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In the Year 2000

Home and GardenPeople had some wild ideas about what life in the Year 2000 would be like:

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Winter Weather Safety and Survival

Health and WellnessWinter Weather Safety Kit

The National Weather Service advises you to prepare a readiness kit to prepare for winter storms.

Be prepared, before the storm strikes!

At home and at work, primary concerns are the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions persist.
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6 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Outburst, Asteroid Flyby, Buzzing Beehive

ScienceNational Geographic, founded today in 1888 for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge, posted a list of sky events coming this week. Mild local weather means it's a great time to enjoy our beautiful night sky. Go to: the National Geographic news page for more information.
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Extreme Danger of more avalanches keeps crews from clearing Richardson Highway slides

Alaska NewsIn response to the avalanches that have occurred at Snow Slide Gulch in Keystone Canyon, the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to conduct avalanche control measures to assure the entire area is stable and safe for clean-up operations. The water build up behind the avalanches is still occurring, though some pressure is being relieved through the old tunnel south of the highway. Due to the severity of the situation, and the amount of snow, water and debris involved, the Richardson Highway will likely remain closed for at least one week, but very possibly longer.

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Mat-Su Borough Plans for Southwest Proposed Townsites

Big Lake CityMAT-SU—The Mat-Su Borough has assembled a consulting team to develop a vision for the southwestern portion of the Borough reflecting the potential of a Knik Arm Crossing (KAC) bridge. This team has developed a market-driven vision for the year 2060, which forecasts denser populations than might otherwise exist if a bridge were not constructed. This is not a binding or planned change to current Borough policy, but instead a “what if " scenario to assist policy makers in understanding the potential, market-driven outcomes of a bridge.

The denser population would be located in six “town sites” which would have water and sewer systems similar to those in Palmer and Wasilla. The town sites would feature new housing suitable for a workforce employed at future Point Mackenzie businesses, in Anchorage, and throughout the Mat-Su Borough.

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Big Lake man arrested for DUI

Police BlotterOn 01-26-14 at 4:56 p.m., Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Highway Patrol arrested Justin K. Henry, age 21, of Big Lake. Troopers received a REDDI report describing Henry's vehicle as it traveled on the Parks Highway toward Wasilla from Big Lake. Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near mile 51 Parks highway and contacted Henry, the sole occupant. Investigation revealed Henry was DUI and had an open container of an alcoholic beverage in his vehicle. Henry was arrested for DUI and was transported to the Mat-Su Pre-Trial facility where he was remanded into custody on $500.00 bail. Henry's vehicle was released to a friend who responded to the scene.
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Houston Man dies in Auto Crash

Police BlotterFollow-up to a previous story: On 1/25/14 at approximately 8:00 p.m., the State Medical Examiner's Office contacted AST and reported David Bellmay succumbed to his injuries sustained in the motor vehicle collision. Next of kin was notified. The investigation continues.

Original text: On 1/23/14 at approximately 8:18 p.m., Troopers responded to a two vehicle collision near Trunk Road and Forestwood Drive. Investigation revealed that David Bellmay 50 YO of Houston was driving southbound on Trunk Road with one adult passenger and one 7 YO passenger in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. Bellmay crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a 1994 Toyota 4Runner that was traveling northbound on Trunk Road with two adult occupants. Bellmay and the three other adults were transported to Mat-Su Regional Hospital where they are being treated for their injuries. The 7 YO child was flown to Providence Hospital for treatment. Both vehicles were totaled in the collision. Investigation continues.
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New Brochure and Videos Now Available: Learn to Release your Pet from Traps and Snares

Pets and Animals"A new brochure, Trap Safety for Pet Owners (PDF 478 kB), produced by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska Trappers Association, illustrates how to remove pets from traps and snares. Visit your local ADF&G office if you would like a paper copy of this brochure.

ADFG is also developing a series of short videos on how to release pets from specific kinds of traps."

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Living in Moose Country

NatureIf you've been around Big Lake more than a few days, this may not be news to you: "People and moose in Alaska have been neighbors for thousands of years. Both humans and moose prefer the same low-lying habitat adjacent to rivers and streams, causing them to come into frequent contact. Moose can be found in Alaska from the Unuk River in the Southeast Panhandle to the Colville River on the Arctic Slope, a span that includes many large Alaskan communities and numerous villages. The key to coexisting with moose is to avoid confrontations by giving moose plenty of space. Never approach a moose!"

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Speech: State of the State 2014

Politics"Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor, legislators, fellow Alaskans: Thank you for welcoming my family and me here tonight. I brought three strong women with me: my wife, First Lady Sandy Parnell; my mom, Thelma Parnell; and my beloved aunt, Jeannie Zimmerman. Legislators, you and I have the privilege of serving the greatest people, of a mighty state, in an exceptional nation. Our job is profound: to secure liberty and create opportunity for all Alaskans."
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Safe Surrender of Infants Act

Health and WellnessHelp Spread the Word: "Who Is Affected?
The following people may be called upon to accept a surrendered infant:

Peace officers
Firefighters
Emergency medical services providers
Other medically trained individuals including doctors, nurses, or health aides
Any person the parent reasonably believes would keep the infant safe and provide
appropriate care
Who Can Be Surrendered
For the purposes of the Safe Surrender Act, an infant is defined as being less than 21 days
old."
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Alaska DOT&PF Releases West Susitna Access Study

Public NoticesThe Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has issued a report for public review. Termed a “Reconnaissance” report, the study identifies locations that may benefit from surface access (i.e. road and/or rail) and evaluates the potential access routes. More specifically, the study identifies:
Resource development and use opportunities west of the Susitna River;
One or more potential crossings of the Susitna River; and,
One or more potential transportation corridors to access identified resources.
The majority of the area under study is not accessible by the existing road network. Providing surface access to some of these natural resource-dense areas could facilitate further exploration, development, and use of these resources. Natural resource development in Alaska helps to create jobs and stimulate the economy. Creating access to resources also enables residents and visitors to use the land recreationally. Public review and comment on the study is invited.
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Celebrating 10 Years on Mars!

ScienceNASA-"Opportunity, one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers, reached the Red Planet Jan. 24, 2004 (PST), on what was to be a three-month mission, but instead the rover has lived beyond its prime mission and roved the planet for nearly 10 years. It landed three weeks after its twin, named Spirit. Both rovers made important discoveries about wet environments that could have supported microbial life on ancient Mars. Spirit stopped communicating with Earth in 2010. Opportunity is continuing to provide scientific results, and currently is investigating the rim of a crater 14 miles (22 kilometers) wide.


Opportunity 'Selfie'
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Owl kills North Pole dog

Pets and AnimalsA Cautionary Tale for Alaskans with Small Pets: "FAIRBANKS — Even though people told her it could happen, Patty White never dreamed that an owl would kill one of her little dogs.

“People told me, ‘You have to be careful about owls,’ and I said, ‘No, that can’t be, an owl never killed a pet before.’”

But that’s precisely what happened Jan. 13, when what is believed to be a great-horned owl swooped down and attacked Teddy, her 8-year-old, 7-pound Yorkiepoo, at the end of their driveway off Freeman Road in North Pole."
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Early glitches with PFD website repaired

Community Anchorage, January 23, 2014 – There’s good news for Alaskans who already filed for their Permanent Fund Dividends (PFD) but were unable to donate to their favorite causes due to website glitches: Most of the issues are fixed and you can go back into your application and add or change your donations.

“We’ve heard from many Alaskans who couldn’t Pick.Click.Give. because of issues with the PFD website,” said Pick.Click.Give. Program Manager Heather Beaty. “We want to make sure that people who want to express their love for Alaska through their giving know that the system has been improved. It’s easy to go back to the PFD website and click on the green ‘Add or Change Your Pick.Click.Give. Donation’ button, and support organizations that help make Alaska a better place to live.”