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

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Friday, February 23 2018 @ 03:49 AM AKST

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50 Supermarket Tricks and Tips

Food and DrinkAn anonymous user submitted these 50 tricks and tips that will save you money: "Food experts, industry analysts, and store employees share their insider strategies on how to save money on groceries, stay healthy, and beat the supermarkets at their own game."
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Product Review: Kaito KA500 Voyager Radio

TechThis Product Review is about the Kaito KA500 “Voyager” Radio, but as you will read, it is much more than a radio. It is an excellent item to have in your kit, whether for camping, emergencies, use at the cabin or on the boat, and for travel.

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Fail to submit 2012 harvest information.

Police BlotterOn 1-18-14, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Palmer Post, cited Christina Hammond age 44 of Big Lake, for failing to submit a hunt report for the 2012 caribou permit she received. Hammond was issued a $110 bailable citation with an optional court appearance in the Palmer District Court.
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Alaska’s Population Grows By 3.7 Percent In Three Years

Alaska News"Alaska’s population growth is increasing faster than that of the rest of the country. Figures released Friday by the state labor department indicate that the state’s population increased 3.7 percent over the past three years, compared with a 2.4 growth rate in the US.

The largest increases were in Anchorage and the Matanuska Susitna Borough, according to Eddie Hunsinger, the state demographer with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
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Nearly naked inmate flees Alaskan jail, gets a ride with a cop.

Alaska News"Nelson soon exited the car and ran towards another car in an attempt to try his luck at getting another ride to freedom. The next car was pulling into the Bristol Express convenience store parking lot when Nelson approached and attempted to get into the car in hopes of escape. Unfortunately for Nelson, the car belonged to Dillingham police officer Dan Decker, who was off-duty at the time and was driving with his family. Officer Decker recognized the nearly-naked escapee and held Nelson in temporary custody until other Dillingham police officers arrived on the scene to apprehend Nelson and take him back into custody."
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Fueled by soaring stock market, Alaska's net worth climbs to $103,000 per person

Economy"Alaska is staring down the barrel of a fiscal shotgun, but its finances aren’t too shabby at the moment -- even when compared to one of the planet’s wealthiest countries. What’s more, the state has the wherewithal to bridge the coming fiscal crisis.
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Vehicle Theft 1st BOLO

Police BlotterOn 1/19/14, at 0111 hours, Troopers responded to the Tesoro Station at the intersection of Parks Hwy and Sylvan Rd for a report of a vehicle that had been stolen. An investigation showed that a restored 1978 Red Chevy Pickup bearing Alaska license FPZ767 had been taken while the owner had been inside the store. The vehicle is believed to be in the Big Lake / Johnsons Road area. Suspects have been identified and the investigation is ongoing. Troopers are requesting assistance from the public in locating this vehicle so it can be returned to the owner. Anyone with information is asked to call the Alaska State Troopers at 373-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.
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Quote of the Day

Community

"Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and in the service of your people.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose lives are filled with the fear of death, so that when time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home." --Tecumseh
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Social media and Alaska's armchair sleuths impact Valley crime

Community "Alaska State Troopers may have a new four-man crime suppression unit. But the guys with the badges are merely the tip of a swarm of crime busters who've had enough of thieves stealing other people's stuff. Thousands of citizen sleuths have taken to social media to thwart the bad guys and attempt to find stolen trucks, guns, snowmachines, jewelry, kitchen cabinetry and more."
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Warrant Arrest

Police BlotterOn 01/17/2014 at approximately 4:19 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 1995 GMC Pickup on Big Lake Road near Hollywood Road in Big Lake. Investigation revealed Michael Hislop, age 27 of Big Lake, had an arrest warrant for Failure to Appear to Arraignment for the original charge of DWLR. Hislop was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $500 bail.
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DIY Worm Composting (or “Vermicomposting”) in Alaska

Home and Gardenby Dennis Garrett

for Alaska Home Tips (Used with permission of the author).

17 Jan 2014

Introduction: Using an inexpensive, easy-to-build worm composter, you can effortlessly turn kitchen scraps, mail, and other materials into one of the richest benefits your gardens could ever want, as well as reducing materials in the landfills. You can buy commercial worm composters, but it's easy to make your own. This article will cover the basics and what I used, but there are other methods and materials, even a 5-gallon bucket will work.
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Spiral Galaxies Used To Be ‘Barless’, According To Galaxy Zoo

Science"There are a number of interesting puzzles in astronomy that have faced significant challenge because the analysis simply requires massive amounts of data and complicated algorithms that demands serious computing power. Luckily, in at least some of these cases, the same algorithms that are a difficult for a computer to execute are relatively easy for our brains to decipher. Even better? You don’t even have to be particularly talented in math or science to contribute.

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Police Blotter

Police BlotterOn 1/16/14 at approximately 1:28 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer on Big Lake Road near Parks Highway for several equipment violations. Investigation revealed the driver Jayson Featherstone, age 21 of Big Lake, had an outstanding warrant arrest for Failure to remand for a probation violation. Featherstone was subsequently arrested and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility with 5 days to serve.
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Elderly Man Told To Stop Shooting Down Icicles

Weird NewsST. CHARLES TWP. (CBS) — An elderly west suburban man will not be charged after choosing an unconventional method to knock icicles off his house—a handgun.

The man was caught shooting icicles hanging from his home Friday morning in west suburban St. Charles Township, Kane County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said

The 80-year-old man was shooting icicles hanging from his second-floor roof in the 6N300 block of Essex Avenue with a .22 revolver, Gengler said.
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Pick. Click. Give to Your Library.

Community When filing for your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend this year, consider Your Public Libraries. They are much more than just a place to check out books (not that there's anything wrong with that!): They are Community Resources, providing so much for our communities, far too much to list here.