What started a week or so ago as what could be considered a normal flooding event along Spengler Road has developed into a more significant event that may result in the permanent rerouting of the river. The Delta River, which is a glacier fed braided river that runs along the Richardson High…

According to a release from the Delta COVID-19 Incident Management Team, the state is reporting two positive test results for the coronavirus for individuals listed as residents of Delta Junction. The individuals work at the Pogo mine. As the state conducts its research and contact tracing, …

The State of Alaska announced today that there are two new positive tests for coronavirus in Delta Junction. No additional information on the cases has been provided and the Department of Health and Social Services did not respond to a request for information.

Denali National Park and Preserve (Denali) is moving into the 2020 summer season and increasing the opening of park facilities while monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, said park officials. This year, in addition to the normal services and road lottery, select days will be available to drive t…

The Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF) is reactivating its local detachment. Inactive for many years, the ASDF is an officially recognized support element to the Alaska State Guard under the Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs (DMVA). The unit will be a military police company.

As part of the standard fair of doing things differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Raven Homeschool awarded diplomas to 17 graduates during individual ceremonies last week. The graduates are; Solomon Baldynyuk, Sergey Fendich, Maxim Gayvoronskiy, Gabriel Gomez, Ashley Heller, Elliot John…

A Red Flag warning is in effect for the Delta Junction area. A Red Flag warning means conditions are favorable for the ignition and rapid expansion of wildland fire. The warning is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight. No fires have been reported today.

A newly formed non-profit organization coined the “Five Loaves Pantry” or “5LP” is bringing relief in the form of prepaid grocery gift cards to those who might be facing food insecurity in the Delta Junction community. 

According to Alaska State Troopers, shortly after midnight Monday night a pedestrian was reported to have been injured in a single vehicle accident on Clearwater Road near Nistler Road. The pedestrian, a 16-year-old girl was reported to have been standing near the roadway when a car driven b…

Forestry crews responded to a wildland fire Monday afternoon in the Sawmill Creek area that is believed to have been started by an illegal burn. The fire, located in a field and wooded area on Rapeseed Way, grew to about one acre in size.

Firefighters were dispatched around 1 p.m. Sunday for a smoke investigation in the area of Shaw Creek on the Richardson highway. While firefighters were responding, they learned the smoke was from a home that was on fire.

Delta experienced its first wildland fire Friday afternoon at a residence off the Richardson Highway near the old Motel 7.

Remember how terrible last summer's wildfires were – the smoky skies, the traffic jams, the evacuations, the damaged homes and property? Now, imagine having to battle such fires while fighting the coronavirus at the same time!

Late on a cold Tuesday in January, a plane evacuating 201 Americans from Wuhan, China landed in Anchorage. Each passenger was screened for COVID-19 and sent on their way to California. 

This Spring we have been blessed with an exceptional amount of snow. With the “hunker down” in place, we all want to go outside and explore the big outdoors that Delta Junction offers. Our trails will be vulnerable to damage, and we need to use them with care. Please keep in mind how your us…

Chaplains at U.S. Army Garrison Alaska, Fort Greely are finding ways to provide spiritual support to the installation and Delta Junction community through innovative means in response to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plane’s engine revs, the airframe surges forward as the brakes are released, “CAP 5035, cleared for takeoff” comes the static filled voice of the US Air Force Air Traffic Controller. Cadet Second Lieutenant Luke Schmidt opens the throttle of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cessna 172, acceler…

The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) will suspend all burn permits – both small- and large-scale – effective at midnight on April 30, in anticipation of the impacts of COVID-19 on Alaska’s wildland firefighting resources this summer.

Al Chaffin spotted 23 geese and four swans on Clearwater Lake about 7 p.m. on April 7. Four Swans were spotted on the lake about a month ago. The lake still has lots of snow on it but has some open water. As the day warms up it melts the thin layer of ice or a breeze loosens it up. There wil…

Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the U.S. Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the Ameri…

According to the World Health Organization, coronavirus is a family of viruses common in people and animals. It has caused such diseases as MERS and SARS. The current strain of coronavirus causes a disease known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 later named COVID-19.

According to a press release from U.S. Army Garrison Alaska Fort Greely, a civilian at Fort Greely has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was not named and no details of their connection to Fort Greely was provided. The case has not been confirmed by the state and will not show in …

Monday night several people mentioned the number of troopers going through town. The Fairbanks Northern Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) was activated to respond to a situation in Northway. At about 4:30 yesterday, troopers attempted to contact 37-year-old Timothy Thomas of Northway wh…

Is there a sanitizer for the brain? Yes. Prayer, meditation, yoga, music, laughter, nature. Whatever healthy and legal activity brings pleasure to the mind can relax the brain and the body. My miniature paradise is a steamy cup of cinnamon tea, a blanket, and a book. What is your brain bliss? 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced recently that as a result of the president’s decision to declare a national emergency, the agency will be offering up to $2 million in assistance to small business and nonprofits significantly impacted by the COVID-19 virus. 

The Senior Companion Program (SCP) came to Delta Junction in 2017 and has been a tremendous staple in serving Delta seniors.  The Meals on Wheels (MOW) program came shortly after, and has been delivering weekly frozen meals to clients in the Delta Junction area.  These meals are made in the …

According to the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, two medical practices in Fairbanks have been temporary closed due to links to 15 COVID-19 cases in Fairbanks. The News Miner says two medical practices in the building at 3745 Geist Road, which houses McKinley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and A…

The Delta school’s “Secondary Complex” sign was egged Saturday night according to troopers who are investigating the incident. Anyone with information should contact troopers at 895-4800.

There is little doubt that the current events generated by a virus mutation far, far from here has affected all of us in ways that our parents and grandparents could never have imagined.

The Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 241 Saturday extending the governor’s public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic to November 15 and providing provisions to deal with the pandemic. The bill, which is currently waiting to be transmitted to the governor, extends the application…

The Alaska State Troopers report that one of their vehicles was vandalized Friday night in Delta Junction. According to a press release, the trooper discovered his vehicle had been vandalized at 11:30 a.m. Saturday before going on shift. Eggs had been thrown at the vehicle striking the patro…

Dr. Anne Zink, chief medical director for the Department of Health and Social Services announced in a press conference this afternoon that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alaska has increased to 12 with two new confirmed cases today. The new cases are in Fairbanks and Ketchikan,…

Note: This article has been updated to reflect information updated after publication and to clarify the number of cases nationally.

U.S. Army Garrison Alaska, Fort Greely partnered with the Imagination Library for a Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast March 14 at the Post Chapel. Children were able to make crafts and enjoyed a food spread that included green eggs, ham, and muffins. Dr. Seuss, portrayed by Garrison Commander Lt.…

According the Department of Health and Social Services DHSS website, Alaska now has three confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. All three are stated to be, “not community-acquired infections,” according to DHSS.