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Big Lake Welcomes Seniors

AnnouncementsA new gated community offers affordable lake front homes for seniors.
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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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AnnouncementsThe Big Lake Times has a News Feed. Stay up to date with all the news, events, and more! The Big Lake Times News Feed: http://thebiglaketimes.com/backend/geeklog.rss. Use a Newsreader from your Device or Browser to get the news updated as it happens. Visit your App Store and look for "Newsreader" for details. We use the "RSS" Newsfeed.

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Happy 3rd Birthday The Big Lake Times

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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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Click here to visit the DOT.

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!

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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

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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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Crime Victims’ Rights Week

AnnouncementsWHEREAS, Americans are the victims of more than 20 million crimes each year, and crime can touch the lives of anyone regardless of age, national origin, race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, or economic status; and

WHEREAS, too many communities feel disconnected from justice and social response systems and have lost trust in the ability of those systems to recognize them and respond to their needs; and

WHEREAS, victims of repeated crimes who fail to receive supportive services are at greater risk for long-term consequences of crime; and

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Monday is Seward's Day

AnnouncementsThe Big Lake Public Library will be closed Monday March 28th for Seward's Day.

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Helpful Information about The Big Lake Times

AnnouncementsIn response to reader input we have created a new help page. Click here.

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Happy 2nd Birthday The Big Lake Times!

AnnouncementsHappy 2nd Birthday The Big Lake Times!

It's hard to believe that it has been 2 years since The Big Lake Times was set loose upon the internet. A lot has happened in that time, such as the move to incorporate Big Lake as a 2nd Class City, the Willow-Sockeye Fire, and many more topics both big and small. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers and users of The Big Lake Times; after all, YOU are why WE do this. A big Thank You goes out to all those that have contributed to making the site what it is by submitting stories, links, comments and financially supporting this free Community Resource. Every day we are out gathering stories of interest to you.

Some history: In December 2013 some of us were noticing ( or lamenting) the lack of a community-based and minded source for news, weather, events, and other happenings around and about Big Lake. I volunteered to put something together and it was ready on New Years Day 2014. It wasn't perfect, as we found out in the first few days, but we've been working to correct and eliminate any snags while improving the site. It was designed from the start to be simple, quick, and mobile-friendly. And unlike many print media news sites, you can read for free and comment anonymously. We even have free classified ads.

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