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Proposition No. B-4 includes $1,250,000 for Big Lake Area Trail Bridges

Community For your consideration and discussion:

Proposition No. B-4

Parks and Recreational Facilities and Related Capital Improvement Bonds

Shall the Matanuska-Susitna Borough incur debt and issue general obligation bonds, in one or more series, in the aggregate principal amount of not to exceed Twenty-Two Million One Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($22,160,000), to finance the construction, acquisition, improvement, and equipping of parks and recreational capital facilities and related capital improvements in the Borough, including without limitation the projects described below?

Big Lake Area Trail Bridges $1,250,000

Source and other projects.

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Studded Tires Now Legal in Alaska North of Latitude 60

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) reminds drivers that they may now use studded tires on Alaska’s paved highways and roads north of latitude 60. Studded tires will be legal to use in Alaska communities located south of latitude 60 on October 1.

Latitude 60 crosses Alaska from east to west just south of Prince William Sound, Seward and Chefornak. While the 60th parallel also crosses just south of Ninilchik on the Sterling Highway, Alaska law permits drivers to use studded tires on any paved portion of the Sterling Highway beginning Sept. 15 of each year.

ADOT&PF reminds Alaskans that studded tires are one way they can prepare their vehicle for winter driving conditions. The department recommends that drivers read the owner’s manual of their vehicle and check the following: tire pressure, defroster & heater, battery & lights, motor oil, antifreeze, belts, hoses, filters, brakes, brake fluid, wiper blades and windshield washer fluid. Anyone traveling in Alaska during winter should also consider carrying extra items such as flares, candles, blankets, food and a shovel in case they become stranded.

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Houston man arrested on warrants

Police BlotterOn 9/23/16 at approximately 8 am, the Alaska State Troopers contacted 51 year old Dennis Richards while serving a search warrant on his residence located on Cattail Circle in Houston. Dennis had three outstanding warrants for his arrest. Troopers arrested Dennis and transported him to Mat-Su Pre-Trial where he was remanded on the warrants.
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The Big Lake Times is a locally-owned and operated Free News site. Thousands of people visit The Big Lake Times every day, and we are also on Facebook and Twitter, and supply stories to other Press users via our syndicated newsfeed. We created this site to provide Citizens with an unbiased free source of news, weather, events, local business and politics, tips on Alaskan living and lifestyle, and much more. We are a community-driven and supported site. The code for the site is very clean and mobile-friendly, making it accessible to everyone, anytime, anywhere. And we won't use up your Data or Bandwidth. We are also one of the only sites on the Internet to allow Anonymous comment posting, because we believe in the 1st Amendment. We believe that the news should be free for all People.

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PFD is $1022 for 2016

EconomySeptember 23, 2016 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker announced the amount of the 2016 Permanent Fund Dividend today in an online video address to Alaskans, recorded at Valley Pathways High School in Palmer. Starting October 6th, over 643,000 eligible Alaskans will receive a $1,022 check. The Governor was joined by Palmer 8th grader Shania Sommer, who helped announce last year’s dividend amount.

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Yahoo hit in worst hack ever, 500 million accounts affected

TechIf you have a Yahoo account, you need to change your password immediately. I mean right now.

Change, recover, or reset your Yahoo password: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/recover-reset-yahoo-password-sln27051.html?impressions=true.

The hack, which took place in 2014, revealed names, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates and, in some cases, security questions and answers, Yahoo said in a press release. Encrypted passwords, which are jumbled so only a person with the right passcode can read them, were also taken, according to Cnet.

Full Press Release by Yahoo

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Big Lake Community Revenue Sharing Grant Application

Community by Yvonne Ruth

The Big Lake Community Council has $19,300.00 from the State of Alaska Revenue Sharing Program for the year 2016. The objective of this Grant Program to use the funds to improve the quality of life for Big Lake residents and to enhance Big Lake’s location as an ideal place to raise a family, run a business, recreate and retire.

Grant application and awarding time line is as follows:

October 18, 2016 – Applications due

NO APPLICATIONS will be considered if received after midnight on this date.

If applications are mailed, please ensure enough time for delivery by this date.

November 1, 2016 – Grant committee meets for preliminary review of applications

Applicant(s) will be notified November 2, 2016.

November 3, 2016 – Applicant presentation(s) to Grant Committee if needed for additional clarification.

November 8, 2016 – Grant Committee will present to the BLCC their awardee(s) and the BLCC will vote on distributing grant funds as a whole, not on each grant individually.

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Happy Autumn!

Community
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Tour bus hits moose, Trapper Creek

Police BlotterOn 09/20/16 at 8am, AST responded to mile 117 of the Parks Highway in Trapper Creek for the report of a motor vehicle collision with a moose. Investigation revealed Jordan Williams, age 29 of Trapper Creek, was driving a tour bus and struck a moose causing minor damage to the bus. A charity responded for the moose and the bus did not require a tow.
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The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet Bazaar

Community The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet will be holding a bazaar near the Big Lake Three Bears on September 24 2016 from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm. They are hosting their own Halloween Bazaar.

There will be Halloween costumes on display, Please contribute with your donations.

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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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Permitting Unauthorized to Drive-Big Lake

Police BlotterOn September 18, 2016 at about 4:54 pm, Alaska State Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Dodge Stratus for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed the driver's privilege to drive was suspended. Further investigation revealed the passenger, Latish Culbertson, 25 of Wasilla, had knowledge the driver's privilege to drive was suspended. Culbertson was issued a misdemeanor citation to appear in court.
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Introduction to CPR and First Aid for Teens

Community by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Becoming a Babysitter or Camp Counselor?

Ever go Hiking or Play Sports?

BLT’s (Big Lake Teens Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board) is hosting an Introduction to CPR and First Aid.

Sign Up at the Library in Advance (Space is Limited).

Friday, September 23rd 4-5:30 PM.

Ages 11-16.

At the Big Lake Library.

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Valley Mover offers bus service from Big Lake to Anchorage

Community The Valley Mover bus provides public transportation to Wasilla and Anchorage with 2 morning stops in Big Lake. The Full printable schedule is here.

Please consider supporting this community resource.

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Illegally Dumped Game Scraps Invite Bear Problems, Fines

Fish and GameHunting seasons are in full swing and many Alaskans are returning from days afield with moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other game ready for processing and storage in the freezer. Along the way, one problem successful hunters must consider is how to properly dispose of meat scraps, bones and hides.

Proper disposal isn't difficult, said Assistant Anchorage Area wildlife Biologist Cory Stantorf. What's hard is dealing with brown bears defending leftovers found illegally dumped in public greenbelts or residential areas.

"People don't always realize how quickly a pile of moose bones and meat scraps can go from an unsightly nuisance to a public safety concern," said Stantorf.

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