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Assembly Reduces Trash Fees

Public NoticesMatanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly Members recently agreed to reduce refuse rates at the landfill and transfer sites after hearing several objections from residents. The former rate increases were intended to offset a $3.5 million deficit in the solid waste fund.

Assembly Members on Sept. 1 agreed to roll back the steep increases to more subtle increases. Assembly Member Dan Mayfield and Assembly Member Vern Halter sponsored amendments to the refuse rates. Mayfield thanked the public and his peers for working through the objections over the rate hikes.

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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 August 31 and September 1, 2015 to review proposed draft regulations relating to Set 2, Articles 1, 3, and 7 and written public comments received relating to those 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.

The meeting will be via video conference from two locations across the state. The locations are 3601 C St (The Frontier Building), Rooms 880, 890 & 896, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501 and 333 Willoughby 9th Floor, Conference Room A, DCCED, Juneau, AK 99801. The public call in number for the meeting is 1-800-315-6338; code 69173#. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m.

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DNR seeks public input on land sale regulations

Public NoticesThe Alaska Department of Natural Resources is reviewing its regulations regarding the department’s disposal of state lands by sale through its Auction, Over-the-Counter (OTC) sales, and Remote Recreational Cabin Sites (RRCS) program, as well as financing by land sales contract in 11 AAC Chapter 67 and is asking for public input regarding how to improve these regulations.

DNR is interested in any suggestions regarding this chapter; however, the department is specifically seeking input on the following sections: 11 AAC 67.005, General Qualifications; 11 AAC 67.010, Proof of Eligibility Based on Residency; 11 AAC 67.050, Veteran’s Preference; 11 AAC 67.800-845, Remote Recreation Cabin Sites; 11 AAC 67.875, Installment Payments; 11 AAC 67.891-897, Veteran’s Land Discount; and 11 AAC 67.900-915, Land Discounts. Text of each regulation section can be found online at

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Public NoticesFor the next two weeks Alaska State Troopers will be patrolling day and night, keeping an eye out for impaired drivers. The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high visibility enforcement campaign, which started Aug. 19 and lasts through Sept. 7, is designed to discourage impaired drivers from hitting the highways. Troopers implore motorists to always keep safety in mind. If you have consumed anything that could impair your ability to drive any motorized vehicle, water vessel or aircraft, please change your plans. Find a sober driver, wait until you are no longer impaired before getting behind the wheel or call a taxi.

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Troopers seek information about missing Big Lake man

Public NoticesVictim Information: Daniel Roy Buckwalter was last seen at his residence in Big Lake, Alaska on 8/4/15. His clothing description is unknown and his vehicle was last seen by law enforcement on 8/6/15 in Houston, Alaska.

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Notice of Proposed Marijuana Regulations

Public Notices

The Marijuana Control Board proposes to adopt regulations to implement the marijuana law which was voted on as Ballot Measure 2 in November, 2014. These proposed regulations relate to cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, enforcement provisions and general provisions including definitions.

The Marijuana Control Board proposes to adopt regulations in Title 3 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, enforcement provision s and general provisions and definitions, including the following:
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Quake shakes Susitna Valley

Public NoticesOn Sunday July 5th, 2015 at 4:49 PM a Magnitude: 4.85 M quake rattled the Susitna Valley.


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Troopers Increase Patrols For Independence Day Weekend

Public NoticesWhile celebrating the Fourth of July, few things are as patriotic as filling the sky with flashes of red, white, and blue lights. During this upcoming holiday weekend, Troopers won’t hesitate to share our national colors on the road with motorists who are not practicing safe driving behaviors. Alaska State Troopers will mostly be out on the roads enforcing traffic laws and responding to calls for service while Alaska Wildlife Troopers will focus on contacting people out fishing or recreating around Alaskan lakes, rivers and seas.

Starting July 2 and running through July 6, Alaska State Troopers will be conducting overtime patrols to keep the traffic influx moving safely up and down the highways. Since highway traffic is expected to be heavy on the Seward and Sterling highways due to numerous events on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol will be conducting focused patrols in these areas looking for poor driver behaviors like aggressive and distracted driving. Meanwhile, Alaska Wildlife Troopers will focus on fishing enforcement patrols with special emphasis on boating safety laws and boating under the influence this weekend in addition to checking whether people are complying with fishing regulations.

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Public Notice: Public Use Easement (MSB006960) W. Papoose Twins Lake Road

Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), Land & Resource Management Division, has received an application for a public use easement across borough owned land. The easement is for purpose of providing public access from W. Papoose Twins Lake Road to private properties to the north which are currently land-locked. The 60’ wide public use easement is proposed to terminate just past the north boundary of the Burgett parcel identified as tax #17N04W21D004.

The proposed easement will be fully contained within borough property with the exception of crossing through the north half of the Burgett parcel to avoid wetlands. The borough will not construct nor maintained the easement area. The proposed easement is public and therefore cannot be gated, or otherwise diminish public access along its corridor from W. Papoose Twins Lake Road to the easements’ terminus. Extension of the public use easement within the north portion of the borough parcel (C004) is not a part of this request; however, if property owners to the east of the Burgett parcel desire the public use easement to be extended, separate application may be submitted to Land & Resource Management for review and acceptance.

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Beaver Lake Road Closure

Public NoticesBeaver Lake Road will be closed from June 26 to July 2, 24 hours a day until a construction project is completed. A fish passage culvert is going in at Meadow Lake Creek at Beaver Lake Road.

A detour to Hawk Lane is available.
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