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Wednesday, March 21 2018 @ 06:52 AM AKDT

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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


"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.

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The Big Lake Library Open House

AnnouncementsBig Lake Library Open House!

Saturday, January 25

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come join us to find out about the many great services YOUR Library offers!

Click "Read More" to see the flyer.

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Snowmachine access opens for eastern Hatcher Pass

Recreation(Palmer, AK) – The Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announced that as of Saturday, Jan. 11, the east side of Hatcher Pass will be open to snowmobiles from the Goldmint Trailhead Parking Lot at Mile 14.5 to the Hatcher Pass Summit at Mile 19 of the Hatcher Pass Road.

The west side of Hatcher Pass, including that portion of Summit Lake State Recreation Site west of the pass will also be open to snowmobiles. The trail to the summit is a multi-use trail, so snowmobilers should obey the posted speed limit and watch for hikers, skiers and snowboarders.
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Mat-Su emergency responders organize against hours cap

Health and Wellness"WASILLA -- Rank and file emergency responders in the Mat-Su Borough are challenging new limits that cap them just below 30 hours a week, and they're calling on the borough to bring on a full-time squad of medics.

Paid on-call employees say the new hours policy has led to short staffing and longer response times on some ambulance and fire calls."
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Parnell plan to export North Slope gas draws support, criticism

Energy"In what Gov. Sean Parnell called a “major milestone,” the major oil producers in Alaska and pipeline builder TransCanada have signed a non-binding guidance document with the state that lays out basic concepts of a deal to advance a long-sought natural gas liquefaction and export project, with state ownership a key part of the plan.
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Big Lake Teen Injured in Serious Crash

Police BlotterOn 1/15/2013 at 10:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a collision between two vehicles at Milepost 45 of the Parks Highway in Wasilla. Investigation revealed Emma Lark, 17, of Big Lake was driving her 1991 black Dodge Dakota northbound on the Parks Highway when she lost control of the truck, crossed the center line and crashed head on with a southbound 2001 green Ford Focus driven by Lena Hensley, 26, of Anchorage. Both were transported by ambulance to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for serious but non-life threatening injuries. All occupants involved were utilizing their seatbelts and both vehicles were a total loss. The road was closed for approximately an hour and a half.
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Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?

Home and Garden"About 50 percent of the biosolids produced in the U.S. are returned to farmland through a process that is heavily regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Even so, some people – including the Sierra Club — remain skeptical of the use of this waste product in food production. They worry that heavy metals, pathogens or pharmaceuticals might survive the treatment process and contaminate crops. So what's an urban gardener to do in light of mixed perceptions about whether it's OK to use poop to grow your food?

I set out to investigate this, hoping that whatever I learned would help my garden decide whether to accept the donation or not."