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Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 1/4/14 at approximately 2:32, Alaska State Troopers responded to a single vehicle collision at mile 52 of the Parks Highway. Investigation revealed the driver, Tiaya Waggoner, age 19 of Big Lake, had an arrest warrant for failure to appear for the original charge of Minor Consuming Alcohol. Waggoner was arrested and transported to the Mat Su Pretrial Facility where she was remanded and held on $50.00 bail.
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NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress

PoliticsThe National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it “has spied, or is … currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US Congress to whom it says it is accountable.

In a letter dated 3 January, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont defined “spying” as “gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails sent, or collecting any other data from a third party not made available to the general public in the regular course of business”.

The agency has been at the centre of political controversy since a former contractor, Edward Snowden, released thousands of documents on its activities to media outlets including the Guardian.
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Iowa man arrested after fight over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Weird News(Submitted by a reader) "DES MOINES, IOWA – Police say an Iowa man was arrested after he pulled a knife on his brother during a fight over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The Des Moines Register reports that Jerome Davis was arrested on Friday after the confrontation with his brother in their Des Moines home. Both men are in their 50s.

Davis' accuser told police he was angry because he believed his brother was eating too many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Davis allegedly made three sandwiches and ate them in their living room, and made another less than an hour later.

A police report says the brothers began to argue about laziness and overeating. Davis allegedly pulled out a folding knife and held it his brother's face."
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NASA lays out long-term vision for astrophysics

ScienceA new year is a good time to make long-term plans, and NASA has jumped into the deep end of planning. On 20 December the US space agency’s astrophysics division released a wish list of future space missions — looking three decades into the future, and even beyond.

The new ‘astrophysics road map’ is notable not because it restates broad and popular themes it thinks scientists should pursue, such as ‘Are we Alone?’, ‘How Did We Get Here?’ and ‘How Does Our Universe Work?’, but because the report, compiled by a team led by NASA’s Chryssa Kouveliotou, also lays out the technologies needed to help missions answer these broad-brush questions.
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Danish shipper plans more Arctic trips

Alaska NewsThe company that made the first commercial transit of the Northwest Passage plans to increase its shipments through the legendary waterway next year, suggesting such traffic is coming sooner than anyone anticipated.

“We hope and expect to do it,” said Christian Bonfils of Nordic Bulk Carriers, the Danish shipper which owns the Nordic Orion.

The vessel made history last September when it hauled 15,000 metric tons of coal to Finland from Vancouver through waters that were once impenetrable ice. It took four days less than it would have taken to traverse the Panama Canal, and its greater depths allowed the Orion to carry about 25 percent more coal.

Sailing through the passage saved the company about $200,000 and resulted in a nicely profitable voyage.

“We had a very smooth voyage and not any major delays,” said Bonfils. “We’re very pleased about it.”
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Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 01/03/14 at 1657 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in Big Lake for a disturbance. The Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Highway Patrol was requested to respond due to one person showing signs of impairment. Investigation revealed the Jonathon Cole, age 32 of Anchorage was operating his vehicle while impaired by alcohol. Cole was arrested for DUI and transported to the Mat-Su Pre-Trial facility where he was remanded into custody on $500.00 unsecured bail.
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Missing Person

Police BlotterOn 1/2/2014, Troopers received a report of a missing individual. A family member reported that Corey Newell, 33 of Palmer, had last been seen 12/29/2013. Family reported that his snowmachine was located near Cloudy Lake in the Pittman area. If anyone has any information regarding Newell's whereabouts they are encouraged to contact Alaska State Troopers at 352-5401.
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Happy Statehood Day!

Alaska NewsJanuary 3, 1959. More on Wikipedia:

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24 April 2015 The Big Lake Times is "Mobile Friendly", meaning it works and is readable on any mobile device: Your phone, tablet, iPad, and other mobile devices. It was designed that way from the original concept. You can stay up-to-date with all the news, weather, and events happening in and around Big Lake.

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10 January 2015 All news articles, discussions and related materials regarding the proposal to incorporate Big Lake as a 2nd Class City have been moved to the new topic "Big Lake City." This will help everyone in decision making by having all the information in one location.

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Researchers find no proof of Time Travellers

Science"Anyone hoping to one day emulate the likes of time travellers Doctor Who or Marty McFly in Back To The Future has just been dealt a devastating blow.

Researchers from Michigan have scoured websites, search engine results and social networks dating back as far as 1996 in search of people who discussed select events before they happened.

They even asked time travellers from the future to tweet using a specific hashtag.
Yet despite comprehensive analysis of thousands of records, they were unable to find any evidence time travellers existed."

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1.53 Earthquake Strikes near Big Lake

Alaska NewsThe Alaska Earthquake Information Center reported a 1.53 Earthquake near Big Lake at 3:48 AM Friday January 3rd, 2014. The depth of the quake was 21 miles (33 km). No damages or injuries were reported.

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Nude neighbor comes to 69-year-old Canadian man's aid during polar bear attack

Weird News"(UPI) -- A 69-year-old man attempted to help a woman who was being attacked by a polar bear near his home Thursday, and suffered serious lacerations when the bear turned on him.
But it would have been worse if neighbors hadn't rushed to his aid -- so quickly that one of them didn't have time to get dressed.

Bill Ayotte used a shovel fend off the bear long enough for the woman to escape. When the bear turned on him, his nude neighbor came to his defense."

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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."

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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.

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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."