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Donation bucket stolen during Sutton burglary: The Hill Top Tesoro in Sutton was burglarized early Monday morning, and among the items absconded with by the enterprising thieves was a donation bucket there to collect contributions for a family that recently lost their home and belongings to fire.
Palmer police blotter
Alaska State Trooper highlights 3/30
Burn permits required April 1: Starting April 1, general burn permits are required by state law for opening burning on any lands protected by the Alaska Division of Forestry. That includes most of the road-accessible areas throughout the state from Fairbanks south, as well as Southwest Alaska.
In Palmer Courts: criminal charges filed
Teens rescued off Matanuska Peak: Three teen climbers were rescued off of Matanuska Peak Saturday evening after they were injured while descending the popular mountain.
Palmer woman arrested for burglary, assault: A 36-year-old Palmer woman is in jail this morning after walking into someone else's house Sunday afternoon, trashing some of that person's property and the trying to thrash the Alaska State Trooper who stopped by to restore order ... twice.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 3/29
AANG squadrons help rescue Saudi pilots: Airmen from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 211th Rescue Squadrons who are currently deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, provided key support in the rescue of two Saudi F-15 pilots from the Gulf of Aden Friday.
Wasilla man charged in two burglaries: A Wasilla man is facing burglary and theft charges after an Alaska State Trooper Criminal Suppression Unit investigation tied him to two burglaries since February 7. Lance LaRue, 34, was taken into custody Saturday evening and he's being held without bail on multiple felony charges at Mat-Su Pretrial pending arraignment.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 3/28
Clarifying the record on drones: Representative Shelley Hughes, co-chair of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislative Task Force, seeks to clarify laws and guidelines for unmanned aircraft use following a recent incident in a residential neighborhood. “Many of you may have read recent articles about an individual flying his recreational drone in a neighborhood where the community members felt uneasy about the aircraft flying too close to home and kids. As co-chair of the task force, I want to assure the public that legislators, state officials and the public and industry members of the Task Force take privacy issues very seriously,” Hughes said.
Alaska Guard Black Hawk crew rescues missing snowmachiners: Soldiers with the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion of the 207th Aviation Regiment, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, rescued two men Thursday night who had departed from Sleetmute Tuesday morning and were two days overdue.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 3/27
More highway breakup restrictions imposed: Seasonal weight restrictions apply to all vehicles over 10,000# GVW. Weight restrictions are now in effect within the Northern Region at the locations specified ...
In Palmer Courts; criminal cases disposed
~ No snowmachines at Nancy Lake Recreation Area ~
Due to deteriorated snow conditions, including large areas of bare ground, Nancy Lake State Recreation Area will be closed to the use of snowmobiles effective Friday, March 27. This closure includes that portion of the East Side Butterfly Lake Swamp trail located within the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area and the East Red Shirt Lake trail.
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Letters & Opinions
Colonel Michael Forsyth: I often hear it said that today's generation is nothing but slackers, concerned only about gratifying themselves. I remember my parents' generation saying the same thing about mine, and I suspect my grandparents made similar statements about my parents' generation. My grandparents sprung from the so-called "Greatest Generation," the moniker popularized by Tom Brokaw's book chronicling the sacrifices made during World War II.
Desiree Compton: The purpose of this correspondence is to object to several proposed budget cuts under the area of education. I am aware that the state needs to be mindful of the budget and make efforts to reduce spending; however, I fear that some of the items that were proposed by the House Finance Budget Committee will have devastating and costly long term outcomes.
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Sports & Outdoors
Spring and Shout Dance slated: The Denali All-Star Cheer Booster Club is hosting a Spring and Shout Dance from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the Palmer Junior/Middle School, and members hope for a big turnout and a whole lot of fun!
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John Bernard Whalen, 89, passed away on March 15, 2015, at the Alaska Veterans & Pioneers Home in Palmer. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at noon  Saturday, April 11. Interment will be at the Valdez Memorial Cemetery.
Mary Louise Borden, January 21, 1917 ~ March 27, 2015
Harry N. Richards, April 26, 1934 ~ March 22, 2015
Susan Elaine Snedeker, 61, passed away on March 9, 2015, at her daughter's home in Juneau, Alaska. She experienced a short but courageous battle with lung cancer and lung disease. A service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmer.
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Social News
Kaj takes second at Geography Bee: Academy Charter School seventh grader Kaj Taylor earned first runner-up honors in the Alaska Geography Bee, taking second place. He was among 11 students to represent the Valley from 11 Mat-Su Borough Schools Friday at the state bee.
Valley students heading to Juneau for spring break: Spring break is right around the corner, but a group of five Palmer and Wasilla teens won't be relaxing. Instead, they'll be spending the week at The annual Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Civics & Conservation Summit in Juneau.
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Thursday, April 2
Susitna Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Upper Susitna Community Center.
Friday, April 3
Good Friday Service, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Palmer, E1150 Helen Drive, Palmer. To learn more, visit
Saturday, April 4
Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 9 a.m. to noon, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wasilla. Pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, coffee and hot chocolate. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for the family, and include picture with the Easter Bunny!
Santa Cops & Heroes Annual Barn Dance, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Curtis Menard Sports Center. Live music by Ken Peltier and more, silent auction and raffles. Must be 21 or older. Volunteers and donors needed! Call (907) 745-1133 or email to find out more. For tickets, call (907) 745-1133 or visit Brown Paper Tickets online.
Sunday, April 5
Easter Worship Service, 10:30 a.m., First Baptist Church of Palmer, E1150 Helen Drive, Palmer. To learn more, visit
Monday, April 6
Joint borough assembly/school board committee meeting on school issues, noon, Mat-Su Borough School District administration building, Palmer.
Talkeetna Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Talkeetna Elementary School library.
Willow Area Community Organization meeting, 7 p.m., Willow Community Center.
Wednesday, April 8
Butte Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Butte Community Center.
Chickaloon Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Chickaloon Community Center.
Free wood heating class, 7 p.m., Willow Community Center. Although not required, registration is appreciated. Call Meg Burgett at (907) 746-9472 to register or learn more.
Thursday, April 9
Meadow Lakes Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Meadow Lakes Elementary gym.
Point MacKenzie Community Council annual meeting, 7 p.m., Station 6-4.
Sunday, April 12
Join First Baptist Church of Palmer for the viewing of the new, 12 week NBC series “A.D.” at 5 p.m. Free Refreshments!
Tuesday, April 14
Joint Borough Assembly/School Board meeting, 6 p.m., borough assembly chambers.
Big Lake Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Big Lake Lions Recreation Center.
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