Three long time friends graduated together this year.
Left to right: Paul Bealer, Caleb Parker, and Matthew Sharp. Each of
these young men achieved
the rank of Eagle Scout during their scouting careers and were also
recipient's of the local Spirit of Youth Award. Their Eagle Scout
have made a lasting impression on the community. Paul built the
reading gazebo at the city library, Caleb built picnic tables for
Pioneer's Park, and Matt's project was the "Prayer Garden" on the
bank of the Delta River behind the First Baptist Church.
Tawnee Wardle is jumping on her trampoline, enjoying a nice summer day. Can you see her? Photo Courtesy Kay Wardle
Graduating Class of 2003
Delta Greely School District, Graduating Class of 2003.
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Information about the Deltana Fair
The deadline has been extended for the 2003
Deltana Fair theme and logo contest. Entries must be received by 5
pm on Wednesday, May 21. Drop off entries at Help Secretarial in
the AMC Building or mail to Deltana Fair, Box 408, Delta Jct.
99737 -- be sure to allow time for mail to get into the box!
Steve Fields -- May 19, 2003
Justin Arthur Smith and Brian Lowell Geise just after graduation. Photo courtesy Bill Smith
CONGRATULATIONS 2003 GRADUATES
Samuel Benjamin Adams
DELTA CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL
NEW HORIZONS SCHOOL
Pam Dunklebarger and all the staff of the DNW
Looking for Pictures of Delta High School Baccalaureate and Graduation
I attended the Baccalaureate service Thursday night in honor of the Delta High School graduating class of 2003. I was moved to see so many of the young people show up. This was not mandatory, but they came to this one time event that takes place in each graduating senior's life. Many prayers go out in our community, especially for the youth with all the things they are faced with daily.
I want to thank Pastors: Curtis Taylor, Bob Pratt, Terry Pfulgrad, Dave Becker, Carin Bear, Dean Bialik, and Father John Martinek for leading this wonderful service and pouring out of yourselves to these young people.
The evening was enjoyed by everyone who attended. The music was beautiful, thanks to the Delta High Choir Ensemble, and the Delta High School Choir. Special recognition goes to Hillel EchoHawk and Brooke Leslie for a song that Hillel had written for the graduating class. Brooke also sang a song "Come Just As You Are" If you have never heard Brooke sing, you have missed a blessing.
Thank you to all the teachers, parents, staff, and volunteers who have helped these young people over the years to achieve to one of their highest goals in life.
I would like for anyone who took pictures of the high school events to send them to the Delta News Web, so we can show honor to these young adults and the achievements they have made.
Congratulations 2003 Graduates. May God continue to bless each of you, as you start on your next journey as adults. Remember the words: "Seek Ye First the Kingdom the God and His righteousness" This is the greatest thing you can do as you journey through adulthood.
Members of the Delta/Greely School Board assembled in the high school lobby prior this year's graduation ceremony. Shown left to right are: Michelle Trainor, Dick Anderson, Richard Mauer, Creig Sharp, Doris Fales, Dan Green, and Mike Schultz. Photo by Kathy Sharp
After a three month tour in Kuwait and Iraq, with the 82nd Airborne from Ft. Bragg, SGT Ryan Ricaporte, his wife Holly and daughter Taylor are able to spend a few days visiting relatives and friends in Delta. Photo courtesy Joe Crandall
Delta High School aerial Photo courtesy Thomas Richards
Glenn Highway Closures
Construction on the Glenn Highway will lead to some early morning closures of the road. Delta motorists leaving Anchorage or Delta late at night may be affected.
The Alaska DOT website reported the following:
2002-2003 school yearbooks here
The 2002-2003 yearbooks are in. Get yours soon. Jr. High $30 (64 pages) and High School $50 (100 pages). Both are in full color this year. Call 895-4460 or 895-5207 for more information.
Illene Jurgens -- May 8, 2003
"Don't even think about throwing out that fish carcass," this Homer bald eagle seems to be saying. Delta News Web publisher David Johnson snapped this picture at the Homer small boat harbor near a fish carcass cart. The cart was provided by the Habormaster for fish carcasses so as to avoid polluting the boat basin. Several bald eagles had staked out the cart, and didn't sem very interested in leaving, even with people wandering around. Photo courtesy David Johnson
Deltana Community Corporation Monthly Meeting
The Monthly Meeting of the Deltana Community Corporation will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2003, 7:00 at the Clearwater Fire Station on Clearwater Road, south of Nistler Road. We meet the second Thursday of each month.
Deltana Community Corporation represents all persons living outside the City Limits of Delta Junction.
All questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns can be brought up at any monthly meeting. You can also contact any Directors on the Board of DCC: Bob Castoe, Julia Philips, Pat Schlichting, Patty Balzarini, Paul Knopp, Ron Lester, Steve Fields, Todd Zachgo, or Tonia Smith.
Steve Fields -- May 6, 2003
Deltana Fair Manager and New Dates
The Board of Directors of the Deltana Fair Association has chosen Loretta Schooley to be our Fair Manager this year.
This year, the Deltana Fair will be held in August on Friday the 22nd, Saturday the 23, and Sunday the 24.
For further information on volunteering, working for us, participating in events, becoming a vendor (ask us for the Vendor Packet), advertising in the Deltana Fair Book of Events, the logo contest, or any scheduling, please call Loretta at (907) 895-4200, or you may contact any of the other Board of Directors: Dawn Grossmann, Gail Keaster, Nancy King, Ann Geise, Kelly Keaster, or Steve Fields.
You can also eMail the Deltana Fair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all, and we'll see you at the Fair!
Steve Fields -- May 6, 2003
While traveling last summer, Mike had spotted this fox standing on the highway. Photo courtesy of Michael Kingston
Two puppies were found abandoned by the Cherokee. FREE Looking for a good home. Both are friendly, females about 3 to 4 months old. Call 895-5023 if you want to adopt one of them, or both. Photo courtesy of Holly Stewart
The Phillips family went camping Memorial Day weekend. A group of friends gathered around their campfire Sunday night at the Clearwater River and had pudgy pies and lots of laughs. What a nice way to spend an evening in Delta. Photo Courtesy Julia Phillips
Sean and Brysun Stocum "Bucket Fishing" on the ClearH20 Photo courtesy Dwight Phillips
Delta News Web Needs Your Input
The Delta News Web is looking for photos and news items to share with the community. Please send your photos and your community news. Many people outside of our community like reading our daily news. It's a great way for them to keep up with what's happening in and around Delta.
Thanks for all your help.
Delta News Web to publish
The Delta News Web will on Monday, May 26 publish a tribute to
American veterans who have passed on. We invite readers to send
We have published an example of one tribute to an honored American veteran here.
Webmaster -- May 21, 2003
Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend. The DNW will be updated on Tuesday. Remember to take time this weekend to reflect on what Memorial Day is all about and continue to pray for our Armed forces, as they give of themselves to protect our freedom.
Delta High School Choir
The Delta High School Choir singing "Step By Step" and "You Are My
All in All" at the 2003 Baccalaureate Service that was held on
Moose in interior Alaska start having calves about
May 15, with the peak of calving about May 20-21. This cow and her
newborn twins showed up
Caleb Parker and my son, Matthew, have been
friends since kindergarten. Both young men
Delta News Web information
The tractor is a familiar sight to Delta folks.....but perhaps not in this service. "The Tractor Factor" operates out of Anchor Point -- at the western most point of the contiguous North American road system --to put in and take out fishing boats during the summer months. The tractor backs the boat and trailer into the surf, launches the boat, and then repeats the process at the end of the day. The charge is $40 for in and out. Not a bad job on a nice day, but when "surf's up" it must be a bit hairy. Photo by David Johnson.
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY
Monday, May 5 was David Gibbs birthday. He is still in CA but hopes to see everyone this summer.
Frieda Gibbs -- May 7
"A Collaborative Effort of Talents"
127,000 mailboxes across Alaska will soon have the collaborative effort of two individuals tucked away in the pages of a monthly shopper.
Steve Dubois, a biologist for the Alaska State Department of Fish and Game, Delta Junction, wrote a short story called "Solo" about his early dog mushing experiences in the interior.
Erica Parker, a senior at Sitka High School, illustrated the story for her senior project that is a requirement for graduation. Her goal was to get this work published and that has now been accomplished!! So be on the lookout for this unique story and drawing!
Catherine Parker -- May 6, 2003
His first Haircut! Carter Douglas Edward Christopherson, son of Mikel Eric Christopherson (DHS '86), did not cry until the end... And this looks like it is about the end! Carter, born on November 13, 2001, lives in Anchorage with his mom, Nicole, dad, Mikel, and 3 year old sister, Erica. Mom (University of Alaska Fairbanks, '94) is a CPA with the ASRC Service Center Inc (a wholly owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, an Alaska Native owned for profit corporation). Dad is walking for his graduation at the University of Alaska Anchorage, on May 4. He actually completed his BS in Finance last December and now works as a Program Analyst for Alutiiq, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Afognak Native Corporation (ANC), an Alaska Native owned for profit corporation. ANC represents some of the Alutiiq peoples of the Kodiak Island group and southern coastal Alaska.)
Angela Phillips is shown holding 3 of the 6 puppies that her dog Oprah recently had. Currently there are still 2 puppies for sale. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
Sparrow, Zach, Destiny and Perry Chavez. Former residents of Delta who are still currently residing in Alaska. The picture was taken while in Seward this past summer. We just wanted to tell everyone there in Delta hello. Photo courtesy of Sparrow Chavez
Larry and Juliet Dorshorst, proud parents of Jirah
Obedoza. Born on April 21, 2003. Weighing 9.7 pounds and
22" long. Today, he is 2 weeks old.
Happy Birthday Julie John
Former Delta resident Julie (Stephens) John is celebrating her 23rd birthday today. Happy 23rd Julie! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Katie Johnson -- May 3, 2003
Vicki Jurgens, a 1985 Delta graduate, with her two Dalmatian dogs. Vicki is a flight attendant with United Airlines and lives in the San Diego area. She's hoping to "bop" back into Delta for a short time to see everyone this summer and help her mother, "Mrs. J," enjoy her retirement from teaching. Photo courtesy of Ilene Jurgens.