his senior class and school. His grade point average is 3.75."

Honors which Owen Blood has accumulated so far include: National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation, National Honor Society, DHS Scholastic Letter, DHS Varsity Letter for Cross Country, Suzuki Violin Level V, Band Letter Trumpet, Academic Excellence Award for GPA over 3.5, Alaska All-State Honors Orchestra for viola first chair, viola second chair, violin first alternate; All-Northwest Honor Orchestra Viola.

His activities are DHS Band-Trumpet, Solo & Ensemble Music Festival - Trumpet Trio, Fairbanks Youth Symphony - viola and violin, Kona Chamber Orchestra - viola and violin, DHS Varsity Basketball, DHS Cross Country, Golf - 2nd in FG&CC Championship and CBJ Championship, DSH Science Club, Assistant Coach youth soccer, Official scorekeeper for JrHigh basketball, refreshment stand business at golf course in Hawaii, violin teacher, senior class treasurer; and church activities.

Congratulations to Owen Blood for earning this student of the quarter award.

Ann Geise -- March 1, 2001

The days of hoarfrost are becoming fewer this year.  This is another view of the Sullivan Roadhouse by local photographer Michael Kingston.  

Deltana Community Corporation 
monthly report

President Paul Knopp opened the meeting and moved quickly through the financial report. John Hite was not present to report his ideas on the budget to the board so this discussion was delayed again.

Russ Bowdre gave the board an update on the bills regarding boroughs now in the legislature. Senate Bill 48 was addressed by Senator Lincoln in a teleconference meeting. She was very displeased that they would be taking away the power of the people involved to vote on the issue. An open discussion followed touching on the points of revenue to be gained/lost by the state in a borough scenario, comparative spending per school students in various areas, and Delta's unemployment rate. Kassie asked why, if school support is the main drive behind borough formation, the legislature didn't put it's energy into changing existing law so that a designated school tax (as we used to have) would be a legal option. She thought that Deltana could put their support behind such an effort. It was decided to draft a letter to the Governor and some legislators giving Deltana's position as the discussion had outlined it. It was also noted that some legislators are looking at the reported gambling expenditures by Delta residents (pull tab and bingo revenue are public) and how that discretionary spending might help support a borough. All are encouraged to contact their representatives regarding SB 48 or borough formation in general.

Paul then moved on to correspondence. The board has received letters of resignation from board members Jim Schooley and Steve Fields. The next scheduled election will be in October so we need to fill the seat for the interim period. Deltana is then; announcing Seats "G" and "F"are available. Any interested Deltana resident willing to fully commit their efforts should contact Paul at 895-4150 to state their interest and file for either seat. The Deltana board meets once a month and each seat usually has committee assignments. 

Paul reported that the DREDC committee is working on a cooperative agreement to merge with some other organizations. He also stated that some local residents have a permit to construct a low frequency radio station. They are developing a plan. The estimated capital costs are $50,000.00 right now. Deltana will consider helping to fund this project, depending how it will be structured and where it will be built.

Under the City Council report Kassie said that the prison feasibility study came in but that the City Council has asked them to broaden their figure base to include the figures given in the 1998 Buffalo Flats prospectus. Northern Economics, the vendor doing the study, started their calculations with a wage comparable to State employees with a benefit package. The current figures do not suggest a viable project. They State would have to agree to pay more per bed or the wages would have to be lower. Rick Johnson wants the council to direct the vendor to use the figures that Allvest has supplied. Lou Heinbockel stated that whatever figures were used they need to constitute a profit situation for the City or the project will not fly. On another topic,Pete Halgren said that Governor Knowles has sponsored a Senate bill that would have President Bush move on the National Missile Defense. The Governor has also moved to extend the National Guard, the entity that would operate the NMD. The legal wrangling goes on at City Hall with a new twist; it is alleged that there has been a break in the confidentiality of executive session.

Deltana has committed two grants to the Clearwater Boat Launch project. Committee members Ron Lester and Paul reported on the progress. Ron will follow up his initial contact with the surveyor in a weekend meeting with the surveyor and a lawyer. This is to address right of way concerns. Paul has talked to Dept. of Natural Resources and they have earmarked some concrete launch pads for use in the project. It is possible they will help us further. Paul will contact Fish and Game Dept. and the local residents. The remainder of MGP 95 was voted to support this project. So things are moving along on this project with groundwork hoping to be started in early summer. 

Attending community member Pat Schlicting stated that he concurs with the action taken by Deltana on SB48 this evening. He feels that SB48 is severely flawed. 

The next meeting of Deltana Community Corp. is Thursday, March 8, 7:00p.m. at the Clearwater Firestation. Public is always welcome.

DCC February 14, 2001




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