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September 2004

Tangle Lakes / Delta River users needed for survey

The Bureau of Land Management is revising its 1983 plan for the Tangle lakes and Delta River (upstream of Black Rapids). To help with this, we are conducting a survey of boaters and ATV users this winter.

The survey will have questions about…
• your trips on the river / lakes
• your reasons for taking trips
• crowding, litter, and other impacts
• acceptable levels of camp impacts
• your opinions about management options

We will send the survey to names collected from registration boxes at the put-ins over the past four years. Because not everyone registers their trips, we are also collecting boaters from paddling clubs, lodges, and boating stores or other sources (like this request). If you have taken a trip on the Delta River or Tangle Lakes, you can help. We want to hear from you even if (1) you have only taken one trip on the river; (2) it has been several years since you visited; or (3) you only take day trips on the lakes.

To receive a survey, send your name and mailing address to by October 15, 2004. Alternatively, you can call Doug Whittaker at (907) 346 – 3769.

Thanks very much. We appreciate your help.

Doug Whittaker, PhD.
Confluence Research and Consulting
6324 Red Tree Circle
Anchorage, Alaska 99507

September 22, 2004


Here is what we have to offer at this time.
ATU Alaska Souvenir and Craft's.  We have a line of WildBerry products Jams, Jellies, Fireweed Honey, Candy. Also Alaska Jacks Candy, Salmon, gift item and boxes and a variety of handcrafts.

Up For Grabs Novelty and Gifts has jewelry, knives, and other men's gifts, and Christmas Items for the early shopper.

Lets not forget men at THE TOOL SHED with all you need for the tool box and other items.

M&W Gifts for all occasions and lets not forget the Halloween shop.

Next comes the girls from Loving Stitches Fabric Shop with all your sewing needs.

And Brian's wireless internet and things you need for your computer.

For your favorite coffee come see Joann at Diehl's Delights.

Here's hoping you come by and give a look. Remember all venders and crafters welcome

September 21, 2004

Produce People - Update

Hi Delta, This is Leah Harmon from the produce truck that was by Jump'n Java and the BBQ Pit. I made it to the web page, my self to day. We want to thank the people here for letting us be a part of your community this past week. We enjoyed your many stories and are glad we got to meet you. We plan to come back again next year. Today we are going to Glenallen to sell for about five days. We are still looking for a back haul, please call Pat or Letha at City Hall if you know anyone who would like something hauled to NE. Washington, ID. or NW. Montana. Thanks again, Wayne & Leah Harmon.

September 21, 2004

Delta kids
Pictured are Gabe and Emma Zayon and Carter Moore on the Delta Elementary playground in August. Gabe and Emma are the children of Kristen Zayon (Olberg) and Carter is the son of Leslie Moore (Beck), both 1990 graduates of DHS. They were home for the fair.  Photo Courtesy Kristen Zayon (Olberg)

Anyone who has looked up toward the sky recently may have noticed large numbers of sandhill cranes migrating overhead.  During a crane study conducted in the Delta Junction area during pipeline construction days, researchers estimated that two-thirds of the world population of 600,000 lesser sandhill cranes migrated through the Delta Junction area each spring and fall.  After migrating through the Tanana Valley in the fall, the birds continue south to the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.  On their northward migration in the spring, many birds continue across Alaska to nest in Siberia.  Young of the year birds tend to have more brownish-red on their plumage such as the lead bird in the attached photo, and also have a call described as "tweer" and reminds me of a whistle.  Adults tend to be more solid gray, such as the bird in the lower right of the photo and their call has been described as a rolling bugle, which many of us Deltoids are
probably familiar with.  The agricultural farm lands in the Delta area provide an important food source for birds during migration.  Many birds will fend on grain in the fields and then roast overnight on the Delta and Tanana River beds.
Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sept 15 - Sept 21

Happy "Sweet 16" Birthday to Jill Cox on September 15th!  I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always... as long as you're living my "baby"
you'll be! With Love from PA, Dad

Happy Birthday to Bob Morley (Sept. 16) from all your co-workers at City Hall!

Happy Birthday to Lucille Stock from Nick and Kay in California.  September 19. We miss your smiling face, Lucille! Have a great day!

Happy 4th Birthday to Aeron Charles Mills. Sep. 21, Your love and life has made My life complete. Also Happy Birthday to Derek Mills Sr. Love you both forever your sister and mom.  Ann Marie Mills 

I want to wish Chelsea Green a Happy 14th Birthday on September 21st. Wish I could be there! Love Cassie

Happy Birthday Chelsea Green on Sept 21. We wish you all the best in life . Sweet 14 and I hope that you  have never been kissed. Love ,your grandma & grandpa.  Enjoy your day!

The City of Delta Junction is now accepting applications for the 2004 social service grants.

Applications may be downloaded from our website,

or picked up at the City hall, Monday-Friday 8-5 at 2288 Deborah St, Delta Jct. AK 99737

Completed applications must be received at the above address by 5:00 PM, Friday, October 15, 2004.

Letha Burcham -- September 14, 2004

Fresh Produce for Sale

A couple from Montana, Wayne and Leah Harman,  have brought 1000 cases of fresh produce from the Yakima Valley. They will be located next to Jumpin' Java, across from the Presbyterian Church for the next five or six days. 

John Henry peaches, field-grown tomatoes, Bartlett pears, McIntosh, Golden Delicious and Gala apples, Anaheim and Jalapeno peppers.

We are looking for a back haul to northwestern WA, ID or MT to cover return trip costs only. Please come by the produce stand by Friday, call (406) 291-0903 or leave a message with Pat or Letha at City Hall at 895-4656.

September 15, 2004

Elaine Shannon's beautiful pumpkins left to right: Christine Kingston,  Big Sister Kim Eames, (formerly Kingston who now resides in Fairbanks with her husband Dennis) and little Rachelle Eames and Elaine Shannon. Photo Courtesy CRTC/Michael Kingston

Elaine Shannon's wonderful carrots. 
Photo Courtesy CRTC/Michael Kingston

Delta Huskies
Delta Husky #34 Joel Watson carries the ball toward the goal line, while #60 Travis DuBois and #44 Ben Blair provide blocking, with #61 David Jensen providing coverage from behind. 
See more Husky news and photos below. 
Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Delta Huskies Football

The Delta Huskies played a historic football game Wednesday night the team hosted the Eielson Ravens JV team for the first home game in Delta's
football history. Several hundred enthusiastic fans watched they the Huskies beat the Ravens 36-16. The Huskies next home game will be Saturday,
Sept. 16
when they will host Ketchikan.

Huskies spirit

The Husky Cheerleader's keep the crowd fired up and then cheered for the team as they left the field after game. Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Cub scouts Pack 76

Prior to the game, Cub Scout Pack 76 presented the colors as the Delta High School band played the national anthem. Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Travis DuBois
Travis DuBois fishing hard on the Gulkana this summer. Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Brooklyn Hollembaek
Brooklyn Hollembaek enjoying her Blue Ribbon Picks at the Deltana Fair 2004. Photo Courtesy Ruby Hollembaek

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sept 8 - Sept 14

Belated birthday wish:  Wishing Gma Linnea the best birthday (Sept 5) in the whole world.  Love, Lil John and Kyra Jenkins

Allen Funk, one of Delta's local State Parks employees, will be 50 on September 8. Mike Nuckols

Snow capped Mt. Edgecumbe
Snow capped Mt. Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano, is in the background on a clear day in Sitka, Alaska. The photo was taken just behind McDonalds. Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

Grouse and ptarmigan population trends are cyclic by nature, increasing and decreasing on approximately a 7-10 year cycle. Grouse and ptarmigan populations, such as the female spruce grouse shown in this photo, appear to
currently be increasing and hopefully will continue to increase for the next few years providing good hunting and viewing opportunities.
 Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

Let’s Eradicate Breast Cancer

Deseree Baker

Deseree Baker, a new member to the Delta Junction community is participating in the Breast Cancer 3 Day in Los Angeles, California. She will be walking 20 miles per day for three days for a total of 60 miles. The course goes from Huntington Beach to Santa Monica, California. As a participant she must raise $2000.00 that will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust whose mission is to eradicate breast cancer through research, awareness and prevention.

She and members of the Forget-Me-Knot quilters’ guild here in Delta Jct., have created a beautiful quilt to be raffled. The 90 X 108 inch Double Irish Chain quilt will be on display at the Wells Fargo Bank in Delta Junction, Alaska. Tickets are available for $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at Granite View Sports, Busy Bee Office Supply, Calico Cow and Loving Stitches.

Donations are greatly appreciated, as they will help Deseree reach and hopefully surpass her goal. All proceeds are contributed to the 3-Day event. The Drawing for the quilt will be Monday, September 27, 2004 at The Coffee Club at 6pm. Winner does not need to be present to win.

For information contact Deseree Baker at  or in the evenings at 895-5105. Donations can be made at the 3 Day event website

September 5, 2004

Lindsey's dog Rue in the pet costume contest.  Delta Fair Aug 20-22
Photo Courtesy James Youngblood

Lost Red & White Siberian Husky

Our family pet is missing, has any body seen her? Her name is Hokulani and she is a Red & White Siberian Husky. She is 2 yrs. old and very friendly, she has a red collar on with her tag. She has left her home on Harper Ave. If anyone has seen her or picked her up, please give us a call at:  Ph# 895-5159 Our son is very much attached to her. Mahalo

Harry Weaver -- September 4, 2004

 First touchdown
The Delta High School football team won their first victory ever in the second game, playing the East Anchorage JV team in Anchorage on Sept. 6.
The photo is Senior, Jared Creviston scoring one of his 3 touchdowns against East. 
Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

ACS to provide continuing
Internet service to Delta Junction

Delta Junction residents who have been using as their internet service provider will be able to make a seamless transition to ACS Internet with a free month of service, according to ACS representative Mary Ann Pease. Effective immediately, ACS will be the replacement provider for all WildAK internet dial up accounts that choose to continue with them.

Pease told the Delta News Web that WildAk subscribers should "be assured, although your provider is changing, you’ll experience no interruption of service. We’re confident you’ll enjoy your service with ACS – you’ll receive your monthly service for a lower price, you’ll get excellent customer service when you need it, free technical support, and more integrated services, such as email filtering for those pesky sales pitches that flood your mailbox."

Almost simultaneously with the transition of WildAK accounts to ACS, Delta residents are being offered two additional alternatives for internet service.  Arctic Fox Safety Supply announced this week that it will be offering dialup service starting in mid September, with a domain name of  Wireless Delta has been taking reservations for high speed wireless internet service for months, and has recently begun making installations in the community.

The presence of these other Internet Service Providers mean that Delta residents can choose between two dialup internet providers and a high speed wireless provider.  Dialup speeds run at 52 kb or below; wireless runs between 256 kb and 5,000 kb depending on the level of service contracted for.  Dialup can be used by anyone with existing telephone service.  Wireless service requires the installation of additional equipment.

Pease said that ACS is offering customers transitioning from WildAK the first month of dialup internet service for free as a gesture of welcome. "You will not see any charges for ACS Dialup Internet Services on your September bill," she told us.  Service will cost $29 per month.

In addition to dialup service, ACS customers will be able to use up to 10 mb of server space for web pages.

ACS will be contacting WildAK subscribers by telephone or mail this month.  Customer care can be reached at 1-800-478-7121 and technical support at 1-888-690-1930.

Delta News Web -- September 2, 2004

HAPPY BIRTHDAY  Sept 1 - Sept 7

Happy Birthday to my husband Joe Crandall, September 7  Love, Carol

Happy Birthday Derek Mills, Sr.on September 1 We all love you very much!  Sheryl, Kailey and Derek Jr.

Happy birthday, September 7 to Joe Crandall from his mom and dad, Mary and Joe Crandall


Lost a black & white 5 year old boarder collie X.  She answers to the name DD.  She was lost in the Hannan and Jack Warren Rd vicinity.  If you see her, please contact 895-3264 or 873-4837

Mary & Brian Arthur -- August 30, 2004

Letter from Robert and Theresa Anderson

Dear Delta/Greely Residents,

My wife and I would like to thank this community for the enjoyable 5 years we had in providing the Delta/Greely area with internet service. Due to an unforeseeable turn of events that we cannot discuss due to a non-disclosure agreement, we will no longer be providing this valuable service to the area. ACS will be taking care of the internet needs of the town. We realize this may be an inconvenience to some but, unfortunately we have no control over the matter.

We had to do what was best for our family and our customers. Thank you for your patronage and helping WildAlaska grow to its full potential.

Also WildAlaska is turning over the domain to ACS as of our conversation with ACS today. Therefore there should be no change of email addresses, all web sites should continue exactly as they are and the only difference anyone will notice will be that instead of paying WildAlaska they will pay ACS directly.

Thank you again for your patronage,

Robert & Theresa Anderson  - 30 Aug 2004

Caleb Parker
This is a picture of Caleb Parker sheep hunting with his Dad this past week in the upper Gerstle River drainage.  No luck getting a sheep but it was worth the while to get above the smoke and be in this spectacular country.  Caleb who graduated from DHS in 2003 and Tony Sherman (2004 DHS grad) are in route (driving) to Bend Oregon to go to school there. Photo Courtesy Fronty Parker

Fronty and Bill
Fronty Parker and Bill Todd, along with Honda the golden retriever, are shown hiking in the fog over July 4th weekend. Photo Courtesy Steve DuBois

 It's nice to look at photos of summer, now that fall is here.  Are you ready for winter?  We have to wait another year to see this lovely fireweed in bloom again. Photo courtesy of CRTC/Michael Kingston.



Brooklyn Hollembaek thought this antique car was a "thumbs up!" Photo Courtesy Ruby Hollembaek

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sept 22 - Sept 28

Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Fellman....she turns 22 on September 22! We love you very much! Smooches, Mom and family :-)

Happy Birthday Dawn Fagenstrom.....Sept 23rd. STEVE

Happy Birthday to Shawna Mackey, 9 years old on September 28. Hope you have a wonderful day. Wish we could be there, miss you lots. Love you very much from Dad, July-Ann and the rest of the bunch here in Washington.

DCC at the fair

2004 Deltana Fair.  Delta Christian Center, performing on the Wells Fargo stage.
 Photo Courtesy CRTC/Michael Kingston

Summertime fun, is behind us, and the kids are all back in school.  Winter has come, seasons change, but friendships last forever.  Angela Phillips, Kyra Kimball, Savanna Fredricks, Amanda Trainor.  Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Dwight snapped this shot while hiking the Savage River Canyon in Denali National Park, the weekend Sept. 11  Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Do you have a heart for animals

If you are interested in the welfare of domestic animals in the Delta area, come September 24th at 7:00 pm to the city conference room next to the library and meet people who share your interest.  We would like your input. For information call Lea Ann McKenzie 895-5112

September 21, 2004

Rachel and Dwight
Rachel and her dad ham it up for the photographer, displaying a couple of Delta/Clearwater ready to spawn silver salmon.  Photo taken in Oct. of 2003.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

NO Borough Meeting

Sponsored by the Delta Chapter Wolf Pack.  Meeting will be at the Community Center on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00.  For more information call Mary at 895-5123 or Pat at 895-5011.

September 22, 2004

Here is Trevor, with this sudden snow he is ready for anything! Photo Courtesy Cynthia Souhrada

Professional Development Seminars/Certified Public Manager

"Public vs Private Sector Environments" is being presented in Delta Junction through UAF/TVC on Saturday, Sept 25th from 9-12.

It is the first in a series of one day classes to be offered locally. This course introduces the essential differences between the public and private sectors.

Contact the CES office at 895-4215 room 114 Jarvis Office Center for detailed information and to register.

September 15, 2004

Help family of crash victim

Shannon Alley, a new Delta Junction resident, recently died as a result of a head-on crash on the Richardson Highway. Her husband and children are flying Outside for her burial and will be returning to Delta Junction to stay. Cleeta Barger of Mt Hayes Realtors is arranging to get airline tickets for them. Anyone interested in helping with the finances can send a check to Monte Alley c/o Mt Hayes Realtors, PO Box 888, Delta Junction, AK 99737. Thanks. Call 895-4142 for additional information.

September 14, 2004

Brynna Wilson
Don and Jayme Wilson (Braswell)  welcomed their daughter Brynna Dawn on September 16th, 2004. She was born at 1:10pm and weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces. She was 19 3/4 inches long. Brynna joins brothers Devin (8) and Jaydon (4). Jayme is 97 graduate of Delta High School. Their family resides in Fallon, Nevada.  Photo Courtesy Jayme Wilson(Braswell)

Delta/Clearwater Dart League Update

A general membership meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 25 September 2004, at 4:00p.m., at the Alaskan Steakhouse for the purpose of team registration, sponsor fee collection and roster submission.  Any other business brought befor the membership will also be discussed.
Team representatives should contact their sponsor for a roster form to fill out.  Packets will be distributed prior to the beginning of the season, which begins on 7 October 2004.  For further information or comments please call Joe Crandall at 895-4059.

Joe Crandall -- September 13, 2004

Delta Seniors Bake Sale

Saturday, September 18, IGA Food Cache. 
10 AM - 2 PM.

September 17, 2004

Dwight snapped this shot while hiking the Savage River Canyon in Denali National Park, the weekend September 11.  Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

 Ashley Bevard

3 year old Ashley Bevard singing " When you say nothing at all" by Allison Krause at during the talent show at the Delta Fair.
Photo Courtesy Sarah Bevard


Wells Fargo Main Stage Photo Courtesy Mike Kingston

Big Chief

Wells Fargo Main Stage Photo Courtesy Mike Kingston

First entry

Our first entry in this years parade, according to master of ceremonies Larry Veihl.
Photo Courtesy James Youngblood

Bob and Ann Geise

Grand Marshals Bob and Ann Geise
Photo Courtesy James Youngblood

And who can forget about this adorable little puppy with his handling crew!  Delta Fair Aug 20-22
Photo Courtesy James Youngblood

Issac Parker Isaac Parker - Delta Junction resident has been working far from home and family these past two years. His work and travel experiences have taken him as far away as New Zealand and the South Pole, as well as other regions of the state. In Sitka this summer, Issac enjoyed hunting and sport fishing on his days off from work with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Presently at home, Issac is visiting with family and friends while preparing for another four month tour at the South Pole research station in Antarctica. .  Good luck Isaac!  Eric, Cathy and Erica Parker, Sitka, AK  Photo Courtesy Catherine Parker

Issac Parker

Delta Community Library
“NO BAKE” Bake Sale

No Crumbs!    No Carbs!    No Calories!

No tickets to lose.
No change to make
No donation too small.

Help us  “raise some dough” to furnish & equip your new public library!

Every donation will be matched 100% by the Rasmuson Foundation

Recipe for Sweet Success:

1.  Mail a check:  Delta Community Library, Box 229 Delta, AK 99737
2.  Deliver in person at 2288 Deborah Street

Donations are tax deductible.
Thank you, Delta - Fort Greely!

Joyce McCombs - September 3, 2004

PLEASE No More Phone Calls to our 800 #

Due to an overwhelming number of calls to the Wireless Delta 800#, we are asking people to use our local phone number: 895-1056.  Thanks.

Brian Corty -- September 2, 2004

 Savanah and Tyler
Here is a picture of Savannah Hope and Tyler William. They are the children of 1996 Delta Graduate Autumn (Schoech) Gaiski and her husband Joe. Savannah just turned 4 years old and is Pre-K this year. Tyler was born on March 11, 2004 and will be 6 months old in a couple of days.  Autumn and her family now reside in a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Photo Courtesy Autumn (Schoech) Gaiski


Arctic Fox Safety & Supply announced on September 2 that it would be providing an alternative for dial up internet service in Delta Junction.  The ISP will use the domain name will be accessible to anyone with a telephone modem.  Speeds will range up to 52 kb, depending on connection quality, modem type and other factors. 

The new ISP should be up and running by September 15, according to Steve Fields.  For information about subscribing, call 895-2057.

* $ 20.95 per month
* 200 megs of Storage Space for eMail, Pictures, MultiMedia, Documents, etc.
* Accelerated Caching for Dial-Ups will make downloading easier and much faster.

Delta News Web -- September 2, 2004 Discontinues Service to Delta area

In a short email message dated early Monday, August 30, announced that it would no longer be serving the Delta Junction community as of 1 September 2004. The note said “For uninterrupted internet service please call 1-888-690-1930 (ACS Customer Service) to make your payment arrangements.” 

Late in the day on August 30, ACS Alaska notified the Delta News Web that they were working on the problem.  They said the service will continue as normal and that service should not be interrupted.  They will be notifying all WildAK clients in the next few days with information about the changes that will be taking place.

Also in late afternoon Robert Anderson, owner of communicated with Delta News Web staff.  He provided a letter of explanation via email.  It is reproduced below.

Delta News Web – 30 August 2004

These are 2 individual sunflowers, that grew from seeds that were dropped out of the bird feeder above these sunflowers. The biggest one, on the left, has over 12 individual little sunflowers on it!
Photo Courtesy: Cynthia Souhrada.

Who Can Eat the Most Hamburgers in 2 Minutes

Saturday, August 21 was the first “Who could eat the most hamburgers in 2 minutes” sponsored by the Drive In, owners John and Linda Sloan.

Those who participated were Mary Arthur, Donavan Bass, Caleb Bialik, Kurbs Cornelius, Chelsea Erickson, Kyle Grimes, Eli Grossmann, Marcello Kirk, Paul Reynolds, Alex Scifres , Paul Tapper, Sam Tapper, Tony Tyrek,, Joel Watson , Johnathan Wrigley, Milo Wrigley, Danny Zollman. Sorry if your name has been left out. If you would like your name added, please submit it to the Delta News Web.

There were 4 divisions. 5 years old and under – won by Donavan Bass. The 15 year old and under was won by Sam Tapper. The 16 and over had 3 winners. Danny Zollman, Kyle Grimes, and Joel Watson. The 30 and over was won by Mary Arthur and Paul Tapper. Thank you to the Drive In and all those who helped to make this event a memory for the Delta Fair. 

FIRE NEWS for Camp Creek

Camp Creek Media Inquiries: 895-2061
Camp Creek Website:

August 31, 2004

Pam Dunklebarger -- August 30, 2004

Burger eating contest

Burger eating contest

Photos Courtesy -- Marlin Dunklebarger

Denali trip
Taken in Denali August 7 out of a tour bus.  Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips




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