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Big Lake Airport Master Plan – Public Meeting No. 2

Public Noticesvia Email

Project: Big Lake Airport Master Plan – Public Meeting No. 2

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M., 7:30 P.M. - Presentation

Where: Big Lake Recreation Center - 2942 S Lions Ct, Wasilla, AK 99654

This second public open house will provide the public and stakeholders with preliminary airport development alternatives for review.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is completing the Big Lake Airport Master Plan, with the help of DOWL, an airport planning firm. The Master Plan will map out a 20-year plan for airport development.

Airport users, neighbors and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the planning process. Members of the project team will be available to provide information. Comments received during the meeting will be considered in the Master Plan. All future communications for this project will be via email.

For more information on the Master Plan process, visit project website:

To submit a comment to the project team, email:

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Public Notice - Acquisition, Big Lake

Public NoticesSubmitted by a Reader

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), Land & Resource Management Division, proposes to acquire Government Lot 16 (MSB Tax #17N04W27C020) from the Mental Health Trust Land Office (MHTLO) for purpose of retaining the parcel for public use. The parcel has been used for many years as a connector for the Big Lake Trail system (aka ice road) between Flat Lake and Mirror Lake. The channel between the two lakes rarely freezes; therefore, the trail has traversed across uplands owned by MHTLO. The Trust Office proposes to sell the parcel under competitive bid which could cut off access and the borough proposes to purchase the land for its assessed value in order to ensure public access and use in perpetuity.

Supporting material is available for public inspection during normal business hours on the 2nd floor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough building in the Land Management Division, 350 E. Dahlia Ave, Palmer, AK 99645 or visit the Public Notice Section on the borough’s web page Public comment is invited on this request. If you have any comments please mail or deliver them to the borough offices no later than April 30, 2017. If you have questions about this request: call Nancy Cameron at 861-7848 between 8:00-5:00, or you can send an e-mail to: (PLEASE REFER TO MSB007257 / MENTAL HEALTH LAND ACQ, WHEN SUBMITTING COMMENTS).

Source and More Information:

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Assembly bans trapping in 8 parks

Public Noticesby Patty Sullivan, MSB

The Assembly amended the ordinance that prohibits trapping on Borough lands tonight and then passed it again. Assembly Member Randall Kowalke made three amendments.

The amended list of borough-owned land that prohibits trapping is:

• Crevasse Moraine

• Lazy Mountain Recreation Area

• Matanuska River Park

• Alcantra Athletic Complex

• West Bodenburg Butte

• Jordan Lake Park in Big Lake

Removed from the list were two parks owned by the State: Reflections Lake and Matanuska Lake.

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Central Landfill and Transfer Stations Closed on Monday, March 27, 2017 in observance of Seward's Day

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill located at 1201 N. 49th State Street in Palmer and all Borough Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, March 27 th 2017 in observance of Seward’s Day. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Central Landfill during business hours 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday at 861-7603.
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Army Corps of Engineers offers permit assistance Thursdays in Palmer

Public NoticesPeople planning construction projects this summer may need a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Consultations are available on Thursdays at the Mat-Su Borough Permit Center in Palmer.

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Public Notices: Fish Creek Conservation Area Dog Mushing Trails

Public NoticesType: Conservation Easement Land Use Notice

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Fish Creek Conservation Area dog mushing trails located South of Gonder Road near Big Lake are open for dog mushing and other non-motorized recreational use until further notice.

If you have any questions please call Ray Nix at MSB Land & Resource Management Division at 861-7863.

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Department of Public Safety Advisory Scam Alert

Public NoticesAlaska State Troopers are advising area residents, especially the elderly, to be wary of people seeking personal information by phone. Troopers recently took a report of a caller harassing an elderly victim in the Bristol Bay Region, where the caller targets the elderly seeking personal and credit card information. This particular caller became verbally vulgar and abusive to the victim. When receiving such calls demanding personal or financial information, it is strongly recommended that you first request the caller’s full name, contact information, to include telephone number, and employer. Then hang up.

Do NOT give out personal information to callers you don't know. Only give out information if you initiate the call and you are certain about the number you called (remember, some scammers will give you a false customer service number that will lead you to their scam partner).

NEVER pay money to get a "free" prize or gift. If it sounds too good to be true, it ALWAYS is.

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Public Notices > 2017 Parks Hwy Milepost 92 PUFA

Public NoticesThe Parks Highway Mile 92 Personal Use Area will be open to harvesting of mixed saw timber. Live standing spruce saw timber must be greater than 9” diameter at breast height (dbh) and live standing birch saw timber must be greater than 11" dbh to be harvested during this offering. All dead down and dead standing timber may also be harvested. All timber is available on a first come first served basis beginning Thursday, January 19, 2017. The harvest area is located east of the Parks Highway at approximately Mile 92.2. Harvesting is not allowed outside the flagged area marked on the ground.

A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. beginning Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer; and at the Talkeetna Library located at 23151 S. Talkeetna Road in Talkeetna. Please contact the library at 861-7645 for their hours/days of operation.

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Public Notices > 2017 Point MacKenzie Alsop North PUFA

Public NoticesThe Point MacKenzie Alsop North Personal Use Area for mixed sawtimber is available on a first come first served basis beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017. A $25 permit is required and may be obtained from the Land & Resource Management Division between the hours of 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri., at the Mat-Su Borough Administration Building, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer.

The permit must be in your possession during the removal of wood from the site. The cost for each cord of wood is $25 with a maximum of TEN cords per household per year from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The cost of saw timber is $1.75 per lineal foot.

The permit will expire after all available wood has been removed but no later than December 31, 2017. Please call the Land & Resource Management Division at 861-7869 if you have any questions.

Location: 21601 W Alsop Road.

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ADA-09152 Proposal to Lease State Airport Land at Big Lake Airport

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities proposes to lease Lot 7, Block 300, consisting of approximately 31,500 square feet (ADA-09152), at the Big Lake Airport for twenty-five (25) years. Applicant: Bickford Family Trust. Annual rent: $2,047.50. Authorized uses: Aeronautical – Construction and maintenance of a hangar for aircraft storage and maintenance; construction of approximately 1,000’ access road; aircraft fueling; aircraft tie-downs; and vehicle parking.

Competing applications or written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., January 9, 2017, after which the Department will determine whether or not to execute the lease. The Department’s decision will be sent only to persons who submit written comment or objection or a competing application to the Department, at the address and by the date and time specified in this notice, and include their return address. Information is available from Kimber Amundson, Aviation Leasing, Anchorage Office, PO Box 196900, Anchorage, Alaska 99519, (907) 269-0739. Anyone needing hearing impaired accommodation may call TDD (907) 269-0473.

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