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Meadow Lakes SpUD hearing on hold: Based on community feedback and administrative direction, the Draft Meadow Lakes Special Use District (SpUD) is being temporarily pulled from the Mat-Su Borough Planning Commission agenda and will undergo additional public notification.
JBER officers trek the Himalayas: Two Army officers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, recently became the latest ambassadors to a partner nation. The mission was to train with partnering nations and joint forces on mountain warfare operations in the Himalaya mountain range in Nepal.
Troopers seek info in felony eluding: Alaska State Troopers are seeking information from anyone who may have seen or have information on a routine traffic stop that turned into a high speed chase, leaving one trooper injured and a suspect, identified but not being named facing multiple charges, including attempted murder.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 10/22
In Palmer Courts; criminal cases disposed
Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue two near Lake George: Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued two men Monday at a strip near Lake George. They landed their Cessna 180 Sunday and became stuck due to soft mud from recent rain.
Parnell meets with AKNG troops: Alaska Governor Sean Parnell spoke with approximately 350 members of the Alaska National Guard during a town-hall meeting at the AKNG Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Sunday. Parnell requested the meeting with Guard members as a platform to have an open discussion about current changes happening within the AKNG.
State asserts ownership of ANWR lands, awards leases: Following a thorough review of the western boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Division of Oil and Gas on Tuesday awarded two Beaufort Sea leases pending since 2011 and published tract maps for the November 19 North Slope and Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sales that accurately reflect the boundary.
Begich impressed by Providence's Ebola preparedness: U.S. Senator Mark Begich toured Providence Hospital in Anchorage on Monday in an effort to ensure the Alaska health care community is prepared to respond and contain Ebola in a worst-case scenario that the deadly disease emerges in Alaska.
Alaska State Trooper highlights, 10/21
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.
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Letters & Opinions
Kaylie Klaysmat: With Halloween coming on and the November election just days away, it is a good time to consider the dangers that will be presented by marijuana edibles should Ballot Measure 2 succeed. Today, marijuana edibles have come a long way from the homemade brownies of the 1960s.
Linda Sharp: Young's Congressional staff are pedaling fast to cover for him. He is either way too pompous and self-righteous, or slipping mentally. The effect is the same. He should be out of office.
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.
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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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Jeremiah Joseph Doyle Parret, 16, Wasilla, passed away October 16, 2014. Jeremiah's Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 501 Bogard Road, Wasilla.
Ted Robert Poland died suddenly and unexpectedly at home in Wasilla on October 5, 2014. Services are open to all who would like to pay their respects and say their final goodbyes. The services are being held October 24, at the Wasilla Chapel, W1201 Parks Highway, Wasilla, officiated by Pastor Robert Hicks. Viewing is at 1 p.m., service is at 2 p.m., and burial will be at Wasilla Aurora Cemetery at 3 p.m.
Scott Alan Arbelovsky, 55, a kind man who loved family above all else, passed away October 17, 2014, in Wasilla from a heart attack. He had recently celebrated his 55th birthday. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 26, at the Kenai Senior Center, 361 Senior Court, Kenai.
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.
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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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.
Sunday, October 26
Sundays at 2 ... at 4: The Friends of the Palmer Library typically host Sundays at 2 at 2 p.m. Sundays, but for one day only, Sundays at 2 will take place at 4 p.m. at the Palmer Depot with a presentation by the Mat-Su Orchestra.
Tuesday, October 28
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.
Big Lake Road Intersection Improvements Open House, 6 to 8 p.m., Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 14225 Kluane Drive, Big Lake. The design of intersection improvements at Big Lake Road and North Shore Drive and Big Lake Road/Hollywood/Big Lake Lodge Road are underway, and the borough would like to hear what you think! All are welcome. To find out more, call (907) 861-7719.
Mat-Su Borough Assembly special meeting Re: Resolution 14-073 State Legislative Priorities 3 p.m.; Joint Assembly/Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., Assembly Chambers, E350 Dahlia Avenue, Palmer.
Wednesday, October 29
Swanson Carnival, 6 to 8 p.m., N507 Gulkana, Palmer. A warm, safe and fun place for small children to trick or treat!
Sutton Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Sutton Public Library.
Thursday, October 30
Three to Five year old Story Time, 11 a.m., Palmer Public Library, S655 Valley Way, Palmer.
Fishhook Community Council annual meeting, 7 p.m., Government Peak Chalet .
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