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Obituary ~ William T. Bohlscheid

williambohlscheid1934 – 2016
A real Alaska pioneer, William Toomy Bohlscheid, passed away May 12, 2016, in Fairbanks.
He was born Aug. 9, 1934, in Pocatello, Idaho, as the first child to Harold and Margaret Bohlscheid. Bill was raised skiing, and, in fact, he enjoyed the sport right up until 2014 at age 80.
Bill attended grammar school, middle school and high school in Pocatello. He was drafted into the Army in 1958 and was assigned to the Cold Weather Mountain School (now the Northern Warfare Training Center) at Black Rapids.
At the school, Bill was an instructor of skiing, mountain climbing and river and glacier navigation, which he did until 1961. Bill was such a strong skier that he made the 1960 Olympic Ski Team. Unfortunately, he didn’t compete because of his tenure in the Army.
After his military years, Bill spent several years as a sporting goods salesman at a ski shop in Fairbanks owned by former state legislator, “Red” Boucher. He then moved to Ketchikan, where he spent time rebuilding an old wooden boat, commercial fishing and bar-keeping.
From there, Bill got involved in the pipeline effort as a land surveyor. He talked of surveying the “Spine Road” on the North Slope by taking landmarks and walking ahead of the bulldozer. Bill continued surveying the pipeline corridor as the line was being built, until 1982.
Beginning in 1980, Bill started a river boat service out of Willow. He transported fishing enthusiasts to probable spots along the Susitna River and its tributaries, picking them up at the end of the day.
He purchased a small cabin on Flat Horn Lake, which was approximately 55 river miles from Susitna Landing or approximately 45 air miles west of Anchorage. He owned this lodge business until 1997 when he was forced to sell because of his declining health and the remoteness of the area.
In these years, Bill met and married his soulmate, Claudia. They moved to Delta Junction in 1998 where Bill enjoyed his golden years, upgrading his home, river fishing, skiing and mowing his beautiful lawn (season permitting).
Bill and Claudia moved to Fairbanks in 2015 just as Bill was battling his second round of cancer, feeling a need to be closer to medical facilities. Unfortunately, the second round was quickly followed by a third.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Hal.
Bill is survived by his wife of 31 years, Claudia, and his daughters, Theresa Ramo, of Texas, and Christine Bohlscheid, of California, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cancer Treatment Center or the Lung Cancer Society .
A celebration of life is being planned for June 18 at his home in Fairbanks.

Donnelly Training Area East (Memorial Day Weekend) Will Be Closed

For those planning to spend the long weekend outdoors, please be advised that Donnelly Training Area East will be closed for most of Memorial Day weekend due to various military training events.
For more information on training schedules and closures, please check the Fort Wainwright U.S. Army
Recreation Tracking System (USARTRAK) or call (907) 361-9686.

Life is Positioning

By Glenn Mollette
Good fishing requires positioning. Baiting your hook and dropping it in a place where there are fish is a start to successful fishing.
A salesman needs prospects and attitude. One shoe salesman was sent to Africa and called home crying, “Get me out of here! Nobody wears shoes!” Another salesman was sent and called back saying, “Send me every pair of shoes in the warehouse. I’ve never seen so many prospects!”
Selling requires having a product that people either need or very much want. People don’t need candy but they want candy so they buy it. People don’t really want to spend money on insurance but they need it. Sell what people want or need and you will sell.
Obtaining a certain job requires positioning. Becoming a schoolteacher requires college, teacher education, supervision and certification. You have to work hard and position yourself for potential opportunities.
A young man wants to be lucky in dating and maybe marriage. Yet, he may refuse to change his lifestyle. He doesn’t want to hold down a job, refuses to lose twenty pounds and is rude and inconsiderate. Thus, he refuses to try to position himself for potential dating prospects.
Every facet of life requires positioning. Positioning yourself for stability, success, or a major change always requires lots of time, training, sacrifice and commitment. Nothing is guaranteed, but with positioning comes potential.
Retiring at 65 most likely requires sacrifice the 30 years prior. It doesn’t always require 30 years.  A friend of mine was flat broke at 50. He rented an old abandoned hamburger stand with an option to buy. He and his wife cleaned it up and worked it hard for sixteen years. They made the best food in town and averaged pocketing over $300,000 a year. They were able to retire. He knew at the age of 50 that he had to position himself if he had any chance of truly retiring.
Where do you want to be and what do you want five or ten years from now? Start positioning yourself today and in a few years it just might work. However, it never comes with a snap of the finger. A garden is produced from preparing the soil, planting, cultivating and tending to the field. In time, you will reap some kind of a harvest if you don’t quit.
A lot of counties across America are hurting economically. People have left and nobody seems to be coming back to take over. The future of depressed areas begins today and it will probably take years to position these areas for economic stability. We all want it now, but we have to start today with hopes for tomorrow.
America needs to recuperate. We have debt to pay. We have an infrastructure to rebuild. There are millions of jobs that we must recapture and bring home. We have a military to strengthen and healthcare challenges. We can get to where we need to be. Getting there will take hard work and positioning ourselves to be where we need to be to accomplish what we want to do.
 Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states.   Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at Amazon.com
This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.

Surge in Rental Home Scams

Anchorage, Alaska — May 24, 2016 — Rental scams might be a common trick these days, but unfortunately, it is still common for house hunters to fall for it. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has noticed an uptick in this type of scam being reported to BBB Scam Tracker.

Since Scam Tracker launched in 2015 there have been about two dozen complaints made in the Northwest area concerning rental scams. And half of those occurred within the last six months.

Earlier this month BBB was contacted by a Washington man who reported someone tried to rent out his house without his knowledge. He tells BBB he’s had several people show up ready to move in, despite the home not being for rent or sale.

Rental home scammers typically prey on victims who do not live in the area, in hopes of taking their cash before they realize the home is not available.

To avoid falling for these scams remember the following tips when hunting for a rental property:

  • Ask for a walk-through. If you are renting locally, ask to see the property in person. If you don’t live in the city, reach out to someone you trust who does and ask them to visit the place for you. If the property owner gives excuses for being unable to show the property, it’s most likely a scam.
  • Research the location. Search the listing online to see if it is being advertised elsewhere. Oftentimes scammers steal pictures and try to pass off properties as their own. That’s why walk-throughs are so important.
  • Pay with credit card. Never pay a security deposit or first month’s rent with a gift card or by wire transfer. These payments are the same as sending cash —once you send it, you have no way to get it back.
  • Be skeptical of low prices. Scammers lure in targets by promising low rents, great amenities and other perks. If the price seems much better than offered elsewhere, it may be a scam.

Anyone that has fallen victim to these or other scams are encouraged to report their experience to Better Business Bureau at 907-562-0704 or at bbb.org.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644- 5208 | mailto:michelle.tabler@thebbb.org
David Quinlan, Senior Director of Public Relations | 206-676-4119 | pr@thebbb.org

Mystery Photo Winner for May 16 – May 22

mp1The winner of last week’s mystery photo is Cheryl Cooper
mp1bLast weeks mystery photo was the sign on the Alaska Highway for the Hair Doctor Salon.
We had 9 correct entries this week. Cheryl will receive a gift certificate from the Buffalo Center Drive In.
Thank you for each one that submitted their guess.

Buffalo Center Drive-In

Thank you John and Linda Sloan.

Don’t forget to stop by and have lunch or dinner.  Best burgers in town and a fun place to hang out and let the kiddies play.
Remember to play along this week.  You could be the lucky winner.   Click here for detailed rules and additional information.