This is a question that I am frequently asked, and a flippant answer might well be this: as long as the flock keeper decides they should live.
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Anchorage, Alaska Aug. 24, 2016 — School is either underway or right around the corner for many students across the northwest. The preparation for heading back is a big money maker for some businesses. The National Retail Federation predicts shoppers will spend $75.8 billion on back-to-school shopping —with a majority spent on electronics such as computers or calculators.
Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest wants everyone to be a savvy shopper. Here are some budget saving tips to keep in mind this school year:
- Budget for the year. Go beyond the usual list of school supplies and new shoes. Be sure to factor in lunch money, field trip costs, gifts for teachers, winter clothes, etc. By filing your money into the appropriate areas you can avoid being surprised when you find out your child has already outgrown their new shoes.
- Review advertisements. When shopping in-store or online be sure to review the ad for restrictions, quantities and dates for sale and return policies.
- Research major purchases. Many computer and software companies offer discounts to students. The nonprofit Notebooks for Students helps families obtain laptops and computers at bargain prices. Shop from a BBB Accredited Business for peace of mind.
College students also have a lot to keep in mind as they return to school —especially when it comes to their susceptibility to being scammed. A report issued by the Council of Better Business Bureaus Institute for Marketplace Trust found that 78 percent of scam victims hold a college or graduate degree and 69 percent are under the age of 45.
Here are some of the top scams college students need to look out for:
- Identity theft. Whether you live in a dorm or have a roommate chances are there is a lot of foot traffic in your residence. Be sure to keep important documents stored under lock and key.
- Federal Student Tax Scheme. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for IRS impersonators callings students and demanding they wire money to pay a fake “federal student tax.” There is no such thing.
- Employment scam. Be on guard while searching for a job to fit your busy schedule. Be skeptical of jobs offering “quick cash” with “no experience necessary” and never give out your bank account information to a company over the phone. Typically, you won’t need to provide this information until your first day on the job. Look up the company’s business review at bbb.org/northwest to see how they fare.
- Credit Card offers. Groups offering quick and easy credit card signups can often be found on campus. A lot of these cards have high interest rates or charge annual fees. Be a good student and study up on the best credit card plan that suits your needs.
For more tips and tricks on avoiding scams like these visit bbb.org/northwest.
“Quartz Lake Reflection”
Quartz Lake State Recreation Area is ten miles north of Delta Junction and is reached by a three-mile road at mile 277.8 of the Richardson Hwy. Fishing is the primary attraction of Quartz Lake State Recreation Area. Quartz Lake has some of the best road accessible fishing in Interior Alaska. Each year more than 34,000 fish are harvested. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game stocks Quartz Lake annually with over 300,000 fingerling rainbow trout, and coho salmon. By the end of their three year life cycle, coho salmon can reach up to 13 inches in length. Rainbow trout reach up to 18 inches or more in five years.
All excerpts are from the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation. To read more about Quartz Lake, please visit their website
Commander Navy Region Northwest announces a Navy Band Northwest appearance at the Alaska State Fair! The Rock Band, “Northwest Passage,” will perform at 7:30P.M. on August 30th, 31st, September 1st, 2nd,and 4th on the Colony Stage. The performance on September 3rd begins at 8:00P.M. in the Events Tent. Please see the Events on our Facebook page for updates or changes.
Navy Band Northwest’s Popular Music Group is a high-energy rock band, surging music of many styles from many eras. The ensemble performs a variety of selections each year from current Top 40 charts to hits spanning the last 50 years. “Passage’s” ability to play modern rock, classic rock, rhythm and blues, dance, Motown, pop, soul, country, and disco make it an ideal group for all types of military balls, receptions, clinics, and public concerts for all audiences and age groups.
With over 400 musical support requests each year, the whole 35-member band can appear as a large ensemble for parades and ceremonies, but can also split into small ensembles to provide musical varieties that fit the needs of each civilian and military request, varying from classical and contemporary chamber music, to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. Navy Band Northwest is under the leadership of its Director, Lieutenant Bruce Mansfield, and falls under the operational command of Captain William Bulis, Commander Navy Region Northwest.
For performance times and to learn more about the band, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/NavyBandNorthwest
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many performers are with the band?
~ We collectively have 35 members, including the Director and Assistant Director. The full band can break down into small ensembles, typically made up of 3 to 9 members.
2. How do people get chosen to perform with the band?
~Besides being physically qualified for the Navy through your local Military Entrance Processing Station, each potential Navy Musician must take an audition at one of 11 Navy Bands. The audition will include prepared pieces, scales, and a variety of sight-reading.
3. What is the average tenure with the band?
~ A normal first enlistment is four years, and members generally stay in one band for about 2-3 years.
4. What is the practice schedule like?
~ Other than the typical “military band,” we can also divide our musicians into smaller groups such as rock band, jazz combo, chamber groups, solo pianist, solo vocalist, etc. Every group has a different rehearsal schedule depending on the nature of the upcoming performance(s). Members also practice individually outside of working hours. Ideally, we rehearse 6-12 hours per week/per group.
5. How many performances per year does the band put on?
~ Navy Band Northwest performs in excess of 400 engagements per year
6. Are those performances just in the United States or are they across the world?
~ There are 9 Fleet Navy bands around the world and they have their individual area of responsibility. We (Navy Band Northwest) cover the Pacific Northwest region. Specifically, Alaska, Washington , Oregon, Northern California, Nevada, Wyoming , Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Western Nebraska , and Western Kansas; we also cover Southwestern Canada.
7. Are there special performances or venues that are noteworthy where they perform?
~ Navy Band Northwest is often invited to perform before Mariners baseball and Seahawks football games, usually performing the National Anthem, and also performing at half-time.
The band is invited annually to perform at Navy Day at the Olympia State Capitol, Seattle’s SEAFAIR and Fleet Week, the Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade and Portland Fleet Week, just to name a few. In the past, Navy Band Northwest has performed Fleet Weeks at San Francisco, Denver, and Salt Lake City.
8. Are there other interesting information or facts about the Navy Band Northwest?
~ Please view the link: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/about/navy_band/history.html
MC3 Amanda L. Owens
Media Production Support
Navy Office of Community Outreach