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SB21 appears to stand: With 98.64 percent of the state votes counted at 3 a.m., it appears that oil taxes will stay as they are, with 52.22 percent of voters casting a "no" vote on Measure 1 to retain SB21; 79,980 to 73,184 voting "yes" to overturn it.
No votes still lead in Measure 1 Race, but too close to call: With 74.38 percent of the vote counted just after midnight, no votes continue to lead on Measure 1, 51.85 to 48.15 percent.
One hour later, 'No' votes take lead on Measure 1: Just over half the statewide ballots are counted as of 11 p.m., with 245 precincts, or 55.56 percent, and Measure 1 is going to go down to the wire. No votes have taken the lead by lead by 2,066 votes; for a margin of 50.98 percent.
In early polling, Measure 1 neck and neck: As of 10 p.m., 111 of Alaska's 441 precincts are reporting and by far the closest race as yet is for Measure #1; with 50.73 yes votes to 49.27 no votes, a separation of just 686 votes with 47,244 votes counted.
Copper thieves hit new high school: Sometime between Friday night and Monday morning, copper thieves paid a visit to the construction site near mile 10 on the KGB where the new Joe Redington Senior High School is being built and stole about $1,000 worth of the Alaska taxpayers' copper.
Semi hits bus; Parks Highway closed for hours: A Princess tour bus carrying 44 people was rear-ended by a semi while stopped at a railroad crossing on the Parks Highway this afternoon, sending more than a dozen people to local hospitals, prompting a major incident response and closing the highway for about three hours. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life threatening.
In Palmer Courts; criminal cases disposed
In Palmer Courts; criminal charges filed
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Wasilla pilot walks away from Healy crash: A Wasilla pilot was rescued from a landing strip on St. George Creek near Healy Saturday after the landing gear on the experimental aircraft he was flying failed.
Wrong place, wrong time: Alaska State Troopers were in the Holly Way neighborhood in Wasilla Friday evening checking into reports of drug activity in the area. The reports were confirmed when they came upon two women in a van allegedly puffing away on a crack pipe.
If you steal a rig, check the fuel gauge: An Anchorage man is a guest at Mat-Su Pretrial after two people watched him walk, gas can in hand, to a Wasilla gas station Saturday morning. Not only was the vehicle he walked away from stolen and bearing the wrong license plates, he was also wanted for escaping from jail.
Houston rings in an amazing 48! You plan for a birthday party, attend the myriad details. Then; when there's nothing else that can be done, you worry. Will it all come together? Will anyone show up? For organizers of tonight's party celebrating Houston, Alaska's 48th birthday with a Founder's Day Celebration, the answer to both questions was a resounding "YES!"
Wasilla woman jailed for credit card theft: A 27-year-old Wasilla woman is facing 10 felony charges after allegedly stealing credit cards from a Sundance Drive home and putting the cards to use.
Nice collection of caps you have there ... Somebody now has a cool new collection of fire hydrant nozzle caps, and Alaska State Troopers are just waiting for whoever stole them to either show them off or realize that a collection, no matter how cool, consisting of the public's property is one that is likely best not shown off and not so easily sold.
Where to vote Tuesday: Polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday throughout the Mat-Su Borough for the primary election, and in a borough as big as this, it takes a lot of polling locations and a lot of people to run them. Here is a list of precincts and polling sites Valley residents will visit August 19.
Houston man points shotgun at motorists: Several drivers on the Parks Highway in Houston were treated to a sight they hadn't expected Friday evening, but the old fart with the shotgun went back in his house, where Alaska State Troopers paid a visit a little while later.
Significant MEA rate increases predicted: The Matanuska Electric Board of Directors voted on August 11 to authorize an increase of 2.19 percent in base rates effective fourth quarter of 2014. The average MEA member using just over 700 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month can expect to see a total monthly increase of about $1.70 as a result of the base rate adjustment. But bigger jumps are likely on the way.
Over the counter Alaska land sale begins: The State of Alaska is offering 171 parcels covering over 1,700 acres statewide for sale to the public in the Initial Over-the-Counter (IOTC) land sale. Alaska residents and non-residents alike can see details and apply to purchase parcels at or at DNR Public Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks and the Juneau Public Land Counter.
Coast Guard rescues pleasure craft: A Coast Guard Auxiliarist and Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island crewmembers rescued mariners aboard a disabled vessel 20 miles southwest of Homer Friday morning.
Red Flag roars over Alaska: Although the way wars are fought has changed dramatically over the years, and fighter aircraft are not always used as much as they once were, Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh has stressed that training opportunities such as Red Flag-Alaska will be integral to the development of the force moving forward. By Air Force Staff Sergeant Blake Mize
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Letters & Opinions
Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police: In past weeks marijuana legalization proponents have blithely told the public that while Alaska already has the highest use of marijuana in the country there “is no problem” on the roads because of it. We call that whistling in the graveyard.
David Swanson: Peace and justice organizations in St. Louis, Missouri, and across the country are calling for collective action this Saturday, August 16, at 1 p.m. They are proposing “nationwide solidarity actions in support of justice for Mike Brown and the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere.”
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Sports & Outdoors
NPS seeks comment on Denali trails: The National Park Service intends to evaluate the impacts of making improvements to one or more informal, or social, trails in the vicinity of the Eielson Visitor Center (Mile 66) and Eielson Bluffs.
Coho possession limit increases: The bag and possession limit for coho (silver) salmon 16 inches or greater in length is increased from two to three fish per day and in possession in those waters of Fish Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Wasilla Creek open to salmon fishing. Mondays are also added to these weekend-only fisheries, allowing fishing to occur on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.
Don't keep sockeye taken on Larson Creek: Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 9, the retention of sockeye salmon in the Larson Creek drainage and within a one-quarter mile radius of its confluence with the Talkeetna River is prohibited. Sockeye salmon may not be retained or possessed and must be released immediately if caught.
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Robert John Adkins, 77, from Big Lake and Goodyear, Arizona, passed away after a lengthy illness on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage surrounded by family and friends. A funeral mass will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church at 5 p.m. Friday, August 22, followed by a banquet at the church. A Celebration of Life will be held at Big Lake on Saturday, August 23, from noon to 6 p.m.
Chris Cyphers of Big Lake passed away on August 10, 2014, in an aviation accident. A service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, with a public visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, E440 Klatt Road, Anchorage.
Larry Dean Cole, 58, died July 1, 2014 in Ketchikan. A celebration of Larry's life will be held August 23 at the Horak Hideaway in Houston. For more information, call (907) 775-9421.
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Social News
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.
CTHS students present paper ... in India: On August 3 through 8, Mat-Su Career & Technical High School students Ariel Hasse and Joshua Hartman traveled to India with teacher Tim Lundt to present their paper, "Assessing the Relationship between Local Annual Climate and the Green-Down Period of Indigenous Alaska Species Using the GLOBE Green-Down Protocol" at the GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) and 18th annual Partners meeting.
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Thursday, August 21
Kickoff day of the Alaska State Fair in Palmer! Food, concerts and 11 days of fun!
Hannah Bethel and David Myhre at the Northshore Ale House, E1850 Bogard Road, Wasilla, 8 to 11 p.m.
Friday, August 22
Sutton Pathway Ribbon Cutting, 10:30 a.m., 11672 Wright Way, Sutton.
Saturday, August 23
Continuing a 30-plus year legacy, the Alaska State Fair Parade will again take to the streets of downtown Palmer on starting at 11 a.m. This year, the Alaska State Fair theme is "GOOD. TIME. Fun!" and the parade theme is "Track to the Future," celebrating Palmer's railroad legacy. Parade goers can continue to the fun after the parade at the first weekend of the Alaska State Fair, full of amazing events and activities for everyone. To register online, click here.
Tuesday, August 26
City of Palmer regular city council meeting, 7 p.m., City Council Chambers, W231 Evergreen Avenue, Palmer.
Friday, September 5
"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.
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!
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.
Saturday, September 20
Postpartum Retreat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., N3105 Talbot Circle, Wasilla. Learn all about the many changes that come with the birth of a child. Babies up to one year old welcome, lunch included. $125 per mom, to find out more, click here.
Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation will host their seventh annual fall fundraiser, "Take Flight and Meet the Birds," at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Lucille Lake Inn, 1300 Lake Lucille Drive, Wasilla. Auctions, prizes, live music by Matanuska Muse, wine tasting and more! Tickets $55 per person or $385 for a table of eight. To find out more, visit
Saturday, October 4
The Alaska Gun Collectors Association (AGCA) invites you to attend their fall Gun Show October 4 and 5 at Raven Hall at the Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer. The Gun Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission price is $7 for adults and children 12 and under are free with accompanying adult. For vendor information and table rental call (907) 566-9571 or mail to AGCA, P.O. Box 242233, Anchorage, AK 99524.
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