As a retired Minnesota Law Enforcement Officer (1966-1984) and having worked for Minnesota’s largest Sheriff’s Office (Hennepin County; 1969-1984) where I attained the rank of Sheriff’s Sergeant in both the Communications and Fugitive/Warrant Divisions, I thoroughly enjoy watching the ’real life’ episodes of you and your fellow Troopers ‘in action’. I often ‘fantasized’ about asking if I could do a ‘Ride Along’ with your agency for a day (or an evening).
I ‘stumbled across’ the ALASKA STATE TROOPERS program quite by accident several years ago and became an INSTANT ‘fan’ of the program. You were one of the first ALASKA STATE TROOPERS that I ‘met’ while watching the program. I quickly ‘identified’ with your very professional, calm ‘manner and demeanor’; it was exactly the ‘style’ of Law Enforcement that I tried to ‘present’, myself, during my long and very impressive stellar Law Enforcement career. (See my Professional Resume’ at www.thedeltashow.com/professionalresume.html.) I noticed that the episodes that I’ve recently watched feature many Troopers that I’ve never seen on previous shows. Additionally, I haven’t seen any episodes with you (sadly); possibly you’ve retired (but I hardly think you’re ‘old enough’ to have retired!)
At any rate, I also host an our long Olde Tyme Music show that is heard around the world, across the nation and up your alley five times a week via the Internet. Last evening while recording my show for the coming week, I randomly decided to feature the music of an Alaska based band; the Alaska Polka Chips. While recording the second half of the show, for whatever reason, I was reminded of you and the ALASKA STATE TROOPERS program and before I knew it, I was ‘promoting’ the program during my Internet Show. A copy of that Internet how is enclosed; hope you enjoy it. You might also enjoy my Internet Homepage at www.thedeltashow.com.
Best Wishes to you and ALL of the ALASKA STATE TROOPERS for a SAFE & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR !!
150 Jacob Street
Hamburg, Minnesota 55339
Here's The Response I Received From Trooper Howie Peterson .......
TO: Trooper Howard Peterson, ALASKA STATE TROOPERS
I've got a link on my Homepage at www.thedeltashow.com that takes viewers to the Webpage I designed to recognize you and your
Agency for the GREAT JOB you're all doing. My only regret is that I'm not about 55 years younger !!
I'm 'tweaking' my Webpage that 'salutes' the ALASKA STATE TROOPERS, plus I'll be recording a Special Program dedicated exclusively
to your Organization that will be be broadcast on my hour long Olde Tyme Music Internet Show that is heard around the world five times a week on www.247polkaheaven.com !! PLEASE CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY !!
To answer your original question, YES !! There IS a 'direct link' to my very FIRST SALUTE TO THE ALASKA STATE TROOPERS (of many more to come) !! Here it is:
Please 'Click' On The Audio Control Below To Stop/Start/Pause
My Internet Shows When I
Once Again Honor The
ALASKA STATE TROOPERS
Subject To Verification Of Information Being Confirmed,
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ALASKA
America's 49th State
Aurora borealis (northern lights) can be seen an average of 243 days a year in Fairbanks. The northern lights are produced by charged electrons and protons striking the earth’s upper atmosphere.
While it is legal to shoot bears in Alaska, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.
The average temperature for Fairbanks in the month of January is -1 degree Fahrenheit.
The highest temperature recorded in Alaska was 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Fort Yukon in 1915.
The lowest temperature recorded in Alaska was -80 degrees Fahrenheit at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.
Alaska accounts for 25 percent of the oil produced in the United States.
Alaska is the only state name that you can type on one row of a keyboard.
Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska, including the highest peak in North America (20,320 ft. above sea level), Denali.
Alaska contains more than 100 volcanoes and volcanic fields which have been active within the last two million years.
Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual income tax (some cities have sales tax, however).
The fishing and seafood industry is the state’s largest private industry employer.
Alaska was previously a territory of Russia which was sold to the United States in 1867. The sale of Alaska is well-know in history as the Alaska Purchase. he purchase took place on March 30, 1867, and it was signed by President Johnson and ratified by the United States Senate.
The largest salmon ever caught was at the Kenai River. It weighed in at 97.5 pounds.
There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska.
Alaska’s largest lake, Lake Iliamna, is roughly the size of Connecticut
Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined (more than 34,000 miles).
Alaska has more inland water than any other state (20,171 square miles).
Alaska is the only state to have coastlines on three different seas: the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Bering Sea.
The state bird of Alaska is the willow ptarmigan.
During the Klondike gold rush in 1897, potatoes were so highly valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for them.
The only battle during World War II that was fought on American soil took place in 1943 after the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands.
The state sport of Alaska is dog mushing, which was once the primary mode of transportation in most of Alaska. The Iditarod dog sledding race is the state’s largest sporting event.
More than half the world’s glaciers can be found in Alaska.
Alaska is less than 60 miles from Russia.
About 5 percent of Alaska is covered by the 1,000-plus glaciers in the state.
Depending on the source, the State of Alaska covers about 663,267 square miles. That's TWICE the size of Texas and equals 1/5 of the size of the ENTIRE 'lower forty-eight' states.
Alaska has the lowest population density in the nation at one person per square mile.
If New York City had the same population density as Alaska, only 16 people would be living in Manhattan.
Bennie Benson designed Alaska’s flag in 1926 at age 13. It would become the official state flag upon Alaska’s adoption into the Union in 1959.
Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
Barrow, 800 miles south of the North Pole, has both the longest and shortest day. When the sun rises on May 10, it doesn’t set for nearly three months. When it sets on November 18, Barrow residents do not see the sun again for nearly two months.
Alaska now has IT'S OWN TIME ZONE !! (Prior to 1983, your time zone was called the 'Yukon Time Zone'.)
Each year Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes including 1,000 that measure above 3.5 on the Richter scale. Of the 10 strongest earthquakes ever recorded in the world, three have occurred in Alaska.
Giant vegetables are common in Alaska due to the extremely long days in summer. Alaska has grown a record cabbage weighing in at 94 pounds.
The Pribilof Islands are home to the largest seal colony with over one million seals.
About 52 percent of Alaskans are men – the highest percentage of any state.
Most of America’s salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.
Alaskan Kodiak and Polar Bears can grow to 1,400 pounds and 11 feet tall. Moose can grow to 1,350 pounds with antlers spanning up to 6 feet wide.
It is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting in Alaska.
Prudhoe Bay, on the northern Alaskan coast, is North America’s largest oil field.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline moves up to 88,000 barrels of oil per hour on an 800-mile journey to Valdez.
Alaska has no plants poisonous to the touch. Poison ivy and poison oak are found in all other states.
The nation’s two largest forests are located in Alaska. The Tongass in Southeast includes 16.8 million acres and Chugach in Southcentral has 4.8 million acres.
THE MISSION OF THE DIVISION OF ALASKA STATE TROOPERS IS TO PRESERVE THE PEACE,
ENFORCE THE LAW, PREVENT AND
DETER CRIME AND PROTECT
LIFE AND PROPERTY.
The Division is comprised of posts assigned to four geographic detachments that provide patrol, enforcement, and search and rescue to all areas of the state and a central headquarters. The Division's major components are: Alaska Bureau of Investigation investigates major crimes and enforces bootlegging and illegal drug distribution throughout Alaska; Judicial Services is responsible for prisoner transports and providing security for Alaska courts; and the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol keeps Alaska's highways safe by their presence on state roadways and through public education campaigns.
The Alaska State Troopers' eight core missions
in meeting these responsibilities are:
1. Maintain public peace and order.
2. Enforce criminal laws and investigate violations of
3. Enforce traffic laws and regulations and investigate
violations of those laws and regulations.
4. Conduct and manage search and rescue
5. Support and assist other law enforcement and
6. Investigate allegations of human abuse or neglect.
7. Respond to the concerns and inquiries of citizens.
8. Provide current and relevant training to law
enforcement and criminal justice agencies.
"Loyalty, Integrity, Courage"
Show #: 2020-06
HOW POPULAR IS MY WEBSITE ??
(And Well You Might Ask !!)
TOP 20 VISITOR LOCATIONS
1ST QUARTER 2020
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8. New York
10. South Dakota
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* The most Alaska visitors to my Website are in the Matanuska-Sustina Borough followed by the
City & Borough of Juneau and then from
the Anchorage Borough.
Look how my Alaska visitors have
increased since the first of the year !!
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THIS WEBPAGE IS DEDICATED TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ALASKA STATE TROOPERS.
Size Of The State Of Alaska As Compared To ALL Of The
I am an Emergency Physician in the Twin Cities. I implore my community to shelter in place. Here are some thoughts on testing. The big news, if you follow it, regards “testing” for COVID-19. The key word is shortages. I just want everyone to be at ease regarding this. It’s not as big a deal as it seems.
First of all, the test has no associated therapeutic effects. If you have cold symptoms, doing a test won’t make your symptoms better. If you are sick, knowing that it’s coronavirus likewise won’t make you sicker. Some tests have a reported false result, both negative and positive. This means some tests results are inaccurate. Ultimately, if I am your doctor and you present with mild symptoms, I will assume you have coronavirus, and will implore you to go home and quarantine yourself. If you are sick, testing may be required and we certainly will perform one. Our hospital has very specific criteria for testing, but it does not include you “wanting to know”.
Second, even if you have a positive test there is no special treatment for you. If your symptoms are mild, you will be told to go home and quarantine in place and avoid high risk patients (elderly and immunocompromised). If you are very sick we will institute intensive supportive care and take care of you and do what we do best, take care of sick people. This will be done regardless of what the test says. If you are sick, we will take care of you.
Third, if you go to the hospital or clinic, getting a test is not a guarantee. If you have certain symptoms, you may be sent to the hospital. You will need to meet certain criteria for testing. Essentially, if you are sick enough to be hospitalized, we will perform a test. Honestly, this test will not be for your benefit, but for the benefit of those around you so they can be followed and for us to quarantine you inside the hospital if you need to be here.
Fourth, I don’t want to completely discourage you from going to the hospital if you are sick. If your symptoms are of a cold, quarantine at home. If your symptoms include: fever, chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, those certainly imply a worsening course. Call your clinic first and seek medical direction from a clinical professional over the phone. If your symptoms are severe, certainly this is different. Don’t be a hero if you are short of breath. Call or seek evaluation at a hospital.
Fifth, the majority (80%) of cases are mild to moderate. The great majority (98%) survive. Knowing the test results early does not change these numbers. The presence of coronavirus is not like the presence of AIDS when it started in the 90s. Today, chances are most likely that you will do fine. The people that are getting very sick are those with pre-existing problems: respiratory problems (asthma, COPD...), kidney problems (insufficiency, failure...), immune compromised (Cancer on chemo, lupus...). Other high risk groups include diabetics and those over 60. Still, even these patients generally do well.
Finally, and again, the test is extremely helpful if someone is to be in the hospital. That way, we can keep those patients isolated from you if you have a “normal” problem: You have appendicitis, you have a kidney infection, you cut your finger, you broke your foot, you are having a heart attack, you have a bad headache, your grandma is having a stroke, or she broke her hip. We want to be able to continue to operate normally for those patients. Hospitals are still open for all those things (and those with COVID-19), and we want to make you better from these things, and keep you from getting sick from those that have “the virus”. We don’t want to be overwhelmed with people that are worried about their “mild” coronavirus symptoms. That worry is important, but best dealt with by a phone call. We don’t want to be so overwhelmed that we don’t have space or time to care for you, the patient that needs hospital care.
Having said that, we are ready. Our hospitals, my colleagues, nurses, techs, respiratory therapists and all support staff are ready to take care of our community. If you are sick, this is what we know how to do best, and we will hold nothing back to perform the best care we can for you or your family member. We have been planning and are ready to jump into action. If you need care, it will be delivered, regardless of what some test result is. We will care for you based on what we see, not wait for a test result (generally).
I refer you to other places for instructions on social distancing and quarantining and hand washing and all of that. Heed that advice. Stay home. This by far is the most important thing you can do, keep this from spreading at exponential speed. FLATEN THE CURVE. Stay home, stay home, stay home.
When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage, give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout, and quickly, and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling, and to give the best in me, to guard my every neighbor and protect his property. And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life, please bless with your protecting hand my family, friends and wife.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.