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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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Happy Winter Solstice

Community Happy Winter Solstice, now the daylight returns.

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Big Lake Teens (BLT's) at Big Lake Library

Community Submitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Here is the attached BLT’s schedule of December events.

If you are between the ages 13 and 18, would like to make friends and have fun, join the Big Lake Teens at the Big Lake Library.

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Big Lake Pedestrian Improvements Survey

Community Submitted by Taryn Oleson, Planner & Public Involvement Coordinator

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is conducting a study to identify and plan for pedestrian and other non-motorized user safety on Big Lake Road.

Please take the 10-minute survey on the Draft Recommendations for improving pedestrian and non-motorized user safety. The survey questions reflect the Draft Recommendations and intends to collect feedback from Big Lake Road users and Big Lake residents.

Click this image to take the survey.

To Take the Survey or for more information, Visit the Project Website:

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Big Lake Lions 2017 Christmas Bazaar

Community The Big Lake Lions Club invites you to the 2017 Christmas Bazaar. In the East Lake Mall, Saturday December 2nd, 11 a.m. - 6 p. m., and Sunday December 3rd, 11 a.m. - 5 p. m.

Over 30 vendors for all your Christmas needs.

Don't miss Santa at The Big Lake Parade, Saturday at 6 p.m.

For vendor space call Kim @ 982-6088

Last year's bazaar.

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Thank You Big Lake Bike Path Plower

Community Thank you Big Lake Bike Path Plower. There were many footprints and bike tracks, and 3 people besides myself were using it.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

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Looking for some help putting up Christmas lights for holidays

Community by Marguerite Bogert

To all out there, The library is in need of help to hang our annual christmas lights does anyone know of someone that might be able to do the job? The Christmas parade and tree lighting are on the 2nd of December and the library would like to be able to have our lights ready to turn on that evening. Help. Any takers?

Also on that Saturday, the 2nd of December from 3-6 we will be hosting a ornament decorating making workshop for the kiddos. So again, having the lights up and on will make for awesome festivities.

Email or call library and help us out.

Thanks to you all,

Marguerite Bogert

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Community Hope it's a great one.

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Attention Youths age 11-16: Big Lake Teens Need You

Community Contributed by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

The Big Lake Library Teen Advisory Board (BLTs) Need YOU.

Exclusively for teens ages 11-16.

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The Big Lake Comprehensive Plan

Community Introduction: Big Lake is facing challenges and opportunities associated with growth in rural Alaska. As in many other parts of the state, many Big Lake residents are concluding that while they don’t welcome the idea of planning, or more meetings, they nonetheless want to have a voice in the growth of their community. In 1996, the Big Lake Community Council developed its first Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by the MSB Assembly. A little over a decade later, Big Lake has elected to update that plan to address the challenges and opportunities facing the community today and into the future.

Key components of this plan include a broad, long-term vision for Big Lake’s future; policies to guide land use, growth, and development; priorities to improve public facilities and services; and policies to promote economic development, retain community character and protect the natural environment.

To download and read The Big Lake Comprehensive Plan Click Here.

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