Big Lake, Alaska and The Susitna Valley News, Weather, Events, And More

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Sunday, July 23 2017 @ 05:00 AM AKDT

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Reporting Potholes

General NewsWARNING: 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: 745-2159

To report potholes on local roads:

Mat-Su Borough: 745-9826

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ADOT&PF Aims to Maximize Winter Maintenance Efforts

General NewsWith areas of the state beginning to see winter weather, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) is preparing to manage Alaska’s roads with fewer resources.

All state agencies, including ADOT&PF, are working with reduced operating budgets due to low oil prices. For Alaska drivers, budget impacts will be most visible during winter storms when the department’s maintenance resources are in demand.

Each winter ADOT&PF maximizes its resources to meet the provided operating budget. This winter will be no different. However, the response frequency will be reduced, and response time to all routes may take longer depending on the severity of the winter storm.

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6.0 Earthquake shakes Susitna Valley

General NewsA 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook the Susitna Valley today, June 24th, 2015 at 2:32 PM. Depth of the quake was 67 miles, centered 63 miles (102 km) W of Willow..

From AEIC.

UPDATE: The quake has been reduced to Magnitude 5.83

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SAR Volunteers Participate in Large-scale Training Exercise

General News(PALMER, Alaska) – Various search and rescue volunteer organizations in Alaska are participating in a large scale training event May 29-31, 2015. Approximately 150 SAR volunteers will gather at the Palmer Fairgrounds to practice their interoperability and hone their skills. The three-day Alaska Wilderness Interagency Search Exercise is sanctioned by the Department of Public Safety.

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5.06 Earthquake strikes north of Talkeetna

General NewsA magnitude 5.06 earthquake occurred about 40 miles north of Talkeetna at 12:24 PM. There were no reports of damage or injuries. It was relatively shallow at -47 miles depth.
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FAA grounds humanitarian search-and-rescue drone flights

General NewsSubmitted by a reader: "The Federal Aviation Administration is grounding a nonprofit Texas volunteer search-and-rescue outfit that employs five-pound styrofoam drones, but the group is fighting back and maintains that "there is no legal basis" for the FAA's position.

The legal tussle between Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team and aviation authorities continues to brew a month after a judge nullified FAA regulations barring the commercial use of small, unmanned drones.

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Base Jump Video from 1 World Trade Center. Do not click if you're afraid of heights.

General NewsA reader submitted this: "Daredevils James Brady, Andrew Rossig and Marko Markovich — who turned themselves in on Monday afternoon — released the video of their stunt from Sept. 30 on Youtube…The jumpers’ lawyer said that any money that came in from ads on YouTube would be donated to charity.

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Big Lake Daylight over 7 hours today

General NewsGood News! As of today we will have 7 hours and 4 minutes of daylight. From The U.S. Naval Observatory In addition, the daily high temperature yesterday tied the previous record of 48 degrees which was set in 1977. A new record high minimum temperature of 35 degrees was set yesterday, breaking the old record of 33 degrees set in 1999.