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Promoting Alaska agriculture ...
State FFA officers Jonathan Biggerstaff, Talkeettna (left), and Taylor Armstrong, North Pole, recently sat down with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski for a bit of farm talk. "What a pleasure to meet with Taylor and Johnathan!" Murkowski said afterwards. "These bright young Alaskans are doing great work advancing agriculture throughout our state."
Palmer Fishhook crash sends two to hospital: A three vehicle crash Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Trunk and Palmer Fishhook Roads sent two people to the hospital, but while it looked bad at the outset, the injuries suffered were relatively minor.
Kesugi is on the run: Kesugi was rescued from the Wasilla shelter recently, but when his proud new owners got him home, he slipped his leash and took off, and while a dog that may be him has been spotted twice this week in the area of the Wasilla Fishhhook and Pamela Road intersection, he's still on the run.
One step closer to keeping Alaska's history at home: Senator Lisa Murkowski’s request to include language in the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill has been accepted by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The language requires the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to provide updated details within 90 days of the bill’s passage on its plans to digitize Alaska’s archival records.
Beginning driver causes crash: A teen driver allegedly ran a stop sign Wednesday evening, causing a T-bone collision on Wasilla Fishhook Road the totaled two vehicles and sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries.
Juneau woman jailed in Trapper Creek crash: A caller reported a dangerous driver on the Parks Highway Wednesday afternoon, and troopers were on the way, but before they could get the rig safely off the road, the driver slammed into a guardrail, sending one person to the hospital, a dog flying through the air and a Juneau woman to jail.
Camper gets a little too happy: A camper along the Matanuska got a little too happy early this morning, and instead of hearing the gentle ripple of river water when he woke up, he woke to the sound of a jailhouse toilet.
Glacier on the loose in Wasilla: Glacier went missing while a Wasilla family was away on vacation and he's been missing for about a week, and the family is looking high and low and asking for help. He's a gray tom with a "lion" haircut that's grown out a little, and he has been de-clawed.
Pomeranian missing in Big Lake: A cute little male Pomeranian went missing from a Big Lake home Wednesday evening, and the family hopes that if someone has him, they'll get in touch so he can come home. The little guy just disappeared around 10 p.m. today from the home on Swingle Drive, and it's not like him to run off.
Act cuts red tape for fishermen: U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today hailed Senate Commerce Committee passage of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, which would cut needless red tape impacting ships and other vessels conducting interstate and international commerce.
Alaska Grown accepting applications: The Alaska Grown Restaurant Rewards Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 cycle from eligible food vendors, such as restaurants and caterers. Once food vendors enroll in the program, they will be reimbursed 20 percent of the purchase price for all Alaska Grown specialty crops purchased.
MLCC to meet on B&E Construction: The Meadow Lakes Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, to continue discussion of the controversy surrounding B&E Construction's operation on Pittman Road and the council's response. 
Troopers seek leads on Wasilla house fire: Alaska State Troopers are seeking the public's help to assist in determining who is responsible for a fire Monday morning that destroyed a vacant house on North Sasebo Bluff Loop in Wasilla.
Texas Exes set to welcome riders: The longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, the Texas 4000, will be rolling through Palmer soon, on its way into Anchorage on Friday, August 8, after departing from Austin, Texas 70 days earlier.
Man charged with DUI after collision: A 65-year-old Wasilla man suspected of driving drunk is facing charges after a two-vehicle collision Monday evening at the intersection of Seldon and Schrock Roads in Wasilla.
Updated: One dead, one injured at Pioneer Peak home: Alaska State Troopers were called to a report of injured people at a Pioneer Peak Drive home early this morning, and when they arrived, they found one person dead and another critically injured. A 19-year-old Wasilla man is in custody.
MSA draft online now for comment: A revised draft of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) reauthorization legislation is now available online for public review and comment, said U.S. Senator Mark Begich, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. The MSA is the primary federal law that governs marine fisheries management in U.S. waters.
Man orders trooper off someone else's property: If you're driving drunk, don't try to flag someone down, then jump in your truck and drive off. And most certainly don't do that if the person you are flagging down is an Alaska State Trooper. You don't have to be too many shades of stupid to realize such action won't end well. But that's precisely what an Eagle River man is alleged to have done Saturday. And then it got strange.
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Letters & Opinions
From a publisher: Being frequently censured and condemned by different persons for printing things which they say ought not to be printed, I have sometimes thought it might be necessary to make a standing apology for myself, and publish it once a year, to be read upon all occasions of that nature.
John Suter: The state has not done an audit on the oil companies since 2007. The governor does not want to have the state do an audit because it would expose the fact that the free billions of dollars he is giving away is all going out of state. None of it will be spent in Alaska.
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Sports & Outdoors
Fish Creek dipnetting opens Friday: The Fish Creek Personal Use Dip Net Fishery will open at 6 a.m. Friday, July 25, and close at 11 p.m. Thursday, July 31; dipnetting for salmon will be allowed only between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day. All salmon species, except king salmon, may be retained.
Adventure Relay kicks off Thursday: The fifth annual Alaska State Troopers Adventure Relay across Alaska to benefit the Wish Upon The North Star charity starts in Fairbanks on July 24 and will end approximately 650 miles later in Seward on July 28. In between are 44 legs of hiking, biking, running, swimming, kayaking and river rafting to benefit WUNS, a non-profit organized by Alaskans in 1983 to fulfill the wishes of Alaskan children with life-threatening illnesses. 
Know the rules before going dipnetting: Alaska Wildlife Troopers have been busy on the Kenai Peninsula, where Alaskans are flocking to dipnet for sockeye salmon. The personal use dipnetting season is July 10-July 31 on the Kenai River and June 25-August 7 on the Kasilof Rivers. They want to make sure you know the rules before you go.
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Scott Laier Mitchell, Grants Pass, Oregon, and formerly of Wasilla, passed away on July 11, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Wilderville Community Church, in Wilderville, Oregon.
Jed Bill Lewis, 62, died unexpectedly July 10, 2014, at his home in Wasilla. A celebration of Jed’s life is planned at 3 p.m., Sunday, August 3, at the Palmer Elks Lodge on the north shore of Finger Lake. 
Sharon Kay Evans, 64, formerly of Palmer, was born October 23, 1949, to Wanda Froedge of Peoria, Illinois, and died June 3, 2014, from cardiac-pulmonary arrest. The family is planning a local celebration of life August 30 at a location to be determined.
Harry Dreves, 76, passed away on July 11, 2014. A memorial tribute and celebration of his truly amazing life will be held in Wasilla beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, August 1. All friends and family members are welcome. Please phone (850) 548-5480, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day for details.
Margaret “Jackie” Cabo, 84, rejoined her beloved Ben on June 11, 2014. Jackie peacefully passed away at her daughter’s home in Palmer, surrounded by family. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Palmer Elk’s Club off Bogard Road.
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Social News
At last, Karl and Lisanna to say 'I do:' After 17 years together, Karl David Anderson and Lisanna Danielle Pace are finally going to tie the knot on Saturday at the groom's parents home in Wasilla. A celebration will follow. A couple ever since they were kids in grade school, they cordially invite all their friends to their "We're Finally Getting Married" celebration.
Community invited to anniversary: George, Terrie, and Tammy invite the community to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents, Bob and Linda Plumley. The celebration is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the church where it all started, the original St John Lutheran Church, now the Colony Theater located at the Alaska State Fair.
Peterson, Kennedy exchange vows: Holly Rose Peterson and David Lyle Glenn Kennedy were married at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla on June 13, 2014. Both were scholar graduates at Wasilla High School class of 2009.
Thorn, Olmedo honored by health foundation: Former Mat-Su Regional Medical Center board member Craig Thorn was recently selected as the 2014 recipient of the Bert Hall Award for Commitment to the Health of the Community, and Mat-Su Health Foundation board member Benjamin Olmedo received international recognition with his selection for a 2014 REAL Award.
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Friday, July 25
The Cook Inlet Kennel Club invites you to attend Alaska's Largest Dog Show; the CIKC All Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trials at the Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer, will begin at 9 a.m. Friday and run through Sunday, July 27. Admission is $5 per car for parking. For more information contact Carolyn Tolson at
Community Child Car Seat Check, noon to 3 p.m., Big Lake Library parking lot, S3140 Big Lake Road. Bring your kids, car seats and your vehicle! To find out more, visit or call (907) 352-1229.
Palmer Pride Picnic, 4 to 7 p.m., Palmer Train Depot, S610 Valley Way.
Saturday, July 26
The 3.9 for 39 fun run/walk for the March of Dimes 39 weeks of pregnancy campaign, Palmer High School W1170 Arctic Avenue, Palmer. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the run/walk begins at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes High Heels for High Hopes event. To find out more, click here.
The 29th Annual Willow Garden Tour, meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Willow Community Center to pick up maps and directions, tour begins at 10 a.m. Bring a sack lunch. Les Brake's Coyote Garden is one of this year's featured stops. To find out more, call (907) 495-6034 or email
Meadow Lakes Community Council Adopt-a-Highway cleanup on the Parks Highway from Mile 48 to 49. Meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Parks and Pittman in front of the former bar building. Bags, gloves, and vests will be provided. We are in need of volunteers with trucks or trailers to haul trash to the dump (we have free dump letters!) We are also looking for a volunteer to sit and staff a table handing out supplies. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Heusser at
Monday, July 28
Wasilla City Council Regular Meeting, City Hall Council Chambers, E290 Herning Avenue, Wasilla, 6 p.m. For the agenda, click here.
Free Basketball and Soccer Camp through July 30, 6 to 8 p.m. for kids in grades K-6. Mat-Su Covenant, 5201 Mayflower Lane, Wasilla. Call (907) 373-2322 for all the info and to register.
Tuesday, July 29
Community Conversation, "How can we come together to better support students?" 6 p.m., University of Alaska Mat-Su Room FSM 202, 8295 College Drive, Palmer.
The TEARS Foundation's monthly Pregnancy & Infant Loss support group will be held at 7 p.m. at Church on the Rock, Wasilla. For more information about TEARS, visit
Thursday, July 31
 "Stuff the Bus" and fill backpacks with needed school supplies. Between now and July 31, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is partnering with United Way of Mat-Su for a Day of Action July 31. School supplies may be donated at Wal-Mart. On July 31, come to the old Carr's parking lot at Pioneer Square in Palmer and help fill backpacks. If you would like to sign up to receive school supplies for your child(ren), call the MSBSD Federal Programs Department at (907) 746-9239. School supply lists are available at area stores, at schools, and online at
Saturday, August 2
Hairstylists for Humanity and the Mat-Su Animal Shelter are teaming up to host a family friendly fundraiser at 7 p.m. at Perfect Look Salon, E1571 Parks Highway, Wasilla, with a spaghetti dinner and baked goods auction. Tickets are $10 and $5 for kids five and under, available at Perfect Look Salon and the Mat-Su Animal Shelter. To find out more, call (907) 373-7363.
Monday, August 4
Willow Area Community Organization meeting, 7 p.m., Willow Community Center, W23625 Willow Community Center Circle, mile 69.7 on the Parks Highway. To find out more, call (907) 495-6633.
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