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Sunday, July 23 2017 @ 05:01 AM AKDT

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Earthquake shakes Southcentral

ScienceAn earthquake of magnitude 5.4 shook Southcentral Alaska at 6:18pm. The epicenter was 16 miles NW of Nikiski. Depth was 43 miles.

Source: Alaska Earthquake Center

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Memorial Day

Military and VeteransWe will not forget...

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Troopers Halfway Through Memorial Day Weekend CIOT Campaign

Police BlotterThe Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are halfway through the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Click It or Ticket High Visibility Enforcement Effort .

From 5/15/2017 thru 5/25/2017, troopers conducted the following investigations:

16 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.

64 REDDIs reported with 16 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI.

25 damage only crashes, 4 injury crashes and 0 fatal collisions investigated by troopers.

Of the 623 citations issued, 259 were for speeding and 71 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.

The main focus of the National Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is to save lives. AST hopes motorists drive safely throughout the High Visibility Enforcement campaign and the rest of the summer. Wearing seatbelts saves lives and goes a long way to protect all vehicle occupants from being seriously injured or killed.

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Join State Parks and partners for National Trails Day events June 2-4

RecreationThe public is invited to get outdoors and help Alaska State Parks and local organizations celebrate National Trails Day by participating in the following guided hikes and trail projects over the weekend of June 2-4. Unless otherwise specified, bring lunch and snacks, water, appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear, sun or safety glasses, gloves, and bug spray.

Volunteer work on Curry Ridge Trail, Denali State Park, near Trapper Creek, June 3

Join Alaska State Parks for hiking and trail work along the Curry Ridge Trail. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the new Kesugi-Ken Interpretive Center located at Mile 134.5 of the George Parks Highway. Parking is in the day-use lot. Volunteers will hike 4-5 miles and participate in trail work throughout the day, including cutting brush, moving materials and rocks, and compacting soils. Afterward join us for a cookout at the interpretive center. Potluck items are welcome. Please contact Carter Forney at 907-354-5890 (cell) or 907-733-5123 (office) for more information.

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Be Firewise, Big Lake.

Community (Reposted from an earlier article).

Vlad K. submitted this: With the lengthening of the days, it's time to start considering ways to prepare for the coming Wildfire Season. These are the warm, dry days between the snow and ice melting, and the greening of Alaska. This article will look at ways to help you make your home, and your community, safe from wildfires.

What is FireWise?

FireWise is a program which helps people learn what they can do to protect their homes and families and live compatibly with wildfire. Homeowners are strongly encouraged to prepare before a wildfire.

Wildfires Happen, Be Prepared.

Defensible Space
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Used building materials wanted

Pets and AnimalsSubmitted by Sammy Taylor

I'm renovating my Chicken's winter quarters and feed room. So please share this with those who are renovating and have thoughts of throwing all the usable old stuff away!

Thanks.

MSG @ 892-2353, Call for pickup AT YOUR CONVENIENCE.

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Anchorage woman leads Troopers on High-Speed Chase

Police BlotterOn 05-25-17, at 2:27 am, AST received a call from APD reporting a black Dodge Durango had eluded APD officers heading northbound on the Glenn Hwy. APD reported the vehicle was last seen at 2:14 am hours at 18 mile of the Glenn Hwy traveling northbound at a high rate of speed without any headlights on.

At 2:54 am, near mile 76 of the Parks Hwy, Troopers located the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle immediately accelerated to speeds exceeding 100 mph and continued northbound. A second Trooper joined in the pursuit which continued northbound until mile 102 of the Parks Hwy where a Patrol Intervention Technique was used to immobilize the vehicle, a 1998 Dodge Durango, operated by Katie Jones-age 31 of Anchorage. Jones was arrested without incident.

Further investigation revealed Jones was intoxicated and subsequently provided a breath sample revealing a BrAC of 0.198%. Jones was transported to MatSu Pretrial for remand and charged with Reckless Driving, Fail to Stop at Direction of a Peace Officer , Assault III, and DUI. Bail had not been set at the time of this press release

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Big Lake Fishing Violations

Fish and GameOn 05/23/2017 at approximately 7 pm, Virgil Schumacher, age 37 of Big Lake, was contacted by an Alaska Wildlife Trooper, MATSU West Post, while fishing flowing waters in Big Lake. Investigation revealed that Schumacher was fishing in closed waters and did not possess a valid 2017 sport fishing license. Schumacher was issued a citation for fishing in closed water and given a warning about fishing without a license. Schumacher was then released from the scene.

On 05/21/2017 at approximately 1:35 pm, John-Wesley McIntyre, age 38 of Anchorage, was contacted by an Alaska Wildlife Trooper, MATSU West Post, while fishing flowing waters near Big Lake. Investigation revealed that McIntyre did not possess a valid 2017 sport fishing license. McIntyre was issued a citation and was released from the scene.

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Public Notice: Sunrise Gardens Marijuana Cultivation, Big Lake

Local Businessvia Email

"Big Lake Community Council,

Attached you will find the public notice and advertisement for our proposed Limited Marijuana Cultivation Facility located in Big Lake.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need further information.

Thank you,

Deborah"

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Looking for Cooks for the Big Lake Library Kick off to Summer Reading Program

Community Contributed by Marguerite Bogert, Big Lake Library Advocates

Hello to everyone,

The Big Lake Library Advocates are in need of Cooks for our Annual BBQ on Thursday, June 8th. In the past some of you have helped out so this is why I am sending this email. Help!!

We have the BBQ, we will have the food, all we need are cooks. Cooking will start at 4pm and last a couple hours. We have other activities planned for that afternoon along with food. Any help is appreciated.

Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions you may have or to volunteer your time. Thank you all in advance we have a great community and the kids deserve a BBQ kick off to the summer....

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Troopers say man's death on Hollywood Road due to natural causes

Police BlotterOn 05/22/17, at approximately 12:50 pm, AST was notified of a male who had collapsed and was not breathing at a business on Hollywood Road. AST and EMS responded to the location and contacted the male and EMS began CPR. EMS transported the male to the hospital for further treatment where he later died.

His family was contacted and told of his death. They revealed the male had a history of health problems. A check of the scene resulted in no evidence of foul play.

[The man's name has not been released to the public.]

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Public Notices: MSB 2017 Competitive Sealed Bid Land Sale

Public Noticesfrom MSB

Parcels that are new on the market are offered through a Competitive Land Sale. A minimum bid is established for each parcel and the qualified party who offers to purchase the property for the highest amount, at or above the minimum bid price, shall be named the successful bidder. See brochure for specific details.

Parcels that are not sold through the Competitive Land Sale will be made available through future Over-the-Counter Land Sales. These parcels are offered on a sealed bid / competitive basis for the purchase price listed in the brochure.

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Public Notices: Draft Herning Trail Concept Plan

Public Noticesfrom MSB

Re-establishing the Historic Herning Trail

The Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation has partnered with the Knik Chapter of the Iditarod Trail Blazers, Big Lake Trails, Inc., the City of Houston, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska DNR, the National Park Service, and Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers to re-establish the historic Herning Trail to celebrate our Borough's history and enhance outdoor recreation and economic opportunities. In the 1990s, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources mapped an RS2477 easement for the Herning Trail, running from the historic townsite of Knik to Houston. The Herning Trail project team has prepared a draft Historic Herning Trail Concept Plan for review and posted it on the borough webpage. Please review the draft plan to learn more about the history and future of the historic Herning Trail. For more information about the project, visit http://www.facebook.com/The-Historic-Herning-Trail. Thank you for your help in creating a world-class trails system in the Mat-Su Borough!

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Public Notices: Purinton Products Site – Administrative Material Extraction Permit

Public Noticesvia Email

An administrative permit, under MSB 17.30 – Conditional Use Permit for Earth Materials Extraction Activities, has been submitted by Isaac Pearson on the behalf of Purinton Products, LLC. The applicant is requesting the removal up to 7,000 cubic yards annually through 2018. The total area of earth material extraction activity will occur on approximately 12.8 acres of the 37.56 acre parcel.

Location: 21252 W. Susitna Parkway (Tax ID# 16N04W02A005); within Township 16 North, Range 4 West, Section 3, Seward Meridian.

Applicant: Isaac Pearson, on the behalf of Purinton Products, LLC

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Cowboy Walter Gooch passes away

ObituariesMid-Valley Senior Center resident Walter Gooch passes away...
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