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Tuesday, February 20 2018 @ 10:19 AM AKST


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Patriots' Day

Community Patriots' Day is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
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Happy Easter!

Community This is a postcard from 1907.

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Clean Water Actions Grants Awarded Totaling More Than $424,000

Community A wide range of organizations are the recipients of $424,000 in Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) grants today. The ACWA partnership between the Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Fish & Game, and Natural Resources awarded 13 grants to assist the State in its clean water objectives. The grants focus efforts on waters in greatest need of protection and restoration.

“Improving and protecting Alaska’s waters requires teamwork," said Michelle Hale, Director of DEC's Division of Water. "These grants allow us to strengthen our partnerships and help us to conserve, protect, or restore waters that are important to all Alaskans. The ACWA grant process has been effective at identifying priorities and directing our efforts to where they are needed most to improve the quality of Alaska’s waters.”

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Kids2College Program Teaches Students to Plan for Their Future

Community This spring, nearly 2,000 Alaskan 5th and 6th grade students from 17 communities will take what for many will be first steps toward exploring their college and career interests.

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and UA College Savings Plan have again partnered to take Kids2College across Alaska – offering students a six-lesson curriculum, professions/career panels, and, where available, a campus visit.

Kids2College students visiting college campuses will experience a day in the life of a college student, with fun, hands-on classes and age-appropriate lessons. Dissecting a sheep brain, powering a light bulb with a bicycle, and patching a wound are all ways Kids2College classes engage and stimulate career exploration and college preparation concepts.

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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.

This is a great way to support your community.

Tell your family and friends, and tell them you saw it on The Big Lake Times.

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Governor Invites Communities to Host Picnic

Community April 2, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today invited Alaska communities to host the traveling Governor’s Family Picnic this coming summer. Beginning in 2012, a community outside of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Mat-Su, and Juneau has been chosen to host an annual picnic.

The Governor’s Family Picnics are made possible by the generous donations of Alaska businesses and hundreds of volunteers.
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Choose Respect - Statewide Events and Partners

Community The 2014 Choose Respect March will take place on Thursday, March 27.

Read more at:
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Jordan Lake Parcel Master Plan

Community Almost 10 years ago, the Borough adopted the Jordan Lake Parcel Master Plan. Much has happened since then, and more is coming.

"Planning for 44 acres of Mat-Su Borough Land in Big Lake"

In downtown Big Lake, anchored by the new Library, is a jewel of the community. Walking paths, gardens, interactive displays, a picnic pavilion, and a viewing platform overlooking Jordan Lake. Swans and other waterfowl nest on Jordan Lake.

If you haven't visited it yet, there's still time. It's a relaxing spot to view wildlife and The Sleeping Lady. Changes are coming to the area, and these are great improvements.

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Troopers Hit The Trail Once Again For 1,000 Mile Suicide Prevention Crusade Across Alaska

Community Alaska Wildlife Troopers will once again hit the trail, this time snowmachining more than 1,000 miles across Alaska in less than two weeks in an effort to prevent suicides. This year, Alaska Wildlife Troopers Darrell Hildebrand, Thomas Akelkok, and Jon Simeon plan an ambitious journey to reach adults and school children in eight villages in rural Alaska. Other troopers will join the expedition for sections of the trek as they wind their way from Manley Hot Springs to Nome and back. The trip is expected to launch from Manley Hot Springs on Monday, March 16 and reach Nome on March 21. Ruby will be the first school on the visit followed by schools in Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, Koyuk, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain, and Nome. This year, you can track their journey by a SPOT locator.

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Today is International Women's Day

Community International Women's Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements.

The theme for the 2014 International Women's day is "Inspiring Change".

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Iditarod Update

Community The Big Lake musher Martin Buser left Rohn when many of the top contenders were just leaving Rainy Pass, and made it across the barren Farewell Burn well ahead of his nearest competitors.
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Iditarod Update

Community According to the official Iditarod website, Big Lake musher Martin Buser is in 1st place. Visit the site for details and more information.
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Talkeetna man passes away

Community On 02/18/14 at approximately 130 p.m., AST responded to a residence on the Talkeetna Spur in Talkeetna for a welfare check. Investigation revealed Bill Allman, age 67 of Talkeetna, had died of natural causes inside his residence. The SME was notified and no foul play is suspected. Next of kin were notified and Alaska Heritage of Wasilla responded for final services for Allman.
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The Big Lake Times 200th Story: The Start of the Iron Dog

Community It's hard to believe that this is already the 200th story posted to The Big Lake Times. The idea was planted during late 2013, and we had the domain and code ready by 1 Jan 2014. After a lot of testing, including security testing provided by hackers from Asia and Eastern Europe, and having to work out some unexpected bugs, we let it loose.

Much like many ideas, it started simply: "Hey, there's no real news, weather, and other stuff about Big Lake." One person said "I can fix that" and The Big Lake Times was born.

Since that time we have grown a grassroots bootstrap community website into something. Because The Big Lake Times was built by and for the Community, we have made many "adjustments", and are working on more. There are currently 516 active users, and 6,748 registered users, from every continent. This demonstrates that it was a need that needed to be filled.

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Loads of Fun Activities in Big Lake this Weekend.

Community There are many activities planned for this weekend in and on Big Lake, including the Big Lake Winterfest and the start of the Iron Dog race. The weather is expected to be mild, so get out and have some fun!
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