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

Welcome to The Big Lake Times
Thursday, June 22 2017 @ 08:28 AM AKDT

View Printable Version

911 call requesting 'assistance getting beer' lands Memphis grandmother in jail

Weird News"Jan. 3 (UPI) -- An alleged 911 call for a cold one on New Year’s Day has landed a Memphis grandmother in hot water.

According to police 68-year-old Rosie Pate called 911 for “assistance getting beer” after her granddaughter refused to go buy her some.

“I told police that’s what me and my granddaughter got to arguing about a coke and a 20-ounce can of beer,” Pate told WREG."

Read More:

View Printable Version

Dogs align themselves with Earth’s magnetic field when it comes time to poop

ScienceJan. 2 (UPI) -- Dogs have been found to be sensitive to Earth's magnetic field, and apparently align themselves along the magnetic north-south axis before they defecate.
Czech and German researchers studied 70 dogs during 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations over the course of two years, and found that when the Earth's magnetic field was stable the dogs chose to align themselves with it. When it was unstable, such as during a solar flare, the dogs would become confused.

Their findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology, show that the dogs were sensitive to the polarity of the field, though not as much to its intensity.



View Printable Version

The Remarkable Early 20th Century Plan to Farm Hippopotamuses in the US

Weird News"It may seem like a ludicrous idea today, but if this early 20th century food movement had been successful, the swamps of Louisiana might be filled with hippos, who would feast on the region's invasive water hyacinths and provide meat for America's tables.


Jon Mooallem's fascinating long read American Hippopotamus, which is available through the Atavist and as a Kindle Single, details the circumstances that led up to this remarkable proposal. In 1910, the United States, with its growing population and many of its native animals hunted to extinction, was facing a meat shortage. Frederick Russell Burnham, a famed American scout, had a novel idea to beef up the country's dwindling meat supply: import animals from Africa. Burnham is the star of Mooaellem's piece and with good reason; he was a highly skilled scout whose exploits the Matabele Wars and Second Boer War were legendary, and he was a key inspiration for the Boy Scouts of America. While settled in a secluded part of Pasadena, Burnham began to think about repopulating the landscape with the animals he had encountered during his time in southern Africa. In 1910, the New York Independent published his article "Transplanting African Animals."
View Printable Version

With annual moose hunt, Alaska aims to reduce Mat-Su road kills

Alaska News"In an effort to keep drivers safe, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is once again opening a targeted moose hunt near major roadways in the Matanuska Valley.

Starting Jan. 6, eight hunters a week will get a chance to hunt moose in specific areas in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough that have a high density of the animals in areas close to major roadways.

It's the third year for the hunt, which was established by the Board of Game to clear the high density of “nuisance” moose that congregate near the Parks and Glenn Highways in Mat-Su. The hunt is scheduled through March 30 and includes areas in Palmer and Wasilla, to as far east as Chickaloon and north to Talkeetna." Read More at http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article...road-kills


(National Park Service)
Map: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/hun.../AM415.pdf
View Printable Version

Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 1-2-14, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to William A. Leonard Jr., age 32, of Anchorage for using a treble hook while fishing on Big Lake where the use of a single hook is required from November 1st through April 30th. Bail was set at $110.00 dollars in the Palmer District Court.
View Printable Version

Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 1/2/2014, approximately 0215 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence off of S Serrano Drive in Wasilla for a reported home invasion in progress. Investigation revealed 35 year old Shivonne Gouldman of Wasilla, 21 year old Vincent Ryall of Big Lake, and 23 year old Jay Burgess of Wasilla, gained illegal forced entry into the residence while the homeowners were home. The homeowners were afraid and damages are estimated in excess of $600 although no injuries were sustained nor did anything get successfully stolen. Ryall fled the scene prior to AST arrival however with the assistance of Wasilla Police K-9 Marshal, Ryall was located a distance from the residence and in possession of an amount of a schedule IIA controlled substance. All three subjects were arrested and remanded to MSPT. Gouldman was held on $35,000 bail plus CATP for Burglary I, Criminal Mischief III, and 2 counts of Assault IV. Burgess was held on $25,000 bail for the same crimes as Gouldman while Ryall was held on $25,000 bail for the same crimes as Gouldman and Burgess with an additional charge of MICS IV.
View Printable Version

Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 1/1/14 at approximately 2116 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a white 1995 Pontiac Sunfire for failing to stop for a stop sign at Big Lake Road and Hollywood Boulevard. Investigation revealed the driver, Devin Blawat age 31 of Big Lake, had a $1,000.00 arrest warrant for failure to comply with probation and ASAP conditions. Blawat was arrested and transported to the Mat Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded and held on $1,000.00 bail.
View Printable Version

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE Thursday, January 2, 2014 12:25 PM AKST (Thursday, January 2, 2014 21:25 UTC)

Alaska NewsCLEVELAND VOLCANO (CAVW #1101-24-)
52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Cleveland Volcano appears to have entered a renewed phase of elevated unrest and AVO changed the Aviation Color Code and Alert Level from Yellow/Advisory to ORANGE/WATCH this morning. Three brief explosions were detected over the past six days and minor ash plumes were observed in satellite data following events on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 UTC.

Analysis of satellite, wind, and ash dispersion data indicates that the Jan. 2 plume probably did not reach more than 15,000 feet above sea level.
View Printable Version

Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 01/01/2014 at approximately 1458 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Nissan Sentra an equipment violation on the Parks Highway at Big Lake Road.

Investigation revealed Shawn Carlson, age 41 of Willow, was driving while his license was revoked. Carlson was issued a misdemeanor citation and released with a licensed driver.
View Printable Version

Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 1/1/2014 at 0120 hours, Troopers were flagged down by a motorist at the intersection of White Rabbit and King Arthur in Houston. During contact with the motorist, Troopers discovered the passenger Tucker Blackmore, age 25 of Wasilla, had two outstanding warrants. Blackmore was transported and remanded at Mat-Su Pretrial for failure to appear on original charge: leaving the scene of an accident and driving while license revoked as well as failure to appear on original charge: false information, driving while license revoked, and leaving the scene of an accident. Blackmore’s bail was $2,000
View Printable Version

Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 12/31/13 at 0000 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 green Chevrolet pickup truck near Milepost 49 of the Parks Highway for drifting over the center line and fog line of travel. Investigation revealed Richard Lee Walker, age 36 of Big Lake gave a false name of Jerome Walker, is a convicted felon, had a .380 handgun in his possession, failed to declare the handgun upon police presence and he was Driving While License Revoked. Further investigation revealed Walker had four outstanding warrants for his arrest. Walker was arrested, transported to and remanded in MSPT with no bail till arraignments.
View Printable Version

Anchorage Man Killed in Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 12/29/13, at 2341 hours, Trooper Dispatch received a report of a vehicle crash on the Big Lake Ice Road with serious injuries. While Troopers responded it was reported that CPR was in progress. When Troopers arrived at the scene EMS was performing CPR on the driver of a side by side snow machine who had been ejected during the crash. The driver was identified as William Hunsuck (54 of Anchorage). An investigation showed that the machine had been traveling on the Big Lake Ice Road at a high rate of speed when it went over a snow berm on the side of the road. The machine went out of control and started to roll/flip. Hunsuck was ejected from the machine during the crash.

Hunsuck was declared deceased by EMS who had conferred with an Emergency Room doctor. Hunsuck’s son-in-law was on scene and notified of Hunsuck’s death. Hunsuck was found to not be wearing a seatbelt even though the snowmachine was equipped with them. Hunsuck was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol has assumed case responsibility and the
investigation is ongoing.
View Printable Version

Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 12-30-2013 at approximately 1635 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge pickup truck on King Arthur Road in Houston for a moving violation. Investigation revealed the passenger, identified as 21-year-old Kerstynrenee Lanz of Houston, had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for Failure to Comply with Probation on the original charges of Theft 3rd and Criminal Trespass 2nd. Lanz was arrested and transported to MSPT where she was held on $1000 bail.
View Printable Version

Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 12/28/13 at approximately 0020 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence near Dusk Lake Loop in Big Lake for the report of a disturbance. During the investigation, Tyler Rasmussen, age 26 of Big Lake, assaulted several troopers on scene. Rasmussen was subsequently arrested for two counts of Assault in the fourth degree on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest andHarassment in the first degree. He was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility an d held without bail pending arraignment. The troopers received minor injuries.
View Printable Version

Former Alaska broadcast journalist in running for one-way trip to Mars

Science“A New York City comedian and former Alaska broadcast journalist has been chosen as one of about 1,000 finalists for a Dutch-based plan to send people to colonize Mars. The initial list of people who applied for a one-way trip to the Red Planet contained more than 200,000 names. Former Fairbanks resident Lauren Reeves, 30, is among the “lucky” ones named to the list of semi-finalists, which was announced early Tuesday.” Read More