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~ Vine Road to close for two weeks ~
Beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, September 27, Vine Road will be closed for the installation of a new 13-foot fish passage culvert at Lucille Creek. The closure is expected to last for 14 days. Those who routinely use Vine should plan an alternate route.
State reviewing airport regs: The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is conducting a review of the Alaska Administrative Code regulations that pertain to state managed airports. The department is requesting public comment.
Training burn set on Old Mat Road: On Saturday, September 27, firefighters from the Central Mat-Su Fire Department will exercise by fighting flames on a donated house on Old Matanuska Road. The realistic training will provide essential firefighting experience, which will ultimately benefit our community.
Free GED practice test offered: From September 22 thru October 3, all interested students who come to Nine Star’s Adult Education office at the Westside Center Mall can take the GED Ready practice test for free.
Officer in fatal shooting identified: The Wasilla Police Department has identified the officer involved in a fatal shooting Monday as Officer Andrew Kappler, 28, a two year veteran with the department.
Alaska State Trooper highlights, 9/18
One dead as chase ends badly: A police chase ended in tragedy this afternoon when the vehicle, reported to have been stolen, ran through the intersection at Spruce Avenue and Church Road in Wasilla, hit a barrier and caught fire.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 9/17
Reward offered for stolen ATVs: The owners of two ATVs stolen from their home in Palmer some time Tuesday night are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of their machines, and hopefully bring the thief to justice.
Wasilla man jailed after reporting bear attacks: Alaska State Troopers rushed to the Teton Circle area in Wasilla Tuesday afternoon after a caller reported three bears attacking people, but all they found was a man high on meth and apparently seeing things.
Etymologists picket local library: A large group of two irate etymologists descended on the Wasilla Public Library early this morning, picket signs in hand, to march in front of the entrance, there not to protest the library, picketer William J. Wordsworth said, but to protect and call attention to the sanctity of the printed words the library holds. It's not necessarily news ...
Troopers seeking return of the rings: Alaska State Troopers are seeking information that will help identify a thief and return two valuable rings to their rightful Wasilla owners before they can be hocked, sold or given away as a token of affection to an ersatz sweetheart.
2014 Personal Fund Dividends $1884: Governor Sean Parnell today announced that the 2014 Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) will be $1,884. The first dividends will be paid on October 2, when approximately 510,731 applicants will receive a direct deposit into their bank account, and 88,186 will be mailed a check. Paper checks will enter the U.S. mail system on October 2 from Juneau.
Search for missing boater ends: The Coast Guard suspended the search for 52-year-old Paul Keithahn in the vicinity of Coghlan Island near Auke Bay Tuesday. Crews from Station Juneau, the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty, Air Station Sitka, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Juneau S.E.A.D.O.G.S. and the Alaska State Troopers searched a total of 190-square miles for approximately 32 hours before suspending search efforts.
Alaska State Trooper highlights/9/16
Eagle River man dies of gunshot: A 59-year-old Eagle River man died in the Bulchitna Lake area near Skwentna early Monday morning after being shot in what was described as an accidental shooting at a remote family cabin.
Air Guard rescues three near Palmer: Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued three lost hikers Tuesday morning who were suffering from possible hypothermia about 10 miles north of Palmer.
Alaska gets Farm to School conference: The Division of Agriculture is pleased to announce it will host a statewide Farm to School Conference on January 13-14. The division’s Farm to School Program received a competitive grant of $25,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host this event. Only 20 such grants were awarded nationally, with more than 100 applicants.
Seldon Road-Lucille Street project lagging: The Project Manager of the Seldon Road-Lucille Street project reports that weather has set the Seldon Road-Lucille Street project behind schedule and an extension has been requested until the end of September.
Alaska State Trooper highlights 9/15
In Palmer Courts; criminal cases disposed
Meeting set of two big petitions: Local Boundary Commission staff will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 23, on two petitions under consideration; one to incorporate Big Lake as a second class city and the other to annex territory into the City of Houston.
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Letters & Opinions
Assemblyman Matthew J. Beck: There is a regular meeting of the Borough Assembly tonight (September 16) at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers in Palmer. I hope many of you come out for the meeting and let us know your thoughts. Specifically, there is a public hearing about an application to sell the agriculture rights to a company that bought property in the borough knowing of the agriculture rights.
Daniel Keelan: I believe a good reporter does the ground work and finds out the whole and truthful story before they proceed to ignorantly run it and slander a person's name and help ruin their life by blowing up a personal matter between a man and his will to do anything to keep his children when a mentally unstable drug user takes advantage of the services provided by this fine state instead of to those women in true need to escape violent relationships or circumstances.
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Sports & Outdoors
Stake your claim to a piece of Alaska: The Department of Natural Resources is inviting Alaskans interested in owning a piece of the Last Frontier to participate in the 2014 Remote Recreational Cabin Sites staking program. This unique offering gives Alaskans the opportunity to stake their own parcel of state land.
Summer ends at Denali: The busy summer season has ended at Denali National Park and Preserve, and visitors can now drive private vehicles on the Denali Park Road as far as the Teklanika Rest Area at Mile 30, conditions permitting. As the weather can change rapidly at this time of the year, visitors are advised to call ahead for current road status.
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Thomas Paul Simpson, 67, passed away September 17, 2014, at Matsu Regional Medical Center in Palmer. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 20, at St. Michaels Catholic Church, E432 Fireweed Avenue, Palmer.
Steve Hager, 59, passed away at Bulchitna Lake on September 15, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 21, at United Methodist Church, 16430 Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak. There will be a gathering at the Eagle River Alehouse following the service.
Bill "Longbow" Jaidinger, age 61, passed away September 14, 2014, on Lake Louise. A visitation will be held at Cornerstone Church, 10431 Brayton Drive, Anchorage, at noon Saturday, September 20, with a service to follow at 2 p.m. He will then be laid to rest at Angelus Memorial Park Cemetery at 3:30 p.m.
Joan "Jo" Vee Anderson, 82, of Wasilla, passed peacefully late September 10, 2014, in Anchorage surrounded by family. A celebration of life will be held on from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 20, at the Northshore Grill (formerly Matsu Resort) E1850 Bogard Road, Wasilla.
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Social News
Nominations open for arts, humanities awards: The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Alaska Humanities Forum (AKHF) are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities.
Butte Elementary pig raffle underway: The Butte Elementary PTA is hosting its annual pig raffle, and someone is going to win a healthy, happy Brooke Family Farm spring fed pig, raised right here in the Valley, October 24 for just the price of a $5 ticket.
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Friday, September 19
Brassieres to Nowhere Artist Entry Deadline, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Dorothy G. Page Museum, N323 Main Street, Wasilla. Entries for the fifth Annual Brassieres to Nowhere: Breast Cancer Exhibit are due. For more information contact the Museum at (907) 373-9071. For an application click here.
Baby Lapsit Storytime, 11 a.m., Wasilla Public Library N391 Main Street, Wasilla. Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books every Friday morning at Wasilla Public Library!
Willow Farmers Market, 2 to 7 p.m., mile 68.8 Parks Highway, rain or shine. It's the final market of the season!
High School Football: Wasilla hosts Colony, 7 p.m.; Houston hosts Kenai Central, 6 p.m.; Palmer at Lathrop, 7 p.m.
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.
Pyrah's Fall Festival, noon to 7 p.m., Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm, S4350 Bodenburg Loop.  To find out more, call (907) 745-4511.
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. Tickets $55 per person or $385 for a table of eight. To find out more, visit
Hot Dish Bluegrass, 9 p.m., Fairview Inn, 101 Main Street, Talkeetna.
Sunday, September 21
Rock out with home-grown Animal Eyes, Fairview Inn, 101 Main Street, Talkeetna.
Monday, September 22
Wasilla City Council meeting, 6 p.m., council chambers, E290 Herndon Avenue.  For the agenda, click here.
Tuesday, September 23
Informational meeting on two petitions under consideration; one to incorporate Big Lake as a second class city and the other to annex territory into the City of Houston, 6 p.m., Houston High School library, W12501 Hawk Lane, Houston.
Wasilla Planning Commission special meeting, 6 p.m., city council chambers, Wasilla City Hall, E290 Herning Avenue, Wasilla. For the agenda, click here.
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