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Tuesday, December 06 2016 @ 06:53 AM AKST

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AST Strongly Urges Citizens to Lock Their Doors

Police BlotterIn recent weeks, the Alaska State Troopers have taken numerous calls for service for thefts from unlocked vehicles in Wasilla, particularly in residential areas off of Knik Goose Bay Road. Multiple items of value, particularly firearms have been targeted of the thefts. Citizens are strongly urged to lock their vehicles and secure any items of value that are in their vehicles. If anyone has any information on any identifiable suspects in these thefts are asked to contact your Alaska State Troopers at 745-2131.
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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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Troopers arrest teen, charged as an adult with Murder in connection with missing teen.

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On 12-2-16 at 2 pm, human remains believed to be those of David Grunwald were located by AST in the Knik River Road area near Palmer. The remains have been sent the Office of the State Medical Examiner for confirmation of identity and a determination of cause and manner of death.

The investigation of this case resulted in the arrest of 16 year old Erick Almandinger of Palmer who is being charged as an adult with Murder in the First Degree and Kidnapping. Others involved in this incident have been identified but have not been charged as of yet.

Previously: The Alaska State Troopers are asking for the public’s assistance in potentially locating surveillance video that has footage of Grunwald or his Ford Bronco, license plate JFM910. The Bronco has a dark blue body with a thin tan stripe down the side and matching trim. If you have a surveillance camera set up (either home or business) in the Palmer/Wasilla area, please review your footage from 11/13/2016 from 1800 hours through 11/14/2016 at approximately 1100 hours. If you believe you have footage that shows Grunwald or the Bronco, please contact Alaska State Troopers at 907-352-5401.

AST continues to investigate the disappearance of 16 year old David Grunwald. Anyone with any information or who may have seen Grunwald or his vehicle on Sunday evening (11/13/2016) is encouraged to contact Alaska State Troopers at 907-352-5401.

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake @ The Lions Rec Center

Recreation

Big Lake Lions Rec Center, Photo by Dennis Garrett

November thru February Schedule.

Free Open Skating Saturdays 7-9 PM, Sundays 2-4 PM. Rental Skates $3.

Shinny Hockey Saturdays 9-11 PM, Sundays 12-2 PM, Mondays 9-11 PM. Helmets Required, Half Gear Recommended. $5/person.

Private Parties Call 892.6502 for information.

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The Big Lake Lions Club Presents: The Annual Holiday Bazaar

Community Two exciting days of fun in the Eastlake Mall. December 3rd 11 am-6 pm and December 4th 11 am-5 pm.

Have some lunch and do all of your holiday shopping in one place!

An amazing selection of arts, candy, jewelry, glasswork, crafts, baked goods, and more.

Pictures with Santa 1-4 pm on Saturday, 2-4 pm on Sunday.

Shoppers find great gifts at the Bazaar. Photo by Dennis Garrett

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Big Lake Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade

Community The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade will take place December 3rd from 4:30-6:30 pm.

At The Big Lake Library and Jordan Lake Park.

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Alaska sees 34 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2016

Alaska News Motor vehicle traffic fatalities are on the rise this year in Alaska, and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) would like to remind travelers to drive with care as the holidays approach.

As of Nov. 21, Alaska has had 75 traffic fatalities in 69 fatal crashes in 2016, according to the ADOT&PF Alaska Highway Safety Office. This compares to 56 fatalities in 53 fatal crashes for the same date in 2015.

Traffic fatalities are on the rise nationally, as well. Preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show traffic fatalities rose by 10.4 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015.

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Houston woman charged with Disorderly Conduct

Police BlotterOn 11/29/16 at 7:43 pm, AST responded to the intersection of the Parks Highway and Hawk Lane in Houston for numerous reports of a person walking in the roadway and creating a traffic hazard.

Upon arrival, AST contacted Brandi Slover, age 33 of Houston, who proceeded to run into traffic creating a hazardous condition for herself and passing motorists. AST was able to detain Slover and she was arrested for the original charge of Disorderly Conduct. Slover was transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where she was remanded into custody and held without bail.

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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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Houston woman arrested, charged with DUI

Police BlotterOn 11/27/2016 at approximately 12:17 am Alaska State Troopers stopped a Ford pickup near the intersection of the Parks Hwy. and Deskas St. in Wasilla for a moving violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Natasha A. Williams, age 24, of Houston. Williams was found to be operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Williams was arrested and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where she was to be released on her own recognizance.

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Roundup of News from The Big Lake Community Council

Community Here are a few items from the October 11th 2016 Big Lake Community Council Meeting Minutes. To read the Full Text of the Minutes Click Here. (PDF Format). Three new members were elected to the Board: Margaret Billinger, Cathy Mayfield, and Diane Lada.

Image from the BLCC Website

Much of the discussion centered around the "907 Club" which is being built between the Superstore and the Yamaha shop. Click Here for the 907 Club Conditional Use Permit materials at the Mat-Su Borough.

Other topics included local road issues, schools, and other Community matters. At the time of that meeting the Big Lake Community Council had 127 members. Big Lake has over 3,000 residents, which means that a very small number of people are guiding the future of Big Lake. For those who wish to be involved in the future and growth of Big Lake, Click Here to join the Big Lake Community Council.

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Public Notices > 2016 Susitna Parkway II PUFA

Public NoticesThe Susitna Parkway II Personal Use Firewood Harvest Area is open. This area is located adjacent to West Susitna Parkway. Access is from the Parks Highway, Big Lake Road, South Big Lake Road and West Susitna Parkway. Access and removal is permitted 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. These restrictions will be strictly enforced.

A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer. Please be prepared to provide the year, make, and model and license number of all motorized vehicle or trailers to be used while harvesting the timber.

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Houston man attempts to elude Troopers

Police BlotterOn 11/26/16 at approximately 8:57 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a green 1997 Chrysler Cirrus for a moving violation in Houston. The vehicle failed to yield to Troopers and continued and drove recklessly in the Houston area. The vehicle eventually stopped and the driver was identified as Kevin Wheeler, age 48 of Houston.

Wheeler had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. Wheeler was arrested on his outstanding warrants and for Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer 1 (Felony Eluding). Wheeler was transported and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he was held without bail.

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The Big Lake Comprehensive Plan

Community Introduction: Big Lake is facing challenges and opportunities associated with growth in rural Alaska. As in many other parts of the state, many Big Lake residents are concluding that while they don’t welcome the idea of planning, or more meetings, they nonetheless want to have a voice in the growth of their community. In 1996, the Big Lake Community Council developed its first Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by the MSB Assembly. A little over a decade later, Big Lake has elected to update that plan to address the challenges and opportunities facing the community today and into the future.

Key components of this plan include a broad, long-term vision for Big Lake’s future; policies to guide land use, growth, and development; priorities to improve public facilities and services; and policies to promote economic development, retain community character and protect the natural environment.

To download and read The Big Lake Comprehensive Plan Click Here.

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Big Lake man found deceased in his home

Police BlotterOn 11/23/16 at approximately 9 am Alaska State Troopers received a report of a Big Lake resident found deceased in his home. A family member reported he located 74 year old Horst Krewetzki unresponsive during a welfare check. The State Medical Examiner and Alaska State Troopers responded to the residence off Horseshoe Lake. State experts concluded foul play not to be a factor and Horst died of natural causes.
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