Boy Scout Troop 56 of Delta Junction participated in the American Legion’s Memorial Day recognition ceremony by providing a color guard. The color guard consisted Patrick Attungana, Orrin Hicks, Patrick Cassidy, Woodson Hicks, Wesley Patton and Jacob Stille. Photo Courtesy Alan Levinson
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Anchorage, Alaska —May 24, 2018 To honor the fallen this Memorial Day, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is doing its part to protect their families and the service members and veterans still with us.
Active military members, veterans and spouses in the northwest have reported more than 500 scams with an estimated $94,000 lost in the past year according to BBB Scam Tracker. Among those BBB Scam Tracker reports, phishing scams were the number one scam reported for military consumers in Alaska, followed by online purchase scams.
Other common tricks that target the military and their families include:
- Romance scams: Scammers pose as real soldiers on social media and pull on your heartstrings to gain your trust and your hard-earned cash. Remember to never send money or personal information that can be used for identity theft to someone you’ve never met in person.
- Charity schemes: There are fake charities that use similar names of well-known veterans’ charities to try and fool donators. Remember, scammers can easily create websites and accounts similar to credible charities. To combat this scam, research the organization at give.org where there are more than 11,000 charity reports from the U.S. and Canada.
- Military loan scams: Watch out for too good to be true loans offered to members of the military or veterans such as “no credit checks” or “all ranks approved” with an upfront fee. Advertisements for loans that promise a guarantee, instant approval or no credit check will often come with hidden fees and extremely high interest rates. Remember that legitimate lenders will never guarantee a loan before you apply and loans that require an upfront fee are likely a scam.
BBB recommends service members, veterans, their families, and military supporters to never give personal information to someone they do not know. Also, military who are deployed should put an active duty alert on their credit reports to minimize the risk of identity theft.
For more resources, visit the BBB Military Line. This outreach program focuses on educating service members about financial literacy and consumer protection tips for military communities.
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ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management will be surveying land southeast of Talkeetna starting in early June and continuing through the summer. The contractors hired to do the survey work, Northwind Site Services, will use helicopters to access higher elevations, UTVs and vehicles for the lower elevations.
BLM and Northwind will make every effort to contact affected land owners and lease holders before working in the area. Call the Northwind survey manager at (907) 569-2001, ext. 111, or the BLM point of contact at (907) 271-4214 with information about recent or unrecorded survey work or questions.
The survey work will take place within Townships 22 -26 North, Ranges 3-4 West, Seward Meridian, southeast of Talkeetna. The surveys are related to work needed to issue patents (deeds) to Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated, an Alaska Native corporation, pursuant to sections 14(e) and 22(j) of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
The plan of survey can be viewed at the BLM Alaska State Office at 222 W. 7th Avenue, Anchorage. Call the supervisory land surveyor at 271-4209 for more information about the plan of survey or to make arrangements to see it. Refer to survey group numbers 1179 and 1202, Alaska, when calling.
By Dr. Glenn Mollette
Global health service company Cigna (NYSE: CI) released results from a national survey earlier this month exploring the impact of loneliness in the United States. The survey, conducted in partnership with market research firm, Ipsos, revealed that most American adults are considered lonely. Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).
From the Cigna report we learn the following:
One in four Americans (27 percent) rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them.
Two in five Americans sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful (43 percent) and that they are isolated from others (43 percent).
One in five people report they rarely or never feel close to people (20 percent) or feel like there are people they can talk to (18 percent).
Americans who live with others are less likely to be lonely (average loneliness score of 43.5) compared to those who live alone (46.4). However, this does not apply to single parents/guardians (average loneliness score of 48.2) – even though they live with children, they are more likely to be lonely.
Only around half of Americans (53 percent) have meaningful in-person social interactions, such as having an extended conversation with a friend or spending quality time with family, on a daily basis.
Generation Z (adults ages 18-22) is the loneliest generation and claims to be in worse health than older generations.
Social media use alone is not a predictor of loneliness; respondents defined as very heavy users of social media have a loneliness score (43.5) that is not markedly different from the score of those who never use social media (41.7).
Psychcentral.com has some good suggestions on combating loneliness. Loneliness is a feeling and not a fact. Reach out to others. Stop the self-deflating thoughts. Focus on others and less attention on yourself. What you give may come back to you. Find others who have common interests. Always show up when meeting with others. Don’t stand people up. Be interested in other people. Listen to what they are saying and doing. Take the focus off of you. Be kind. Some people are rude but most people will respond to kindness. Being mean, rude and a jerk will earn you a reputation you don’t want. Find a group with whom to connect such as church groups, exercise groups, music groups, Alcoholics Anonymous, sewing or baking groups or folks who simply gather for coffee.
Talking, listening, kindness, showing interest in others, participating and helping others will help you in overcoming loneliness.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.
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Wilson’s Warbler singing a happy song! Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
The male spruce grouse has a black throat and red comb over the eye and a rusty-orange band at the tip of the tail. The female lacks the red comb and the black throat. She is generally a mottled rusty brown to gray color with dark heavy barring on her whitish-colored belly. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski
The public is invited to attend the U.S. Army Garrison Alaska Summer Concert on Fort Greely with Kellie Pickler and Waka Flocka Flame June 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. Special Access is being granted to the General Public. Installation access will require valid photo identification and proof of vehicle insurance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own folding chairs, and are encouraged to bring cash for food and beverage purchases.
Parking will be provided on the north side of the Aurora Community Activity Center and at the Driving Range. Please, no pets or outside food/drink.
Visitors should be prepared for random vehicle inspections and bag checks.
A reminder that marijuana, though legal in the State of Alaska, is still illegal in any form on federal installations.
For more information, please call (907)873-4782.
Chris J. Maestas
Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Army Garrison, Ft. Greely
Duct tape, zip ties, WD-40 and flat black spray paint are all basics for any tool kit. Bug-out bags have their basics as well. Water, filter, fire-starter, extra meds, paracord… Wait, what’s paracord? Almost any prepper worth her salt knows there are times when things just need to be secured or you just may need a few feet of line. More and more folks are discovering the versatility of paracord.
Originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes, it is commonly known as 550 cord or 550 paracord referring to the nominal breaking strength. Most paracord is described as a nylon kernmantle rope made up of nylon strands braided around an inner core for strength. These strands can be unravelled to make sewing thread, dental floss or even fishing line. Also now available is “fire cord.” One of the inner strands is made from jute and some are impregnated with a flammable accelerant. So in time of emergency, unravel your cord, pull out the center filament and strike it with your fire starter. Bingo instant fire.
A quick search on the internet shows paracord used by firefighters escaping the second floor of a burning building. Another story reports an emergency snow shoe repair in arctic backcountry. There is even a wildland firefighter replacing a melted shoelace with paracord. So how is it all these people have their paracord so handy you ask? Survival bracelets braided from paracord. Just do an internet search for paracord and probably the first thing that pops up is a wide selection of survival bracelets. Braided from twelve feet or so of paracord a survival bracelet is almost required gear for backpackers, outdoorsmen, firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel. They come in all sorts of colors and some even have useful items integrated into the design. Mine has a whistle and a fire striker built in to go along with the fire cord core. Some also have a small compass and even a built in thermometer .
The idea is if you are ever in a situation where you need a rope or heavy string, simply unravel your braided paracord bracelet and you suddenly have several feet of usable shoelace or rescue rope or even firestarter. And the designs aren’t just limited to bracelets. How about a key fob or lanyard or rifle sling? All these and more are available for purchase online, but if you’re a crafty do-it-yourselfer you can make your own. Even Walmart sells a kit with all the starter supplies and a step-by-step instruction book. Bulk paracord is easily available and can be used to hoist your food supplies off the ground when camping, securing your tent if the regular tent ropes aren’t up to the task or if you’re really in a survival situation, making a snare to catch something to eat.
Bracelets come in all kinds of themes. All branches of the military are represented along with most colleges (yes I even found one to celebrate the University of Oregon Ducks). They come in camo, pink camo, and every conceivable color combination you can imagine. So now you have one more item to add to your get-home/bug out bag. Paracord. Not expensive, but priceless if you need it.
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