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Friday, January 19 2018 @ 12:24 AM AKST

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HHS Gun and Outdoor Show 2018

RecreationSubmitted by Lisa Humphreys, Houston High School (907) 892-9400

Hello all! Happy New Year! It is time to start thinking about the upcoming gun and outdoor show at the Big Lake Rec Center! I am attaching the forms for registration if you need them. If you have already registered you do not need to re-do it.

Show dates are April 21 and 22, 2018 and times will be 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will have a Friday set up as usual and those times will be announced as we get closer to the show. We look forward to working with you all again!

Please call or email if you have any questions or if I can help you further!

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Troopers investigate Big Lake woman's death

Police BlotterOn 01/07/2018 at approximately 6:08 p.m., AST received a report of a deceased person on S Muskrat St in Big Lake. The investigation revealed a 25 year old female was deceased. State Medical Examiner has taken the body pending an autopsy. No foul play is suspected at this time and Next of Kin has been notified.

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Man charged with 1st Degree Murder in Big Lake woman's death

Police BlotterUpdate: On 1-3-18 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Anthony Smith was arraigned at the Palmer Courthouse. He continues to be held with bail set at $250K and a Court approved Third Party Custodian required. In addition to the Murder 1st Degree charged, after consultation with the Palmer District Attorney’s Office, an additional charge of Assault in the 4th Degree was added based on the investigation of events that prompted a prior AST response to the residence that morning. Troopers had responded to a disturbance at the Big Lake residence on 1/1/18 at 0218 hours.

In addition to the ongoing criminal investigation. AST is conducting a comprehensive review of our initial response to this residence.

Update: The deceased has been positively identified by the State Medical Examiner’s Office as Amy Smith, 37 of Wasilla. On 1/2/18 an autopsy was conducted on Amy Smith and the results of the autopsy indicated the cause of death was homicide. At approximately 4 p.m. on 1/2/2018, members of the “B” Detachment Criminal Suppression Unit arrested Anthony Smith, 38 of Wasilla, for Murder in the First Degree. Smith was remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he will be held without bail. Investigation by Palmer GIU is ongoing. Amy Smith’s next of kin has been notified.

Original text: On 1/01/18 at 4:54 a.m., AST and Emergency Medical personal responded to a residence in the Big Lake area for CPR in progress on a 37 year old female. This case is currently being investigated by Palmer GIU.

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Update: Crime Watch Programs

Community Here's an update from Rep. Mark Neuman:

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The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet

Community The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet, located in the bright green building in downtown Big Lake, serves members of our community. Open Wednesday 11-3. Please donate your gently-used items to help those less fortunate.

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Talkeetna man faces charges in Big Lake assault

Police BlotterOn 1/3/18, at 3:05 a.m., State Troopers responded to a residence in Big Lake for a report that an unknown male had barged into the house, intoxicated, and was causing a disturbance.

Investigation revealed that John B. Wilson, 54 yoa of Talkeetna, had crashed his vehicle nearby on Hollywood Road while under the influence, then walked to the home believing his fiancée was there and had unlawfully entered the residence without permission. While inside the residence he assaulted a female by placing her in fear of injury and had damaged property.

After being arrested, Wilson refused to provide a sample of his breath for analysis and was additionally charged with Refusal. Wilson was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial on the above 5 charges with bail set at $500 cash.

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Troopers arrest man in Big Lake womans homicide

Police BlotterUpdate: The deceased has been positively identified by the State Medical Examiner’s Office as Amy Smith, 37 of Wasilla. On 1/2/18 an autopsy was conducted on Amy Smith and the results of the autopsy indicated the cause of death was homicide. At approximately 1600 on 1/2/2018, members of the “B” Detachment Criminal Suppression Unit arrested Anthony Smith, 38 of Wasilla, for Murder in the First Degree. Smith was remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he will be held without bail. Investigation by Palmer GIU is ongoing. Amy Smith’s next of kin has been notified. Original text: On 1/01/18 at 4:54 a.m., AST and Emergency Medical personal responded to a residence in the Big Lake area for CPR in progress on a 37 year old female. This case is currently being investigated by Palmer GIU.

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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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Sales Tax Task Force Reports

Community Both the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly and the School Board listened to a report from the Sales Tax Task Force on Dec. 12. Task Force Member Robert Hall said the consensus is the Borough needs to act. Among the suggestions: amend the tax revenue cap and, later, after all other options, ask citizens for a sales tax only as a direct offset to property taxes.

Listen to the complete audio of the discussion here. Read the memo from the Sales Tax Task Force via Borough Manager John Moosey posted here.

Hall said, "We want a revenue cap in the Borough but also want to make sure it's modern and up to date with what's going on."

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Nancy Lake and Willow Creek state recreation areas open to snowmobiles

RecreationEffective immediately, Alaska State Parks has opened Nancy Lake and Willow Creek State Recreation Areas to snowmobiles after staff determined there is now sufficient snow to protect the underlying vegetation in the parks.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, December 22, a limited portion of the Hatcher Pass East Management Area – from the Fishhook Trailhead over Hatcher Pass to the west side – will be opened to snowmobiles. This will be a restricted opening because sufficient snow only exists in higher-elevation areas. Everything below Fishhook remains closed, including the Archangel and Gold Mint trailheads. Riders must remain on the trail until reaching the west side, where there are no restrictions.

It is important to be aware of avalanche conditions and weather forecasts while traveling in mountainous areas. For avalanche advisories, go to https://alaskasnow.org/forecasts-observations/hatcher-pass/hatcher-pass-avalanche-forecast/.

Denali State Park opened to snowmobiles on December 7. For current snow conditions, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm .

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File for your 2018 Permanent Fund Dividend now

EconomyThe Permanent Fund Dividend application season is January 1st through March 31st each year.

Applications are only available during application season.

One application per person. Individuals, including Adults and Children, are required to complete one application EACH. For example, a husband and wife with 3 children will submit a total of 5 applications. Applications submitted with the intent of being for more than one individual will only be considered for one applicant. File Online! On January 1, the online application is available on our home page.

More information.

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Troopers investigate Big Lake woman's death

Police BlotterOn 1/01/18 at 4:54 a.m., AST and Emergency Medical personal responded to a residence in the Big Lake area for CPR in progress on a 37 year old female. This case is currently being investigated by Palmer GIU.

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Be Firewise, Big Lake.

Community (Reposted from an earlier article).

Vlad K. submitted this: With the lengthening of the days, it's time to start considering ways to prepare for the coming Wildfire Season. These are the warm, dry days between the snow and ice melting, and the greening of Alaska. This article will look at ways to help you make your home, and your community, safe from wildfires.

What is FireWise?

FireWise is a program which helps people learn what they can do to protect their homes and families and live compatibly with wildfire. Homeowners are strongly encouraged to prepare before a wildfire.

Wildfires Happen, Be Prepared.

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Pick. Click. Give, and help Your Local Library

Community Submitted by a Reader

Please consider donating part of your PFD to The Big Lake Library Advocates. You can make a difference.

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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Community Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of seniors at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Others under the age of 60 may also qualify for Commodities.

To be eligible:

seniors, age 60 or older, and income eligible

Click here for income guidelines.

To apply:

Open and print the Alaska CSFP application. Click here for application.

Complete the application with current information

Call the nearest food bank for directions on how to submit your application. You can also sign up in person.

Local Grantees that provide the CSFP in the state of Alaska:

Food Bank of Alaska.

To learn more about CSFP or find recipes using USDA Commodity foods:

National CSFP information

Fact sheets on commodities and recipes

The Big Lake Food Pantry, located behind The Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 14159 W. Hollywood Road in Big Lake, provides Commodities near the end of every month. They are in operation every Thursday (except holidays) from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

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