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One jailed, two hospitalized after crash: A Wasilla man is in jail and two people suffered serious injury in a single vehicle collision Monday night on Forest Lake Drive off the Parks Highway near Big Lake Road.
MSBSD suspends military recruiting on campus: The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District has temporarily suspended military recruitment in schools. Dr. Deena M. Paramo announced the change after the recent reports of allegations of misconduct by Alaska Army National Guard recruiters on schools campuses in Anchorage.
Wasilla man dies on the Glenn Highway: A motorist on the Glenn Highway called 911 to report what appeared to be a dead body on the side of the road and an empty vehicle on the other near mile 96.7 Monday afternoon, and while that motorist was too worried to stop, several others did as EMS crews were responding, and confirmed it to be the body of a man.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 10/20
Leadership changes made in AKANG: Transitions in senior leadership for the Alaska National Guard were made today at the direction of Governor Sean Parnell. Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges met with three leaders in key positions to notify them of personnel changes involving them, effective immediately.
First issue of Mat-Su Gazette to hit stands: The Mat-Su Gazette, developed by reporters and editors who are also students in Mat-Su Borough high schools, will publish its first edition on Tuesday, October 28, as a supplement to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman schools page, just in time to share with the community during Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Addressing Valley road issues ... enjoy your coffee! We don’t all go to school every day; we don’t all hike a trail every day; and we aren’t all assisted by a firefighter every day (thankfully!), but just about all of us are out on the roads every day. When you get up in the morning, my guess is that part of your day will be spent driving somewhere. I want you to know that I think about that a lot – why? Because that’s part of my job in my role working for you. By Representative Shelley Hughes
Talkeetna man jailed after weekend tiff: A Talkeetna man who took off following a family tiff Saturday night didn't get to wherever he was trying to go, winding up instead at Mat-Su Pretrial.
Palmer police blotter
Alaska Sate Trooper highlights 10/19
The Deacons helping furnish families: When disaster strikes, be it fire, flood, earthquake or other event, getting back on your feet can be daunting. Just finding a chair to sit on can seem a monumental task. Conversely, there's almost nothing harder than throwing away a serviceable piece of furniture you've replaced, like that old chair or sofa just sitting on its own, collecting dust in the garage or attic.
Mat-Su Transportation Fair coming Wednesday: Did you know $50 million in Borough road construction was underway this summer, along with the State's $50 million? More is on the way next summer. Find out specifics on transportation projects at the 2014 Mat-Su Transportation Fair, from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, at Raven Hall on the Alaska State Fairgrounds.
In Palmer Courts; criminal charges filed
Alaska State Trooper highlights 10/18
Three nabbed for Houston burglaries: Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a theft from a Houston home Sunday morning and took three people into custody this week for allegedly burglarizing several homes on the property.
Guardsman teaches sexual harassment prevention: An Alaska Army National Guardsman taught sexual assault and harassment prevention classes to Colony High School Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets last week in Palmer.
Big Lake house party turns sour: Medics and law enforcement personnel were called to a confusing scene at a home in Big Lake early this morning where a shooting was reported, and while two people were taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and shots were fired, it appears no one was hit during a house party that got out of hand.
Arrests made in Houston, Big Lakes burglaries: Alaska State Troopers on Friday ended a week-long investigation into a string of burglaries and thefts in the Houston and Big Lake areas with the arrest of two Big Lake men on multiple felonies.
Alaska State Trooper highlights, 10/17
Alaska State Trooper highlights, 10/16
Looking for Leo: Leo has been missing from his home in the Equestrian Acres area since Monday, October 13, and despite his family diligently searching, putting up flyers and visiting shelters and vet clinics, they've found no trace of him so far. They are getting desperate to get their 10-month old boy home.
Help guide Wasilla's future: The City of Wasilla has several commissions that are in need of members due to expiring terms at the end of the year. There are currently positions opening on the Airport Advisory Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Planning Commission, as well as on special purpose committees.
Man wanted on sex, theft charges found hiding: An early morning raid today by Alaska State troopers at a home on Knik Goose Bay led to the apprehension of a Wasilla man wanted on theft and multiple felony sex charges, and the man allegedly hiding him out was taken to jail, too.
Alaska law enforcement canines train in the Mat-Su: Last week, canine teams from the Alaska State Troopers, North Slope Borough Police Department, Wasilla Police Department and Anchorage Police Department attended quarterly training in the Mat-Su Valley to keep their skills sharp.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 10/15
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Letters & Opinions
Ralph Hulbert: I am pleased to see our community’s strong support for retention of Judge Bill Estelle. We welcomed Bill’s homecoming to Palmer, where he was born and raised, to face the high expectations of his teachers, classmates, and community.
Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police: Recently released videos promoting marijuana legalization in Alaska have prompted headlines in national media saying: Active And Retired Alaska Law Enforcement Support Marijuana Legalization … While we will defend any officer’s right to exercise free speech and have a personal opinion, the views expressed in these videos differ significantly from the vast majority of officers in Alaska.
Mike Weland: Even though media enjoys a bad rap of late, there is no denying the power it wields, but the latest example isn't a good one for honest journalism. The "Ebola crises" is an excellent demonstration of how and why; and a clarion call that all, especially media and politicians, should pay heed to. The reaction of Alaska's Congressional delegation shows why.
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Sports & Outdoors
Boom Town Derby Dames 'fill the boot:' If you were at Fred Meyer or Wal-Mart in Wasilla Saturday, you no doubt noticed an exuberant group of women teamed up with borough firefighters greeting shoppers and proffering a big, bulky firefighter's boot. You must have, as you helped the Boom Town Derby Dames raise $6,057 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association!
Army Alaska fields diverse 10-miler team: U.S. Army Alaska fielded its most diverse Army Ten-Miler teams October 12 in Washington, D.C., and is setting its sights on even more variety in the future with one goal in mind - to win.
Deadline for Mat-Su moose hunt drawing near: The Division of Wildlife Conservation is accepting online applications for targeted moose hunt AM415 in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys through October 31. Application for this winter’s hunt is open to Alaska residents who have successfully completed a certified state hunter education program; a bow hunter education certificate is also required for those who wish to hunt with a bow.
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Dawson Lamoyne Lindblom, 83, passed away peacefully at his home on October 17, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 26, at the Big Lake Baptist Church.
William "Bill" Kamm passed away on October 6, 2014, near Sutton. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Kincaid Park Chalet in Anchorage.
Barbara Gene McAllister Hoover, October 13, 1926 ~ September 30, 2014
Clarence Furbush, 83, passed away October 11, 2014, at Two Sisters Assisted Living Home in Wasilla. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at Kehl’s Funeral Home, S209 Alaska Street, Palmer, with a potluck to follow at the Palmer Fire Department training tower, E645 Cope Industrial Way, Palmer.
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Social News
Two at PCC mark career anniversaries: Two Alaska Department of Corrections employees serving at the Palmer Correctional Center recently reached career anniversary milestones; PCC Assistant Superintendent Earl Houser reached his 20-year service mark with the Alaska Department of Corrections and Sergeant James Williams reached his 30-year service mark with the department, 29 of those years at the Palmer Correctional Center!
Moffitt one of nation's top in teaching with tech: Each year, the Center for Digital Education recognizes education leaders who have transformed learning through the innovative use of technology in its annual Top 30 awards program.  Among this year's honorees is Kathy Moffitt, Mat-Su iTech.
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Tuesday, October 21
Baby Lap Sit, 10 a.m., Palmer Public Library, S655 Valley Way, Palmer.
Two year old Story Time, 11 a.m., Palmer Public Library, S655 Valley Way, Palmer.
Mat-Su Borough Assembly Special meeting, Election Certification, 5 p.m. Borough Assembly regular meeting, 6 p.m., Assembly Chambers, E350 Dahlia Avenue, Palmer.
Teen Book Club, 6 p.m., Wasilla Public Library, N391 Main Street, Wasilla. Read. Talk. Grow. Join in each month for great discussions and fun activities centered around the book of the month.
Wednesday, October 22
Toddler Storytime, 11 a.m., Wasilla Public Library, N391 Main Street, Wasilla. Stories, songs, and crafts for kids ages 2 to 4 with their favorite adults.
Storytime Learning Lab, 2:30 p.m., Dorothy G. Page Museum, N323 Main Street, Wasilla. Early literacy fun for kids ages 2 to 6.
2014 Mat-Su Borough Transportation Fair, 4 to 8 p.m., Raven Hall, Alaska State Fairgrounds, 2075 Glenn Highway, Palmer. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, cites of Palmer, Wasilla, and Houston, the Alaska Railroad Corporation, Mat-Su Community Transit, and the Mat-Su Borough have teamed up to bring you the latest on roads, rails and trails at this one-stop information destination. The fair provides an opportunity to view information on many transportation projects underway in the Mat-Su Borough.
Thursday, October 23
Three to Five year old Story Time, 11 a.m., Palmer Public Library, S655 Valley Way, Palmer.
Glacier View Community Council meeting, 6 p.m., Glacier View School.
Friday, October 24
Baby Lapsit Storytime, 11 a.m., Wasilla Public Library, N391 Main Street, Wasilla. Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books every Friday morning at Wasilla Public Library! Enjoy short stories, bounces, songs, and tickles designed to prepare you and your baby for a lifelong love of reading.
Sixth annual Fall Fundraiser for "The Children's Place," noon to 2 p.m., Mat-Su Title, E1981 Palmer Wasilla Highway. Homemade soup lunch and silent auction.
Fall Harvest Celebration, 6 p.m., Wasilla Lake Christian School, E2001 Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Wasilla. Admission free. Food, games, prizes and fun!
Saturday, October 25
Halloween Carnival, noon to 4 p.m., Midnight Sun Family Learning Center, W7275 Midnight Sun Circle, Wasilla. Games, food and fun for kids three to 18! $5 entry fee.
Old Town Autumn Fest; Trick or Treat in the Town Site! 1 to 4 p.m., Dorothy G. Page Museum, N323 Main Street, Wasilla. Wagon rides, trick or treats, cocoa and cider, childrens' activities and more! For more information, contact the Museum at (907) 373-9701.
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