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Thursday, June 22 2017 @ 08:28 AM AKDT

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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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HHS Gun and Outdoor Show 2017

Education and Local School Newsby Lisa Humphreys, Houston High School

Hello Vendors! Only two days until the show set up – Hope you are all ready! We will have set up from 5-9:00 pm on Friday the 21st or you can also come from 5:00 am to show open at 10:00 am – as long as you can be ready for the show to open on time. We do still have a few spaces available (only about 8) so if you aren’t signed up there is still time.

We once again have two door prize guns (Thank you so much to Three Bears Alaska for that donation) that we will be giving away – the first 300 people paid through the door get a raffle ticket for the drawing so it is always very busy in the morning.

We will have a hospitality room for our vendors only in Locker room 3 with free coffee and doughnuts starting at about 7:00 am.

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Dept. of Public Safety: Please Support SB 54 Amendments to Criminal Justice Reform

Alaska NewsFrom a Press Release

Last year, our legislature and Governor Walker enacted Senate Bill 91, broadly reforming our criminal justice system. Prior laws were not working as we had hoped. Evidence showed that long prison sentences did not reform criminals or make our communities safer in the long run. And most of those who were sentenced to prison became repeat visitors to our criminal justice system.

SB 91 significantly reduced prison sentences for all but the most serious crimes. Because most crimes involve substance abuse factors and more than 40% of our inmates have mental health issues, a primary goal of SB 91 was to incentivize low level offenders to seek treatment, rather than putting those people in prison.

But once SB 91 was enacted, our District Attorneys, prosecutors, Troopers and others began seeing that a few provisions undercut the treatment goals of SB 91 and negatively impacted public safety. With the support of Governor Walker, our departments suggested small changes to our criminal justice laws. The Senate just passed our proposed changes as part of Senate Bill 54, and that bill is now before the House.

What are our proposed amendments? There are a number of small tweaks, but we believe two are the most important: authorizing up to one year in jail for C-felonies and imposing a small amount of jail time for repeat thefts of less than $250.

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Big Lake Elementary Spring Purge

Education and Local School NewsDon't miss the Big Lake Elementary Spring Purge, a garage sale and vendor event to benefit the Big Lake Elementary Library.

May 6th, 2017 from 10 am til 5 pm at Big Lake Elementary School.

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You're Invited to The 1st Annual Joint Community Awards Luncheon

Community You're Invited to celebrate with The Big Lake Lions and Big Lake Chamber of Commerce @ the 1st Annual Joint Community Awards Luncheon.

April 29th 2017 at Noon, at The Big Lake Recreation Center.

Tickets available on the Chamber Website: www.biglakechamber.org

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Big Lake Welcomes Seniors

Alaska NewsA new gated community offers affordable lake front homes for seniors.
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Class on Canning Fish @ The Big Lake Library

Fish and GameContributed by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

The Big Lake Public Library Presents: Food Preservation-Canning Fish. April 25th, 6-7:30 pm.

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Houston High School Gun and Outdoor Show This Weekend

Education and Local School News Submitted by Lisa Humphreys, Houston High School

The Houston High School 2017 Gun and Outdoor Show will be held April 22nd and 23rd at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center. All proceeds go to help fund the Houston High School activities and athletics.

For more information please contact Lisa Humphreys at 907-892-9400 lisa.humphreys@matsuk12.us or Scott Ruta at (907)232-8249 scottruta@yahoo.com.

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Big Lake Library, BLT's Host a CSI presentation

Community Contributed by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Exciting News!

The BLT’s (Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board) is hosting a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) presentation given by Retired Alaska State Trooper, Steven Arlow on Friday, April 21st from 4-5:30 pm.

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Happy Easter!

Community Happy Easter!

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The Walkability Forum

Community What’s your vision for making the Mat-Su more walkable?

Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Palmer Depot, 610 S. Valley Way

Help define what it means to be a walkable community in the Mat-Su Borough!

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Don't Feed the Bears! It's Time to Take Down Birdfeeders, Clean Up Trash

Fish and GameApril sunshine is softening snowdrifts, returning geese are cackling from Cordova to Creamer’s Field, and bears are beginning to stir in all points in between. It’s springtime in Alaska, and that means time for Alaskans to be "bear aware."

"We've had reports of bear sightings now in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Chugiak," said Anchorage Area Wildlife Biologist Dave Battle. "People need to bring in their bird feeders, clean up trash, dog food—anything that might seem tasty to a hungry bear."

In Southeast, bears are already getting into trash in the Juneau area, according to Department of Fish and Game Information Officer Riley Woodford.

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Troopers Warn of Scam

Police BlotterOn April 8th, 2017 at 4:24 pm, The Alaska State Troopers received a report of a telephonic fraud scam that has effected multiple victims. Upon further investigation, numerous individuals have contacted the Alaska State Troopers seeking clarification about multiple phone calls they had received where the caller identifies themselves as the Alaska State Troopers and states the person called, missed a court appearance, and/or has a warrant. The individuals then talk the victim through purchasing a prepaid debit card and providing the access number. Currently, this scam has focused on the Green Dot prepaid card. Victims are instructed to purchase multiple cards totaling thousands of dollars and then providing the access numbers over the phone. The suspects have a phone number to which people can call that has an elaborate voicemail identifying themselves as the Alaskan State Troopers with numbered options to press which are then forwarded to the suspects. This is a scam which the Alaska State Troopers are currently investigating.

The Alaska State Troopers do not take payment except for records requests, background checks, and similar services, and only in person. Anyone that is contacted by someone stating they are an Alaska State Trooper and requests payment in any form is highly encouraged to contact the Fairbanks Trooper Post immediately before processing any form of payment. A public information announcement about this scam can also be found on the Alaska State Trooper Facebook page.

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