Big Lake, Alaska and The Susitna Valley News, Weather, Events, And More

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Friday, January 19 2018 @ 12:32 AM AKST

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Big Lake woman arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 1-17-18 at about 1:30 a.m., the Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in Big Lake and contacted 24 year old Ashley Sowle. Investigation revealed Sowle had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for a Probation Violation. She was arrested and remanded to MSPT where she was held on $5000 bail.

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Big Lake Transfer Station Closure February 7-8, 2018

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough Big Lake Transfer Station located at 13507 Hollywood Road will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8th 2018. The closure will provide staff time to attend Solid Waste Division quarterly required training and perform site maintenance designated to maintain standards and ensure regulatory compliance. 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 861-7602. For more information go to: or “Like” us on Facebook at Matanuska Susitna Borough Solid Waste Division.

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Public Notice: Alaskan Dream Marijuana Cultivation

Public NoticesHere is the public notice for Alaskan Dream LLC marijuana cultivation facility on Gonder Road in Big Lake:

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Criminal Mischief / Trespass / Vandalism Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 01/15/2018, Alaska State Trooper dispatch was contacted by a State Park Employee to report a Destruction/Damage/Vandalism at a State Park in Big Lake. The complainant stated someone had entered the park and caused damage to several traffic control signs. The dollar amount of the items damaged was approximately $1000. The investigation is ongoing and the public is asked to contact Alaska State Trooper Dispatch at 352-5401 with any information.

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Troopers seek information in Big Lake theft

Police BlotterOn 1/15/18 at approximately 3 p.m., AST responded to a residence on Big Lake Road where a building had been broken into and a truck engine had been stolen. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact AST at 745-2131.

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Troopers investigate Big Lake theft

Police BlotterOn 01/14/2018 at approximately 8:49 p.m., AST received a call about a theft on Creek Frontage Road in Big Lake. The investigation revealed that a propane tank was taken from the residence. The investigation is ongoing at this time. The Troopers are requesting that anyone with information on this to contact the Troopers at 352-5401.

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Big Lake Yoga @ The Lions Rec Center

Health and Wellness

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center. Please note the new times.

$60/month or $10 for drop-ins. Bring a mat.

Classes designed for all levels.

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Mandatory Crossbow Education Course Now Available Online

Fish and Game(STATEWIDE) — A new online crossbow education course is now available on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website. The course — along with an accompanying field program — is mandatory under regulations that go into effect this summer requiring hunting certification for those who use crossbows to take big game in Alaska.

Beginning July 1, 2018, only hunters who have successfully completed a department-approved crossbow certification course may use crossbows to take big game in Alaska. Regulations mandating certification were adopted by the Alaska Board of Game in 2016.

Alaska's online crossbow education course provides instruction on crossbow techniques, safety, wildlife conservation, and outdoors preparedness. After passing a test covering the online curriculum, hunters must attend a field day and successfully complete a proficiency shoot. Crossbow certification is awarded to those who complete both portions, and certification cards must be carried in the field while hunting.

For more information about crossbow hunting education and requirements in Alaska, or to participate in the department's online crossbow education course, visit the Crossbow Education webpage at or contact Ginamaria Smith at (907) 267-2196 or .

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Governor Walker Advances Effort to Launch Commuter Rail Service Linking Anchorage, Mat-Su

Alaska NewsGovernor Bill Walker signed Administrative Order No. 292, establishing the Governor’s Commuter Rail Advisory Task Force.

The nine-member group is being formed to determine the feasibility of a commuter rail service connecting Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Right now, an average of 50,000 drivers commute daily on the lone ground transportation link that connects the two communities.

“Anyone who drives on the Glenn Highway knows all too well that we need an alternative way to move between Alaska’s two largest population centers,” Governor Walker said. “This new group will make sure our rail system is reaching its full potential.”

The task force will draw from prior research conducted by the Department of Transportation as well as information from the Alaska Railroad Corporation and other sources.

Results of the study will determine estimates of initial and ongoing capital costs, expected operating costs, potential ridership, a recommended governance structure, and economic benefits of a commuter rail such as saving on road maintenance and lowering of emissions, among other things.

Initial findings are due to the governor no later than May 31.

Mayors from the Municipality of Anchorage, City of Houston, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, City of Palmer, and City of Wasilla will serve on the task force; as will the Director of the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions, a representative from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and two members of the public with expertise in transportation. The Transportation and Commerce commissioners will also serve as non-voting members.

Members of the task force will not receive compensation, though per diem and travel expenses will be covered for any members who are not government employees. Funding in the Governor’s proposed capital budget related to this initiative would not be spent unless the task force recommends moving forward with a pilot project after their analysis is complete.

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Community Revenue Sharing Grant 2018

Community Submitted by Yvonne Ruth, BLCC

Please feel free to forward this application to anyone who has a great idea to make Big Lake an even BETTER place to live.

Application Deadline is 3/2/18.

Applications can be emailed to or mailed to BLCC PO Box 520931, BL 99652

Thank you,


Community Revenue Sharing Grant Application

Due: Friday, March 2, 2018

The Big Lake Community Council has $15,789.00 from the State of Alaska Revenue Sharing Program for the year 2018.

The objective of this Grant Program to use the funds to improve the quality of life for Big Lake resident 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:

March 2, 2018 – 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.

March 8, 2018 – Grant committee meets for preliminary review of applications

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

March 12, 2018 – Applicant presentation(s) to Grant Committee if needed for additional clarification.

March 13, 2018 – 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.

For the forms send an email.

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake @ The Lions Rec Center


Big Lake Lions Rec Center, Photo by Dennis Garrett

November through February Schedule.

Free Open Skating Saturdays 7-9 PM, Sundays 2-4 PM. Rental Skates $3. Dress warmly, the rink is not heated.

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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Big Lake Teen (BLT’s) schedule for January and February

Community Submitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

The Big Lake Library’s a place for local teens to make friends, play games, plan teen activities at the Library on Fridays. Ages 13-18

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Big Lake woman charged with vehicle theft

Police BlotterOn 1/9/2018 at approximately 8:32 a.m., a teal 1997 Nissan Sentra sedan was reported to be stolen from the owner's residence in Palmer.

On 1/10/2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m., AST located the stolen Nissan Sentra vehicle while patrolling the Walmart parking lot in Wasilla. An investigation revealed April D. Murray, 32 YOA of Big Lake, was the driver of the stolen vehicle. Murray was arrested for Vehicle Theft in the First Degree. Murray was remanded into custody at Matsu Pretrial in Palmer. The vehicle was released to the owner.

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The Big Lake Library is Seeking Travelers

Community Have you taken an interesting trip? Do you have pictures?

The Big Lake Library is looking for travelers who would like to talk about their adventures and show their photos as part of The Adult Learning Program at Your library.

Presentations should be about an hour in length. Library staff will be happy to help make your photos into a slideshow and give you any other help you might want to put together your travelogue.

Please call The Big Lake Library at 861-7635 or talk to the Library Staff in person if you would be interested.

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Big Lake Community Council Meeting Tonight


You're invited to attend the Big Lake Community Council Meeting. Tonight January 9th, 7 pm @ The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

See you there!

The meeting is open to all members of the community of Big Lake and guests. The Community Council serves all of Greater Big Lake, House District 8.

This is an opportunity to meet some of your neighbors, and to learn about issues that impact your community. Announce your group's event.

You can become a member of the Community Council by attending a meeting and paying the annual dues of $10. You are not required to be a member to attend the meetings or to speak. All are welcome. Visit the website at for more information and membership forms.

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