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Friday, January 19 2018 @ 12:17 AM AKST


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Small Business Saturday

Local BusinessWHEREAS, Small Business Saturday, the Saturday following Thanksgiving, provides an opportunity to support Alaska’s local economy during the holiday shopping season by supporting local businesses; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Alaska’s small businesses employ more than half of the state’s private workforce, and companies having fewer than 100 employees have the largest share of small business employment. Alaska has an estimated 72,042 small businesses that employ over 142,000 private-sector workers in the state, and make up 99.2 percent of Alaska businesses; and

WHEREAS, when we purchase a product or service from a local store or restaurant, we help pay the salary of neighbors and loved ones and strengthen the local economy. Small business owners also contribute to our communities in other ways – by supporting local nonprofit organizations, sports teams, and providing a first job experience and mentorship for many Alaskans; and

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Request for Review and Comments: The Green Spot, LLC Marijuana Retail Facility

Local BusinessFrom The Big Lake Community Council

DATE: July 12, 2017

TO: Various Governmental Agencies

FROM: Mark Whisenhunt, Planner II

SUBJECT: Request for Review and Comments Governmental Agencies

PROJECT: Conditional Use Permit for a Marijuana Retail Facility

LOCATION: 2893 S. Big Lake Road, Suite 1 (Tax ID# 1783B04L001); within Township 17 North, Range 3 West, Section 21, Seward Meridian

APPLICANT: Sara Williams, on the behalf of The Green Spot, LLC An application for a conditional use permit under MSB 17.60 – Conditional Uses, has been submitted for the operation of a marijuana retail facility. The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on this request on September 18, 2017.

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Have a Happy 4th of July!

Local BusinessHave a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

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Public Notice: Sunrise Gardens Marijuana Cultivation, Big Lake

Local Businessvia Email

"Big Lake Community Council,

Attached you will find the public notice and advertisement for our proposed Limited Marijuana Cultivation Facility located in Big Lake.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need further information.

Thank you,


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Celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day on May 2

Local BusinessAlaskans will celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day on Tuesday, May 2. On this day, Alaskans are encouraged to support local agriculture by seeking out and purchasing products produced in Alaska and educate youth about the vital role that agriculture plays in our everyday lives.

Here are a few ideas from the Division of Agriculture on how to celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day:

Join the 53,000 people who “like” the Alaska Grown Facebook page at and learn about the exciting things Alaskans are producing around the state.

Contact your local agriculture groups/chapters (such as FFA, Farm Bureau, Agriculture in the Classroom etc.) to see if they are hosting an event in your area.

Sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at a local farm.

Buy and incorporate Alaska Grown products into your meals.

If you are a farmer, consider asking a local school if you can visit a classroom to educate children about your operation and Alaska agriculture.

Visit and thank a local farmer in person. To find a farm near you, check the Alaska Grown Source Book at

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Small Marijuana Grow Businesses Get Exemption

Local Business by Patty Sullivan, MSB

Small commercial marijuana growers who will operate their businesses in a room less than 500 square feet (or the size of a two-car garage) are now exempt from a Borough commercial marijuana law that requires 100 foot setbacks from property lines and 50 foot setbacks from rights of way. Those rules, however, still apply for the larger standard cultivation facilities. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly approved the exemption for these smaller so called limited State-licensed cultivation facilities Tuesday night.

Nearly two dozen cannabis entrepreneurs testified in a public hearing.

Also approved Tuesday was the removal from code of Borough setbacks that were duplicative with State setbacks, (ie. setbacks from churches, youth centers, community correctional centers). The Borough yields to the State rules on those.

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Small Business Saturday

Local BusinessSaturday, November 26, 2016 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

Visit The U. S. Small Business Administration for more information, and Shop Local!

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Proposals sought for lease or purchase of Mt McKinley Meat and Sausage plant

Local Business(Palmer, AK) – The Board of Agriculture and Conservation today issued a request for proposals to lease or purchase the Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage plant in Palmer. The deadline to submit proposals is 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.

The meat plant is the only U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved slaughter and processing facility in Southcentral Alaska. The State of Alaska has operated the meat plant since 1986 as an asset of the Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund.

During the RFP process, preference will be given to bidders who plan to continue slaughter and processing operations at the property.

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Big Lake Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting

Local BusinessBig Lake Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting

When: Monday, October 17 2016 @ 12:00 PM AKDT - 01:00PM

Where Big Lake Family Restaurant, 3261 Big Lake Rd, Big Lake AK 99652

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Weefjuk Taxi, a Big Lake original

Local BusinessBig Lake's Weefjuk Taxi ( it means goes in circles) is offering a 10% off the meter discount if you mention this article.

Mike the Taxi Driver is a true Big Lake treasure. He has extensive local knowledge, is active in our political system, and is a homesteader. Their family is actively involved in homesteading, food preservation, hunting and fishing, and foraging. They are also accomplished gardeners, and know where to catch a fish.

Weefjuk Taxi provides a valuable service to Big Lake and the surrounding area, and even has flat rates for trips to the airport.

Remember, never drink and drive.

Weefjuk Taxi

Lockouts, Jump Starts, Airport Rates

Big Lake Local


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Three Bears' Big Lake Gas Station, Convenience Store, and Liquor Store Grand Opening

Local BusinessThe new Three Bears store will be holding a Grand Opening celebration this Saturday. Located at the corner of S. Big Lake Road and Hollywood. Lots of giveaways, free food and drink, and more.

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State seeks nominations for 2016 Farm Family of the Year

Local BusinessThe Alaska Division of Agriculture invites the public to submit nominations for the 17th Annual Farm Family of the Year award. The award is sponsored by Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union and will be presented during the Director’s Reception at the Alaska State Fair’s opening day on August 25.

The Alaska State Fair established the award in 2000 to honor an Alaska farm family that epitomizes the spirit of the industry and to show appreciation for hardworking Alaskans committed to agriculture and aquaculture.

The Farm Family of the Year selection committee is comprised of representatives from the USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Natural Resources and Extension, Alaska State Fair, and the Division of Agriculture.

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Public comment sought on Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage plant

Local Business(Palmer, AK) – The Board of Agriculture and Conservation (BAC) is gathering public comments and will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 31 regarding the potential sale or leasing of the Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage (MMM&S) plant.

The State of Alaska has operated the meat plant since 1986 as an asset of the Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund. In recent months, industry has expressed interest in purchasing or leasing the plant. The plant is the only USDA-approved slaughter facility available to livestock owners in Southcentral Alaska.

Anyone who would like to provide verbal comments is invited to participate in the March 31 hearing, which will be from 1-3 p.m. in the conference room of the Division of Agriculture office in Palmer, located at 1800 Glenn Highway, Suite 12. The hearing will be teleconferenced (details below) and it will be extended if necessary to accommodate everyone who would like an opportunity to testify.

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Alaska native grass, grain, and flower seed sale begins on April 13

Local Business(Palmer, AK) – The Alaska Plant Materials Center (PMC) will host its annual sale of foundation and selected classes of native grass, grain, and flower (forb) seeds beginning on April 13 and continuing through the production season that is expected to close in September. This annual sale enables Alaska growers to produce and sell certified seed to farmers, landscape companies, revegetation contractors, and construction companies.

On April 12 a list of available seed lots – including quantities, varieties, and prices – will be posted on the Division of Agriculture and PMC web pages at and During the sale, demand for seed can exceed the supply. If this occurs, an allocation committee will determine distribution amounts. The committee consists of the Division of Agriculture director and representatives from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks’ Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the Alaska Seed Growers Association, and the PMC.

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Public Notice of 2 Marijuana Businesses Proposed for Big Lake

Local BusinessHere are the Public Notices and locations of 2 more proposed marijuana businesses to be located in Big Lake, and information on submitting your comments. This brings the current total to 4.

Map of locations

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