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Big Lake Lions Mother's Day Bazaar this Saturday

Community The annual Big Lake Lions Mother's Day Bazaar will be this Saturday, May 6th at the Eastlake Mall in Big Lake. From 10 am-6 pm. Come see all the great local gifts.

2016 Mother's Day Bazaar, Photo by Dennis Garrett, The Big Lake Times

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Big Lake Airport Master Plan – Public Meeting No. 2

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Project: Big Lake Airport Master Plan – Public Meeting No. 2

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M., 7:30 P.M. - Presentation

Where: Big Lake Recreation Center - 2942 S Lions Ct, Wasilla, AK 99654

This second public open house will provide the public and stakeholders with preliminary airport development alternatives for review.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is completing the Big Lake Airport Master Plan, with the help of DOWL, an airport planning firm. The Master Plan will map out a 20-year plan for airport development.

Airport users, neighbors and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the planning process. Members of the project team will be available to provide information. Comments received during the meeting will be considered in the Master Plan. All future communications for this project will be via email.

For more information on the Master Plan process, visit project website:

To submit a comment to the project team, email:

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Houston man facing charges

Police BlotterOn 05/03/2017 at approximately 1:27 am, Alaska State Troopers initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a moving violation on Parks Hwy near Vine Road in Wasilla. The motorcycle failed to stop at the direction of a peace officer and continued to drive recklessly northbound on the Parks Hwy with speeds approaching 100 MPH.

The motorcycle stopped near Big Lake Road and the driver was identified as Ethan Atkins, age 25 of Houston. Further investigation revealed Atkins to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Atkins was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $1000 bail.

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Congratulations 2017 Graduates

Education and Local School NewsGreat Job, You Made It! Best wishes for your future.

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Vendors Wanted for the Mother's Day Bazaar in Big Lake

Community Attention: Vendors wanted for the annual Mother's Day Bazaar in the East Lake Mall, Big Lake. May 6th 2017.

Just $25 for each 4' X 8' space.

Call Kim for details, 982-6088.

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Celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day on May 2

Local BusinessAlaskans will celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day on Tuesday, May 2. On this day, Alaskans are encouraged to support local agriculture by seeking out and purchasing products produced in Alaska and educate youth about the vital role that agriculture plays in our everyday lives.

Here are a few ideas from the Division of Agriculture on how to celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day:

Join the 53,000 people who “like” the Alaska Grown Facebook page at and learn about the exciting things Alaskans are producing around the state.

Contact your local agriculture groups/chapters (such as FFA, Farm Bureau, Agriculture in the Classroom etc.) to see if they are hosting an event in your area.

Sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at a local farm.

Buy and incorporate Alaska Grown products into your meals.

If you are a farmer, consider asking a local school if you can visit a classroom to educate children about your operation and Alaska agriculture.

Visit and thank a local farmer in person. To find a farm near you, check the Alaska Grown Source Book at

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2017 King Salmon Sport Fishing Annual Limit Restrictions for Little Susitna River

Fish and GameAnglers are advised that in an effort to meet king salmon escapement goals in the Susitna River and Little Susitna River drainages, the following sport fishing restrictions are in effect beginning Monday, May 1, 2017 in the Susitna River drainage (Units 1-6) and Little Susitna River (please refer to the 2017 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for a complete description of these waters). These restrictions are similar to those contained in preseason emergency orders issued in 2016 for Eastside Susitna tributaries (Units 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Susitna River) and much of the Yentna River drainage; some of the restrictions that were in place at the start of the 2016 season on the Deshka River, Talachulitna, and Little Susitna rivers are being relaxed for the 2017 season:
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Hold On To Your Dogs, the Birds are Back

Nature From lanky sandhill cranes to petite red-necked phalaropes, migratory birds are appearing statewide in ever-increasing numbers, adding life to Alaska's skies and cacophonies of sound to marshes, coasts, and streams. The birds' arrival is a sure sign of spring and a reminder, too, for pet owners to keep dogs leashed or under control around sanctuaries and refuges, parks, wetlands, and other places migrating birds stop to rest, feed, or nest.

"The primary concern is that dogs are pretty good at finding nests and displacing incubating females," said State Waterfowl Coordinator Jason Schamber, "and disturbing spring migrants can negatively affect birds that are completing migration and preparing to breed."

Because the nesting season in Alaska is compressed compared to breeding areas further south, if a hen loses a nest, she is unlikely to lay a second clutch of eggs. Thus, this year's productivity would be lost.

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Big Lake woman charged with Felony DUI

Police BlotterOn 4/28/17 at approximately 2:45 pm Troopers stopped a 2006 Dodge pickup on the Glenn Highway near Mile 28 following a REDDI report of a vehicle which had rear ended another vehicle in Wasilla and then left the scene.

Troopers contacted Lily McCord age 46 of Big Lake. McCord was arrested for DUI and DWLR and was subsequently found to have 2 prior convictions within the last 10 years for DUI. McCord was remanded to the Mat Su Pretrial Facility on $10000 bail and a court approved 3rd party.

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Free Classes on Sustainable Gardening and Agriculture

Home and GardenThe Palmer and Wasilla Soil and Water Conservation Districts will be offering free classes to the public. Class topics will focus on Sustainable Gardening and Agriculture. Volunteers from a variety of agencies as well as Master Gardeners come together in a united effort to bring Sustainable Agriculture Education to the Communities they serve. Please join us, together we can create a healthier and more sustainable life for you and your family.

Classes are limited to 30 per class to ensure that each person gets as much class time as possible. Be sure to reserve your spot today for this exciting opportunity. Call Cat Burlington at 907.414.7140 to get signed up. This would not be possible without the support of Wasilla Mat-Su College, The Big Lake Library, and the Willow Community Center.

Introducing Permaculture in The Northern Environment April 29th @ The Big Lake Library 1-3 pm.

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Earthquake rattles Susitna Valley

ScienceAn earthquake of magnitude 4.3 rattled the Susitna Valley at 7:29 pm. The epicenter was 25 mi E of Talkeetna, at a depth of 22 miles. No reports of injury or damage have been reported.

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Talkeetna man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 04/24/17 at 12:40 am, AST performed a traffic stop on a maroon 2004 Saturn for an equipment violation on the Talkeetna Spur Road in Talkeetna. Investigation revealed the driver, Luis Rodriquez age 32 of Talkeetna, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to comply with ASAP for a prior DUI. Rodriguez was arrested for his warrant and transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $1,000 bail.
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Willow man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 04/23/17 at 5:40 pm, AST performed a traffic stop on a silver 2003 Dodge pick-up for an equipment violation on Willow-Fishhook Road near Deception Creek in Willow. AST recognized an occupant of the vehicle to be Kiprian Reutov, age 31 of Willow, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for probation violation. Reutov was arrested for the warrant and transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $1,000 bail with a court approved third party condition.
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Studded Tire and Pothole Information

Alaska News

Studded Tires:

It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive, north of 60° North Latitude (all communities north of Ninilchik) and

It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road from April 15th through September 30th, inclusive, south of 60° North Latitude (Anchor Point, Homer, Kodiak and cities and towns in Southeast Alaska), except that at any latitude on a paved portion of the Sterling Highway a person may not operate a motor vehicle with studded tires from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive.

Reporting Potholes:

WARNING: Water and asphalt do not mix. Potholes result when water gets into and under asphalt. Motorists should reduce speed while driving through all puddles especially large puddles. We have had many reports of flat tires due to drivers driving too fast through puddles and hitting unseen potholes. Report potholes promptly to the nearest maintenance station in your area.

To report potholes on major state routes: Mat-Su: 907-745-2159

To report potholes on local roads:Mat-Su Borough: 907-745-9826

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Sixth - graders invited to name two law enforcement K9s

Education and Local School NewsAlaska’s sixth-grade classes are invited to submit names for two new law enforcement K9s, whose tasks will include searching for illegal drugs.

Use of heroin and other opioids is a growing problem across the United States. Governor Bill Walker, who recently declared a public health crisis in Alaska, signed Administrative Order 283 to outline the state’s next steps to address the drug epidemic.

The dog-naming contest is an initiative of Safer Alaska Building Strong Communities, to engage students in illicit-drug prevention.

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