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Up to $355,000 in Alaska Clean Water Actions Grants Available

Public NoticesLocal organizations sought to help improve State’s high priority water bodies

Up to $355,000 may be available for clean water projects through the Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) grants. Each year, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), along with the Departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Game, solicits proposals for clean water projects to be funded through ACWA grants. The grant program is one opportunity where the State of Alaska can direct federal monies to projects the state believes are important. The funds are granted to local communities and citizens groups for projects that monitor and restore Alaska’s high priority water bodies.

“Our annual grant program is one important way we work with local entities to improve water quality throughout the state,” said Michelle Hale, DEC’s Director of Division of Water. “We’ve structured this year’s program to align closely with our five-year Alaska Clean Water Plan. We have identified specific waters we are especially interested in and are seeking proposals for projects that will tell us more about the quality of these waters, restore those that are polluted, and protect the healthy ones.”

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Don’t be a Grinch, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Public Notices‘Tis the season for Holiday cheer and festivities! Bring out your ugly sweaters and have some fun with friends and family but keep in mind that you should have a plan to get home safe and sound. To help remind you to not drive impaired, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will attempt to stand out more than your ugly sweaters by being visible out on the highways (with lights and sirens if we have to). The high visibility enforcement effort, which starts Dec. 18 and lasts until Jan. 4 of the new year, is to ensure the safety of Alaskans while they revel in Holiday cheer.

The Department of Public Safety realizes that alcohol is a part of many festivities this time of year. If you plan on partaking, don’t be a red-nosed driver. Please have a plan in place to not drive impaired. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is done annually around the holidays to encourage the motoring public to keep safety in mind and to prevent this time of year from turning tragic. The focused enforcement by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers over the holiday is intended to prevent major injury and fatality crashes through enhanced enforcement. While the troopers are out to curb DUIs, they will also be on the lookout for additional driver behaviors that often contribute to fatal crashes, such as speeding and driving too fast for conditions.

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Drones: Know Before you Fly

Public NoticesThe use of unmanned aircraft systems(UAS), or drones, is exploding for both citizens and businesses in Alaska. Prospective operators want to fly, and fly safely, but many don’t realize that, just because you can buy a UAS, doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has partnered with the Know Before You Fly Campaign to help give users guidance for safe and responsible operation.

Currently small UAS may be operated for hobby and recreational purposes under specific safety guidelines as established by Congress. Small UAS flown for recreational purposes are typically known as model aircraft.

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2015 Susitna Parkway II Personal Use Firewood Harvest Area

Public NoticesThe Susitna Parkway II Personal Use Firewood Harvest Area is open. 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 is permitted 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. These restrictions will be strictly enforced. This area is designated as personal use only for harvest of MSB forest resources.

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. Please be prepared to provide the year, make, model and license number of all motorized vehicle(s) or trailers to be used while harvesting the timber.

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ADA-08132 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-08132 (Lot 1, Block 100), consisting of approximately 43,230 square feet, at Big Lake Airport for an additional 5 years. Applicant: Stephen C. Bryant. Annual rent: $2,809.95. Authorized uses: Aeronautical – Continued use, operation and maintenance of a hangar for commercial and private use to include; aircraft maintenance and repair, aircraft tie-down, 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., December 24, 2015, 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, Central Region, Statewide Aviation Leasing, PO Box 196900, Anchorage, AK 99519, (907) 269-0739. Anyone needing hearing impaired accommodation may call TDD (907) 269-0473.

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Studded Tires

Public NoticesStudded Tires:

It 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

It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires on a paved highway or road 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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ADOT&PF to End Seasonal Maintenance on Denali, Taylor Highways

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) will end seasonal maintenance, including snow and ice removal, on the Denali and Taylor highways in October.

ADOT&PF does not maintain these highways through the winter. The department encourages drivers to remember that travel on a non-maintained highway during the winter is extremely risky.

Maintenance on the Denali Highway will end Oct. 1, 2015. Crews will begin opening the 135-mile Denali Highway in April 2016. Eight personnel will work about three weeks to open the road from both sides, at the Cantwell junction on the Parks Highway to the Paxson Lodge on the Richardson Highway.

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Winter Road Maintenance Priority Map

Public NoticesThe Alaska DOT has made available a Winter Road Maintenance Priority Map. This is a screenshot of the local area on the map.

To use the interactive map go to
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Public Notices > Public Use Easement - Big Lake

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), Land & Resource Management Division, has received a request for a public use easement for purpose of providing overland access to land locked parcels on Big Lake. The public easement is proposed to follow the toe of a steep hill in the NW corner of the property, traversing in a north easterly direction. The public easement will then end at the north boundary of the borough parcel providing an avenue for adjacent owners to continue overland access to their properties. There is dedicated public access, along with private access, from Jay Sedor St that can physically be connected with the public use easement, but the borough will not be responsible to construct or maintain any of the easements. The borough parcel is classified as public recreation and dedication of the proposed public use easement will not adversely affect public access to the borough parcel or the lake.

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. Public comment is invited on this request. If you have any comments please mail or deliver them to the borough offices no later than September 25, 2015. 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 MSB007073, WHEN SUBMITTING COMMENTS).
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Public Notice: Marijuana Control Board Meeting

Public NoticesPursuant to Alaska Statutes, 17.38.083, the Marijuana Control Board is holding a meeting on September 23-24, 2015 to review proposed draft regulations relating to Set 3, Articles 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10, and written public comments received relating to these articles. No public testimony will be taken during this meeting.

Comments relating to other draft regulations will not be taken or considered during this meeting. Comments relating to other draft regulations must be submitted during the time frames and in the manner set forth in public notices relating to each set of draft regulations.

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