Archives for August 2018
BBB Issues F Rating to Online Publication Company
Alaska Web Services runs two sites: akweb.com and alaskaslist.com. The classified sites allow Alaska residents to post products, services or animals for sale. To date, the company has a total of 18 complaints, with 16 that have gone unanswered. These customer complaints range from customer service issues, billing or collection issues, and advertising issues. Consumers allege that Alaska Web Service is not transparent regarding what qualifies for free posting to the online classifieds and that they are charged a fee to delete posts that have yet to be posted live. Consumers claim that if they decline to pay to either post or delete the ad, they are bombarded with emails requesting them to pay for one or the other.
An Eagle River man reported he posted an ad on alaskalist.com. He was notified that his posting did not qualify for the free listing and that he would need to pay a fee for the ad or delete it. The customer thought he was posting a free ad, so he decided to have the post deleted. However, the only way he could delete the ad was if he paid a fee. He reports he’s received multiple emails requesting him to pay for the ad. The man reported the transaction to BBB Northwest + Pacific but has yet to hear back from the owner.
If you have you would like to file a complaint against this company; please visit bbb.org/complaints.
Michelle Tabler, Alaska Marketplace Manager| 907-644- 5208 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronica Craker, Content & Communications Director| 253-722-8732| email@example.com
Funny thing about Disaster Preparedness, our parents and grandparents simply ‘put up’ their garden produce, butchered a half a beef, froze it and otherwise laid up stores for the winter months. The current generation goes to the store nearly every day to decide what to have for dinner, has no idea what to do with real flour and is nearly crippled without electricity.
With all the microwaveable conveniences and our fast-food on-demand mentality, the thought of actually preparing in case something goes wrong is often times a foreign concept.
Nevertheless, there are some of us who remember life without microwave ovens and Hamburger Helper. Some who have lived through events that knocked out power and weather which precluded safe travel. Improving conditions during times of difficulty can be as simple as having some extra food on hand, or a camping stove or alternative lighting or maybe just fresh batteries for the flashlight.
Each week for the past few weeks I have presented a list of things to buy to build a 72 hour survival kit. This is a seven week plan, and at the end of seven weeks you should have a well-equipped and nicely stocked kit with which to survive most short-term disasters. Keep in mind this is only a start, and a 14 day supply is much more desirable.
Things to buy for Week Six:
1. Blankets and small pillows. A good quality sleeping bag is a good substitute.
2. Towels. Set aside some extra towels and if you are preparing a go-bag for each family member, a towel is a must-have.
3. Extra clothing and outerwear, and sturdy, comfortable footwear, suitable for walking long distances.
4. Small photo album with current photos of family members and pets.
5. Assorted crackers and nuts (low salt or salt-free are best to reduce thirst).
Tips for Week Six:
Do you have home fire extinguishers? Are they rated ABC? If so check with your local fire department to have them inspected and learn when they should be replaced. Residential fires are the most frequent disasters and having a working fire extinguisher can mean the difference between minor damage and losing your home.
Consider using five gallon plastic buckets with lids for storing your supplies. They are light, strong, and dust, water and bug-proof, and relatively inexpensive. Remember to pick up a “lid lifter” at your hardware store for the plastic buckets. Those lids can be difficult to remove without the right tool. You can also ask the hardware store lady (or man) if the buckets are “food grade” plastic. Markings on the bottom of the bucket tell the tale.
List the contents with a permanent marker. Also mark expiration dates and plan to rotate supplies every six months. Some folks use the change to Daylight Savings Time to remind them it’s time to change out the old stuff for new.
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.
Our Summer Contest has come to an end. I want to thank BJ Sloan of Buffalo Center Drive-In for his sponsorship of this contest. It’s hard to believe that 11 years ago, the Mystery Photo Contest started and Buffalo Center Drive-In has been on board with the Delta News Web this whole time. Thank you again to BJ for helping to make this contest a great success.
Next, I want to thank the community of Fort Greely/Delta for playing along. You made this one of the most enjoyable contests so far. Most weeks there were 35+ entries and a couple of weeks we had 60+. To clarify how a winner is drawn each week: as entries come in I put them in a spreadsheet and they are in columns with a number and letter. On Sunday night, I call a family member who has no idea who has put names in each week and they give me a number. I go to that number in my spreadsheet and that is how the winner is selected.
Here is a list of the winners this summer: Nathaniel McNabb, Julie Szidloski, Christie Mason,Zahndra Lester, LJ Woodcox, Heather Boothe, Addison Ohart, Joyce McCombs, Wanda Morden, Trudy Castle, Carolyn Gortmaker, Amber Klein, Marshall Brown, Gary Cooper, This week’s winner: Isaac Ruse
Once again, thank you so much for playing along and next summer we will return with Buffalo Center Drive In and have another contest.
By Glenn Mollette
Labor Day Weekend gives Americans across the country a three-day weekend to rest, travel and celebrate our freedom to labor. Our jobs increased by two million people in 2017 and have continued to climb in 2018. Hourly wages have seen gains and the stock market has seen twenty months of phenomenal growth. Employers across the country need workers and job seekers have options.
Not everyone will travel on Labor Day and I would like to suggest an activity of Labor that will be mentally good for you and your entire family. Clean out your closet, basement, attic and garage. For years Americans cram “stuff” into closets, basements, attics and garages. After all of these are filled to capacity we build storage barns in our yards. Next, we rent storage units to store more stuff. Have you noticed how many storage units are being built almost everywhere? They are a big business. People that own storage units make big money because there is such a demand for them. The richest man in Kentucky is in the storage space business. We are talking about a state that has been rich in coal, natural gas and bourbon whiskey. Thus, this gives you an idea how many people are storing up stuff.
I inherited my mom and dad’s old house. It was my home place growing up and it has been a delight. However after eleven years I’m still throwing stuff away. My family took what they wanted years ago, and a lot of clothes and things were given away or divided up but still yet there was lots of things that mom, and dad in particular had stored up over the years. Just two weekends ago I cleaned out another old building of old tools to give and throw away.
My wife’s parents recently passed and left a house of four bedrooms, and a basement and garage filled with 76 years of “stuff.” We gave away, had yard sales, divided and divided among family and gave away more and literally had to throw a lot of things in the trash. The family sold this house so it had to be emptied. Emptying a house of an entire life of collected items is hard work but emotionally draining. Every item, picture, garment, old gun, piece of china etc. have memories and it’s tough to just throw it in the dumpster.
Why do we collect and store so much “stuff?” Most of it is socked away in a closet or space and hardly used. We unpacked a large basement space of tools, old furniture and more that had not been touched in many years. Why do we do this? Because we think we might want or need it? Maybe the children will want it? Or, maybe the grandchildren will want it? It’s amazing how very little of our things our children want. Most of them want their own stuff and seldom want the old. Some people do of course but by and large more is thrown and given away than handed down and used by future generations. Often, so much of the stuff we save is junk, so who wants to take our junk to their house and store it in their basement?
Do yourself and your family a favor. Start cleaning out your storage spaces now and give it away yourself. You’ll know where it’s going. Do your giving while you are living then you know where it’s going. Haul the junk to the dump. Have a yard sale and whatever you have left you will know more about what it is and where to find it. Plus, when you are dead and gone your children we’ll be able to rest on Labor Day and not spend their weekend cleaning out all your old clothes and old stuff that you didn’t take care of yourself.
There is something really nice about having a closet where you can really see and know what is in that closet. Or it’s nice having a garage or an attic where most of it has been cleaned out and organized and only contains what you really need. When you get it done sit back and drink a cold glass of lemonade and give thanks for the things you have and the labor that provided the “stuff” you really need and enjoy.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska conveyed several tracts of land aggregating 15,845.80 acres in the Fortymile Mining District to Doyon, Limited (Doyon) yesterday. This is the first in a series of conveyances in the Fortymile area transferring federal lands to Doyon, pursuant to Section 12(c) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA).
The conveyance includes both the surface and subsurface estates.
“These conveyances are fulfilling a promise made by the Secretary of the Interior to Alaska’s congressional delegation,” said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash. “They are also an important part of fulfilling our commitments to the Alaska Native community.”
“It’s important to this administration we do all we can to fulfill ANCSA entitlements,” said BLM Alaska Acting State Director Karen Mouritsen. “It’s part of what we do – it’s part of being good neighbors and good stewards, accomplishing the work set before us and making it so Doyon, and other ANCSA corporations, can get America working again.”
“I’m proud of the team that handled this conveyance,” said BLM Alaska Deputy State Director for Lands and Cadastral Erika Reed. “It’s a team effort, sometimes requiring years and hundreds of work hours to complete. When we accomplish conveyances or patents (deeds), it plays a major role in shaping the state’s future.”
These particular conveyances also required a lot of collaboration between the BLM, state of Alaska, and Doyon, especially to resolve easement issues. The easements have been settled, and conveyances in the Fortymile area are a priority for Doyon.
The Fortymile area is loosely defined by the Fortymile River drainage, south of the Arctic Circle and roughly 150 miles east of Fairbanks. The region is considered rich in mineral deposits.
The conveyance will bring the total acreage conveyed or patented by BLM Alaska this fiscal year to 1,084,490 acres, including ANCSA and Alaska Statehood Act-related actions.
ANCSA was passed to settle claims of aboriginal title. In total, the law entitled Alaska Native entities to more than 46 million acres, roughly the total land area of the state of Washington. More than 95 percent of those entitlements have been conveyed.
Lawrence Collier Gilman of Delta Junction, Alaska died on Aug. 11, 2018, of a heart attack.
Born April 16, 1960, in Hartford, Conneticut, he was the son of Joseph Lawrence “Larry” Gilman and Ann Mather Gilman. Larry and his sister Suzanne grew up on campus and attended school at Westminster School.
Larry met his wife Susan Apling when he was stationed at 4/9th Charlie Company (Airborne), Fort Wainwright. They married in April 1988 and Larry adopted Aaron as his son.
Larry served his country in the U.S. Army faithfully for over 20 years.
Larry started his military career in July of 1978 at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, New York and retired in October of 2002 at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, as Battalion Operations NCO. Larry served as First Sergeant at USARAK Northern Warfare Training Center, 1996 through 2001.
Larry received many decorations, medals, badges and citations: Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (6), National Defense Service Medal (2), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Expert Marksmanship Qualification, Master Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge and the Canadian Parachutist Badge.
Larry distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service spanning a career of more than 20 years active military service in positions of increasing trust and responsibility, culminating as the Battalion S-3 Noncommissioned Officer- in-charge, 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry. His selfless dedication and outstanding performance as a Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Drill Instructor, School Chief Instructor, and Operations Noncommissioned Officer distinguished him above his peers. Master Sergeant Gilman’s extraordinary contributions and exemplary performance of duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Army.
The Gilman’s first duty station as husband and wife was Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Larry was attached to the Pathfinder Detachment. They happily returned to Fort Greely, in 1990 where Larry began a tour with Northern Warfare Training Center Larry enjoyed helping his friends and strangers in need who often gave his time, money and support freely without thought of reward. He was a talented carpenter and took on many projects. He enjoyed gardening, cutting fire wood, and his pets, (Lu, Beauregard, Cleo, Annie, Mider).
About 10 years ago, Larry was told to prepare for his death. His doctor said he had lung cancer and had about six weeks to live. That was when Larry made the decision to accept Jesus as his savior.
He was healed and went on to give God the credit.
Larry was a generous, loving, giving man. He made our lives complete.
He was funny, intelligent, honorable, loyal and committed. He had a command presence when he entered a room or a group. Larry loved hunting, fishing – not so much. Larry enjoyed watching his son play sports, especially hockey. He encouraged and taught with fierce determination. He wanted our best efforts. He was a good father, husband and friend. We will miss him.
Larry is survived by his wife Susan, of Delta Junction; son, Aaron Apling Gilman, of Girdwood; mother, Ann Gilman, of Simsbury, Conneticut; sister, Suzanne Gilman and her partner Gena Taylor, of New York City; His aunt, Anne Collier, of Wakefield, Massachusettes; cousins, Matthew Collier and Elizabeth Collier, of Wakefield Mass; and David Collier of Widomar, California; sister- in-law, Nancy Morgan and husband Jerry; brothers-in-law, Kevin Apling, of Fairbanks, and Ike and Jeana Apling, of North Pole.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Gilman home; Mile 1400 Alaska Highway, Delta Junction. You may bring a dish to share. Condolences may be mailed to Gilman, P.O. Box 769, Delta Junction, AK 99737.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Larry’s name to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation www.chriskylefrogfoundation. org or the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject. org.
Larry received many diplomas from, Westminster School Simsbury, CT 1978, two years college, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY 1978-1980, 1 ½ years college, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA; 1981-1983, Diploma, Basic Airborne Course, Fort Benning, GA; 1984, Diploma, Air Assault School, Fort Richardson, AK; 1986, Diploma, Canadian Army Airborne School, 1986; Graduate, Light (infantry) Leaders Course, Fort Benning, GA; 1986, Diploma, Primary Leadership development Course, Fort Richardson, AK 1987, Diploma, Pathfinder Course (forward area air traffic control), Fort Benning, GA 1988, Diploma, Jumpmaster Course, Fort Benning, GA; 1988, Diploma, Military Mountaineering Instructor Course, Ft. Greely, AK 1990, Diploma, Winter Operations Instructor Course, Ft.
Greely, AK 1990, Diploma, Combat Lifesaver Course (First aid, CPR), Ft. Greely, AK 1990, Diploma Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Fort Richardson, AK; 1991, Diploma Avalanche Hazard Evaluation and Rescue, Alaska Mountain Safety Center, Anchorage, AK; 1991, Diploma, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Fort Benning, GA;1994, Diploma, Drill Sergeant School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 1994.
Due to administrative delays in the Federal Rule Making Process, the Federal Subsistence Board (Board) has approved temporary delegated authority to some Federal land managers to issue special actions enacting changes to Federal Subsistence Regulations adopted by the Board at its April 2018 regulatory meeting. This delegation of authority is established pursuant to 36 CFR 242.10(d)(6) and 50 CFR 100.10(d)(6).
Pursuant to this temporary delegated authority, the Federal land manager for Bureau of Land Management lands in Unit 23 (see map) is issuing an emergency special action to close Federal public lands within the Squirrel River drainage to caribou hunting by all except Federally qualified subsistence users. This special action is effective immediately and will expire in 60 days or when the 2018-2020 Federal Subsistence Wildlife Regulations are published in the Federal Register, whichever occurs first.
The Federal land manager for the Noatak National Preserve in Unit 23 (see map) is simultaneously issuing an emergency special action to close Federal public lands within a 10 mile wide corridor (5 miles either side) along the Noatak River from the western boundary of Noatak National Preserve upstream to the confluence with the Cutler River; within the northern and southern boundaries of the Eli and Agashashok River drainages, respectively, to caribou hunting by all except Federally qualified subsistence users. This emergency special action is effective immediately and will also expire in 60 days or when the 2018-2020 Federal Subsistence Wildlife Regulations are published in the Federal Register, whichever occurs first.
Adopting this closure in Unit 23 implements the decision made by the Federal Subsistence Board at its April 2018 regulatory meeting and represents a reasonable compromise to address the complex issue of user conflicts in the area and the difficulty Federally qualified subsistence users have been having harvesting caribou as a result of these conflicts. This emergency special action to enact this partial closure is also consistent with recommendations from the Northwest Arctic, Seward Peninsula, and Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils. Additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program may be found on the web at www.doi.gov/subsistence or by visiting www.facebook.com/subsistencealaska.