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

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Wednesday, January 17 2018 @ 11:02 AM AKST

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Talkeetna man passes away

Community On 02/18/14 at approximately 130 p.m., AST responded to a residence on the Talkeetna Spur in Talkeetna for a welfare check. Investigation revealed Bill Allman, age 67 of Talkeetna, had died of natural causes inside his residence. The SME was notified and no foul play is suspected. Next of kin were notified and Alaska Heritage of Wasilla responded for final services for Allman.
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Man cited in Meadow Lakes

Police BlotterOn February 17th, 2014 at approximately 4:28 p.m., the Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a red 1984 Ford Ranger for moving violations near Rainbow Street, Meadow Lakes. Investigation revealed Stephen L. Fidler, age 21 of Wasilla, was operating the motor vehicle while his Alaska driver's license was suspended for Points System. Fidler was issued a misdemeanor citation for DWLS and released from the scene with a promise to appear in court. The vehicle was released to a valid driver.
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Product Review: Benjamin Trail NP All Weather Rifle

Fish and GameThe Crosman Benjamin Trail NP All Weather .22 Break Barrel rifle has a synthetic stock with a pistol grip for greater stability and balance. Powered by a nitro piston, this single-shot air rifle gives you a quieter shot, reduced recoil, and excellent velocity consistency. A quick lock optic mounting system and an ambidextrous stock design makes this rifle easy and convenient to use. The CenterPoint precision scope included with this stylish and functional bull barrel air rifle efficiently helps in targeting objects. The scope comes with an adjustable objective and Mil-Dot reticle for precise and accurate targeting. Designed for optimum performance, this nitro piston air rifle features all-weather, sturdy construction to ensure extended durability. It is also available in a variety of calibers and with a handsome wooden stock (those are different models, not reviewed herein).

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Handy Map of U.S. Windfarm Sites

EnergyHere is a handy, interactive Map of U.S. Windfarm Sites http://eerscmap.usgs.gov/windfarm/

"The purpose of this project is to provide a publically available, spatially referenced, national dataset of onshore wind turbine locations and their corresponding facility information and turbine technical specifications. The project compiled wind turbine information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Digital Obstacle File, as well as other manually digitized turbine locations"
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Follow Up-Body found in Meadow Lakes Identified

Police BlotterThe body found in the woods last Friday (12 Feb) off Pittman Road has been identified as 32-year-old Corey Newell. Newell was last seen Dec. 29, and his snowmachine was found nearby. Anyone with information should call the Alaska State Troopers.
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Official Message on Iditarod XLII Restart in Willow

RecreationWasilla, Alaska – (February 17, 2014) – The Restart of Iditarod XLII will take place in Willow on Sunday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m.

The Iditarod Trail Committee Board of Directors met for two hours earlier today and made the decision after hearing detailed plans from its race staff to work on various areas of the historic trail.
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Vitamin C may reduce risk of most common type of hemorrhagic stroke, says study

Health and WellnessAn Anonymous Reader writes: "Eating foods that contain vitamin C may reduce your risk of the most common type of hemorrhagic stroke, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, papaya, peppers, broccoli and strawberries. Hemorrhagic stroke is less common than ischemic stroke, but is more often deadly."

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Big Lake man cited

Police BlotterOn 02-15-14 at 2:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a black 2009 Pontiac near mile 45 of the Parks Hwy in Wasilla for failing to illuminate headlights as required (This area is within the Parks Hwy Traffic Safety Corridor). Investigation revealed the driver, Brian W. Berean, age 38 of Big Lake, was driving while his driver's license was revoked. Berean was issued a criminal citation for DWLR and was released on his own recognizance.
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The Big Lake Times 200th Story: The Start of the Iron Dog

Community It's hard to believe that this is already the 200th story posted to The Big Lake Times. The idea was planted during late 2013, and we had the domain and code ready by 1 Jan 2014. After a lot of testing, including security testing provided by hackers from Asia and Eastern Europe, and having to work out some unexpected bugs, we let it loose.

Much like many ideas, it started simply: "Hey, there's no real news, weather, and other stuff about Big Lake." One person said "I can fix that" and The Big Lake Times was born.

Since that time we have grown a grassroots bootstrap community website into something. Because The Big Lake Times was built by and for the Community, we have made many "adjustments", and are working on more. There are currently 516 active users, and 6,748 registered users, from every continent. This demonstrates that it was a need that needed to be filled.

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Alaska sets new wind chill record of -97 degrees

Alaska NewsThe Wind Chill Record is *BROKEN* at Howard Pass, Alaska Remote Automatic Weather Sensor (RAWS) as of February 14, 3:39 pm AKST!

The wind chill would make it feel like the outside air was -97 F. The temperature was -42ºF with a sustained wind of 71 mph from the North. A gust occurred at 78 mph.
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Russian satellite predicted to hit Earth today.

ScienceThe defunct Russian satellite Kosmos-1220 may be falling somewhere into the Pacific Ocean, but 'the exact impact time and location … may change due to external factors,' according to a Russian authority. The size and weight are also not known, but much of the satellite is expected to burn up during reentry, though some fragments will hit the Earth.
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The Big Lake Times Comic

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Huge Asteroid to Fly Safely By Earth Monday: Watch It Live

ScienceA Contributor writes: "An asteroid the size of three football fields is set to make a close brush of Earth on Monday (Feb. 17), and you can watch the flyby in a live webcast.

Near-Earth asteroid 2000 EM26 poses no threat of actually hitting the planet, but the online Slooh Space Camera will track the asteroid as it passes by Earth on Monday. The live Slooh webcast will start at 9 p.m. EST (0200 Feb. 18 GMT), and you can also watch the webcast directly through the Slooh website."

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Residents worry there may be carbon monoxide gas leaking at Houston Lodge.

Alaska BusinessA contributor provided this story: "HOUSTON - Carbon monoxide is called a silent killer because it’s nearly undetectable by human senses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But residents at an extended-stay motel in the Mat-Su Valley say they know the dangerous gas is leaking into their homes because they've been suffering the side effects for months."

“The only goal we want is to sleep safe at night,” said Houston Lodge resident Elizabeth Rautenkranz. ”I can pick up and leave and move, that would set us back quite a bit, but what happens every time I drive by and I know there’s more people being in here?”

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Loads of Fun Activities in Big Lake this Weekend.

Community There are many activities planned for this weekend in and on Big Lake, including the Big Lake Winterfest and the start of the Iron Dog race. The weather is expected to be mild, so get out and have some fun!