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Monday, April 24 2017 @ 12:56 PM AKDT

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Talkeetna man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 04/24/17 at 12:40 am, AST performed a traffic stop on a maroon 2004 Saturn for an equipment violation on the Talkeetna Spur Road in Talkeetna. Investigation revealed the driver, Luis Rodriquez age 32 of Talkeetna, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to comply with ASAP for a prior DUI. Rodriguez was arrested for his warrant and transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $1,000 bail.
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Willow man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 04/23/17 at 5:40 pm, AST performed a traffic stop on a silver 2003 Dodge pick-up for an equipment violation on Willow-Fishhook Road near Deception Creek in Willow. AST recognized an occupant of the vehicle to be Kiprian Reutov, age 31 of Willow, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for probation violation. Reutov was arrested for the warrant and transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $1,000 bail with a court approved third party condition.
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Charity Dinner, Silent Auction to Benefit the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet and Food Pantry

Community Join us for a Charity Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet and Food Pantry Saturday May 20th, 6 pm at The Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 14159 W. Hollywood Road in Big Lake.

All you can eat spaghetti $10.

Auction Items Needed. For more information/how You can help, please call 907.903.1902 or email

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Vendors Wanted for the Mother's Day Bazaar in Big Lake

Community Attention: Vendors wanted for the annual Mother's Day Bazaar in the East Lake Mall, Big Lake. May 6th 2017.

Just $25 for each 4' X 8' space.

Call Kim for details, 982-6088.

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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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The Big Lake Lions Mud Volleyball 2017

SportsThe Annual Big Lake Lions Mud Volleyball for 2017 is open for registration. To be held June 17 2017 near the Roundabout. Register early, and get ready for one of the biggest sporting events in Big Lake History.

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Free Classes on Sustainable Gardening and Agriculture

Home and GardenThe Palmer and Wasilla Soil and Water Conservation Districts will be offering free classes to the public. Class topics will focus on Sustainable Gardening and Agriculture. Volunteers from a variety of agencies as well as Master Gardeners come together in a united effort to bring Sustainable Agriculture Education to the Communities they serve. Please join us, together we can create a healthier and more sustainable life for you and your family.

Classes are limited to 30 per class to ensure that each person gets as much class time as possible. Be sure to reserve your spot today for this exciting opportunity. Call Cat Burlington at 907.414.7140 to get signed up. This would not be possible without the support of Wasilla Mat-Su College, The Big Lake Library, and the Willow Community Center.

Introduction to Pollinating Your Garden April 22nd @ The Big Lake Library 1-3 pm.

Introducing Permaculture in The Northern Environment April 29th @ The Big Lake Library 1-3 pm.

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Studded Tire and Pothole Information

Alaska News

Studded Tires:

It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive, north of 60° North Latitude (all communities north of Ninilchik) and

It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road from April 15th through September 30th, inclusive, south of 60° North Latitude (Anchor Point, Homer, Kodiak and cities and towns in Southeast Alaska), except that at any latitude on a paved portion of the Sterling Highway a person may not operate a motor vehicle with studded tires from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive.

Reporting Potholes:

WARNING: Water and asphalt do not mix. Potholes result when water gets into and under asphalt. Motorists should reduce speed while driving through all puddles especially large puddles. We have had many reports of flat tires due to drivers driving too fast through puddles and hitting unseen potholes. Report potholes promptly to the nearest maintenance station in your area.

To report potholes on major state routes: Mat-Su: 907-745-2159

To report potholes on local roads:Mat-Su Borough: 907-745-9826

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Bidding open now for DNR's annual land auction for Alaskans

Alaska NewsThe Department of Natural Resources is inviting Alaskans interested in owning a piece of the Last Frontier to participate in the 2017 Annual State Land Auction. This year’s land offering includes road-accessible and remote parcels ranging from the Southeast Alaska coastline to Interior river corridors. Of the 200 parcels available, 77 are new to the auction this year.

Alaska residents may submit sealed bids in person, by mail, or online between 10 a.m. on March 24 and 5 p.m. on July 5. Apparent high bids will be announced on July 12. Bidders may purchase up to two parcels in this auction. Free brochures are available at DNR’s Public Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks and the DNR Land Counter in Juneau. Individuals are encouraged to visit DNR’s recently-updated Land Sales site at

Over-the-Counter (OTC) sales will follow the auction. Parcels will become available for purchase at 10 am on July 26. Changes have been made to the OTC procedures following the Auction this year; see pages 94 and 109 of the brochure for details. Visit our website to see parcels currently available for purchase OTC. DNR offers competitive, in-house financing for land purchases.

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Sixth - graders invited to name two law enforcement K9s

Education and Local School NewsAlaska’s sixth-grade classes are invited to submit names for two new law enforcement K9s, whose tasks will include searching for illegal drugs.

Use of heroin and other opioids is a growing problem across the United States. Governor Bill Walker, who recently declared a public health crisis in Alaska, signed Administrative Order 283 to outline the state’s next steps to address the drug epidemic.

The dog-naming contest is an initiative of Safer Alaska Building Strong Communities, to engage students in illicit-drug prevention.

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HHS Gun and Outdoor Show 2017

Education and Local School Newsby Lisa Humphreys, Houston High School

Hello Vendors! Only two days until the show set up – Hope you are all ready! We will have set up from 5-9:00 pm on Friday the 21st or you can also come from 5:00 am to show open at 10:00 am – as long as you can be ready for the show to open on time. We do still have a few spaces available (only about 8) so if you aren’t signed up there is still time.

We once again have two door prize guns (Thank you so much to Three Bears Alaska for that donation) that we will be giving away – the first 300 people paid through the door get a raffle ticket for the drawing so it is always very busy in the morning.

We will have a hospitality room for our vendors only in Locker room 3 with free coffee and doughnuts starting at about 7:00 am.

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Dept. of Public Safety: Please Support SB 54 Amendments to Criminal Justice Reform

Alaska NewsFrom a Press Release

Last year, our legislature and Governor Walker enacted Senate Bill 91, broadly reforming our criminal justice system. Prior laws were not working as we had hoped. Evidence showed that long prison sentences did not reform criminals or make our communities safer in the long run. And most of those who were sentenced to prison became repeat visitors to our criminal justice system.

SB 91 significantly reduced prison sentences for all but the most serious crimes. Because most crimes involve substance abuse factors and more than 40% of our inmates have mental health issues, a primary goal of SB 91 was to incentivize low level offenders to seek treatment, rather than putting those people in prison.

But once SB 91 was enacted, our District Attorneys, prosecutors, Troopers and others began seeing that a few provisions undercut the treatment goals of SB 91 and negatively impacted public safety. With the support of Governor Walker, our departments suggested small changes to our criminal justice laws. The Senate just passed our proposed changes as part of Senate Bill 54, and that bill is now before the House.

What are our proposed amendments? There are a number of small tweaks, but we believe two are the most important: authorizing up to one year in jail for C-felonies and imposing a small amount of jail time for repeat thefts of less than $250.

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Big Lake Elementary Spring Purge

Education and Local School NewsDon't miss the Big Lake Elementary Spring Purge, a garage sale and vendor event to benefit the Big Lake Elementary Library.

May 6th, 2017 from 10 am til 5 pm at Big Lake Elementary School.

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You're Invited to The 1st Annual Joint Community Awards Luncheon

Community You're Invited to celebrate with The Big Lake Lions and Big Lake Chamber of Commerce @ the 1st Annual Joint Community Awards Luncheon.

April 29th 2017 at Noon, at The Big Lake Recreation Center.

Tickets available on the Chamber Website:

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Big Lake Welcomes Seniors

Alaska NewsA new gated community offers affordable lake front homes for seniors.
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