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Thursday, September 21 2017 @ 08:34 PM AKDT

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Happy Summer Solstice!

ScienceThe Summer Solstice, which is also the First Day of Summer, is 8:24 pm Alaska Time today.

The timing of the solstice is not based on a specific calendar date and time. It depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator.

The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.

This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.

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Houston man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 6/18/17 at about 9:15 pm, the Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed the driver, 21 year old Brent Matthews of Houston, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for misdemeanor Probation Violation. He was arrested and remanded to MSPT where he was held on $50 bail.

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Here's a review from our adult Summer Reading Program @ The Big Lake Library

ArtsSubmitted by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

"Join the Big Lake Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program – write a book review and get a “chance ticket” for the prize drawing!"

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2017 Big Lake Lions Mud Volleyball 30th Anniversary Tournament

SportsThe weather was perfect, and there was a large turnout of people watching the athletes compete.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

Click Here for a short video of the 2017 Big Lake Lions 30th Anniversary Mud Volleyball Tournament.

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Happy Father's Day!

Community Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.

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Today: The Big Lake Lions Mud Volleyball 2017 30th Anniversary

SportsUPDATE: Today is The 30th Annual Big Lake Lions Mud Volleyball for 2017. To be held June 17 2017 near the Roundabout. Get there early, the games begin at 10 am, and get ready for one of the biggest sporting events in Big Lake History.

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Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center Solstice Celebration

NatureSubmitted by AWBRC

Join us at the Center for our Solstice Celebration. Birds and their many activities are guided by the sun and seasons. Come and learn more, and meet with some of our education ambassador birds. We will have education, fun crafts for the family, and nothing can match seeing our amazing owls and other raptors up close. June 17th, Saturday, from 12:00 till 2:00, rain or shine at our covered pavilion, 12235 West Birch Road. Follow signs from Big Lake Road.

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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 06/14/2017 at approximately 4:53 pm, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a blue Chevy 4 door for equipment violations on Johnsons Road near Schulz Road.

nvestigation revealed a passenger, Dawson Laporte age 18 of Big Lake, had a warrant for his arrest for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Instructional Permit Violation. Laporte was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $100 bail.

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Animal Vaccination Clinic Today in Big Lake

Pets and AnimalsThere is a vaccination clinic for dogs and cats, 12-2 pm, at the Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

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Big Lake Library Adult Summer Reading Program

Community Submitted by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Library

The Big Lake Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program starts on June 5 and ends August 27. There's lots of rewarding activities and opportunities.

Come join the fun!

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UPDATE: Public Notice: Proposed Purchase of Flat Lake Access

Public NoticesUpdate contributed by Rep. Dan Mayfield

"I'm very happy to report that the Mat-Su Assembly approved the purchase of the Flat Lake access this evening at our regular meeting. This purchase ensures that this overland passage will continue to provide a safe public access to Mud Lake and Flat Lake, provide access to trails and promote commerce in our community in perpetuity. Having worked on this result for many years now, even before I was on the Assembly, I am very pleased with this decision. I expect the Borough will host a ribbon cutting event in the following weeks, after closing on the purchase. Please keep your eye out for the invitation.

Very Best Regards,

Dan Mayfield

Mat-Su Assembly

District 5"

Flat Lake Map, source AKDF&G

Previously contributed

Submitted by Rep. Dan Mayfield

MSB Ordinance Serial Number 17-060 is coming up for public hearing and deliberation at the next regular Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting on June 6th at 6:00 PM in Palmer. This ordinance is sponsored by me and if approved, will appropriate $71,300 from the Land Management Reserve to purchase the land immediately adjacent to the Flat Lake Channel from the Mental Health Trust. The purpose of the purchase is to dedicate this land as a public use transportation corridor within the Big Lake Community. The purchase price is significantly below market value and will provide public access to property owners and visitors in perpetuity.

Here's a little background:

Big Lake is connected to two other lakes via small water channels that were put in by the Army Corp of Engineers in the 60s and 70s. From East to west, you have Big Lake, connected to Mud Lake, connected to Flat Lake by these water channels. The land immediately adjacent to the Mud Lake channel was previously owned by the Mental Health Trust and the land immediately adjacent to the Flat Lake channel is currently owned by the Mental Health Trust.

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15th Annual Big Lake Library Potluck

Community Submitted by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Library

The Big Lake Public Library is having our 15th annual community potluck on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

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Eagle River teen arrested in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 6/2/17 at approximately 12:01 am, Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of a potentially impaired female driving a silver pickup on Big Lake Rd. Troopers located and stopped the vehicle on the Parks Hwy near Big Lake Rd.

Investigation revealed the driver, Alexis Allen age 18 of Eagle River, was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Allen was arrested for DUI Alcohol, MOCA, and MCA and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where she was remanded into custody to be released on her own recognizance.

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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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