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Monday, October 16 2017 @ 06:04 PM AKDT


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The Upcoming Annual Houston High School Gun and Outdoor Show

Community It's that time of year again, the The Annual Houston High School Gun and Outdoor Show.

Vendors, now is the time to register and pick your spot(s). Here's a message from Lisa Humphreys – Houston High School:

"Hello all! We are so excited to be hosting once again our annual Gun and Outdoor Show. The show will be held at the Big Lake Rec Center April 22 and 23rd, 2017. I have attached the forms and the arena layout. We do have some folks already signed up and in place and some of those are not reflected on the layout sheet. Please note that we have changed the layout to improve flow and better accommodate both our vendors and our customers. Sections A, B, D, and G are all reserved as are H, I J and Z. We will once again be having set up on the Friday before the show. Feel Free to email me, call or send your registration through the mail. If you have already called or emailed I will be calling you this week, thank you for your patience, we were waiting for the application and new layout to be completed.

We look forward to working with you all again!

Lisa Humphreys – Secretary I

Houston High School

Mat Su Borough School District


Scaled-down layout, subject to change.

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VHS tape sale at the Big Lake Public Library

Community Submitted by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

The Big Lake Public Library is having a huge VHS Tape sale. $1 each or $5 for a bag.

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Big Lake Library Advocates Meeting Tonight

Community by Marguerite Bogert

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Big Lake Library Advocates meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @ 5:30. This is the first meeting of the New Year.

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You Are Invited to The Big Lake Community Council Meeting

Community You're invited to attend the next Big Lake Community Council Meeting on Tuesday, January the 10th at 7 pm at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

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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CORRECTION: K-9 Rescue Demonstration @ The Big Lake Library

Community Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

There will be a K-9 Rescue Demonstration at The Big Lake Library on Friday January 6th from 4:30-5:30 pm. All ages welcomed!

Hosted by BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board).

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Services for The People

Community by Sammy Taylor

Rumor has it that the Big Lake transfer site will be closed Sundays and Mondays starting in February. It certainly has been liberal of the Borough Waste Management Division to have the local “dump” open seven days a week. Since the Waste Management Division must pay for itself (and currently is running in the red), I certainly understand the need to reduce the days of operation. What I don’t understand is why the Waste Management Division chose Sunday as a day of closure since it seems to be one of the busiest days at the site.

As our forefathers envisioned, government is supposed to be “of the people, for the people, BY the people.” However I don’t see that the current Waste Management Division made any effort to involve local citizens in this decision.

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Happy New Year 2017!

Community Happy New Year 2017, hope everyone has a great year.

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New Hours, Volunteers Needed for Recycling at Big Lake Transfer Site

Community by Jo Walch

Beginning in January the Recycling bins will be open Saturday and Sundays only with the same hours Noon-3:00pm. When more people volunteer to be monitors Recycling can be open more. Contact Jo Walch for more information or to volunteer 892-2400 or

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Merry Christmas!

Community Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Thank You, Big Lake Bike Path Plower

Community Thank You for an outstanding job of clearing the snow and ice off the Bike/Pedestrian paths. Just after I took this picture a woman was jogging past and a man was walking on the path.

You're truly an asset to the Community.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

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The Big Lake Lions Club Presents: The Annual Holiday Bazaar

Community Two exciting days of fun in the Eastlake Mall. December 3rd 11 am-6 pm and December 4th 11 am-5 pm.

Have some lunch and do all of your holiday shopping in one place!

An amazing selection of arts, candy, jewelry, glasswork, crafts, baked goods, and more.

Pictures with Santa 1-4 pm on Saturday, 2-4 pm on Sunday.

Shoppers find great gifts at the Bazaar. Photo by Dennis Garrett

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Big Lake Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade

Community The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade will take place December 3rd from 4:30-6:30 pm.

At The Big Lake Library and Jordan Lake Park.

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Roundup of News from The Big Lake Community Council

Community Here are a few items from the October 11th 2016 Big Lake Community Council Meeting Minutes. To read the Full Text of the Minutes Click Here. (PDF Format). Three new members were elected to the Board: Margaret Billinger, Cathy Mayfield, and Diane Lada.

Image from the BLCC Website

Much of the discussion centered around the "907 Club" which is being built between the Superstore and the Yamaha shop. Click Here for the 907 Club Conditional Use Permit materials at the Mat-Su Borough.

Other topics included local road issues, schools, and other Community matters. At the time of that meeting the Big Lake Community Council had 127 members. Big Lake has over 3,000 residents, which means that a very small number of people are guiding the future of Big Lake. For those who wish to be involved in the future and growth of Big Lake, Click Here to join the Big Lake Community Council.

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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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Happy Thanksgiving!

Community Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

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