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Saturday, November 18 2017 @ 08:50 AM AKST

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Big Lake Welcomes Seniors

Alaska NewsSubmitted by Jim Faiks

A new gated community offers affordable lake front homes for seniors.

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Wasilla man arrested in Big Lake, faces numerous charges

Police BlotterOn 09/11/17 at 10:20 pm, AST responded to the Big Lake Tesoro for the report of a male slumped over the wheel of a black GMC pick-up. AST contacted the driver of the vehicle, Devin Blawat age 34 of Wasilla, who had a .357 magnum pistol on his person.

Blawat was arrested for the original charges of Driving Under the Influence and Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 4th Degree. Blawat later refused to provide a breath sample for the Datamaster and was also charged with Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test. Blawat was remanded into custody at the MSPT pretrial facility in Palmer where he was held on $2,000 bail.

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Big Lake woman arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 9/9/17 at approximately 1:16 am, Alaska State Troopers stopped a silver Mazda SUV near the intersection of Big Lake Rd and Shotgun for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed a passenger in the vehicle, Mandy Edelen age 37 of Big Lake, had a warrant for her arrest for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Theft 3.

Edelen was arrested and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where she was remanded into custody with bail set at $250.

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Troopers investigating Big Lake assault

Police BlotterOn 9/5/17 at approximately 10:13 am, AST responded to a residence off of Maplewood Drive in Big Lake for a disturbance. Investigation revealed that the victim and an unknown male got into an argument about a trespassing issue and the unknown male physically assaulted the complainant. The unknown male fled the area and was not located by responding troopers.

Anyone with any information as to the identity of the male that fled the scene is asked to call the Alaska State Troopers at 373-8300.

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Big Lake woman cited

Police BlotterOn 09/03/17 at approximately 6:45 pm, Mat-SU AST conducted a traffic stop on a blue Chevrolet Corsica at Beaver lakes Rd and W Lakes Blvd for a smashed in front windshield. AST investigation revealed Victoria I. Laporte, age 22 of Big Lake, was driving the vehicle while her license was canceled. Victoria was issued a misdemeanor citation for DWLC with a notice to appear in court.

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Posting Political Campaign Signs

PoliticsWith political campaign season underway, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) would like to remind everyone of the State of Alaska laws regarding political advertising.

Illustrated below are two sections of Alaska Statutes pertaining to sign posting and/or advertising in the right-of-way of Alaska’s highways:

Campaign signs placed within the state’s road and highway rights-of-way are unauthorized encroachments under AS 19.25.200 – 19.25.250 and may be removed by DOT&PF crews without notification. Vehicles parked in rights-of-way that are used to display political advertisements are also prohibited and subject to removal.

AS 19.25.105(a) states, “Outdoor advertising may not be erected or maintained within 660 feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way and visible from the main-traveled way…” If a sign is on commercial property, but within 660 feet of the state’s right-of-way, DOT&PF personnel may send a 30-day written notice requesting removal of the sign. This notice will be sent to the property owner and the candidate.

Campaign advertising is an important effort and expensive investment for all candidates. We realize that candidates and their volunteers may simply not realize the limitations of advertising in the rights-of-way, or the exact locations of the rights-of-way.

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Little Susitna River Bait Restriction Lifted

Fish and GameEffective today, through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017, anglers will be allowed to use bait in the Little Susitna River from its mouth upstream to the Parks Highway.

The Little Susitna River coho salmon sustainable escapement goal (SEG) is 10,100-17,700 fish. An emergency order effective August 6, 2017, prohibiting bait on the Little Susitna River was issued to slow the rate of harvest, while the run continued to be assessed. In general, the coho salmon run to Cook Inlet is late and low water conditions through much of the season have likely exacerbated the late run timing to area streams. Daily weir counts have recently increased and the cumulative escapement as of Wednesday morning, August 23, is approximately 9,435 coho salmon and the SEG is projected to be met.

For more information, contact Samantha Oslund at (907) 746-6300.

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Awareness is Key to Addressing Tick-borne Disease Reported in Sick Hares, Pets

Pets and AnimalsFrom Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

Two domestic cats infected with tularemia died recently in the North Pole area and reports of sick snowshoe hares around Fairbanks and in the Matanuska Valley suggest outbreaks may be on the increase in these regions. Transmission of the disease to humans is rare and can be avoided by taking safety precautions; knowing how to spot tularemia symptoms in pets is key to early detection and treatment.

Tularemia is an infection caused by the Francisella tularensis bacteria. It most often kills hares but can also cause serious illness in people, dogs, and cats. While the disease can be fatal if untreated, it is easily cured if diagnosed quickly and antibiotics prescribed. Common signs in people and pets include lethargy, sudden lack of appetite, high fever and swollen lymph nodes.

The disease is spread by ticks, and hares are the primary host. The tick species known to carry the bacteria prefer to live on hares, but will occasionally bite dogs, cats, or people. Although tick bites are one possible cause, pets most often get tularemia from mouthing or catching a sick hare. People can become infected by handling hares or from infected pets' saliva, even before the pet exhibits signs of illness. Tularemia is most often diagnosed in hares and pets between Memorial Day and Labor Day because it is spread by ticks which are active during the summer.

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Notice to Voters

Public NoticesFrom MSB

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will hold a regular election on Tuesday, October 3, 2017; however, not every precinct within the Borough will be open on election day or have a Borough ballot to vote.

Why You Ask?

An areawide question means that everyone in the Borough can vote on that question. There are no areawide questions on the Borough ballot this year, so not every precinct has a candidate or proposition they are qualified/eligible to vote on.

In the past, School Board seats were an Areawide question (race) that the entire Borough voted on. In 2015 the voters decided to make School Board seats districted, which made the seats non-areawide (district specific) questions. This year there are no races for Assembly or School Board in Districts 1, 2, and 7.

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Big Lake woman arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 9/3/17 at approximately 2:52 am, Alaska State Troopers contacted Crystal Bryant, age 32, of Big Lake while on patrol. Investigation revealed she had an outstanding warrant out for her arrest for Theft 2. She was arrested, transported and remanded to MSPT where her bail was set at $2,500 CATP.

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Valley Mover offers bus service from Big Lake to Anchorage

Community The Valley Mover bus provides public transportation to Wasilla and Anchorage with 2 morning stops in Big Lake. The Full printable schedule is here.

Please consider supporting this community resource.

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The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet

Community The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet, located in the bright green building in downtown Big Lake, serves members of our community. Open Wednesday 11-3. Please donate your gently-used items to help those less fortunate.

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'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

AnnouncementsThis weekend, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will continue to participate in the anti-DUI campaign 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'. It is an annual High Visibility Enforcement campaign that runs through the Labor Day Weekend. Troopers, along with municipal law enforcement agencies like the Anchorage Police Department, will be out on the roadways patrolling for this national campaign through Sept. 4.

From 8/16/2017 through 9/1/2017, Troopers made the following contacts:

- 40 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests

- 25 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license

- 118 REDDIs reported with 29 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI

- 100 damage only crashes 12 injury crashes and 5 fatal collision were investigated by Troopers

- Of the 1012 citations issued, 545 were issued for speeding and 31 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

Please do your part in keeping our roadways safe this weekend by not driving impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other substance that can cause impairment or drowsiness. Additionally, don't hesitate to make a REDDI report anytime of the year by calling 911. To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit Http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml

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Houston man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 9/1/17 at approximately 12:48 am, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 yellow Dodge Neon for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed the driver, Robert Kunayak, age 47, of Houston had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest. He was arrested, transported and remanded to MSPT where his bail was set at no bail.

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Troopers seek information in Big Lake burglary/theft

Police BlotterOn 08/27/2017, at approximately 2:41 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a burglary at a cabin on Crooked Lake, in Big Lake. Investigation revealed someone had broken into a cabin and shed on the property. The suspect stole multiple items including an ATV. The estimated loss to the property $10,000.

The case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 745-2131 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

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