Saturday, March 21st
Aurora Community Activity Center, 8pm-12am
– Open Post Event. For questions regarding rules and regulations, inquiries can be directed to the CAC at 873-4779
Grant funds military veteran entrepreneurship training in Anchorage and Fairbanks
[ANCHORAGE, March 12, 2015] – Wells Fargo has awarded the Alaska Small Business Development Center with a $25,000 grant to fund the Boots to Business entrepreneurship training program for military veterans.
Boots to Business, developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), equips service members with the education and training they need to start and run a successful business as they transition to civilian life. Wells Fargo Anchorage Business Specialist Phillip Izon will facilitate a workshop on startup financing on March 17 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
“Veterans have a unique skill set that lends itself to entrepreneurialism. Through the Boots to Business program, we’ll work with veterans to set a clear path to business ownership,” said Isaac Vanderburg, Alaska Small Business Development Center executive director.
Wells Fargo is investing a total of $75,000 in four nonprofits serving Alaska military families and veterans as part of the company’s three-year, $35 million commitment to help veterans with basic needs, career transition, financial education, and sustainable housing. Other 2014 Wells Fargo military funding grantees in Alaska include:
◾Alaska Legal Services Corporation – $25,000 for legal counsel for veterans in need
◾Camp Fire USA, Alaska Council – $15,000 for Camp Purple youth summer camp for children of deployed troops
◾Armed Services YMCA of Alaska – $10,000 to support food pantries on JBER and Fort Wainwright
It’s a commonly held belief that eating healthy is expensive, but focusing only on the costs of food at a meal, and not the value of a healthy diet over a lifetime, misses the bigger picture. March is National Nutrition Month. It is the month we examine our diets and make positive changes to improve our health through more nutritious choices.
Less healthy choices of foods cost us in medical costs, productivity, and even loss of life. The USDA says good choices could prevent an expenditure of $71 billion. However, most nutritionists believe this number far underestimates actual costs, because it only considers diet related heart disease, stroke and cancer. There are many other diet related diseases that aren’t counted in this number. Osteoporosis costs $14 billion and obesity costs $117 billion.
The Department of Health and Human Services says unhealthy eating and lack of movement add to the deaths of between 310,000 and 580,000 people each year. You are far more likely to die from nutrition related disease than to be killed by guns or drug use.
The typical American diet is too high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar and too low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium, and fiber. Such a diet contributes to four of the six leading causes of death and increases the risk of numerous diseases, including: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, stroke, osteoporosis, and many cancers (colon, prostate, mouth, throat, esophagus, lung, stomach).
The record is clear. We need to invest our time and dollars in a nutritious diet and make positive steps to health.
There is much information available on how to have a nutritious diet. The problem is that some of the information that is put up on the web or in print may or may not be true. Here is the current research based information on how to choose healthy foods.
Increase fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and have many beneficial nutrients. Choose those that have the highest nutrient count. Keep these foods handy for snacking. It is much better to choose an apple than a candy bar or chips.
Choose whole foods. Processed foods are high in sodium, fat, and low in fiber. Choose potatoes rather than potato chips and an apple rather than apple juice. Those who start with real ingredients are far more likely to have a nutritious diet.
Think your drink. Beverages provide almost 20% of the calories in the average American’s diet. Many drinks are loaded up with extra calories, fat, and sugars. Make careful choices to increase nutritional content and decrease all the extra calories. Increase your consumption of water and milk and decrease sodas, sugar sweetened drinks, and high sugar juices.
You should be drinking at least one half to 1 ounce of water per pound. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink between 75 (a little more than 2 quarts plus 1 cup) and 150 ounces (1 gallon and 3 cups) per day. Low fat milk provides high levels of calcium, so be sure to include some in your diet.
Eat high quality protein. It doesn’t matter if you choose meat or vegetable sources, make sure you get enough protein. Protein is the building block for cells in your body. Get plenty in your diet.
Get over the idea that there are good and bad foods. Instead, group foods as sometimes and all times foods. That chocolate cake isn’t bad, it is a sometimes food. Items like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and high quality protein are all time foods. But occasionally, you simply must have that chocolate cake.
The final advice is to get a wide variety of foods. You are far more likely to get the nutrients you need by varying your diet. A varied diet will also fight off boredom, which can derail the best laid plans.
Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is associate director of Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 907-474-7201.
Anchorage — The Bureau of Land Management is announcing seven new oil and gas leases within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).
The leases are the result of a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas lease sale held Nov. 19 which generated $658,978 in bids. The seven tracts encompass 66,650 acres. The new leases are held by ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc./Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. and Nordaq Energy, Inc. The leases were issued after the required regulatory administrative processes were completed and payments received.
BLM Alaska has held 10 lease sales since 1999, with bids totaling more than $261 million. The new leases bring the number of oil and gas leases in the NPR-A to 212, covering more than 1.76 million acres. Tracts available for lease are consistent with the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan and the Record of Decision signed in February 2013. BLM Alaska is preparing to go out to industry soon for nominations for the 2015 NPR-A lease sale.
Additional information about oil and gas leasing within the NPR-A can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/ak.
Delta Fish & Game Advisory Committee
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 6:30 PM
City Hall Conference Room, Delta Junction
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes February 18, 2015
Comments from the public
o Delta ADF&G Biologists Reports
o BOG Proposal Discussion
McComb Caribou Herd
o GMU 6 Black Bear Update
o BOG Changes
o HB 137, HB 103, SB 68
o April 15, 2015
o April Agenda Items
Other Dates and Deadlines:
April 10, 2015 BOF- 2015-2016 proposals due; Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim
May 1, 2015 BOG – 2015-2016 proposals due; Statewide Cycle A & B
Boards Support Section
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
Saturday, March 14
Noon – 3:00
Delta Community Library
Hosted by Lynn Bundy, IPM Tech, Cooperative Extension Service – Everyone welcome!
Bring your extra seeds
Swap and chat with local gardeners
Free info on fertilizer, composting, worms & more
Learn best practices for a healthy northern garden
SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2015 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) and No Barriers USA: Warriors to Summits announced that applications and nominations are being accepted through March 31, 2015 for wounded veterans to participate in its 2015 expedition program to train for and summit Gannett Peak. The program empowers veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. Their experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch boundaries, build teams, innovate through adversity and step up to lead and serve others.
This year’s Warriors to Summits expedition takes a team of veterans to Gannett Peak, the apex of the entire Central Rockies; at 13,804 feet, located in Wyoming between Fremont and Sublette Counties along the Continental Divide. There will be a minimum of three team trainings prior to the expedition launch, and the summit is planned for September 11.
To apply to be one of 14 team members for the Gannett Peak expedition or find media and supporter information for the 2015 Wells Fargo-sponsored Warriors to Summits expedition, visit warriorstosummits.org.
No Barriers Warriors’ high profile work began with its founding members, among them Erik Weihenmayer, the first and only blind climber to summit Everest and kayak through the Grand Canyon. The organization has trained and supported expeditions for military veterans and others through Asia, South America and the U.S., including the team that accompanied Prince Harry to the South Pole in 2013, and is the subject of the feature length documentary “High Ground.”
Wells Fargo became involved with the program in 2014 when it sponsored No Barriers USA’s veterans’ program, then known as Soldiers to Summits. In January 2015, Soldiers to Summits changed its name to No Barriers Warriors, but its focus remains the same. Wells Fargo’s sponsorship will continue to focus on supporting veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities through No Barriers USA’s Warriors to Summits initiative.
About Wells Fargo’s Military Affairs Program
In 2012, Wells Fargo created a Military Affairs program to elevate its efforts in serving active duty military and veterans, and named a Military Affairs Program manager. Within the first two years, Wells Fargo donated more than $49 million to homeownership, career transition and financial education initiatives.
Donated or was in the process of donating more than 230 Real Estate Owned (REO) properties valued at more than $37 million to wounded veterans
Hired more than 3,600 veterans and participated in more than 500 military job fairs
Launched Hands on Banking® for Military, a financial education program that has been viewed by more than 40,000 people since last year
Donated nearly $12 million to military- and veteran- related nonprofits.
From the start of our program, Wells Fargo always believed in giving a hand up, rather than a hand out. The Company plans to take that a step further in 2015 by helping empower military members, veterans and their families to own homes, and achieve professional and financial success. Wells Fargo is also proud to renew and expand its relationship with No Barriers USA in 2015 through its sponsorship of the Warriors to Summits expedition.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
About No Barriers Warriors
No Barriers Warriors is a program of No Barriers USA, whose mission is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. The program empowers veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities, and survivors of the fallen, to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. Their experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch boundaries, build teams, innovate through adversity and step up to lead and serve others. Complementing the reintegration process, this program provides quality transformative experiences that inspire warriors to grow and continue to contribute their absolute best to the world.
David J. Kennedy, APR
Alaska Regional Communications Officer
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
First Friday for Crystal Hollembaek!
March 13, 2015 6-8 pm
Come see Crystal’s beautiful photographs!
Crystal Hollembaek comes originally from Oregon but it’s Alaska that she calls home and has been the inspiration for her photography. She lives outside of Delta Junction with her husband and their three children on their family game ranch and currently works for the Delta Wind.
Special sales for this event only!
Come Join the Fun!
Saturday, March 14th
Aurora Community Activity Center, 7pm
– Open Post Event, Admission by donation. Sponsored by: Delta Library Association, Boeing, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Sophie Station, Northern Alaska Tour Company, and Fairbanks Concert Association. Inquiries can be directed to the CAC at 873-4782, or the Delta Community Library at 895-4102.