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Wednesday, March 21 2018 @ 06:53 AM AKDT


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Veterans and Remembrance Day

AnnouncementsPress Release

WHEREAS, Veterans and Remembrance Day is our opportunity to honor our war veterans, and to acknowledge the origins of this November date which became a tradition at the end of the First World War; and

WHEREAS, in 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month a temporary cessation of hostilities was declared between the Allied nations and Germany, then known as “The Great War.” Initially this date was observed in many countries as Armistice Day. Twenty years later, in 1938, it became an official federal holiday; and

WHEREAS, the 11th day of November has become an occasion to show gratitude to the American men and women who defend our nation’s founding ideas, protect the innocent, and liberate the oppressed from tyranny and terror, and our allies in the Commonwealth Nations honor their service members who fought and died alongside those serving in the United States Armed Forces on this day; and

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Some Big Lake residents lose electricity

AnnouncementsSome 122 Big Lake residents in the Big Lake Lodge Road area are without electricity. MEA is working on the problem.

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Big Lake Welcomes Seniors

AnnouncementsSubmitted by Jim Faiks

A new gated community offers affordable lake front homes for seniors.

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'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

AnnouncementsThis weekend, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will continue to participate in the anti-DUI campaign 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'. It is an annual High Visibility Enforcement campaign that runs through the Labor Day Weekend. Troopers, along with municipal law enforcement agencies like the Anchorage Police Department, will be out on the roadways patrolling for this national campaign through Sept. 4.

From 8/16/2017 through 9/1/2017, Troopers made the following contacts:

- 40 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests

- 25 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license

- 118 REDDIs reported with 29 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI

- 100 damage only crashes 12 injury crashes and 5 fatal collision were investigated by Troopers

- Of the 1012 citations issued, 545 were issued for speeding and 31 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

Please do your part in keeping our roadways safe this weekend by not driving impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other substance that can cause impairment or drowsiness. Additionally, don't hesitate to make a REDDI report anytime of the year by calling 911. To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit Http://

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Big Lake Transfer Site New Hours

AnnouncementsEffective 1 September 2017, the Big Lake Transfer Site on Hollywood Road will be open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.
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Army Corps of Engineers offers permit assistance Thursdays in Palmer

AnnouncementsPeople planning construction projects this summer may need a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Consultations are available on Thursdays at the Mat-Su Borough Permit Center in Palmer.

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Happy 3rd Birthday The Big Lake Times


It doesn’t seem like it’s been 3 years since The Big Lake Times went live on Jan 1st 2014, and we have YOU, the Community, to thank. That’s because, while the site was created and maintained by a few individuals in the interests of Big Lake and the Susitna Valley, it’s your submissions, comments, and suggestions that have made The Big Lake Times what it is, and what it is to become.

In those 3 years we have published over 3,100 articles of relevance to Big Lake, generating over 1,400 comments. We’ve had over 322,965 Unique Visitors, that is people that had never visited the site before. That’s out of over 9,518,336 visits to the site. The links (91) have been clicked on over 24,690 times.

The most-read story is not about Big Lake, but is clearly of interest: Maud Road Shooting Range open to the public. Over 81,473 people have read this article so far.

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Winter Road Maintenance Priority Map


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Winter Season Resources.

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Winter Weather Advisory for the Susitna Valley

AnnouncementsThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Susitna Valley from 6 pm tonight until 9 am December 30th. Snow in excess of 6" is predicted.
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Happy Alaska Day!

AnnouncementsAlaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States, which occurred on Friday, October 18, 1867.
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Check out the Parks Highway Update!

AnnouncementsContributed by a reader

Project Update

Time for a project update and reminder about the upcoming Mat-Su Transportation Fair!

The team successfully completed Parks Highway, Phase 1, Lucus Road to Church Road.

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Earthquake shakes Susitna Valley


A 5.5 magnitude earthquake shook the Susitna Valley on 05/14 @ 9:51 pm Depth 114.4km.

No reports of injuries or damages have come in yet.

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Gov. Proclaims Public Works Week

AnnouncementsWHEREAS, public works infrastructure, facilities, and services are of vital importance to sustainable communities and the health, safety, and well-being of the people of Alaska; and

WHEREAS, transportation, water supply, water treatment and solid waste systems, public buildings, and other essential structures and facilities could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals, engineers, managers, and employees from state and local governments and the private sector, who are responsible for and must plan, design, build, operate, and maintain this important infrastructure to serve our citizens; and

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Gov. Proclaims May 16th Arbor Day

AnnouncementsWHEREAS, this is the fiftieth year that Alaskans have celebrated Arbor Day to increase public awareness of the importance of trees and forests to the everyday life of Alaskans; and

WHEREAS, Arbor Day provides an opportunity to encourage Alaskans to plant and care for trees in their communities. Trees add beauty to the landscape, absorb air pollutants, reduce erosion of valuable topsoil, moderate temperatures, provide habitat for wildlife, and mitigate storm water runoff; and

WHEREAS, healthy and properly managed trees and forests provide natural ecosystems, sustainable economic benefits through the timber industry, and social benefits as trees add to the natural environment that improves the quality of life for Alaskans; and

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