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Winter Care for Chickens

Pets and AnimalsFrom the Alaska DEC

Alaska’s cold winters can have a negative impact on the health and egg-laying capacity of your flock, so it is important to ensure your chickens are warm and comfortable all winter long. Below are a few tips from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. Read the full article about how to keep laying hens productive during the winter months:

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Winter 2017/2018 Newsletter from the State Veterinarian

Pets and AnimalsFrom the Office of the State Veterinarian

As the State Veterinarian in the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), I am considered the “state animal health official” for Alaska, which stewards certain statutory powers to safeguard the health of the state’s animal resources and food produced from these resources. The statutory authority covers animal movement, quarantine, disease surveillance, permitting intrastate movement and imports, disease investigations, and emergency response. I also act as a central point of contact for my peers at the federal agencies (USDA, USFWS, USGS, NPS, NOAA) and for animal health officials in other states and countries. In addition to the Office of the State Veterinarian (OSV), several veterinary professionals in other state government agencies work closely with my office and with each other to ensure the health and well-being of animals and the public, as well as thriving wildlife populations and a robust agricultural industry.

My colleagues in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Department of Health and Social Services, and the Department of Natural Resources, each have specialties and areas of expertise that work toward our shared goals of a safe, healthy, and prosperous Alaska. In this newsletter, I explain in detail how this veterinary network works in Alaska, and examples of how each agency contributes towards our shared mission.

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Iron Dog 2018 this weekend in Big Lake


Here's the schedule for the 2018 Iron Dog events this weekend in Big Lake:

February 16, 2018 – Trail Class Start (Big Lake @ Southport Marina)

February 17, 2018 – Saturday night Flying Iron Freestyle Show (Big Lake @ Southport Marina)

February 18, 2018 – Pro Class Start (Big Lake @ Southport Marina)

February 18, 2018 – Sunday afternoon Flying Iron Freestyle Show (Big Lake @ Southport Marina)

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Houston woman charged with assault

Police BlotterOn 02/13/2018, at approximately 6:09 a.m., AST received a call of an Assault on N Birch Harbor Road, in Houston. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Oshia Johnson, age 26, of Houston. Johnson had physically assaulted another resident. Johnson was taken into custody and transported to Mat-Su Pre-Trial where she was remanded without bail.

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MSB Property Appraisal Report

Public NoticesThe marijuana tax may collect up to $500,000 this year. Some 779 new homes were built in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough this year, an increase over last year. The senior citizen and disabled veteran property tax exemption program is growing at eight pecent a year. Learn more from Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assessor Brad PIckett who presented to the Assembly this week.

Read through the 2018 Property Appraisal presentation and listen to his presentation at links here.

The appeal period for property tax assessments runs through March 2.

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Roundup of news from the Big Lake Community Council

Community From the Meeting Minutes of 9 Jan 2018

Fire Service: John Fairchild, Chief—Annexation of W. Susitna Pkwy was successful with a new response area, all the way out to Timberline. May need a warm storage station out there in the next couple of years. Budget is being passed through the Department of Emergency Services. Currently working within a $2milion dollar budget. Station 73 has fleets moving into it now, mostly for maintenance. Responded to mutual aid with Central, 2 stations manned with volunteer responders with two of our trucks (58 volunteers to date); we can show tremendous response (27 responders on-call) from our community with coverage of two stations manned out. There were 597 runs for the year; one third were medical assistance. The ice is currently 14-20 inches and able to respond out on the lake, with light vehicles only, no ambulances. Chief will be moving out the new station soon and can be reached also by his cell.

Chamber of Commerce: Margaret—met this morning, with a slow down and possibly pick back up in the Summer. Looking to the grants or some groups to advertise to fund the sign outside of the building, to pay the electric bill and keep information up to date for the community. It is $50.00/month to advertise; this would offer great support to the Chamber. Also, need volunteers.

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Most MSB Schools closed today due to freezing rain

Education and Local School NewsThe Mat-Su Borough has closed all schools for the day except Glacier View, Talkeetna Elementary, Trapper Creek Elementary, Su Valley Jr./Sr. High, Willow Elementary and Beryozova School.

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Big Lake Elementary Fundraiser Dinner with Fireworks!

Education and Local School NewsFrom the Grizzly PTO Facebook page

Mark your calendars for this fun dinner! 2-15-18 from 5-6:30pm. There will be great food, a silent auction and fireworks!! Ticket sales are limited at the door day of so get your tickets in advance. All proceeds go towards the purchase of a chrome book lab to be used in classrooms. Come out and show your support for our great school

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Troopers investigate Big Lake theft

Police BlotterOn 02/11/18 at 9:50 a.m. Alaska State Troopers were contacted by James Griffith (26) of Big Lake, who reported someone had come to a business on Big Lake Road during the night and got into the conex. Investigation showed two males cut open the conex and removed several items valued at $1500 and left in a late model Chevy truck. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers or AST Dispatch at 907-352-5401. Investigation is continuing.

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Tour the Story Map of the MSB LRTP (Long Range Transportation Plan) to 2035

Public NoticesFrom MSB

In the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, there's some 200 private airstrips, 2,630 miles of roads, 185 miles of mainline track. The transportation network and how it fares with growth and may interact with land use is at the core of the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan. Read the 81-page Plan, published in December, or look through a new interactive online story map of the plan to get the highlights. Moving a bar over a map to the left, for example, shows the level of service for our main roads today. Dragging the bar to the right shows how our main roads may be congested in 2035 if no improvements are made.

Here is the link to the LRTP Story Map:

The LRTP is the Borough's primary guide for transportation solutions, improvements, funding decisions, and policy development through 2035.

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Central Landfill and Transfer Stations Closed February 19, 2018

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill located at 1201 N. 49th State Street in Palmer and all Borough Transfer Stations will be closed Monday, February 19th 2018 in observance of Presidents’ Day. If you have questions, please contact the Central Landfill between 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday at 861-7603. For more information go to: or “Like” us on Facebook at Matanuska Susitna Borough Solid Waste Division.

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Big Lake Community Council Agenda for 13 Feb 18 Meeting

Community Submitted by BLCC

Here is the agenda for the upcoming meeting of The Big Lake Community Council:

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Troopers arrest Wasilla man on Big Lake assault

Police BlotterOn 2/11/2018 at approximately 2:24 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance near W Holly Loop in Big Lake. Investigation revealed that Joseph Link 30 YOA of Wasilla had assaulted a female in the residence. Link was arrested for Assault in the Fourth Degree and Interfering with the Report of a DV Crime. Link was transported to Mat Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer where he was held on no bail.

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Troopers arrest Big Lake man on assault charge

Police BlotterOn 2/11/18 at approximately 1:19 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance at a residence on W Lake Forest Dr in Big Lake. Investigation revealed Michael Bellini age 50, of Big Lake assaulted someone in the residence. He was arrested, transported and remanded to MSPT where his bail was set at no bail.

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