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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 11-21-17 at about 3:11 a.m., the Alaska State Troopers contacted a male at the Big Lake Tesoro. He was identified as 30 year old Big Lake resident Gordon Kamholz. Investigation revealed Kamholz had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a Probation Violation. He was arrested and remanded to MSPT and held on $2000 bail.

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Free US Topo Maps for Alaska

Science From the U.S.G.S.:

US Topo Maps for Alaska

US Topo quadrangles are digital topographic maps produced by the National Geospatial Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). They are created in the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle format similar to the legacy paper maps, with the addition of an aerial photo or satellite image as a visual base layer. Each map is delivered in PDF format with geospatial extensions (GeoPDF®) for free download and viewing on a computer or mobile device, including layers that can be controlled by the user and basic, on-screen geographic analysis.

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Attention Youths age 11-16: Big Lake Teens Need You

Community Contributed by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

The Big Lake Library Teen Advisory Board (BLTs) Need YOU.

Exclusively for teens ages 11-16.

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Big Lake woman arrested for DUI

Police BlotterOn 11/21/17, at approximately 7:14 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the vicinity of Parks Highway and Big Lake Road for a report of a vehicle in the ditch. Investigation revealed that the driver, Charlotte Analoak, age 36 of Big Lake, had been driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Analoak was placed under arrest and transported to the MATSU Pre-Trial Facility where she was remanded with a $500 cash performance bond for her second DUI in ten years.

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Does Winter Actually Make Us Sad?

Health and WellnessDuring 2014–15, a psychologist from Stanford University called Kari Leibowitz spent ten months in Tromsø trying to figure out how people cope during the cold, dark winters. Together with Vittersø, she devised a ‘winter mindset questionnaire’ to assess people’s attitudes to winter in Tromsø, Svalbard and the Oslo area. The farther north they went, the more positive people’s mindsets towards winter were, she tells me. “In the south, people didn’t like winter nearly as much. But across the board, liking winter was associated with greater life satisfaction and being willing to undertake challenges that lead to greater personal growth.”

It sounds dismissively simple, but adopting a more positive attitude really might help to ward off the winter blues. Kelly Rohan recently published a clinical trial comparing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to light therapy in the treatment of SAD, and found them comparable during the first year of treatment. CBT involves learning to identify patterns and errors in one’s way of thinking and challenging them. In the case of SAD, that could be rephrasing thoughts such as ‘I hate winter’ to ‘I prefer summer to winter’, or ‘I can’t do anything in winter’ to ‘It’s harder for me to do things in winter, but if I plan and put in effort I can’.

It also involves finding activities that a person is willing to do in winter, to pull them out of hibernation mode. “I don’t argue that there isn’t a strong physiological component to seasonal depression, which is tied to the light–dark cycle,” says Rohan. “But I do argue that the person has some control over how they respond to and cope with that. You can change your thinking and behaviour to feel a bit better at this time of year.” Article: http://digg.com/2017/does-darkness-make-you-sad

Big Lake Winter Day Photo by Dennis Garrett

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Big Lake man arrested on weapons charges

Police BlotterOn 11/21/2017 at approximately 2:13 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to an address on Maplewood Drive in Big Lake for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed Pasi Faamatuainu, age 53 of Big Lake, was in possession of a concealable firearm and is a convicted felon. Faamatuainu was arrested and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $750 bail.

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Troopers seek information in Willow vehicular assault/theft

Police BlotterOn 11/20/17, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the vicinity of Mile 87 if the Parks Hwy for the report of a theft. Investigation revealed that suspects driving a silver colored Chevy S-10 Blazer or Ford Explorer stole a white Malamute/Wolf cross dog that has blue eyes, that answers to the name "Frosty" and has that name on his color, from the owner’s front yard. In their attempt to flee the scene the suspect vehicle drug the complainant for a short distance.

Anyone having any knowledge of this crime is encouraged to call MATSU CrimeStoppers at 907-745-3333 or State Troopers at 352-5401. The investigation continues.

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Big Lake man charged with DUI

Police BlotterOn 11/19/2017 at approximately 10:09 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted a Ford Escape on Big Lake Road near Hollywood Road, Big Lake which was stopped in the middle of the roadway in the wrong lane of travel. Investigation revealed the driver, Chico Cruz, age 37 of Big Lake, was operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. Cruz also refused to provide a breath sample. Cruz was arrested and transported to MATSU pretrial where he was booked on charges of DUI and Refusal and held on $500 bail.

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The Big Lake Comprehensive Plan

Community Introduction: Big Lake is facing challenges and opportunities associated with growth in rural Alaska. As in many other parts of the state, many Big Lake residents are concluding that while they don’t welcome the idea of planning, or more meetings, they nonetheless want to have a voice in the growth of their community. In 1996, the Big Lake Community Council developed its first Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by the MSB Assembly. A little over a decade later, Big Lake has elected to update that plan to address the challenges and opportunities facing the community today and into the future.

Key components of this plan include a broad, long-term vision for Big Lake’s future; policies to guide land use, growth, and development; priorities to improve public facilities and services; and policies to promote economic development, retain community character and protect the natural environment.

To download and read The Big Lake Comprehensive Plan Click Here.

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Troopers arrest man in connection with Houston Homicide

Police BlotterUPDATE: On 11/18/17 Alaska State Troopers arrested Justin A. Brunsvold, 37, of Anchorage for McMullen's murder. Brunsvold was taken into custody and lodged at Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he was held on $100,000 bail plus CATP.

UPDATE: The deceased is identified as Patrick McMullen, 32 of Wasilla. Next of kin has been notified. The death is believed to be a homicide. McMullen’s vehicle was found in a pullout at milepost 59 of the Parks Hwy in Houston. McMullen was found deceased on an ATV trail a short distance away. Anyone who was traversing that section of the Parks Hwy on the night of Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017 after 2100 hours (9 p.m.) that may have seen any vehicles at the pull out or anything suspicious in the area, please contact Troopers in Palmer at 352-5401 and reference case number AK17078337.

On 11/02/2017 at approximately 8:47 a.m., AST was notified of an unresponsive person in the ditch near milepost 59 of the Parks Hwy in Houston. Palmer AST responded and confirmed the man was deceased. Palmer GIU responded to assist. The deceased has been identified however next of kin has not been notified. Efforts to notify next of kin are underway. The SME’s office is conducting an autopsy. Investigation continues.

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Weatherization at No-Cost

Home and GardenIndividuals who meet income limits may apply for the Weatherization Program through the weatherization service provider in their area. Homeowners and renters may apply.

The weatherization provider will provide program services at no cost to qualified applicants.

Click To Participate in the Weatherization program

Image: AHFC

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Big Lake man facing theft charges

Police BlotterOn 11/15/2017 at approximately 11:09 a.m., an employee of Ficklin Construction contacted the Alaska State Troopers to report a theft. Investigation revealed Johnny Raymond Hanifen, age 40 of Big Lake who was a former employee of Ficklin Construction had been making fraudulent charges on the business’ account. Charges of Theft II and Fraudulent Use of an Access Device X 32 are being forwarded to the Palmer District Attorney’s Office.

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Honoring Veterans

Military and Veterans

Thank you.

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Big Lake man charged with DUI

Police BlotterOn 11/7/2017 at approximately 10:04 pm, AST conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota SUV for an equipment violation near Big Lake Road and Meadowood Drive. The driver was identified as Joshua L. Ogle, 42 YOA of Big Lake. An open container of alcohol was observed inside of the vehicle. An investigation revealed Joshua was impaired by alcohol. Joshua was arrested for DUI and transported to Matsu Pretrial in Palmer. Bail O/R.

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Troopers say man found dead in Houston a homicide, seeks public help

Police BlotterUPDATE: The deceased is identified as Patrick McMullen, 32 of Wasilla. Next of kin has been notified. The death is believed to be a homicide. McMullen’s vehicle was found in a pullout at milepost 59 of the Parks Hwy in Houston. McMullen was found deceased on an ATV trail a short distance away. Anyone who was traversing that section of the Parks Hwy on the night of Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017 after 9 p.m. that may have seen any vehicles at the pull out or anything suspicious in the area, please contact Troopers in Palmer at 352-5401 and reference case number AK17078337.

On 11/02/2017 at approximately 8:47 a.m., AST was notified of an unresponsive person in the ditch near milepost 59 of the Parks Hwy in Houston. Palmer AST responded and confirmed the man was deceased. Palmer GIU responded to assist. The deceased has been identified however next of kin has not been notified. Efforts to notify next of kin are underway. The SME’s office is conducting an autopsy. Investigation continues.

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