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

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Thursday, September 21 2017 @ 08:35 PM AKDT

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Big Lake man passes away

Police BlotterOn 9/20/2017 at 9:39 pm, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a home death at an address on Musk Ox St in Big Lake. Investigation revealed that David Bell, age 70, of Big Lake, passed away. No foul play is suspected. The State Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene and took possession of the body. Next-of-kin was present at the time of death.

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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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Today is Constitution Day

PoliticsConstitution Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Constitution and celebrates the citizens of the United States. The Constitution was written because the existing charter of government, known as the Articles of Confederation, had resulted in creating a weak and ineffective central government. The Constitution defines the supreme law of the United States, with each article of the constitution pertaining to aspects such as the congress, president, judicial system, interrelationship between the state and federal government and process of amendments to the Constitution. James Madison, Oliver Ellsworth, Nathaniel Gorham, Alexander Hamilton, William Johnson, Rufus King, Gouverneur Morris, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington wrote the Constitution.

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Stolen vehicle recovered in Houston, 2 cited

Police BlotterOn September 16, 2017 at about 12:38 pm, Alaska State Troopers contacted Jeremiah Proveauex, 30 of Houston, and Tarah Way, 32 of Houston, on a traffic stop.

Investigation revealed Proveauex was operating a motor vehicle while his privilege to drive was revoked. Way, a validly licensed driver, had knowledge Preveauex's privilege to drive was revoked. Further investigation revealed that the registration plates did not belong to the pickup truck Preveauex was operating; a check of the VIN revealed the pickup truck was stolen.

Preveauex was issued a misdemeanor citation to appear in court for mis-use of registration. Way was also issued a misdemeanor citation for permitting an unauthorized person to drive. Investigation into the stolen pickup truck is still under investigation.

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Alaska Mental Health Trust fall statewide land sale features 64 parcels

Alaska NewsThe Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office is offering approximately 64 parcels throughout Alaska in its 2017 Fall Statewide Land Sale. Comprehensive information about the parcels, including photos and maps, is available at

The Trust Land Office administers land sales on behalf of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Many Trust parcels are uniquely situated for residential and recreational uses and are made available for purchase through annual statewide land sales. Bids will be accepted until October 30, 2017.

The Trust Land Office can provide financing for successful bidders after down payment of 10 percent of the purchase price. You do not need to be an Alaskan resident to bid.

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2017 PFD is $1,100

EconomyThe Permanent Fund Dividend amount for 2017 was announced in a press release from the Governor.

"In passing its budget this year, the legislature set permanent fund dividends at $1,100 for each eligible Alaskan—and chose to pay for the $2.5 billion deficit entirely from savings. That leaves only $2 billion in the state’s main savings account—which pays for response to emergencies, like earthquakes, fires, and floods."

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Troopers seek information in Houston theft

Police BlotterOn 09/15/2017 at approximately 5:52 pm, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft on White Stag Circle in Houston. Investigation revealed someone had gained access to the gated property and stole a 2005, Intermountain RV, Eagle Cap slide in camper. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 352-5401 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

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Big Lake Welcomes Seniors

Alaska NewsSubmitted by Jim Faiks

A new gated community offers affordable lake front homes for seniors.

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Attention Youths age 11-16: Big Lake Teens Need You

Community Contributed by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

The Big Lake Library Teen Advisory Board (BLTs) Need YOU.

Exclusively for teens ages 11-16.

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Wasilla man arrested in Big Lake, faces numerous charges

Police BlotterOn 09/11/17 at 10:20 pm, AST responded to the Big Lake Tesoro for the report of a male slumped over the wheel of a black GMC pick-up. AST contacted the driver of the vehicle, Devin Blawat age 34 of Wasilla, who had a .357 magnum pistol on his person.

Blawat was arrested for the original charges of Driving Under the Influence and Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 4th Degree. Blawat later refused to provide a breath sample for the Datamaster and was also charged with Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test. Blawat was remanded into custody at the MSPT pretrial facility in Palmer where he was held on $2,000 bail.

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Big Lake Community Council Meeting Tonight


You're invited to attend the Big Lake Community Council Meeting. Tonight September 12th, 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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Big Lake woman arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 9/9/17 at approximately 1:16 am, Alaska State Troopers stopped a silver Mazda SUV near the intersection of Big Lake Rd and Shotgun for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed a passenger in the vehicle, Mandy Edelen age 37 of Big Lake, had a warrant for her arrest for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Theft 3.

Edelen was arrested and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where she was remanded into custody with bail set at $250.

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Troopers investigating Big Lake assault

Police BlotterOn 9/5/17 at approximately 10:13 am, AST responded to a residence off of Maplewood Drive in Big Lake for a disturbance. Investigation revealed that the victim and an unknown male got into an argument about a trespassing issue and the unknown male physically assaulted the complainant. The unknown male fled the area and was not located by responding troopers.

Anyone with any information as to the identity of the male that fled the scene is asked to call the Alaska State Troopers at 373-8300.

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Big Lake woman cited

Police BlotterOn 09/03/17 at approximately 6:45 pm, Mat-SU AST conducted a traffic stop on a blue Chevrolet Corsica at Beaver lakes Rd and W Lakes Blvd for a smashed in front windshield. AST investigation revealed Victoria I. Laporte, age 22 of Big Lake, was driving the vehicle while her license was canceled. Victoria was issued a misdemeanor citation for DWLC with a notice to appear in court.

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Posting Political Campaign Signs

PoliticsWith political campaign season underway, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) would like to remind everyone of the State of Alaska laws regarding political advertising.

Illustrated below are two sections of Alaska Statutes pertaining to sign posting and/or advertising in the right-of-way of Alaska’s highways:

Campaign signs placed within the state’s road and highway rights-of-way are unauthorized encroachments under AS 19.25.200 – 19.25.250 and may be removed by DOT&PF crews without notification. Vehicles parked in rights-of-way that are used to display political advertisements are also prohibited and subject to removal.

AS 19.25.105(a) states, “Outdoor advertising may not be erected or maintained within 660 feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way and visible from the main-traveled way…” If a sign is on commercial property, but within 660 feet of the state’s right-of-way, DOT&PF personnel may send a 30-day written notice requesting removal of the sign. This notice will be sent to the property owner and the candidate.

Campaign advertising is an important effort and expensive investment for all candidates. We realize that candidates and their volunteers may simply not realize the limitations of advertising in the rights-of-way, or the exact locations of the rights-of-way.

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