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
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
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
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
September 22, 2005
Sept 22 - Sept 28
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
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
Happy Anniversary Sept 22 - Sept 28
Happy Anniversary (13
yrs) to John and Cheryl Gardner on
A photo of the beautiful sunrise this
morning, looking east on Nistler.
Photo Courtesy Kathy Swartz
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:
September 20, 2005 -- Brian J. Schaffer - Principal, Fort Greely School
Fall comes to the Interior very quickly. One must really get out
and enjoy the fleeting colors in order to really appreciate this
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
"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
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
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
"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
September 16, 2005
September 15 - September 21
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
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
Happy 35th Gina McCarthy Sept. 20th
Happy Birthday Sept 20 - Cliff Mason
Happy Birthday to
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
September 15 - September 21
Happy Anniversary Sept
17 - Sandi & Mike Noonan
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 on the ground. It won't be long before they are
covered with snow.
Photo Courtesy Gary Cooper
Fort Greely School Teacher Hours of
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
Sept 8 - Sept 14
Happy Birthday Brother
From Lil Brother Bill
Sept 8 - Jared Smith
Happy Birthday Sept 8 - Heather Shannon
Happy Birthday Sept 8 - Lee McNeil
Happy Birthday Sept 9 - Bruce Grossmann
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
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
Sept 8 - Sept 14
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
Barbara and Kenna as they hike to the Glacier
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.
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
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
There are different ways to "walk" the
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
Sept 1 - Sept 7
Happy Birthday to
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
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.
Happy Birthday Sept 7 - Lydia Marchuk
Happy Birthday Sept 7 - Dennis Green
Happy Birthday Sept 7 - Wayne Sturgis
Happy Birthday Sept 7 - Irene Gibson
Sept 1 - Sept 7
Sept 5 - Elsie & Paul Eckman
These were the "EATING YUCKY STUFF" part of
And the "toss marshmallows into shaving cream on the head" It was
Photos Courtesy Kris Enderle
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 sun-bathing on a Lilly pad on Lost Lake Photo Courtesy of Melissa
What is Labor Day
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
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
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
August 26 - Aug 31
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
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
Charlie - Aug 29.
Thinking of you. Your loving wife.
Charlie - Aug 29. Glad I'm not
as old as you. Hope this is the happiest birthday ever. Marlin and
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
Aug 26- Loretta & Jim Schooley
Happy Anniversary Aug 30- Cleo & Dennis
Happy Anniversary Aug 31- Sue & Doug
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
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
Info: Steve Fields, (907) 378-6541or (907) 895-2057;
www.smdcen.us/rabfga; 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
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
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
A September moon reflecting off the Tanana river. The shot was
taken at the pull out near Shaw Creek. Photo Courtesy Gary
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
- Fri - Sep 23 - Time 4:00 PM - Game Monroe - JV/V
Rifle - Fri - Sep 23 - Time
3:00 PM - Match - Delta at Lathrop - JV/V level - Location TVSA
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
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, taken on Thursday, September 22, out on the Lateral
Photo Courtesy Michael Kingston/CRTC
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.
View from Bluff Cabin.
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 -
Photo taken near Summit heading down to Palmer. Alaska
showing it's beautiful fall colors. Photo Courtesy Ruby Hollembaek
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
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
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
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
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
or call 895-4242 Ext. 101 for more information.
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
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 sunsets are often enjoyed by the residents of Clearwater Lake. This
image was taken in
late August. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
There are different ways to "walk" the boards!!
Photo Courtesy Kris Enderle
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
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
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
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
September 1, 2005 -- By Sara Engebretson/IPM Technician, UAF –
Cooperative Extension Service
Photos Courtesy Michael Kingston/CRTC
New alumni Photos - Click
August 31, 2005
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
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
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
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 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,
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
For additional information, contact Pat White at City Hall
(895-4656). To view this entire article click
August 17, 2005 -- Pat White
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:
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
www.dgsd.k12.ak.us 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
Today's featured photo, courtesy of Michael Kingston/CRTC
Fairbanks Drama Association and Fairbanks
Children's Theatre, Inc.
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
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