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Alaska Guardsmen return from Guantanamo Bay deployment: Approximately 50 Soldiers with the Alaska Army National Guard’s 761st Military Police Battalion returned home to various parts of Alaska August 30, after a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Guardsmen deployed last November to Guantanamo Bay in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Joint Detention Group.
In Palmer Courts; criminal charges filed
Goose is loose! Goose went out last night from her home on Foothills up KGB in Wasilla and has yet to return. She's a black German shepherd mix with a white chest, wearing a green collar, and she is famously friendly. Her family has been looking, but so far no luck, and they're hoping someone will see her and call.
While in town for the State Fair, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell stopped in at Humdinger's Gourmet Pizza Co., S173 Valley Way, Palmer. "Sandy and I had a great pizza and Greek salad in Palmer at Humdinger's," Parnell said. "Great to see the owner's handiwork and artistry in the place, the wood fired pizza oven was roaring, and staff in the kitchen were singing to great tunes. Good times, good eats, check it out!"
REDDI report gets kids out of bad ride: A Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately call Saturday evening got an intoxicated driver off the road and seven small children out of a bad situation.
Man jailed for brief lapse of good sense: Just a heads up for those who might not know; if an Alaska State Trooper serves you with a domestic violence protective order, don't violate it while the trooper is still standing there ... they tend to frown on that sort of behavior. A Wasilla man learned that lesson the hard way Saturday afternoon.
Fake badge lands man in the pokey: It might not rank among the stupidest of crimes, but flashing a fake badge at motorists to get them to move so you can drive like an idiot is pretty dumb. According to Alaska State Troopers, that's what an Anchorage man was doing Saturday morning on the Old Glenn Highway.
Alaska State Trooper highlights, 8/30
New wing commander comes back to Alaska: "The 3rd Wing is a certain thing in an uncertain world," Air Force Colonel Charles Corcoran said on a gray and rainy morning at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Corcoran assumed command of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's 3rd Wing, the largest unit in the 11th Air Force, in a ceremony at Hangar 1 on Monday, August 26.
Four hurt in PWH crash: Four people suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle rear end collision on the Palmer Wasilla Highway at Trunk Road. A second, non-injury collision in the vicinity contributed to the second crash and slowed ambulances responding to those injured.
Alaska State Trooper highlights, 8/29
Alaska State Trooper highlights, 8/28
Man dies after fall into Little Susitna: Despite quick action by Mat-Su Water Rescue and the best efforts of paramedics, an Anchorage man died early this morning after getting lost and falling in the Little Susitna River late Thursday.
Palmer man accused of credit card fraud: A 25-year-old Palmer man with a string of minor offenses and misdemeanors under his belt is facing much more serious charges after an investigation by the Alaska State Troopers Criminal Suppression unit culminated in his arrest Thursday.
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Letters & Opinions
AACOP: A recent crime rate report released by the Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program states that in the first six months of 2014, overall crime in Denver has increased nearly seven percent compared to last year. This rise in crime coincides with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado.
Dr. Laura Finley: Since the first shelter for domestic violence victims was opened in 1973 in St. Paul, Minnesota, countless women and children (and a few men) have benefitted from the chance to flee abusers to a safe location. It is important to recognize the four decades of assistance that has been provided by these shelters, yet at the same time, I wonder if perhaps time has come to move away from that model of service for domestic violence.
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Sports & Outdoors
Good news for goose hunters: Alaska goose hunters will be allowed larger bag limits this season, depending upon where in the state they hunt and what goose species they pursue, thanks to changes in the 2014-2015 migratory bird hunting regulations.
State opposes federal bear hunt closure: State of Alaska officials delivered comments at a public hearing Wednesday evening strongly opposing the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to close the fall 2014 and spring 2015 brown bear hunting season on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
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Lynne M. Peterson, 55, went to sleep peacefully at home August 25, 2014, holding her husband's hand. Lynne had been battling ovarian cancer for seven years. Lynne's memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 6, at the Jehovah's Witnesses Wasilla Kingdom Hall, E900 Northstar Circle, Wasilla.
Douglas K. Peterson, 70, died August 27, 2014. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 5, at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel of Wasilla. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 6, at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel.
Ross Carl Piper, 81, passed away on August 22, 2014, at his home in Palmer. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 6, at Kehl's Palmer Mortuary, S209 S. Alaska Street, Palmer. A Celebration of Life will be held after the memorial service at his homestead in Palmer.
John Victor Schreiber, 98, passed away March 22, 2014, in Bellingham, Washington. He had moved from Palmer to be closer to his family. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 6, at the United Protestant Presbyterian Church, S713 Denali Street, Palmer.
Tommy Vernon Reeves Jr., January 5, 1930 ~ August 10, 2014
Michael Wind, May 26, 1958 ~ August 25, 2014
Marvin "Peewee" Jess Rankin II, age 53, passed on August 25, 2014 from illness, at Matsu Regional Hospital with his loving family surrounding him. A Celebration of Life in honor of Marvin will be held 2 p.m. Monday, September 1, at Alaska's Little Susitna Camp Ground, mile 57.3 of the Parks Highway in Houston. A Last Call Out will be held at 2:30 p.m., presented by Mat-Su Borough EMS in honor of his years of service.
Margaret A. Little, alias Punky, Marge or Ding Ding, passed away July 11, 2014, in Sun City, Arizona. Per her wishes, no services will be held. However, there will be a surprise 80th birthday party from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, at her sister Sally's home at S1600 Inner Springer Loop, Palmer.
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Social News
Partlow joins NSCS: Colony High School graduate Rebecca Partlow was recently inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars while studying at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. Rebecca is the daughter of Jenny Dale and Paul Ferland and Ron and Michelle Partlow, all of Wasilla.
Nunez named Wasilla Wells Fargo manager: Wells Fargo has named Rafael Nunez as the Wasilla Main Store manager. Nunez joined Wells Fargo in July 2011 as an Alaska management trainee. Upon completion of the training program, he served as a personal banker in Homer. Most recently, Nunez served customers in Southeast Alaska as Wrangell store manager.
Licht appointed to state advisory board: Set Free Alaska congratulates Executive Director Philip Licht for his appointment to the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse! Governor Sean Parnell appointed Licht Thursday and reappointed Dr. Enlow Walker and James Duncan to the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
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Sunday, August 31
KTNA Public Radio's 19th annual Art Auction, 4 p.m., Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, Talkeetna. Wine and cheese reception, live music from 4 to 5 p.m. Admission $15, members $10; memberships available at the door.
Wednesday, September 3
Russ Solo, 9 p.m., Fairview Inn, 101 Main Street, Talkeetna.
Friday, September 5
High School Football: Palmer at Kenai Central, 6 p.m.; Wasilla at West Valley, 7 p.m.
"Anastasia," Valley Performing Arts, W251 Swanson, Wasilla. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through September 28. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.  For tickets or to find out more, call (907) 373-0195.
Kayti & the Alter Boys, Fairview Inn, 101 Main Street, Talkeetna.
Saturday, September 6
High School Football: Colony High School hosts Kodiak, 2 p.m.
Full Tilt, 9 p.m., Fairview Inn, 101 Main Street, Talkeetna.
Monday, September 8
Willow Area Community Organization meeting, 7 p.m., Willow Community Center.
Tuesday, September 9
Books for the September meeting of the Discussion Junction Family Book Discussion Group, a book discussion group aimed at children ages 6-11 and their parents, are available now at the Wasilla Library! Pick up a copy of the book at the library, read it together, and return to the library for lively discussions and lots of fun! Family discussion of "Ramona's World" by Beverly Cleary is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 9!
Wednesday, September 10
High School Football: Houston at Sitka, 3 p.m.
Chicken Liquor Square Dance, 9 p.m., Fairview Inn, 101 Main Street, Talkeetna.
Friday, September 12
High School Football: Colony High School at Lathrop, 7 p.m.; Palmer hosts West Valley, 7 p.m.; Wasilla at Kenai Central, 6 p.m.
Sixth annual Last Ball of the Season Golf Tournament, 11:45 a.m. check in, Settlers Bay Golf Course, Wasilla. $125 entry fee, lunch included. For registration form and details, click here.
Mat-Su CVB Borough Assembly Candidates Forum, noon, Evangelo's, E2530 Parks Highway, Wasilla. Admi9ssion free, lunch is $15. To RSVP, call Justin at (907) 746-5032 or email
Terrible Buttons, 9 p.m., Fairview Inn, 101 Main Street, Talkeetna.
Saturday, September 13
High School Football: Houston at Thunder Mountain, noon.
Family fundraiser to help the families of Tabitha and Trigger, 5 to 11 p.m., Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, Talkeetna. Six live bands! Bring hugs, cash, and a dish to share!
Lulu! 9 p.m., Fairview Inn, 101 Main Street, Talkeetna.
Wednesday, September 17
Palmer Historical Society presents “Rock Hounding in the Valley” by Gary Durocher, 7 p.m., Palmer Public Library.
Learn tools, tips and suggestions for successful rock collecting ventures in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The public is always welcome to attend!
Thursday, September 18
Quilts of Valor Quilting Bee, September 18-25, VFW Post 9365, E301 Lake View Avenue, Wasilla. Come quilt and sew to cover our service members and combat veterans with Quilts of Valor! Contact state coordinator Linda Kau at for more information.
The Quick & Easy Boys, 9 p.m., Fairview Inn, 101 Main Street, Talkeetna.
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