Matanuska Glacier is a valley glacier in Alaska. At 27 miles (43 km) long by 4 miles (6.4 km) wide, it is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. Its terminus feeds the Matanuska River. It lies near the Glenn Highway about 100 miles (160 km) north-east of Anchorage. Matanuska Glacier flows about 1 foot (30 cm) per day. Photo Courtesy Tracey Porreca (Birch Leaf Photography)
Archives for April 2016
Glen Holt, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service eastern Alaska forester, was formerly a fire prevention officer with the State of Alaska Division of Forestry and worked as a wildland firefighter for 29 years. Contact him at 907-474-5271 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Doyon Utilities will be flushing the fire hydrants on base and Allen Army Airfield Tuesday April 26th and Wednesday April 27th.
Al Thomas/DU Site Manager – 869-3600
Gary Gruwell/DU Assistant Site Manager -869-3600
Harriman Alaska Expedition after Howard E. Harriman who founded the expedition.
Northeast of Whittier, Chugach Mountains
Its been a long winter. This young moose calf is happy to see green grass again.
“The Delta Library will be CLOSED on Friday, April 22 to set up for Open House and the Basket of Books Silent Auction.
Come join the fun on Saturday, April 23 — doors open at 10:00.”
BBB Discoveries Another Fraudulent Dealer
Anchorage, Alaska – April 19, 2016 – On April 1, 2016 Better Business Bureau Northwest first reported on a fake online car dealership claiming to be based in Spokane. Now, BBB investigators say there’s another site, claiming to sell recreational vehicles also out of Spokane.
Discoverys (sic) Tut RV’s website states its location as 2001 S. Flint Road in Spokane. But a BBB investigation shows the company does not exist at that address. A Texas resident almost fell victim to this scheme and contacted BBB Northwest. The man said he received the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to an RV, but when he looked it up he discovered the vehicle had already been sold several times in Florida and California last year.
A consumer in Alaska almost fell for the same scam, but fortunately he realized something was off about the salesperson and decided not to go through with the transaction.
Shoppers should remember the following when looking to purchase a vehicle online:
- Vehicle viewing. If you are unable to take the vehicle out for a test drive, have someone you know see the car in-person before purchasing.
- Do your research. Look up its Kelley Blue Book value. Many times scammers list cars under marketplace value. Shoppers may act quickly thinking the deal is too good to last. In reality it is often too good to be true.
- Watch your money. Be wary of sellers who ask you to wire money instead of using a check or credit card.
Check out bbb.org to find automobile dealerships you can trust when shopping online.
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This is the most active tidewater glacier in Prince William Sound and the best place to see glaciers calving. Surprise also seems to create its own weather; it can be clear around here even when it’s cloudy everywhere else in the area.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) and the Red Cross, the mantra for disaster preparedness is: Get A Kit, Make A Plan, and Be Informed. Trust me when I say that survival is not a kit. Knowledge is more important than “stuff.” Preparedness and survival is all about a plan, your kit is simply a big part of your plan. I must admit that building a kit is more fun than making a plan, but it is all about a balanced approach to coming out ahead in the event of a disaster.
For the past few weeks, I have been providing a shopping list and a list of tips for building a 72 hour kit. I firmly believe a 72 hour kit is only a good start. Your plan should be to extend your kit to a fourteen day supply as most disasters don’t know to stop at 72 hours.
After seven weeks, those who participate will have a well-rounded starter kit that should see them through most emergencies. Because we all have different needs, everyone’s kit will be different. Some of us have babies in the house, so those families will want to stock up on infants’ things, others will have folks with special needs and those requirements must be considered as you build your kit and make your plan. For those reasons, I don’t recommend buying one of the kits on the market, as they will probably not meet your family’s complete needs during an actual emergency. So having said that, let’s get to it!
Shopping list for Week Five:
- Gloves. Latex or non/latex, plus a good pair of work gloves.
- Paper plates, cups and utensils
- Canned vegetables, soup/stew.
- Toilet paper (lots) and paper towels.
- Travel sizes of personal hygiene items, dental care, soap, feminine care, deodorant, etc.
- Disinfectant wipes.
- Supplies for baby, elderly or special needs.
Tips for Week Five
Select an emergency contact person residing out of the area for family members to contact in case they are separated. Sometimes it’s easier to connect a phone call out of the area than it is to get through locally.
Keep a copy of this seven week list in your car when you go shopping. Check off items as you go.
Make sure that all adults and teens in your household know how to shut off water and utilities.
Never use a portable generator in an enclosed area. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clean, pure drinking water may be in short supply during an emergency. For a free set of plans to build a water filtration system send me an email. As always send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous columns are on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available at barnesandnoble.com and other online booksellers.
HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Aviators from the U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force at Fort Wainwright will assist the National Park Service next week by transporting equipment and supplies to set up base camps for the 2016 Denali climbing season.
CH-47F Chinook helicopters from Company B, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment will sling-load the supplies from Talkeetna to the mountain on Sunday, April 24, depending on weather. The mission also benefits B/1-52 aircrews by preparing them for high-altitude mountainous operations.
The training validates the crews’ ability to support high altitude rescue and resupply missions in Denali National Park and ensures aircrew members are trained, proficient and capable of safely executing operations at high altitudes in an austere mountainous environment.
The CH-47F is the Army’s only heavy-lift cargo helicopter supporting critical combat and noncombat operations. The Chinook has an empty weight of 24,578 pounds and a maximum gross weight of 50,000 pounds. The CH-47F can lift intra-theater payloads up to 16,000 pounds in high/hot environments.
U.S. Army Alaska is the Army’s extreme cold weather mobility, training and equipping proponent, the Army’s only conventional force trained and equipped to do this.
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