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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: permitcenter@matsugov.us
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: http://www.matsugov.us/publicnotice/c...d-bid-sale

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: LMB@matsugov.us (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 Notices > LAND EXCHANGE - WILLOW

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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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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