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Friday, January 19 2018 @ 12:07 AM AKST


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Community Revenue Sharing Grant 2018

Community Submitted by Yvonne Ruth, BLCC

Please feel free to forward this application to anyone who has a great idea to make Big Lake an even BETTER place to live.

Application Deadline is 3/2/18.

Applications can be emailed to or mailed to BLCC PO Box 520931, BL 99652

Thank you,


Community Revenue Sharing Grant Application

Due: Friday, March 2, 2018

The Big Lake Community Council has $15,789.00 from the State of Alaska Revenue Sharing Program for the year 2018.

The objective of this Grant Program to use the funds to improve the quality of life for Big Lake resident and to enhance Big Lake’s location as an ideal place to raise a family, run a business, recreate and retire.

Grant application and awarding time line is as follows:

March 2, 2018 – Applications due

NO APPLICATIONS will be considered if received after midnight on this date.

If applications are mailed, please ensure enough time for delivery by this date.

March 8, 2018 – Grant committee meets for preliminary review of applications

Applicant(s) will be notified November 2, 2016.

March 12, 2018 – Applicant presentation(s) to Grant Committee if needed for additional clarification.

March 13, 2018 – Grant Committee will present to the BLCC their awardee(s) and the BLCC will vote on distributing grant funds as a whole, not on each grant individually.

For the forms send an email.

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Big Lake Teen (BLT’s) schedule for January and February

Community Submitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

The Big Lake Library’s a place for local teens to make friends, play games, plan teen activities at the Library on Fridays. Ages 13-18

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The Big Lake Library is Seeking Travelers

Community Have you taken an interesting trip? Do you have pictures?

The Big Lake Library is looking for travelers who would like to talk about their adventures and show their photos as part of The Adult Learning Program at Your library.

Presentations should be about an hour in length. Library staff will be happy to help make your photos into a slideshow and give you any other help you might want to put together your travelogue.

Please call The Big Lake Library at 861-7635 or talk to the Library Staff in person if you would be interested.

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Big Lake Community Council Meeting Tonight


You're invited to attend the Big Lake Community Council Meeting. Tonight January 9th, 7 pm @ The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

See you there!

The meeting is open to all members of the community of Big Lake and guests. The Community Council serves all of Greater Big Lake, House District 8.

This is an opportunity to meet some of your neighbors, and to learn about issues that impact your community. Announce your group's event.

You can become a member of the Community Council by attending a meeting and paying the annual dues of $10. You are not required to be a member to attend the meetings or to speak. All are welcome. Visit the website at for more information and membership forms.

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Update: Crime Watch Programs

Community Here's an update from Rep. Mark Neuman:

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The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet

Community The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet, located in the bright green building in downtown Big Lake, serves members of our community. Open Wednesday 11-3. Please donate your gently-used items to help those less fortunate.

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Valley Mover offers bus service from Big Lake to Anchorage

Community The Valley Mover bus provides public transportation to Wasilla and Anchorage with 2 morning stops in Big Lake. The Full printable schedule is here.

Please consider supporting this community resource.

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Sales Tax Task Force Reports

Community Both the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly and the School Board listened to a report from the Sales Tax Task Force on Dec. 12. Task Force Member Robert Hall said the consensus is the Borough needs to act. Among the suggestions: amend the tax revenue cap and, later, after all other options, ask citizens for a sales tax only as a direct offset to property taxes.

Listen to the complete audio of the discussion here. Read the memo from the Sales Tax Task Force via Borough Manager John Moosey posted here.

Hall said, "We want a revenue cap in the Borough but also want to make sure it's modern and up to date with what's going on."

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Be Firewise, Big Lake.

Community (Reposted from an earlier article).

Vlad K. submitted this: With the lengthening of the days, it's time to start considering ways to prepare for the coming Wildfire Season. These are the warm, dry days between the snow and ice melting, and the greening of Alaska. This article will look at ways to help you make your home, and your community, safe from wildfires.

What is FireWise?

FireWise is a program which helps people learn what they can do to protect their homes and families and live compatibly with wildfire. Homeowners are strongly encouraged to prepare before a wildfire.

Wildfires Happen, Be Prepared.

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Pick. Click. Give, and help Your Local Library

Community Submitted by a Reader

Please consider donating part of your PFD to The Big Lake Library Advocates. You can make a difference.

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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Community Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of seniors at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Others under the age of 60 may also qualify for Commodities.

To be eligible:

seniors, age 60 or older, and income eligible

Click here for income guidelines.

To apply:

Open and print the Alaska CSFP application. Click here for application.

Complete the application with current information

Call the nearest food bank for directions on how to submit your application. You can also sign up in person.

Local Grantees that provide the CSFP in the state of Alaska:

Food Bank of Alaska.

To learn more about CSFP or find recipes using USDA Commodity foods:

National CSFP information

Fact sheets on commodities and recipes

The Big Lake Food Pantry, located behind The Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 14159 W. Hollywood Road in Big Lake, provides Commodities near the end of every month. They are in operation every Thursday (except holidays) from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

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Happy New Year 2018!

Community Hope it's a great year for everyone!

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Merry Christmas!

Community Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Updated Big Lake Trails Map

Community Submitted by Rep. Dan Mayfield.

Here is an Updated Big Lake Area Trails Map. For more information visit Big Lake Trails, Inc.

Detailed maps available from Big Lake Trails, Inc. Free downloads.


If you would like the very large version of this map email and we'll send it to you via email. In PDF Format, approximately 6 MB in size.

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Happy Winter Solstice

Community Happy Winter Solstice, now the daylight returns.

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