Archives for February 2018
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HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Fort Wainwright will host the annual U.S. Army Alaska Arctic Warrior Games from Feb. 28 to March 2 at locations around the installation. Battalions from both Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright will be represented by 10-man teams for a total of 210 competitors in the games. The winning team will be recognized as the most proficient Arctic Tough Soldiers in USARAK.
USARAK Arctic Warrior Game events will take place Wednesday and Thursday, with an awards ceremony Wednesday afternoon. This year’s events include a written test, downhill ski racing, live-fire biathlon range, uphill snowshoe ahkio sled pull, skijoring, setting up the Arctic 10-man tent and stove correctly, and evaluating and treating a casualty in the extreme cold.
As America’s Arctic Warriors and the U.S. Army’s experts in surviving, operating, fighting and winning in extreme cold weather and high altitude environments, all of the skills tested during the games are critical for USARAK Soldier proficiency. These games validate the Soldiers’ expertise and set a benchmark of excellence for all Arctic Warriors.
Fresh vegetables can be a rarity in the event of a disaster. When supply lines are disrupted, the foods we take for granted could be in very short supply. Many have already set aside non-perishable food to eat when the stores are empty. However fresh vegetables may be another matter. Thousands of folks plant a vegetable garden every year to raise their own vegetables. Some do it as a hobby and some as a matter of necessity. Either way the experts tell us home-grown veggies are better tasting and in most cases, better for us. Obviously gardening is a long-term project not to be rolled out the day after a disaster with the expectation of a ready food supply.
Recently I was reminded of a process our ancestors used, later adopted by the back-to-the land folks of the 60’s and 70’s. Sprouts. Sprouts have long been celebrated for their healthy properties, and more recently for their ability to treat certain kinds of cancers, high cholesterol, even arteriosclerosis and certain cardiovascular disease. Some studies even indicate that sprouts protect us from the ongoing effects of aging.
I was given a partial bag of lentils and a few simple instructions. “Put two tablespoons of lentils in a quart Mason jar. Cover with water overnight then rinse a couple of times every day.”
It has been almost a week and my sprouts are nearly filling the (wide-mouth) Mason jar. Some sources say to cover the opening with cheese cloth or plastic mesh to facilitate the rinsing and draining process. I cut a piece of hardware cloth to fit inside the jar ring. I have learned that plastic screen is preferable to metal, but the metal seems to be working at this point.
There are several on-line sources of information as well as sprout kits available for purchase. Plenty of places on the internet offer sprout kits. Costs run from $3.31 for a set of plastic sprouting jar lids to $55.00 or more for a full-on kit including organic seeds and full-on instruction book. Most grocery stores offer a selection of sprouting seeds located somewhere near the produce section. Some popular seeds include lentils, alfalfa, sunflower, mung beans, radish, clover and soybean. Experimentation will prove your favorites, although I’m told the biggest sprouts come from the mung beans.
So whether you are intrigued by a little science experiment in your kitchen (with benefits) or you need to get some edible greens in a short amount of time you might consider growing sprouts. One more tool to add to your kit. After all skills and knowledge are more important than stuff. Stuff is good, but skills are better.
As always, send your comments, questions (and sprout hints) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous columns can be found on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is a retired Postmaster and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other online book sellers.
“Frozen River Sunset”
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Anchorage, Alaska — Feb. 22, 2018 According to multiple reports to BBB Scam Tracker, consumers across the nation have lost over $90,000 from companies posing as legitimate timeshare resale and escrow companies. Better Business Bureau Northwest & Pacific is issuing a consumer alert on these fake resale and escrow companies claiming to be located across the Northwest.
Thanks to a joint effort between the Montana Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection and BBB Northwest & Pacific, two fraudulent vehicle distribution websites have been taken down. According to multiple reports to BBB Scam Tracker, consumers across the nation lost over $12,000 from Montana Truck Experts and Montana Truck Center. These companies posed as legitimate escrow businesses in Montana.
These businesses are either advertising luxury items such as timeshares, boats and cars for under market value online or are contacting consumers to purchase their timeshare or other items well above marketplace value. The business directs the consumer to wire money to a fake third-party escrow company. After the business receives the money, the consumer is unable to reach a company representative and never receives the product they purchased or the money from the sale.
How to Avoid Escrow Fraud:
- Confirm if the company is licensed and bonded. A buyer should check that the escrow service and agent are licensed and bonded with the appropriate state agency (usually the state in which the escrow service is located) and avoid using an offshore escrow company. Those trying to sell their timeshare should also check with the timeshare’s resort to make sure the sale is legitimate.
- Be vigilant when transferring money. Legitimate escrow companies ask that buyers wire money from their bank account to the company’s bank. They will not ask for a person-to-person money transfer using Western Union or another third-party wire service. Consumers should work with their personal bank and the other financial institution to verify if they are transferring to a commercial account instead of a personal account.
- Be cautious of too good to be true deals whether you’re a buyer or seller. Know the market value of your property. Unscrupulous Companies may try to entice consumers with offers above market value or advertise luxury items under retail value. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
If you are the victim of a timeshare resale/escrow scam, BBB recommends reporting your experience to BBB and filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, Alaska Office of the Attorney General and the FBI.
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By Dr. Glenn Mollette
I never had the opportunity to shake hands with Billy Graham.
A few years back my wife and I were in the Asheville, North Carolina area and had a couple of free hours. We decided to drive to Montreat to see the area where Billy Graham lived. We roamed around the quaint little community for awhile. I asked numerous people “Where does Billy Graham live?” I was amazed at how many people either did not know or were just keeping the community secret from outsiders like us.
We had good friends in Asheville who had told about us about a road leading up a North Carolina mountain and that on the way we would pass George Beverly Shea’s house. Shea sang right before Billy Graham preached for many, many years.
I finally found the post office in Montreat and went in and found someone to talk to about my search. He gave me the information I needed. He told me where to go to find the very quiet road that went a long winding way up a steep mountain. We found it and on the way up we saw a house that looked like the one my friend had described as George Beverly Shea’s house. I pulled over and my wife said, “Where are you going?” I told her, “I’m going to knock on George Beverly Shea’s door. I would give anything to shake hands with him.”
I had heard that Franklin Graham had bought Shea a new Chevrolet Suburban. I had also heard that the 95 year old Shea was pulled over for speeding in that new Suburban. I was told the police officer refused to give Shea a ticket saying, “My mother would never forgive me if I gave a speeding ticket to George Beverly Shea.” Low and behold there was a shiny looking new Suburban sitting out behind the house. Only a dummy like me would knock on a famous person’s door in hopes that he would actually come to the door. No one came to the door and I suspect that Shea and his wife didn’t make a practice of opening their door to strangers. I don’t know what I would have said. I probably would have stuttered and said, “Hello, I’m Glenn Mollette. I love hearing you sing,” duh.
I gave up knocking on Shea’s door and we proceeded up the winding mountain road. It was a very long way and I was about to give up when suddenly we came to a gate and I knew we were at the entrance to Graham’s mountain home. A friend who actually visited in Graham’s home said, “Yes, there is a gate but once you drive past that gate you come to a real gate and fence.” We didn’t drive through that gate but parked the car and walked around a bit. There was nothing to see but beautiful mountain trees and scenery. We were about ready to leave and I said to my wife, “I want to pause a moment and touch this gate for just a bit.” The longer I stood there touching that gate, the more tears filled my eyes. My thoughts were, “Oh God if I could just be one percent of the person that Billy Graham is then I would be hundred times more and better than I am today.” I have to say it was a profound moment of my life. Finally I backed away from the gate, got in the car and we drove quietly down the mountain road.
What was it about Billy Graham? He was one single person who impacted the planet by everything that he said and did. Many years ago, there was another great preacher by the name of Dwight L. Moody. Moody was said to have shaken two continents for Jesus Christ. Moody is often remembered for saying, “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to Him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man. By God’s grace I will be that man,” he said. I believe history will attest that Moody became that man. Graham in every way, and even more, became that man Moody aspired to be as well. The Bible tells a story of a woman who had been sick for many years. She had heard that Jesus would be passing by. She did everything to get close to Jesus because she just wanted to touch him. When she did, she was healed and Jesus knew that power had gone out of him to heal the woman. Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well.”
Millions of people have had life changing experiences because of Billy Graham. Yet, Graham would be the first to declare that he was simply the messenger. He had a message of pointing people to Jesus Christ. In essence what made Graham so attractive was that he pointed people to the one far greater than he. He preached a simple Bible message of God’s love and about an old rugged cross where Jesus died for the sins of the world. He preached about a wonderful place called heaven. Because of Graham’s simple message and beautiful Christ-filled life he became America’s pastor who many of us grew up loving to hear.
I heard Graham preach several times in Cincinnati, Louisville and Atlanta. My oldest son and I heard him right after he had a fainting spell in Toronto. Word about his failing health was spreading. Graham came on to Atlanta to preach where about 8,000 of us where gathered in the Georgia Dome. He was 80 years old when he marched into that stadium and strongly stood on that platform and powerfully brought his inspiring message. What a day, what a day that was.
What a day it will be when Jesus we shall see. What a day it will also be whenever I get to meet Billy Graham. If anybody is in heaven it surely is Billy Graham. By God’s grace and mercy, when I get to heaven I’m going to try again to find him and shake his hand. Of course I will try to find his famous singer George Beverly Shea and also shake hands with him.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018
TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: School Board Conference Room, District Office
The Delta/Greely School District provides each student with opportunities to become a
responsible and productive member of society.
Richard Mauer, President
Eileen Herman,, Vice President
Dana Mock, Treasurer
Flower Cole, Clerk
Harrison Kiser, Student Representative
LTC Michael Foote, Military Representative
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call
C. Pledge of Allegiance
D. Correspondence to/from Board
E. Discussion Items
1. Initial FY19 Budget Review – Public Comment/Discussion
2. 1st Reading Board Bylaws 9000 Series – Public Comment/Discussion
3. 1st Reading Board Bylaws 9000 Series – Public Comment/Discussion
F. Future Meetings
1. School Board Business Meeting March 15, 2018
2. School Board Work Session April 5, 2018
G. General Comments from the Public
H. Comments from the Board
2017 – 2018 Board Goals
2. Initial FY19 Budget Review – Public Comment/Discussion
4. 2018-2019 Goals and Self Improvement Plans – Public Comment/Discussion
1. Facilitate the planning, programming, budgeting, execution and reporting of a short and long term maintenance
2. The board will adopt key indicators of success and implement an annual review of those indicators.
3. The board will facilitate the on-going implementation and review of the strategic plan.
4. The board will continue to analyze budget data to identify efficiencies and priorities.
“Donnelly Dome Road” Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips