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Saturday, February 24 2018 @ 10:51 AM AKST


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Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week is May 3-9

Public Notices(Fairbanks, AK) — Wildland fire in Alaska is inevitable; are you ready? Governor Sean Parnell has issued a proclamation designating May 3-9 as Alaska Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week.

The proclamation states that public awareness of wildland fire prevention practices and preparedness measures is essential for public safety, and encourages citizens to observe the week through individual efforts and community programs that reduce the threat of wildland fire to their homes, property, and communities.

Response to lightning and human-caused wildland fires requires balancing personal safety and protection of property with the ecosystem’s natural fire regime.

The Alaska Division of Forestry partners with the BLM Alaska Fire Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Fish and Game, and the Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group, to encourage the public to use this week as a prompt to consider and discuss with family and friends ways to prevent fires, prepare for fires, and be aware of information resources available.
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Celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day on May 6

Public Notices(Palmer, AK) – By executive proclamation, Alaskans will celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day on Tuesday, May 6. On this day, Alaskans are encouraged to support local agriculture by seeking out and purchasing products produced in Alaska and educating youth about the vital role that agriculture plays in our economy.
Here are a few ideas from the Division of Agriculture on how to celebrate Agriculture Day:
---Look for, ask for, and buy Alaska Grown at local stores, farmers markets, and greenhouses. Buying local supports local farms and keeps your money in your community.
---Try planting certified Alaska seed potatoes this year. A growing number of stores are selling certified, locally-grown seed potatoes in a kaleidoscope of shapes and colors.
---Help educate children about local food by volunteering to assist with an agriculture-related school project, such as the “Carrot Seed Tape” activity which is available on our website under the Farm to School Program links.
---Join the 17,951 people who “like” the Alaska Grown Facebook page at and learn about the exciting things that Alaskans are producing around the state. You can also track Alaska Farm to School activities on Facebook at
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Notice of Firewood Harvest

550 W 7TH AVE., SUITE 900C
ANCHORAGE, AK 99501-3577


The Southcentral Regional Land Office will be temporarily allowing the taking of pre-cut timber on the west side of the site easement known as the Maud Road Rifle Range, ADL 230693, on the Maud Road Extension within the Knik River Public Use Area (KRPUA), for the purpose of public firewood consumption from April 29th, 2014 through May 8th, 2014. No commercial vendors or vehicles will be allowed. After this date, no retrieval of wood will be allowed until the project is complete.
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Red Flag (Fire Weather) Warning

Public NoticesRed Flag Warning In Effect From noon to 10 pm Akdt Monday for strong wind for the Matanuska Valley.

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Red Flag Warning for strong wind, which is in effect from noon to 10 pm Akdt Monday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

20 ft winds, se wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
Relative humidity: dropping to 20 to 32 percent.
Timing: The strongest winds and lowest rh values will occur Monday afternoon. Winds will diminish Early to mid evening on Monday, with rh values recovering mid to late evening on Monday.

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Notice of Decision to Negotiate the Sale of Trust Land in the Big Lake Area

Public NoticesAlaska Mental Health Trust Authority
Trust Land Office
Notice under 11 AAC 99.050 of
Decision to Negotiate the Sale of Trust Land in the Big Lake Area
MHT 9200586

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the provisions of AS 38.05.801 and 11 AAC 99, the Executive Director of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office (TLO) has determined that it is in the best interest of the Alaska Mental Health Trust and its beneficiaries to complete a sale of certain Trust land to the Great Land Trust. The basis for this determination is explained in a written best interest decision prepared by the Executive Director pursuant to 11 AAC 99.040.

The Trust land affected by the decision is near the community of Big Lake, and is more particularly described as: Tract A, located within Section 17, T. 17 N., R. 04 W., Seward Meridian, containing approximately 160 acres (MH Parcel SM-2072).
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Public NoticesThe Susitna Parkway Personal Use Firewood Harvest Area opened April 9, 2014. This area is located adjacent to West Susitna Parkway. Access is from the Parks Highway, Big Lake Road, South Big Lake Road and West Susitna Parkway. Access and removal restrictions will be strictly enforced. This area is designated as personal use only for harvest of MSB forest resources.

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DPS Reminds Motorist to Avoid Distractions

Public Notices(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Department of Public Safety is releasing a public service announcement encouraging drivers to avoid distractions while driving. The new PSA will run from April 17 through April 30. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The PSA can be viewed on the DPS site or You Tube:

DISTRACTED Throw Phone April 2014 (.wmv)

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Studded Tires

Public NoticesIt is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive, north of 60 North Latitude (all communities north of Ninilchik) and from April 15th through September 30th, inclusive, south of 60 North Latitude (Anchor Point, Homer, Kodiak and cities and towns in Southeast Alaska), except that at any latitude on a paved portion of the Sterling Highway a person may not operate a motor vehicle with studded tires from May 1st through September 15th, inclusive.
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Burn Permits are now Required

Public NoticesBurning in Alaska:

The majority of wildland fires in Alaska are caused by careless human activity.
Alaska's fire season is from April 1st to August 31st.
Burn permits are required during fire season for all open burning, with a few exceptions.
State laws and regulations pertaining to burning practices apply statewide all year. (AS 41.15.010-41.15-170 and 11 AAC95 Article 6).
Burn permits are subject to burn restrictions, suspensions, and closures.
Experience has show that 75% or more of burn barrels do not meet Burn Barrel Specifications. Non-compliant burn barrels are subject to burn permit requirements and burn suspensions. Citations will be issued for violations! Penalties may also apply for unsafe burning.
You are responsible for any fire you set or cause until it is 'dead out'. Fully understand and follow safe burning practices.
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Public Notices(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Historical Commission at its meeting last week in Juneau awarded nearly $100,000 in grants for 11 projects around the state to promote research and planning for upcoming anniversaries of significant events and places in Alaska’s history. The recipients include:

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