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Thursday, September 21 2017 @ 08:34 PM AKDT

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"Orphaned" Wildlife Best Left Alone

Nature"Don't touch!" That's a phrase worth remembering from now through early July as newborn moose calves, young bear cubs and other wildlife babies start appearing in Alaska's backyards, urban greenbelts, and along popular trails. Tug-at-your-heartstrings cute, they may appear helpless and abandoned, but a protective mother is likely nearby.

Cow moose can be particularly dangerous during calving season, warns Anchorage Area Wildlife Biologist Dave Battle, and attacks on people and pets by mothers aggressively defending calves are reported each spring.

"Give them plenty of space," said Battle. "Try to avoid single tracks and narrow, brushy trails where limited visibility might lead to a run-in with a cow moose and calf."

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Alaskans’ Economic Confidence Down

EconomyAlaskans’ economic confidence is mixed, according to the Alaska Confidence Index (ACI). The ACI report released by the Division of Economic Development shows that the overall index fell to 49.2 in the first quarter of 2017, a drop of 2.5 points from the fourth quarter of 2016. The decline was led by a sharp drop in Alaskans’ confidence in their local economies. Confidence in the current and future state economy was also down. However, respondents’ assessments of their personal financial situations remained positive.

“Finding new ways to expand and diversify the state economy is crucial for future stability,” said Britteny CioniHaywood, director of the Division of Economic Development. “There is abundant economic opportunity to be found in Alaska’s natural resources, human capital, and emerging industries.”

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Governor Walker Signs Legislation to Make Alaska Real I.D.-Compliant

Alaska NewsGovernor Bill Walker today signed House Bill 16 into law, allowing the state to begin the process of issuing Real ID-compliant forms of identification. This legislation gives Alaskans the option to obtain federally compliant identification; it is not mandatory. Without the legislation, Alaskans would have been denied entry into most airports, military bases and federal facilities without a passport or other acceptable form of documentation.

“Alaskans no longer have to wonder if their travel plans or ability to work will be in jeopardy,” Governor Walker said. “This legislation balances compliance with federal law with the privacy concerns that some have noted by giving Alaskans the choice of having a Real ID-compliant license. The Department of Administration will move quickly to ensure that there are no disruptions in the everyday lives of our citizens. I thank the House and Senate for passing this critical legislation.”

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Fatal crash on KGB

Police BlotterOn 5/16/2017 at approximately 4:07 pm, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a collision on Knik Goose Bay Rd. near Foothills.

Investigation revealed a black 1993 Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by Daniel Alexander, 37 of Wasilla, was southbound on KGB when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane and struck a green 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Curtis Tucker, 30 of Wasilla. Both Alexander, who was not wearing a seatbelt, and his passenger, a child in a car seat, were ejected from the vehicle.

While being transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Alexander succumbed to his injuries. The passenger in Alexander’s vehicle was flown to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Tucker and his five passengers were transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. Alexander’s NOK have been notified.

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Troopers Conducting High Visibility Enforcement Effort

Alaska NewsThe Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers started the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Click It or Ticket High Visibility Enforcement Effort yesterday. The effort runs through June 4.

The main focus of the National Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is to save lives. AST hopes motorists drive safely throughout the High Visibility Enforcement campaign and the rest of the summer. Wearing seatbelts saves lives and goes a long way to protect all vehicle occupants from being seriously injured or killed.

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Big Lake Road Pedestrian Improvements Study Open House Meeting Tonight

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The DOT&PF is conducting the Big Lake Pedestrian Improvements Study to identify and plan for pedestrian and other non-motorized user safety on Big Lake Road. We will be holding the first Open House this Wednesday, May 17th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Big Lake Community Recreation Center.

We also have a project website that we would like to share:

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Houston man arrested in Big Lake, faces numerous charges

Police BlotterOn 05-16-2017 at approximately 4:18 pm, Alaska State Troopers with the Criminal Suppression Unit responded to a report of a disturbance at a property on Lakeway Loop, Houston. The complainant located a male suspect attempting to steal items from his property. The complainant confronted the suspect and a struggle ensued, during which the complainant was struck with a wrench and injured. The suspect then fled the area on foot.

At approximately 6:27 pm, State Troopers located and arrested the suspect, identified as JT Thompson (age 25 of Houston), walking in the area of Cattail Drive, Big Lake.

Thompson was remanded at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held without bail on charges of Robbery 1, Assault 3, attempted Theft 3, as well as two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest for failure to comply with conditions of probation on the original charges of Vehicle Theft 1 and Theft 2.

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Charity Dinner, Silent Auction to Benefit the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet and Food Pantry

Community Join us for a Charity Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet and Food Pantry Saturday May 20th, 6 pm at The Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 14159 W. Hollywood Road in Big Lake.

All you can eat spaghetti $10.

Auction Items Needed. For more information/how You can help, please call 907.903.1902 or email

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Troopers seek information in Big Lake burglary

Police BlotterOn 05/15/2017 at approximately 5:41 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to an address on Apryl Lane in Big Lake for a report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) unlawfully entered the dwelling and stole approximately $300 in property. Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contacted Troopers at 352-5401 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

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Houston man arrested for Eluding & Warrants

Police BlotterOn 05/15/2017 at approximately 1:23 am, Troopers responded to a church on Seward Meridian Pkwy in Wasilla for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, a green 2002 Dodge Durango quickly exited the parking lot almost striking the Trooper’s vehicle. The vehicle ran a stop sign and failed to signal and Troopers attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle.

The vehicle failed to yield to the Trooper for approximately 25 minutes while driving recklessly. Speeds during the pursuit were between 80 and 90 MPH. The vehicle came to a dead end on Lynn Road off of Fairview Loop.

The driver, Robert Paulsberg age 53 of Houston, was arrested without incident. Further investigation revealed Paulsberg to have $4050 in warrants. Paulsberg was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $2500 bail in addition to his warrants.

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Wasilla man arrested in Houston

Police BlotterOn 05/14/17 at 9:05 pm, AST responded to a residence on W. Cheri Lakes Drive in Houston for the report of a disturbance involving a male threatening citizens with an axe. AST contacted Joseph Clark, age 33 of Wasilla, during the investigation.

Clark was arrested for the original charges of Assault in the 3rd Degree x 2, Criminal Trespassing in the 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree, and Disorderly Conduct. Clark was transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $5,000 bail with a court approved third party condition.

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Use of Bait Where Prohibited

Fish and GameOn 04/30/2017, Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Gale Lancaster, age 35 of Big Lake, for Sport Fishing with bait in waters closed to fishing with bait. Bail was set at $ 110, in the Palmer District Court.

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Happy Mother's Day!

Community Happy Mother's Day to all Moms. Hope you have a great day.

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Own Your Own Alaska Ferry: M/V Taku Sale Extended, Minimum Bid Lowered

Alaska NewsThe Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) is extending the sale of the M/V Taku and reducing the minimum bid price. The deadline to submit bids is May 31, 2017 and the minimum bid price is $700,000. Interested bidders must have a bid bond of $5,000. The complete bid package is available on the state’s Online Public Notice website.

The original deadline to submit sealed bids was May 9, 2017 and the minimum bid price was $1.5 million.

ADOT&PF is selling the vessel “As Is/Where Is” to the highest bidder. The sale process involved getting Federal Highway Administration approval since federal funding was used to maintain the vessel over its lifespan.

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Celebrate Arbor Day on May 15

Home and GardenFrom a Press Release

The Division of Forestry invites Alaskans to join Arbor Day celebrations throughout Alaska, starting tomorrow and continuing through next week.

Governor Walker has proclaimed Monday, May 15 as Arbor Day, and communities across the state are hosting local events to promote tree planting and community forestry. Trees create healthy cities by reducing air and water pollution, reducing runoff and flooding, absorbing emissions that cause climate change, and supporting retail activity. For a list of Arbor Day events in Alaska, visit the Division of Forestry Community Forestry Program’s website at

The national Arbor Day Foundation recently recognized four Alaska communities, three military bases, three utilities and one university for their efforts to protect and enhance community forests.

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