I never tire of the sweet sound of a robin singing. This robin came out to sing and celebrate with the warmer weather. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
Archives for May 2018
My husband and I were camping this past holiday weekend and much to our delight, our camp spot was near an eagle nest. All weekend we watched the male and female trade off, most assuredly sitting on eggs and waiting for them to hatch. Here is just one of many photos taken this weekend during one “changing of the guard” session! Taken May 27, 2018 near Paxson Lake, Alaska.
Photo Courtesy Birch Leaf Photography
By Glenn Mollette
A couple of million Americans will be watching closely as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors compete for the 2018 NBA championship. LeBron James, a 6’8, 250 pound man who plays for the Cavaliers is the King James Version of basketball.
I was recently in Cleveland, Ohio while the Indiana Pacers were in town. Interestingly the Pacers were staying in my hotel and I saw them often on the elevator or the hotel lobby. The evening I was there I went down to the lobby in search for a snack and then headed back to the elevator when two men walked across the lobby area briskly and entered into the elevator first. I followed them on and was a bit awestruck that one guy with a baseball cap was large. He was maybe 6’8 or 6’9 and very stocky. I never mean to stare but this man looked familiar. He never looked at me to engage but kept his eyes on the elevator. By the time they got off the elevator I knew I was riding with the king of basketball – LeBron James.
Two weeks later I was back in Cleveland and had the opportunity to watch James and the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in the third game of their series. He scored 27 points and had 12 assists, just another night’s work for James.
While NBA television viewership doesn’t sound big, the NBA reached a television deal with ESPN and Turner Sports for 24 billion dollars over a nine year stretch in October of 2014. Thus, all NBA players earn very nice paychecks but especially King James. Forbes says James earned $86 million in 2017, including a $31.2 million salary and a whopping $55 million in product endorsements. James penned one Nike endorsement deal for $90 million dollars while he was still in high school. He has a net worth of $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. His salary for 2018 is $33,285,709. His total earnings for 2018 are reported to be about 85.3 million dollars. His salary is actually the second highest behind Stephen Curry who reportedly makes $34,682,550. This does not include Curry’s endorsement money.
While LeBron’s salary is mind boggling his stats as a player are whopping numbers as well. He has averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds every game in 2018. For his entire 15 year NBA career he has averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists every game. So far during the NBA 2018 finals he has scored over 40 points seven times putting him hot on the heels of Jerry West who scored over 40 points eight times in the NBA playoffs in 1965 when he was 26 years old.
I predict he gets over 40 at least twice in the Golden State series and expands his kingdom’s reign.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.
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As a reminder, the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan and the Statewide Personal Use Fishing Regulations state that:
The annual limit is 25 salmon for the head of household and 10 salmon for each dependent of the permit holder.
Of the total limit only one king salmon may be retained per household.
Personal use fishers must possess both their Chitina Personal Use fishery permit and a valid resident sport fishing license when fishing. Steelhead cannot be kept, and must be returned to the water unharmed.
Harvest must be recorded on the permit immediately.
The tips of the tail of personal use caught fish must be clipped immediately upon landing a fish.
Immediately is defined as before concealing the salmon from plain view or transporting the salmon from the fishing site. Fishing site means the location where the fish was removed from the water and became part of the permit holder’s bag limit.
The Copper River personal use fishery is managed under direction of the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan (5 AAC 77.591). The plan establishes the season from June 7 through September 30, and directs the department to establish weekly periods based on Miles Lake sonar counts. During May 21 – 27, there were 12,067 salmon counted past the Miles Lake sonar. The preseason projection for this period was 41,805 salmon, which results in a deficit of 29,738 salmon. Copper River sockeye salmon migratory timing and the previous five-year average harvest and participation rates indicate sufficient numbers of salmon available to justify 24 hours of fishing time during the week of June 4 – June 10, a decrease of 64 hours from the preseason schedule.
All residents of Alaska qualify to participate in this personal use fishery. A Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Fishing permit and a resident sport fishing license are required. There is $15.00 fee for the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishing permit.
The department urges dipnetters to respect the rights of private landowners in the area and know the regulations before fishing. For information on access across private lands contact Chitina Native Corporation at (907) 823-2223.
Information regarding the fishery can be found at the ADF&G web site: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=PersonalUsebyAreaInteriorChitina.main. This site provides information regarding the Upper Copper River fisheries including: fishery descriptions and summaries, maps of the subdistricts, a listing of vendors that carry the permits, and links to the sonar numbers and fishing schedule emergency orders.
The current fishing schedule will be announced on the Chitina Fishery information line at 822-5224 (Glennallen), 459-7382 (Fairbanks), and 267-2511 (Anchorage). Please contact an information phone line prior to planning your trip to Chitina to ensure that the fishery will be open when you arrive. If you have any questions regarding the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishery, please contact the ADF&G office in Glennallen at (907) 822-3309.
Mark Somerville, UCUS Area Management Biologist
The crew has been out stocking over the past two weeks. Some of the more popular lakes that have been stocked are: Birch, Quartz, Bathing Beauty, Cushman Lake, Lost Lake, North Pole Pond, Chena Hot Springs Road Lakes, Olnes Pond, Ballaine Lake and many more.
Daily bag and possession limit for these stocked lakes is 10 per day/10 in possession, only one over 18 inches.
Arctic grayling have been spotted in the Delta Clearwater River. At this time, Arctic grayling are catch and release only in the Delta Clearwater River. Only 1 unbaited, single-hook artificial lure or fly may be used.
Arctic grayling fishing should be picking up in the Chena River and its tributaries. Remember that Arctic grayling fishing is catch and release only in the Chena River and all of its tributaries, including Badger Slough. Only 1 unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used.
This report will be updated as conditions warrant.
Klaus Wuttig, Area Management Biologist
Darrell Reeves passed away May 14, 2018, of natural causes in Delta Junction. He was 72 years old.
There will be a celebration of life potluck at the Moose Lodge June 1, 2018, from 3-5:30 p.m.
He had a sister and several nieces and nephews. He was a meat cutter and retired from Local 942.
He had many friends who will sure miss him. He loved hunting and fishing and the great outdoors. He will always be remembered as a great pioneer who left home to live his dream.
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Fairbanks International Airport is conducting live-fire training today, May 30, 2018 and tomorrow, May 31, 2018 in accordance with FAA requirements under FAR 139.319 and State of Alaska Firefighter training requirements.
The live-fire training will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. Large columns of black smoke may be observed rising from the fire training area on the south side of the airport. Area emergency services agencies will be notified prior to commencing the training and upon training cessation.
A beautiful Memorial Day service was held at Rest Haven Cemetery on Monday, May 29 honoring all those who gave up all their tomorrows…So that you could have yours. Many folks shared stories, history and songs.
Rep. George Rauscher said ” We are here in this cemetery, remembering the men and women laid to rest on this field and so many other fields like this across our nation. The type of soldiers buried here never looked back at how we get along as brothers or politically before acting to preserve our freedom they sought to defend. They only contemplated the country they knew, the country they loved, the constitution they swore to uphold and it had no caveats. Their type of love is one most will never experience. John 15:13 states “Greater love has no one than he who lays his life down for his fellow man.” Our shores are free from foreign attacks, our livelihood is protected and our country is safe. Today, we not only mourn and remember, but we honor these brave men and women laid to rest here, and those who may someday follow.”
Click on the photo displays to get photo enlargements. Thank you Barb Tharp, who has shared all of these beautiful photos with the Delta News Web.
I was so blessed to see so many community members turn out to pay honor to our past Veterans and to remember what Memorial Day is all about.
God Bless the USA, I am proud to be an American.
Hardly a week goes by anymore that we don’t hear of a school shooting. A generation ago such an incident was entirely unheard of, and the term “school shooting” was a foreign concept. Now we all know immediately what happened. Some nutjob decided to make a name for himself by shooting up a school, including the taking of innocent life and more often than not, taking his own life when he’s backed into a corner.
Every time this happens, I seem to have difficulty sorting out my feelings. Anger, that this could happen to innocent lives, both students and teachers. Frustration that we, as a nation, can’t seem to put a stop to these tragedies. And then there’s always the call by high-decibel politicians for more and stricter gun laws. If a person is deranged enough to shoot up a school, is he really going to be deterred by one more law?
This is the nightmare every school administrator prays never happens. Police officers train and school administrators plan for what they hope will never happen on their watch. Lockdown drills are held in schools all across the country. Some states even require periodic lockdowns. But no amount of preplanning can cover every contingency. Every police officer, paramedic and emergency room worker knows that scared people behave badly. That’s when dozens of mildly (to not-so-mildly) anxious parents begin arriving at schools to pick up not only their own children, but in some cases, their friends’ kids as well. Phone calls clogged lines into the administrative offices, and traffic flow problems restricted the movement of school busses. Add to this certain school policies designed to keep kids safe by restricting who can pick up whom and you’ve got the recipe for a secondary disaster.
Now take this to the next level. Let’s suppose there is a natural disaster. We’ll use “earthquake” just for the sake of discussion. The roads are busted up, the phone lines are completely down, electrical power is out and the schools are full of our kids. Have you discussed this scenario with your family? Do you have a plan to reunite your family if this happens? Even if schools can deliver your children home, is anyone going to be there? Who have you authorized to pick up your children at the school if you can’t get there? Do your kids know what to do? These are all questions families need to address and get settled now, before something happens.
Likewise, schools need to work on disaster planning. Is there a drill that can be designed to simulate a disaster and how do we pull it off. Something that goes beyond the lockdown or the “soft lockdown”. How do we make it work when nothing else (like phones) does? Fire drills are proven to save lives and have for decades. Lockdown drills, unscheduled school closure drills and serious disaster drills will save lives as well.
As always send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dave Robinson is a retired Postmaster and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com and other online booksellers.