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Sunday, July 23 2017 @ 04:59 AM AKDT

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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:

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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 or Scott Ruta at (907)232-8249

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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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Big Lake Lions Easter Egg Hunt

Community The Big Lake Lions will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday at 1 pm "Sharp". At The Big Lake Lions Rec Center in Downtown Big Lake.

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Public Notice - Acquisition, Big Lake

Public NoticesSubmitted by a Reader

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), Land & Resource Management Division, proposes to acquire Government Lot 16 (MSB Tax #17N04W27C020) from the Mental Health Trust Land Office (MHTLO) for purpose of retaining the parcel for public use. The parcel has been used for many years as a connector for the Big Lake Trail system (aka ice road) between Flat Lake and Mirror Lake. The channel between the two lakes rarely freezes; therefore, the trail has traversed across uplands owned by MHTLO. The Trust Office proposes to sell the parcel under competitive bid which could cut off access and the borough proposes to purchase the land for its assessed value in order to ensure public access and use in perpetuity.

Supporting material is available for public inspection during normal business hours on the 2nd floor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough building in the Land Management Division, 350 E. Dahlia Ave, Palmer, AK 99645 or visit the Public Notice Section on the borough’s web page Public comment is invited on this request. If you have any comments please mail or deliver them to the borough offices no later than April 30, 2017. If you have questions about this request: call Nancy Cameron at 861-7848 between 8:00-5:00, or you can send an e-mail to: (PLEASE REFER TO MSB007257 / MENTAL HEALTH LAND ACQ, WHEN SUBMITTING COMMENTS).

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Easter Egg Hunt @ The Big Lake Library

Community Contributed by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt @ The Big Lake Library, Friday April 14th. Bring your own basket, and dress for the weather.

Sponsored by Big Lake Teens (BLT's). Children 10 and under welcome.

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