Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Don't Be Fuelish competition starts April 1

March 31, 2015

The ninth annual Don't Be Fuelish competition begins April 1.

Anyone interested in the fuel-friendly competition may pick up mileage logs, a water bottle  and find out more during a kickoff event, with refreshments, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 6 at the  Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Chambers.

Organizations around Fairbanks will compete until Sept. 30 to see which group of  employees can save the most fuel traveling to and from work. Participants may carpool, take  the bus, bike, walk or run to work.

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Placer mining workshops offered

March 30, 2015

One-day workshops on placer mining basics will be offered in Fairbanks, Delta Junction  and Nome.

The workshops, hosted by University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service,  will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 18 in Fairbanks, April 25 in Delta Junction and May  2 in Nome. Donald Keill, who has nearly 40 years experience as a mining engineer and  geologist, will lead the workshop. Keill is also a certified mineral examiner and the owner of  Keill Engineering in Fairbanks.

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Basic prospecting workshops offered

March 27, 2015

Basic prospecting workshops for aspiring miners will be offered in Kenai, Palmer and Tok.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the one-day  workshop April 18 in Kenai, April 25 in Palmer and May 2 in Tok.

Instructor Dave Wright has lived and prospected in the Interior since the early 1970s,  mostly in the Goodpaster and Richardson districts, and he has experience with locating,  developing and promoting mining properties.

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Extension Week offered in Delta Junction

March 18, 2015

Nineteen free community classes, from mushroom hunting and composting to seasoning firewood, will be offered April 6-10 in Delta Junction.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Delta and the Delta Partners for Progress will host the mini classes as part of Extension Week in Delta.

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Agricultural grant-writing workshop offered

March 17, 2015

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer a workshop March 30 to help Alaskans apply for federal grants relating to local food production and farmers markets.

Palmer Extension agent Steve Brown will teach the free workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. in Palmer and by videoconference in Kenai, Homer, Nome and Fairbanks.

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