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Construction Begins on Three Bears' Big Lake Liquor Store

Local BusinessConstruction has begun on the Three Bears liquor store in Big Lake, located on the corner of Hollywood and S. Big Lake roads.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

Location of the store

Original article here

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Public Notice: Marijuana Business Proposed for Big Lake

Local BusinessA second Retail Marijuana Store is planned for Big Lake. Named "The Green Spot", it is to be located at 2893 S. Big Lake Road. The License Applicant is Robert Jillson, mailing address P.O. Box 520964, Big Lake, Alaska 99652, email License Number is 1032826. The Public Notice is dated 21 March 2016.

Map of proposed store location.

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Public Notice: Marijuana Business Proposed for Big Lake

Local BusinessHere is the Public Notice, and your opportunity to comment on a proposed Retail Marijuana Store in Big Lake:

Map to proposed retail store location.

UPDATE: This location is also proposed for a "Standard Marijuana Cultivation Facility".

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Specialty crop grants available to Alaska applicants

Local Business(Palmer, AK) – The Division of Agriculture is now seeking applicants for the annual Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, a federal grant program administered by the division.

The division intends to administer grants for multiple projects and grant awards will be divided into two tiers. Tier I projects will have a maximum funding amount of $15,000 and Tier II projects will receive funding amounts between $15,000 and $40,000.

Grant applicants must provide a letter of intent to the division by 5 p.m., April 7, 2016. The Request for Proposals with application and deadline information can be found at . Two webinars will also be held to answer questions on March 17 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and on March 25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. To register for the webinars visit and , respectively.

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Opportunity Announcement: Advertising Sales Representative

Local BusinessThe Big Lake Times has an opening for an Advertising Sales Representative. Come grow with The Big Lake Times as we celebrate our 2nd year of service to the Community. Click the About link for more information if you are not already familiar with The Big Lake Times. We are actively recruiting for an outside commission-based sales person to contact local businesses about various advertising opportunities.

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated self-starter who is goal-oriented and has good time-management skills. You also must have a demeanor and appearance that is appropriate for the community, local knowledge, as well as good computer and communication skills.

This position requires that you can provide for your own dependable transportation, phone, and an internet connection.

Learn more today by sending a resume and cover letter to:

The Big Lake Times is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Port MacKenzie Emergency Repair Funding Approved

Local BusinessA four-inch split in a piece of steel at Port MacKenzie in April has developed into a three-and-a-half foot wide gap today, exposing the barge dock to erosion and ice damage from Knik Arm’s extreme tides. Last night the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly agreed to appropriate $2.5 million for emergency repairs.

Port Director Marc VanDongen awaits word on whether insurance will cover the tear in the port wall. The cause of the split steel on the 16-year-old port is not yet known.
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Small Business Saturday

Local BusinessSmall Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after US Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.

First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Shop Local for a Better Community.

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Gov. Seek New Leadership for Agriculture

Local BusinessNovember 6, 2015 ANCHORAGE—Governor Bill Walker announced today he will seek new leadership for the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Division of Agriculture. The new division director will be tasked with the role of promoting and providing support to Alaska’s agricultural industry, a top priority of the Walker-Mallott Administration.

“Alaska’s agricultural landscape is ripe with potential, and I look forward to new leadership implementing a fresh vision to maximize these opportunities,” said Governor Walker. “I thank Director Havemeister for working with the department through this transition period.”

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Alaska Chip Company wins second place in national competition

Local Business(Palmer, AK) – The Division of Agriculture is pleased to congratulate Ralph Carney of the Anchorage-based Alaska Chip Company for winning second place this fall in the Chicago Tribune’s best kettle chips competition. Using Alaska Grown potatoes, Alaska’s only chip company competed against 150 brands produced throughout the nation and brought home the prestigious second place award.

According to owner Ralph Carney, he and his wife Darcy came up with the idea while eating potato chips on a beach in Hawaii. “We could make these in Alaska,” he told her. They began testing recipes in their South Anchorage home and today the Alaska Chip Company processes 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of Alaska Grown potatoes daily, creating approximately 800 pounds of kettle chips. The ingredients are all natural, cooked in peanut oil, contain no preservatives or cholesterol, and are low in salt.

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Valley Mover seeks public input on new Big Lake routes and times

Local BusinessValley Mover is seeking to expand their service Monday-Friday to include service to Big Lake.

Please call 892-8800 or email with suggested pick up/drop off times and locations.

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Airframes Alaska Named Manufacturer of the Year

Local BusinessThe State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is pleased to announce that Airframes Alaska LLC of Chugiak has been selected as the Made in Alaska’s Manufacturer of the Year. The award highlights the importance of the statewide and national manufacturing sector and will be presented to Airframes Alaska at a ceremony later this month.

“Airframes Alaska has earned a reputation in Alaska and around the world as a leading manufacturer of small aircraft parts,” said Chris Hladick, commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. “The company is a valuable contributor to Alaska’s economy—producing quality goods and putting Alaskans to work. Airframes Alaska is an inspiring success story, and we’re proud to honor the company with this award, especially today, which is National Manufacturing Day.”

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University of Alaska-Anchorage hosts Alaska Grown farm stand study

Local Business(Palmer, AK) – The University of Alaska Anchorage is hosting an Alaska Grown farm stand study on Tuesdays at the entrance of Cuddy Hall and on Thursdays at the Social Science building, through Sept. 29. An undergraduate student in the university’s Environment and Society program is selling seasonally available produce and conducting surveys to determine if there is an interest in establishing a permanent farm stand on campus. The stand will operate from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The project is funded through the Alaska Division of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant program. It is the first project awarded to a university student to pursue specialty crop market research that benefits local producers. The division also intends to launch a Farm to University and Hospital mini-grant program for additional studies early next year. These studies will help increase the availability of specialty crops within similar institutional settings.

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Three Bears plans new Liquor Store in Big Lake

Local BusinessThree Bears has plans for a new liquor store to be constructed in Big Lake, located across from the Three Bears store on the corner of Hollywood and South Big Lake roads, 14468 W. Hollywood Road. According the the Public Notice, Three Bears purchased the license from Fishhook Liquor Store.

Parcel map from MSB

No other details are available at this time. The Big Lake Times has contacted the management of Three Bears Alaska for comment, but have not heard back yet.

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2015 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year Announced

Local Business(Palmer, AK) – The Pettit Family of Little Pitchfork Ranch has been selected by the Alaska agriculture community as the 2015 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year. The Pettit family will be honored at the Alaska State Fair on Thursday, August 27.

Jack and Jane Seeman of Lazy Mountain established Little Pitchfork Ranch in 1947 and are the grandparents of the Pettit family. The ranch originally was an oat and barley operation that evolved to include beef cattle and draft horses. In the mid-1980s Timothy hay was added to the production. Todd Pettit assumed ownership of the ranch in the mid-1990s.

When Todd arrived beef prices were low. Bison meat was becoming popular due to its health benefits and appeared to be the next logical step to expand the farm. Todd favored raising bison because they are somewhat self-sufficient and introduced them to the farm in 1998. Bison birth small calves, can eat snow for water, and are extremely efficient with their feed. Todd ensures his bison are socialized by interacting with them on a regular basis. Todd’s wife Roxann has been experimenting with bison wool for 15 years. She processes the wool into fiber to make garments and small products, then sells the items locally.

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Nomination Period Opens for North Star Awards

Local BusinessToday Governor Bill Walker called for nominations for the annual Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence. Since 1986, these awards have recognized Alaskan companies and organizations engaged in successful international business and activities.

Alaskan businesses, schools, and other organizations active in international arenas may nominate others or themselves in one or more categories: export of goods, export of services, foreign investment, education, the travel industry, transportation, cultural exchange, humanitarian exchange or scientific exchange.

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