September 2005

Greenhouse Cleanup and Sanitation

There are so many chores to catch up on this time of year that it is easy to overlook the season’s end tasks in the greenhouse. With the warm and wet temperatures that we have been having, you may still have crops growing in your greenhouse. We have snow in our forecast this week, so it is time to clean up the greenhouse with sanitation, disease prevention, and pest control in mind.

The most important task in greenhouse sanitation is to thoroughly remove all plant debris. Rotten tomatoes and cucumbers lying on the soil all fall and winter can encourage diseases and attract unwanted overwintering insects. Take the time to remove all dead or dying plants first, from the greenhouse floor as well as the growing spaces.

 Moss can be a problem, and will be even more of a problem next season if it is not removed. Put all plant debris into your compost pile and turn the greenhouse beds to discourage salt buildup, to destroy overwintering insect pupa, and to turn up any root wads. Place all root wads in the compost pile. After you have cleaned and turned the beds, water thoroughly to leach away any salt buildup from fertilizers. This is a good time to have your soil tested so that you can amend it before spring planting.

Pull any weeds that may be growing in the beds or along the paths carefully so that they do not drop their seeds on their way out of the greenhouse. Control weeds outside the greenhouse and mow around the greenhouse if there is grass, so that any overwintering vole activity will be seen, and possibly controlled, by predatory birds.

If you have been growing in containers, it is a good idea to dump out all the soil and clean the containers. Salt buildup in containers can cause yellowing and stunting of plants and seedlings, and can alter the soil chemistry to an imbalanced state. A weak bleach solution of about 10% concentration is the best way to rinse all seed starting cells, trays, and pots. This will kill any bacteria or fungi living in the containers, and will reduce problems with damping-off of seedlings in early spring. It is easier to do this chore in warm temperatures now than in March when you need those seedling flats! Potting benches, trays, and greenhouse tools should also be cleaned to avoid spreading any diseases in the spring. To save time, I like to fill a large washbin with a weak bleach solution, and another with clean rinse water, and soak my containers while I do other cleanup chores, and then rotate them into the rinse water as I get the chance.

Sterilizing soil is imperative for a healthy greenhouse. This chore is not a whole lot of fun, but can make a major difference in the health of next year’s crop. It is especially important to sterilize your soil if you have had problems such as blossom end rot of tomatoes in the past. Soil borne pathogens, diseases, fungi, and many weed seeds are killed when the soil is heated to 180’F for 30 minutes. There are also some chemical products that will sterilize the soil for you. Just make sure to read the label and follow the directions to ensure safe use.

I like to reserve some sterilized soil in 5-gallon buckets so that I can bring the bucket inside to thaw when I need it. This makes spring planting smoother, and is much easier than chipping frozen blocks of soil out of a large pile in the winter. If you do not have the time or space to sterilize soil, some good results have been noted by researchers by “solarizing” the soil. This involves spreading soil out thinly and covering with clear plastic, so that the sun can warm the soil up to temperature and do the trick for you.

For more information, or for questions regarding horticulture and insects, contact the Cooperative Extension Service, located in the Jarvis Office Center, at 895-4215. Happy harvesting!

September 23, 2005 -- Sara Engebretson/IPM Technician, UAF- Cooperative Extension Service

Alumni Photos - Click here for enlargements

Dylan, Darby and Samantha   Andrea

April and Huy

Pam Rule  


September 22, 2005

Happy Birthday Sept 22 - Sept 28

Happy Birthday Sept 22 - Joel Goodart

Happy Birthday Sept 22 - Colton Growden

Happy Birthday Sept 22 - Nancy Williams

Happy Birthday Sept 22 - Ron Gardner

Happy Birthday Sept 23 - Fran Hallgren

Happy Birthday Sept 23 - Charlie Hennager

Happy Birthday Sept 23 - Zachary Weidner

Happy Birthday Sept 23 - Tylor Williams

Happy Birthday Sept 25 - Sue Miller

Happy Birthday Sept 25 - Grace Peters

Happy Birthday to Gene Eggleston, Sept 26 a good "old" friend, from Joe and Carol Crandall

Happy Birthday Sept 26 - Brian Pursey

Happy Birthday Sept 26 - Dean Waldo

Happy Birthday Sept 27 - Barbara Sheppard

Happy Birthday Sept 27 - Roy Baugus

Happy Birthday Sept 27 - Sarah Splain

Happy Birthday Shawna Mackey, Sept 28. The Big "10" wow.... Daddy MISSES and LOVES you. All of your family here in Washington wish they could spend your day with you. Hope you have a great one. LOVE YOU, Daddy, July, Little bro Trenton, Grama Pam and Papa John.

Happy Birthday Sept 28 - Terry Detzel

Happy Birthday Sept 28 - Louie Treybal

Happy Birthday Sept 28 - Janice Sue Jenkins

Happy Anniversary Sept 22 - Sept 28

Happy Anniversary (13 yrs) to John and Cheryl Gardner on September 25th.

A photo of the beautiful sunrise this morning, looking east on Nistler. 
Photo Courtesy Kathy Swartz

Shawna Mackey
Happy Birthday Shawna Mackey

Wednesday Bell Schedule Update
Fort Greely School

Due to the early release every Wednesday for teacher collaboration time, we will operate a modified bell schedule.  The bell schedule will run as follows:


Start Time


























September 20, 2005 -- Brian J. Schaffer - Principal, Fort Greely School

Fall colors
Fall comes to the Interior very quickly. One must really get out and enjoy the fleeting colors in order to really appreciate this season.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Delta Native Eyes NHL Draft
By Danny Martin - published in the Daily News Miner - Thursday, September 15, 2005

Eli Grossmann is eligible for the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft, but he smiles as much for the effect that getting chosen in June would have on his hometown of Delta Junction as it would on his career.

The NHL draft has never knocked on Delta Junction's door, asking if any of its sons could step up and play. But that could change after league scouts watch Grossmann's 6-foot-3, 213-pound frame patrol the blue line for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the major-junior level Western Hockey League.

"That blows me away," the 17-year-old defenseman said after a practice on Tuesday in nearby Redmond, Wash., of his draft-eligible status. "My coaches have said if you step up and have a great year, you could be drafted. It sounds unbelievable."

Grossmann started playing hockey at 4 years old for the Delta-Greely Skating Association, and during the next 10 years, he compiled a huge stack of NHL trading cards at his home. Someday, Dawn and Bruce Grossmann may see their son's image on a card.

"You try to show no emotion when you know you're eligible, but I can't help but have a big smile on my face," Grossmann said. "The work is not over and I still have a long way to go. But hopefully, if that (getting drafted) happens, it will be great for my town, and it will only help this team and the association in my town."

Thunderbirds head coach Rob Sumner also believes Grossmann has work to do to help his chances of getting drafted, such as improving his shot and playing in team systems.

Grossmann is entering only his second season with Seattle following a rookie campaign in which he had an assist and 20 penalty minutes in 42 regular-season games, and skated in all 12 of Seattle's postseason contests.

"He has to improve his passing and puck control, too, so it will allow him to make the right decisions at game speed," Sumner said. "He has a good shot from the point, but he needs to add some speed to getting it off."

But the second-year Seattle coach said Grossmann has potential for the draft.

"He has a very natural, strong skating style," Sumner said. "He's been around some of the (WHL) guys who have been drafted and he knows the types of characteristics that teams are looking for. He has a package of size and strength and he's shown improvement from when he was 15."

Grossmann is among at least three Alaskans this season in the WHL. The other two are from Anchorage: right wing Moises Gutierrez of the Kamloops (British Columbia) Blazers and center Brandon Dubinsky of the Portland (Ore.) Winter Hawks. They also were drafted in 2004, respectively, by the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.

Forty-three WHL players were selected in this year's draft in August, and three were among the first four picks.

The WHL, like its counterparts the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is an amateur system but its players receive monthly stipends because hockey and school commitments prevent them from working at jobs. Grossmann is home-schooled while playing with Seattle.

Many opponents have been on the receiving end of Grossmann's checks.

Head coach Roger McKinnon of the Arctic Lions of Fairbanks noticed how hard Grossmann hit and worked when the Delta Junction skater was a bantams and midgets player for the Lions for two seasons.

"He's a very good student of the game," McKinnon said on Wednesday. "He'd give 100 percent in every practice and game, and his attitude is what got him where he is today."

Grossmann is the second Lion to play in the WHL, joining Matt Chaco, who was a Seattle center from 2002-04.

When the Lions played a team from Burnaby, B.C., in a midget tournament in Richmond, B.C., in December 2003, Grossmann checked a player so hard in a corner that the guy broke the latch on the corner door and landed outside of the rink.

"That was a good hard hit that the scouts like," McKinnon said. "He was the taking the body of everyone who came into the zone, but he was making some good tape-to-tape passes, too."

Scouts from the Thunderbirds saw the hits and passes, too, and team officials later put him on Seattle's protected player list.

"Major junior was a lot more physical and you have to be thinking of where the puck is going to be before you even get it," Grossmann said of his rookie season in Seattle. "You don't have time to look around like you did in midgets."

Grossmann, after receiving a letter over the summer from Sumner, is looking forward to a productive and physical sophomore year with Seattle.

"In the letter, he said one of my greatest attributes was being physical and it was something I should always use," Grossmann said. "I'm going to try to play my best every time, be a physical guy and keep the puck out of the net."

If he keeps his play up this season, NHL scouts could keep their eyes on him.

Staff writer Danny Martin can be reached at or 459-7586.

September 16, 2005

Happy Birthday September 15 - September 21

Happy Birthday Sept 15 - Sarah Bevard

Happy Birthday Sept 15 - Mike Smith

Happy Birthday Sept 15 - Julie Frederick

Happy 5th Birthday Noah Corty - Sept 16, Love mom and dad

Happy Birthday Sept 16 - Andy Growden

Happy Birthday Sept 16 - Madison Gardner

Happy Birthday Sept 16 - Aggie Packard

Happy Birthday Sept 16 - Mary Pratt

Happy Birthday Sept 16 - Roshonda Bass

Happy Birthday Sept 17 - Sherwood Dinger

Happy Birthday Sept 18 - Randy Wood

Happy Birthday Sept 18 - Jonathan Wrigley

Happy Birthday Sept 18 - Brandon Lee Jenkins

Happy Birthday to my husband Dennis Denton on Sept 19. I love you. Pam

Happy Birthday Sept 19 - Melody Moritz

Happy Birthday Sept 19 - Lucille Combs Stock

Happy 35th Gina McCarthy Sept. 20th

Happy Birthday Sept 20 - Cliff Mason

Happy Birthday to Jayme Braswell-Wilson - Sept 21.  We love you mom!  Love, Devin, Jaydon and Brynna

Happy Birthday Sept 21 - Chelsea Green

Happy Birthday Sept 21 - Leah Sorenson

Happy Birthday Sept 21 - Ashley Jones

Happy Birthday Sept 21 - Cleeta Barger

Happy Birthday September 15 - September 21

Happy Anniversary Sept 17 - Sandi & Mike Noonan

Moose fight
A mom and her calf were in our yard and another cow moose wandered in.  This resulted in a cow moose fight.  Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins

Fall leaves
Fall leaves on the ground. It won't be long before they are covered with snow. 
Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

Fort Greely School Teacher Hours of Operation

Effective Wednesday, Sept 14th, Fort Greely School Teacher Hours of Operation will be from 8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Teachers will generally be available from 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Tues - Fri, and after school until 3:45 Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri. Please contact Brian Schaffer for further information.

September 13, 2005

Fort Greely School Start/Dismissal Times

To Whom It May Concern:

I have received confirmation from Superintendent Dan Beck and Alaska Motor Coaches that the Fort Greely School start and dismissal times are as follows:

8:40 a.m. – buses arrive, warning bell
8:45 a.m. – begin 1st period
3:15 – student dismissal

I will be working on a new bell schedule; I hope to have it in place for Monday, September 19th. Copies will be distributed upon completion.

September 17, 2005 --Brian J. Schaffer - Principal, Fort Greely School


Nutrition and Health…
Potatoes provide Vitamins C and B-1, niacin, potassium, and iron. One medium-sized potato has
less than 100 calories.

Potatoes should be fairly clean, firm, and smooth.
Choose regular shapes so there won't be too much
waste in peeling. Avoid green potatoes; they have
been exposed to light, creating solanine, a potentially toxic alkaloid. If your potatoes have green sections, simply cut off the green parts and discard. The rest of the potato is fine to eat.

Store potatoes in a cool, humid, dark place that's
well ventilated. The ideal temperatures are 45˚F to
50˚F. At this temperature, potatoes will keep well
for several weeks. Warmer temperatures encourage
sprouting and shriveling.

Leave skins on if possible. The skin has a good flavor and holds a great deal of the nutrition. When
peeled, they start to turn brown, so use immediately or drop in water with a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar. When baking whole potatoes, be sure to prick the skins so steam won't build up causing the potato to explode in the oven. They can also be boiled by covering with water or steaming over 1 to 2 inches of water for 15-25 minutes, depending on size of pieces.


Skinny French Fries
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in strips
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt and Paprika
Cut potatoes. Spread strips in one layer on a jellyroll pan. Sprinkle with oil. Shake pan to distribute oil evenly over potatoes. Bake strips at 450˚F until golden brown and tender, about 30 to 40 minutes, turning frequently. Sprinkle generously with salt and paprika. Serves 4.

Twice Baked Potatoes
4 baked potatoes
1⁄4 cup grated cheese
3 tbsp butter 1 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
Cut a small slice off the top of each baked potato. Scoop out pulp and mash with butter, milk, and salt. Refill each shell with mashed potato mixture and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 350˚F. Serves 4.

September 9, 2005 -- Roxie Rodgers Dinstel/Home Economist

Happy Birthday Sept  8 - Sept 14

Happy Birthday Brother Joseph Crandall
From Lil Brother Bill

Happy Birthday Sept 8 - Jared Smith

Happy Birthday Sept 8 - Heather Shannon

Happy Birthday Sept 8 - Lee McNeil

Happy Birthday Sept 9 - Bruce Grossmann

Richard Lester Happy Birthday Sept 9th

Sept 10 - Happy Birthday Justin, We Love You! Lacey, Cobey & Cameron

Happy Birthday Sept 10 - Louis Stockwell

Happy Birthday Sept 10 - Amy Case

Happy Birthday Sept 11 - Troxell Hebert

Happy Birthday Sept 11 - Shannon Dean Nichols

Happy Birthday Sept 11 - Boots

Happy Birthday Sept 12 - Phillip Fales

Happy Birthday Maxine Frankson - Sept 13

Happy Birthday Sept 13 - Patti B. Dull

Happy Birthday Sept 13 - Martha Kimball

Happy Birthday Sept 14 - Trent Edwards

Happy Birthday Sept 14 - Lara Gardner

Happy Birthday Sept 14 - Charles Anderson

Happy Anniversary Sept 8 - Sept 14

Happy Anniversary Sept 13 - Gay & Tom Bowley

 Our trip to Gulkana Glacier last month. Pictures show Barbara at the bridge crossing,  A worthwhile 2 mile hike, for those who are new in the area. Photos Courtesy Fronty Parker. 
Barb and Kenna
Barbara and Kenna as they hike to the GlacierBarb, Kenna and Steve
 Barb, Kenna and Steve next to a mud slide that looks like cement coming off the moraine next to the glacier. It appears that the glacier has receded significantly over recent years. Hollembaek Brothers
Brothers Buckley and Russell Hollembaek take a break from helping their dad farm to throw a line in the Clearwater River. It's one of the family's favorite pastimes. Photo Courtesy Ruby Hollembaek

Marlin Dunklebarger with large grayling.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Delta Junction Municipal Elections

The City of Delta Junction will hold a regular election on Tuesday, October 4, 2005. Notice of Vacancies

August 17, 2005 -- - Pat White

Fair Photos

Walking boards

Walking boards
There are different ways to "walk" the boards!!
Photo Courtesy Kris Enderle

The 800-mile-long Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is one of the largest pipeline systems in the world. It stretches from Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope, through rugged and beautiful terrain, to Valdez, the northernmost ice-free port in North America. Since pipeline startup in 1977, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the operator of TAPS, has successfully transported over 14 billion barrels of oil. Photo Courtesy Jay

Happy Birthday Sept 1 - Sept  7

Happy Birthday to Benny on Sept 1 from betty SSLY :-)

Sept 1-Happy Birthday to Derek Mills, Sr. We love you! Sheryl, Kailey and Derek Jr.

Happy Birthday Sept 1 - Rodger Sturgis

Happy Birthday Sept 1 - Charlie O'Neill

Happy Birthday Sept 1 - Laura Swartz

Happy Birthday Sept 2 - Greg Boadwine

Happy Birthday Sept 3 - Brian Edwards

Happy Birthday Sept 3 - Soon Ae Carpenter

I want to Wish Dylan Fry a Very Happy Birthday on Sept.4th From his grandma and Papoo in Las Vegas NV. In 9 years this is the first birthday we have ever missed being together. I hope your day is filled with happy memories and lot's of love . Love, Grandma and Papoo

Happy Birthday Sept 5 - Gloria Schoening

Happy Birthday Sept 6 - Wily Splain

Happy Birthday Sept 6 - DJ Swearingen

Happy Birthday to Joseph E. Crandall from his lower 48 family; especially his mom and dad, brother Bill, sister Ann and John Mason. We miss you and hope you have a great day Sept  7.

Happy Birthday to my husband Joe Crandall on 7 Sep. Love, Carol

Happy Birthday Sept 7 - Lydia Marchuk

Happy Birthday Sept 7 - Dennis Green

Happy Birthday Sept 7 - Wayne Sturgis

Happy Birthday Sept 7 - Irene Gibson

Happy Anniversary  Sept 1 - Sept 7

Happy Anniversary Sept 5 - Elsie & Paul Eckman

Yucky Stuff

Yucky Stuff

Yucky stuff

These were the "EATING YUCKY STUFF" part of the challenge!!  And the "toss marshmallows into shaving cream on the head" It was so funny!!
Photos Courtesy Kris Enderle

Alaska Range
An exceptional view of the AK range can be observed by driving the Meadows Road Loop on the Fort Greely Military reservation.
Photo Courtesy Carol J  Watkins

Dragon fly
Dragon fly sun-bathing on a Lilly pad on Lost Lake Photo Courtesy of Melissa Walters

What is Labor Day

LaborersLabor Day is a national legal holiday that is over 100 years old. For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

Labor unions themselves celebrated the first labor days in the United States. Historians credit Peter McGuire, a leader of the carpenters union, with the original idea of a day for workers to show their solidarity. The first Labor Day parade occurred Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The workers' unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The idea spread across the country, and some states designated Labor Day as a holiday before the federal holiday was created.

President Grover Cleveland signed a law designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day nationwide. This is interesting because Cleveland was not a labor union supporter. In fact, he was trying to repair some political damage that he suffered earlier that year when he sent federal troops to put down a strike by the American Railway Union at the Pullman Co. in Chicago, IL. That action resulted in the deaths of 34 workers.

Membership in labor unions in the United States reached an all-time high in the 1950s when about 40 percent of the work force belonged to unions. Today, union membership is about 14 percent of the working population. Labor Day now carries less significance as a celebration of working people and more as the end of summer.

Many colleges and some secondary and elementary schools begin classes immediately after Labor Day. It has come to be recognized in the U.S. not only as a celebration of the working class, but even more so as the unofficial end of the summer season. In the northern half of the U.S. at least, the summer vacation season begins with Memorial Day and ends with Labor Day.

State parks, swimming pools, and campgrounds are all quite busy on Labor Day, as vacationers take one last advantage of the waning hot season. September is the month that marks the beginning of autumn. And, because of that, the average daytime maximum temperatures take a plunge during the month in most of the U.S.

September 4, 2005 -- Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend

Fresh Produce Stand

Back from last year.  Wayne and Leah Harmon for CV Farms will be in Delta on September 2, 2005 - Look for the signs. Last year they were in Delta for 5 or 6 days.  Leah called the DNW while traveling by cell phone.  I didn't get a date of when they would be leaving Delta.  Come on out and buy some fresh produce and meet the Harmons.

They will have peaches, pears, apples, plums, tomatoes, nectarines, cantaloupes, watermelon, candy sweet onions, corn, various and mild hot peppers, garlic. Sold by the box or by the pound.

They are looking for a load to haul back with them. This would include anything that isn't perishable, ie. automobile, furniture. If you know anyone who would like something hauled to Northeastern Washington, Northern Idaho or Northwest Montana. Please come by the produce stand, if they can haul something back for you.

August 27, 2005

Happy Birthday August 26 - Aug 31

Happy Birthday Aug 26- Lyn Plomaritis

I want to wish my sweetie Gordon Plute a very happy birthday, - Aug 26 - you know what you mean to me. Love you!! Colleen

Happy Sweet 16th Birthday to Cassi Wyckoff - Aug 27 - with lots of love from Dad, Mom and Chandi

Kimberly, Kim, Mik, Dingbatsquashead and Scooby Doo ( hope I didn't forget any)! - Aug 27 We hope you have a terrific birthday. We know you are going to have a wonderful, happy, peaceful, loving and exciting year with all of your family, new and old. Love you lots, Mom and Dad

Happy Birthday Aug 27- Illene Jurgens

Happy Birthday Aug 27- Lindsay St. Peter

Happy Birthday Aug 28- Emily Walton

Happy Birthday Charlie - Aug 29.  Thinking of you.  Your loving wife. 

Happy Birthday Charlie - Aug 29. Glad I'm not as old as you. Hope this is the happiest birthday ever. Marlin and Pam

Happy Birthday Aug 29- Jim Storey

Happy Birthday Aug 29- Vi Cummings

Happy Birthday Aug 30- Jim Schooley

Happy Birthday Aug 30- Margaret Preston

Happy Birthday Aug 31- Mary Corcoran

Happy Anniversary August 25 - August 31

Happy Anniversary Aug 26- Loretta & Jim Schooley

Happy Anniversary Aug 30- Cleo & Dennis Green

Happy Anniversary Aug 31- Sue & Doug Miller

Pepper Cultivation

There is nothing like a homegrown sweet or hot pepper, fresh and flavorful, with no added waxy coating or blemishes from its long journey to our tastebuds. Pepper plants are perennial in the tropics, but are commonly grown as an annual in Alaska. Pepper plants will survive outside if average nighttime temperatures are about 55 degrees and the soil temperature is 60 degrees; however, the greenhouse environment is the most productive location for pepper cultivation. Most pepper varieties will continue to grow and produce happily inside if you can bring them in before cool fall temperatures. Treat them like houseplants and give them a sunny, warm location. They will grow woody trunks and will be delighted to be hardened off to outside or greenhouse conditions in the spring.

Peppers prefer sandy soil, and bell peppers prefer a lighter soil than hot peppers. Peppers appreciate minimal transplanting. When transplanting, set plants deeper in their new pots so that they are situated an inch or two below the lower leaves. They grow great in a bed when set 12-18 inches apart, and thrive when grown in a large pot or tub at least 12 inches deep because of the higher soil temperature. Make sure not to plant sweet and hot peppers next to each other, or cross-pollination will give you all hot peppers. Pollination can be encouraged just like for tomatoes, by jiggling the flower branches, flicking the flowers, or by using a small paintbrush to tickle all the flowers.

Peppers like about an inch of water each week. They need more water when young than when they are older and more established. Although they like the same growing conditions as tomatoes, they require less fertilizer. Apply compost or a slow-release general fertilizer in early spring, and then give light feedings monthly. Use a foliar spray of liquid seaweed extract a few times per season to keep valuable micronutrients available, which helps the plant maintain its nutritional balance.

When harvesting, cut stems ½ inch from the cap in order to preserve the stem tissue. Wait for red peppers to be fully red before picking. Sweet peppers can be stored for nearly a month at high humidity and temperatures just above 32 degrees. Hot peppers can be dried after picking, or you can hang the entire plant upside-down. Hanging the plant to dry is a great technique if your peppers still need time to ripen when cold fall temperatures threaten their survival. Pepper plants will not tolerate any frost, and will totally wilt and die at cold temperatures.

Aphids are the most common pests of pepper plants. A regular application of a soapy water spray will keep the plants protected, but a larger infestation will require some citrus, garlic, or cayenne in the mixture to knock back the population. Be sure to properly clean up and sterilize the soil and pots to destroy aphid eggs in the fall. Keep your pepper plants away from your greenhouse door if you have many birch trees around, as the peppers will lure hungry aphids into your greenhouse.

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

August 25, 2005 -- By Sara Engebretson/IPM Technician, UAF-Cooperative Extension Service


Taken on the way to Donnelly Dome. Photo Courtesy Jay MIller

The flat calm waters of Summit Lake mirror the image of the local mountains in this fall scene. Photo Courtesy Ruby Hollembaek

Fort Greely Installation Restoration Advisory Board Meeting

Fort Greely Installation Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meets at 6:00 p. m. on Wednesday,  28 September 2005, at the Delta Junction Community Center

The public is encouraged to attend.

These meetings review environmental restoration progress at Fort Greely. They also provide an opportunity to meet and talk with the responsible decision-makers and the residents of the community who are members of the RAB.

The aim is to increase public understanding and the quality of the restoration program.

Info: Steve Fields, (907) 378-6541or  (907) 895-2057;; Chris Boerst, (907) 873-4665.

Food Preservations Workshop Planned

The Cooperative Extension Service – Delta District is offering monthly workshops in food preservation. We are planning two classes per day that will cover the same topic. Please review the schedule below for dates and topics.
Tuesday, September 27th
Afternoon Classes 2:00 - 4:00 Jams & Syrup
Evening Classes 6:00 - 8:00
Tuesday, October 18th
Afternoon Classes 2:00 - 4:00 Pickles & Relishes
Evening Classes 6:00 - 8:00
Tuesday, November 15th
Afternoon Classes 2:00 - 4:00 Canning Meat & Fish
Evening Classes 6:00 - 8:00
Tuesday, December 13th
Afternoon Classes 2:00 - 4:00 Making Jerky & Sausage Evening Classes 6:00 - 8:00

There will be a $10.00 fee per person, per class, fee includes supplies  & publications. Lectures and labs to be held at the CES Conference Room
in the Jarvis Office Center.
- 5 person minimum or 15-person maximum class limit.
- Registration deadline: Thursday prior to each workshop.
- Instructor: Roxie Rodgers Dinstel Cooperative Extension Service - Home Economist

Contact: Cooperative Extension Service-Delta District - PO Box 349 - Delta Junction, Alaska 99737 - Room 115 Jarvis Office Center 895-4215

Your are encouraged to bring your own meat or produce, please contact the office with any items you may want to process to help us plan the

Sept 9, 2005 -- Cooperative Extension Service

Tuesday, September 27th
10 AM - 2 PM

At the Arctic Fox Building on Nistler Road.  Safe Kids Organization will be providing a free child restraint clinic.  Providing car seat check ups and education for everyone.  Car seats available.

September 27, 2005

September moon
A September moon reflecting off the Tanana river. The shot was taken at the pull out near Shaw Creek. Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper

Delta High School Huskies Sports -September 19 - September 25

Wrestling - Mon - Sep 19 - 1-2-3-A Practice Begins

Volleyball - Tue - Sep 20 - Time TBA - Delta at North Pole - JV/V level

Volleyball - Fri - Sep 23 - Time 4:00 PM - Game Monroe - JV/V level

Rifle - Fri - Sep 23 - Time 3:00 PM - Match - Delta at Lathrop - JV/V level - Location TVSA (POSTPONED)

Football - Fri - Sep 23 - Time TBA - Game Ketchikan - Location Ketchikan

Football - Sat - Sep 24 - Time TBA - Game Ketchikan - Location Ketchikan

Fort Greely Grizzlies Sports - September 19 - September 25

September 19: Boys and Girls Basketball Practice begins

New Soccer Schedule

Due to the weather and the amazing turnout for the soccer program, we are going to make a soccer schedule according to age groups. This schedule begins Monday, September 12 and will continue through our short season.

Mondays & Thursdays: Grades 2-3
Tuesdays & Fridays: Grades 4 & up
These age groups will play from 3:30-5pm. All children should be picked up by 5:30.

Preschool through Grade1 will be playing Wednesdays from 2:30-4pm and Saturday mornings 10:30-Noon. Children should report to the soccer fields behind Delta High School. In bad weather we will meet on the soccer fields and proceed to the small gym with the program director.
Call Jody Zollman @ 895-5328 for further information.

September 12, 2005

Swans and geese

Swans and geese
 Swans and geese, taken on Thursday, September 22, out on the Lateral Acceleration Pad.
Photo Courtesy Michael Kingston/CRTC

Fall sunset
Fall sunset picture over Fort Greely taken out of my window. Photo Courtesy Jay Miller

Mulching in the Fall

The best fall protection that you can give your trees and shrubs is a layer of mulch. Be sure not to fertilize until spring. Mulch aids the roots by reducing the impact of freeze and thaw cycles throughout the cold months. Tree roots are located within the top 12 to 18 inches of soil. Protecting them from cold surface temperatures is especially important in places where there is little snow cover through the winter. In addition, the application of decomposing materials helps keep the beneficial microorganisms in the soil happy and healthy.

It is a good idea to wait until just before the ground freezes to mulch your plants, so that the material does not attract voles. Apply a layer of mulch 2 to 4 inches deep in a circle about twice as big as the tree’s dripline. Make sure to leave 3 to 5 inches around the trunk free of mulch. Do not incorporate mulch into the soil; that will happen with time. To help that process, use small-grained material such as compost for the first two inches. For the top 2 inches, use coarser-grained material, such as shredded wood bark.

The best sources of mulch resemble the kind of decomposing plant litter that you find in the forest environment, including compost, decomposed grass clippings, pine needles, and shredded leaf litter. Mulch materials that are not recommended include fresh wood chips, because they reduce available nitrogen to the soil as they decompose. Fresh grass clippings are not recommended because they decompose at high temperatures and can cause root damage, and can also mat up and repel water. Uncomposted sawdust, straw, manure, and peat moss are also not recommended. These materials belong in your compost pile until they have decomposed and cooled down. Avoid using mulch materials that will mat together and repel water. It is a good idea to make sure that water can penetrate the mulch layer when you apply it. Be fire safe, and make sure not to use flammable material, such as wood bark mulch and path materials, near your home and outbuildings.

Be ready to fluff up and remove some of your mulch in the spring to allow the soil underneath to warm up quicker. Do this gently, as digging in or cultivating the mulched area may disturb surface feeding tree roots that are depending on the mulch for nutrition and moisture. Carefully fluffing up the mulch in spring allows warm temperatures to circulate deeper in the soil without removing the insulating mulch material from late spring cold temperatures. This practice also allows water to penetrate to the soil if the mulch materials got packed enough over the winter to repel water. Do not plant annuals, bulbs, or other plants requiring cultivation in the mulched area, as they will disturb tree roots. Remove weeds from the mulched area by hand during the growing season.

For more information on any of these topics, or for questions about horticulture and insects, call the Cooperative Extension Service at 895-4215 or stop by our office in the Jarvis Office Center. We have many helpful publications and resources to help you with your projects. Happy growing!

September 16, 2005 -- By Sara Engebretson/IPM Technician, UAF – Cooperative Extension Service

Cranberries - these berries are delicious this year.  Photo Courtesy Fronty Parker.

Bluff Cabin
View from Bluff Cabin.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

High School Sports - Sep 12 - Sep 18

Football - Sat - Sep 17 - 11:00 AM - location Seward

Volleyball - Fri - Sep 16 Time TBA - Valdez Invitational - level Varsity

Volleyball - Sat - Sep 17 - Time TBA - Valdez Invitational - level Varsity

Rifle - Mon - Sep 12 - Practice begins

Near Summit
Photo taken near Summit heading down to Palmer.  Alaska showing it's beautiful fall colors.   Photo Courtesy Ruby Hollembaek

Sphinx moth
A sphinx moth caterpillar (sphingidae celerio intermedia) that was 3 inches long. The sphinx moth was very active earlier this summer, and the caterpillars feed on fireweed and will pupate in the soil until next spring, when they re-emerge as sphinx moths. Photo Courtesy Sara Engebreston

Delta Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting - CORRECTION

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Delta Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting will be held at the Community Center on September 15th at 12:00 noon. It was published in the chamber newsletter that the meeting would be held at the Jarvis West Building conference room. Guest speaker will be Dr. Rick Caulfield, Director of UAF's Tanana Valley Campus. The Pit will cater our meal of barbecue sandwich, potato salad and cole slaw. Please RSVP to the chamber office at 895-5068 by September 14th by 4pm if you plan to attend this meeting.

August 31, 2005

Transplanting Trees & Dividing Perennials
in the Fall

Fall weather like this is a great opportunity to take care of some planting projects that you were too busy to accomplish in the spring and early summer. This time when the plants are going into dormancy, but the ground is not yet frozen, is the perfect time to transplant trees and perennial plants. If you have planted some cultivated trees or shrubs in the past that are now “in the way” of your yard’s traffic pattern, or if you are interested in bringing some wild plant species into your home landscape, some good planning and transplanting methods will make the task successful. Tree roots will continue to grow until the ground freezes.
First, it is important to know that a tree with a trunk diameter of 1½ inches is the largest size that you can move without damaging the roots. If you are moving a wild plant, please respect landowners as well as the plant by getting permission first, choose a specimen from a place where its loss will not impact the surrounding area, and by not leaving holes in the ground. Most importantly, and take the time to do a good job transplanting to ensure a healthier life for the plant.

Select a healthy, strong plant, and dig a large diameter hole beyond the dripline of the tree. Because tree roots spread out horizontally, a wide root ball will help reduce shock and continue to distribute water to the plant while it is getting used to its new location. Handle the root ball carefully by digging under the roots. Protect the tree’s vegetation and root ball with plastic or burlap during transportation to avoid drying out in the back of a truck or in your wheelbarrow.

Properly prepare the planting hole for the new tree before you go and dig up your new addition, so that it is back in the ground and moist as soon as possible. Know the conditions that your new plant prefers, and choose a proper site for the plant to thrive in. Dig a hole 12 inches deep that is up to 5 times the diameter of the root ball. This is especially important in poor or packed soil conditions. You can amend the soil with compost up to 1/3 of the volume of soil displaced, as long as you mix the native & composted soil thoroughly.

 Add water to the planting hole before you set in the root ball, and water several times as you finish planting to help fully saturate the soil, eliminate air pockets, and settle the roots. Plant the tree so that it will be positioned at the same depth that it was originally, and orient it to face south, as it did in its original site. Pick a cloudy day that is not too windy to do the transplanting, to avoid losing too much water from the plant’s tissues. With all new tree and shrub plantings, water well as they go into dormancy to aid them in root growth and storing food reserves for spring. Do not fertilize any trees or shrubs until the spring, and do not fertilize after June 15.

Dividing perennial plants works much like transplanting trees, and is a great way to share and trade plants with friends and gardeners. Dig up the clumps with an extra 8 inches around the plants, making at least a 16-inch diameter root ball. Gently set the clump on its side and carefully shake off loose soil and leaf debris. Divide the plant into 2 to 4 clumps with your hands and a spade, making sure that each clump has 3-5 shoots. The center of the clump, which was the original plant, is usually weak and can be composted.

Prepare the new transplant hole in advance, 12 inches deep and wide, to allow for new clumps forming in the future. Amend the soil with up to 50% compost, mixed thoroughly. You can add triple superphosphate, rock phosphate, or bonemeal to the bottom of the hole, and cover it with an inch of soil. Plant the new clump at the same level where it had been growing before, and orient it to face south. Water well.

If you do not have a place ready to plant your new clumps of perennials, you can plant them into pots and “plant” the pots in the ground, and mulch them to overwinter. They can then be lifted out and planted elsewhere in the spring. You can also set the pots sideways and mulch to avoid water pooling up in the bottom of the pots.

Mulching your newly transplanted trees, shrubs, and perennials will help conserve water and insulate the soil surface from frigid winter air temperatures. Contact us for more information about mulching, or tune in next week! For questions regarding horticulture and insects, contact the Cooperative Extension Service in the Jarvis Office Center at 895-4215. Happy growing!

September 8, 2005 -- Sara Engebretson/ IPM Technician, UAF – Cooperative Extension Service

The Highway's End Farmers Market is open! Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.  Vendor space is available. Contact Market Manager Lynn Bundy by email at or call 895-4242 Ext. 101 for more information.

Immature Goshawk
This immature goshawk nested in a wooded area in Clearwater area this summer. The northern goshawk is the largest hawk (averaging 60 cm in length) in the family of raptors known as accipiters or "true hawks". Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

LeNora and Eddie

LeNora and Eddie
Lenora Sears visits with her son Eddie Sears under the "Welcome Home"sign posted on Diehl's Wednesday, September 7, 2005.  Eddie returned from Iraq recently. Photos Courtesy Ann Geise

Thank you for your service.  We support you and all of our other troops.  DNW staff

Beautiful sunset
Beautiful sunsets are often enjoyed by the residents of Clearwater Lake. This image was taken in
late August. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Fair Photos

Walking the fence

Walking the fence

There are different ways to "walk" the boards!!
Photo Courtesy Kris Enderle

Saving Seeds

Saving seeds from wild plants or your neighbor’s is a delightful and economical way to increase the diversity of your landscape, and is also fun for adults and kids. You can save seeds from wild plants and heirloom vegetable varieties. You can also save seeds from hybrid varieties, but the genetics will yield a mixture of plants that may not represent the original plants that you desire. Pick the healthiest, most robust plant specimens to collect seeds from.

Timing is very important in saving seeds, and many of the native species are ready for harvesting at this time. Many plants have self-seeding mechanisms that fling the seeds about when they have fully matured. For example, caragana arborescens, or “siberian peashrub”, and lupine are members of the pea family. These plants have pods that are designed to shatter and spread the seeds when they have completely dried, so harvesting the seed pods while they are still intact but almost dry is crucial timing.

Wild flowers such as delphinium, columbine, iris, and lupine are varieties that you can harvest now. It is best to collect seedpods on a very dry day. To collect delphinium and columbine seeds, simply snip the tall flower shoot and place it into a paper bag. Paper bags are better than plastic because they allow the plant material to breathe and finish off drying naturally. It is important to allow the seeds to completely air-dry before storing. When the seeds have all fallen out and the drying is complete, plastic bags or glass jars are great for longer-term airtight storage. Keep the seeds in a cool, dark, dry place.

As a general rule of thumb, wild plant seeds should be collected when they are ripe, and sowed at the same time. This is because most wild plants require a cold stratification, including a period of freezing, before the seeds will begin to germinate. Turn the surface of the soil gently, sprinkle the seeds about, and water to help the seeds adhere to the soil. Add a light mulch of compost when you mulch your other perennial plants, and be on the lookout for your new seedlings in the springtime. Seeds of annual plants, such as calendula officinalis or “pot marigold”, poppy, aster, and pansy, should be dried and stored properly through the winter.

Start these seeds in flats early, or direct seed as soon as the soil can be worked in spring. Do some research on the specific varieties that you are interested in to aid in your cultivating success!
This is also a great time of year to transplant trees and perennial plants. To help you with your horticultural projects, there are some great publications available on the web. Check out the Georgeson Botanical Garden website, and Michele’s Garden.  For more information, or for questions regarding horticulture and insects, contact the Cooperative Extension Service in the Jarvis Office Center at 895-4215. Happy harvesting!

September 1, 2005 -- By Sara Engebretson/IPM Technician, UAF – Cooperative Extension Service

Kit Carson

Photos Courtesy Michael Kingston/CRTC

New alumni Photos - Click here
August 31, 2005

Brian Aillaud   Chris Willis

Breanna and Wes

Bryanna Wilson   Grandchildren

Fair Photos

These are pictures of one of the events for the Deltana Fair Factor Challenge at the Deltana Fair.  Everyone seemed to have a great time.  Over $850 was won by several contestants.
Photos Courtesy of Kris Enderle

DGSD Intramural Soccer - Postponed

The DGSD Intramural Soccer Program will begin the first day of school, Tuesday, September 6, at the old Delta Elementary playground at Delta High School, from 3:30-5pm each day after school, weather permitting, through September. Once again, this program is open to all Delta area kids, grades K-12. Registrations are still at the Delta High School office. Call Jody Zollman at 895-5328 for more information.

August 17, 2005

Bald Eagle
This close image of the bald eagle was taken in a tree on the Delta River last fall as it sat waiting for a decomposed salmon carcass to float by.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

Tanana River valley sunset
Many colors of the rainbow are exhibited during one of the Tanana River valley sunsets.  Photo courtesy of Melissa Walters

Personal Thank Your - From the
Delta Kiwanis Club

The Delta Kiwanis Club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stopped at our booth at the Deltana fair . Chicken wings and baked potatoes were back on the menu this year, and because of your patronage we had another successful fund raising activity.

Special thanks to Mary Dowling , who saved our bacon (or should we say chicken) by her generous donation of a freezer in our time of need. Also, special thanks to Jackie Nelson for her generous donation of her special BBQ and Jalapeno sauces. Both were delicious, and we received many compliments.

Kiwanis meetings are on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm, downstairs at the Buffalo Diner. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about our organization, or is interested in joining Kiwanis to attend one of our meetings. For information contact Ray Dinger at 895-4982 or Lynn Robertson at 895-4801.

August 27, 2005

Double Rainbow
Double rainbow seen behind the Tesoro station and Alascom tower, Monday evening, 29 Aug 2005. Photo Courtesy Dale Pelzer

Thank You Delta Jct. From the Produce Truck People! Located By the Jump'in Java, Poor Boys and The Pit

Thank You again this year for letting us be part of your community this last week. Yes, we did arrive a couple days earlier than planned. We plan to be in Delta through Monday the 5th. Laboring on Labor day, Delta is a good place to be. We will probably be leaving that evening unless Wayne changes his mind. So if you haven't had a chance to stop by yet you still have a couple days. We still have yummy peaches, bartlet pears, gala and golden apples, beefsteak tomatoes, garlic, Anaheim chile peppers, jalapeno hot pepper and bell peppers, fantastic cantaloupes, and Wayne's favorite the Sweet -long winter keeping- Onions.

Thanks again to everyone in Delta your happy faces make the trip worth it. We plan to come up next year so hopefully we'll see you all again. Have a Good One and Winter Well, Wayne and Leah Harmon, C.V. Farms

September 4, 2005

Last Day to Register to Vote

Sunday, September 4, 2005 is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the General Municipal Election on October 4, 2005.  For additional information, contact Pat White at City Hall (895-4656).  To view this entire article click here

August 17, 2005 -- Pat White

Bull moose
September 1st is the start of moose hunting season for Delta area residents. Many hunters are looking for trophy sized bulls but several areas exist
nearby where a young fellow such as this one, would fill the freezer nicely!  Happy hunting to all Delta hunters from the Delta News Web. Please be safe.  Photo courtesy of Dwight Phillips

Back to School

I would like to be the first to congratulate our student body, teachers, parents, and staff as Fort Greely School has achieved Annual Yearly Progress as outlined under the No Child Left Behind Act, as our students have demonstrated enough growth as measured by the new Alaska Standards Based Assessments (SBA) to remain a Level 1 school. As a Level 1 school, we are still required to create a school site improvement plan, but the good news is that we will not have to divert funding from our Title I program to outside agencies. I attribute our success to the team environment at Fort Greely School, ever increasing parent involvement, practice administrations for our students, and, without question, the rigor our students demonstrated while taking the SBA’s. We’ve learned many lessons last year, and plan on a thorough review and reapplication of those lessons as we set our sights even higher for this school year.

If you have looked at bulletin board around town recently, you will most likely have noticed a posting that outlines the Fort Greely School opening events. Please ignore that posting! To accommodate the change in the school year calendar, the following changes have been made for our Fort Greely School Opening Events:

Student Registration: Registration opened August 3rd and will continue throughout the school year at the Fort Greely School main office. Parents are encouraged to visit our school as soon as possible to complete registration and to schedule classes. Our secretaries, Tina Seward and Becky Jensen, will be available to answer any of your questions, and to assist you with the registration process. To access Fort Greely, all parents are reminded that they will need a driver’s license, car registration, and proof of auto insurance. Possible delays may occur at the front gate. If you child is new to Delta Junction, please be sure to bring a copy of their birth certificate, shot record, and any other relevant school information. For more information regarding registration, please contact Fort Greely School at 869-3105.

6th Grade and New Student Orientation: Orientation will be held on Friday, September 2nd from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Interested families who care to drive themselves or reside on Fort Greely may attend by arriving to the school by 1:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided to those families who cannot drive to Fort Greely; please meet at the Delta High School lot by 12:45 p.m. The buses are expected to return by 2:30 p.m.

Opening Assembly: All students and staff will participate in an assembly to review the Fort Greely Student Handbook, as well as to review school and district policies and procedures. The assembly will begin at 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th.

Open House Night: Come and get acquainted with our staff! We will be hosting an ice cream social for all families on Tuesday, September 13th from 6-8 p.m. Please bring your favorite topping! A PowerSchool (our student data management system) overview will be available to our parents during open house. All parents and students are invited to attend!

Parent Communication: There are many ways to keep up to date with activities at Fort Greely School, including monthly Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings, our school website, and monthly newsletters. PAC meetings are open to all parents, with the purpose of creating an open forum of dialogue between the school administration and interested parents. The first PAC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th at 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Greely School Conference Center. Our website, effective Tuesday, September 6th, will be updated daily, and is available to you 24 hours a day by visiting and following the “Schools” link to “Fort Greely School.” Our website includes pertinent information such as our activity calendar, teacher email address, PowerSchool login, lunch menu, and Homework Central. As a Fort Greely School parent, you will also receive a monthly newsletter featuring activities and events for that month.

If you have any questions regarding Fort Greely School, please feel free to contact me at 869-3105, or by email at It’s a great year to be a Grizzly!

Brian J. Schaffer - Principal, Fort Greely School
August 17, 2005

Judges Instruction - Deltana Parade

Judges Instruction
Today's featured photo,  courtesy of  Michael Kingston/CRTC

Fairbanks Drama Association and Fairbanks Children's Theatre, Inc.

Noises Off
By Michael Frayn, Directed by Hap Ryder
Sep 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, Oct 2
Sun Matinees at 2 PM on Sep 18, 25 and Oct 2

A veritable celebration of truly awful theatre! The comedy is a backstage explanation of how things can go wrong in the most unbelievable and devastating ways for the players on stage. It is spectacularly funny, including moments when everyone onstage and in the audience - seems to be riding the same runaway roller coaster. New York Magazine said of NOSIES OFF: "As side-splitting a farce as we have ever seen. Ever? Ever. NOISES OFF is a festival of comic delirium.

August 25, 2005

Fair goers - Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins

Fair goers



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