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U.S. Army Garrison Fort Greely conducted a Change of Command Ceremony at the Aurora Community Activities Center June 13 where Lt. Col. Michael Foote relinquished command to Lt. Col. Joel Johnson.

Delta Junction now has several handicap accessible picnic tables. Patrick Cassidy, son of Michael and Lori Cassidy, completed the tables as part of his Eagle Scout project. A member of Troop 1092 in Fairbanks, Patrick recognized the need for the tables here in Delta Junction. 

Alaska State Troopers report that Russell Hepler, 35, of Delta Junction drowned Saturday after falling into the Copper River in Chitina while dip netting. The online dispatch says troopers were notified shortly after midnight of the incident and responded to the area and Hepler’s body was la…

Around Town

The Highway's End Farmers Market is open on Wednesday's and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the end of the Alaska Highway where it intersects the Richardson Highway. Come out and buy some local crafts, vegetables, plants and other hand-crafted items.

Sports/Outdoors

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has released the initial two opening periods for the Chitina Personal Use Dipnet Fishery. The fishery will open Friday, June 7 at 12:01 a.m. for 72 hours ending Sunday June 9 at 11:59 p.m., and then reopen on Monday, June 10 at 12:01 a.m. through Sund…

Delta Junction Trails Association is beginning its 7th year. We have accomplished so much in a very short time! And could not have done so much without this community’s input, generous contributions, and backing. Corporate, Family and Individual DJTA membership and donations enable DJTA to r…

Good news regarding funding for trails programs in Alaska. In a response to an advocacy letter from the Interior Trails Preservation Coalition, based in Fairbanks, Rep. Grier Hopkins (D – Fairbanks) wrote that a subcommittee had restored funding for the Recreational Trails Program, the Land …

The Delta Junction Trails Association (DJTA) hosted their annual Celebrate the Sun gathering at Quartz Lake on March 9. Around 75 people stopped by the DJTA rented cabin to sign in to the free event and to grab some hot cocoa and cookies before exploring the lake. Folks enjoyed activities su…

The Houston Hawks were in town on Friday hoping to fly high and ground the Huskies. Our Dawgs had other ideas.

Schools

Delta Greely Schools awarded 44 diplomas this evening at a ceremony held in the Delta High School Gym. The annual event packed the school gym with family and friends of graduates. Delta High School had 34 graduates, Delta Homeschool 7, and Gerstle River School 3.

The RC (Radio Controlled) Flyer Club was started in the Spring of 2011 when a fourth-grade student asked a staff member for help with the directions for building an RC airplane he received for Christmas. He brought it to school and worked on it during his recess. Other students became intere…

The Grizzly Store at the Delta Junior High School is not only doing quite well, but they’ve expanded their inventory to include student-made items.

Births

Dawn Cole and Josh Cook welcomed the arrival of the newest members of their family on July 14, 2018. 

Dakota Conley and Elias Grossmann welcomed a son, Dax Ryan Grossmann, on March 6, 2018 at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Little Dax weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Elias is a sergeant assigned to the Stryker brigade at Fort Wainwright.

Jennifer and Kyle Smith would like to announce the birth of their daughter Peyton Lynn on January 29 at a weight of 7 lbs. 2 oz.

Obituaries

Colonel K Leslie Kirk, 89, died peacefully in Fairbanks at the Denali Center on May 26, 2019. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was post comman…

Elizabeth (Liz) Adele Leng was born in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 1927 and pursued a career as a school teacher. She met her husband…

Features

YAKUTAT — On sandy barrier islands between mountains and the sea, two different birds that look alike lay their eggs side-by-side. Biologists here are learning more about the less-common, more mysterious one.

I would have to say that one of the intriguing stories of tragedy in history is that of the Titanic. It was a huge ship with all of the latest and best technologies and was deemed unsinkable. It carried rich and poor, the well-known and the unknown totaling over 1,900 people aboard its decks…

A little more than ten years ago, I had the opportunity to attend an Army Chaplain training event in Gettysburg, Penn. During my free time one afternoon, I took the self-guided tour of the Gettysburg cemetery and Civil War battleground. It was a humbling and emotional experience to walk the …

Opinion

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to one of the hardest working groups of volunteers in the community. The Delta/G…

Governor Dunleavy has introduced two bills for the back pay owed to Alaskans on OUR PFDs. The legislature should act swiftly on these bills an…