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Busy road work season ahead: The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities anticipates a significant construction program for Southcentral Alaska in 2015 with infrastructure investment of over $330 million. The department is asking for the public’s patience this summer as construction crews complete improvements during Alaska’s very short construction window. 
Denali Harley kicking off riding season with party: Denali Harley-Davidson in Wasilla is celebrating the Start of Riding Season from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, and invites the public to join the party! Denali Harley-Davidson is a full service Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership as well as a hub for motorcycle culture in the Matsu Valley. 
Alaska State Trooper highlights 5/1 
Murder/suicide suspected in Talkeetna shooting: The man found alive after a shooting was reported at a Montana Creek home April 18 died in the hospital Wednesday night, and troopers now believe he shot and killed Andre Lafrance, shot himself and then called 911.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 4/30
In Palmer Courts; criminal cases disposed
Troopers warn of phone scam: Alaska State Troopers are warning Mat-Su residents of a phone scam underway that's sucked in several victims and stripped them of over $1,000 so far. In the scam, the caller asks to borrow money, promising  quick payback.
Talkeetna couple rescued after ATV gets stuck: A Talkeetna couple are home safe courtesy of the Alaska State Trooper's Helo 3 after getting their ATV stuck in a swamp Monday near Oil Well Road in Petersville.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 4/29
Alaska State Trooper highlights 4/28
Short-shorts prove boyfriend's undoing: A woman walking down the Parks Highway Sunday morning in Wasilla attracted some unwanted attention as she was wearing shorts so short they were mistaken for panties, and the attention landed her "boyfriend" in Mat-Su Pretrial.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 4/27
Palmer police blotter
In Palmer Courts; criminal charges filed
Alaska State Trooper highlights 4/26
Alaska State Trooper highlights 4/25
Red flag warning this afternoon: The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from Talkeetna south, in effect from 2 to 10 p.m. today. Humidity levels are expected to drop to around 15-percent, temperatures to climb into the mid to upper 50s and light northerly winds blow steady at five to 10 miles per hour, creating dry conditions conducive to the spread of wildfire. Update: The red flag warning has been extended from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins opened at Palmer High School this week and I had the privilege to view a preview of it. Growing up a Disney kid, Mary Poppins was one of the rare Disney movies I had not seen. A review by Grant Kniefel.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 4/24
Man leads troopers on chase in motorhome: A 49-year-old Wasilla man with a felony warrant out for his arrest didn't let the type vehicle he was driving dissuade him from leading a merry chase this morning, using the 2014 Coachman Motorhome as a battering ram at one point in a failed attempt to get away.
Red flag warning issued: The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for high fire danger in the Matanuska Valley, in effect from noon to 10 p.m. today.
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Letters & Opinions
John Suter: Kudos to the legislature for working on a bill to bring us taxes. I agree with the legislature’s motto of, “Ask not what the oil companies can do for you, but what you can do for the oil companies.”
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Sports & Outdoors
Find Denali for National Parks Week: “Find Your Park” is the theme for this year’s celebration of National Park Week, which is taking place April 18–26. It is a celebration of the upcoming centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and sets the stage for the agency’s second century of service.
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Obituaries
Janet Ethel (Barrows) Stotts, 59, beloved director of the Alaska Children’s Choir, passed away at home in Wasilla on Sunday afternoon, April 26. There will be a celebration of life gathering on Monday, May 4, at the family home in Adams, Minnesota, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Sonja Cleone Powers, 77, passed peacefully into the tender embrace of our Lord on April 28, 2015. She was at her Wasilla home with family by her side. At her request, a Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla.
David DeVries, 70, passed away on April 22, 2015, at Prestige Care in Anchorage. The memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at United Protestant Presbyterian Church of Palmer.
Doris Elizabeth McBride, July 19, 1928 ~ April 21, 2015
Eugene McCreesh, age 60 of Palmer, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on April 16, 2015. There will be a celebration of life at the home of Kevin and Deborah Keefe at N8700 Discretion Court in Palmer at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2. A potluck will be held afterwards.
Robert "Bob" Anderson passed away suddenly and very unexpectedly at his home in Bellingham, Washington, on April 15, 2015. A memorial service will be held to honor his life at the Bellwether Hotel, Admiral Room at One Bellwether Way in Bellingham, Washington, at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3.
Robert E. Marshall, “Bob,” 79, went to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, March 12, 2015. A celebration of Bob’s life is at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Wasilla Bible Church, W1651 Nicola Avenue, Wasilla, with the Rev. Mike Schwartz officiating, with a reception following.
Jean Paton Bates, 76, passed away peacefully in her home in Palmer on the afternoon of April 15, 2015, surrounded by family. Jean's family will be hosting a Celebration of Life and Potluck for friends and family at the Bates' residence, 1187 Vroman Drive in Palmer, at noon Sunday, May 3.
Jerry L. Burns, 68, passed away at home on March 6, 2015, following a five-year battle with cancer. Military interment of ashes will be at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at noon on May 15. Commencing at 5 p.m., there will be a VFW ceremony and a Celebration of Life and potluck at the Alpine Inn in Sutton at Mile 61 of the Glenn Highway.
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Social News
Virginia Boy Scout Awarded Medal of Merit: A Virginia Boy Scout who was in the right place at the right time on a fishing trip to Alaska last summer was awarded the Medal of Merit by the Boy Scouts of America April 18 during a camping trip at the Fairfax, Virginia, Rod & Gun Club.
General O'Brien bids farewell: Brigadier General Timothy O’Brien retired after 31 years of National Guard service during a ceremony held at Kulis Theater on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson April 20.
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Events
Friday-Sunday, May 1-3
FRIENDS Book Sale, Palmer Public Library, S655 Valley Way, Palmer. Runs through Sunday, May 3.
Monday, May 4
Joint Assembly/School Board Committee on School Issues meeting, noon, Mat-Su Borough School District Administration Building.
Mat-Su Borough Assembly FY 2016 Budget Workshop, 4 p.m., Central Mat-Su Station 6-1.
Mat-Su Borough Assembly special meeting, budget public hearing, 6 p.m., Central Mat-Su Station 6-1.
Talkeetna Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Talkeetna Elementary library.
Willow Area Community Organization meeting, 7 p.m., Willow Community Center.
Mat-Su Master Gardeners meeting, 7 p.m., downstairs M.T.A. Building. Discussion will include the May Plant Sale, and anyone interested in gardening is welcome! For more information contact Rhonda at 746-2948.
Tuesday, May 5
Borough Assembly regular meeting, 6 p.m., assembly chambers.
Wednesday, May 6
Knik-Fairview Community Council general meeting, 7 p.m., Knik Public Safety Building Station 6-2.
Thursday, May 7
Mat-Su Borough Assembly special meeting, budget public hearing, 6 p.m., Willow Community Center.
Fishhook Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Government Peak Chalet.
Susitna Community Council meeting, 76 p.m., Upper Susitna Seniors Center.
Monday, May 11
Mat-Su Borough Assembly special meeting, budget deliberations, 6 p.m., assembly chambers.
Tuesday, May 12
Mat-Su Borough Assembly special meeting, budget deliberations and possible adoption, 6 p.m., assembly chambers.
Big Lake Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Big Lake Lions Recreational Center.
Wednesday, May 13
Butte Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Butte Community Center.
Chickaloon Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Chickaloon Community Center.
Thursday, May 14
Meadow Lakes Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Meadow Lakes Elementary gym.
Friday-Sunday, May 15-17
Northwest Cannabis Classic, Dena’ina Center, W600 7th Avenue, Anchorage. Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., businesses only, Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Over 45,000 square feet of vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations, and more. To find out more, visit www.nwcannabisclassic.com, call (907) 331-0506 or email info@nwcannabisclassic.com.
Monday, May 18
Mat-Su Borough Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., assembly chambers.
FRIENDS Meeting, 7 p.m., Palmer Public Library, S655 Valley Way, Palmer.
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