October 2005

Reindeer taking a break at Green's place along Remington Road. Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

Delta High Huskies


Delta High Huskies Oct 24 - Oct 30

- Tue - Oct 25 - Time TBA - Match Eielson and Delta - Location Hutch

Rifle - Fri - Oct 28 - Time 3:00 PM - Match Palmer at Delta - JV/V level - Location Delta

Wrestling - Fri - Oct 28 - Time TBA - Match ACS Invitational - Location ACS

Volleyball - Fri - Oct 28 - Time 4:00 PM - Game Eielson at Delta - JV/V level

Wrestling - Sat -Oct 29 - Time TBA - Match ACS Invitational - Location ACS

Rifle - Sat - Oct 29 - Time 8:00 AM - Match Colony at Delta - JV/V level - Location Delta

Fort Greely Grizzlies

Greely Grizzlies Oct 24 - Oct 30


Basketball Tok Tournament Oct  28 – 29: (away)

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A Local Passes Away

This morning Harold Winczewsky passed at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. There will be a service in the near future. I will post it here on the web. Flowers would be appreciated. As anyone who knew Harold, knows how he loved flowers. Orders can be taken at Acacia Floral. Keep smiling and say a prayer, sometimes things work out in ways we can not understand.

October 27, 2005 -- Bridget Fett-Stockwell

Happy Birthday Oct 20 - Oct 26

Happy Birthday Oct 22 - Jessica Diviney

Happy Birthday Oct 22-Mariah Groppel. Love Grandma and Grandpa

Kayla, - Oct 22  Happy 12th birthday from all the family;  Mom, Travis, Shawna, Cassidy, Darcy, Tyler, Gigi, Gipa, Papa, and Grandma. Also Infinity, Tara, Phoebe, Duchess, Merit, Willhe, Zeus, Brutis, and Cicero. We hope you have a terrific, fun filled day and a wonderful year. We all love you sooooooo much!!!

Happy Birthday to Jessica Diviney on Oct. 22. Hope you have a wonderful day. We love you! Mom & David

Happy Birthday J-dog – Oct. 22

Happy Birthday to Kayla - Oct 22, I can't believe you are 12 years old all ready. I hope you haven't forgot about me. I haven't forgotten about any of you all. Me XOXOX

Happy Birthday Oct 23 - Arthur Cummings

Happy Birthday Oct 23 - Solomon Alcain, Jr. ~ Your family loves you!

Happy Birthday  Oct  23 Diane Marie Schultz –

Happy Birthday Oct 25 - Karen Eldridge

Happy Birthday Daddy (Brian Corty) - Oct 25 Love bigger then the sky. Cheyenne, Megan & Noah

Happy Birthday Oct 26 - Al Edgren

Happy Birthday Oct 26 - Mike Noonan

Happy Anniversary Oct 20 - Oct 26

Happy Anniversary  Oct 24 - Matt & Cecilia Frenzl

Monte and Judy Owens Will be married for 30 years on Oct 25   Monte works at Fort Greely and Judy is holding down the fort at their home in Colorado Springs, CO.

Happy Anniversary Oct 25 - Jeff and Diane Schultz

Happy 8th Anniversary to John and Tamara Palmer on October 25th

Happy Anniversary Oct 26 - Loyd & Linda Maggard

Family Photos
Larger photos and text can be seen here



October 18, 2005

Jonathan Basalyga - A Former Resident of Delta

Anchorage resident Jonathan David Basalyga, 17, died Oct. 22, 2005, from injuries in a car accident.
A memorial service will be 5-9 p.m. today at Kehl's Forest Lawn Chapel, 11621 Old Seward Highway.
An obituary will be published at a later date.

"Quote from the Anchorage Daily News" -- October 25, 2005

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

WillowWood Gift Shop In Town for the Holidays

Many of WillowWoods customers asked that the shop be located in a more convenient location, so Elaine Shannon, owner of the store, has temporarily relocated the shop to the Mt. Hayes building, next to the post office.

With new paint, carpet and fragrant aromas radiating from the candles, opening the door into the tiny shop has been what many have commented on as a surprisingly pleasing experience. With inflation on the rise, WillowWood has done the opposite. "Wholesale is being offered to the consumers who shop early. Hundreds of items are priced at cost. And as always, our loyal customers are treated as such. If I can get a deal, they will too."

Already a licensed distributor for Greenleaf, Boyds, and 3 American Weaving companies, new licensed gift lines include John Deere, Nascar, Ducks Unlimited, & Red Hat. So if you have been wondering what this store is all about, now is the opportunity to visit the shop and do a little Christmas shopping. Ongoing opening special includes a free 2006 desk planner to first 50 customers reaching $50.00 in purchases (does not have to be all at once.)

Currently open Thurs.10AM to 4PM, Friday & Saturday, 10AM to 5:30PM.
Additional hours will be added in Nov.
Parti Lite orders can also be placed at the shop. Catalog and order forms available.

October 18, 2005

Happy 12th birthday  to Kayla Mackey Oct. 22 (DADDY'S PUNKIN!!!) Hope you have a wonderful day. Wish we all could be with you on your special day. Love you sweetie, Daddy, July, Trenton, Grandma Pam and Papa John. Daddy loves you and misses you lots!!!

October 24, 2005



Delta High Huskies Oct 17 - Oct 23

Hockey - Mon - Oct 17 - Practice begins

Volleyball - Wed - Oct 19 - Time TBA - Game Delta at Monroe - JV/V level

Rifle - Fri - Oct 21 - Time 3:00 PM - Delta at West Valley - JV/V level - Location ADF&G

Volleyball - Fri - Oct 21 - Time 4:00 PM - Valdez at Delta - JV/V level

Volleyball - Sat - Oct 22 - Time 11:00 - Valdez at Delta - JV/V level

Fort Greely Grizzlies

Greely Grizzlies Oct 17 - Oct 23


 Basketball - Oct 21 – 22: Valdez Tournament (away)

Northern Lights
The "Northern Lights", are the most dazzling from December to March when nights are longest and the sky darkest, can usually be seen even as far south as Juneau. Undulating ribbons of light may shimmer in the sky for hours, like glowing, dancing curtains of green, yellow and orange or dark red, or magnificent veils with a full spectrum of colors, and with the altitude of its lower edge 60 to 70 miles above the earth.  Photo Courtesy Thomas Pernau

Happy Birthday Oct 13 - Oct 19

Happy Birthday Oct 13 - Dale Diviney

Happy Birthday Oct 14 - Dwight Phillips

Happy Birthday Oct 14 - Sherry Heinbockel

Oct 15...Happy Birthday to Aunt Deana Zachgo - Love you, love you, love you! ~Nicholas

The big 50, Happy 50th Deana - Oct 15. You’re the best mother anyone could ask for. Love you always Morgan

Happy Birthday Oct 15 - Cathie McCollum

Happy Birthday Oct 15 - Steve Sheppard

Happy Birthday to Sandy Dighton-October 16

Happy Birthday Oct 16 - Timmy Webb

Happy Birthday Oct 17 - Ashley Bevard

Happy Birthday Oct 18 - Dallen Wrigley

Happy Birthday Oct 18 - Kathy Scott

Happy Anniversary Oct 13 - Oct 19

Happy Anniversary Oct 15 - Ron & Wanda Stewart

Happy Anniversary Oct 15 - David & Michele Trainor

Happy Anniversary Oct 18 - Rick & Kim Johnson

Happy Anniversary Oct 19 - Ken & Judith Farrow

Audrey and Elaine Shannon took a trip to Maine.  Elaine wanted to share a few of their vacation photos with the community. An entrance to Bowdoin College; Bowdoin college church -bells ring every hour.  Photo Courtesy Elaine Shannon

Ft. Popham in background, remains of world war II, the  Atlantic, and Audrey. Photo Courtesy Elaine Shannon

 A Maine lobster dinner. Photo Courtesy Elaine Shannon

Winter Houseplant Care

As we see the sun’s light get weaker and weaker, it is time to make some arrangements for our houseplants so that they have what they need to keep green and lively through the winter. All plants need light, water, and warm temperatures to thrive, and it is a good idea to take a look around your home to find the right places for your plants during the winter months. This time of year, I usually move all of my houseplants to the warmest room in the house, where they will get the most light and warmth, and provide the feeling of greenery that gets me through the winter.

All houseplants appreciate a little shower. It is a great idea to spend a little time gently wiping the summer’s grit and dust off the leaves of your plants with a wet paper towel or soft cloth. This increases efficiency in light absorption, transpiration, and photosynthesis in the plants. It is also a great idea to clean your windows before it gets too cold outside. This will increase the intensity and availability of light to your plants, and will create a better environment for you as well. You will be able to set the plants a few inches further away from the glass without losing much light quality.

Be sure not to hang or set plants too close to windows. Although this placement may increase available light, drafts or cold glass temperatures may shock or kill the plants when the real winter chill sets in. Flourescent lights are a great and inexpensive way to supplement your plants’ needs. To get the right spectrum of light rays from these bulbs, the plants need to be 1-3 feet away from the light fixture for maximum light absorption. They should be on for 10-14 hours a day to meet the general needs of most houseplant varieties.
Attention to watering is very important to houseplants. It is important to remember that houseplants are native to places such as rainforests and deserts, and that their needs in your home are as diverse as the environment that they are originally from. The best way to check soil moisture is to stick your finger an inch or two into the soil. If it is dry all the way down, it is time to water. Be sure to use lukewarm water, or fill a watering container with water the night before and let it get to room temperature on its own.

Remember that overwatering causes problems, and that wet soil has a hard time staying warm. It is a good idea to monitor your plants for a couple of weeks after you get them settled into their winter places, and note which plants need water at what intervals. Then you can figure out a general watering routine. Just be sure to keep checking for moisture as the furnace works harder and humidity levels drop in your home.

Humidity is a very important factor in plant growth. Many of our homes get very dry in the winter months, especially when woodstoves are in use. Placing a shallow tray filled with small stones under plant pots can hold some moisture. As you water the plant, the excess water will drain into the tray and evaporate with time. Grouping plants together creates a microclimate of increased humidity as well. Misting plants is another option; although it does cause fluctuations in humidity that some species of plants do not appreciate.

If you are not sure of the needs of your houseplants, come in and we can help you find more information about light, watering, and fertilization. Each houseplant has different needs. Some plants, like Christmas cactus, need special treatment to encourage flowering in the winter months. For additional information, or any other questions about horticulture and insects, contact the Cooperative Extension Service in the Jarvis Office Center at 895-4215. Happy growing!

October 11, 2005 -- Sara Engebretson/IPM Technician, UAF – Cooperative Extension Service

Fort Greely GrizzliesGreely Grizzlies Oct 10 - Oct 16


 Basketball - October 14 – 15: Tok and Northway (home)



Delta High Huskies Oct 10 - Oct 16


Wrestling - Tue - Oct 11 - Time TBA - Match Delta and Hutch - Location Eielson

Rifle - Fri - Oct 14 - Time 1:00 PM - Match Delta at Palmer - JV/V level - Location Palmer

Wrestling - Fri - Oct 14 - Time TBA - Match Valdez Invitational - Location Valdez

Volleyball - Fri - Oct 14 - Time TBA - Game Delta Invitational Tok, Su Valley, Hutch and Tri-Valley - V level

Rifle - Sat - Oct 15 - Time 8:00 AM - Match Delta at Colony - JV/V level - Location Palmer

Volleyball - Sat - Oct 15 - Time TBA - Game Delta Invitational Tok, Su Valley, Hutch and Tri-Valley - V level

Wrestling - Sat - Oct 15 - Time TBA - Match Valdez Invitational - Location Valdez

Home music
Home made music. A group of local Delta folks getting together to play and sing.
Recently held on Oct. 8th. Ken Farrow was the leader. Click on photo for an enlargement.
Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins

East of Eielson
East of Eielson looking south towards Delta. nice fog, just after sunrise. 
Photo Courtesy Sebastian Saarloos

Delta Youth Court Training

New member training for Delta Youth Court begins Monday, October 10 from 6-8pm in the Delta Youth Court office at Delta High School. Magistrate Tracy Blais will be conducting classes from the Delta Youth Court manual in youth court procedure. This is an excellent program that teaches youth about the legal process and being actively and positively involved in their community.

Training sessions will be hosted each Monday and Wednesday evening from 6-8pm through the 24th of October. All Delta area youth ages 12-18 may participate in youth court regardless of where they go to school. This is also a great opportunity for community service and is an important asset for college resumes. For more information call Jody Zollman at 895-5328 or come by the Delta Youth Court office at Delta High School.

October 7, 2005

Happy Birthday Oct 6 - Oct 12

Happy Birthday Oct 6 - Irene Sales

Happy Birthday Oct 7- Amber Darland

Happy Birthday Oct 7 - Yoneko St John

Happy Birthday Oct 7 - Dave Boadwine

Happy Birthday Oct 7 - Greg Gerhart

Happy Birthday Oct 7 - Danielle Bunselmeier

Happy Birthday Oct 8 - Mark Adams

Happy Birthday Oct 8 - Debbie H Phillips

Happy Birthday Oct 9 Charles Bailey

Happy Birthday Oct 9 - David Durham

Happy Birthday Oct 9 - Hank Dube

Happy Birthday Oct 9 - Lori Meek

Happy Birthday Oct 10 - Tracy Blais

Happy Birthday Oct 10 - Sharon Waldo

Happy Birthday Oct 11 - Debbie Green

Happy Birthday Oct Oct 11-Jon Kozlov

Happy Birthday - Oct 12 Danielle Miller

Happy Anniversary Oct 6 - Oct 12

Happy Anniversary Oct 7 - Jim & Jane Storey

October 10, Charlie & Amy Atwell. "Amy Thank you for 31 wonderful years"

Fort Greely Grizzlies


Fort Greely -- October Newsletter

Every month, I author a newsletter in the hopes in keeping every parent abreast of school events. In addition to our newsletter, you can stay current by visiting our website at www.dgsd.k12.ak.us and following the “Schools” link to “Fort Greely School.” You may also call the school or stop by at your convenience.

Deficiency Notices
If you have received a deficiency notice in this mailing, your child has shown deficient progress in one or more of his/her classes. While deficiency reports are not report cards, they should alert you and your child that improvements are needed immediately. Any child with an average of C- or lower receives a deficiency notice. I encourage you to contact each teacher that has submitted a deficiency report to discuss solutions for your child’s academic standing. Fort Greely School teachers are most readily available between 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. every weekday.

There is still time left before the end of the first quarter for your child to improve their academic standing; any grade clarifications should be made directly with your child’s teachers. The first quarter closes on Friday, October 28th.

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. Sloan’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
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 an after school detention. Following the first detention, every time a student is tardy an addition five (5) times, they will be assigned another detention. Detentions will be scheduled at least two (2) days in advance so that parents may schedule transportation. Students who do not attend after school detention without a valid parental excuse (illness, unavoidable emergency at home, death in the family, doctor or dental appointment) will be subject to additional detentions or other disciplinary measures.

Count Period
October is the month that we count our student enrollment that determines our funding from the state of Alaska. Although a student may be fully enrolled, I am notifying parents that under the current system, a student’s attendance during the month of October is critical. We ask that every family make every effort to have every student present every single day of school (especially October)!

Basketball Season
Head Coaches Megan Sonnichsen and Dave Becker have returned for another season of Grizzly Basketball! All students wishing to participate in Fort Greely School basketball must first have a recent physical on file with the school office, and to compete must comply with the eligibility rules outlined in our handbook. Game starting times will be made available as we approach each competition. Our schedule is posted weekly as the Greely Grizzlies.

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 October Parent Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26th at 5:00 p.m.

Band and Choir Concert
The first Fort Greely School Band and Choir Concert will be held on Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m.

If I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me through the means above.

October 4, 2005 -- Brian J. Schaffer/Principal, Fort Greely School

Columbus Day

Since 1920 the day has been celebrated annually, and in 1937 President  Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed every October 12 as Columbus Day. That's where  it remained until 1971 when Congress declared it a federal public holiday on the second Monday in October.

October 9, 2005

This coyote was spotted while driving to Fairbanks one day last week. He appeared to be foraging for his breakfast at the time. Photo Courtesy Dwight

Dining with Diabetes Cooking Class

Do you have diabetes? Are you tired of eating the same old thing? Does “diabetic diet” mean “no taste” to you? Then Dining with Diabetes is for you!

A cooking school program for people with diabetes and their families is a one-day class being offered by the UAF Cooperative Extension Service in Delta Junction.

Dining with Diabetes will be held in conjunction with the Delta Health Fair, Saturday, October 8th, class time will be from 10:00-4:00. The cost for the class is $15 or $20 for couples. The class size is limited, so you must register in advance by calling Christy at 895-4215.

You’ll learn nutritious and delicious ways to cut sugar, salt, and fat in your favorite recipes, without cutting flavor. Topics presented in this one day class will include desserts, main dishes, and side dishes. Each session will include information for people with diabetes, hands-on cooking (and tasting!), and recipes to take home.

Goals of Dining with Diabetes Cooking Class is to increase knowledge of healthful food choices for people with diabetes, present healthy versions of familiar foods.

Demonstrate proper cooking techniques for such products as artificial sweeteners, reduced fat food replacers, herbs, and spices and to encourage behavior changes by providing tasting of healthy foods.

The Dining with Diabetes program is NOT intended to replace diabetes education that is delivered by qualified health professionals. It is NOT intended to provide individualized meal plans for participants, or provide individualized goals for calories, carbohydrate, fat and sodium, and does NOT include instructions in the use of Exchange Lists.

If you have questions please call the CES office at 895-4215, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The extension office is located in the Jarvis Office Center Rooms 114/115.

September 30. 2005

Alaska Health Fair - Delta Junction

To be held October 8, Delta High School Small Gym, 8 am to 12 Noon.

Community Health Fair - Free health information and screenings as well as low-cost blood tests.
Comprehensive blood screen $35, Thyroid screen $30, Prostate screen $25. Blood tests require 12 hour fast - no food or drink except for water.
Please drink plenty of water. Prescription medication should be taken, and people with diabetes should not fast.

More information -- contact Cheryl Helkenn, 895-4249, Toni Lee, 895-4159, or 458-5426 for Alaska Health Fair information.

September 6, 2005

Matanuska Glacier
The setting sun paints a glow over the Matanuska Glacier and the surrounding peaks. Taken a few feet off the road to Glennallen.
Photo Courtesy Michael Kingston/CRTC

Announcement From the City of Delta Junction

Applications for the 2005 Social Service Grants are  available now.

Applications may be downloaded from the City’s website  or picked up at the Delta Junction City Hall, 2288 Deborah St., (P. O. Box 229), Delta Junction, Alaska 99737.

Completed applications must be received at the above address no later than 12:00 pm (noon), Friday, October 7, 2005.

September 9, 2005

Northern Lights
The aurora is most active late at night or early in the morning, when the sky is clear and the air chilly. The best time to watch is in spring and fall, especially February, March, September, and October. One of the best times to look for the Northern Lights will be when it is dark because of a new moon. Hardy Alaskans like to put on their parkas and lie on their backs in the snow to watch.
Photo Courtesy Thomas Pernau

OctoberFest Photos

Here are some photos from OctoberFest.
Photo Courtesy Carol J Watkins
Click on image for an enlargement.

Deltana Community Corporation Election Candidates

Deltana Community Corporation has three seats on the Board up for election on October 4th. Each Board seat represents a three year term of commitment to the local government outside of the City of Delta Junction. Five candidates have filed to run in the elections this year. Julia Phillips and Brian Corty are candidates for Seat D, Steve Fields and Nick Herman are candidates for Seat E, and Patrick Schlichting is running unopposed for Seat F. Everyone in the Deltana and Big Delta voting districts is encouraged to come vote in the election on October 4th at the Community Center in Delta Junction.

September 9, 2005

Regular Municipal Election

Council Seats C, E, F & G Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 8 am to 8 pm  Community Center  (Mile 266 Richardson Highway) Delta Junction, Alaska. For more information contact City Clerk Pat White at 895-4656.

September 20, 2005


Delta Junction’s first annual Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 1st. While Oktoberfests are usually thought of as “adult only” events, some twists have been added to make this an Alpine Festival for the whole family, adults included.

Based on ideas from The Delta Chamber of Commerce’s Activities Committee a logo was designed with an Alpine theme. A banner using the logo was created and proudly displayed at the 2005 Deltana Fair. This design has now been converted into tee-shirts which are on sale at your Chamber Office or outside IGA Food Cache on select dates at $10 for children and $12 for adult sizes, only 130 shirts are available.

The date for Oktoberfest was chosen to coincide with the last home football games of the season against Valdez High School. The School will host a bonfire and serve “food specialties” during the game at the school’s new concession stand located next to the football field. The Junior Varsity game will begin at 1 pm and the Varsity game will immediately follow. A pancake breakfast sponsored by Close Up will be held from 7am-9am at the high school and will cost only $7.00.

A children’s carnival and crafts/activities area will be held at the High School with various games and activities being located throughout the school. The carnival will begin at 1pm and run until 6pm. Adult and children contests will be held in the Large Gym including an hourly piñata activity for children. Local musicians will also be showcasing their talents throughout the day. There will be An Oktoberfest Entertainment Raffle held with first prize being a 27” television donated by the Delta Chamber of Commerce, second place will be a Woolrich Throw from Granite View Sports & Gifts, third place will be a $20 gift certificate at Video Unlimited, tickets are $2.00 each with less than 350 tickets available for purchase.

Many local restaurants who are members of the chamber will be offering German food specialty items and prices throughout the day as well. Mike at The Pit is offering $.50 off a brat meal for mentioning Oktoberfest. The Buffalo Diner is planning to add pork with sauerkraut and German Chocolate Cake to the menu while your local IGA Food Cache plans to offer “Brats and Kraut” in the Deli. Both the Trophy Lodge and Miki at Adam’s Ribs have indicated they have some super specials in the works as well.

Evening activities for adults will begin with a beer tasting located at the Alaskan Steakhouse beginning at 6 and ending at 10pm. Sawmill Creek Lodge will have live music, dancing, free pool and shuffleboard while Clearwater Lodge will host Alpine Bar Games along with live music and dancing. Babysitting services will be available at the high school until 10 pm.

More activities are in the planning stage and we hope to have everything tied up by our next meeting. This meeting will be held in the Jarvis West Building room 1C, on September 20th at noon. Everyone is welcome to attend we are always in search of new ideas and input, refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please contact Norman E. Cosgrove, Activities Coordinator at 895-5068.

Recess at 20 Below - Book Launch
Photographs and text by Cindy Lou Aillaud

Recess at 20 BelowMeet author and photographer Cindy Lou Aillaud

Saturday, October 1st
10 AM - 2 PM

Delta Community Library
2291 Deborah Street
Delta Jct. AK 99737

September 28, 2005

Red Polls
These three red polls were content to sit on this Sitka spruce tree while being photographed near Haines Alaska. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips


Haunted Halls

Delta Youth Court is hosting a "Haunted Halls"  at Delta High School this Saturday, October 29 from 7-11pm.  Admission is through the senior lobby and costs $5 or two donations of boxed or canned food to benefit the Alpha Omega Food Pantry.  This event is for everyone, but parents should be considerate of children under 10.   For more information call Jody Zollman at 895-5328.

October 28, 2005

Boxes Needed

To the friend who has boxes and call me....out on the Alcan highway... I lost your number.. please call me again so I can come get a couple of loads of boxes...I think I shred your number by mistake.. silly me... 895 1910. THANK YOU THANK YOU.

October 25, 2005

9 Lives Recreation Open House

Hungry for a new Arctic Cat Snowmobiles! Head to 9 Lives Recreation in Delta Jct. All day Saturday, Oct 29 and Sunday, Oct 30 for the Arctic Cat National Open House. They're serving up the 2006 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles and the good folks at 9 Lives Recreation are there to help you choose your main course. Bring the whole family for free food and door prizes. Take a look at some of the coolest accessories and Arctic wear on the planet. Looking for a 2005 Model? There are still a few around with savings up to $1700. For dessert, you can register for a chance to win a NEW 2006 Crossfire. Go to 9 Lives Recreation in Delta Jct Saturday 1PM to 8PM, Oct 29  and Sunday 2PM to 7PM, Oct 30 for the National Open House Event.

October 24, 2005

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time ends October 30.  Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night before going to bed.

October 27, 2005


Sparring moose
There were 22 moose in a field on Nistler Road on Tuesday morning. A real traffic-stopper!
Photos Courtesy Ann Geise

New stiudents
Here is an image I thought you might like to see...new "students" at the FGA School.
Photo Courtesy Michael Kingston

Story hour
The new Delta Library was nearly bursting at it's seams for one of the first community Story Hours held this month. Miss Joyce can be seen in the background counting the more than 30 youngsters who attended to hear Miss Nancy read a funny story about hanging out the wash. Story Hour is held 2 Wednesdays a month at 11 am. Please call the Delta Library for more details and to register. Click here for an enlargement. 
Photo Courtesy Dawn Grossmann

Social Hour

The Delta Clearwater Seniors are also sponsoring a social hour on Thursday, October 27 from 1pm to 3 pm at the Senior Lounge. There will be food, coffee and socialization for all seniors 55 years of age and older. There will also be some music for your enjoyment.  If you need transportation to this events, please call Eula Nistler at 895-4558.

October 18, 2005

Bowhunter Education Course

The Delta Sportsmans Association is sponsoring the Alaska State Bowhunter Education course on Oct 22 - 23, 2005. The classroom portion will be at the Sportsman lodge on Nome Trail from 9:00am until 5:00pm. The proficiency shoot will be conducted on the 23rd at a separate location, to be given at the class. For reservations or more information call Dave Hoffman at 895-5088. Cost is $10.00. The class is limited to 20 persons.

September 28, 2005

The Alaskan Range in black and white.
Photo Courtesy Carol Watins

Fungus Gnats

Many folks have noticed rapidly growing populations of fungus gnats that have entered homes since the weather has turned colder. Fungus gnats are small, fly-like insects about 2-5 millimeters in length. They breed and live in moist, humid places such as greenhouses, houseplants, leaf litter, compost bins, and sink drains. They often come inside in the fall and are attracted to common household items, such as ripening fruit. They enter even the cleanest and tidiest of kitchens and homes at this time of year.

The female lays her eggs in decaying plant tissue or decaying material on the soil surface. The larvae hatch within a few days, are small and white, and will develop into maggots over 12 days. They pupate and in a cocoon on the soil surface or underneath it. They then mate, lay eggs, and live for about a week. This rapid life cycle only takes 2-4 weeks, which explains why you can discover a booming population in a short period of time.
Fungus gnats damage plants when the maggot phase of the insect feeds on plant roots, root hairs, and the base of the stem at the soil line. They are pests as they fly around your kitchen or bathroom. Reducing the moisture and humidity of the areas that you find fungus gnats, and working to increase drainage of houseplant soil, sinks, and drains will help reduce favorable habitats for the fungus gnat. Cleaning basins well and letting household cleaners sit in the sink’s p-trap overnight will discourage fungus gnats.

Ways to combat the fungus gnat include filling a baby food jar about 7/8 full with water, adding 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, and leaving it open near where your pests congregate. The trap may also be placed near houseplants to kill adults. This should take care of the population within a few days. If you have a large population, refill the trap with a fresh water and cider vinegar concoction after a week. You can also use neem oil, an organic pest control product derived from the neem tree, or bT, a biological control, to fight the fungus gnat population.

Help your houseplants resist fungus gnat egg laying and infestation by scraping off about ¼ inch of fungal buildup on the soil surface and replacing it with sand, vermiculite, or perlite. These materials dry out easily and will not provide the humid surface environment that fungus gnats prefer to lay eggs and pupate in.

For more information, or any other questions about horticulture and insects, contact the Cooperative Extension Service in the Jarvis Office Center at 895-4215. Happy growing!

October 18, 2005 -- By Sara Engebretson/IPM Technician, UAF – Cooperative Extension Service

News Bulletin From the Delta News Web

If you have submitted classified ads since Saturday or articles, I would ask that you resend those please.  We use two different servers for our work, and we have apparently lost one of them temporarily.  This may be due to Hurricane Wilma, since this server is located in the south.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  Your classified ads and articles are set to forward to our other server temporarily. 

Please bear with us, as we try to get things back on track and running smoothly again.  We are not the only ones affected with this server problem.  There are probably 10,000+ plus people affected with their websites at this time. 

Webmaster -- October 24, 2005

Hawk Owl
This northern hawk owl image was taken in the Shaw Creek Flats in mid September.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

By Steven Dietz from the nove by Bram Stoker, Directed by Andrew Cassel

Fairbanks Drama Association and Fairbanks Children's Theatre, Inc. Oct 21, 22, 28, 29, Nov 4, Nov 5 Sunday Matinees at 2 PM on Oct 23, 30, and Nov 6

This new adaptation restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker's classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances - in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire.

October 5, 2005

(It's sunset season again. This was shot from
the corner of Nistler and Sourada road looking SW on Monday night.) Photo by Richard Mitchell

Public Notice Regarding City Lots for Sale

For detailed information go to our website or stop by the City Hall.

October 14, 2005

This Ruffed Grouse flew into our window Monday evening and seems to have settled in for a nap. The grouse recovered and took off before 2 am.
Photo Courtesy Ann Geise

Birthday Lunch

The Delta Clearwater Seniors will be celebrating their monthly birthday lunch with a potluck this month. It will be at the Senior Lounge on Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00pm. We invite all seniors 55 and over to come and join us. There’s always plenty of food and good conversation. If you need transportation to this event, please call Eula Nistler at 895-4558.

October 18, 2005

 Barb & Fronty Parker take shelter under a tarp from a rain shower while having a July 4th picnic at Summit Lake. 
Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Delta resident Bob Goss is shown drinking from nature's water fountain after landing his Supercub on a creek bed in the Alaska Range recently.  Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois


This flock of ptarmigan in their winter plumage was observed while driving along the shores of Summit Lake last winter. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Ghost Ship
GHOST SHIP. This is one of four Tanana River boats of the type used by Northern Warfare Training Center at Fort Greely, resting in the swampy area at the end of the Bolio Lake, in front of the complex. From the late 1940's till the late 1990's. They are approximately 31 feet long, and carried a squad of soldiers plus gear. Originally built by Compeau's in Fairbanks. They were used by the training center to teach river navigation.
Photo Courtesy Marlin Dunklebarger

UAF-Tanana Valley Campus - Delta Classes

Register at the UAF Cooperative Extension Service Room 114 Jarvis Office Center.  Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (907) 895-4215

Find out about funding available to local residents.

DRT F170 TD1 Beginning AutoCad
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9pm DGHS 10/18/05-12/17/05 Morris, Jack

August 25, 2005

Reindeer taking a break at Green's place along Remington Road.  Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

Baby Shower to Benefit Carenet of the Tanana Valley Pregnancy Center
October 15,  1:00 - 3:00 PM

Ladies of all ages are invited to come and enjoy refreshments. Women are encouraged to bring new or gently used, unwrapped, baby items. These gifts
will be given to the Pregnancy Center to give to those in need. An offering will be taken to benefit the Center as well.

There will be a short program explaining the Pregnancy Center, which is located on Wilbur Street In Fairbanks, but serves the greater Tanana Valley area, including Delta Junction.

The Pregnancy Center offers help for women and babies in need, as well as free pregnancy tests and counseling.

Gift suggestions are:
Diapers, clothing up to size 4T, quilts, blankets, car seats, maternity clothing. Anything from pacifiers to cribs to nursing bras. Homemade items are special and very welcome. Any Item that you
would give to someone you care about.

Please be generous. Many of these women/girls don't have nice things for themselves or their babies.

For more information, please contact Tina Congiolosi at 895-4739, Debbie Joslin at 895-4565, or Esther Holbrook at 895-1880.

September 10, 2005

Cindy Alliaud - -20 Below Book Signing

Cindy and Jessalyn
Cindy and Jessalyn Reiter

Cindy, Jessica, Terry and Janet
Cindy and Jessica Smith laughing up a storm while Terry Detzel and Janet Reiter look on.

Cindy signing her first book
Cindy signing her first book

The rock work behind Cindy is the new fire place surround in the library - doesn't it look great? Alex Glushko did it - we are so impressed with his
 work! Friends and family sent a ton of flowers for Cindy on the big day,  too.

Cindy signed books for almost six hours and still ended up taking home over 100 more to finish autographing. She just had to reorder so she'll have some on hand for her events in Fairbanks - she was down to her last couple of books at the beginning of this week...by golly, she's famous and  we're all so proud!

October 15, 2005 -- Joyce McCombs

Little Dribblers Begins!

As many in the Delta community may know, Little Dribblers Basketball season is about to start. As the new head coach, I'd like to inform and remind everyone how Little Dribblers works here in Delta. Children throughout the Delta area (they do not have to be enrolled in DGSD schools) in grades K-5 are invited to take part in a basketball skills learning activity. Teams are coached by members of the Delta High School basketball teams. The season this year begins October 10 and will run through November 22. K-2 graders will practice on Saturdays from 10:30-Noon; girls in grades 3-5 will practice Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm and boys in grades 3-5 will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30pm.

 Practices will be held in the Delta High School large gym unless otherwise notified. Participants need to dress for basketball and wear gym shoes (not outdoor shoes). Parents are encouraged to attend and their positive input is welcome. There is no fee to play. Practices will be held the first day and games the second. Registrations can be obtained at the Delta Youth Court office in Delta High School and at Delta Elementary School or at practice sessions. For more information, call Jody Zollman at 895-5328 or Tara Gardner (895-4460 DHS).

October 7, 2005

Alumni Photos Click here for enlargements and text

Ssgt Blake


Reuben and Elijah

  Tay and Joe  

Janis Sarver


October 6, 2005

Fall scenery
Coming home from Palmer. 
Photo Courtesy Ruby Hollembaek

Recruiting New Members for Outreach

There will be a meeting of the Delta Clearwater Seniors Outreach Committee on October 12,  at 3 pm in the senior lounge.

Committee members Fran Colombo, Marie Fett, Ken Farrow and Eula Nistler are encouraged to attend.

If you are a senior citizen, we invite you come and attend this meeting and become a part of our Senior Citizens group. 

October 10, 2005

Northern lights
 The aurora occurs along ring shaped regions around the north and south geomagnetic poles. The intensity of the displays vary from night to night and throughout each night.
Photo Courtesy Thomas Pernau

Monday Night Bingo Kitchen

Rural Deltana VFD is soliciting kitchen groups for Mondays during bingo at the Community Center. The group will provide a dinner for 6-8 players. RDVFD provides the service ware. In addition to selling dinners, groups raffle 3-5 dessert items . We pay each group $25 per week. Groups earn $75 to $100 on the raffles. Groups work from 6 to 9 pm.

Several months are open. Call Steve McCombs 895-4909 or Matt Creager 895-5277 to sign-up.

October 5, 2005

Bald Eagle
Once considered an endangered species, an Alaskan Bald Eagle sits atop a post in Homer, AK
Photo courtesy of Melissa Walters

Placer Mining Workshop

The Delta Mine Training Center and Cooperative Extension Service are sponsoring a Placer Mining Workshop Oct. 15 -16th from 8am-4pm each day at the DMTC building. The course will be taught by Jeff Keener from Fairbanks. Some of the topics covered will be placer geology, claimstaking, hand and mechanized methods ( panning, pits, trenches, drilling, building the prospect map, mining methods, mining agreements, and mine plans.

There is a $25 non-refundable pre-registration fee that must be paid by Oct. 10, 2005. To register stop by the DMTC building and ask for Carolyn Howard or call 895-2051 to find out about mailing in your registration.

September 28, 2005

Fort Greely Grizzlies


Greely Grizzlies Oct 10 - Oct 16

October 7 - 8: Glenallen Tournament (away)



Delta High Huskies Oct 10 - Oct 16

Wrestling - Fri - Oct 7 - Time TBA - Match Houston - Location Houston

Volleyball - Fri - Oct 7 - Time TBA - Delta at Hutch - JV/V level

Rifle - Fri - Oct 7 - Time 3:00 PM - Tok at Delta - JV/V level - Location Delta

Rifle - Sat - Oct 8 - Time 11:00 AM - Delta at Tok - JV/V level - location Tok

Volleyball - Sat - Oct 8 - Time 3:00 PM - North Pole at Delta - JV/V level

Wrestling - Sat - Oct 8 - Time TBA - Match Houston - Location Houston

Homemade Music

Family fun! Good company! You don't need to play anything! Just come and join us! no smoke, no booze. Saturday evening, 8 October, 7PM at the senior lounge. Call 895 4440 or 895 4104 Be there, we want to see you.

October 5, 2005

Repotting and Propagating Houseplants

After your houseplants have enjoyed a summer full of light and growth, fall is a good time to give them some attention to help reduce the stress of growing in the upcoming dark, cold, winter months. Repotting and propagating at this time of year is a good idea because we still have enough true sunlight and moderate temperatures to help the plant adjust to new growing conditions and to lessen transplant shock.

Repotting a houseplant is a good way to encourage healthy growth. If your plant wilts soon after a thorough watering, or if you can see roots penetrating the bottom of the pot, it is time to repot your plant. New leaves that appear smaller and smaller are another indication that you need to repot the plant. You should only increase the container size 1-2 inches larger in top diameter at a time, and make sure to use a clean container. Repotting into a container that is too large encourages inefficient fertilization and watering, and the moisture retained by the excess soil may lead to overwatering problems.

Before repotting, cover the drain holes of the container with small stones or broken pieces of clay pots. Fill with just enough soil so that the top of the root mass will rest within one inch of the top of the container. If the root mass is coiled around the pot, loosen the roots gently with your fingers and spread them radially in the pot. Finish the job by covering the root mass with soil, and then gently firm the soil around the roots with your fingers. Water thoroughly. You may need to add some additional soil after the soil mixture and roots settle into the new container. When you are finished, place the plant in bright, indirect light to reduce the transplant shock, and do not fertilize for 3 to 4 weeks while the fine root hairs recover.

When you repot your plants, you may find that your plant has reproduced, and the original shoot has made several others. It is fun to share starter plants with other gardeners, and you can gently separate the new shoots from the original plant for repotting. Other ways to propagate new plants include rooting cuttings and airlayering.

Propagating cuttings of houseplants is a form of pruning for the mother plant, as well as a great learning activity for both adults and children. To root a cutting of a plant, such as a spider plant or philodendron, prune leggy or excess growth from the plant. Make a clean, sharp cut just above a leaf node, at a 45-degree angle. Clip off the bottom few leaves, and place the cutting in water in a glass jar or clear container in bright, indirect light. You can watch the roots grow. After a mass of roots has formed in the container, your plant is ready for transplanting into soil. This process may take from a week to a month, depending on the variety and growing conditions. For more specific propagation techniques for various houseplant varieties, call or come in and we will help you find detailed information on the appropriate methods for each plant type.

For more information, or other questions regarding horticulture and insects, contact the Cooperative Extension Service, located in the Jarvis Office Center, at 895-4215. We have some great free publications about how to care for your houseplants during our Alaskan winter months. Happy growing!

October 3, 2005 -- Sara Engebretson/IPM Technician, UAF – Cooperative Extension Service

Matanuksa Glacier
This picture was taken at mid day, 18 June from the Matanuska Glacier viewing area off the highway.
The Matanuska is a beautiful valley glacier 24 miles long and four miles wide, descending twelve thousand feet to the terminus.  Photo Courtesy Reginald Salinas

Delta Community Choir Rehearsals Begin

The Delta Community Choir announces the beginning of this year’s rehearsals for the Christmas season. Rehearsals will be on Thursday nights, beginning on October 6th, at Ft. Greely Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m. As in years past, a few Tuesday rehearsals will be added in late November to help prepare the choir for their annual Christmas Concert which is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th.

“We have such great community talent every year!” says choir director, Kathy Sharp. “Last year’s choir had over 40 members and I’m really looking forward to working with them again. It’s always rewarding and we have so much fun!"

Access to Ft. Greely will be accomplished through the use of an established choir roster. Potential members are urged to contact Lisa Lewis, Ft. Greely Chapel (873-2476) prior to the first rehearsal, with their name and social security number, to aid in this process.

Choir membership is open to all adults and mature high school students in the community. The ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary. All that is required is a personal commitment to attend weekly rehearsals and join in the fun! If you are interested in being a piano accompanist, please call the director at 895-4911 to obtain music. All other questions should be e-mailed to ksharp@wildak.net.

September 12, 2005

Happy Birthday Sep 29 - Oct 5

Happy Birthday Leanna Dube - Oct 4 from Jessa

Happy Birthday Sep 29 - Kristin Green

Happy Birthday Sep 29 - Caitlin Dull

Happy Birthday Sep 29 - Waylon Hannan

Happy Birthday Sep 29 - Jeanette Walker

Happy Birthday Sep 30 - Adaline Blum

Happy Birthday Sep 30 - Norma Ross

Happy Birthday Oct 1 - Ben Schultz

Happy Birthday Oct 1 - Bethe Ellis

Happy Birthday Oct 3 - Robert Hanson

Happy Birthday Oct 3 - Jeffrey Cosgrove

Happy Birthday Oct 3 - Chet Eldridge

Happy Birthday Oct 4 - Leanna Dube

Happy Birthday Oct 4 - Wanda Morden

Happy Birthday Oct 5 - Marge Bandy

Happy Birthday Oct 5 - Kelly Growden

Happy Anniversary Sep 29 - Oct 5

Happy Anniversary Sep 29 - Patsy & Kevin Ewing

Happy Anniversary Sep 30 - Patti & TC Dull

Happy Anniversary Oct  1 - Jim & Barb Perkins

JV Home game
Here are some photos of the JV Home game on Oct 1st 2005 Photo Courtesy Carol J Watkins
Click on image for an enlargement.



Delta Huskies Sep 26 - Oct 2

Volleyball - Wed - Sep 28 - Time TBA - Game Delta at Eielson - JV/V level

Volleyball - Fri - Sep 30 - Time TBA - Game Delta at Cordova - JV/V level

Wrestling - Fri - Sep 30 -- Match Nenana, Tok, Hutch - Location Delta - (CANCELLED)

Volleyball - Sat - Oct 1 - Time TBA - Delta at Cordova - JV/V level

Rifle - Sat - Oct 1 - Match North Pole at Delta - JV/V level - Location Delta - (CANCELLED)

Football - Sat - Oct 1 - Time 11:00 PM - Game Valdez - Location Delta - JV game (NEW TIME)

Football - Sat - Oct 1 - Time 1:00 PM - Game Valdez - Location Delta - V game (NEW TIME)

Oktoberfest 2005

Saturday, October 1st
Family Events at High School

7-9 am Pancake Breakfast by Close Up Group- Little Gym-Delta High School
1-6 pm Children’s Carnival & Crafts Opens and Adult Contests Delta High School
1-6 pm Football Games and Bon Fire, Delta vs. Valdez-JV & V
1-5 pm All Live, All Local Music, - Delta High School
1-5 pm Hourly Piñatas for Children - Delta High School
6 pm Oktoberfest Entertainment Raffle - Delta High School
6 pm Announce Winners of “Save the Yak” Coloring Contest - Delta High School

Adult Events at Local Businesses
6-10 pm Beer Tasting Party - Alaskan Steakhouse
9 pm-? Music, Dancing and Oktoberfest Bar Games - Clearwater Lodge
9 pm-? Live music, Dancing, Free Pool and Shuffleboard at Sawmill Creek Lodge

All Day
Babysitting Services Available at the High School

Trophy Lodge, The Pit, Buffalo Center Diner, Adam’s Ribs and IGA Food Cache Deli
Will Offer German Food Specials

“Save the Yak” Coloring Contest and Fund Raiser

September 20, 2005 -- Delta Chamber of Commerce

This bear is named Hugo and resides at the wildlife park near Portage.
Photo Courtesy of Melissa Walters

Clearwater Lake
This image was taken near the Tanana River where it is fed by Clearwater Lake.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Absentee Ballots for Deltana Elections

Absentee ballots for the October 4th elections are available through October 1st for anyone in the Deltana or Big Delta voting district who can't make it to the community center to vote on election day. Please call 895-5158 or email kathyjp@wildak.net to request an absentee ballot package be mailed to you.

September 9, 2005



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