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In Palmer Courts; criminal charges filed
Quake hits near Soldotna: The Alaska Earthquake Center located a light earthquake that occurred at 8:32 a.m. today in the Kenai Peninsula region. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1 and was located at a depth of about 45 miles.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 11/22
Traffic stop leads to theft confession: An Alaska State Highway Patrol Trooper made a routine traffic stop this afternoon in Wasilla, which not only closed an outstanding warrant, but led to a confession on a storage theft that was under investigation.
Tis the season for mail theft: Reports are coming in from around the Mat-Su of finding opened cards in the mailbox or items expected but not received. The Christmas holiday season is the busiest time of year for postal workers, and for mail thieves looking to steal your presents or that $20 bill grandma sent the kids.
West Lakes getting improved fire rating: Homeowners in the West Lakes Fire Department coverage area could see their home insurance rates go down after February 1 thanks to the hard work of Chief William Gamble and his crew.
Free beer on Hatcher Pass! Motorists driving by mile 14 on Hatcher Pass Road early Friday morning were availed a rare treat; a man whose vehicle was in the ditch was offering passersby a free ice cold beer.
Suspected thieves return to scene of crime: Several Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of East Fireweed and Hyer Road in Wasilla Thursday evening after a truck was stolen, and they didn't have to go looking for the suspected thieves ... the suspects came to them.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 11/21
Alaska State Trooper highlights 11/20
Begich seeks opt out option on election robo calls: U.S. Senator Mark Begich today introduced the Do Not Disturb Act of 2014 to limit the disturbance to families in Alaska and across the nation caused by electioneering phone calls. The bill expands the National Do Not Call Registry to include Super PACs and so-called “social welfare” political organizations and also prohibits push polls and robo-calls to Americans who have listed their telephone numbers on the registry.
~ Special Santa forms now available ~
Those knowing Mat-Su kids whose Christmas could be made a little brighter with help from the community can now apply to Special Santa at or pick up forms at Alaska Family Services, CCS Learning, Mat-Su Health Services, the Salvation Army and other such agencies. This year's Special Santa will be located at the old Palmer Senior Center, S831 Chugach Street, Palmer.
As yet unnamed yarn shop to open in Palmer: A new yarn shop will be opening in a few days in downtown Palmer, offering an array of products that have been missing in town for a while, but the one thing; the owners haven't yet settled on a name for the new store. But that's not an oversight; the official naming will take place when they cut the ribbon and open the doors at 10 a.m. December 1, and somebody is going to win a beautiful gift basket!
Worker complaints lead to drug arrest: Ongoing complaints of suspicious activity in a truck parked outside by workers at a Wasilla convenience store proved inconvenient for a Wasilla man early this morning as he was hauled away to jail on drug charges.
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Letters & Opinions
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski: As Alaskans, we have the honor of being surrounded by veterans, more so per capita than any other state in the nation. Veterans are our neighbors, co-workers, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers and friends. Our communities are enriched by their presence, and we can never thank them enough for their courage, sacrifice, and service.
Dr. Deena Paramo: The shift is taking place around us. Why are we not talking about it? Mat-Su educators and families, I don't want to wake up one day and wonder where public education has gone -- where it ended; where our democratic ideals were lost. I want to capture the hearts of our students and the community in which we live as well as the will and the hearts of folks statewide. I want them to know We Are MSBSD! 
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Sports & Outdoors
~ Special Olympics coaches needed ~
Matsu Special Olympics is in dire need of a coach for downhill skiing, as well as snowboarding. If you are interested in coaching some amazing athletes athletes, please contact Nicole Egan at
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!
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Paul "Red" D. Putt, 76, gracefully crossed the finish line on earth on November 13, 2014, due to the complications of radiation treatment. We are providing a non-formal, no ceremony gathering of friends, belly up to the bar last drink on "Red" at Four Corners Lounge across from 3Bears on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 29.
Virginia Ann Watson, June 4, 1957 ~ November 16, 2014
Joshua Morgan Floyd, October 30, 1984 ~ November 12, 2014
Lars Degn Nelson, December 28, 1927 ~ November 16, 2014
Paxon Lee Duane Butcher,July 31, 2014 ~ November 13, 2014
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Social News
Eagle River teen wins national Air Force contest: "I am so enthralled in the story, that when I next look up, my clock reads 3:11. I've been reading so much that I have forgotten to eat lunch," wrote Mackenzie Reitz in her 2014 Teen Read Week award winning essay. "I quickly run upstairs, grab an apple and a glass of water, and run back to my room. I pick right back up where I left off. The sewers of London are cold and wet as I sit on my comfy, warm bed."
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Monday, November 24
State Legislative Delegation/Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting, noon, Legislative Information Office, E600 Railroad Avenue, Wasilla. For the agenda, click here.
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27
Veterans Appreciation Thanksgiving Day Dinner, sponsored by Alaska Healing Hearts, 2 to 5 p.m., Palmer Elk's Lodge, N2600 Barry's Resort Drive. Valley military and veterans eat free, proceeds benefit the Wasilla Vet Center.
Monday, December 1
Joint assembly/school board meeting, noon, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Admin Building, 3901 Bogard Road.
Borough Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., assembly chambers.
Talkeetna Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Talkeetna Elementary Library.
Willow Area Community Organization meeting, 7 p.m., Willow Community Center.
Tuesday, December 2
Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting, 6 p.m., assembly chambers.
Thursday, December 4
Susitna Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Upper Susitna Senior Center.
Friday, December 5
Morning Chat with Representative Shelley Hughes, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Vagabond Blues, S642 Alaska Street, Palmer. This is your time to share your thoughts and concerns for our district.
Saturday, December 6
Free car seat safety check-up inside the warm garage at Alaska Sales and Service - Valley, E6275 Blue Lupine Drive, Palmer. Stop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with your child, your car seat or booster, and your vehicle owner's manual (if available) to make sure your loved one is riding as safe as possible this winter. Call Gwen at (907) 352-1992 for more information.
Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wasilla Lake Church of Nazarene, 2001 Palmer Wasilla Highway. Vendors welcome! Text (907) 350-0196 or email
St. David’s Episcopal Church Pop-Up Holiday Boutique, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2301 Wasilla-Fishhook Road, Wasilla, in the fellowship hall.
Homespun Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Butte Elementary, S4006 Butte Road, Palmer. A gathering of vendors with hand crafted Christmas items, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, blankets, clothes, food, hats, mittens, scarves, toys, household items. Santa is on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and reindeer and a sleigh are on hand from noon to 2 p.m.
Pioneer Peak Elementary Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., N1959 Trunk Road, Palmer. Vendors welcome! To find out more, call Tandi at (907) 229-8227, or email
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