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Sunday, November 19 2017 @ 03:02 AM AKST

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Weatherization at No-Cost

Home and GardenIndividuals who meet income limits may apply for the Weatherization Program through the weatherization service provider in their area. Homeowners and renters may apply.

The weatherization provider will provide program services at no cost to qualified applicants.

Click To Participate in the Weatherization program

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Big Lake man facing theft charges

Police BlotterOn 11/15/2017 at approximately 11:09 a.m., an employee of Ficklin Construction contacted the Alaska State Troopers to report a theft. Investigation revealed Johnny Raymond Hanifen, age 40 of Big Lake who was a former employee of Ficklin Construction had been making fraudulent charges on the business’ account. Charges of Theft II and Fraudulent Use of an Access Device X 32 are being forwarded to the Palmer District Attorney’s Office.

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Medicare enrollment at the Big Lake Public Library

Health and Wellnessby Roma Scougal

Don’t let time run out! Medicare open enrollment for 2018 coverage ends December 7, 2017. Even if you are happy with your current drug coverage, it’s still worthwhile to review your options because monthly premiums and covered prescriptions for a plan can change each year. Choosing a prescription plan can be confusing, but we are here to help. Britney Travis, from the Medicare Information Office, will be at the Big Lake Public Library on Tuesday, November 21, from 10 AM to 3 PM, and on Monday, November 27, from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM, to help you enroll. Please call 907-373-3632 for a time slot.

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Looking for some help putting up Christmas lights for holidays

Community by Marguerite Bogert

To all out there, The library is in need of help to hang our annual christmas lights does anyone know of someone that might be able to do the job? The Christmas parade and tree lighting are on the 2nd of December and the library would like to be able to have our lights ready to turn on that evening. Help. Any takers?

Also on that Saturday, the 2nd of December from 3-6 we will be hosting a ornament decorating making workshop for the kiddos. So again, having the lights up and on will make for awesome festivities.

Email or call library and help us out.

Thanks to you all,

Marguerite Bogert

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The Big Lake Library is Seeking Travelers

Community Have you taken an interesting trip? Do you have pictures?

The Big Lake Library is looking for travelers who would like to talk about their adventures and show their photos as part of The Adult Learning Program at Your library.

Presentations should be about an hour in length. Library staff will be happy to help make your photos into a slideshow and give you any other help you might want to put together your travelogue.

Please call The Big Lake Library at 861-7635 or talk to the Library Staff in person if you would be interested.

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Big Lake Yoga @ The Lions Rec Center

Health and Wellness

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center. Please note the new times.

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

Classes designed for all levels.

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Honoring Veterans

Military and Veterans

Thank you.

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Big Lake man charged with DUI

Police BlotterOn 11/7/2017 at approximately 10:04 pm, AST conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota SUV for an equipment violation near Big Lake Road and Meadowood Drive. The driver was identified as Joshua L. Ogle, 42 YOA of Big Lake. An open container of alcohol was observed inside of the vehicle. An investigation revealed Joshua was impaired by alcohol. Joshua was arrested for DUI and transported to Matsu Pretrial in Palmer. Bail O/R.

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Troopers say man found dead in Houston a homicide, seeks public help

Police BlotterUPDATE: The deceased is identified as Patrick McMullen, 32 of Wasilla. Next of kin has been notified. The death is believed to be a homicide. McMullen’s vehicle was found in a pullout at milepost 59 of the Parks Hwy in Houston. McMullen was found deceased on an ATV trail a short distance away. Anyone who was traversing that section of the Parks Hwy on the night of Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017 after 9 p.m. that may have seen any vehicles at the pull out or anything suspicious in the area, please contact Troopers in Palmer at 352-5401 and reference case number AK17078337.

On 11/02/2017 at approximately 8:47 a.m., AST was notified of an unresponsive person in the ditch near milepost 59 of the Parks Hwy in Houston. Palmer AST responded and confirmed the man was deceased. Palmer GIU responded to assist. The deceased has been identified however next of kin has not been notified. Efforts to notify next of kin are underway. The SME’s office is conducting an autopsy. Investigation continues.

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State Winter Road Maintenance Priority Map

Public NoticesHere is a Winter Road Maintenance Priority Map. Source

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News from Office of the State Veterinarian

Pets and AnimalsThe last few months have been busy at Alaska’s Office of the State Veterinarian (OSV)!

Our staff spent much of the last month on the road, visiting fairs across the state doing livestock checks, poultry testing, and public outreach. You might have seen us at the Southeast Alaska State Fair (Haines), Tanana Valley State Fair (Fairbanks), Kenai Peninsula Fair (Ninilchik), Deltana State Fair (Delta Junction), Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair (Kodiak), or the Alaska State Fair (Palmer).

In a crowded, busy place such as a state fair, it is important that all members of the community work together to ensure a safe and disease-free environment for everyone. This is why Dr. Coburn and I visit each fair and work with a team of volunteer veterinarians to inspect livestock entries. It is our job to ensure that all animals are free of diseases and parasites that could potentially infect other animals or humans. We also educate 4-H participants about the importance of biosecurity and how to prevent illness in their livestock as well the transmission of zoonotic diseases to their human family members.

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Veterans and Remembrance Day

AnnouncementsPress Release

WHEREAS, Veterans and Remembrance Day is our opportunity to honor our war veterans, and to acknowledge the origins of this November date which became a tradition at the end of the First World War; and

WHEREAS, in 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month a temporary cessation of hostilities was declared between the Allied nations and Germany, then known as “The Great War.” Initially this date was observed in many countries as Armistice Day. Twenty years later, in 1938, it became an official federal holiday; and

WHEREAS, the 11th day of November has become an occasion to show gratitude to the American men and women who defend our nation’s founding ideas, protect the innocent, and liberate the oppressed from tyranny and terror, and our allies in the Commonwealth Nations honor their service members who fought and died alongside those serving in the United States Armed Forces on this day; and

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Man found deceased in Houston

Police BlotterOn 11/02/2017 at approximately 8:47 a.m., AST was notified of an unresponsive person in the ditch near milepost 59 of the Parks Hwy in Houston. Palmer AST responded and confirmed the man was deceased. Palmer GIU responded to assist. The deceased has been identified however next of kin has not been notified. Efforts to notify next of kin are underway. The SME’s office is conducting an autopsy. Investigation continues.

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Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

Public NoticesName of product: Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles

Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Recall date: November 2, 2017

Recall number: 18-022

For more information visit https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and

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Big Lake woman uninjured in crash

Police BlotterOn 11/01/17 at 7:16 p.m., AST responded to mile 49 of the Parks Highway in Wasilla for a 2 vehicle collision. Michael Roehl, age 17 of Wasilla, was driving a white 2001 Ford pick-up north bound and collided with a black 2007 Dodge pick-up driven by Nicole Musick, age 32 of Big Lake. No injuries were reported and the Dodge was towed from the scene. Foggy weather and icy road conditions were a factor.

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