Saturday, January 6
11-3 Steakhouse banquet room
Please come out share your favorite memory of Jerry.
The Jerry Wacker Memorial Fund has been set up at Wells Fargo .
Just by definition, winter carries its own personality. The weather is cold, icy, snowy and in my neck of the woods, rainy and windy. Any responsible adult taking to the highways during the winter months will take extra precautions before he travels. Checking the weather and forecast for his route of travel, and his destination. It’s not uncommon for pilots to cancel their flight plans at this point, but earthbound travelers will rarely cancel their road trip merely because of bad weather. Unfortunately every year many pay the price simply because they underestimated mother nature and their level of preparedness.
The wise traveller will already have a kit in the trunk of his car. Maybe a couple of blankets, some snacks and a thermos of coffee. If heading into snow country, tire chains or at least studded tires are a good-sense requirement. Of course a small shovel, some kitty litter or sand, maybe even a tow strap would mean the difference between spending the night in your car or at grandma’s house. And don’t forget, keep your tank on the top half. It costs no more and would really come in handy when you’re stuck behind the guy that’s stuck in a snowbank.
Keep a phone-charging cord in your car. A phone call may be the key to keeping you alive if stranded. The key here is “keep it in your car.” Sometimes we need a charging cord and it goes in the house where it does us no good at all when our phone is dead miles from home.
Winter can be very unforgiving for the unprepared. Always be thinking, “what can go wrong?” Try to run through every scenario and imagine what you will need if disaster happens. Then resolve (after all this is the New Year and you need to make at least one resolution) to get your car prepared for winter driving.
Even if you’re not planning winter travel, there are other considerations to keep in mind. Many years ago, when I heated the house solely with firewood, I neglected to stock up on wood. I can recall splitting up the chopping block, throwing the wood in the woodstove and heading for the woods with my power saw. Not the example I want to set for my kids or neighbors. Keeping the pantry stocked with soup mixes or other easily prepared foods will help get you through that power outage or when snow-blocked roads keep you hunkered down at home.
A small amount of preparing and planning may just make a difficult season so much easier this winter. Remember what your mother used to say, “a stitch in time saves nine.” That same bit of philosophy works for preparing your family’s survival.
As always, send your comments and questions to email@example.com. Previous columns can be found on my blog at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
How did 2017 go for you? Was it a good year or a not so good year? Regardless of what happened you can’t change 2017. The year is behind us and 2018 is ahead of us.
What can you do to make 2018 a great year?
Make a list of what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. Don’t make it so long that it’s overwhelming. Most people’s list can go on and on and then it becomes a daunting task.
Here are some ideas for you.
Focus on your health. You can do almost anything if you have your health. Go to your doctor for a physical. Have blood work done. Find our what your numbers are then adjust accordingly. If your cholesterol is high or your sugar level is high you will need to exercise a little more and eat a better diet with more fruit and vegetables and less red meat. Eating less sugar will probably be a good thing for you in 2018 as most Americans eat too much sugar. I had my blood work done about four days after Thanksgiving. Everything came back good except my sugar level was 106, which is a little high. It needs to in the nineties. However, I ate at least four pieces of pie over the Thanksgiving holiday. When you go to have your blood work done don’t go right after a blowout-eating holiday.
Remember if you have your health you feel like doing something. You can work hard, sell pencils, work retail, work your garden, mow your grass and enjoy life. A lot of sick people have money but they can’t enjoy their money because they threw away their health. Things still happen. Our bodies are flesh and blood and you can lose your health even being a fitness nut. However, your chances are better if you at least try. Keep walking, keep moving your body, be active.
My father was actually very unhealthy in his eating habits. He was overweight and ate any and everything. He wasn’t big on desserts but was big on anything fried, red meat and lots of squirrels and rabbits. He was a hunter. He made it to 85 and one of the reasons I believe he did was become he kept moving. He was out in the hills about three days before he died and shot a rabbit from his truck to eat for dinner.
Find ways to keep moving and things to keep your interest. Winter months are tougher for most Americans so be creative in your efforts to keep body and mind active.
Make and Save Money. You can’t take money with you but you can enjoy it here and then leave some for your family. America’s economy is coming back. There are more jobs now than we have seen in awhile. Some corporations who moved their work to other countries will bring some of their jobs back to America. Any jobs they bring back will be more than we have had the last sixteen or so years. There is work to be done in America. You might have to drive or move to another town but there is money to be made if you are willing to work. Even if you have to work two jobs you can earn a paycheck in America. Every time you get a paycheck put some money aside in your bank. Eventually buy some stock in a mutual fund or preferably an index fund. Unless you have a crisis in your life leave your saved money alone and keep adding to it. Eventually you will have enough for hard times and good times. Even if you can only save $20 a paycheck this is better than nothing and even a small amount will add up.
Pursue one or two interests in 2018. Fourteen months ago I started taking violin or I should say fiddle lessons. I enjoy it. It’s something to do. I write these columns. It’s something to do. I like to travel. It’s something to do. I hope to write a book in 2018. It’s something to do. I try to do only what I enjoy but that’s not easy because not everything is enjoyable. There are some parts of life that are tedious, trying and just a pain. This is why you need to pursue a personal interest or two. Do something you want to do.
Of course there is always more. You have a closet or a garage you need to clean out. You have chores and more chores to get done and most everybody does.
Find time for God in 2018. Most Americans believe in God but spend very little time in spiritual pursuits. When all your friends have walked away and even your family and other loved ones are no longer there for you there is a friend who sticks closer than all others.
There is only one person who can make 2018 a great year for you. Go look in the mirror and look this person over.
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(Anchorage) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish (Division), is accepting public comment from January 1-January 30, 2018, on its 2018 Statewide Stocking Plan for Sport Fisheries.
The Division, with assistance from private non-profit hatchery operators, plans to release approximately seven million fish annually into the waters of Alaska for the next five years to benefit sport fish anglers. The plan outlines the locations, numbers, and size or life stage for each species of fish that are planned for stocking.
Only fish reared from the Division’s hatchery facilities and from private non-profit hatcheries that work in cooperation with ADF&G to improve sport fisheries are included in this plan.
The stocking plan is available for review on the Division’s Hatcheries and Stocking webpage under the “Statewide Stocking Plan” tab. “DNW editor note: For the interior )” Hard copies are also available for review at local ADF&G offices.
Please submit public comments to Andrew Garry by email email@example.com or by mail:
William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery
c/o Andrew Garry
941 North Reeve Boulevard
Anchorage, Alaska, 99501
The public comment deadline is Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Singing for Peace Around the World. The group was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a teenage farm boy living on the lands just outside the small town of Ladysmith, South Africa. Joseph incorporated the town into the name he would give his group to honor his family history. As well, the word Black is a reference to the black oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo, the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. So began the fifty plus year career of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Their early ability won so many awards, at the local South African competitions, that by the end of the 1960’s the group was banned from competing. However they were always invited to attend as entertainers.
The group sings from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa. It was there that black workers were taken by rail to work far away from their homes and families. Poorly housed and paid worse, the mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning. When the miners returned to the homelands, this musical tradition returned with them.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo carries a message of Peace, Love and Harmony as they travel the world year after year. They bring this message, in song and dance, to every theater they perform in.
Ask any prepper why they prepare and you’ll get a variety of answers: Societal collapse, major natural disaster, zombie apocalypse (whatever that is), or nationwide economic breakdown. If you’ve been following international news, you are probably aware the (socialist) economy in Venezuela is in free-fall. According to the Associated Press, shortages now top the nation’s list of concerns, even more than safety. ATM limits of $8.00 per day have not kept pace with triple-digit inflation. Long lines at pharmacies, banks, gas stations and even the mortuary don’t compare to the lines at grocery stores. When the grocery supply trucks fling open their doors, no one knows if they will contain pantry staples or dog food. Identification cards with fingerprint verification are used to monitor grocery purchases and shoppers are restricted to one shopping trip every eight days. Are you getting the picture?
So what are they really short of? Everything actually, but primarily, food. On one hand the Venezuelan government is telling people that it’s illegal to hoard food, and at the same time they tell the citizenry they need to grow their own food. There was no exception or provision for those living in urban apartments. (Check out my blog entries on growing sprouts in a quart jar.) Then there’s the shortage of hygiene items. Laundry soap, toilet tissue, toothpaste, feminine items and paper towels. The list goes on and on.
How do you prepare against a nationwide shutdown? Almost the same way you would prepare for any other disaster. With an economic meltdown, there will be little damage to the physical infrastructure. But every other system, service and supply line will be crippled. Think of what’s on your shopping list and consider what all you would run short of if you couldn’t go to the store for a month, or longer. Some of us go to the store every day to buy groceries for dinner. Few people think ahead with no concern for anything ever going wrong. I wonder if those folks in Venezuela thought their government would somehow make it all okay and ensure their needs were met as always? Many of us in the U.S. are exactly of that opinion. We relax in the comfy hammock of government oversight and so-called consumer protection, not suspecting how fragile that entire house of cards may be. Check your pantry, storage closet and supplies to see if you have on hand what you’d need to survive a lengthy period. If you’re an urban apartment dweller, your needs and plans will differ from those of us in a rural setting. Urban folks, need to decide to either “shelter-in” or to bug out. Make your plans now! City folk need to understand when there are shortages, there will always be those who are not shy about crossing the line to forcibly take what they need.
The phrase, “May you live in interesting times,” seems to be seeking fulfillment these past months. Increased racial tensions, attacks on police officers, attempted coups, and terrorist activity across the globe make for a pandemic of global instability. If you think this doesn’t affect you and the security of your loved ones, then snuggle down into your little hammock of denial and trust the government to meet your needs.
As always, send your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers.
TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: School Board Conference Room, District Office
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
1. 2nd Reading Policy 4253 – Public Comment/Discussion
2. Crisis Plan – Public Comment/Discussion
3. Revised School Board Calendar – Public Comment/Discussion
4. Strategic Plan Annual Review – Public Comment/Discussion
F. Future Meetings
1. School Board Business Meeting January 25, 2017
2. School Board Work Session February 1, 2018
G. General Comments from the Public
H. Comments from the Board
2017 – 2018 Board Goals
1. Facilitate the planning, programming, budgeting, execution and reporting of a short and long term maintenance
2. The board will adopt key indicators of success and implement an annual review of those indicators.
3. The board will facilitate the on-going implementation and review of the strategic plan.
4. The board will continue to analyze budget data to identify efficiencies and priorities.