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Public Notice: Proposal to Extend a State Airport Land Lease at Big Lake Airport

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities proposes to extend Lease ADA-08238 (Lot 4, Block 100), consisting of approximately 40,075 square feet, at the Big Lake Airport for an additional 5 years. Applicant: Denis O. Watters and Richard H. Beebe (Estate). Annual rent: $2,604.88. Authorized uses: Aeronautical – the continued operation and maintenance of a hangar for the storage and maintenance of aircraft; flight training, aircraft tie downs, and vehicle parking.

This is an application filed under AS 02.15.090(c), which allows the Department to grant the proposed lease term extension without competition. Written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., April 4, 2016, after which the Department will determine whether or not to extend the lease. The Department’s decision will be sent only to persons who submit written comment or objection 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, Anchorage Office, Statewide Aviation Leasing, PO Box 196900, Anchorage, Alaska 99519, (907) 269-0739. Anyone needing hearing impaired accommodation may call TDD (907) 269-0473.
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Burn permits required starting April 1

Public NoticesThe Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents that general burn permits for any open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are required from April 1 to August 31.

Human-caused fires as a result of debris burning and the use of burn barrels are the leading cause of wildland fires in Alaska. Experience and statistics have shown that 75 percent or more of burn barrels in Alaska do not meet DOF specifications.

Burn permits must be obtained annually and residents must obtain a new permit at the start of each season. Burn permits issued prior to the 2016 season are no longer valid. Burn permits are free and available at local State forestry offices or can be downloaded and printed at on or after April 1.
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Transfer Site Fees May Increase

Public NoticesBy Dan Mayfield

On March 15th, the Assembly took up Resolution Serial No. 16-023 which established Borough fees for the upcoming FY 2017 Budget which begins July 1st 2016. In a repeat performance from last year, the Borough has made a rush on your dollars particularly in regards to trash disposal. I attempted to moderate this by offering amendments that would allow for some increase but not take such a big bite out of household budgets each time they needed to dispose of trash. Unfortunately, the vote failed 3 to 3. Assembly Members Kowalke, Sykes and myself voted to keep rates low while Assembly Members Colligan, Doty and Beck voted for the increased rates. Both the Mayor and Assembly Member McKee were absent.

As it stands now, dump rates for 3 Cubic Yards (average pick-up load) of trash will increase from $32.00 to $ 39.00. The fee for 4 Cubic Yards will go from $45.00 to $52.00 and the fee for 5 Cubic Yards will go from $ 60.00 to $ 65.00.

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Public Notices > Seasonal Weight Restrictions

Public NoticesUnseasonably warm temperatures across Southcentral Alaska over the past month have caused early warming of roadways. Roads can be damaged easily when ground frost begins to thaw until road material dries. The State and Borough annually place weight restrictions on roadways during this vulnerable road season. The State began imposing weight restrictions on the Kenai Peninsula this week. The beginning of thaw for roads depends on local soil conditions, weather and frost depth, but normally progresses from south to north occurring in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough a few weeks after it begins on the Kenai Peninsula. Water from cracks in paved roads is a key indicator that the thawing process is beginning. This condition has already been observed on some Borough roadways. Weight restrictions may be ordered in the Mat-Su Borough in the next few weeks.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Requesting Comments and Agency Information on Oil and Gas Exploration Houston Willow Solicitation Area

Public NoticesThe Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas (DO&G) is reopening the comment period on an oil and gas exploration license proposal for the Houston Willow area. In accordance with AS 38.05.133(b), AS 38.05.945(b), and 11 AAC 82.912: DO&G solicited competing bids and gave public notice of its intent to evaluate the Houston Willow exploration license proposal from December 17, 2007 to January 17, 2008; DO&G solicited public comments on this proposal from April 14, 2008 to July 14, 2008. DO&G will hold cost data and financial provisions of the proposal confidential (AS 38.05.035(a)(8) and AS 38.05.133(e)).

Before issuing an exploration license, DO&G must, in writing, find that an exploration license in this area is in the state’s best interest (AS 38.05.133(f)). If a license is found to be in the state’s best interest, a license holder will have the exclusive right to explore state land within the license area for deposits of oil and gas for up to 10 years, and may convert all or a portion of the license area to oil and gas leases after meeting the work commitment specified in the license.

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Public Notices > Request for Comments for Ordinance Serial Number 16-003

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Department is currently requesting comments for an ordinance of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly amending MSB 17.60 to include permit requirements and standards for marijuana related facilities.

All comments received on or before January 15, 2016 will be provided to the Planning Commission at the public hearing to be held on January 18, 2016.

All comments received on or before January 26, 2016 (including those provided to the Planning Commission) will be provided to the Assembly.

Please return all comments to:
or to: ATTN: Alex Strawn
Development Services
350 E. Dahlia Avenue
Palmer, AK 99645
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Public Notices > Classification of borough-owned lands for 2016 Competitive Sealed Bid Sale

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), Land & Resource Management Division, proposes to classify certain borough owned land for purpose of inclusion in an upcoming competitive sealed bid land sale. See parcel listing, map packet, and related materials:

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. Public comment is invited which you can mail or deliver to the borough offices at the address indicated above, no later than 2/17/16. 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 MSB007129 WHEN SUBMITTING COMMENTS).

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The Permanent Fund Dividend application season is open

Public NoticesThe Permanent Fund Dividend application season is January 1st through March 31st each year.

Applications are only available during application season.

One application per person. Individuals, including Adults and Children, are required to complete one application EACH. For example, a husband and wife with 3 children will submit a total of 5 applications. Applications submitted with the intent of being for more than one individual will only be considered for one applicant.

File Online! After January 1, the online application is available on their home page.

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Big Lake Community Council Transportation Sub-Committee Meeting Tonight

Public NoticesWhen: Tuesday, January 05 2016 @ 06:30 PM
Event Type: Meeting

Description: Big Lake Community Council Transportation Sub-Committee
When: Tue, January 5, 2016, 6:30pm
Where: Big Lake Lions Recreational Center
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Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), Land & Resource Management Division, proposes a land exchange of three borough parcels for a private parcel which will be reserved for a future warm storage facility off Four Mile Road and Willow Fishhook Road. The private parcel proposed for the exchange contains 5 acres. The borough parcels include a small 2.5+acre lot off the Parks Highway and a remote recreation site of approximately 4.12 combined acres. The remote parcel site is only accessible by air or snow machine. The smaller borough parcel was received from the state under the Municipal Entitlement program and is to be conveyed once the state-approved survey is complete. MSB code allows the assembly to approve exchanges of lands when it is in the best interest of the borough, including obtaining property in a location suited for a public facility. The MSB Department of Emergency Services has determined the Willow Fishhook location as an area of need for a fire station and has secured grant funding to construct a warm storage building for this area.

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