Dear FFA Alumni,
On behalf of the Delta Junction FFA Chapter, we would like to cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the success of our FFA chapter members at the 2018 Winter FFA Awards Banquet.
This is a very exciting event, as the Delta Junction FFA has had a very successful year. We’ve had numerous Proficiencies, Leadership Development Events, and Career Development Events that qualified and competed at top levels. Our success is not only due to hard work; it is due to the support we receive from people like you. Please do us the honor of joining us in celebrating our chapter’s success.
The Delta Junction FFA Banquet will be held on January 18th, at the Alaska Steakhouse Banquet Room in conjunction with the Delta Farm Bureau Meeting. Dinner will start at 6:00pm and is a potluck. Please bring a side dish to share.
If you’re interested, please RSVP by contacting the Chapter Reporter, Jasmine Hooper, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tammie, Delta Junction FFA Advisor
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Jan. 18-20: 12th Annual Dean Cummings, Sr. Memorial Basketball Tournament
See schedules and other flyers below
Wednesday – Cheeseburger, Side Salad w/ cucumber slices & Tomato Wedge, Canned Peaches, Milk
Thursday – Cheese Pizza, Fresh Broccoli Florets & Baby Carrots, Apple, Milk
Wednesday – Cheese Pizza, Fresh Broccoli Florets & Baby Carrots, Apple, Milk
Thursday – Cheeseburger, Side Salad w/ cucumber slices & Tomato Wedge, Canned Peaches, Milk
Wednesday – Cheese Pizza, Baby Carrots, Side Salad, Apple, Graham Crackers, Milk
Thursday – Cheeseburgers & French Fries, Side Salad w/Tomato & Cucumbers, Popsicle, Canned Peaches, Milk
18-20: 12th Annual Dean Cummings, Sr. Memorial Basketball Tournament
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50/50 Raffles & 3-point contests
TBD-Trivia & Prizes
Broadcast on KDHS 95.5 & live-streamed
more info to be announced…
Delta Elementary School
Delta Junior High School
Delta High School
Delta Greely School District
Going viral in our time has come to refer to a video or photo that gets coverage or viewership all across the internet in very short order. According to one definition I found on Bing: “Viral” is the adjective form of the noun “virus.”. Something that’s viral is figuratively something that spread from person to person the way a virus spreads a sickness such as a cold or flu. Everyone sent the video to their friends until thousands or millions were watching it.
For the past few weeks a virus has ravaged the Robinson house with a vengeance! First my 11-year old grandson, then the 18-year old, my wife and finally, yours truly.
Notice I haven’t used the term “flu” as that would be an inaccuracy. Many serious colds or some viruses are generically referred to as the flu as we really don’t feel good and sometimes the symptoms mimic flu symptoms. But that is rarely the case.
In my case, I made a trip to see my own doctor. He made some suggestions regarding the medications I already take and sent me home with some specific instructions. Not once did he use term “flu.” It also happens that my wife works for a pediatric office. The doctor she works for jokingly considers me his oldest patient.
There is no disaster like feeling like you’d have to recuperate in order to have the strength to die. I won’t go into the details here, but you’ve all been there and we all have horror stories about symptoms. So there’s no need to get descriptive.
One doctor I spoke with offered some suggestions: One is to wear rubber gloves to avoid passing germs. Likewise use lots of hand sanitizer. These alcohol-based products kill germs on contact, besides they come in various flavors so you can choose your preference. My wife uses bleach-based cleaners to clean the sink, counters and bathroom fixtures. Also studies have shown that if you keep the temperature in your home higher, you are more susceptible to disease than if you keep your home cooler. For example if you keep your living room temperature at 75 degrees fahrenheit you are more likely to catch a bug than if you keep your temperature at 65 degrees. Of course you may have to snuggle on the couch, bundle up or drink some hot chocolate, but the experts say it is healthier to keep your house cooler. Opening the windows to freshen the air is also a good idea as well.
As always, send your comments and questions to email@example.com. 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, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers.
By Dr. Glenn Mollette
President Trump and Congress must end the pharmaceutical robbing of America. Every day Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Roche, Novartis, Merck, Sanofi and others are driving America’s indebtedness toward another trillion dollars in drug money debt.
Americans obviously need drugs. I’m talking about the legal kind. These are the medicines, pills, injections, drips and liquids dispensed to you at your local drug store such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and your small town independent pharmacist. Of course there are the mega number of drugs that you may receive if admitted to the hospital. Those are never reasonable.
President George W. Bush trying everything under the sun to be reelected in 2003 set up a deal with Congress to enact Medicare part D that covers the cost of prescriptions – Medicare Modernization Act. The federal government was barred from negotiating cheaper prices for such medicines. Why would the government actually pass a law saying that you can’t negotiate drug prices? Simple answer – The drug company lobbyists have funneled about 2 billion dollars into the nation’s capital since the beginning of 2003. In just 2015 and 2016 alone drug companies spent the equivalent of over $500,000 per member of congress. Congressmen and Congresswomen care most about being reelected.
A paper released by Harvard Medical School researchers cited the size of Medicare part D program and its lack of government negotiating clout as among the reasons why Americans pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. A co-author of that paper, Ameet Sarpatwari, estimates that Part D accounts for nearly 30 percent of the nation’s spending on prescription drugs.
Unbelievable as well, Part D pays far more for drugs than do Medicaid or the Veterans Health Administration. Both of these mandate government measures to hold down prices. Reports cite Medicare Part D pays between 70 – 80 percent more than Medicaid and VHA. Why has this continued? Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, who recently retired, received over $1,303.157 between 2003 and 2016 to his election committee and leadership PAC. Sen. Orin Hatch of Utah has received over $1,182.560. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, $995,350. Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, $834,508 and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey $731,078. This is only a few of them who have rolled in the drug cash.
Sixty-five year old Americans and up can elect to have D which is a no brainer if you need prescriptions which most senior Americans need. The average cost of Medicare D prescription drug coverage in 2016 was $41.46 per month. To senior adults on fixed incomes any additional expense is an expense. However, the cost of Medicare D is cheap in comparison to what a trip to the drug store can cost. A hospital stay requiring an expensive treatment can push a medical bill up by thousands. In this day and time it only takes a couple of nights in the hospital to rack up a $25,000 hospital bill or much more.
Here is the problem, Medicare D allows the Pharmaceutical companies to submit whatever bill they want to Medicare and Medicare is obligated to pay for it. Anything. Any cost. There is no Board of Supervisors negotiating the cost of the medicine that Medicare pays for. Do you think your $41.46 per month (your cost is probably more now) is actually covering the cost of all of your prescriptions? No it is not, the American taxpayers are being stuck with the bill. Billions and Billions of more debt is being heaped on the American people to cover the real cost of Medicare part D. From 2003 to 2012 part D added $318 billion dollars to the national debt. A report in the 2013 Medicare Trustees reports projects Medicare Part D will add $852 billion to our debt over the next ten years pushing it over one trillion dollars.
Conservatives Senator Orin Hatch of Utah, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania all voted for this. John Boehner of Ohio, Eric Cantor of Virginia and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin voted for Medicare Part D or the Medicare Modernization Act.
While most Americans on Part D greatly appreciate that our government is eating most of the bill. Americans will be asked to pay more eventually. Our leadership (?) has to fix the problem. Sadly our leadership is being bought so don’t expect them to fix it as long as the cash is pouring into their pockets.
President George W. Bush did achieve his goal through the Medical Modernization Act. According to exit polls he increased his share of the over 65 vote to 52 percent in 2004.
President Trump has a lot to do, but he must lead the way to change how we are doing business with the drug companies and Medicare D.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.
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(ANCHORAGE, Alaska.; Jan. 15, 2018) – Crowley Fuels LLC announced today that it has signed a construction contract with Bollinger Shipyards to build a new Alaska Class 100,000-barrel-capacity articulated tug-barge (ATB) to transport multiple clean petroleum products in the Alaska market.
The Alaska-class vessel will be built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators Shipyard, in Amelia, La., with an expected delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019. The contract with Bollinger includes an option to build a second ATB. Crowley’s marine solutions group has been contracted to provide vessel construction management services in the shipyard from final design phase through to delivery.
Once built and deployed, Crowley will operate the ATB under a long-term charter with Alaska-based Petro Star Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC). The charter extends Crowley’s long partnership with ASRC, which dates back four decades to ASRC’s earliest days.
“While Crowley has operated ATBs in Alaska in the past, this will be the first ATB of its size and class that will be dedicated to the Alaska market,” said Rocky Smith, Crowley Fuels’ senior vice president and general manager. “The vessel’s capabilities make it ideal to serve the market with the safe and reliable service Crowley has built its reputation on. We look forward to working with our partners at Bollinger to deliver a world-class ATB to this region.”
The barge will be named Oliver Leavitt, in honor of ASRC’s former chairman and current member of the corporation’s board of directors, with the tug sporting the name Aveogan, Leavitt’s Iñupiat name.
“We’re honored Crowley has chosen to name the barge after one of the Corporation’s early leaders,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “Crowley continues to be a vital partner and we look forward to commissioning this new ATB as an integral part of our transportation network as we deliver fuels throughout Alaska.”
Jensen Maritime, Crowley’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary, designed the 483-foot ATB to meet Ice Class and Polar Code requirements including increased structural framing and shell plating and extended zero discharge endurance. It also features a ship-shape bow to enhance its ability to maneuver in icy conditions.
Other design innovations include a barge form factor to achieve high-cargo capacity on minimal draft.
The tug has Azimuthing drives to enhance maneuverability, and an Intercon C-series coupling system with a first-of-its-kind lightering helmet and barge ladder wave design. The tug is equipped with fire monitors and foam proportioner, providing off-ship firefighting capabilities to the barge.
The tug’s main GE engines, as well as the barge engines, meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier IV environmental standards for emissions-reducing performance requirements.
The barge features a ballast water treatment system, also meeting the latest requirements. The ATB tug is fitted with a patent-pending closed-loop ballast system, whereby the tug’s freshwater ballast is transferred to a retention tank on the barge. There is no ballast water treatment system on the tug, eliminating any overboard discharge of ballast from the tug.
The barge features deep-well pumps in each cargo tank, as well as all-electric deck machinery to reduce the risk of hydraulic spills. The barge is also outfitted with spill response gear and two hydraulic boom reels with inflatable booms to support spill response efforts.
The ATB was designed under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and it will be classed with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The vessel will be built with enhanced features to benefit the crew, including 45-degree sloped staircases, interior sound deadening and staterooms with bathrooms.
Crowley operates and manages the largest U.S.-flag petroleum and chemical tank vessel fleet in the country, including 37 Jones Act qualified large petroleum transportation vessels with a combined capacity of more than 10 million barrels.
Additionally, the company is a leader in the Alaska fuel industry, providing transportation, distribution and sales of petroleum products to more than 280 communities across Alaska. Since 2011, Crowley Fuels has made substantial investments in new equipment – including highway tractors, local delivery trucks and tank trailers – that have helped to achieve higher dependability, productivity and safety – key factors for the company being awarded the “Alaska Safe Truck Fleet of the Year” four out of the last five years. Additionally, Crowley’s fleet of double-hulled marine vessels sets the standard for safety and environmental stewardship in Alaska. To learn more about Crowley’s petroleum distribution business in Alaska, visit www.crowleyfuels.com.
For information about parent company, Crowley Maritime, the 126-year-old marine solutions, energy and logistics services company, please visit www.crowley.com.