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Saturday, November 18 2017 @ 08:50 AM AKST

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Deadline: Alaska residents - Stake your own parcel of state land

Home and GardenThe Department of Natural Resources is inviting Alaskans interested in owning a piece of the Last Frontier to participate in the 2017 Remote Recreational Cabin Sites staking program. This unique offering gives Alaskan residents the opportunity to stake their own parcel of state land within one of two areas. This year’s staking areas are Mount Ryan II, along the Steese Highway, and Granite Mountain, on the Kuskokwim River.

Alaska residents may submit applications in person, by mail, or online between 10 a.m. on August 21 and 5 p.m. on October 13. The drawing will be held on November 1. Free brochures describing this year’s Remote Recreational Cabin Sites offering will be available August 21st online at landsales.alaska.gov or in print from DNR’s Public Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Drawing winners will receive an authorization to stake their own parcel within the staking area. The Granite Mountain staking area is located along the Kuskokwim River approximately 45 miles southwest of McGrath and 40 miles northeast of Stony River. The Mount Ryan II area has relatively easy access via ATVs on existing trails, and is approximately 50 miles northeast of Fairbanks and south of the Steese Highway.

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Congratulations Rep. Dan Mayfield

PoliticsThe Big Lake Times is calling the race for Assembly District No. 5 over, and declaring Incumbent Dan Mayfield as the winner of this very close race. All votes have been counted, including absentee and questioned ballots.

Previously, challenger Tew was ahead by just 20 votes, after the final count Rep. Mayfield pulled ahead by just 18 votes. Mayfield now has 695 votes to challenger Tew's 677.

This is an excellent example showing that every vote matters. 24.94% of registered voters in Big Lake voted, a rate nearly twice the next-closest community, and besting the 9% overall turnout.

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Open House for the Big Lake Road Pedestrian Improvements Study

Public NoticesSubmitted by Taryn Oleson

The DOT&PF is conducting a study to identify and plan for pedestrian and other non-motorized user safety on Big Lake Road. Please join us at the open house on Thursday, October 12th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm to learn about draft recommendations for improving pedestrian safety in Big Lake. Visit the project website http://www.biglakepedestrianstudy.com/

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Incumbent Dan Mayfield pulls ahead of challenger Tew

PoliticsThe Mat-Su Borough updated the results in the close Assembly District No. 5 race. Incumbent Mayfield now has 695 votes to challenger Tew's 677. Previously Tew was ahead by just 20 votes.

We will post the certified results when they become available, on October 17th.

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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 10/9/2017, approximately 10:40 pm, Alaska State Troopers contacted 29 year old Wyatt Metro at a residence near mile 5.5 Big Lake Road. Metro had one outstanding NO BAIL parole arrest warrant stemming from the original charges of Vehicle Theft I and Felony Eluding. Metro was arrested without incident and remanded to MSPT.
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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 10/10/2017, approximately 12:30 am, Alaska State Troopers contacted 40 year old Brandon O'Dell of Big Lake at a residence near mile 4 Big Lake Road. O'Dell had one outstanding arrest warrant in the amount of $5000 cash for Burglary I, Theft I, Theft II, and Vehicle Theft II. O'Dell was arrested without incident and remanded to MSPT.
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Big Lake Community Council Meeting Tonight

Community

You're invited to attend the Big Lake Community Council Meeting. Tonight October 10th, 7 pm @ The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

See you there!

The meeting is open to all members of the community of Big Lake and guests. The Community Council serves all of Greater Big Lake, House District 8.

This is an opportunity to meet some of your neighbors, and to learn about issues that impact your community. Announce your group's event.

You can become a member of the Community Council by attending a meeting and paying the annual dues of $10. You are not required to be a member to attend the meetings or to speak. All are welcome. Visit the website at BigLakeCommunityCouncil.com for more information and membership forms.

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Some Big Lake residents lose electricity

AnnouncementsSome 122 Big Lake residents in the Big Lake Lodge Road area are without electricity. MEA is working on the problem.

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Fatal crash closes Parks Highway in Houston

Police BlotterUPDATE: On 10/4/17 at 3:41 pm, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a Motor Vehicle Collision near Milepost 53 of the Parks Highway in Houston.

Investigation revealed Mark A. Meyer, 57 of Palmer was operating his 2016 gray Nissan Rogue, and had three juvenile passengers in the vehicle, southbound and Kole Deneven, 20 of Wasilla, was operating a 2016 white Dodge pick-up truck, and had one adult passenger, northbound. Investigation revealed Deneven crossed left of center into the southbound lane of travel. Meyer attempted to avoid colliding with the oncoming vehicle as Deneven attempted to correct. The two vehicles subsequently collided.

Due to the damage to Meyer’s vehicle, a juvenile male in his vehicle suffered fatal injuries and was ejected from the vehicle. The deceased has been transported to the SME's office in Anchorage for autopsy. Multiple people were transported to area hospitals with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Investigation is ongoing.

On 10/4/2017 at approximately 3:42 pm, Alaska State Troopers were notified of a two vehicle collision near mile 53 of the Parks Highway (near the intersection of Hawk). One person is deceased and at least one other person is believed to be seriously injured. The highway is currently shut down for an undetermined amount of time while first responders are on scene.

No other information is available at this time.

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Unofficial October 3rd 2017 Borough Voting Results

PoliticsUnofficial Mat-Su Borough poll results for Assembly District No. 5 indicate that challenger Tew received more votes than incumbent Mayfield.

Voter turnout was low, with just 9.19% of the registered voters casting their vote. Incumbent Mayfield received 588 votes to challenger Tews 608. There were 12 write in votes.

Complete Unofficial Results Here.

We will publish the final results after they are certified. There are absentee and questioned ballots to be counted.

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Port Mac Rail's 32 miles closed to Travel, Criminal Activity cited

Public NoticesFrom MSB

The Port MacKenzie Rail Extension’s 32-mile embankment is closed to travel. Responsible residents do not trespass. Please stay out of the 200-foot wide right of way for the rail embankment. Check in with landowners before you go out and recreate or hunt on their lands.

The Rail Extension from Port MacKenzie to Houston is an ongoing Southcentral Alaska transportation project. Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials meet regularly with agencies and natural resource companies who look to invest in Port MacKenzie. The entire rail extension is owned by the Mat-Su Borough including the embankment, bridges, culverts, and the 200-foot wide right of way. Even the farthest north portion, Segment 6, which has a working rail siding for the Alaska Railroad, is owned by the Mat-Su Borough. See the construction map posted here.

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Woman breaks into Big Lake Church and spends the night

Police BlotterOn 10/02/2017 the Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Big Lake Road for a report of suspicious female.

Investigation revealed that Tammy McLinn broke into a church and had spent the night there. McLinn was charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, and Theft. McLinn was remanded to Matsu Pretrial.

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Today is Voting Day for Borough Elections

PoliticsGet out and vote today!

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Anchorage man arrested in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 10/1/2017 at approximately 11:25 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Timberline Dr. in Big Lake. Investigation revealed Christopher Novotay, age 26, of Anchorage had an outstanding warrant for Probation Violation on the original charge of Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer in the First Degree. Novotay was remanded to MSPT where bail was set at $1000 cash.

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2017 Chulitna River PUFA

Public NoticesThe Chulitna River Personal Use Firewood Area for mixed sawtimber is available on a first come first served basis beginning Thursday, February 8, 2017. Access to this site is from the Parks Highway just past MP 122. A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. beginning Thursday, February 8, 2017 at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer; and at the Trapper Creek Library during normal business hours. Please contact the Trapper Creek Library at 861-7650 or TrapperCreek.Library@matsugov.us if you have any questions regarding their hours of operation. Please be prepared to provide the year, make, model and license number of all motorized vehicle(s) or trailers to be used while harvesting the timber when you go to get your permit.

The permit must be in your possession during the removal of wood from the site. The cost for each cord of wood is $25 with a maximum of TEN cords per household per year from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The permit will expire after all available wood has been removed but no later than December 31, 2017. Please call the Land & Resource Management Division at 861-7869 if you have any questions.

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