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Monday, December 11 2017 @ 07:36 PM AKST


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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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ADA-08253 Proposal to Extend a State Airport Land Lease at Willow Airport

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities proposes to extend Lease ADA-08253 (Lot 8C, Block 100), consisting of approximately 13,500 square feet, at Willow Airport for an additional 5 years, to expire January 24, 2019. Applicant: Famash Investments. Annual rent: $877.50. Authorized uses: Aviation – maintenance and operation of a hangar to store Lessee’s private aircraft only. Private aircraft and vehicle parking.
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Preliminary Decision to Reoffer 2 Remote Recreational Cabin Sites Staking Areas

Land Sales & Contract Administration Section
Preliminary Decision of
Proposed Reoffers of 2 Remote Recreational Cabin Sites Project Areas:
Tatalina II - ADL 417480
Dillinger River II - ADL 229339
Comment Period Ends 4:00PM, WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014
The Division proposes to reoffer authorizations to stake parcels in two project areas under AS 38.05.600 Remote Recreational Cabin Sites. Additional parcels may be surveyed and offered under AS 38.05.045 Generally [Sale of Land].
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ADOT&PF Seeks Public Review of 2014-15 Winter Ferry Schedule

Public Notices(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities proposed Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) schedule pattern for fall, winter and spring 2014-2015 is now available online for public review. The documents can be accessed through a link on the AMHS homepage at or directly through the following address:

This is an opportunity for communities to review and comment on the proposed schedule in consideration of community events.
Written comments will be accepted prior to April 5 via email at and by fax at 907-586-8365.
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M 4.7 Earthquake, 54km WSW of Talkeetna, Alaska

Public NoticesAn earthquake with magnitude 4.7 occurred near Petersville, AK at 5:32 p.m. (01:32:54.00 UTC) on Mar 30, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

Recommended actions
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Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
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Alaska Community Forest Council Seeks New Members

Public Notices(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Community Forest Council is seeking to fill five council seats in 2014. The council is a nonprofit organization, and advisory body to the Division of Forestry, that works to improve Alaskans’ quality of life by expanding and caring for urban and community forests. The council promotes the management of trees and forests within communities to maximize the many economic, environmental and social benefits that they provide.

Seats are open in the following categories: Seat A - Arborist, Seat G - Small-Community Service, Seat I - Industry/Business, Seats K and M - Members at Large.
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Public Notices(Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Support Services is pleased to announce the release of the new DNR Land Records search portal, available at

The search portal accesses land information and documents such as state survey records from the State Recorder's Office, Master Title Plats, federal surveys, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Land Information System (LIS), as well as DNR’s Land Administration System (LAS), Alaska Mapper and other DNR systems used on a regular basis to perform state land research.
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Public Notices(Palmer, AK) – The Alaska Division of Agriculture has established a quarantine at the boundaries of Alaska to prevent the entry and spread of five specific aquatic invasive weeds. Management efforts are being implemented to address current Elodea infestations and establishing the quarantine stops further importation of the pests listed below which are popular for use in classrooms and in the aquarium trade. The Division of Agriculture is in the process of amending current Plant Health and Quarantine Regulations (11 AAC34) and will be adding the five aquatic plants below to the Noxious Weed listing.
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State Offers 422 Land Parcels for Sale at Discounted Price

Public Notices(Anchorage, AK) – The Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce the listing of 422 parcels in a Special Discount Auction, with minimum bids of 30 percent below the appraised value. This is the first time in many years that DNR has offered land for auction below the appraised value. Bidders may purchase up to four parcels in this auction.

These parcels are located in four remote subdivisions west of the Susitna River: High Mountain Lakes; Kahiltna Flats; Kutna Creek; and Shell Lake North.

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