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Sunday, January 22 2017 @ 01:13 PM AKST

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Big Lake Yoga @ The Lions Rec Center

Health and Wellness

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 pm. at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

$60/month or $10 for drop-ins. Bring a mat.

Classes designed for all levels.

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Scenes Around Big Lake: Winter Snow

NatureStepped out to see if I need to do any shoveling:

Big Lake Snowfall. Photo by Dennis Garrett

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Directory of Alaska Native Plant Sources

Home and GardenAbout the Directory of Alaska Native Plant Sources: Seventh Edition

The Plant Materials Center (PMC) publishes the "Directory of Alaska Native Plant Sources" in response to numerous requests from the public, industry, and agencies for sources of native plant materials from Alaska. This Directory depends on the response of suppliers, and does not claim to include all producers or sellers of native Alaskan plants.

The PMC is not responsible for changes from the growers as to what plants they may have available. If you are aware of an omission or error, please email Kim Allen or contact the Plant Materials Center, at 907-745-4469.

Native plants from Alaska are needed for small and large scale revegetation projects, mine site rehabilitation, landscaping on public and private lands, stream bank restoration and habitat enhancement.

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CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) @ The Big Lake Library

Community Submitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Crime Scene Investigation presented by Steven Arlow, Alaska State Trooper.

At the Big Lake Library, January 27th from 4-5:30 pm. Ages 11-16.

Hosted by BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board).

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Share-A-Hobby with Artist Kristin Windsor

ArtsSubmitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Join artist Kristin Windsor at The Big Lake Library on January 20th from 4-5:30 pm. Ages 11-16.

Hosted by BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board).

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake @ The Lions Rec Center


Big Lake Lions Rec Center, Photo by Dennis Garrett

November thru February Schedule.

Free Open Skating Saturdays 7-9 PM, Sundays 2-4 PM. Rental Skates $3.

Shinny Hockey Saturdays 9-11 PM, Sundays 12-2 PM, Mondays 9-11 PM. Helmets Required, Half Gear Recommended. $5/person.

Private Parties Call 892.6502 for information.

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Governor Walker Delivers Third State of the State Address

Alaska NewsSource: Press Release: 17-008

JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker delivered his third State of the State address this evening, urging members of the 30th Alaska State Legislature to pass a plan this session to fix Alaska’s fiscal crisis.

“State revenues are down more than 80 percent from four years ago. While we have cut the budget 44 percent, we still face a $3 billion fiscal gap,” said Governor Walker. “Denial doesn’t make the problem go away, and hope doesn’t pay the bills. We need to pass a plan this year to stabilize our fiscal future.”

In his speech, Governor Walker reiterated his support for a sustainable fiscal plan that includes spending cuts, use of Permanent Fund earnings and a broad-based tax to balance the state’s budget. While the administration will continue to eliminate wasteful spending, the Governor noted major cuts the state has already made.

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Big Lake Homeowner Interrupts Burglary

Police BlotterOn 01/17/2017, at approximately 12:20 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of an active Burglary at an address on Little Meadow Creek Drive, in Big Lake. The suspect fled the area prior to AST arrival.

Investigation revealed a man had entered the residence and attempted to steal items. The homeowner arrived home and interrupted the crime. The suspect fled the scene on foot and was located approximately thirty minutes later by Troopers during a traffic stop.

The suspect was identified as Jace E. Fesler, age 33, of Wasilla. Fesler was arrested on the charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Theft in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree. He was transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded on a $5,000 bail with a Third Party Custodian Requirement.

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State Files Lawsuit Challenging Recent Federal Hunting Regulations

Fish and GameThe State of Alaska filed a lawsuit on January 13th, 2017, challenging the National Park Service’s (“NPS”) and Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“FWS”) regulations attempting to prohibit certain hunting methods on national wildlife refuges and national preserves. Among other consequences, the NPS and FWS rules would impact some of the customary and traditional methods of harvest practiced by Alaska’s subsistence users.

“As Alaskans, we have a unique relationship with our land – especially in the most rural parts of our state where residents rely on hunting and fishing to put food on the table,” said Governor Bill Walker. “These regulations impact our basic means of survival. Alaskans must be able to provide for their families, and the rules that have been put forward by the federal government do not support that.”

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Alaska Joins Multi-State Challenge to Stream Protection Rule

Alaska NewsAlaska joined Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming in filing a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia today challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Stream Protection Rule based on both the process by which it was developed as well as the content of the rule. Issues raised by the states include allegations that the rule exceeds the federal agency’s statutory authority, infringes on states’ constitutional sovereignty, and is otherwise arbitrary and capricious. At the same time, Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth joined several other attorneys general in sending a letter to Congress urging it to consider using the Congressional Review Act to remedy this problematic rulemaking.

“Within the last few weeks, federal agencies have taken multiple actions that impede responsible resource development in our great state,” said Governor Bill Walker. “This is one of the worst. I sincerely hope that Congress will use its power to overturn it. If not, we are filing the lawsuit to fight it.”

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Story Fun at The Big Lake Library

Community Story Time is held every Wednesday at 11 am for children 3-5 years old. Story Time includes songs, stories, and crafts.

Afterschool Storybreak is held every Wednesday from 4-5 pm for children in grades K-2. Afterschool Storybreak includes snacks, stories, and crafts.

For more information call 861.7635

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Wasilla man charged in Houston case

Police BlotterOn 12/23/2016 Alaska State Troopers contacted Jason Michael Jensen, age 28 of Wasilla, during an investigation in Houston. During the course of the investigation, it was determined Jensen committed Criminal Trespass 2 and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 5. He was arrested and transported to Mat-Su Pre-trial and remanded with O/R bail.
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Houston residents charged after traffic stop

Police BlotterOn 01/08/2017 Alaska State Troopers contacted Brent Nichols, age 37 of Houston, and Mary Nichols, age 34 of Houston during a traffic stop in Houston. During the course of the investigation, it was determined Brent was operating his motor vehicle while his license was revoked and Mary was wanted for failure to appear for arraignment for prior charges. Brent was issued a misdemeanor citation to appear in court for a later date. Mary was arrested and transported to Mat-Su Pre-trial where she was held without bail.
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Small Marijuana Grow Businesses Get Exemption

Local Business by Patty Sullivan, MSB

Small commercial marijuana growers who will operate their businesses in a room less than 500 square feet (or the size of a two-car garage) are now exempt from a Borough commercial marijuana law that requires 100 foot setbacks from property lines and 50 foot setbacks from rights of way. Those rules, however, still apply for the larger standard cultivation facilities. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly approved the exemption for these smaller so called limited State-licensed cultivation facilities Tuesday night.

Nearly two dozen cannabis entrepreneurs testified in a public hearing.

Also approved Tuesday was the removal from code of Borough setbacks that were duplicative with State setbacks, (ie. setbacks from churches, youth centers, community correctional centers). The Borough yields to the State rules on those.

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