Looking North over Glacier Island
Photo Courtesy Charlie Atwell
Looking North over Glacier Island
Looking North over Glacier Island
Photo Courtesy Charlie Atwell
Mushroom expert Gary Laursen will lecture and lead a workshop on the wild mushrooms of the Interior July 28-30 in Fairbanks.
Participants in the Introduction to Mushrooms of Tanana Region workshop will collect, identify, and learn how to prepare and preserve wild edible mushrooms. Mushrooms will be collected in several walks around Fairbanks and identified. The workshop will also cover the ecology of mushrooms and
Laursen has studied Arctic, sub-Arctic and sub-Antarctic fungi around the world for more than 40 years. He is an adjunct professor for the University of Alaska Fairbanks and teaches mushroom identification classes around the state. Laursen has written several books on fungi, including, most recently, “Alaska’s Mushrooms: A Wide-Ranging Guide,” which he co-authored with Neil McArthur.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the lecture in the Murie Building auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the workshop will meet in the district Extension office at 724 27th Ave., in the Fairbanks Community Food Bank Building.
The course will include the lecture from 6 to 9 p.m. July 28 and fieldwork from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30. The fee is $100 for the entire course or $15 for the Friday night lecture only. July 26 is the deadline for signing up for both at http://bit.ly/cesworkshops. Participants are advised to dress for the weather.
For more information, call the Extension district office at (907)474-1530 or contact Fairbanks agent Leslie Shallcross at email@example.com or (907)474-2426
The lake will be stocked with over 6,500 rainbow trout. Kids under the age of 18 are invited to participate in a derby to win a rod/reel outfit, if they catch a tagged fish. No fishing license is required for residents under the age of 18 and nonresidents under the age of 16. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. For those without fishing equipment, there will be a limited number of rods to lend. Non-motorized boats, canoes, and rafts can be used on the lake.
All anglers can sign up at the pavilion for their chance at a door prize.
For more information, call (907)459-7228.
Ads Promoting Kindness to Wildlife Can Help Offset New Center’s Cost
As the Fairbanks North Star Borough moves forward with plans for a new recycling center, PETA sent a letter to Mayor Karl W. Kassel this morning offering to help reduce the cost of the program by paying to place an ad on recycling bins, trucks, and centers. The ad, shows a raccoon whose head is stuck in a tin can and proclaims, “Don’t Let This Happen Again. Please Crush ALL Cans for the Safety of Our Animal Friends.”
Aluminum cans, plastic cups, and open jars can become death traps for hungry or inquisitive animals if they aren’t disposed of properly,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “We’re asking Fairbanks not to waste this opportunity for ads on its recycling bins that would reduce both the risk to wildlife and the cost to the city.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages everyone to keep all garbage in tightly sealed chew-proof containers, rinse out aluminum cans and put the tops inside so that they can’t cut an animal’s tongue, crush cans and cups, and cut open empty cardboard and plastic containers so that small animals can’t get their faces or heads trapped inside them.
PETA’s letter to Mayor Kassel follows.
May 2, 2017
The Honorable Karl W. Kassel
Mayor of Fairbanks North Star Borough
On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide, including many across Alaska, I am writing in response to news reports that Fairbanks North Star Borough voted to appropriate $150,000 for a new recycling center that will open this summer. We have a proposition that could help Fairbanks reduce expenditures and reuse your equipment to protect animals as well as the environment. To promote responsible recycling, we’d like to explore paying to place our “Don’t Let This Happen Again” signs on your recycling bins and trucks and at your centers in order to remind residents to crush cans before disposing of them.
We all recognize that recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities, conserves natural resources, and helps reduce greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change. But aluminum cans, plastic cups, and open jars that are not disposed of properly can become traps for hungry or inquisitive animals. Simply placing these potentially lifesaving signs on your recycling trucks and bins and at your centers would encourage both environmental stewardship and compassion for animals.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk
Melissa Osborn, Chief of Operations at Fairbanks International Airport said, “It’s an honor to have FAI Operations and Maintenance staff recognized for their dedication and professionalism in ensuring FAI maximizes both safety and efficiency during winter weather events.”
Clark Klimaschesky, Chief of Maintenance at Fairbanks International Airport said, “I am proud of the maintenance department and the entire FAI team who dedicates themselves to ensuring the airport remains open and operational. They deserve this recognition.
The Alaska International Airport System, comprised of Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports, is home to over 30 international and domestic airlines providing passenger and cargo service throughout Alaska, the United States, Europe, and Asia. AIAS is an extraordinary economic engine; serving more than 6 million passengers per year and accounting for 1 in 10 jobs in Anchorage and 1 in 20 jobs in Fairbanks. The purpose of AIAS is “To Keep Alaska Flying and Thriving.”
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 242 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.
Alaska International Airport System
In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video ͞”To This Day” which has had over 13 million views, and he performed a customized version ͞”For the Bullied and the Beautiful” to acclaim at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Shane shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic, and musically performed.
According to a Nielsen survey conducted in cooperation with eBay, the average U.S. household has 52 unused items around the house, of which a little more than half are clothing. The amount of clothes all of us possess has grown dramatically. Forbes reports that the average woman in 1930 had nine outfits. Now that number has increased to 30 outfits. If you have a few extra things in your closet that you no longer wear, it might be the time to clean your closet.
What do you do with all those clothing items that might not fit you (or your tastes) anymore? If it was a warmer time of the year, it might be garage sale time. With cold weather and snow still on the ground, you might want to consider selling them online.
Locally, you can list items on Craigslist or take them to one of our consignment stores. There is a robust market on Facebook with the group called Fairbanks Free or For Sale.
If you want a wider audience, there are great options on the web. Here are six options to sell your clothes. Each one has different rules — some accept only certain brands and have different levels of service. Make sure you read the rules and understand everything before you participate.
EBay is the perennial favorite when it comes to selling online. It has launched a new fashion section that can be a good place to sell. It has a commission fee of 10 percent for most items.
Poshmark is my daughter’s favorite. She uses its app, but the computer page works quite well. Take pictures and price your item. When it sells, you get a postage-paid label that you print out. Package the items and send them off. You keep 80 percent and Poshmark gets a 20 percent commission.
If you have designer clothing or accessories, you might want to check out Material World at www.materialworld.co. It has a pricing estimator that you fill out and it sends you a quote. You fill in the form for selling and the company will send you a shipping bag to send your items. It is very selective, so be sure to check their guidelines carefully.
ThredUP is truly an opportunity to clean your closet. You order its “clean out” bag and fill it up with your “like new” items. An estimator on the site allows you to estimate what you will receive. When your items arrive, the company puts the sellable ones on the market and donates what doesn’t make the cut to charitable organizations or textile remanufacturers.
Tradesy takes any brand name item in good repair. You take a picture and, if needed, the business will clean up the background for you. You price it or it will suggest a price for you. When it sells, Tradesy sends you a shipping kit and you’ll pay it a 9 percent commission.
ReFashioner is more of a community garage sale where you shop, swap or sell your items. You take pictures and upload them, at which point the company will accept or reject your items. Whatever they accept, they will price it and it will go up on the site. When it sells, you can get credit that applies to whatever you want to buy on the site, or you can get a check.
It’s easy to recycle your unused clothing and it just might bring you a few extra dollars. In fact, that same survey by Nielsen that we mentioned earlier reports that most eBay sellers say that they received more for their items than expected. So take that spring cleaning one step further and declutter your closet.
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.
March 28, 2017 (Fairbanks, AK)–Preparing for the General Education Diploma (GED) from the comfort of home will soon to be a reality for residents of interior Alaska, as Adult Learning Programs of Alaska’s Fairbanks office launches its first distance-learning course on April 11. The 12-week, web-based course will be led by a live instructor, who will communicate with learners via webcam to prepare them for the Social Studies GED exam.
“This brings live GED instruction to people who can’t take classes in Fairbanks,” says Bill Mattson, executive director of ALPA. The agency developed the class to serve people whose job schedule, childcare needs, or lack of transportation prevent them from taking classes at its resource center in downtown Fairbanks. “We can now help stay-at-home moms, working folks, and rural residents prepare for the GED,” says Mattson.
The agency will use Canvas, an online learning platform that allows instructors to remotely stream videos, presentations, and other media onto students’ computers, says Mattson. Quizzes will be conducted online and each class will be recorded and available for two weeks for students who miss a class. In June, the agency plans to launch distance learning GED classes in Science and English, too.
Online math classes may take longer to set up, as teaching math is different from the other subjects, says Dawn Mealey, education director for ALPA. The agency recently revamped its math offerings to month-long, skills-based courses. “But even within one math class, students have diverse learning styles and needs,” she says. “The best math instruction is hands-on, and that can be harder to achieve with distance learning.”
To participate in the online GED Social Studies class, students must have a computer, webcam with microphone, and Internet connection. They also must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), a 3-hour test that assesses their math and reading skills, before enrolling in the class. This can be done by appointment at 60 Hall Street in Fairbanks. Students who sign up for the online Social Studies class starting April 11 can also elect to take the class on site in ALPA’s computer lab.
New students can schedule the TABE test by calling Sandra Carter at (907)452-6434, ext. 219 or emailing her at email@example.com. Former and existing ABE students who have taken the TABE test after 3/1/2016 simply need to contact Carter to register for the class.
Adult Learning Programs of Alaska