November 2005

“Former Delta resident Cheryl Bobo, now living in Craig, on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska sent us this photo.”  Another scene from Craig, AK  Photo Courtesy Cheryl Bobo

Alaskan King  Crab Hockey Fundraiser

Annie Grossmann is again selling Alaska King Crab by the 10 LB box as a fundraiser for her Ice Breaker’s Girls Hockey Team. The crab is individually quick frozen and the box is made up of legs and claws. They are excellent eating and reasonably priced at $109.00 a 10 pound box.

Orders can be placed  by January 12th for Super Bowl. So call soon and enjoy your Thanksgiving the “Alaskan way” with Alaska King Crab Legs and support girl’s hockey. Annie 895-1910 or 978-3786.

November 26, 2005

Donnelly Dome
We have had a lot of cloudy, gray days lately. This is a picture showing what Donnelly Dome looks like sticking through a low layer of clouds. Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Deer resting
Deer resting in SE AK Photo Courtesy Cheryl Bobo

Get Moving!

Being physically active every day can help you feel and look better because it helps boost energy, helps you cope with stress, helps you relax and feel less tense, tones muscle, burns off calories, and helps maintain a healthy weight, and helps you control your appetite.

The number of calories that you burn depends on how much you do and how much you weigh. The average man is heavier than the average women. Look below to see the number of calories you might burn in these activities. Calories used per hour -

                                              Women       Men

Sitting quietly                                 80        100

Cleaning house or office work         240        300

Walking briskly or gardening          370        460

Jogging (fast) or swimming             580        730

Running or skiing                          740        920

November 19, 2005 -- Submitted by UAF/CES/Roxie Rodgers Dinstel Home Economist

Bohemian Waxwing
Bohemian Waxwings have black masks and yellow tips to their short tails. Crests are erect, long pointed wings and silky plumage, secondary wing feathers are tipped with red, horny scales resembling sealing wax. In flight, their formations resemble those of starlings. They lay 3 to 5 spotted eggs in a bulky shallow nest in late summer. Food is fruits, berries and insects. In North America it breeds in the northwest from Alaska south to  northern Idaho and Montana, and east to Hudson Bay. Large numbers occasionally invade the United States south of the breeding range in winter.  It nests late in the summer, feeding its young on berries and insects. It has no regular migration route, but wanders widely after breeding.  Photo was taken in a parking lot on Dimond Blvd. in Anchorage. Copyright Dwight Phillips


Thanksgiving Trivia


1.  In what year did the Pilgrims come to North America?
 2.  What was the name of the ship the Pilgrims sailed on?
 3.  What ocean did the Pilgrims sail across to reach North America?
 4.  Where did the Pilgrims ship land when they reached North America?
 5What was the Native Americans' clothing made of when the Pilgrims arrived in North America?
 6How did the Native Americans help the Pilgrims?
 7.  Did Pilgrim boys and girls go to school?
 8.  When was Thanksgiving day named as a 'real' holiday?

 9.  How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?

10.  Which president proclaimed the first "National Day of Thanksgiving"?

11. Even though Thanksgiving was observed most years, it was not an official holiday. What is the name of the woman credited with making Thanksgiving a national holiday?

12.  Which president made Washington's "National Day of Thanksgiving" a national holiday?

13.  Who was the last president to change the date of the Thanksgiving holiday?

14.  What happened in 1941?

15.  Who wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the United States of America?

16.  What part of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual?


Thanksgiving Trivia Answers

 1. The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620.
 2. The Mayflower, but there were actually two ships! The Mayflower and the Speedwell. The Mayflower made it to North America but the Speedwell had to turn back.
 3. The Atlantic Ocean. This is the ocean that separates North America from Europe.
 4. The Pilgrims landed in Plymouth - Plymouth Rock! They saw Cape Cod first but did not land there because there were too many Indians among other reasons.
 5. Their clothing was made from animal skins. Mainly deer skin because they were the easiest to find.
 6. They taught them to hunt for food and to plant their own food from seeds the Native Americans supplied. They also helped the Pilgrims build stronger houses.
 7. In the early years in North America, the pilgrim kids did not go to school. Parents had to teach their own children or get a neighbor to help. On another note, they only took baths a few times a year!
 8. George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, but President Lincoln made it official by proclaiming the last Thursday in November as a national day of "Thanksgiving".
 9.  It lasted three days (the celebration consisted of games as well as food).
10. George Washington (in 1789 and then again in 1795).
11. Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor. She began her Thanksgiving campaign in 1827.
12. On October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued a "Thanksgiving Proclamation" that made the last Thursday in November a national holiday. (Before that, the president had to make an annual proclamation naming the day when Thanksgiving was going to be held.)
13. President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving to the Thursday before last (the reason was to make the Christmas shopping season longer and thus stimulate the economy).
14. Congress passed an official proclamation naming Thanksgiving a legal holiday to be observed, from that date forward, on the fourth Thursday in November.
15. Benjamin Franklin, but he was opposed by Thomas Jefferson. Legend has it that Franklin then named the male turkey a "tom turkey" to spite Jefferson. (The female is called a "hen turkey" and the baby a "poult.")
16. The wishbone.

Overdue Book Alert!

Help! As of Monday, November 14, over 650 items are OVERDUE from the Delta Library. Help get them back in circulation - check under the couch, on the bedside table, in school backpacks, mom's tote bag, dad's truck, or your own book and video shelves for items to be returned. The Delta Library outdoor book drop is always open and helps avoid embarrassment! Remember, donations to the "I Feel Guilty" box at the front desk are always welcome. Thank you!

November 15, 2005

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk
A juvenile red-tailed hawk (this dark phase of the red-tailed hawk is commonly referred to as a Harlan's hawk) is shown searching for a meal of
voles as it passes through the Delta Junction area during migration this fall. Vole (similar to mice) populations naturally cycle from low to high
levels and are currently at higher levels than many old timers can ever remember. This bodes well for predators such as hawks, owls, and martens
that prey on voles. Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Happy Birthday Nov 14 -  Nov 20

Happy Birthday Nov 15 - Donavin. Love Mom and Glenn

Happy first birthday to Cutter Luke Stockwell - Nov 15. Wish I could be there, buddy! I love you, your Mamy.

Happy Birthday Nov 16 - Doris Fales

Happiest 18th Birthday on Nov 18th to Chandi Wyckoff with lots of love Dad, Mom and Cassi

Happy Birthday Nov 19 - LouAnn Fett

Happy Birthday Nov 20 - Frank Whiteside

Happy Birthday Nov 20 - Cecilia Frenzl

Happy Birthday Nov 20 - Eileen Herman

Happy Anniversary Nov 14 -  Nov 20

Happy Anniversary Nov 17 - Todd & Melanie Zachgo

Happy Anniversary Nov 19 - Dale & Debbie Diviney

Northern Lights
Northern Lights.  The aurora may last 10-15 minutes, twisting and turning in patterns called "rayed bands", then whirling into a giant green corona in which rays appear to flare in all directions from a central point, and finally fade away..
Photo Courtesy Thomas Pernau

Holiday Bazaar

The Delta Kiwanis Club will host its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 19, 2005 at the Delta Junction High School big gym. The Bazaar opens 10:00 AM and closes 5:00 PM.  Table spaces are $40 or $45 for aisle end table space with an adjacent table for $35.  Santa will be available in the lobby 11:00AM to 2:00PM for “kids Contact Ray or Sherwood Dinger at 895-4982, Lyn Robertson at 895-3251 for more  Information or to request a registration packet. Registration Forms are available at Junction-Realtors, M & W gifts or Loving  Stitches, all located next to Wells Fargo Bank in Delta Junction. Receipt of reservation and space fee will confirm your space.

November 2, 2005

Christmas Boxes
The children of Denali Lutheran Preschool are shown proudly displaying the shoeboxes full of gifts for children in Russia. The school families donated new items to be included in the boxes. The children made a book about themselves with a class picture that is also included in the shoebox. These boxes will go up to Fairbanks to join with the thousands of other boxes made all over the United States. Under the direction of Franklin Graham and his organization Samaritan's Purse the boxes will be distributed as part of Operation Christmas Child. The boxes will be delivered to refugees of war, natural disaster survivors and victims of extreme poverty. Samaritan's Purse share's God's love with hurting children in the far corners of the globe with the help of these Delta boys and girls. More info is available at Samaritans Purse Shown in the photo seated on the floor are Keely, Ally and Caylin. Seated in the chairs are Sadie, Katie, Seth and Pepe. Standing are Darby, Rafe and Aeron.

Arctic Bears Get Started Tonight

Thursday, November 10, 2005 "I'm happier than a puppy dog with two tails coaching these girls," Hughes said on the eve of the Arctic Bears' first game as a high school hockey team. The Bears open their season tonight against Chugiak/Eagle River at MacDonald Arena in Eagle River. The Bears also play Service/East on Friday at MacDonald Arena.

"Good doesn't quite describe these girls, they are phenomenal," Hughes said when asked to assess the team he coaches along with former University of Alaska Fairbanks forward Scott Vockeroth and goalie Keith Bartusch. "I'm truly surprised at the quality of hockey these girls play, it's incredible."

The Arctic Bears are comprised of players from Lathrop, West Valley, Hutchison, North Pole and Delta Junction high schools. There is currently a roster of 20 players, 15 of whom will travel to Eagle River for this weekend's games.

"These girls are nothing but good," Hughes said. "They can skate, they can shoot, they can pass, it's just perfect.

"If I were a goalie in Anchorage, I'd be terrified," he added. "We've got some big guns on our team who can shoot the puck at about 70 miles per hour."

Hughes will take a team comprised of two goalies, four defensemen and nine forwards to Anchorage this weekend

The goalies are Abby Womack and Samantha Wiegers with Annie Grossmann (A local from Delta), Anna Johnson, Erin Winters and Brita Irving on defense.

Up front, the Arctic Bears first line is comprised of Linda Evans, Kayla Weber and Danika Williams.

"They are really going to put some numbers on the board," Hughes said. "They are going to need a couple of extra red lights in Anchorage because these girls are going to burn them out."

Shannon Kim, Jen Hall and Kayley Moen will play on the second line and Feya Hutchens, Liz Hall and Kira Hansen play on the third line.

Other players on the team who will see action later in the season include Randi Odegarden, Lauren Wilfer, Vivian Bishop, Leigh Smith and Tara Larry.

"These girls are really going to play some serious hockey," Hughes said. "They are fast, precise and it's just a pleasure seeing them out there."

The Arctic Bears are run by the Alaska Icebreakers Hockey Association, and players on the team are helping raise funds to cover the cost of expenses by selling hams and king crab legs during the holiday season, Hughes said.

Anyone interested in making a purchase should contact one of the players on the team, Hughes said.

Information on becoming a booster of the Arctic Bears is available by going to and clicking the Arctic Bears tab.

Sports Editor Bob Eley can be reached at , or 459-7581.

Thursday, November 10, 2005 -- Taken from the Daily News Miner

Winter get away
A little winter get in town...right behind the Clearwater lodge...nice and quiet and the river looks great this time of year...Photo Courtesy Jay Miller

Veterans Day Trivia

1. Veterans Day was once called:

a. Soldiers Day
b. Flag Day
c. Armistice Day

2. How many living veterans are there in the US?

a. 5 million
b. 10 million
c. 24 million

3. What is the best way to show your support on Veteran's Day?

a. Fly the American flag
b. Eat a whole bunch of hotdogs
c. Go to a fireworks display

4. How many stars were on the American flag in 1954 when November 11 officially became Veterans Day?

a. 46
b. 48
c. 50

5. Why is Veterans Day on November 11?

a. There was a big empty space on the calendar between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
b. That is the birthday of the Unknown Soldier.
c. The date marks the official ending of World War I.

November 11, 2005

Answers to Trivia

1c - 2c - 3a - 4b - 5c

Delta Chamber of Commerce

The Delta Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for a full time office assistant/events coordinator. General office experience and experience with fund raising is important. Must be able to plan, coordinate and execute large events and festivals in a timely manner. Applications are available at the Chamber office located in the Jarvis West Building, lower level, Room L5. Applications will be accepted until November 18, 2005 at 4pm. Call 895-5068 for more information.

November 5, 2005

Fort Greely Grizzlies


Greely Grizzlies  Nov 7 - Nov 13

Basketball -  November 11 – 12: Nenana Ice Cream Classic (away)

Delta High Huskies


Delta High Huskies Nov 7 - Nov 13

Wrestling - Tue - Nov 8 - Time TBA - Match Eielson and Delta - Location North Pole

Hockey - Fri - Nov 11 - Time 3:00 PM - Delta at Hutch

Wrestling - Fri - Nov 11 - Time TBA - Match Robbie Cup - Location Anchorage

Wrestling - Sat - Nov 12 - Time TBA - Match Robbie Cup - Location Anchorage

Rifle - Sat - Nov 12 - Time 10:00 AM - West Valley at Delta - JV/V level - Location Delta

The eye
Who's looking at who? This photo of a reindeer's eye was taken last summer at Santa Claus House in North Pole. In the eye you can see the reflection
 of one of the many visitors that stop there.
Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper


Nutrition and Health…Carrots provide Vitamins A and C. Carrots are also a source of fiber and potassium. A 1.2 cup serving
of cooked carrots is 35 calories.

Selection…The best carrots are those that are well formed, smooth, firm, and blemish free. Smaller types are more tender than the large varieties. Avoid carrots that are wilted, flabby, or cracked. Also avoid large green "sunburned" areas at the top or those that show soft decay. The condition of the tops does not indicate the quality of the root.

Storage…Remove the green tops before storing because they increase the respiration rate and draw moisture from the carrots. Place carrots in a plastic bag before storing in a refrigerator crisper. (Cut small slits in plastic bag for air circulation.) Carrots taste best when used within 2 weeks. The nutritional value will decrease over time, so choose carrots that have been most recently harvested for the greatest
nutritional value.

Preparation…Serving carrots may be the easiest part of this versatile vegetable. Raw carrots cut into match-like sticks are a popular and nutritious addition to a relish tray or salad. If your carrots are slightly old, you can perk them up by immersing them in water for about 30 minutes to rehydrate. 1 cup carrots can also be freshened by placing them in a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Always wash carrots carefully. Carrots may be scraped, pared, or cooked with the skins on. Skins can be slipped off cooked carrots when held under running water. Carrots can be boiled, steamed, baked, or sautéed.

Carrot Plus Three Salad
3 cups raw grated carrots
1 cup plain yogurt
2 unpeeled red apples, chopped
3 tbsp salad dressing (mayonnaise type)
1/2 cup raisins
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

Combine carrots, apples, raisins, and almonds in salad bowl. Blend together remaining ingredients and add
to mixture. Serve on salad greens. Serves 6.

Copper Pennies
2 lbs carrots, cut into 1.4" slices
salt & pepper to taste
1 can tomato soup
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup vinegar
1 small bell pepper, sliced
1 cup sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 medium onion, sliced

Cook carrots until tender, about 20 minutes. Combine soup, oil, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, salt,pepper, and mustard. Beat well. Add carrots, bell pepper, and onion. Marinate overnight.

Nov 7, 2005 -- Roxie Rodgers Dinstel/Home Economist

Talbots Charitable Foundation Opens
2006 Women's Scholarship Fund Program

Deadline: January 3, 2006 National apparel retailer Talbots, Inc. has launched its 2006 Women's Scholarship Program, a fund that annually awards $100,000 in college scholarships to outstanding women seeking a bachelor's or associate's degree later in life.

Sponsored by the Talbots Charitable Foundation, the
Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund annually awards five $10,000 scholarships and fifty $1,000 scholarships to women throughout the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, the fund has awarded college scholarships to 440 women, ranging in age from their late 20s to their early 60s.

Eligible applicants must be women currently residing in the U.S. who earned a high school diploma or GED at least ten years ago; are currently seeking a degree from an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school; and have at least two full- time semesters or twenty-four credits remaining to complete their undergraduate degree.

The postmark deadline for entries is January 3, 2006, or until one thousand eligible applications have been

Applications for the scholarship are available at all
Talbots U.S. stores and can also be downloaded online at the Talbots Web site.

RFP Link: Talbots Women Scholarship Fund
For additional RFPs in Women

November 5, 2005 -- "Quoted from Talbots" submitted by one of readers

Delta Volunteer Tutor Program

Delta Volunteer Tutor Program is looking for 10 men/women to tutor local refugees/immigrants toward gaining the knowledge necessary to pass the U.S. citizenship exam. What a wonderful way to share your pride in being an American with those that have the dream of becoming one. There is minimal time commitment; a prep-class will be given. What a wonderful way to spend some dark winter hours! Please call Fran Hallgren, 895-5532 or RAP-CSS office, 895-9831 for more information.

November 3, 2005

Delta News Web Looking for Photos

We are looking for photos of our veterans.  The photos do need to have a connection to Delta, whether thru marriage, alumni, residents, or former resident of Delta.  Please submit the photos no later than Nov 10th.  On Friday, Nov 11 and for the weekend we will be doing a tribute to our troops and showing our support. They do not have to be serving overseas, in order to be honored.

DNW Webmaster -- November 8, 2005

Barbara Tharp
The photograph was taken by Ed Wick of Talkeena. The Black Powder Rendezvous was at Mendeltna Creek over the weekend of September 23-25, 2005.
There were 18 different target stations at the shootout. At one stations the object was to shoot a playing card completely in half with the skinny
edge looking at you. Barbara Tharp of Delta Junction is shown in the picture with her playing card shot completely in half.

Kenna DuBois is shown picking lowbush cranberries this fall in the Delta Junction area.  Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Destiny and Travis
The beautiful Bride, Destiny Annette Chavez was united in marriage to Travis Allen West on September 24, 2005 in Wasilla, Alaska. Destiny's Grandfather, Wayne Lynch performed the outdoor ceremony. A family tradition, Destiny's Aunt Deb sang the "The Wedding Song" for a special addition to the ceremony. Maid of Honor was the brides sister, Sparrow JoEllen Ferreira. Best Man was the brides brother, Zachary Eugene Chavez. Destiny is the daughter of Dennis E. and Maria A. Chavez of Wasilla, Alaska and is a 2003 Homeschool graduate. Travis is the son of David West of Slana, Alaska and Linda Hunter of Washington, and is currently employed with Bowker Mechanical. . The couple will reside in Wasilla, Alaska.

Snowy scene
A snowy scene through the window of a cabin near the Johnson River. Photo courtesy Ellen Clark

Flea Market

There will be a Flea Market on December 3rd 2005, 12 noon - 8pm at the community centre. Anyone that is interested in a table please call ASAP. Cost is approximately $10.00 per table. 907-895-5011.

October 18, 2005

Fort Greely Grizzlies

Greely Grizzlies Oct 31 - Nov 6


Basketball - November 4 – 5: Nenana, Glenallen and Tri-Valley (home)

Delta High Huskies


Delta High Huskies Oct 31 - Nov 6

Hockey - Fri - Nov 4 - Time 5 - 10 PM - NP Jamboree

Volleyball - Fri - Nov 4 - Time TBA - Game Regionals at Monroe - V level

Rifle - Fri - Nov 4 - Time TBA - Match Region VI Invitational - Location Tournament in Fairbanks - V & JV teams single elimination

Wrestling - Fri - Nov 4 - Time TBA - Match Hutch and Delta - Location Glennallen

RifleSat - Nov 5 - Time TBA - Match Region VI Invitational - Location Tournament in Fairbanks - V & JV teams single elimination

Wrestling - Sat - Nov 5 - Time TBA - Match Hutch and Delta - Location Glennallen

VolleyballSat - Nov 5 - Time TBA - Game Regionals at Monroe - V level

Funeral Services for Harold

Saturday November 5th services will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic church, at 2p.m.. Followed by spreading Harold's' ashes on the Clearwater River. After that a gathering/wake will be held in remembrance. Everyone is invited to attend.

November 1, 2005

Heartfelt Thanks to All

Our heartfelt thanks to all who helped us set up a Bed and Bath at Natalie Kusz's home this past summer. Many of you donated beautiful towels, sheets, blankets and other items. Others gave us practical advice and emotional support and prayers. We were blessed with thoughtful and fascinating guest. We briefly entertained extending our time in Delta, but the golf courses in CA were calling David! (Not to mention our granddaughters)! Thank you all so much! David and Frieda Gibbs

October 29, 2005

Captain Talbott
A picture of USAF Capt Todd Talbott (DHS 1987 Grad) at a forward operating location in Afghanistan. Photo Courtesy Todd E. Talbott, Capt, USAF

Winter Squash

Nutrition and Health…
Winter squash provides Vitamins A and C, and niacin. One 1.2 cup serving is only 65 calories.
Selection…In selecting winter squash, remember that a hard, tough rind indicates full maturity. Select squash that is heavy for its size. Slight variation in skin color does not influence flavor. Avoid squash with cuts, punctures, and sunken or moldy spots on the rind as they indicate decay. A tender rind is a sign of immaturity and means poor eating quality in winter squash.

Varieties of winter squash include: acorn, hubbard, buttercup, spaghetti, kaboscha, and pumpkin.

Store whole winter squash in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place. A temperature of 45ªF to 50ªF is best. For storage up to several months, be sure squash is fully mature (has a hard shell) with the stem attached. Don't store bruised or damaged squash for long periods of time since they
spoil quickly. If you have a number of them, they should be cured for 10 days at 80ªF to 85ªF to harden the rinds and heal surface cuts.

To bake, cut into halves or serving pieces. Remove seeds and stringy parts. Place cut side down in a shallow baking dish. Add a small amount of water (about 1.4 inch). Cook until almost tender, about 30-40 minutes at 400ªF. Add more hot water if necessary. Turn pieces of cooked squash cut side up. Sprinkle with salad dressing, add seasonings
and/or fill and continue baking until tender, about 20-25 minutes, depending on the size of pieces.
The skin is very hard, so it is better to cook whole until the skin softens. In a pressure pan, steam 5 to 10 minutes, or in boiling water, cook 20 to 30 minutes. Drain, pare, and mash. Season with butter, salt, pepper, and a trace of sugar.
Winter Squash

Use your imagination and give squash that "distinctive flavor" your family likes. Try the following ideas, breaking the flesh with a fork when you add the seasonings.
- Sprinkle with salt (pepper optional).
- Add ham, bacon, or sausage drippings; butter or
- Sprinkle on a mixture of cinnamon, allspice, butter, honey, raisins, and/or nuts.
- Add marshmallows (miniature or cut up) and cranberry sauce with a dash of nutmeg in baked shells during the last 20 minutes of cooking.
- Mash with cream and nutmeg or candied ginger, or orange juice and grated orange rind.
- Fry sausage patties until three fourths done and then place in each baked squash half. Continue baking until tender.
- Try placing a small onion, brushed with butter, under each squash half and bake. When tender, turn cut side of squash up. Mash slightly with fork, place onion in center and surround with cooked link sausage. Brush with butter, sprinkle with paprika and bake 10 more minutes.
- Try scalloped squash. Peel and slice squash. Place in greased baking dish in alternate layers with tart apple slices. Top with soft, buttered breadcrumbs. Bake at 375ªF until tender (about 45 minutes).

October 27, 2005 -- Roxie Rodgers Dinstel/Home Economist

Hoar Frost
Hoar frost that covered everything on Oct 25 -26. For an enlargement click here
Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins

City Council Information Available

The City Website was temporarily out of service early in the month. The web server we use was affected by Hurricane Wilma.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.  You can obtain hard copies of these documents at City Hall or the Community Library.

PILT Agreement explanation
Final PILT Agreement


A Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) agreement has been worked out between the City of Delta Junction and Teck-Pogo, Inc. It would be a major factor in funding operations of any potential borough, which might in the future be formed by the voters of the entire Delta Junction area.

If a borough were formed in the future, the City would dissolve, and all its assets, including revenue from the PILT agreement would go to the borough. The PILT agreement would provide annual payments to the City of Delta Junction beginning in 2005.

Copies of the proposed agreement and a letter of explanation may be downloaded from the City’s website. Hard copies are also available at City Hall and the Community Library. Please read both the PILT agreement and the City Attorney’s letter of explanation.

The City Council specifically requests public input and participation on adoption of this PILT agreement.

Please attend the regular City Council meeting at 5:00PM, Tuesday, November 1 at City Hall for the Public Hearing and Second Reading of Ordinance 2006-04, An Ordinance Adopting an Agreement for Payment in Lieu of Taxes with Teck-Pogo, and Providing for an Effective Date.

Other news from City Hall:

City Council Vacancy

October 21, 2005




Happy Birthday Nov 21 - Nov 27

Happy Birthday Nov 21 - Mary Keaster

Happy Birthday Nov 21 - Colleen Beck

Happy Birthday Nov 22 - Sheila Lyons

Happy Birthday Nov 22 - Hilda Smith

Happy Birthday Nov 22 - Kathy Zachgo

Happy Birthday Nov 22 - Judy Dewar

A Happy birthday to my wife Barbara Parker on Nov 22.

Happy Birthday Grandma. Jeri Preston - November 23 We miss you!! - Love Dylan, Darby and Samantha.

Happy Birthday Nov 23 - Jerilyn Preston

Happy 3rd Birthday on Nov 24 -  Austin Palmer. Love, Mommy, Daddy, Autumn and Promise!

Happy Birthday Nov 25 - Sherry Smith

Happy Birthday Nov 26 - Mallory Wrigley

Happy Birthday Nov 26 - Joanne Heitman

Happy Birthday Nov 26 - Lucy Dunham

Happy Anniversary Nov 21 - Nov 27

Happy Anniversary Nov 25 - Pete & Fran Hallgren

Happy Anniversary - Nov. 26 - Tom & Kim Jasper

We had a mom and calf in the yard for several hours.  Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins

In the Studio with Ryan Purucker

Hello everybody.  I just wanted to say hi and give you an update on what I've been up to lately.  I spent the whole summer touring around the United States with my band Time Again.  It was a blast. The band and I were on the road for 3 months, traveled to every corner of the country, and sold over 4,000 cd's.

Time Again and I have been in the studio for 2 weeks at the famous Westbeach Recorders.  Some of my favorie bands recorded there. Bands like The Offspring, NoFx, and Rancid.  Back in the day Westbeach used to be called "The Producer's Workshop" and that's when they recorded musical acts like The Doors, Ray Charles, and Pink Floyd. It's an awesome studio that has a lot of history behind it.  Check out the studio's website.

Also, I Have just been endorsed by a drum company called Orange County Drum and Percussion (OCDP). They build some of the best drums available today and make drums for the drummers in Blink 182, Limp Bizkit, 311, and No Doubt.  They made a profile for me on the artists page on the website

I hope things are going well everyone and I'll talk to you later.

November 19, 2005 -- Ryan Purucker

Cultural Museum Presentation

6th Grade Social Studies Cultural Museum Presentation Tuesday, November 22nd 7-8 p.m.
Follow the signs to the Museum!

November 17, 2005

Delta High Huskies


Delta Huskies Nov 21 - Nov 27

Wrestling -
Wed - Nov 23 - Time TBA
- Match Hutchison and Delta - Location North Pole

Delta News Web Photos

We are looking for photos for the DNW.  Our supply is getting low.  If you have an interesting photo that we could make a header out of, please submit it for consideration.  We are also looking for unique shots of our community, events, wildlife and anything that pertains to Alaska,  which will be used for photo of the day.  The family photos and alumni photos will be on shown as seen below.   Thank you for all your participation.

Webmaster -- November 18, 2005

Alumni Photos
Click here for enlargements and text

Lacey, Justin and sons  

Sara, Krysta and Sheena

Wedding party


Joe and family
Aaron and nieces   Jessica, Hanni, and Nina

November 18, 2005

Eagle, Alaska church
At the end of the Taylor Highway lies the remote village of Eagle, Alaska which is situated on the Yukon River.  This quaint little church overlooks the river in the center of town. Copyright by Dwight Phillips

Trident Glacier
This image shows the middle fork of the Trident Glacier as it flows down the east side of Mt. Moffit. Photo Courtesy Michael Kingston/CRTC

Delta High Huskies


Delta Huskies Nov 14 - Nov 20

- Mon, Nov 14 - 3:00 pm - Location Big Dipper, playing Hutchison

Rifle - Wed, Nov 16 - 3:00 pm - Location Fairbanks

Wrestling - Fri - Nov 18 - Time TBA - Match Hutchison Meltdown Invitational - Location Hutch

Hockey - Fri - Nov 18 - Time TBA - Delta at Kenny Lake

Hockey - Sat - Nov 19 - Time TBA - Delta at Kenny Lake

Wrestling - Sat - Nov 19 - Time TBA - Match Hutchison Meltdown Invitational - Location Hutch

Rifle - Sat - Nov 19 - Time 12:00 - Match Lathrop at Delta - JV/V level - Location Delta

USA Hockey Referee Clinic
Friday and Saturday November 18th & 19th

USA HOCKEY will conduct a Level I, II and II Hockey Referee Clinic. The clinic was originally scheduled for November 11 and 12 but had to be changed to accommodate the coaching clinic schedule.

The clinic will be held at the Liewer-Olmstead Ice Arena on Nistler Road on the second floor.
Friday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

There will be on-ice instruction both Friday and Saturday. Required equipment for the on-ice session includes a hockey helmet, referee whistle and skates.

You must attend a USA HOCKEY REFEREE clinic to become a hockey official. This will be the ONLY clinic offered in Delta Junction this year. We are looking for new officials with good ice skating skills (hello...previous High School hockey players) that have a desire to be part of the youth hockey program. If you would like more information about the program, you can contact Al Edgren at 895-4043 evenings or 895-4225 during the day. See you there.

October 31, 2005

Honor Vets

In Honor of Our Veterans
Click here to view our tribute

We really appreciate all the photos that have been submitted to the DNW for Veterans Day.  There were so many of them.  We have made a separate page for you to enjoy.  Again, we appreciate all of  our troops and pray for their peace and safety continually.  God bless each one of them and their families.

Always remember to thank a Veteran for the service they have done for our country.  Not just on Veterans Day, but every day.

November 11, 2005

  Jake Reisgaard
Jason and Christopher   SSgt Caleb Blake

Eddie and LeNora

Captain Talbott
Chief Petty Officier Sharp


Ssgt Riesgaard
Airman Sharp
Dan Grapengeter

Joe and Thomas

November 11, 2005

Smokey sunset
Smokey Sunset taken early this summer. Even though the weather has been a little on the cold side the last couple of weeks, it sure is refreshing to have our clean air once again.  
Photo Michael Kingston/CRTC

Delta Chamber of Commerce
Membership Meeting

November 17, 12:00 noon at the Trophy Lodge
Our guest speaker will be Jim Pohlman, Area Director, USDA Rural Development. Jim will speak about the millions of dollars that USDA Rural Development annually injects into the Alaska economy through its Business and Industry Guarantee loan program, Water and Sewer programs, Community Development, and Housing programs. Jim has been the Area Director for Rural Development in Fairbanks for the past 19 years and a resident of Alaska for the past 25 years.

Fried Halibut, Teriyaki Chicken Wings, Veggies, Soup and Salad Bar will be the menu at Trophy Lodge for $10.00.

Please RSVP to the Chamber office at 895-5068 by November 16 at 4pm if you plan to attend this meeting so that we can reserve your meal.

November 5, 2005

Northern Lights
This image of northern lights was captured as it hovered almost directly over the entrance to the Fort Greely military reservation, taken in winter of 2004. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Happy Birthday Nov 7 - Nov 13

Happy belated Birthday wishes to: Ole’ Nov 2, Lots of Love to you, Jess

Kelsey Harris will be six on Nov. 7th. Grandma and Papa want you to have a very happy birthday and we miss and love you.

Happy Birthday Nov 7 -Crystal K. Lots of Love to you, Jess

Nov. 7 - Happy 22nd Birthday to Crystal Keaster

Happy Birthday Nov 8 - Bruce Reiter

Happy Birthday Nov 8 - Mark Carpenter

Happy Birthday to Karen Sutherland on 9 Nov. Thanks for being such a great Mom. I love you.

Happy Birthday Karen S. Nov 9, Lots of Love to you, Jess

Nov 10--Happy birthday to Butch, Ron, Ski, Pat, and all the rest--you know who you are!!

Happy Birthday Nov 10 - Dave Trainor

Happy Birthday Nov 10 - Bill Smith

Happy Birthday Nov 10 - Patricia Lawrence

Happy Birthday Nov 10 -  Amanda S.  Lots of Love to you, Jess

Happy Birthday Nov 11 - Pete Hallgren

Happy Birthday Nov 13 - Heather Jones

Happy Birthday Nov 13 -  Bonita O.  Lots of Love to you, Jess

Happy Birthday Nov 13 -  Derk W.  Lots of Love to you, Jess

Happy Anniversary Nov 7 - Nov 13

Happy Anniversary Nov 7 - Roy & Janell Gilbertson

Happy Anniversary Nov 10 - David & Adaline Blum

Family Photos
All text and enlargements can be seen in the November archives.  Click here

Travis and Destiny   Philip and Paul
  Kenna DuBois  
Cody West   Barbara Tharp

November 7, 2005

Mary Glazier to speak at Delta Christian Center

Mary Glazier
November 12 & 13, 2005
Sat evening at 7 PM
Sun at 10 AM
Sun at 7 PM

A Haida Indian born in Ketchikan, Alaska, Mary was nurtured in her early faith by the Salvation Army. In 1971 she received a life transforming baptism of the Holy Spirit and has since been a powerful instrument in the hands of God. Her Ministry, Windwalkers International was birthed by the Holy Spirit in 1990.

An Ordained minister, Mary is an active member of the Anchorage Evangelical Pastors Fellowship, a network of over 90 pastors in Anchorage, Alaska. God has used her internationally to instruct and lead on the subject of spiritual warfare. She currently works with Cindy Jacobs and Chuck Pierce on the U.S. Strategic Prayer Network and on the Mission America National Committee. Mary also serves as an advisor for the International Reconciliation Coalition.   

November 1, 2005

Veterans Day Reflection  - Turn on your speakers and listen to the words.

Veterans Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day in commemoration of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I, is the anniversary of the ending of World War I. In the United States it is celebrated as a federal holiday on 11 November.

 All major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with the German signing of the Armistice. Armistice Day was first commemorated by President Wilson in 1919, and many states made it a legal holiday. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 inviting all Americans to observe the day, and made it a legal holiday nationwide in 1938. The holiday has been observed annually on November 11 since that date - first as Armistice Day, later as Veterans Day - except for a brief period when it was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October.
Following World War II, the name of the holiday was changed (enacted 1 June 1954) to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars. The day has since evolved as a time for honoring living veterans who have served in the military during wartime or peacetime, partially due to competition with Memorial Day, which primarily honors the dead.

Many nations within the British Commonwealth observe a similar occasion, Remembrance Day, on 11 November.

There are 24.9 million military veterans in the United States.

November 11, 2005

Fall leaves in the hills north of Delta glow at sunset in the photograph taken along the Tanana River.   Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Scenery shot
This is a shot from our back yard. The cranes were added. Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins

The Holiday Marketplace

The interiors largest Christmas gift show. If you have hand made in Alaska items you will want to be a part of this exciting event!.

November 11, 12 & 13, 2005
Carlson Center - Fairbanks, Alaska

The Holiday Marketplace is a one stop Christmas shopping extravaganza for Fairbanks and outlying areas. From hand made soap, to beaded earrings, to imported wool sweaters... Its all together in one location on one floor with lots of free parking.

The shows continued success attracts not only local but statewide businesses and artists. Over 165 different vendors participated in the 2004 event and it had a 3 day public attendance of 7,300+

The Holiday Marketplace has become an established, highly anticipated, annual event that Fairbanks consumers use as the kick off to their holiday shopping season. It is an excellent chance for you, the vendor, to market your goods to a wide cross section of our community. Early registration indicates another sold out event. Don't miss this once-a-year, opportunity to be part of the excitement, profit, and fun.

"Quoted from the Holiday Marketplace -- October 28, 2005

City moose
While photographing several bull moose in the city of Anchorage this particular image was taken as the photographer was walking back to his vehicle.. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Citizenship Tutoring Program Available

The RAP-CSS (Refugee Assistance Program-Catholic Social Services) Delta Junction, has just received a one-year grant for a citizenship tutoring program. The goal is to match up clients who want to gain their U.S. citizenship (and who meet certain criteria) with volunteers who will give civics instruction so the clients can obtain the needed knowledge base for successful completion of the U.S. citizenship exam.

That having been said, the VTP (Volunteer Tutor Program) is in need of 8 to 10 volunteer tutors. Volunteers will receive some prep-class training, all materials needed, an interpreter when necessary, and rewards of the heart as you help someone realize their dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. The Volunteer Tutor Program is short-lived, however; it ends September 30, 2006. Therefore, volunteers have a wonderful, but short, window of opportunity with minimal time commitment.

 Volunteer Tutors will be matched with clients for approximately 20 hours of tutoring (and sharing the pride you personally feel in being an American).
Clients must meet certain criteria in order to be considered for the VTP: They must be at least 60 years of age, they must have been in the United States for 5 years, and must have a desire to work toward that goal of becoming an official U.S. citizen through the naturalization process.

Now, I’m not sure how many of you reading this article also read Bonnie Williams item last week in the News-Minor, but she captured some of my own thoughts on the honor and joy of becoming a U.S. citizen. But I will take it a little further here as regards this Volunteer Tutor Program. I didn’t have to work for my citizenship; I was born into it. But somewhere, some time, some ancestor of mine was an immigrant who worked for theirs. I wonder who, if anyone, helped them. I regard this volunteer effort as both honorable and joyful—helping to make someone’s dream of American citizenship come true.  Won't you please consider being a Volunteer Tutor?

Fran Hallgren has been named as the Delta Junction Volunteer Coordinator, and will be working closely with the RAP-CSS office. If you want to know more about becoming a Volunteer Tutor, please call 895-5532 (Fran). If you or someone you know is in need of citizenship tutoring and meets the above criteria, please call the RAP-CSS office, 895-9831. The staff there will be happy to assist you.

November 3, 2005

Bison herd
Have to talk softly when they are in my yard at mile post 1408.  Photo Courtesy Bob Anders

Bison coming in for feeding.  Photo Courtesy Scott and Ruby Hollembaek

Philip and Paul
Philip Reynolds, age 14, who attended Ft Greely Junior High School last year, while vacationing in Germany, and his father Paul Reynolds of Delta Junction. Photo Courtesy Paul Reynolds

Cody West
This is my new little nephew Cody West. He is the son of Travis and Destiny (Chavez) West. He was born October 3rd at 7am.  Submitted by his proud Auntie Sparrow (Chavez) Ferreira

Happy Birthday Nov 1 - Nov 6

Happy birthday to Laquenta Musgrove Nov 1,  from Nick and Kay in  California

Happy Birthday Nov 3 - Jeremy Heral

Happy Birthday Nov 3 - Jack Detzel

Happy Birthday Nov 4 - Cynthia Souhrada

Happy Birthday Nov 5 - Kitty McAfee

Happy Birthday Nov 5 - Ray Dube

Happy Anniversary Nov 1 - Nov 6

Happy Anniversary Nov 5 - Boris & Jackie Marchuk

Alumni Photos
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Caleb   Jason, Rachael, and Christopher
  Caleb and Yahoi  
Trainor/Knopp wedding   Trainor/Knopp wedding
Delta gang   Delta Girls

October 31, 2005

Deltana Fair Association Meeting

Dear Friend,

If you are not a member of the Deltana Fair Association, you have a golden opportunity coming up on Saturday, November 5. At 9:30 AM in the Jarvis West lower level conference room the annual membership meeting of the Deltana Fair Association will start -- with ample time for anyone to join the Deltana Fair Association that wishes to ($25 for an individual membership per year --includes a 3-day pass to the fair, among other perks -- such as voting on who gets elected to serve on the board of directors)

I urge you to come to the meeting -- join up (if you aren't already) and vote -- and voice your ideas about past fairs and what you'd like to see in future fairs.

Anyone in our community should be interested in what happens at the fair (or when it happens), so please come to the fair meeting.

Ann Geise/DFA board member
PS: I'd appreciate your vote, too.

November 5, 2005

SSgt Caleb Blake
USAF SSgt Caleb Blake fixing fiber optic in Iraq this is his second tour to Iraq. SSgt Caleb Blake is a 1998 DHS Graduate. Photo Courtesy Amber Boothe

Alaskan King  Crab Hockey Fundraiser

Annie Grossmann is again selling Alaska King Crab by the 10 LB box as a fundraiser for her Ice Breaker’s Girls Hockey Team. The crab is individually quick frozen and the box is made up of legs and claws. They are excellent eating and reasonably priced at $109.00 a 10 pound box.

We will take orders until Nov 1 and delivery will be November 16th. This is the Thanksgiving order.

Orders can be placed again by Dec 1st for Christmas and by January 12th for Super Bowl. So call soon and enjoy your Thanksgiving the “Alaskan way” with Alaska King Crab Legs and support girl’s hockey. Annie 895-1910 or 978-3786.

October 26, 2005

Captured in the act: "who me? what gives you the idea I've been eating flowers?"
Photo Courtesy Fronty Parker

Fort Greely Grizzlies


November Newsletter

The first quarter is behind us! Here is a listing of upcoming events in November at Fort Greely School.

Progress Report Cards
Included with this letter is a copy of your child’s first quarter progress in his or her classes. Please keep in mind that students are assigned a final grade at the end of each semester, and this report is a compilation of your child’s grades from the beginning of the school year until October 28th. Please use this letter as a guide to help you understand all of the information we wish to share with you.

Grades - Your child has been assigned a letter grade based upon their performance in each of their subjects. Students in are assigned are assigned an A,B,C,D or F. Please refer to your student handbook for further description of the grading process.
Attendance – Our record of the days your child has been present, absent, or tardy.
Comments - A narrative description of your child’s progress.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
All conferences will be held in the school’s gym, allowing the opportunity to visit with all of your child’s teachers in one location. We are requesting parents to call ahead to secure a time to visit with your child’s teachers. If you do not call ahead, you will still be able to meet with your child’s teachers. PowerSchool training for parents and translation services will be available. The schedule for spring Parent/Teacher Conferences is as follows:

Wednesday, November 9th: Normal school day, dismissal for students at 2:15 p.m. Conferences in the evening from 5:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 10th: Conferences from 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; no school for students. Lunch for teachers from 12:10 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Friday, November 11th: Conferences from 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; no school for students.

Homework Club
Fort Greely School is offering free, after school homework assistance via our Homework Club. Homework Club meets on Monday in Mrs. Finney’s room, Tuesday in Mrs. Titus’s room, and Thursday in Mrs. Morris’s room. Homework help is available from 3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Permission forms are required and available at the front office.

Tardy Policy – POLICY CHANGE
All Fort Greely School students are expected to arrive to every class on time. Utilizing the PowerSchool attendance program, any student who is tardy to any of his/her classes ten (10) times will receive a lunch detention. Following the first detention, every time a student is tardy an addition five (5) times, they will be assigned another detention. Students who do not attend lunch detention will be subject to additional detentions or other disciplinary measures.

Important Bus Announcement!
If you drop your child off at the High School to catch a bus to the Jr. High in the morning, please have them at the High School no later than 8:15. Students need time to find their bus before buses will depart from the High School. Please feel free to call Alaska Motor Coaches at 895-4550 with any question you may have about bussing.

Basketball Season
We have a few games remaining this season. For those who have not yet attended a home basketball game, you don’t know what you’re missing! There is no entry fee, and concessions will be available during the games.

Thanksgiving Vacation
Delta/Greely School District schools will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Students will be dismissed at the normal 2:15 p.m. time on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Be Snow Smart! North America Outdoor Institute Program
Do you play outdoors? If you or your children snowmobile, ski, snowboard, or snowshoe in the winter, you know Alaska has the most incredible backyard. But did you know Alaska also ranks number one per capita for avalanche deaths? Let’s not let anyone in Delta Junction become a statistic.

Snow Smart
Click on photo for enlargement

Be Snow Smart, a multi-media presentation designed to captivate and educate outdoor enthusiasts of all ages on the real dangers of outdoor travel is coming to Delta Junction on Tuesday, November 29th. Presentations will be made first at Fort Greely School, then at Delta High School, followed by a community/family presentation to be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Delta Community Center.

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting
The purpose of the PAC is to offer a forum for open communication between Ft. Greely School parents and the school administration. Topics of discussion for each meeting will vary dependent on participants. Meetings will be held on a monthly basis, with the meeting date and time to be determined by the participants. All meetings will have an agenda to discuss current, applicable topics, as well as to review old topics as required. Personnel and student issues will not be discussed in this forum due to confidentiality concerns. The November Parent Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 30th at 5:00 p.m.  Has be rescheduled to December 7th at 5:00 p.m.

October 27, 2005 -- Brian J. Schaffer/Principal, Fort Greely School

Happy Birthday Oct 27 - Oct 31

Happy Birthday Oct 27 - Mike Yates

Happy Birthday Oct  28 - Jim Hanson

Happy Birthday Oct  28 - Robert Packard

Happy Birthday
Oct 29th - Gay Scanland. Love you mom, Amelia, Angelica & Alanna

Happy Birthday Oct  30 - Bob Green

Happy Birthday Oct  31 - T.C. Dull

Happy Birthday Oct  31 - Harley Olberg

Happy 5th Birthday to
Reuben Jr - Oct 31. I love you and your Mommy lots and can't wait to see you guys! Katie

Bison herd
Although one of the features that makes Delta unique is it's wild bison herd, many people have never actually seen the herd. This group of Delta bison were photographed in late August during Alaska Department of Fish and Game aerial surveys. There are 87 bison in this picture. The herd was estimated to number 402 bison in fall 2005 before the hunting season started in October.
Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois



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