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Sunday, March 26 2017 @ 10:47 AM AKDT

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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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6 West Lakes Firefighters honored for ice rescue on Big Lake


Left to right

Michael Solmonson

Jimmie Rogers

Rodney Adams

Wil Halstrom

Jimmy Keel

Missing from photo is Robert Katzenberger.

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Assembly bans trapping in 8 parks

Public Noticesby Patty Sullivan, MSB

The Assembly amended the ordinance that prohibits trapping on Borough lands tonight and then passed it again. Assembly Member Randall Kowalke made three amendments.

The amended list of borough-owned land that prohibits trapping is:

• Crevasse Moraine

• Lazy Mountain Recreation Area

• Matanuska River Park

• Alcantra Athletic Complex

• West Bodenburg Butte

• Jordan Lake Park in Big Lake

Removed from the list were two parks owned by the State: Reflections Lake and Matanuska Lake.

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Troopers seek information in Willow burglary

Police BlotterOn 03/25/2017 at approximately 5:29 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to an address on N Lo-An Drive in Willow for a report of a burglary. A 36 year old Willow residence called to report an unknown suspect(s) unlawfully entered her residence and stole over $1000 in property to include numerous firearms. Estimated value of property stolen is approximately $10,000. Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contact AST at 352-5401 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.
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Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day

Military and VeteransWHEREAS, Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day has been established by the Alaska State Legislature on April 9 of each year to recognize and honor all former prisoners of war (POWs) from our nation’s wars who have returned home, and to commemorate the date of April 9, 1942, in which the largest number of Americans were captured during World War II’s Conquest of Bataan; and

WHEREAS, in 1970, Mrs. Mary Hoff, wife of an MIA service member, and member of the National League of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia recognized the need for a symbol for our POW/MIAs. Newton Heisley, a graphic designer and WW II veteran, designed a flag to represent the group. Heisley’s son Jeffrey was returning from Marine training at Quantico, VA after becoming ill, and his gaunt appearance became the inspiration for the silhouette on the flag; and


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Central Landfill and Transfer Stations Closed on Monday, March 27, 2017 in observance of Seward's Day

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill located at 1201 N. 49th State Street in Palmer and all Borough Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, March 27 th 2017 in observance of Seward’s Day. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Central Landfill during business hours 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday at 861-7603.
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Alaskans May Need U.S. Passports for Domestic Air Travel

Alaska NewsStarting June 6, Alaskans who work or live on U.S. military bases will not be able to gain unescorted entry using their Alaska driver’s licenses or any other form of state identification—if the legislature does not pass bills to ensure Alaska’s compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. Also, starting January, Alaskans will need a U.S. passport or other REAL ID Act-compliant forms of identification for domestic travel.

“Alaskans who want to visit family, attend a funeral or take a vacation will need a passport or federally approved form of identification to fly—even within Alaska and the rest of the United States—unless our state complies with federal REAL ID Act requirements,” Governor Walker said. “As it stands, residents in five non-compliant states are already being forced to use different forms of identification. Alaska should not be added to that list. For many, passports can be difficult and expensive to get. This legislation provides a cost-effective and flexible approach, giving Alaskans the option to get REAL ID-compliant licenses at a local DMV.”

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Share A Hobby with Gracie Dancer

Community Submitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Share A Hobby with Gracie Dancer

Friday March 24th from 4:30-5:30 pm. For All Ages.

Hosted by BLT's, (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board)

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Big Lake man arrested on warrant from Idaho

Police BlotterOn March 22, 2017 at approximately 3:45 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop at Mile 48 of the Parks Highway. Investigation revealed the driver, Adam Casqueira, 32 of Big Lake, had an extraditable warrant from Idaho.

Troopers placed Casqueira under arrest and transported him to Mat-Su Pretrial where he was remanded and held without bail.

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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.

Organic Gardening, The "4" Basics March 25th @ Mat-Su College 1-3 pm.

Using Hoop Houses in Alaska April 8th @ The Big Lake Library 1-3 pm.

Rain Collecting for Home or Garden April 15th @ Willow Community Center 1-3 pm.

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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Tapping Birch Trees Class @ The Big Lake Library

Health and WellnessContributed by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

The Big Lake Public Library Presents: Tapping Birch Trees. March 28th, 6-7 pm.

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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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Free Chicken University Class @ Big Lake Library

Pets and AnimalsContributed by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

The Big Lake Public Library Presents: Chicken University. March 29th, 6:30-7:30 pm.

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Story Fun@ 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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Happy 1st Day of Spring!

NatureToday is the 1st Day of Spring.

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