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Big Lake man facing charges

Police BlotterOn 11-17-17 at approximately 3:05 p.m., AST responded to a residence off of Vine Road in Wasilla for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed that James Keene, 38 of Big Lake, physically assaulted a household member. Keene fled the scene prior to AST's arrival and was unable to be located. An arrest warrant has been requested for Keene's arrest for Assault 4th Degree DV.

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Big Lake man leads Troopers on high-speed chase through Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 11/27/2017, at approximately 1:04 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a grey 2008 Honda Accord at the intersection of the Parks Highway and Forest Lake Drive, in Big Lake, for a moving violation. The vehicle eluded AST at speeds in excess of ninety miles per hour in heavy traffic. During the pursuit the vehicle nearly collided with other motorists. AST discontinued the pursuit as the suspect entered a residential neighborhood.

The vehicle was located short time later at a residence on Beaver Lake Road. The suspect, Zackery R. Cornelius-Vincent, age 22, of Big Lake was arrested for Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer in the 1st Degree as well as Reckless Driving. Cornelius-Vincent was transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded on a $2,000 bail.

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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 11/28/2017 at approximately 1:28 a.m., AST observed a vehicle traveling north bound on the Parks Highway near Museum Road in Wasilla with a front headlight out. AST conducted a traffic stop on a black 1997 Honda SUV near the intersection of the Parks Highway and Vine Road.

An investigation revealed the driver Devin Allen Blawat (34 YOA of Big Lake) was driving on a revoked license and also had a $100 warrant FTA bail hearing Original Charge Refusal/ Misconduct Involving a Weapon 4th (3PA-17-1524CR).

Blawat was arrested for DWLR and on the arrest warrant. Blawat was transported to Matsu Pretrial in Palmer.

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Christmas tree cutting on state land

Public NoticesThis page provides information about cutting Christmas trees on state land in Alaska. Below you'll find links to information and maps for areas where cutting is allowed, as well as information from the Division of Forestry on how to care for your tree once you get it home. Click on the links below (in PDF format).

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Christmas Tree Care

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Earthquake shakes Southcentral

ScienceA 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska at 1:18 p.m. Depth was 10 miles. There are no reports of damage or injuries. There is NO tsunami danger from this earthquake.

Sources: UAF Alaska Earthquake Center and NWS National Tsunami Warning Center Palmer AK.

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Troopers seek information on missing Big Lake man

Police BlotterUPDATE: On 11/27/2017, Hauser was located in good health.

On 11/26/2017, approximately 7 p.m., 60 year old Brian Lee Hauser of Big Lake was reported as a missing person. He was last seen in the Big Lake area around 9 p.m. on Friday, 11/24/2017, driving a red/maroon 2017 Jeep Cherokee bearing AK plate JKL113.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of either Hauser or the Jeep are asked to call the Alaska State Troopers at (907)745-2131.

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Personal Use Christmas Tree Cutting Area

Public Notices

The 2017 Personal Use Christmas Tree Cutting Area opens November 23, 2017. Christmas tree cutting will be allowed on Borough land within the specified area. The area is located within the Jim Creek Recreation Area off of East Sullivan Avenue South of the new camping area and to the west of the Sexton Trail. The boundaries will be clearly marked with red and white candy strip flagging and signs.

No permit is required; instructions and a location map for the 2017 Personal Use Christmas Tree Cutting Area may be obtained from brochure boxes located at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer and the Jim Creek Recreation Area Kiosk located off East Sullivan Avenue.

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Looking for some help putting up Christmas lights for holidays

Community by Marguerite Bogert

To all out there, The library is in need of help to hang our annual christmas lights does anyone know of someone that might be able to do the job? The Christmas parade and tree lighting are on the 2nd of December and the library would like to be able to have our lights ready to turn on that evening. Help. Any takers?

Also on that Saturday, the 2nd of December from 3-6 we will be hosting a ornament decorating making workshop for the kiddos. So again, having the lights up and on will make for awesome festivities.

Email or call library and help us out.

Thanks to you all,

Marguerite Bogert

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Medicare enrollment at the Big Lake Public Library

Health and Wellnessby Roma Scougal

Don’t let time run out! Medicare open enrollment for 2018 coverage ends December 7, 2017. Even if you are happy with your current drug coverage, it’s still worthwhile to review your options because monthly premiums and covered prescriptions for a plan can change each year. Choosing a prescription plan can be confusing, but we are here to help. Britney Travis, from the Medicare Information Office, will be at the Big Lake Public Library on Tuesday, November 21, from 10 AM to 3 PM, and on Monday, November 27, from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM, to help you enroll. Please call 907-373-3632 for a time slot.

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Houston man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn November 24, 2017 at about 12:20 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Brent Nichols, 38 of Houston, at a residence off of Black Knight Drive in Houston. Investigation revealed Nichols had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for arraignment for the original charge of driving revoked. Nichols was arrested and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial without incident.

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Houston man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn November 24, 2017 at about 12 noon, Alaska State Troopers contacted Matthew Nelson, 38 of Houston, at a residence off of Black Knight Drive in Houston. Investigation revealed Nelson had an outstanding warrant for failure to comply with conditions of probation. Nelson was arrested and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial without incident.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Military and VeteransWHEREAS, December 7, 2017, marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, on December 7, 1941, a military assault took place at the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that claimed the lives of over 2,400 soldiers and citizens and injured over a thousand additional people, and caused the destruction of twenty American naval vessels including 8 battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and over 300 airplanes; and

WHEREAS, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously proclaimed December 7, 1941 as “a date which will live in infamy,” and it has stood as a solemn day of tribute ever since; and

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Small Business Saturday

Local BusinessWHEREAS, Small Business Saturday, the Saturday following Thanksgiving, provides an opportunity to support Alaska’s local economy during the holiday shopping season by supporting local businesses; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Alaska’s small businesses employ more than half of the state’s private workforce, and companies having fewer than 100 employees have the largest share of small business employment. Alaska has an estimated 72,042 small businesses that employ over 142,000 private-sector workers in the state, and make up 99.2 percent of Alaska businesses; and

WHEREAS, when we purchase a product or service from a local store or restaurant, we help pay the salary of neighbors and loved ones and strengthen the local economy. Small business owners also contribute to our communities in other ways – by supporting local nonprofit organizations, sports teams, and providing a first job experience and mentorship for many Alaskans; and

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Community Hope it's a great one.

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Houston man arrested on assault charges

Police BlotterOn 11/22/2017 at approximately 9:16 a.m., the Alaska State Troopers received a 911 call with the sound of a disturbance in the background. Troopers responded and investigation revealed Terry Tomlinson age 50 of Houston, had assaulted a family member causing minor injury at his residence near Forest Hills Dr. Wasilla. Tomlinson was arrested for Assault IV DV, transported and remanded into Mat-Su Pre-Trial without bail.

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