Greetings from Alaska. We have snow ate it was below zero this morning. We are down to less than 9 hours of daylight. We have plastic on the windows, have the winter tires on the cars, and have put the summer things (like shoes and jackets) away. Kimberly has been driving to UAF (University of Alaska) each day for school. She is spending her evenings doing homework. Saturdays she goes to 'Village Voice' with Redgy if she does not have to much homework, and practices guitar.
At the station, Joy is working with the bookkeeping, music, and as a receptionist in the mornings. So that is the same as it usually is. Redgy has closed up some of the translator sites, but still has some to do. He would like to finish in October. This last week he was at Tok to finish it up, he just has Dot Lake left. We have been working with different companys getting things ready for replacing the tower next summer. We had 'T.J.'s Landclearing' cut the brush back around the tower field to the original size it was 50 years ago. Next 'Alaska Groundworks' came in a did some leveling and dirt-work to get things ready for new ground radials next summer. They also put in pilings for the foundation and guy anchor points. With these in we will not have to wait for the ground to fully thaw before we can start next spring. The piles still need to be capped, then they will finish them next spring. Even with starting this fall there will be lots of things happening with this next summer.
We had a work crew here in September. They helped with finishing up the underground power to a section of station houses. They back-filled the trenches and pulled down the old power pulls and lines. That section is now done and ready for winter. They also helped get the street lights in that area turned on and ready. With it being dark in the winter we try and have some lights for people as the walk outside.
We had a 50th Anniversary dinner for the station. There was a small program and information about the tower replacement and time for people to mention past testimonies about the influence of the station on their lives. Kerby Anderson from the program 'Point of View' was the main speaker at the dinner. There are a few pictures on the station web page.
God Bless You
Redgy and Joy
Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
Isaiah 40:26 NASB