Archives for July 2018
Nine American Red Cross of Alaska volunteers have been deployed in the past 48 hours to provide support and comfort to those affected by wildfires in California
ANCHORAGE, July 31, 2018 – More than 90 wildfires are raging around the country. In Northern California, devastating fires are burning across more than 110,000 acres, forcing residents from their homes. The American Red Cross is there, providing shelter and comfort for those affected. Among those providing shelter and hope are nine Red Cross of Alaska staff members and volunteers who have deployed to the affected areas in the past two days.
One of several large wildfires in California, the Carr Fire near Redding, California, is now ranked as one of the top 10 most destructive wildfires in California’s history. It is only about 23 percent contained. The fire has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and is threatening just over 4,000 more. Mandatory evacuations were ordered throughout the region, where conditions are unpredictable due to variable winds and blazing temperatures. Steep terrain is also challenging firefighting efforts.
Alaska Red Cross volunteers from Fairbanks, Mat-Su, Kenai and Southeast, Alaska have deployed to provide assistance with shelter operations and supervision, and as nurses to support victims of the Carr Fire. Shayne Jones, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross serving the Far North and Interior Alaska deployed as a shelter supervisor this morning.
More than 1,000 people sought refuge from the inferno overnight (7/30/18) in 11 Red Cross and community run shelters in California. Along with community partners, the Red Cross is providing hot meals and distributing comfort kits to impacted families.
HOW YOU CAN HELP You can help people affected by disasters like wildfires and countless other crisis by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37864, Boone, IA 50037-0864.
You can also help people affected by the California wildfires. Donors can designate their donation to the California wildfires relief efforts and the Red Cross will honor donor intent. The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross.org with your check. The Red Cross honors donor intent, and all donations earmarked for California wildfires will be used for our work to support these disasters.
For more information on the developing situation, please visit: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/California-Wildfires-Red-Cross-Providing-Shelter-as-People-Flee-Their-Homes
About the American Red Cross of Alaska:
In FY18, the American Red Cross of Alaska offered food, shelter, comfort and hope to 892 Alaskans. We responded to 308 disasters. Our preparedness/Health and Safety teams installed 2,309 smoke alarms statewide and educated 1,722 youth through our Pillowcase Project. Additionally, our Service to the Armed Forces staff exchanged 1,161 emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Alaska or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossak.
Attached Photo Credit: Kris Warner/American Red Cross
According to a recent AAA Travel survey, nearly 4 in 10 Americans (38 percent) are likely to purchase travel insurance for future international trips. For those travelers, trip cancellation protection is the most valuable benefit with 9 in 10 (88 percent) of those likely to purchase insurance saying that getting their money back, if they cancel a trip, is their top priority.
“From family emergencies to natural disasters, there are many unknowns that can throw an unexpected wrench into a planned vacation,” said Michelle Donati, spokeswoman for AAA Alaska. “Travelers are increasingly not taking chances and choosing to invest in the value and peace of mind that travel insurance can provide.”
After the cost of their trip (70 percent), the leading influencers for travelers deciding whether to purchase travel insurance are: personal or family health concerns (69 percent); how far in advance the trip is booked (61 percent); and recommendations to purchase insurance by friends or family (57 percent).
In addition to survey findings, AAA Travel data reflects an increase in demand for travel insurance and members choosing to protect their more expensive vacations. AAA’s domestic and international travel insurance sales have increased more than 20 percent year-to-date, with 13 percent more members overall opting to purchase travel insurance last year compared to 2016.
“The relatively small upfront cost of travel insurance can pay back dividends in the event of sudden and unforeseen circumstances before or during a vacation,” Donati said. “As policies and coverage options vary, travelers should consult a knowledgeable travel agent to explore their travel insurance options.”
AAA encourages travelers to keep in mind these advantages of travel insurance to protect their vacation investment: •You landed, your bags didn’t. Airlines mishandled more than 22 million bags in 2017. Travel insurance can provide coverage to replace needed items if luggage is delayed, damaged or stolen.
•Sick happens. Insurance may help cover medical expenses while traveling, internationally and in the United States. Many hospitals outside of the country require cash payments before providing treatment.
•Health insurance. Most health insurance policies don’t cover international travel. Travel insurance can help cover medical expenses and costly medical evacuation back to the United States in emergencies.
•Flight delays and cancellations. Airlines may not cover all the costs associated with a delayed or cancelled flight. Travel insurance can help reimburse expenses such as rebooking fees, meals and accommodations.
•Economic uncertainties. The loss of a job or other income may mean having to postpone a trip planned in advance. Travel insurance can help travelers recoup their costs when funds are tight.
AAA’s travel insurance research findings are the result of a telephone survey (landline and cell phone) consisting of 1,003 adults living in the continental United States. Interviewing for this survey was conducted June 21-24, 2018. This study has an average statistical error of ±4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level for all U.S. adults.
AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 100 years ago. Visit AAA.com.
ANCHORAGE (July 30, 2018) – There’s no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and now Alaska residents in public housing are protected by a new smokefree housing rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that goes into effect today.
“Today we’re creating a healthier future for the state of Alaska and our nation,” said Marge Stoneking, Executive Director for the American Lung Association in Alaska. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life. Ensuring homes are free from the risks of secondhand smoke is a critical step for the health of residents
Alaska has been leading the charge to ensure smokefree public housing, as the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) went smokefree in their multi-unit housing more than a year in advance of the federal deadline. Though the AHFC was not the first housing authority in Alaska to pass a smokefree housing policy, they are by far the largest with over 1,600 units statewide, and the only public housing authority this ruling applies to, as tribal housing authorities are not covered under the rule. However, American Lung Association and other tobacco prevention partners have been working with tribal housing authorities for a decade, and the majority of them have already passed smokefree multi-unit housing policies.
In November 2016, HUD announced a rule requiring all federally-owned public housing to become smokefree by July 30, 2018. This rule will protect close to two million Americans nationwide from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 690,000 children.
Secondhand smoke exposure poses serious health threats to both children and adults. Damaging health effects in children and adults include lung cancer, respiratory infections, worsened asthma symptoms, heart attacks and stroke. Residents of multi-unit housing can’t control the secondhand smoke exposure caused by neighbors smoking indoors, and an average of 65 percent of air is exchanged with other units in the building. Many in public housing include vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and those with lung-related health issues who are more susceptible to the effects of secondhand smoke.
More information on smokefree multi-unit housing across Alaska is available at smokefreehousingak.org, as well as guidelines to make properties smokefree.
American Lung Association
The news headlines this week are all about wildfires. Fortunately, those of us on the South Coast of Oregon, are (for the moment) not threatened by wildfires. To the south of us, near Grants Pass, Medford and other southern Oregon cities, the story is a bit different. Then there is the monster fire threatening Redding, California. Thousands have been forced to evacuate, hundreds of homes lost and as of this writing, the fire in Redding is only 5% contained. Ask those folks if they could use a kit. Did they have one ready to go? How much warning did they get? What all were they allowed to take with them? If you didn’t get last week’s column, email me and I will send it to you. But for now, let’s get started.
“How do I get started building my kit?” Truly some folks are simply overwhelmed by the task. “What do I buy? How much do I need? Where do I store my kit?” are all questions commonly asked. Each week for seven weeks I will create a list of items to buy and things to do. After seven weeks, if you follow the steps, you will have created a kit capable of getting you through the first three days of most disasters. My recommendation is that you keep building on your own until you have a minimum of 14 days’ supplies, but this is a great start.
Week Two shopping list:
1. Manual can opener.
2. First aid kit. Should start with gauze and bandages, tweezers, scissors and antiseptic ointment. Add some hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, suture kit, the list is endless.
3. Airtight bags, storage containers and a permanent marker. I find that both two gallon and five gallon buckets with lids are ideal for storage. Use the marker to list the contents and the date.
4. Extra prescription medications, eyeglasses and contact lens solutions. Collaborate with your doctor on this one. He (or she) will probably be sympathetic once you explain why you need extras. Your insurance provider may not be as sympathetic, but you might work with your pharmacy on this one.
5. Bring home another gallon of water.
6. Non-perishable food. Start with a few cans of meat, fruits, some peanut butter and crackers. Try to stick with food you are accustomed to eating.
7. Plastic sheeting, tarp and duct tape.
Tips for Week Two:
1. Collect your supplies in one place. When the lights are out and confusion reigns, it is just simpler when your kit is together.
2. Consider having two kits. One at home and one in your car. Not everyone is at home when disaster strikes. There is a multitude of kits on the market, but it is still best to build your own.
3. Rotate your stock of food, water, medicines and batteries every six months to ensure freshness.
As always send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous columns are 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 at Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other online booksellers. Also ‘like’ us on Facebook at “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us.”
(ANCHORAGE, ALASKA) Koahnic Broadcast Corporation introduces “INDIGEFI” as the new name for its leading national public radio program, “Earthsongs.” Beginning Aug. 13, “INDIGEFI” will continue “Earthsongs’” tradition of discovering and airing modern music through its weekly program.
Introduced nearly 20 years ago, “Earthsongs” has grown from an Anchorage, Alaska-based local program aired on KNBA 90.3 FM to national syndication serving audiences across the country. The program is revered for its ability to share the untold stories of Indigenous artists and has filled the need and growing interest in this genre.
For the last five years, Koahnic has advanced its digital capacity with capital and program investments to introduce Indigenous music to younger audiences. “Earthsongs” is a part of this transformation. When Koahnic asked the public about the impact of a change, Koahnic CEO Jaclyn Sallee (Iñupiaq) says, “We confirmed our belief that a change is needed to reflect where the program is today, which has grown from an Anchorage based station offering to a nationally syndicated program aired on 65 stations.”
“INDIGEFI” Host and Producer Alexis Sallee (Iñupiaq/ Mexican American) took the helm of “Earthsongs” in May 2014. Alexis has steered the show to reach new audiences and pioneered special productions such as “Iñupiaq Drum and Dance: A Cultural Renaissance,” which garnered a 2017 First Place Native American Media Award.
“INDIGEFI” will continue to offer a weekly show to stations, presenting a variety of music woven together to create a sense of the Native musical spectrum. Alexis welcomes modern Native musicians to share their music and create a unique listening experience. The highlight of each program is an artist interview with a featured musician. These interviews explore the unique Indigenous background and passions that inform the artist’s work.
Art Hughes, Koahnic’s executive producer and manager of national programs, notes, “The ‘INDIGEFI’ program continues our tradition of sharing the best in contemporary Indigenous music to public radio audiences nationwide. The ‘INDIGEFI’ name reflects our focus on reaching out to new listeners and embracing new formats and digital distribution.”
“I’m excited to take this Indigenous media platform to a new level with INDIGEFI,” says Alexis. “While supporting artists who are honoring the past and setting trends for the future, we are inviting audiences who are looking to connect with creative and compelling new forms.”
“INDIGEFI” is distributed weekly by Native Voice One and can be heard on radio stations across the country and streaming on NV1.org and TheRIVR.net.
About Koahnic Broadcast Corporation and Native Voice One
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation (KBC) is a nonprofit, Alaska Native governed and operated media center located in Anchorage, Alaska. Founded in 1992, the mission of Koahnic is to be the leader in bringing Native voices to Alaska and the nation. Koahnic operates KNBA 90.3 FM, the only urban Native owned public radio station in the nation. Koahnic’s national programming includes the award-winning programs “National Native News,” “Native America Calling” and “INDIGEFI”. The programs are distributed by Koahnic’s NV1 (Native Voice One), the Native public radio distribution network, linking over 450 stations across the country to Native radio programming. For more information on KBC, visit knba.org.
A king salmon annual limit of one was established by emergency order for Tanana River tributaries. In addition, the use of bait is prohibited in all tributaries of the Tanana River. King salmon are moving up the Chena and Salcha rivers at this time. The Chena and Salcha are tributaries of the Tanana and are subject to the emergency order.
Try fishing for Arctic grayling in the Delta Clearwater River. At this time, the bag and possession limit for grayling in the Delta Clearwater River is one, which must be 12” or less. Only one, unbaited, single-hook artificial lure or fly may be used.
The Chena River is clearing, so fishing should be picking up.
Remember that Arctic grayling fishing is catch and release only in the Chena River and all of its tributaries, including Badger Slough. Only one, unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used.
Try fishing some of the over 95 stocked lakes of the Tanana Drainage. Most stocked lakes bag and possession limit is 10 of stocked species, only one over 18 inches.
This report will be updated as conditions warrant.
Thanks and good fishing!
Klaus Wuttig, Area Management Biologist
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
Coming Attractions Public
2. AASB Summer Meeting Update Public
District Organizational Chart Public
School Board Calendar Public
5. Superintendent Search Public
F. Future Meetings
1. School Board Business Meeting August 16, 2018
2. School Board Work Session September 6, 2018
G. General Comments from the Public
H. Comments from the Board
J. New Category
BOARD DISTRICT GOALS 20182019
1. Reactivate Facilities Committee.
a. Identify clear steps that are needed if the district is seeking a new building
b. Identify major maintenance priorities
2. Support the development and implementation of a new 35 year Strategic Plan by February 2019.
3. Continue to analyze budget data to identify efficiencies and priorities.
4. Support the review and development of the K12 counseling program to include recommendations for future consideration.