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Houston man arrested for DUI

Police BlotterOn 02-03-14 at 6:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near mile 54 of the Parks Hwy for a stop sign violation on a Chevy truck. Investigation revealed the driver, Neal Bridgwater, age 51 of Houston, was driving under the influence of alcohol. Bridgwater was arrested for DUI and remanded to the Mat-Su-Pre-Trial facility with bail set at $1000.
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Nominations Sought for Volunteer Awards

Community January 31, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – First Lady Sandy Parnell today encouraged Alaskans to nominate fellow citizens who have performed extraordinary volunteer service for the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The program, started by First Lady Bella Hammond, recognizes volunteers who have displayed extraordinary personal commitment, have invested a significant amount of time benefiting their community, or who have made a major impact on their community or state.

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Houston Man Arrested

Police BlotterOn 02/02/2014, Alaska State Troopers contacted Reinaldo Delsie, age 52, of Wasilla, as a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop near mile 54 of the Parks Highway. Investigation revealed Delsie had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. The first was for Failure to Appear at a Change of Plea Hearing on the original charge of Driving While License Revoked. The second was for Failure to Satisfy Judgment on the original charge of Driving While License Revoked. Delsie was transported and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on a $500 bail.
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Driving While License Suspended

Police BlotterOn 2/2/2014 at approximately 1030 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted the driver of a disabled Chevrolet pickup near mile 51 Parks Highway, in Wasilla. Investigation revealed Tonya R. Walther, age 41 of Big Lake, was driving on a suspended license. Walther was issued a citation for DWLR and released at the scene. The Chevrolet pickup was towed from the scene.
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Susitna River Corridor Personal Use Firewood Area

EnergyThe Susitna River Corridor Personal Use Firewood Area for mixed sawtimber is available on a first come first served basis beginning Tuesday, January 28, 2014. A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. beginning Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer.

The permit must be in your possession during the removal of wood from the site. The cost for each cord of wood is $25 with a maximum of TEN cords per household per year from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The cost of saw timber is $1.75 per lineal foot.
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Big Lake Teen Arrested

Police BlotterOn 2/1/2014 at 7:30 p.m., Troopers stopped a blue 2001 Suzuki Swift at the intersection of King Arthur Drive and White Rabbit Drive in Houston for failing stop at a stop sign. Investigation revealed the driver, 19 year old Big Lake resident Taylor Cork had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for original charge of minor consuming alcohol. Cork was arrested and transported without incident to Mat-Su Pretrial facility. Bail was set at $100 cash.
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Community Discussion: Should Big Lake Become a City?

Big Lake CityThis is a topic that is important to everyone in Big Lake. This is a forum for discussion of the "Pros and Cons" of Big Lake becoming a city. You may post your opinion anonymously, just keep it clean and civil, and try to stay on topic.

Also, tell your friends, neighbors, and anyone else that may be interested in the future of Big Lake.

If you prefer, there is a "Poll" on the right side of this page. Correction it's on the main page or under "polls."
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Fire Season has started early this year

Public NoticesThe DNR issued this Public Notice: Attention residents- the Mat-Su Valley is dry. Sunny skies, possible wind, and a lack of precipitation in the forecast mean that vegetation is drying out and burnable. Please use caution with debris burning, campfires, and anything else that start a wildfire. While Division of Forestry burn permits are not required at this time of year, you must follow safe-burning guidelines. Refrain from burning if it is windy. When you do burn, remain on site and have equipment and water on hand.

Remember, you are responsible for fires you start.
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Decision to Dispose of Parcels through the Annual Land Sale Program

Public NoticesNotice is hereby given that, pursuant to the provisions of AS 38.05.801 and 11 AAC 99, the Executive Director of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office (TLO) has determined that it is in the best interest of the Alaska Mental Health Trust and its beneficiaries to dispose of approximately 62 Trust parcels through the TLO’s Annual Land Sale Program. The basis for this determination is explained in a written best interest decision prepared by the Executive Director pursuant to 11 AAC 99.040.

The Trust land affected by the decision is adjacent or near the following communities: Big Lake, Little Tutka Bay, Moose Pass, Nikiski, Talkeetna, Chena Hot Springs, Circle, Delta Junction, Ester, Olnes, Salcha, Edna Bay, Hollis, Meyers Chuck, Ketchikan, Kupranof, Petersburg, Sitka, Thorne Bay, and Wrangell. Legal descriptions of the parcels may be found in the written best interest decision.
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Let's get everyone on this.

Police BlotterOn 01/22/14 at 1135 a.m., Yon Kim (age 63 of Anchorage, AK) called the Alaska State Troopers to report that sometime between 11/08/13 - 01/22/14, an unknown person(s) damaged a door to his empty commercial building located at 43695 Seward Highway. The damage was estimated to be less than $50. Kim repaired the minor damage and secured the door. There was nothing missing and no other damage. The investigation is continuing.

Hopefully these arch criminals will soon be brought to justice. Wanted for questioning:

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An "attempted" Bad Start to a Holiday Weekend

Police BlotterOn 1/30/2014 at approximately 19 minutes after midnight, Alaska State Troopers responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report near mile 3 KGB Road in Wasilla. The suspected vehicle was located a short time later near mile 4 KGB Road in Wasilla, within the Highway Safety Corridor. Investigation revealed 38 year old Derrick D. Peterson of Palmer was operating his 2001 Arctic Cat side-by-side ATV while intoxicated and while his driver's license is revoked. While being arrested, Peterson physically resisted his arrest by force while attempting to pull a handgun on the arresting Trooper. Peterson also attempted to identify himself by using a false name and DOB. Further investigation revealed Peterson is already a convicted felon and he subsequently refused to provide a breath sample after being arrested for DUI. Peterson was remanded to MSPT where he was held without bail and with a required court appointed third party.
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Gov. Introduces Bill to Increase Opportunities for Veterans

PoliticsJanuary 29, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today introduced legislation to expand opportunities for veterans in Alaska by strengthening veterans’ job opportunities. The legislation also implements the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax (HEART) Act, ensuring military families receive full survivor benefits for fallen soldiers.

“Our veterans and their families are the lifeblood of our nation,” Governor Parnell said. “With more veterans per capita than any other state, our legislation ensures that Alaska veterans, as well as their families, have the resources they need. I look forward to working with legislators on this critical piece of legislation.”
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Information on the Parks Highway MP 44-52 Lucus Road to Big Lake Road project.

Community In case you've been wondering what's going on with the Parks Highway expansion project, we've posted a link (in the "Links" section of The Big Lake Times) leading to detailed information on the Parks Highway Mile Post 44-52 Lucus Road to Big Lake Road project. You can also leave a comment, view maps and photos, and read documents.

Project Schedule

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What Are Nightmares Made Of? New study sheds some light on the dark side of Dreams

Health and WellnessAccording to a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal, nightmares have greater emotional impact than bad dreams do, and fear is not always a factor. In fact, it is mostly absent in bad dreams and in a third of nightmares. What is felt, instead, is sadness, confusion, guilt, disgust, etc. For their analysis of 253 nightmares and 431 bad dreams, researchers obtained the narratives of nearly 10,000 dreams
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A Friendly Big Lake Warning

Community Someone posted this "Friendly Warning" to stay off the ice road on Big Lake. We heeded the advice and did not drive past.