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Alaska State Trooper highlights 10/30
Silver Alerts start today for missing adults: Starting today, Silver Alerts will be an available tool for law enforcement and the public when an at-risk adult is missing. On July 10, 2013, Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation requiring the Department of Public Safety to develop and implement notification plans to more quickly locate missing vulnerable adults.
Two nailed for Chickaloon burglaries: The Alaska State Trooper Criminal Suppression Unit arrested two men Wednesday, one of them the longest serving "presedent" ever, in connection with two Chickaloon burglaries that allegedly netted them, for a little while, anyway, over $10,000 in household items, a Honda motorcycle and a dozen firearms.
One stop, two felons in custody: Once again, an Alaska State Trooper thinks an early morning traffic stop is going to be routine and winds up finding drugs on a convicted felon. On Monday, though, there was a twist; the man who came to get the rig of for the alleged miscreant was also a convicted felon, one with an active arrest warrant.
Accidental 911 call has unintended consequence: A Girdwood man learned the hard way Sunday evening that 911 is an emergency-only number, and that emergency responders take all 911 calls seriously, even if the number was dialed accidentally and the caller hangs up.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 10/29
Evans, Guinotte earn Innovative Classroom grants: With 32 Mat-Su Borough School District teachers vying for two MSBSD Innovative Classroom grants, the competition was fierce and Superintendent Dr. Deena Paramo had her work cut out for her in selecting the two winners, but she accomplished the task by keeping in mind her vision of learning that brings instruction and learning into the 21st Century.
Palmer to host Colony Christmas Cookie Contest: It's not yet November, but that's not stopping folks at the City of Palmer from thinking ahead to Christmas, and to help get everyone in the spirit, the city will host a Colony Christmas Cookie Contest from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 13, at the Colony Inn.
In Palmer Courts; criminal cases disposed
First oil from Alaska NPR in a century approved: U.S. Senator Mark Begich said Alaskans should celebrate today’s news that the first oil field development on federal land in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) in nearly 100 years has been given the green light from federal agencies.
Troopers working overtime to keep boys and ghouls safe: Alaska State Troopers will be doing everything possible to help keep your little monsters and ghouls safe this Halloween. Earlier in the week, AST began airing anti-DUI public service announcements to encourage all motorists to have a plan in place to only drive sober and to keep the holiday safe for everybody.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 10/28
Palmer police blotter
In Palmer Courts; criminal charges filed 
Recruiters back in Mat-Su Schools: Meeting with the recruiters from the Alaska Air National Guard, the Alaska Army National Guard, the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Army, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District has fully restored military recruitment in Mat-Su schools. 
AST Citizen's Academy registration now open: Registration is open for the fourth Alaska State Troopers Citizen Academy offered in the Mat-Su Valley to promote and enhance citizen understanding and awareness of the role of troopers within the community. 
Wasilla family loses home to fire: An all-call page went out at about 2 p.m. Monday for a report of a residential fire on Sarah's Way in Wasilla, and despite a fast response and great effort by firefighters, a family was displaced, most of their belongings destroyed. 
Alaska State Trooper highlights 10/27
Fear of Ebola in Alaska worse than the virus itself: The Mat-Su was hit today by a trend growing across the nation in the wake of a tropical disease turning up on American shores, a trend of panic and unreasoned fear of a truly fearsome disease, Ebola. As word got out this morning that a teacher in Houston recently returned from a trip to Africa and had returned to the classroom, the power of that fear was made obvious by the panic that ensued. 
Two face serious charges after traffic stop: A Palmer couple almost got away, but a routine traffic stop Sunday afternoon in a purple 2000 Plymouth Neon, not the usual choice in getaway cars, led to their downfall, and both are now sitting in stir at Mat-Su Pretrial, their previously clean records now marred by multiple felony charges. 
Thursday chase suspect charged: On the same day Alaska State Troopers asked the public for information to help crack a dangerous early morning high speed chase in Wasilla Thursday, a suspect has been charged and warrant issued, and after ringing in New Year 2014 in court being sentenced for two minor crimes committed over the course of two years, it looks as if the 20-year-old may ring in 2015 facing a litany of new and much more serious charges. 
Alaska State Trooper highlights 10/26
Impromptu clean up party shows what's good in the community: Community; that's what it's all about, and the community spirit was shining this afternoon, brightening a cool, drab day at an impromptu clean up party at Matanuska River Park. Some folks who'd set up camp for the long term just below the bridge on the Old Glenn Highway finally left, but they didn't leave the park as they found it; piles of debris and scattered trash was left behind. Anthony Caole, Wasilla, decided to do something about it.   
Wasilla family struck again by cancer: When Kelly Marre and her husband Pat left for a spontaneous vacation, she had no idea the blood test she’d just taken at a local health fair would lead to a cancer diagnosis. By Caitlin Skvorc; Reprinted courtesy Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
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Letters & Opinions
U.S. Congressman Don Young: I have served the public and state of Alaska for 45 years – all of the Alaskan people. There is however, a private side of me that few see. You may not know it but much of that private side is what drives my public side. It motivates me to tackle some pretty tough issues and I don’t often share that motivation because it is private. But today, I’m going to address a little bit of that private side.
U.S. Senator Mark Begich: Over the past two days, dozens of Alaskans have asked for my opinion on Congressman Don Young’s comments. I believe Congressman Young’s statements were uninformed and inappropriate. Alaska has one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation. It is an epidemic.
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Sports & Outdoors
Iron Dog deadline fast approaching: In case you or someone you know are still considering whether or not to participate in the 2015 Iron Dog ... time is running out! The deadline is this Friday!
Boom Town Derby Dames 'fill the boot:' If you were at Fred Meyer or Wal-Mart in Wasilla Saturday, you no doubt noticed an exuberant group of women teamed up with borough firefighters greeting shoppers and proffering a big, bulky firefighter's boot. You must have, as you helped the Boom Town Derby Dames raise $6,057 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association!
Deadline for Mat-Su moose hunt drawing near: The Division of Wildlife Conservation is accepting online applications for targeted moose hunt AM415 in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys through October 31. Application for this winter’s hunt is open to Alaska residents who have successfully completed a certified state hunter education program; a bow hunter education certificate is also required for those who wish to hunt with a bow.
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Loretta Carolyn Farrell, October 25, 2014
Elinor "Ellie" I. Scott, 79, a longtime resident of Alaska, passed away October 24, 2014, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer. A Celebration of Life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at Bodenburg Butte Baptist Church, mile 12.5 on the Old Glenn Highway.
Steven Schwartz, 52, passed away October 23, 2014, on his way to work in Anchorage. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at Church on the Rock, Mile 45.5 Parks Highway, in Wasilla.
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Social News
MSC&THS teachers honored at conference: Congratulations go out to Mat-Su Career and Technical High School teachers Randy Wolfe, construction/technology, and Kathleen Foxley, health services, who were named Career & Technical Education Teachers of the Year during the recent ACTE Conference in Anchorage. 
Two at PCC mark career anniversaries: Two Alaska Department of Corrections employees serving at the Palmer Correctional Center recently reached career anniversary milestones; PCC Assistant Superintendent Earl Houser reached his 20-year service mark with the Alaska Department of Corrections and Sergeant James Williams reached his 30-year service mark with the department, 29 of those years at the Palmer Correctional Center!
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Friday, October 31
Spiders, Bats and Rats, Oh MY! 11 a.m., Palmer Public Library, S655 Valley Way, Palmer. Exploring stereotypes and myths about "unloved" animals and why people have these feelings. Learn some true facts about the species. Participants will do "experiments" and see live animals. To find out more, call (907) 745-4690.
Halloween Rhyming Bingo, 2 p.m., Dorothy G. Page Museum, N323 Main Street, Wasilla. Join your friends from Wasilla Public Library for some trick-or-treating fun! Rhyming is a critical skill for kids as they learn to read. Bring your child down for a great game, candy, and books!
Halloween Hollow Trick or Treat Carnival, 3 to 8 p.m., Raven Hall, Alaska State Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Mat-Su Special Santa Program, all ages of ghosts and goblins are welcome for food, fun and lots of candy! Admission $5 or a new, unwrapped toy.
Trunk-or-Treating will be at the Willow Library from 5 to 7 p.m., and they're still looking for Trunks and lots of Treaters!
Butte Fire Station Halloween Celebration, 5 to 10 p.m. A safe, fun place for kids of all ages to be on Halloween!
Adult Halloween Party, dinner 5:30 to 8 p.m., dancing at 8 p.m.! Costume contest, door prizes! Palmer Elk's Lodge, N2600 Barry's Resort Drive. For reservations, call (907) 745-3950.
Pioneer Peak Elementary Fall Festival, 6 to 8 p.m., N1959 Trunk Road, Palmer.
Houston High School will be having their second annual Halloween Fair from 6 to 8 p.m., with a fireworks show to follow!
Halloween Trick or Treat and Carnival, 6 to 8 p.m., N22424 Birchwood Loop. Safe, indoor trick or treat evening! Haunted house, games and more. To find out more, call (907) 688-2677.
The Palmer Fire Association will host its 23rd Annual Autumn Harvest (Halloween) Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palmer Fire Station across from Fred Meyer in Palmer. Bring your children to play games, have their picture taken and see Sparky the Fire Dog. All children are welcome!
The annual "Spooktacular" Halloween Carnival, 6 to 9 p.m., Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School, E7010 Bogard Road, Wasilla. This event is open to the public, tons of fun for the kids and a safe place to be on Halloween!
Celebrate Halloween at Four Corners Lounge, E8000 Palmer Wasilla Highway, Palmer. Rocking tunes all night from Murel Kidd and Mad Karma, Halloween costume contest with $150 prize, A-Cab is offering 20% off just so you’ll know you can enjoy the night and not have to drive! To find out more, call (907) 745-9922.
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