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Sunday, July 23 2017 @ 04:59 AM AKDT

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Recreational Trails Program grant application period starts earlier this year

RecreationThe timeline and associated deadlines for Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications are shifting a few weeks earlier this year.

RTP grants provide reimbursable, matching funds to develop and repair recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Grants are also available for trail-related environmental protection, safety, and educational projects.

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has adjusted the grant application period to provide for a more efficient process. The new timeline is as follows:

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Bidding open now for DNR's annual land auction for Alaskans

Alaska NewsThe Department of Natural Resources is inviting Alaskans interested in owning a piece of the Last Frontier to participate in the 2017 Annual State Land Auction. This year’s land offering includes road-accessible and remote parcels ranging from the Southeast Alaska coastline to Interior river corridors. Of the 200 parcels available, 77 are new to the auction this year.

Alaska residents may submit sealed bids in person, by mail, or online between 10 a.m. on March 24 and 5 p.m. on July 5. Apparent high bids will be announced on July 12. Bidders may purchase up to two parcels in this auction. Free brochures are available at DNR’s Public Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks and the DNR Land Counter in Juneau. Individuals are encouraged to visit DNR’s recently-updated Land Sales site at

Over-the-Counter (OTC) sales will follow the auction. Parcels will become available for purchase at 10 am on July 26. Changes have been made to the OTC procedures following the Auction this year; see pages 94 and 109 of the brochure for details. Visit our website to see parcels currently available for purchase OTC. DNR offers competitive, in-house financing for land purchases.

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"Orphaned" Wildlife Best Left Alone

Nature"Don't touch!" That's a phrase worth remembering from now through early July as newborn moose calves, young bear cubs and other wildlife babies start appearing in Alaska's backyards, urban greenbelts, and along popular trails. Tug-at-your-heartstrings cute, they may appear helpless and abandoned, but a protective mother is likely nearby.

Cow moose can be particularly dangerous during calving season, warns Anchorage Area Wildlife Biologist Dave Battle, and attacks on people and pets by mothers aggressively defending calves are reported each spring.

"Give them plenty of space," said Battle. "Try to avoid single tracks and narrow, brushy trails where limited visibility might lead to a run-in with a cow moose and calf."

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Alaskans’ Economic Confidence Down

EconomyAlaskans’ economic confidence is mixed, according to the Alaska Confidence Index (ACI). The ACI report released by the Division of Economic Development shows that the overall index fell to 49.2 in the first quarter of 2017, a drop of 2.5 points from the fourth quarter of 2016. The decline was led by a sharp drop in Alaskans’ confidence in their local economies. Confidence in the current and future state economy was also down. However, respondents’ assessments of their personal financial situations remained positive.

“Finding new ways to expand and diversify the state economy is crucial for future stability,” said Britteny CioniHaywood, director of the Division of Economic Development. “There is abundant economic opportunity to be found in Alaska’s natural resources, human capital, and emerging industries.”

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Governor Walker Signs Legislation to Make Alaska Real I.D.-Compliant

Alaska NewsGovernor Bill Walker today signed House Bill 16 into law, allowing the state to begin the process of issuing Real ID-compliant forms of identification. This legislation gives Alaskans the option to obtain federally compliant identification; it is not mandatory. Without the legislation, Alaskans would have been denied entry into most airports, military bases and federal facilities without a passport or other acceptable form of documentation.

“Alaskans no longer have to wonder if their travel plans or ability to work will be in jeopardy,” Governor Walker said. “This legislation balances compliance with federal law with the privacy concerns that some have noted by giving Alaskans the choice of having a Real ID-compliant license. The Department of Administration will move quickly to ensure that there are no disruptions in the everyday lives of our citizens. I thank the House and Senate for passing this critical legislation.”

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Fatal crash on KGB

Police BlotterOn 5/16/2017 at approximately 4:07 pm, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a collision on Knik Goose Bay Rd. near Foothills.

Investigation revealed a black 1993 Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by Daniel Alexander, 37 of Wasilla, was southbound on KGB when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane and struck a green 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Curtis Tucker, 30 of Wasilla. Both Alexander, who was not wearing a seatbelt, and his passenger, a child in a car seat, were ejected from the vehicle.

While being transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Alexander succumbed to his injuries. The passenger in Alexander’s vehicle was flown to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Tucker and his five passengers were transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. Alexander’s NOK have been notified.

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Troopers Conducting High Visibility Enforcement Effort

Alaska NewsThe Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers started the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Click It or Ticket High Visibility Enforcement Effort yesterday. The effort runs through June 4.

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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Big Lake Road Pedestrian Improvements Study Open House Meeting Tonight

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The DOT&PF is conducting the Big Lake Pedestrian Improvements Study to identify and plan for pedestrian and other non-motorized user safety on Big Lake Road. We will be holding the first Open House this Wednesday, May 17th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Big Lake Community Recreation Center.

We also have a project website that we would like to share:

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Houston man arrested in Big Lake, faces numerous charges

Police BlotterOn 05-16-2017 at approximately 4:18 pm, Alaska State Troopers with the Criminal Suppression Unit responded to a report of a disturbance at a property on Lakeway Loop, Houston. The complainant located a male suspect attempting to steal items from his property. The complainant confronted the suspect and a struggle ensued, during which the complainant was struck with a wrench and injured. The suspect then fled the area on foot.

At approximately 6:27 pm, State Troopers located and arrested the suspect, identified as JT Thompson (age 25 of Houston), walking in the area of Cattail Drive, Big Lake.

Thompson was remanded at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held without bail on charges of Robbery 1, Assault 3, attempted Theft 3, as well as two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest for failure to comply with conditions of probation on the original charges of Vehicle Theft 1 and Theft 2.

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Valley Mover offers bus service from Big Lake to Anchorage

Community The Valley Mover bus provides public transportation to Wasilla and Anchorage with 2 morning stops in Big Lake. The Full printable schedule is here.

Please consider supporting this community resource.

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Charity Dinner, Silent Auction to Benefit the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet and Food Pantry

Community Join us for a Charity Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet and Food Pantry Saturday May 20th, 6 pm at The Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 14159 W. Hollywood Road in Big Lake.

All you can eat spaghetti $10.

Auction Items Needed. For more information/how You can help, please call 907.903.1902 or email

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Troopers seek information in Big Lake burglary

Police BlotterOn 05/15/2017 at approximately 5:41 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to an address on Apryl Lane in Big Lake for a report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) unlawfully entered the dwelling and stole approximately $300 in property. Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contacted Troopers at 352-5401 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

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Houston man arrested for Eluding & Warrants

Police BlotterOn 05/15/2017 at approximately 1:23 am, Troopers responded to a church on Seward Meridian Pkwy in Wasilla for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, a green 2002 Dodge Durango quickly exited the parking lot almost striking the Trooper’s vehicle. The vehicle ran a stop sign and failed to signal and Troopers attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle.

The vehicle failed to yield to the Trooper for approximately 25 minutes while driving recklessly. Speeds during the pursuit were between 80 and 90 MPH. The vehicle came to a dead end on Lynn Road off of Fairview Loop.

The driver, Robert Paulsberg age 53 of Houston, was arrested without incident. Further investigation revealed Paulsberg to have $4050 in warrants. Paulsberg was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $2500 bail in addition to his warrants.

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Wasilla man arrested in Houston

Police BlotterOn 05/14/17 at 9:05 pm, AST responded to a residence on W. Cheri Lakes Drive in Houston for the report of a disturbance involving a male threatening citizens with an axe. AST contacted Joseph Clark, age 33 of Wasilla, during the investigation.

Clark was arrested for the original charges of Assault in the 3rd Degree x 2, Criminal Trespassing in the 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree, and Disorderly Conduct. Clark was transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $5,000 bail with a court approved third party condition.

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Use of Bait Where Prohibited

Fish and GameOn 04/30/2017, Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Gale Lancaster, age 35 of Big Lake, for Sport Fishing with bait in waters closed to fishing with bait. Bail was set at $ 110, in the Palmer District Court.

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