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Troopers seeking leads in Wasilla burglary: Alaska State Troopers are seeking information on a burglary and theft that was reported in Wasilla on Thursday in which a family safe was targeted.
Palmer man to get another day in court: A Palmer man who filed suit in 2009  for damages for injuries he suffered while an inmate at the Spring Creek Correctional Facility in Seward will get another day in court after the Alaska State Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling Friday.
Wasilla public hearings set: The following items are scheduled for public hearing at the Wasilla Regular City Council Meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 28, in city council chambers, E290 Herning Avenue.
Denali Park Road to open to Mile 30: Continued warm weather has aided Denali Park’s spring road opening crew in removing the ice layer that formed on the park road during the January thaw. The park road will be open for travel by park visitors to Mile 30, the Teklanika Rest Area, at 8 a.m. Friday, April 18.
Constantine to begin exploration: Constantine Metal Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce the Company has been awarded the right to lease a 99,257 acre package of land, the "Haines Block," for mineral exploration and development.
Earthquake rattles the Mat-Su: An earthquake measuring 5.06 rattled folks in the Mat-Su shortly after noon today, with people saying the tremors seemed different than those recently felt, lasting a longer duration and making more than a few folks a bit queasy.
Search for missing Wasilla soldier ends sadly: The body of Army specialist Christopher Dombroski, 20, Wasilla, was found Tuesday morning in Washington State's Capitol State Forest near Tumwater, where'd he'd gone hiking on Sunday.
Wasilla approves 'spice' ban: By a vote of 5-1, the Wasilla City Council on Monday approved an ordinance banning the possession and sale of illicit synthetic drugs such as spice and bath salts within the city. Councilman Brandon Wall cast the sole "no" vote, saying the law as written was too broad.
Palmer police blotter
Motorcyclist flown to Providence after crash: A 40-year-old Wasilla man was flown to Providence Hospital in Anchorage Monday after missing a turn and hitting an SUV head-on on Pittman Road in Wasilla.
Ricochet hits man in foot: A Wasilla teen shooting a .22 at an early morning bonfire drove himself to the hospital Sunday after a bullet apparently ricocheted and hit him in the foot.
'Stinky lettuce' costs man his house: On April 3, 2014, an Anchorage jury convicted Loren Kent Dodds, 48, Palmer, of one count of manufacturing marijuana. The jury also returned a verdict forfeiting Dodds' residence to the government because it was used to facilitate his marijuana growing operation.
Felony drunk leads troopers on chase: Another routine stop turned into a chase late Sunday night and ended with a second arrest for felony DUI, among other charges, for a Wasilla man.
Desperately seeking Haddy: Haddy is a female Rottweiler who went missing from her home on Lucille recently, and her family is scouring the area trying desperately to find her, and they're even offering a reward for information that will bring their baby back home.
In Palmer Courts: criminal charges filed
Wasilla teen arrested for child porn: A 16-year-old Wasilla youth, whose name is being withheld due to age, was taken into custody Thursday after being charged with distributing child pornography via social media.
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Letters & Opinions
Daniel Repasky: We, the Citizens of Alaska, by initiative have made the effort to see a modest minimum wage increase placed on the ballot for voters to decide in election. We believe it that important.
The Citizen Lobbyist: What is it? Campaign boiler room or a borough government that serves the interests of its citizens? Assembly Ordinance 14-050 comes before the Assembly this Tuesday, April 1, for public hearing followed by Assembly action to approve or deny.
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Sports & Outdoors
Newman's Hilltop Coed Softball Team is looking for women players. They play on Monday nights at Bumpus Fields in Wasilla. Player fees are $70 each. For more information contact Gord Boeve at (907) 495-0744 or email gntboeve@Hotmail.com.
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Obituaries
Stephen James Wade was born on September 11, 1968, in Oakland, California. He passed away on April 4, 2014, in his childhood home in Alameda surrounded by family and close friends. A resident of Palmer, he had recently returned to the bay area to undergo advanced treatment for cancer.
Barbara Ellen Potter, 73, of Wasilla, died on April 12, 2014, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. A celebration of life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Moose Lodge #793, 110 South Cobb, Palmer.
Wythle J. Gershmel, 73, died of terminal cancer on January 11, 2014, at home in Wasilla surrounded by family. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Christian Science Church, Mile 46, Parks Highway on Lamont Way.
Martin James Hanna passed away at his home on April 10, 2014. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 21, at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Palmer, with graveside rites at Wasilla-Aurora Cemetery in Wasilla.
Lee Stahl passed away March 10, 2014, at Washington Memorial Hospital in Seattle after a long, hard battle with illness. A celebration of Life is planned at 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Palmer Moose Lodge. Come and join us for a potluck, music and stories. A celebration in his honor also is planned at the Palmer Elks Lodge at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26.
Ronald "Frenchman" Elwood Fellman, 79, passed away from heart disease at Mat-Su Regional Hospital March 26, 2014. A Celebration of Life potluck will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Boot Hill Auto Salvage in the Butte.
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Social News
Welcome, Astrid! Matt and Jill (Driver) Stevie of Palmer are happy to announce the birth of their second child, Astrid Lindsey Stevie, on February 6, 2014.
Picou wins regional History Bee: Tanaina Elementary student Will Picou is the elementary winner in the 2014 Regional History Bee in Seattle over spring break. He will next compete at the National History Bee in Atlanta in June.
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Events
Sunday, April 20
"Coreyfest," a celebration of the life of Corey Newell, will begin at 2 p.m. at his mother Debra Davis's home, E8909 Mint Circle, Palmer. Come celebrate Corey's life with family and friends. Dress warm and bring your own chairs. Big bonfire and potluck. There will also be an Easter Egg hunt, so bring the kids.
Palmer Elk's Easter Brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., N2600 Barry's Resort Drive, Wasilla. Easter Egg Hunt and Kid's Party from 2 to 4 p.m. To find out more, call (907) 745-3950 or visit www.palmerelks.org.
Houston Fire Department Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt, 3:30 p.m. at the fire station by Houston City Hall. Free barbecue and potluck to follow, and all are welcome!
Thursday, April 24
 The City of Palmer invites all members of the community to attend the 2014 Project Fair, to be held in the expanded MTA Events Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be offered. You may submit your nomination for the fair by clicking on the link.
Saturday & Sunday, April 26-27
The 2014 Gun and Outdoor Show to benefit Houston High School, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Big Lake Lions Rec Center. To find out more, see the flier under events or call David Porter, (907) 355-1073.
Saturday, May 3 
The Valley Artists Guild Spring Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Best Western Lake Lucille Inn, W1300Lake Lucille Drive, Wasilla. All items handmade in Alaska by Alaska artists and crafters. Admission is free! To find out more, call Jana at (907) 315-2840 or email cheatham.jana@gmail.com.
Sunday, May 4 
The Valley Artists Guild Spring Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Lake Lucille Inn, W1300Lake Lucille Drive, Wasilla. All items handmade in Alaska by Alaska artists and crafters. Admission is free! To find out more, call Jana at (907) 315-2840 or email cheatham.jana@gmail.com.  
Monday, May 5
Joint Borough Assembly/School Board Committee meeting on school issues, noon, assembly chambers, E350 Dahlia Avenue, Palmer.
Saturday, May 10
Mayor's Charity Ball, 8 to 11 p.m., Raven Hall at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer. Pre-dance swing lessons, live swing band, silent auction. Fancy dress. Tickets are $50 per person, proceeds benefit the Mat-Su Valley Food Pantries.
Tuesday, May 20
Mat-Su Borough regular assembly meeting, 6 p.m., assembly chambers, E350 Dahlia Avenue, Palmer.
Saturday, May 31
Walk 'N Roll with your pet! Starts at 10 a.m. on the new Trunk Road bike path at the South Trunk Road commuter lot in Palmer. A 5k run walk for both pets and people, food, vendors and fun. For an event flyer, click here. To find out more, call (907) 746-5500.
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