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A Friendly Big Lake Warning

Community Someone posted this "Friendly Warning" to stay off the ice road on Big Lake. We heeded the advice and did not drive past.

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Status update: Pt. MacKenzie Rail Extension by MatSu Borough (Video)

Community This is a link to the video of the Joint Transportation Committees in Juneau; Status update: Pt. MacKenzie Rail Extension by MatSu Borough. Gavel Video @ 360 North.
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Early glitches with PFD website repaired

Community Anchorage, January 23, 2014 – There’s good news for Alaskans who already filed for their Permanent Fund Dividends (PFD) but were unable to donate to their favorite causes due to website glitches: Most of the issues are fixed and you can go back into your application and add or change your donations.

“We’ve heard from many Alaskans who couldn’t Pick.Click.Give. because of issues with the PFD website,” said Pick.Click.Give. Program Manager Heather Beaty. “We want to make sure that people who want to express their love for Alaska through their giving know that the system has been improved. It’s easy to go back to the PFD website and click on the green ‘Add or Change Your Pick.Click.Give. Donation’ button, and support organizations that help make Alaska a better place to live.”
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The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet and Food Bank Charity Dinner and Silent Auction.

Community The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet and Food Bank Charity Dinner and Silent Auction will be held Saturday 5 April 2014. All you can eat spaghetti $10. For information, or how you can help these great Community Resources, call Christy @ 755-3238.

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Information Wanted: $500 Reward Offered

Community Big Lake Arctic Cat is offering a $500 reward for information relating to the break-in and theft on 7 Jan 2014. The Alaska State Troopers have video evidence of multiple suspects. Call Big Lake Arctic Cat at 907 892-7875.
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Friendly Big Lake Men's Room

Community Took this pic of a friendly Men's room in a Big Lake Business:

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Be Firewise, Big Lake.

Community 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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Quote of the Day


"Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and in the service of your people.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose lives are filled with the fear of death, so that when time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home." --Tecumseh
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Social media and Alaska's armchair sleuths impact Valley crime

Community "Alaska State Troopers may have a new four-man crime suppression unit. But the guys with the badges are merely the tip of a swarm of crime busters who've had enough of thieves stealing other people's stuff. Thousands of citizen sleuths have taken to social media to thwart the bad guys and attempt to find stolen trucks, guns, snowmachines, jewelry, kitchen cabinetry and more."
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Pick. Click. Give to Your Library.

Community When filing for your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend this year, consider Your Public Libraries. They are much more than just a place to check out books (not that there's anything wrong with that!): They are Community Resources, providing so much for our communities, far too much to list here.

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Plan and Prepare for Any Disaster

Community Living in Alaska has some unique challenges. Preparing for a disaster is something any individual or family anywhere must consider. Here are some tips from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough website (link at end of article).

Assemble emergency kits. (See Basic Emergency Supplies.)
Keep copies of important documents (passport, driver license, social security card, marriage license, will, deeds, financial statements, etc.) in an offsite location such as a safety deposit box.
To facilitate insurance recovery, include an inventory of your valuables with serial number list of tools and equipment and photographs or video of other valuables.
Use a USB jump drive to store these files. Make duplicate jump drives and keep one at home, and one in a safety deposit box or other off-site safe location.
Learn how and when to shut off your utilities. (See Utilities.)
Discuss all possible exit routes from each room, building and neighborhood. Ensure that your family has at least two exits from each.
Reunification location n: choose two places, one outside your home and another outside your neighborhood, like a church, community center, store parking lot, or other open area to meet at if you are separated.
Conduct emergency drills and practice “DROP, COVER and HOLD” for earthquakes at least once every six months.
Always keep your car’s gas tank at least 3/4 full.
Take classes on first aid, CPR and disaster preparedness. (See Training & Volunteer Opportunities).
Practice your plan once a year. Pick a weekend with nice weather to set up in your yard and use your disaster kit. This allows you to see how well it works and add to it before a real emergency.
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The Big Lake WinterFest

Community The Big Lake WinterFest is coming.

"Celebrate the Ice! Two days jam packed with family fun! Start with a chance to win a helicopter ride along side of the Iron Dog Start!"

Check it out at
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Proposed Mat-Su tower ordinance would require only public notice

Community "WASILLA -- A long-awaited draft ordinance from a Mat-Su Borough committee crafting new rules for "tall" towers requires little of tower developers beyond notifying people living nearby two months before construction starts.

The issue of regulating tall structures -- anything over 100 feet, with some exceptions such as power lines or ham radio towers -- has a sense of urgency in the Valley as communications towers rise throughout the Mat-Su to serve the cellphones of the borough's growing population.

The borough's Tall Tower Advisory Committee formed in 2012 after the Mat-Su Assembly stripped all tower regulations the year before. With neighborhood residents up in arms over towers popping up without warning, officials reinstated an old ordinance as a placeholder until new rules could be drafted."
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Big Lake Winter Sunrise

Community Winter Sunrise in Big Lake, Alaska. More to come. Click the title to view the image.
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Video: Annual Wilderness Woman Competition.

Community Here’s a video of the annual Wilderness Woman Competition held in Talkeetna.

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