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Friday, October 21 2016 @ 12:04 PM AKDT

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Tew's Out as Big Lake Road Service Contractor

Community Citing numerous complaints and deficiencies, the Mat-Su Borough terminated its contract with Tews for work in the Big Lake RSA (Road Service Area) effective 22 October 2016. A new contractor will be sought, and in the interim, estimated to be at least 45 days, a temporary contractor will perform local road maintenance.

In a certified letter to Tew's, the Borough noted that Tew’s had been notified of deficient road maintenance work on at least 28 separate occasions since entering into a five-year maintenance agreement on July 1, 2014, and that “…When deficiencies are repeated or serious, or are not corrected within the specified times for correction, a letter of non-compliance (LNC) may be issued. The borough has issued 22 LNC’s to Tew’s,” according to the notice.

The MSB is also alleging that Tew’s has failed to perform RSA work with qualified and competent personnel as required, and improperly filled ditches and left berms in ditches. According to the Letter, Tew’s denied those claims and has offered employee resumes to demonstrate adequate training.

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Wasilla woman arrested in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 10/20/16 at approximately 11 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 Audi A4 for a moving violation on Big Lake Road in Big Lake. Investigation revealed the driver, Maria Cogan, age 24 of Wasilla, was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Further investigation revealed Cogan was in possession of a schedule IIA controlled substance. Maria was arrested for DUI and MICS IV and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility for remand. Bail was set for Cogan to be released on her own recognizance.

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Talkeetna man goes on rampage with a baseball bat

Police BlotterOn 10/18/16 at 3:30 pm, AST responded to C Street in downtown Talkeetna where it was reported a male was threatening to hit people with a bat.

Investigation revealed Jensen Green, age 29 of Talkeetna, recklessly placed a citizen in fear of imminent physical injury and destroyed private property with the bat during the incident. Green was arrested for the original charges of Assault in the 4th Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree.

Green was transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $1,250 bail.

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Troopers seeking Public Help on rash of Willow crimes

Police BlotterOn 10/18/16 at 12:30 pm, AST responded to numerous locations on Wilderness Rim in Willow for the report of burglaries and thefts which occurred in the previous few days. AST is requesting anyone with information about any of the incidents to contact Crime Stoppers at 745-3333 or AST dispatch at 352-5401.
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Halloween Slime Time @ The Big Lake Library

Community Calling all 3rd-5th Graders! Make 3 different kinds of slime with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

When: October 28th Noon-1 pm.

Where: The Big Lake Library

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Alaska Absentee Early and In-Person Voting

PoliticsBeginning 15 days prior to an election, and continuing through Election Day, voters may vote:

Absentee early at a Regional Elections Office in the jurisdiction where the voter is registered. Regional offices are located in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome; or

Absentee in-person at any Regional Elections Office or absentee voting location.

What is the difference between absentee in-person voting and early voting?

When voting early, the voter’s eligibility to vote is verified at the time of voting through the Division of Elections statewide voter registration system. A voter is eligible to vote early if the voter is voting at the Regional Elections Office and if the voter’s registration record is active and current. Early voting is available only during Primary, General and Statewide Special Elections. Since the voter’s eligibility to vote could be verified, the voter simply signs a certificate and the voted ballot is placed directly into the ballot box.

When voting absentee in-person, the voter’s eligibility to vote is verified after the voter is issued a ballot. Absentee in-person voting is available at each Regional Elections Office and at many absentee voting locations throughout the state. Since the voter’s eligibility could not be verified at the time of voting, the voter’s voted ballot is placed inside an absentee voting envelope prior to being placed in the ballot box.

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"Trunk or Treat" in Big Lake

Community by Taleen Lundale, Committee Chair Trunk or Treat, Big Lake Elementary PTO

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Fall Back Follies are coming to Big Lake

Community The Big Lake Lions and Susitna Rotary will host an evening of fun, food, and great entertainment with Alaska Home Companion on October 22nd at 6 pm. Advance ticket purchase only.

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Are You Interested in a Debate Between the Incumbent and the Challenger?

PoliticsIs anyone interested in attending or otherwise reading of a debate between Mark Neuman, the Incumbent, and the challenger G.I. Jones? It could be held at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center. This thread would also be a great opportunity to get questions from the Community to be used during the debate. I realize that it's getting close to decision time, but this can be done.
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Willow man charged with Assault

Police BlotterOn 10/17/16 at 11 am, AST responded to a residence on Douglas Drive in Willow for a disturbance involving a firearm. Investigation revealed Jason Hunt, age 27 of Willow, recklessly placed a family member in fear of imminent serious physical injury during the incident. Hunt was arrested for the original charge of Assault in the 3rd Degree and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held without bail.
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Happy Alaska Day!

AnnouncementsAlaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States, which occurred on Friday, October 18, 1867.
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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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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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Big Lake Man Passes Away

Police BlotterOn 10/16/16, at approximately 10:40 am, AST was notified of an unexpected death at a residence off of Wasey Way in Big Lake. Investigation revealed Raymond Rossiter (67) of Big Lake had died during the night from natural causes.

Raymond’s Next of Kin was located and notified of his death. The SME was contacted and released Raymond to a local Funeral Home. No foul play is suspected.

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One Fish Over The Limit

Fish and GameOn 10-13-16, Palmer Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Luan P. Le, age 40, of Anchorage for taking one fish over the limit of rainbow trout while fishing on Matanuska Lake. The fish was seized and bail was set at $130.00 dollars in the Palmer District Court.

One Fish.
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