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Borough budget adopted: On Wednesday night the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly adopted the budget for next fiscal year including in it new positions for responders, roads, and the landfill, as well as an increase in funding to schools, all while facing declining revenues and a growing demand for services.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 5/20-21
Two arrested in drug sting: Members of the Mat-Su Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit teamed up with the Anchorage Special Crimes Investigation Unit and the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team and concluded an investigation Monday with two arrests, including the arrest of a California man suspected of supplying heroin to the Mat-Su.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 5/19
Wasilla woman injured after Fairbanks crash: A Wasilla woman suffered serious injury early Saturday morning after the driver of the car she was a passenger in fell asleep at the wheel on the Parks Highway near Fairbanks.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 5/18
Sister City celebration set for July: July 2015 will mark the 35th Anniversary of the Sister City Program between the City of Saroma on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, and the City of Palmer, Alaska.
Morning quake shakes region: The Alaska Earthquake Center located a light earthquake that occurred at a.m. today in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 and was located at a depth of about 14 miles (22 km). The magnitude and location may change slightly as additional data are received and processed.
Palmer police blotter
Alaska State Trooper highlights 5/15-17
Click It or Ticket starts Monday: Buckle up, Mat-Su - between May 18 and May 31 Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will participate in the annual national Click It or Ticket (CIOT) enforcement campaign. Troopers will conduct extra patrols dedicated to occupant protection, focusing on drivers not wearing seatbelts and other vehicle occupants not properly secured in a seat belt or car seat, as well as other poor driving behaviors.
Oregon man dies in Glenn head-on: A 79-year-old Oregon man died Saturday afternoon in a head-on collision near Mile 37 on the Glenn Highway involving three vehicles.
Denali Highway now open: The Denali Highway is now open from Cantwell, on the Parks Highway, to Paxson, on the Richardson Highway.
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Letters & Opinions
John Suter: In order to expand Medicaid the legislature wants compromise and to cut cost on the program. A way this can be done is to give the people who would receive expanded Medicaid a witch doctor instead of a medical doctor.
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Obituaries
Don L. McGee, 90, passed on May 15, 2015, while staying at Mat-Su Regional Hospital, of natural causes. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Kings Chapel, N1701 Lucille Street, Wasilla.
Toril Bilet, November 18, 1949 ~ May 15, 2015
Carl Floyd McDearmon Jr., 57, of Wasilla died, April 19, 2015, in a tragic single car accident. Pastor Mike Schwartz will officiate at a memorial service of remembrance at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Wasilla Bible Church, W1651 Nicola Avenue, Wasilla.
Elisabeth Hess Dunham went to be with our Lord at 7 p.m. May 3, 2015, at her home in Wasilla, just eleven days short of her 88th birthday. A Memorial Service for Elisabeth will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Faith Bible Fellowship Church at 14225 Kluane Drive, Big Lake.
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Social News
MSHF awards 75 scholarships: The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) recently awarded $294,728 in scholarships to 75 local students pursuing careers in health and wellness. Some of the recipients are students just finishing high school and entering college for the first time; others are partway through their college careers, and still others are pursuing vocational training in health-related fields.
Wickham wins CTSO scholarship: Congratulations to Kristina Wickham, the winner of Mat-Su College’s 2015-16 CTSO Scholarship. This scholarship awards one full 2015-16 academic year tuition waiver, 15 credits each semester, to an Alaska high school senior who holds membership in one of the Career & Technical Student Organizations.
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Events
Saturday, May 23
Mat-Su Master Gardeners Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palmer pavilion across from the Visitor's Center. Bedding plants, flowers, vegetables, annuals, perennials and much more to chose from! For more information call Rhonda at 746-2948.
CHILL (College and High school Interactive Learning at the Library). Registration Required. Palmer Public Library, S655 Valley Way, Palmer.
Tuesday, May 26
Mat-Su Borough Assembly regular meeting, 6 p.m., assembly chambers.
Wednesday, May 27
Sutton Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Sutton Public Library.
Thursday, May 28
Glacier View Community Council meeting, 6 p.m., Glacier View School.
North Lakes Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Boys & Girls Club.
Monday, June 1
Summer Reading Program begins at the Palmer Public Library, S655 Valley Way, Palmer. For more information, please call the Palmer Public Library at 745-4690.
Alaska LNG Talkeetna Community meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Upper Susitna Community Center, 16463 Helena Avenue, Talkeetna.
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