Photographer Richard Mitchell found some of the beauty of winter in this
Mike Rawalt puts a hole in the floor as part of the process for installing
partitions in the Delta Christian Center ladies bathroom. The bathroom
remodel was timely: a joint Efafa (Russian-speaking congregation) / DCC / community
Thanksgiving dinner brought more than 140 people into the dining area
downstairs. Delta News Web photo.
YWAM President to Speak in Delta Junction
Frank Naea, president of Youth
With A Mission International will be in Delta Junction on Friday,
November 17 and will be speaking at Delta Christian Center at 7 PM.
Frank was inaugurated as the new YWAM president this past year. He is a
first nations, indigenous native of new Zealand. At the inauguration elaborate Pacific-Island pageantry celebrated both his Maori / Samoan
ethnic heritage, and the participation of Two-Thirds World staff in YWAM's Great Commission enterprise. (Over 40%
of YWAM's worldwide staff come from the Two-Thirds World.)
YWAM is the largest missionary organization in the world. Among the many
ministries they operate are universities, worship/music schools, paramedic training and the Mercy Ships that travel throughout the world w/ medical
staff and supplies.
They have sent teams to bicycle the entire Alcan Highway to minister in campsites and churches in Canada and Alaska.
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) was started by Loren Cunningham in 1960. Since then YWAM has seen thousands involved worldwide in fulfilling Christ's
command: "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15) The YWAM motto is 'To know God and make Him Known.'
Year YWAM founded 1960
Long-Term staff over 10,000
Short-Term workers over 28,500
Permanent Ministry Locations 586
Countries with YWAM Locations over 132
If you would like more information about Youth With A Mission visit the
international homepage. www.ywam.org
Come and be challenged as to our part in Alaska for the Great Commission.
Christian Center -- November 15, 2000
Tom Jasper owns a new computer repair business in Delta, Frostbyte
Computer Services. Tom is a certified, licensed computer technician and can
repair and upgrade PC compatible machines in your home or office.
The Delta Community Emergency Responder's Appreciation
Dinner -- A Great Success!
Over one-hundred and ten people showed up to socialize, eat, and watch
community groups show their respects with Certificates of Appreciation to
all the Emergency Services groups we have in the Delta/Deltana/Fort Greely
The Certificate presenters were:
Rick Johnson representing the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the City
of Delta Junction. MAJ Robert Marcinkowski representing Fort Greely
Army Post. Steve Fields representing the Last Frontier Church and
the Deltana Community Corporation. Fred Wood representing Delta
Christian Center and Claire Wingfield representing the Delta Chamber
The Certificate accepters were:
Ted Hamilton representing the Rural Deltana VFD. Norm
Hilliker representing the City of Delta Fire Dept. Jerry Zachgo
representing Alyeska PS9 Security. Steve Joslin representing Alaska
State DNR - Division of Forestry. Connie Ott representing the Delta
Rescue Squad. SSG Tom Clementson representing AFRN.
Ray Andreassen representing the Family Medical Clinic. Sheldon
Longnecker representing the Fort Greely Fire Dept. Linda
Sorenson & Rick Johnson representing the Local Emergency Planning
Committee. Rick also handed out individual certificates to all the
responders on the City of Delta Fire Dept and the City of Delta Rescue
Squad. MAJ Danilo Motas representing Fort Greely Medical Detachment
No one was on hand to represent the Alaska State Troopers, and there was
a separate certificate from the Last Frontier Church given to Don
After the presentation of the certificates, Claire and Sheryl Mills held
a Responder raffle of twenty-four $15 gift certificates to local
businesses. These gift certificates were purchased by the Delta
Chamber of Commerce. At the end of the presentation, Rick Johnson said
that the City and the Chamber would like to make this an annual event.
We would also like to thank:
Rural Deltana VFD for putting this event together. City of Delta
for recognizing November 2 as Emergency Services Day. Acacia Flowers
for the two beautiful floral vases. Loretta Schooley for the article
Mike Kingston for donating his time as photographer. Linda Sorenson
& Pam Ellis for the use of the Community Center. Ed Larson of IGA
for all the paper products donated for the dinner. Wilbur and Nako St.
John for the hours spent cooking Wilbur's World Famous, well-kept
secret sauce for the spaghetti. Misty Stockinger for putting the
dinner and food together. Jill Longnecker for the fantastic delicious
cake that was admired by all.
All the individuals who brought pot-luck style food. Virginia
Headley, Amanda Barkhurst, Nancy & Ernie Wyrick, Steve Fields, Joyce
McCombs, Norm Hilliker, and Jim Eden-Kilgour for helping to set-up, and Mr.
& Mrs. Rex Wrigley with many others helping to clean-up.
I apologize if I missed anyone. This event would not have been made
possible without everybody being involved.
Steve Fields, RDVFD November 3, 2000
Reuben Byron John joined the Stephens and John families on October 31.
Weighing in at 8# 10oz young Reuben breathed air for the first time at 5:09
PM. In the photo are Reuben senior, Julie (Reuben's mother), Jim, Nicky, Andrea and Reuben
junior. Photo by David Johnson.
Why I Am Voting "Yes" on
Ballot Measure One
by David M. Johnson
I'm going to vote "yes" on ballot measure one. I hope you will do likewise. Please allow me to explain why I believe this issue is so important.
As I see it, ballot measure one is simple. A "yes" vote keeps anti-hunting groups from twisting our wildlife management system to fit what THEY think is right.
Here's how it has been working in recent years: Outside anti-hunting groups and their Alaska affiliates pick a "hot button" issue. They gather signatures on initiative petitions in large population centers. With enough signatures, their issue must be placed on the ballot. Then, using huge Outside donations and local donations, they develop an emotional election campaign.
The tactic works here because all they have to do is win in Alaska's big cities. Most Alaska residents live in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Most of these are new to Alaska. They know little or nothing of complex Alaska wildlife issues, and wildlife has not yet been a part of their lives or livelihood. All the anti-hunting groups have to do is convince enough new residents to overwhelm the rest of us. With enough money and clever media advertising they win. Ballot measure six on this year's Alaska ballot is a good example. National anti-hunting groups are pulling in big money to convince Alaskans to vote "yes" on six. As for myself, I'm going to vote "nix on six."
Alaska has one of the finest wildlife management systems in the world. The level of citizen involvement is world-class. It has succeeded very, very well in maintaining sustainable yields of wildlife as required by our state constitution. It effectively integrates the concerns of a broad spectrum of Alaskans. Our system is not perfect, but it works well. It sure beats the "ballot box biology" approach being pressed so hard by the anti-hunters here in Alaska and elsewhere in the nation. Alaska's wildlife is far too important to make decisions about at the ballot box.
The Coalition for the Alaskan Way of Life is the primary organization working for the elimination of "ballot box biology." This coalition is comprised of Alaska Native and Alaska outdoors organizations. The joining of these two broad groups to fight together for ballot measure one and related issues is truly historic. It is also significant that the two groups of Alaskans with what may be the greatest stake in abundant Alaska wildlife are working so hard together to see this ballot measure pass.
Please join me in voting "yes on one, and nix on six."
David Johnson (webmaster of the Delta News Web) retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in 1995 after more than 20 years as a biologist in the interior and wildlife management supervisor in the southeast and southcentral Alaska regions. He and his family lived in Delta from 1981 to 1987 and from 1995 to date.
The Delta News Web was recently at the new offices of the Delta Mine
Training Center on School Road and snapped this picture of center director Dr.
Whit Hicks. The center is working with the mining industry, the University
of Alaska and other cooperators to develop a first class mine training program
for Alaskans and others. You can learn more about the Delta Mine Training
The First Baptist church enjoyed a harvest fair on All Saints
Eve (October 31). Janell Moore who spearheaded the event, said nearly 100
children enjoyed games, cake walks, and food. The picture attached shows Matt
Sharp and Tyler Zachgo, two of the six boy scout assisting with one of the
several game booths. Photo by Fronty Parker.
Mount Hayes dominates the Delta sky on clear days. It is about 44 miles SW
of the center of Delta Junction and rises 13,826 feet above sea level and more
than 12,000 feet above the Tanana Valley floor at Delta.
Delta residents Nicky Stephens and Beth Dorff recently completed Certified
Nursing Assistant training in Fairbanks. The training was made possible
for workers displaced by the BRAC process in the Delta/Greely community by the
JTPA program. Delta News Web photo.
More babies! Yvonne Echo-Hawk holds her grandson, Miguel Echo-Hawk Lopez.
Miguel was born November 2nd in Seattle. His mother is Abagail Echo-Hawk
Lopez. Photo by Colleen EchoHawk-Hayashi
The Healing Ministry of Art Mathias
Mathias was healed several years ago of a disease called environmental
illness through the ministry of Henry Wright. He has since been
ministering the same principles to other people experiencing physical and
emotional problems. In response to the great need for a practical
workbook, Art developed his new book "Biblical Foundations of
Freedom." Come and hear Art's remarkable story and learn how you
can apply these principles to your own life and the lives of others.
Mathias will be ministering at Delta
Christian Center at 4.5 mile Jack Warren Road from Sunday through
Wednesday. Here is the schedule:
Sunday 11/26: 11 AM & 7 PM
Monday 11/27: 7 PM
Tuesday 11/28: 7 PM
Wednesday 11/28: 7 PM
For additional information about Art Mathias, see the Wellspring
Ministries of Alaska website. For additional information about
Delta Christian Center call Curtis or Belita Taylor at 895-5279.
Delta Christian Center -- November 21, 2000
Not that long ago, Delta Junction was called Buffalo Center. Here is a
portion of a map from the 1950's showing the name "Buffalo
Center." Note the town of Richardson on the way to Fairbanks.
The once-thriving little mining town was eventually consumed by the meandering
The crisp colors of winter paint dramatic scenes in the trees and sky. Delta
News Web photo.
Winter turned this small birch and the sky behind into a work of art. Photo by
Tom Pitzer of Delta Junction is one of the few horse-loggers in the country let
alone Alaska. Here is Tom using his bay percheron geldings to skid
firewood from the Ft. Greely
burn. Photo courtesy Tom Pitzer.
Members of the Delta/Greely Community Choir enjoyed a fun-filled
rehearsal Thursday night at Ft. Greely Chapel in preparation for their popular
annual Christmas Concert. Rehearsal Thanksgiving week will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday
night Nov. 21 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. This year's concert is scheduled for
December 14th. Photo by Melinda Pflugrad.
Elections Day in Delta Junction
Elections workers including (left to right) John Hite, Kitty McAfee, and Loretta Schooley
greeted voters as they came in to the Big Delta precinct.
Fran Colombo and Wilma Steel checked voter names as people came in to vote in
the Delta Junction precinct.
Kitty McAfee checks off Elaine Shannon as she comes in to vote in Big Delta.
Linda Johnson emerges from a voting booth at the Delta Community Center on
Lynn Plomaritis finishes casting her ballot by placing it in the counter.
The camera caught Eddy in the 1/2 second she WASN'T smiling!
Delta News Web photos by David Johnson
Linda Johnson with a friend's dog, "Chica" a toy Chihuahua. Delta
News Web photo.
The Summit Web Cam
is operational again after several weeks of downtime just as the snow started to
fall. This picture is from earlier in November, not long after a
snowfall. The Web Cam is located the south end of Summit Lake at Water's
Edge B&B, and is a joint project of Buffalo
Center Diner, Water's
Edge B&B, and Polaris
This is a picture of the Delta high school swim team at the regional
championship meet in Fairbanks on Friday November the 3rd. The swimmers from
right to left are Hillel Echo-Hawk, Matt Sharp, Cassie Green, and Caleb Parker.
Cassie Green made qualifying times in both her event to qualify for the State
championship meet in Anchorage this weekend. The rest of the team is going to
Anchorage to support her. This is the first Delta high school swim team member
to ever qualify for State in swimming. Good Luck Cassie! Photo by
Deltana Community Corporation Report
The agenda of Deltana Community Corporation opened with public comment as is customary. Loretta Schooley was present and recognized by the chair. Loretta had come before Deltana before with a proposal to survey and upgrade Souhrada Road. At this time she brought forth some thirty-four letters each stating positive support for the improvement. The letters were from residents, land owners and other users of Souhrada Road. The issue was taken under advisement and assigned to the roads committee for research. Deltana views these types of improvements as having a positive impact community wide.
The Deltana board was pleased to welcome new board member Robert Castoe to his first meeting where he was sworn into office. To returning board members Ron Lester and Todd Zachgo a hearty "welcome back!"
There was some remaining grant monies available in MGP2000 and after discussion the board voted to put those funds to the public park on Deltana grounds. There are other grant monies available this year and some suggestions were made for their use. Kassie put forward a suggestion for building a boat launch at the Clearwater Lake. Steve wants the board to consider granting some of the money to the Sawmill Road Fire House project. There followed open discussion about the merits of both suggestions with no decision being made at this time. Any member of the Deltana public that has a capital project that they would like the board to consider are asked to bring the suggestion to the board.
The Local Emergency Planning Committee is considering asking Deltana for a letter of support for an emergency tower. After discussion the board asked John if he would find out if the LEPC could use the Transmitter Tower that is currently in the planning stages at City Hall.
Various committee reports were made. Donna stated the board should write a letter recommending people to the City Council Advisory Committee. Members of the public Pat Schlicting, and Joe Peters volunteered for two committee seats. Two board members Robert Castoe and Russ Bowdre agreed to take two seats. It is important for people taking committee seats to have a commitment and we thank these people for coming forward. These adjustments filled the seat requirement and the meeting moved on.
Steve told the board about the Emergency Responders Appreciation Dinner. He recommended
people come out and show their appreciation to the many hours these people donate for the sake of our health and safety.
With that the meeting adjourned. Next regular meeting will be November 9, 7:00p.m. at the Clearwater Fire Station.
Delta Community Corp -- October 30, 2000
Delta area sport fish biologist Fronty Parker says there is more to the new
aquarium at the Delta F&G office than meets the eye. For one thing,
the water temperature is a brisk 38ºF....and that makes it possible for these
1-year-old lake trout from the Denali Highway country to thrive in it. Delta
News Web photo.
The US Army lent a hand stocking lake trout to an unoccupied Delta area lake
recently. Jim Storey, Mike Coke, and Michael Kingston assisted the
Division of Sport Fisheries by providing transportation to Kenna Lake, in the
upper Jarvis Creek drainage. Photo by Fronty Parker.