News, Weather, Events, Information, and more about Big Lake, Alaska.

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Thursday, August 25 2016 @ 03:21 AM AKDT

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Electric Power to over 20,000 Currently Being Restored

EnergyFrom the MEA Facebook Post : "We have approximately 20,000 people without power. Will connect with dispatch and get more information your way soon.

We'll post updates when they become available.

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Houston man charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Police BlotterOn 08-17-2016, it was reported to the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Bureau of Investigation Mat-Su Child Abuse Investigation Unit, that Harold Moore, age 52, of Houston had sexually abused two juvenile females, ages 11 and 13, over the period of three years. On 08-19-2016 Harold Moore was arrested and remanded to Mat Su Pre Trial for Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the First Degree.
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Saturday In The Park Music Festival-Big Lake

ArtsBeginning June 4th, there will be a series of "Saturday in the Park" Music Festivals. Thanks to The Big Lake Chamber and Sterling Silver Band for doing this. Bring a picnic lunch and the family. Many types of music will be offered. At the Jay Nolfi/Fish Creek Park in Big Lake, 11 am - 3 pm. Musicians bring your gig kit. Call 982-8033 in advance for scheduling and for booking.

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Houston Founder's Day 2016

Community The Annual Houston Founder's Day will be held all day August 20th at Mile 57, beginning with the Parade at 6:30 pm and ending with a spectacular fireworks show from 10:30 pm until dark. Fun for the whole family!

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Primary Election Results

PoliticsHere are the returns with most of the vote counted:

Senate District D — Greater Wasilla/Big Lake/Point Mackenzie

Republicans: David Wilson, 52.4 percent; and Lynn Gattis, 47.6 (all precincts).

House District 8 — Big Lake/Point Mackenzie

Republicans: Mark Neuman, 63.5 percent, and Mike Alexander, 36.6 percent (all precincts).

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Big Lake Yoga @ The Lions Club

Health and Wellness

Mondays and Wednesdays August-November, 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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Assault IV (Domestic Violence), Disorderly Conduct - Houston

Police BlotterOn August 13, 2016 at about 6:17 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance on Hawk Lane in Houston. Investigation revealed Vincent Kunayak, 42 of Houston, physically assaulted a female in the residence. Kunayak was later arrested and remanded to Mat-Su pre-trial. The female was transported the hospital for treatment to her injuries. While being treated, the female caused a disturbance and was subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct.
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Election Information

PoliticsElection Days are fast approaching us. While we are all busting it getting ready for winter, putting up meat, fish, and berries, and looking at the "To-Do" List and wondering if we can check everything off.

But we also have the duty and privilege to elect our representatives. While it costs nothing but a few minutes of your time to vote, an informed voter is better for the process.

Following is some publicly-available information. The Big Lake Times offers equal time to all candidates and views.

Mat-Su Borough Elections

2016 Primary Election

Election Day - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.The Mat-Su Borough is responsible for planning and administering Borough elections. Regular elections are held annually on the first Tuesday in October. Special elections and mayoral run-off elections may be scheduled in accordance with Borough code.

The next regular election will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

October 4, 2016 Regular Election Calendar, *.PDF Format.

Please be aware the State Division of Elections will hold two elections this year: Primary Election, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 and General Election, Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Division of Elections has its own By-Mail application process for the two elections and those applications must be completed and submitted to the Division of Elections.

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Houston man charged with DUI

Police BlotterOn 8/12/16 at approximately 8:13 pm Alaska State Troopers responded to a REDDI report from multiple callers of a 2004 white Ford pickup driving erratically on the Parks Highway. AST conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at MP 49 of the Parks Highway. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Ross Brennan, age 32 of Houston. Investigation found Brennan was driving while impaired by alcohol. Brennan was arrested for DUI and transported to MSPT where he was remanded and released O/R.
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Fish, Cottonwood, And Wasilla Creeks Coho Salmon Sport Fishing Limits And Days Liberalized

Fish and GameThe sport fishing bag and possession limit for coho salmon will increase to three fish beginning at 6 a.m. on August 13 in waters open to salmon fishing on Fish, Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks. In addition, fishing will be allowed at Fish Creek seven days per week, and anglers will be allowed to fish on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks. Fishing will be allowed on these waters from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

“We’re seeing strong numbers of coho salmon on certain streams within the Knik Arm,” Sam Ivey, the Sport Fish Area Management Biologist in Palmer said. “As of August 9, just over 2,000 coho salmon have passed the Fish Creek weir. Looking at the average run timing and current weir counts, it is likely the sustainable escapement goal of 1,200 to 4,400 fish will be exceeded. Previous studies indicate a strong correlation in run size between coho salmon runs to Fish Creek and runs to Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks.”

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Area Sport Fishing Reports Week of August 10 to August 16

Fish and GameEmergency Orders and regulation reminders

Use of bait is currently prohibited by EO on the Little Susitna River.

Jim Creek, including all waters downstream to the Knik River and continuing downstream on the Knik River to within 100 yards of its confluence with Bodenburg Creek is closed by regulation to sport fishing for any species on Mondays and Tuesdays for the rest of this season.

By Emergency Order, beginning 6 a.m. Saturday, August 13, the bag and possession limit for coho (silver) salmon 16 inches or greater in length is increased to three fish in those waters of Fish Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Wasilla Creek open to salmon fishing. Mondays are added to the weekend-only fisheries of Cottonwood and Wasilla Creeks, allowing fishing to occur on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, and Fish Creek is liberalized to 7 days per week. Anglers are reminded that sport fishing is only allowed in these waters from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and that the coho salmon limit is combined with the bag and possession limit of sockeye, chum, and pink salmon.

Motorized watercraft capable of producing more than 42 pounds of thrust or 3 horsepower may not be used on Wasilla Creek on Saturdays and Sundays, July 15 - August 15.

Coho salmon 16 inches or longer once removed from fresh water must be retained and become part of the bag limit of the person who originally hooked the fish. A person may not remove a coho salmon 16 inches or longer from the water before releasing it.

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Guidelines for Propane Safety

Home and GardenOver the past two weeks we have had two propane explosions which resulted in serious injury to 6 people. The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind you to be safe regarding the use of Liquefied Propane Gas (LPG). As propane is used in many remote locations and rural communities in Alaska for heating, it is imperative to follow basic, but necessary safety guidelines:

If you smell a strong odor of gas (rotten eggs) leave the area immediately and call the fire department or local Public Safety Office from outside.
Handle any propane-powered equipment cautiously and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Cylinder tanks for equipment such as stoves and ovens must be located outside of the home.
Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside the home.
Never operate a propane-powered gas grill inside the home.
Have propane gas equipment inspected periodically by a professional for possible leaks or malfunctioning parts.

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DUI, Refusal-Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 8/6/16 at 1:21 am, Alaska State Troopers stopped a 2005 gray Dodge pick-up truck for an individual standing up in the bed of the truck while the truck was in motion and for an equipment violation on Roger's Road in Big Lake. Alaska State Troopers made contact with the operator of the vehicle who was identified as Quinn M. Thoman, age 22 of Anchorage. Thoman was subsequently arrested for DUI. Thoman was transported to an Alaska State Trooper Post for DUI processing and Refused to Submit to a Chemical Test of his breath. Thoman was additionally charged with Refusal. Thoman was transported to and remanded in MSPT to be released when sober.
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Three Bears' Big Lake Gas Station, Convenience Store, and Liquor Store Grand Opening

Local BusinessThe new Three Bears store will be holding a Grand Opening celebration this Saturday. Located at the corner of S. Big Lake Road and Hollywood. Lots of giveaways, free food and drink, and more.

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Public Notice: Big Lake Roundabout Paving this Saturday

Public NoticesJolt Construction will be paving the Big Lake Roundabout this Saturday, August 6th, from 7 am to 7 pm. Expect delays and try to use an alternate route.
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